honeymoon………….

Morning all

This is where fatty and i have decieded to go on honeymoon……We are camping people so all the fancy chalets,eating places and services dont hold any interest for  us at all……

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g673475-d645390-Reviews-Merry_Pebbles_Resort-Sabie_Mpumalanga.html

we are far more interested in the hiking and the nature that surrounds this area……

http://www.sabie.co.za/about/hiking/index.html

Looks really beautiful and i cant wait

We have decieded to leave the kids at home for reasons of economy and peace and quite….this is after all our honeymoon and screeching ,moaning ,whining brats are not wanted………….peace and quite for a whole week……heaven.

The kids are a little peed off with us but tough shit……you dont always get what you want ,life is tough so get used to it…………its OUR honeymoon not yours……….im sure youll get your chance to go on honeymoon someday…..now im sure you dont want your dad tagging along now do you?……….haha

Have a greatday all

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a little more than nothing………….

just because i feel like it……

And no im not some stereotyped muslim blow myself up nutjob…………I just like the song…which is based on a historical event.

THE RIDE TO AGADIR

  •  We  rode in the morning
  • Casablanca to the west
  • On the Atlas mountain foothills
  • Leading down to Marrakesh
  • For Mohamed and Morocco
  • We had taken up our guns
    For the ashes of our fathers
  • And the children of our sons
  • For the ashes of our fathers
  • And the children of our sons
  • In the dry winds of summer
  • We were sharpening the blades
  • We were riding to act upon
  • The promise we had made
  • With the fist and the dagger
  • With the rifle and and the lance
    We will suffer no intrusion
  • From the infidels of France
  • We will suffer no intrusion
  • From the infidels of France
  • We could wait no more
  • In the burning sands
  • On the ride to Agadir
  • Like the dogs of war
  • For the future of this land
  • On the ride to Agadir
  • Though they were waiting
  • And they were fifty to our ten
  • They were easily outnumbered
  • By a smaller force of men
  • As the darkness was falling
  • They were soon to realize
    We were going to relieve them
  • Of their godforsaken lives
  • We were going to relieve them
  • Of their godforsaken lives
  • We could wait no more
  • In the burning sands
  • On the ride to Agadir
  • Like the dogs of war
  • For the future of this land
  • On the ride to Agadir
  • We rode in the morning
  • Casablanca to the west
  • On the Atlas mountain foothills
  • Leading down to Marrakesh
  • For Mohamed and Morocco
  • We had taken up our guns
    For the ashes of our fathers
  • And the children of our sons
  • For the ashes of our fathers
  • And the children of our sons…………………………………..MIKE BATT 

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i tink i sawed a bunny wabbit….

howdy all

well here is another little gem of pure unadulterated south african genius

Scary shit hey

 

Miners blame rabbit for shooting

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Johannesburg – Mineworkers at Lonmin’s Marikana mine believe the killing of a rabbit was the reason the shooting happened, according to a report on Saturday.

The surviving mineworkers claimed that the medicine man who was alleged to have told them his muti would make them invincible had warned them not to kill the rabbit, the Saturday Star reported.

“The traditional healer warned all of us several times on the day not to kill the rabbit but some among us decided to chase it around the hill and killed it,” mineworker Khabo Khabo told the newspaper.

“I still honestly believe that if it wasn’t for the healer far more lives would have been lost on the day. If we had let the rabbit free all of the dead would still be alive,” Khabo said.

A worker at the memorial service, held at the mine earlier this week, agreed.

Last Thursday, a total of 34 people were killed in a shooting near the mine when police tried to disperse striking miners. More than 70 people were injured.

The medicine man had reportedly promised the workers that police guns would malfunction when they faced them if they followed his instructions and took his muti.

Police video footage taken from a helicopter before the shooting showed the medicine man performing rituals as workers stripped naked before him in long queues.

– SAPA
have a greatday all

the opening of pandoras box……and other randoms.

Morning all

just a few pics today

mickey mouse was not too sure about this at first

 it  did not take long for her to get the hang of it though

Good fun she had 

now what photo post of mine would be complete without  any pets involved

the battle of the fireplace

compromise

and some random images

Have a greatday all

nautical once again………..

Morning all

I suppose it is the fact that i am an englishman that makes me interested in ships and things nautical, after all the sea is a large part of our history and heritage.

This is reblogged from my previous blog and i really really like this song. It very skillfully creates this seafaring almost pirate like atmosphere (i love pirates…francis drake,a most unlikely looking pirate being a hero of sorts.) although the true event happened in 1975 and was not on the high seas but one one of the big lakes.

Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

SS Edmund Fitzgerald
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“According to a legend of the Chippewa tribe, the lake they once called Gitche Gumee ‘never gives up her dead.’” — Great Lakes: The Cruelest Month, James R. Gaines with Jon Lowell in Detroit, ©1975 Newsweek Magazine

Thus began the Newsweek article in the issue of November 24, 1975. That lead and the news magazine’s dry story inspired Gordon Lightfoot to write one of the greatest “story songs” ever.

On November 10, 1975, an ore carrier – the Edmund Fitzgerald – sank in Lake Superior during a November storm, taking the lives of all 29 crew members. Later that month, Gordon Lightfoot, inspired by that article in Newsweek Magazine, wrote what is probably his most famous song: Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

Sheet Music

Gordon Lightfoot: Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald Performed by Gordon Lightfoot. Single for voice, piano and guitar chords. C Major. 8 pages. Published by Alfred Publishing. (AP.VS0736)
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Lightfoot wrote Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald as a tribute to the ship, the sea, and the men who lost their lives that night. When asked recently what he thought his most significant contribution to music was, he said it was this song, which he often refers to as “The Wreck”. In spite of its unlikely subject matter, the song climbed to #2 on the Billboard pop charts and Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald remains one the most stirring topical ballads ever written and a highlight of every Lightfoot concert. See the song lyrics below.

Every year, on November 10th and the days leading up to it, there are commemorative services and other programs to remember the ship and the men who lost their lives. This year, 2010, marks the 35th anniversary of the shipwreck. You can find some information about this year’s events in an early story here.

In 2010, Lightfoot changed one line in the lyrics of the song as a result of recent findings that it was waves and not crew error that lead to the shipwreck. See the lyric change below, and read about the documentary by clicking on the link below the lyrics.

Find the song on:

■Original recording of Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald on
■Summertime Dream
■Complete Greatest Hits (remastered)
■Songbook boxed set (remastered)
■Rhino HiFive MP3 album; not a CD (remastered)
■*“Digital 45″ 2 MP3s (with The House You Live In); not a CD (Single version, remastered?)
■Rerecording of Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald (live in studio) on
■Gord’s Gold Volume 2

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Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
Music and lyrics ©1976 by Gordon Lightfoot

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
of the big lake they called “Gitche Gumee.”
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
when the skies of November turn gloomy.
With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more
than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty,
that good ship and crew was a bone to be chewed
when the “Gales of November” came early.

The ship was the pride of the American side
coming back from some mill in Wisconsin.
As the big freighters go, it was bigger than most
with a crew and good captain well seasoned,
concluding some terms with a couple of steel firms
when they left fully loaded for Cleveland.
And later that night when the ship’s bell rang,
could it be the north wind they’d been feelin’?

The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound
and a wave broke over the railing.
And ev’ry man knew, as the captain did too
’twas the witch of November come stealin’.
The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait
when the Gales of November came slashin’.
When afternoon came it was freezin’ rain
in the face of a hurricane west wind.

When suppertime came the old cook came on deck sayin’.”Fellas, it’s too rough t’feed ya.”
At seven P.M. a main hatchway caved in; he said,Fellas, it’s bin good t’know ya!”
The captain wired in he had water comin’ in
and the good ship and crew was in peril.
And later that night when ‘is lights went outta sight
came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Does any one know where the love of God goes
when the waves turn the minutes to hours?
The searchers all say they’d have made Whitefish Bay
if they’d put fifteen more miles behind ‘er.
They might have split up or they might have capsized;
they may have broke deep and took water.
And all that remains is the faces and the names
of the wives and the sons and the daughters.

Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings
in the rooms of her ice-water mansion.
Old Michigan steams like a young man’s dreams;
the islands and bays are for sportsmen.
And farther below Lake Ontario
takes in what Lake Erie can send her,
And the iron boats go as the mariners all know
with the Gales of November remembered.

In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed,
in the “Maritime Sailors’ Cathedral.”
The church bell chimed ’til it rang twenty-nine times
for each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald.
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
of the big lake they call “Gitche Gumee.”
“Superior,” they said, “never gives up her dead
when the gales of November come early!”

Have a good day all

im getting married in the morning….

Morning all

Well fatty and i have finally decieded that we are going to  get married and the date is set for the 19th of september……..

I guess this makes sense being as we have been living together like a married couple for the last eight years and it will be a precursor to me officially adopting the girls.The girls are quite happy about this but blondie is concerned that people are going to tease her new weird surname………

We are not fancy people and dont enjoy fancy paraphenalia  so no fancy crap will be going down ,Just an official ceremony at court with the immediate family (so i guess we are eloping) and then we are off camping with the kids and the big kids for two days where we shall engage in a giant feast and no doubt a few drinks. Then the big kids are taking the little kids home and fatty and i shall spend a couple of days on honeymoon camping and walking in the mountains……………….time out alone is a really rare commodity so im looking forward.

I have compromized and agreed to dress up fancy for the ceremony…….i hate ties…..and fatty has agreed to wear a dress…imagine that.

So here is fattys and my song…………………………actualy i could dedicate a dozen or so songs especially for fatty but ill go with this one……..

The sun is only shining like it always does,
But I never noticed it in the sky before.
And you don’t need to worry, ’cause I need your love, my friend.

There’s a strong kind of feeling when I know you’re near
Nobody alive can take it away from me;
And I feel like I’ve known you for a thousand years
Bring it out into the light.

‘Cause I think I’m gonna write it on the walls of the world,
So everyone will know today the love I hold for you.

I will write it on the walls of the world,
So that the sun won’t fade away the words I say to you,
I love you

And I know I’m not a loser when I’m on my own,
I could be miles away in another land,

And it keeps me together when I’m far from home,
I won’t keep it out of sight.

And I think I’m gonna write it on the walls of the world,
So everyone will know today the love I hold for you

I will write it on the walls of the world
So that the sun won’t fade away the words I say to you,
I love you                                                                                                                                      MIKE BATT

And just for the hell of it here is another one by mike batt

i was reading in a history book

before the seventh war
They used to have a thing that they called love

that we don’t have any more

I don’t know the feeling but I’m told

it was an evil thing
It used to make you crazy and fall down

no one knows what it could bring.

Love makes you crazy loves makes you cry.

Love made them crazy in days gone by.

Love makes you crazy – that’s what they say:

Love made them crazy in the olden days.

It  must have seized the body and the mind

like strong disease
Another plague that science has erased

even from the memory.

Or maybe evolution wiped it out

so just the strong survived.

And no-one with that feeling could exist

in the race to stay alive.

Love makes you crazy love makes you cry. . . .

Love makes you crazy love makes you cry. . . .

Have a greatday all

great harry and other oldies……….

Morning all

I have this pile of really old magazines that have been floating around my home ever since i can remember

Many of them are falling to pieces and the pages are yellow and decayed and crumbling to pieces but many others are still in relatively good condition.

They smell absolutly fantastic.

This one is dated february 25th 1939.

I am considering building this model.

they come with full plans which are too large to scan 

The  quaility of the pics is a little poor but i am battling to get them right and i dont have all day.

I also have other ship designs

this one is dated december 12th 1936

I also like this one

This is HMS revenge

This ship has a very interesting history

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_ship_Revenge_(1577)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_ship_Revenge_(1577)

It  seems this link may not be working but if you are interested google hms revenge 1577 

These magazines i have date from 1936 until midway through 1942 and it is interesting to note how the content becomes more and more militaristic as the war progresses ,with more and more military aircraft, ship and other weapon models. Understandable i suppose. Also there are many articles that deal with the war at home with things like how to make blackout curtains and bits of furniture that double as bomb shelters etc .  Also many instruction on repairing and obtaining substitute materials for things that are scarce or unobtainable due to rationing .Lots of veggie gardening ideas and powdered eggs.

Very interesting to see society changing from the easy going 1936 to the thrifty,carefull world at war a few years later.

Being south african i found this interesting

Also on the back page the central news agency,johannesburg is listed as the south african distributor.Im certain that this is the same CNA that we all know so well until today.

Have a greatday and weekend all.