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Why Easter Island Got It’s Name

Well if you ever wondered why Easter Island got it’s name? Well just looking at the picture above, well it’s pretty obvious isn’t it. Yes of course it’s a joke, got to have some humour in the blog every now and then haven’t we. But on a more serious note, […]

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Dark Grey Skies – The Post Christmas Blues

With dark grey skies and pouring rainYou can tell it’s a holiday, once again Christmas is over and to pay for my sinsI was going to take a walk to the gym But the thought of going out and getting wetHasn’t got me leaving the house, at least not yet […]

Benidorm Jigsaw

Jigsaws – A Great Christmas Gift Idea

A jigsaw is a great Christmas gift idea, perfect for an adult or child and something that can be done time and time again. Jigsaws are also good for sharing with family and friends, so once you have completed them, pass them along to other jigsaw lovers that you know. […]

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I Recently Joined Pixabay

I recently joined Pixabay, which is a site where you can share your photographs and other images, granting others a Community Commons License to download and use them. I have been a member of Pixabay for a couple of years (see my profile) but only just now started to upload […]

Stargazing - a poem by Tony Payne

Stargazing

Stargazing is a poem that I wrote, which reflects on the amazing experience of looking up at the stars on a clear night when you are miles away from the city lights. Many town dwellers never truly experience the marvel of the night sky as seen on a clear night, […]

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Secrets Of The Backwoods

“Secrets Of The Backwoods” is a short horror story that I wrote in October 2011 and which was originally published on Yahoo Voices with the title “My Woman She Cries Day And Night”. Unfortunately, it was published at a time when Yahoo were having many problems and to date the […]

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A Tribute To Otava Yo From St. Petersburg

This is a tribute to Otava Yo, a Russian folk group from St. Petersburg, that I came across in February 2020 due to a suggested video to watch. If you had told me several years ago that I would find myself listening to Russian Folk Music which included bagpipes, I […]

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Reflections On Covid-19 – 6th Jan 2021

These reflections on Covid-19 began as a long comment on a post on someone else’s blog, however having written everything and put a lot of emotional energy into it, all I got when I attempted to post the comment was: Sorry, this comment could not be posted So, rather than […]

Pink Floyd Cover: Shar Airag

There are a lot of Pink Floyd cover bands from all around the world, a lot of them fairly good and some of them truly excellent. But you, like me, probably wouldn’t expect to find a really good cover act that came from Mongolia would you? When Covid-19 started to […]

The burial marker for James Hurst Payne at the Woodland Burial Ground, Walkford, Dorset.

A Visit To My Dad

Yesterday, as we were in the area, we decided to pay a visit to my Dad. We hadn’t been to see him in almost 5 years and we thought it would be a good idea to pay our respects. My Dad would have been 98 last month, had not Cancer […]