Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Telling the Time

A Swiss firm has developed a very expensive watch which has no dial. Instead it tells you the time with a series of chimes. Retailing at $350,000, it's accurate only to one minute.

I'm convinced that if someone were to develop a watch that consisted of nothing but a slab of gold or platinum with an permanent dial etched on to it, making it accurate only twice a day, and price it at $500,000, some daft bugger would buy one. To make it even less accurate, the dial could be etched with a single, digital time in 24 hour notation, making it accurate only once a day - that would make it even more exclusive and worth having by those with more money than sense. In fact, why not make it totally blank?

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Ecumenical, Multicultural Mountainism

I shared a photo if some mountain in Snowdonia on Facebook yesterday and a friend asked whether it was so-and-so mountain. I replied that I didn't have a clue, as all mountains tend to look the same to me. It was only after making this statement that I thought it could have been somewhat mountainist...

We visited a walkers' cafe while traversing the Snowdonia National Park on the way home and I was surprised to see they had ecumenical toilets. I suppose walkers are quite a pragmatic lot and aren't too bothered as to who is in the cubicle next to them.

For those who say multiculturalism hasn't worked in the UK, they should take a look at Wales. A very distinct culture, if you ask me. When I was a kid at school in Llanfair PG, Anglesey was one of the last bastions of Welsh speakers. Since then, all schools teach Welsh and it's compulsory. We now have a situation where even people of 100% English descent that live in Wales are able to speak Welsh fluently.

I still can't abide Welsh road signs though - it's a nightmare trying to decipher them and pick out the intelligible parts from the car crash of double ls and double ds.

Monday, 21 January 2019

Barn to Barn

I spotted this new house in Heath End, not far from where we live, and took a snap of it on our way back from Anglesey yesterday.

I tried to find it on G-Maps a couple of days ago to show Hay, but this is all I found in that location.

Note the similarity. I don't think for one minute that the original barn structure was used in the new house, but I'm really impressed with the manner in which the design incorporated the old barn's style. It may have had something to do with it being a requirement of the planning phase. Must knock on the door one day and have a chat with the owner.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Chopping Swim on Social Media

Glass chopping boards - what's the point? They're obviously designed by people who have never cooked anything in their lives and bought by the same people. One draw of a knife across a glass chopping board and it's blunted quicker than using a hammer on the knife edge.

Hay had her January swim yesterday in a bay by the pilot station on Newborough beach and declared it the coldest so far...

No, that's not a wetsuit she's wearing - just a rash vest and leggings.

I missed the perfect opportunity to take a photo of my elder brother and his wife walking along Newborough beach, both staring intently into their smartphones while engaging in a bit of social media activity. I just wasn't quick enough. Pensioners, eh?

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Delayed Dip

I'm going to follow a new diet. It's a cross between the Atkins diet, the vegetarian diet and the 5:2 diet - we experts call it eating a balanced diet.

It was Hay's 54th birthday yesterday and we came to Anglesey to celebrate it. We came through snow along the North Wales Express Way to emerge from the Conwy Tunnel into clear skies and bright sunlight.

We're staying in a luxury caravan in Newborough with my brother and his wife. Hay did intend to take a dip in the sea yesterday, but it was a half hour walk from the caravan to the beach, so she's delayed it till today, when we can find somewhere with better access and the chance to warm up fast.

Friday, 18 January 2019

Cleaning Up

Spotted this van on the M6 yesterday.

Must remember to call them the next time I commit a murder. The Skripal poisoners could have done with these people.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Mine's Bigger than Yours

I'm always intrigued by the massive size of the North Korean military caps.

What do you think they keep under them; rations for a week, ammunition?

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Night of the Long Knives

I was watching a news report following the Brexit vote last night and a young, fresh-faced, Brexit-supporting, female MP was being interviewed. She said there could be no 2nd referendum as it would destroy democracy. On three previous occasions – Denmark on the Maastricht Treaty, Ireland on the Nice Treaty and Ireland again on the Lisbon Treaty – voters have been given a chance to reconsider their votes. That  opportunity to reconsider didn't destroy Danish or Irish democracy; quite the reverse - it strengthened it.

The same woman went on to say that Europe doesn't want the UK to leave on the basis of WTO, as the UK would be at a competitive advantage. I wonder what form of distorted logic she used to arrive at that conclusion? Pure Flat Earther stuff.  If that were the case, then surely the EU would be tripping over its feet to give us a superb deal, which it clearly isn't.

I think the offending MP was Penelope Mordaunt, but can't be certain.

I still believe Mrs May is playing the long game and, providing she doesn't lose the vote of confidence, she'll end up going for one of two options; declaring Brexit too difficult after an extension, or going for a 2nd referendum, again after an extension, despite having said there would not be one. I'd plump for the 2nd option.

Corbyn is the only fly in the ointment; however, should be become PM without declaring his hand during campaigning, which I believe to be Leave, and then proceeding on that basis, he would not last long as Labour leader.

Political scientists have noted that betting odds would appear to give more accurate predictions than polls and, using Paddy Power odds, a 2nd referendum's odds are 43.5% for and 63.6% against. In the instance of a 2nd referendum their odds are 33.3% for remain and 16.6% for leave. That said, while one's own decisions are a known known and can be aggregated in betting odds, someone else's decision is an unknown known.

Interestingly, Paddy Power gives the odds of Mr May winning the vote of no confidence as 97.1% and losing at 9.1%. Seems no-one wants Corbyn. Providing May survives and the extension is long enough, there would be sufficient time to ditch Corbyn and replace him with the moderate David Miliband - the best of all worlds.

On the issue of a motion of no confidence, it's ironic that this requires a 2nd vote, To quote from the Glossary of the UK Parliament; "A motion of no confidence, or censure motion, is a motion moved in the House of Commons with the wording: 'That this House has no confidence in HM Government'. If such a motion is agreed to, and a new government with the support of a majority of MPs cannot be formed within a period of 14 calendar days, Parliament is dissolved and an early General Election is triggered." Therefore there has to be another vote after 14 days in the event Mrs May can form a new government.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Bets Are On

Well, tonight is the parliamentary vote. I wonder how much is being staked on sterling by the speculators and how much will be won - or lost...

It will be interesting to see tomorrow's chart.

Monday, 14 January 2019

The Long Game

British Prime Minister Theresa May warned lawmakers on Sunday that failing to deliver Brexit would be catastrophic for democracy. Many believe Brexit will be catastrophic for the country, if not the Union.

What she didn't say was that under the British system of representative democracy, Parliament is sovereign - not the Prime Minister, not the people, but Parliament.

Poll after poll has demonstrated that support for Brexit is now in a minority, so she'd be well advised, after two and a half years from the last vote, whether the 'will of the people' (which actually means nothing) is still as it was in 2016.

I am still of the firm belief that she's playing the long game and that a 2nd referendum will eventually materialise at the right time.