Radio Paradise


Is Radio Paradise (RP) the best Internet Radio Station on the planet ?

To date I believe it is. The variety of artists, musical styles and the quality of the broadcasts are what has sold them to me. The eclectic mix on RP  has your typical FM station beaten hands down.

And NO ADVERTS…NO COMMERCIALS…NO RAMBLING DJs WHO LOVE THE SOUND OF THEIR OWN VOICES MORE THAN THE MUSIC THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE PLAYING.

RP is a listener supported station, that means they rely on donations

Bill & Rebecca Goldsmith have put together probably the best format station. The linkage between the tracks is sometimes really quite sublime. The ability for listeners to rate and comment on the tracks played is quite often the most entertaining place on the web.

Emperor


I want to tell you about a series of books to which I have just been introduced by my friend Eric.

The series is called Emperor and tells the story, via four novels, of the life of Julius Caesar. 

From young boy to Consul of Rome and beyond with Rome, Spain, Gaul, Britain and Greece as a backdrop. The books are filled with adventure, pirates, political intrigue, a little romance and lots of action both on land and at sea. The books are also peppered with other famous characters such as Pompey, Cicero, Mark Antony and so on.

When I was at school I had no interest in history, the curriculum seemed to be obsessed with dates and dry facts. On this date Caesar fought this battle, on that date Caesar became Consul…… bleugh !!! 

If only my tutors could have enlivened the classes with stories such as these.

Since starting to read these books I have been prompted to research the backgrounds of many of the characters. In part to determine the reality but also to understand a bit more about the times. Thank you Mr Iggulden for peeking my curiosity.

Also,  having travelled around in Europe, many of the places mentioned in the books are places  that I have visited. This gives more substance to the books and to a degree fills in gaps that I didn’t know existed in my travels.

The author Conn Iggulden, goes to great lengths in the back of the books, to explain when he has played fast and loose with history for the purposes of maintaining narrative flow. He is the first to point out that it is nigh on impossible to cover everything that Caesar achieved and so there is some telescoping of events. 

I only started the first book (The Gates of Rome) some two weeks ago but I am now racing towards the end of the fourth (The Gods of War). The pace in these books never lets up and I am already mentally applying the brakes because I don’t want the story to end but, at the same time, I want to see what happens. All this despite knowing the historical ending.

Thank you Eric, for introducing me to Emperor.

Stuff


Sometimes I feel the need to have my say.

Usually I want to have a moan about the stupid stuff that goes on around me. I see or hear stuff on the news or read stuff in the papers but there is no clear way to have my say.

Well, here is where I’m gonna do it.

Don’t expect it to be sharp, smooth or witty although it may be all of the above from time to time.

Political Correctness Gone Mad … Again!!


This makes sense….. NOT !!!

  • 2 teenage delinquents damage a cross and write sexual and rascist comments in prayer books at Blackburn Cathedral.
  • They are sentenced for this criminal act and the JP (chair of the bench) in his summation said ‘normal people would think that you were scum
  • The clerk of the court chastised the JP for use of inappropriate language and encouraged the parent of one of the delinquents to make a formal complaint.

So does common sense prevail …… Nope.

The mother complains, The JP is now unable to chair the bench until this nonsense is resolved.

In my view, the clerk overreacted and certainly overstepped the mark. The JP certainly was reflecting the views of the wider public.

Already a parent of one of the miscreants has supported the views of the JP and I applaud the fact that he has made this view known. So many parents take the view that the own “little johnny” can do no wrong.

We need a few more like this JP. (Full Story)

When Will Common Sense Prevail


Yet another instance of common sense being thrown out the window.

Teacher Lynda May has been pursued through the courts for a matter which should have been dealt with by a local disciplinary review.

What is truly breathtaking is the fact that the CPS felt that such an incident warranted the full weight of the law, the judge also felt there was a case to answer. Only after due process did common sense raise its head and Mrs May was cleared. (Full Story)

It’s no wonder that our judicial system is so bogged down.

Phantasy !!!


It has started again.

The so-called weather experts are once again telling us to get ready for that long hot barbecue summer. Look what happened with last years barbecue summer and I thought the met office had abandoned long-range forecasts. According to the press, not only are they forecasting fine weather but they are daring to predict temperatures up in the high 30’s in August.

Don’t know about you but I am keeping my brolly close at hand.