Arisen from the ashes
This website ‘was’ once the product of twenty years work. I say ‘was’ because with the swipe of a hand my hosting provider deleted my account and their account backup and all my own backups failed.
My entire website had been wiped out in December 2015. It was huge containing media that would have kept you coming back for months.
The rise from the ashes in 2016 cannot recover a lifetime of work and so this humble little site of mine exists for posterity with the aim of one day becoming just as wonderful as the original site.
# Hash before a link means it’s not ready yet.
3 reasons to stay and look around
Content includes varied topics from wildlife to space exploration and great photos. My personal interests have fuller sections devoted to culinary, architecture and ancient history.
A Blog with some great posts. You can subscribe to the RSS feed so that new material will be available to you when it is first posted on this site.
Errrm, let me see, I’ll leave it for you to come up with the third reason why you would want to look around this website.
where I Live – The Archway
Despite Archway being a shithole I’ve been here for most of my life. Lately it has finally been recognised as a significant place worthy of investment by the uncaring Council but not down to its unappreciated history but due to the commercial value and real estate revenue for property developers.
What was once, and still is a major London gateway to the North, was unforgivably turned into a carbuncle gyratory by the 1960s head-in-a-cloud-cookoo-land town planners – history has simply repeated itself. The landscape pirates that created the roundabout and the tower are back having removed the roundabout and narrowed the through traffic to one lane. But the folk of our past left their mark and their story is all that remains for posterity, as surely even St Joseph’s will become luxury flats in due course.
Feature 1 – Pakistan in 29 Days
The Guru Aziz seeking spiritual enlightenment, sets out on an epic journey of discovery to Pakistan, which he believes to be the craddle of wisdom that once emerged from ancient civilisations along the Indus Valley. The story is told in over 600 scenes and by the end of it, you will truly have a flavour of Pakistan and an insight into one of the most dangerous places on earth to be at.
The Guru lands in Karachi, the southern tip of Pakistan, and travels towards the Capital of Islamabad at the northern tip. With the Indus River cutting through the centre of Pakistan, the country has a turbulent West with the provinces of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and a milder East of Sindh and Punjab. Mr Aziz chooses the Eastern route, not least because the Punjab is his main interest, and the subject matter of his current book about this region of the South Asian sub-continent.
Feature 2 – The 60s lifestyle
The 40s 50s and 60s were wonderfully nostalgic times. From the greatest world war ever enacted during the 40s, through the austerity and rock & roll years of the 50s, and the introduction of everyday kitchen appliances and household comforts that forever changed the way we expected to live in the 60s.
This special feature looks at the way things were before humankind went to the moon and before sattelite TV and the mobile phone.
Feature 3 – Modern Architecture
Architecture is for people, not just for architects and builders. It is foremost a necessity to provide shelter and facilitate our lives, but styles and methods of construction have always been about national pride and the desire to make a mark in human history and be remembered in future ages.
This page looks at skyscrapers and bridges and the designs of churches, airports and other architectural fascinations.
The History of Gin
The history of gin goes hand in hand with the history of rum and the story of distillation. Fermentation is a natural process whereby distillation is a type of processing. We process a fermented base in order to obtain a higher percentage of alcohol by volume.
However, the refinement in the distillation process means a filtering out of flavour; more alcohol, less flavour. And so distillation is essentially the art of hitting the right balance between the desired alcohol content and level of flavour.
Bitcoin & the Blockchain
You have to have been living in an igloo not to have heard of Bitcoin. You may have come across it on the internet, or seen the newspaper headlines. But do you know what it is and how it differs from the existing currency.
Because it offers anonymity Bitcoin is used to facilitate transactions for drugs and arms. But at its core Bitcoin is just a technology, it’s neither good nor bad, it’s just there to be used. In 2017 its value sky-rocketed and in 2018 it’s setting out to change banking forever.
Women with amusing T-Shirts
From the cheeky to the saucy or rude, women are accordingly voicy in proportion with the assets they have been blessed with. If you have it – flaunt it, as the saying goes!
Humour is the best medicine, the humour category contains all sorts of witty amusement including jokes, funny photos, quips, interesting facts and many items to keep you chuckling for a while.
Feature 7 – Hooverphonic
The latest and greatest Hooverphonic song is called ‘Romantic’ from the forthcoming album also called ‘Romantic’ and due out in October 2018. Hooverphonic are a trip-hop band from Belgium and widely popular across Europe, especially in the Netherlands and Czech Republic.
If you’ve never heard of them why not give them a try, this is my favourite band and I recommend them to you. Check out their latest song here and you can read all about the band and about the day I met them, in my tribute Hooverphonic page.
mobile & tablet friendly
New WordPress/DIVI site
Yes, it’s about taking everything to the edge so the new site is mobile and tablet friendly which means you can link into McDonald’s wifi and browse the site while you’re chumping down on some junk food.
My homepage, history, albums, and personal pages.
Info on cancer, heart disease and wellness and fitness.
The digital age includes technology, social media and lots more.
Learn about the ancient world, outer space and the planet we live on.
Okay so stop what you’re doing and have a laugh.
More than a recipe database, it’s a culinary wealth of interesting pages.