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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 […]

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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 […]

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Southampton Old Cemetery

Southampton Old Cemetery is situated on the south side of Southampton Common and covers 27 acres. We took a walk through the cemetery over the past weekend and even though this is only a few miles from home, it was the first time that we had driven anywhere to take […]

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This 1st April Just Seems Kind Of Bizarre

It’s the 1st of April today, and it just seems kind of bizarre being at home instead of in the office. I have been working at home since last Wednesday, quite successfully, with my computer from work, twin monitors, taking up the dining room as an office, but as of […]

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Russian Style Celtic Rock From Otava Yo

If you enjoy listening to Celtic Rock music, or even if you aren’t familiar with this genre of music, I hope you enjoy this video which I found today. I pretty much stumbled across Russian Folk Group “Otava Yo” last weekend on You Tube and I am completely hooked on […]

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Jasper Carrott – Still Funny

Who has listened to or watched any Jasper Carrott lately? I must admit that I am in that number, or at least was until this morning. Back in the 70’s and 80’s Jasper Carrott from Birmingham was one of the top comedians in the UK and was regularly on the […]

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Random Music In My New Car

One thing that I love about my new car, which I have had for almost two months now, is that I can play random music tracks in it. By “random” I don’t mean completely random, but since I don’t know what song is coming next, it might as well be. […]