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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

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.

Blog

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.

You Decide

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.

Here is a video of Geike Arnaert singing a song called Zoutelade with Dutch group BLØF. In her solo career since leaving Hooverphonic she’s been floating between collaborations with various artists and her own work. One song from her latest album called Blinded is impeccable, and probably the only one that would feel at home on a Hooverphonic album. Find out more about Geike and Hooverphonic from the ‘Music’ section on this site.

Blog Posts

The Coupe Breast

The humble Champagne saucer is a type of glassware known as a coupe. It’s shape has been likened to the breasts of several women of fame, including most recently, a casting of Kate Moss’s left breast. The glass has come to befit banquets, cocktail events and was the Champagne partner until the flute usurped it.

Selfridges The Best Store in The World

Selfridges, also known as Selfridges & Co, is a chain of high end department stores in the UK. Founded by Harry Gordon Selfridge the TV series about him and his stores has helped to publicise the ethos and driving force that continues to steer the brand today.

The David Bowie Legacy

David Bowie left a huge legacy of music with much material still to be released over the next few years. But does his talent excuse his wrong doings.

Let’s criticise the BBC News filler department

News agencies sometimes publish news as it chuggs through their system without seeing that further explanation may be required. ‘Earthquake in Sudan’ is a headline, but ‘Man jumps in front of lion’ raises the question – why? Enough rhetoric!

What are saveloy skins made of?

The saveloy sausage has a long tradition in England in its different guises up and down the UK. But why is it red and what’s the history of this humble sausage?

Are Foodbanks the fourth emergency service?

There are one million people in the UK that depend on food banks to make ends meet. A new food bank opens every 4 days in the UK and the need for them is growing.

Scooby Doo never looked this good

Is this a post for Scooby fans or to reveal Velma in a new light. Well maybe it’s just a dummy post for erotic photos of tight fitting rear apparel.

The Telephone Box

In 1880 The Telephone Company and the Edison Telephone Company of London merged to become The United Telephone Company, and the rest is British telecom history. The telephone box has undergone improvement and refinement but overall these red hollow monoliths have earned their place in the London Hall of Fame.

BT the worst telecoms company – It’s official!

BT inherited the telecoms monopoly from the Post Office. You would think that by now they’d understand the commercial benefits of an efficient customer journey and good customer service – think again!

The White Truffle

Truffles can sell for thousands and the largest are sold at auction for hundreds of thousands. Truffles are the strong-smelling fruit of a subterranean Ascomycete fungus that grows in broadleaved woodland on calcareous soils. They are considered a culinary delicacy

where I Live – The Archway

category: about me

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

category: humour

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

category: culinary

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 – Hooverphonic

category: music

This Belgian/European band have been around for over twenty years performing at small venues, TV shows, radio sessions and hundreds of festivals. Their music is psychedelic, dreamy, heavenly, futuristic, techno, pop, rock, you name it. There is a common denominator; great song writing.

This sub-website looks at everything Hooverphonic, event schedules, albums and lyrics, and a jukebox with directly playable music and videos. Not to be missed!

The History of Gin

category: culinary

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

category: media

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

category: humour

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

category: music

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.

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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.

About Me

My homepage, history, albums, and personal pages.

Health

Info on cancer, heart disease and wellness and fitness.

Media

The digital age includes technology, social media and lots more.

Our Planet

Learn about the ancient world, outer space and the planet we live on.

Humour

Okay so stop what you’re doing and have a laugh.

Culinary

More than a recipe database, it’s a culinary wealth of interesting pages.

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