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UK General Election 2017

The Parliament, Photo by PH Morton

UK General Election 2017

Go out and vote!

Toute nation a le gouvernement qu’elle merite.

Every country has the government it deserves.
– Joseph de Maistre 1753-1821 (French writer & Diplomat)

Thought of the Day


Post Election:

The current Government is now in total chaos.  Though they are still the biggest party and won the most votes, they failed to get the majority of 326 seats.  This meant a Hung Parliament.

A Hung Parliament is when no single party can get enough MPs to form a majority.

Tory (Conservative Party) now need to form a coalition with another party (which is a repeat of 2010 election and proved disaster).

What now Theresa May?  And what now for Brexit?!!!

Focus On The Main Thing

Focus On The Main Thing

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
– Stephen Covey

Thought of the Day
27 May 2017

I should have this quote by Stephen Covey tattooed on me, probably in one of my hands or arms, so that I can remember to focus on the main thing.

I usually try to start something but I often lose interest after a while because I get distracted with something.  I have piles of embroideries and crochets waiting to be finished.  I have plans and goals waiting to be realised.

I have dreams yet to be made into realities.  I need to have a tunnel vision and go on a straight road after the main thing and not allowing to be sidetrack into back roads and side roads.

Solid Evidence

Not a Cube, photo by PH Morton

Solid Evidence

I’ll believe anything, no matter how wild and ridiculous, if there is evidence for it.  The wilder and more ridiculous something is, however, the firmer and more solid the evidence will have to be.
– Isaac Asimov

Thought for the day

 

Even super genius Albert Einstein poo pooed quantum mechanics because of lack of evidence then.

 

Liverpool, The Port City

Liverpool, The Port City

It was our first time to visit the city of Liverpool last week and I have to say, we totally fell in love with the place. It has so much to offer.

Prior to our mini trip, when we told friends and acquaintances our plan for the trip, they would say “Why Liverpool of all places. It is run down”

Peter would say, “too late now, we booked our hotel and the train tickets.”

I am so pleased that we did not listen. Because Liverpool is a very vibrant city, a lot to do and see. One can take away plenty of experiences and new knowledge.

For a Scouse city, I think it is very English.

Old and new buildings married splendidly, giving birth to a wondrous skyline, beautifully scenic especially when spied from a ferry across the Mersey.

Liverpool is of course the birth place of the ultra iconic The Beatles, of John, George, Paul and Ringo.

We visited the famous underground Cavern Club, where the The Beatles played during their early days.

Liverpool is also known for its majestic churches.  The Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, is an architectural phenomena in its modernity and simplicity in a vast area. It is a Roman Catholic Church, a must see crypt underneath has a gravity defying ceiling made from bricks!!!

On the other hand, the huge Church of England, Liverpool Cathedral is equally awesome.  It has a very spiritual ambiance.  We thought St Albans was so beautiful but Liverpool Cathedral can give it a run for their money.

While we were in Liverpool, the sun tried to break out from the clouds and Peter was quite happy to go on top of the Radio City, which allows anyone to see miles on end in a 360 degrees.  Apparently you can see the Blackpool Tower clearly if the sun was brighter.  I opted out of the privilege to climb the tower because I felt rather queezy after having an enormous Full English breakfast at the Shiraz Palace near the Britannia Adelphi Hotel, where we stayed.

Another thing about Liverpool is the presence of publican houses everywhere, unlike in London.  I think pubs longevity in Liverpool has to do with the prices.  One can get a pint of beer for a couple of quids (pounds). 🙂  The students who board nearby our hotel patronise the many pubs at all hours.

The famed Chinatown in Liverpool was smaller that what I expected compared to Chinatown in London.  Chinatown Liverpool is the first one in the UK.  Some 1500 Chinese were living in Liverpool as far back as the 1600 and some Filipinos in the 1800.  This is because Liverpool is a port, where seafaring immigrants took advantage of.

They have the most fantastic library building in Liverpool Lime Street.  It was modern and huge in four or five floors, very airy.  It makes you wanna sit down with a book, which I did.  I quickly skimmed Jilly Cooper’s Mount, which is the return of Rupert Campbell-Black and Taggie.

Queen Victoria must have loved Liverpool.  Her beloved husband, Prince Albert’s statue is everywhere and places and buildings are named after him.

St George’s Hall along Lime Street is another must see place.  It has an underground Victorian jail which you can tour.  There was a room with drawings and posters by children which is rather unsettling.  Another prison cubicle has a collage of photos of the prisoners, who were murderers, rapists, debtors, fraudsters.  That was really macabre.  What what spooked me was an empty room at first sight but suddenly you feel a presence which was of a statue of a Victorian woman breastfeeding her baby partly hidden next to the doorway.  Spooky.

All in way, I highly recommend a tour of Liverpool.  Add it to your bucket list!

Dreams Down The Drain

Virgin Toilet, iphone photo by PH Morton

Virgin Toilet, iphone photo by PH Morton

Dreams Down The Drain

On our way to Liverpool last Tuesday, Peter spotted this on the toilet at the Virgin overground train travelling from London to Liverpool.

The notice tickled him so much, he said he had to take of photo of it.  Well, he is globalgranary’s very own intrepid man of the lens 🙂

I must admit the notice is witty; appealing to the funny side and forming a bond with users of the toilet bowl.  It is a man of ill-humour who would then flush nappies and hard mashable items on the toilet.

As a quick review of the Virgin train, I have to admit, it was a comfortable travel, left London and arrived at destination right bang on time.

The toilet is clean and refreshments such as juice, coffee, tea are available.  Little cakes and sandwiches as well.

We chosed Coach A because it was supposed to be a quiet zone, and it was.  Coming back to London from Liverpool with the same Virgin train was another story.  Though not really much trouble for us, it was delayed coming back for at least 7 minutes due to signal failure around Watford.  The coach A was packed and people were busy little beavers talking on their mobile phones and not only that, a elderly woman right in front of us started snoring.

I have to say my hope and dreams of a quiet return to London via Virgin train went down the drain.

 

Wiser You

Wind in Summer, photo by PH Morton

Wiser You

A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
– Alexander Pope

Thought of the Day

I love this get out card from Alexander Pope.  It saves face and pride.  I shall look at my faults and admit to them from now on (though of course, I do not have many faults 🙂 LOL)

It is really hard to admit to a wrong deed, it is because it is also admitting to frailty and fallibility.  It is against human nature! LOL

Wasting Time

Happy Duck, photo by PH Morton

Wasting Time

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
Bertrand Russell

Thought of the Day

I love this quote by Bertrand Russell.  It gives me hope as I am an ace time-waster.  As soon as I read the quote it suddenly dawned on me that time is there for you to enjoy or be happy with.

As long as you are happy and enjoying yourself at that given time whatever you are doing, then it is a worthwhile endeavour.  Just brilliant.  I shall be wasting more time and enjoying it.

Cheers from Liverpool!

Tuyo – [Genus Sardinella]

Tuyo, photo by PH Morton

Tuyo – [Genus Sardinella]

Tuyo and eggs, photo by Bess Mercado

Times had changed, it certainly had.

Once upon a time, tuyo is food for the poor.  And many a television dramas had been made of poor families often grumbling about having tuyo again for every breakfast.  Only the poor ate it, tuyo was very inexpensive then.

These dramas influenced me.  There was a time when I would have fainted if my mother had offered to feed me tuyo when I was in my teens.  🙂 🙂 🙂 LOL

She remembered that time too, because when I went back home after so many years living in London, I requested fried tuyo with sinagag (garlic fried rice) for breakfast.

“Since when do you eat tuyo?” my mother asked me.

“he he he … from now!”

And I made good of that statement.  For some reason, I missed tuyo whilst in London.

Almost everyday of a month-long stay in the Philippines, I had fried tuyo for breakfast.  I just love it.

Apparently tuyo had cross-over the social divide in the Philippines.  Even the elite had taken to dining on tuyo, perhaps better presented in a silver platter! 🙂

Tuyo has a very distinctive smell.  It is rather pungent.  If you are frying it, the whole neighourhood would know! If you were the cook, you would smell of it and if you had eaten it, well you have to brush your teeth thoroughly.

Tuyo are sardines which are salted and dried.

It is so easy to cook it.  Just fry both sides until crispy.

Best eaten with runny fried eggs and tonnes of fried rice.

Sarap.

Wisdom’s Looking Glass

Hyde Park, photo by PH Morton

Wisdom’s Looking Glass

All things that pass
Are Wisdom’s looking-glass
– Christina Rossetti

Thought of the Day

The above quote by my favourite English poet, Christina Rossetti really appeals to me.

I think it means that what has passed should be a way of learning curve for the future.  We should gain wisdom from what has happened to deal with what is happening as well as what has yet to come.

The past is a mirror of understanding, knowledge and experience.

However there are instances that we refuse to learn from mistakes, thus continue to make the same mistakes!

 

Marriage & Friendship

Marrying your best friend eliminates the risk of divorce by over 70%, and this marriage is more likely to last a lifetime.

Marriage & Friendship

The above statistic/psychobabble was from Facebook. 🙂

Apparently if you are too scared to get married because you are too afraid to end up in a divorce, messy or otherwise, marrying a best-friend or friend has a guaranteed probability of successful marriage by 70 per cent.

I supposed a friend, is someone who understands and accepts you for who and what you are.  He/she knew your quirks and idiosyncrasies from way back as friends.  Shared secrets, shared hopes and dreams are pretty powerful force that binds you together.  Someone, who would cover your back no matter what is something that you would yearn in times of great need.  Being married to one is being so lucky!

In an interview of Blake Lively, this is what she had to say about her husband, Ryan Reynolds:

He is my friend first.  I think that’s the secret to happiness.