Leibster Award Nomination. #Humour

Dear Zebrakat,

Thank you so much for nominating me for the Liebster blogger awards.

I really do appreciate the nomination and the kind words.


These awards only have a few rules:

Thank the blogger who nominated you with a link back to his/her blog.

Answer the questions asked by the nominator.

Nominate bloggers with under 500 followers.

Create 10 questions for the nominees to answer.

Simple as that!
Here are the questions given to me:

If you could change career, what would it be?

I’d be a lawyer or politician,  not your money grabbing career type,  more interested in standing up for people against unfairness or the power of corporations for example zero hour contracts should be illegal,  avoiding corporate taxes should be curtailed and be a direct relationship to turnover.

I have an inbuilt healthy disdain for lawyers and politicians, lying money grabbing sharks,  but thats their job.

However, I’m older and wiser and have came to realise that if you want to change the world then you can’t be an onlooker,  you have to get in the game.

If the world was going to end in a month, where would you go?

I’d stay at home with family,  a couple of day trips up to Loch Lomond,  standing on the ridge of Conic Hill looking over the loch and admiring the beauty of the world.

If you were an animal, what would you be?

A wolf,  smart, cunning,  family orientated, but lethal when necessary.

I think we are all animals,  underneath the pressures and conformance of modern life we were all put here to eat sleep and make babies.

Anything other than that ( work, money fashion, cars etc )  is to enhance our status and ability to complete the primary objective of furthering our own gene pool.

If you could have dinner with a celebrity, who would it be and why?

Robin Williams,  a real shining star,  intelligent, funny with hidden depths of tragedy.  I’d like to talk to him, persuade him not to go.

A table of 4,  Robin Williams, Mick Jagger, Charlie Sheen and me would be a riot!
If you were given a free flight ticket to any destination, were would you go?

Japan,  such a different culture,  although probably more commercial these days and the old ways lost.  I don’t think there will be a Shaolin temple with Kwai Chang Caine waiting.

Alternatively an African Safari complete with MK74 assault rifle.

I’d be driving round the plains,  taking pics of the lions, giraffes, elephants etc and shooting any dentists or lawyers that happened to have a gun in their hands.

I’ve never liked dentists.  What kind of sadistic freak chooses a career pulling teeth and giving fillings for a living!! 🙂
If your house was on fire and you could save one item, what would it be?

Old family pics.   Invaluable memories.

Like me,  you’ve probably got a drawer full of them. I should scan these really and back them up somewhere.  Sharing them on Facebook would be a good idea.
What one appliance or piece of technology could you not live without?

My iPad or iPhone,  it’s like having the world in your hand being able to read the news,  see what’s happening in the world,  talk to friends and family and see the shit they put on Facebook. 🙂

It’s very reassuring when family are posting shit,   It gives a good indication that all is well in their world.

Pics of their dog, cat or fun nights out is much better than seeing those relationship posts .. how important is to feel valued etc.

Then you know they have trouble!
Are you a beer, wine or spirit drink person?

I’m not a huge drinker,  but mostly beer, Peroni or Stella,  occasionally cocktails preferably French Martinis and the odd bottle of Prosecco most weekend.

Did I mention that I’m not a big drinker?
Name your favourite sweet/candy and why?

Snickers, always loved them and love nuts. So easy choice.

Only downside is having contact with dentists!!  🙂
Which one would you be a candle or a light bulb and why?

Hhhhmmmm bit of a surreal question.

Err …I prefer the glow or scent of a candle but will choose light-bulb as I burn bright and can be turned on ( or off ) easily. 🙂

My nominations are :-

Zebrakat – As I enjoy her reading about her journey and admire her courage despite suffering from all the pain of having Cancer. Continue reading “Leibster Award Nomination. #Humour”

Whats your poison? #LegalHighs Or #Alcohol

Hey what can I get you?

A beer, wine, vodka some other psycho-active substance?

Go on help yourself .. you know you want to.

Seriously,  go on,  kill yourself,  it’s your life,  do what you like.

Right ..  enough kidology.

Did you happen to see the statistics published today for legal high deaths in Scotland.   I’ve included a few links below for your perusal.

Last year there were 114 deaths from so called “legal highs” compared with only 4 in 2009.

A 30 fold increase obviously indicating the popularity and availability of these substances.

Big news .. huh?

Terrible isn’t it?

Those poor kids out there taking fuck-knows-what and dying as a result of it.

You think?

Well let me put this in context with some other stats that don’t quite make the headlines.

In the same period for 2014,  there were 1,152 alcohol related deaths in Scotland,  with 36,206 hospital stays of which 92% were related to emergency admissions.

Of violent crime,  60% was were the perpetrator was under the influence of alcohol. Continue reading “Whats your poison? #LegalHighs Or #Alcohol”

Naive, Incompetent or Corrupt? .. Buy VW?

Don’t you just love it when some big corporation gets caught cheating?

Volkswagen have been caught with their pants down in the USA  for using a “Defeat Device”  to cheat the normal exhaust emission texts that take place in the EPA Laboratory’s.

Apparently all VW diesel engine cars since 2009 have been fitted with this software which can detect when the car is in the laboratory and adjust the engine management controls to minimise NOx outputs but turns the cheat off during normal on-road conditions to improve performance.

Totally immoral obviously and poses a number of questions.

Continue reading “Naive, Incompetent or Corrupt? .. Buy VW?”

The Actor, the Journalist and The Prime Minister? #piggate

What do you make of this #piggate fiasco?

In case you missed there have been recent revelations that during his days at Oxford University and long before he was the UK Prime Minister,  David Cameron put his private parts in the mouth of a dead pig.

Apparently this was part of the initiation ceremony for joining the Gaveson club for posh prats,   and quelle surprise the PM may have indulged in drugs too.

Maybe he’s not as straight-laced as he appears nowadays.

The reason this has come to light is in the biography written by Lord Ashcroft a wealthy Tory peer and party contributor who alleges that he knows someone who knows the deed was done and may have photographic evidence.

I’m no fan of the Tory party,  I’m certainly not a fan of David Cameron,  but everyone deserves to be treated fairly and to allege such outrageous claims based on hearsay stinks.

Continue reading “The Actor, the Journalist and The Prime Minister? #piggate”

Work Stories – Transitions?

You may remember my post a few weeks ago Mysterious Ways about someone up there liking me?


Basically I don’t think my direct boss does, so I was surprised when my contract was renewed.

With that in mind it came as a surprise when a few weeks later while I was on holiday the call came through that my contract was being cancelled.

Continue reading “Work Stories – Transitions?”

Ugly Thoughts for Ugly People. 

I like this quote by Roald Dahl from his book The Twits.

Even if someone is attractive,  if they are twisted by ugly malicious thoughts it begins to show in their face.

If they have some inbuilt hatred against other people learned from an early stage in life,  then how can they turn out to be anything else but ugly?

You know who I mean … The haters,  they weren’t born as haters,  they learned from their parents and peers.

Now all they do is hate.

A whole lifetime of hating that other group that they believe are inferior,  their enemy,  that deserve to be mistreated or abused.

To protect themselves,  their family and friends and way of life from this perceived enemy then they have to hate them, vilify them,  dehumanise them so that they can justify their abuse.

They have no other choice or so they believe.

Continue reading “Ugly Thoughts for Ugly People. “

Don’t Believe The Faker?! .. #FakeReviews

I was browsing the web and came across a way to make money for writing .. I thought okay I’ll give this a look.

If you are interested have a look at TextBroker.com.

What they do is have writers and wannabe authors write fake product reviews .. fake because although they send a link to look at the product,  you have no actual hands-on experience of it.

That to me is immoral,  underhand commercialism.

Maybe its naive of me to think that these fake reviews don’t happen,   I often suspect them on hotels.com, amazon etc.

Apparently writing a review of 150 words is worth 1 Euro?

What do you think?

Would you do it?

It’s not for me,  I think that it’s deceitful and against my personal moral code.

I’ve extracted a Product Review below which is for Givenchy, but there are others for Prada, Ralph Lauren etc.

Don’t believe the fakers!

Speaking of fakers ..  it’s Friday night and I’m staying in and washing my hair ..  but tomorrow night my favourite David Bowie tribute band play Oran Mor Glasgow.

They put on a great show and I’m really looking forward to it.

Continue reading “Don’t Believe The Faker?! .. #FakeReviews”

Royal Caribbean or Norwegian Cruises? #Cruising

If you read my blog, you will know that I recently completed a week on the Norwegian Cruises ( NCL) on their Norwegian Epic sailing around the Mediterranean from Barcelona and had a fantastic time.

As I have prior cruising experience with Royal Caribbean ( RC ) over the past 2 years on both their Allure Of The Seas and Navigator Of The Seas,  I thought I’d put together a comparison.

First of all,  both cruise lines are excellent,  if anything my complaints are relatively minor,   there were no major issues which completely spoiled my enjoyment of the cruise but I have a few suggested improvements that could make this better.

Please note that this isn’t a comparison of the cruise itinerary as where you go is up to you,  but is regarding the details of the ships and service provided.

Continue reading “Royal Caribbean or Norwegian Cruises? #Cruising”


Do you enjoy thrillers with a twist?

then you’ll probably enjoy Surveillance starring Bill Pulman,  written and directed by Jennifer Lynch and produced by her father David Lynch of Twin Peaks and Blue Velvet fame. 

It’s a serial killer thriller with a twist and now you know it has a twist,  like me you’ll probably see it coming and as the scene are shown out of time sequence then you’ll probably work out the end and the puzzle will be how it gets there. 

Enjoyable all the same .. Like waiting for a car crash to happen .. If you enjoy watching car crashes!  

The movie was released in 2008,  I must’ve missed it at the time.  But is currently on Now Tv and Sky on demand and well worth a look.