An Inside Story: The Sea And Shrubs.

Inside Story
There is no light Warm in this cosy nest  Dimly aware of Gurgling sounds in my ear Stretching my limbs I detect a changing pulse Soon I will leave this Watery cave.
Suddenly release; A sensation overdose Dazzled by lights Lifted up and touched  By affection. I cry for a joyful force  Within me.

Twenty eight days Have left September.  Nine hundred and Fifty one years ago King William landed and  Laid claim to Albion
This day I have landed On the loving shores Of  mother and so I lay claim to my new life. Full of wonders; from Crawl to Tall from Boy to Man and from Loved to Loving.
For E.S.C. ( 28th September 2017 ). Inspired by "Embryo, " by Pink Floyd..

Listen  to this track, by clicking on the link.

D. and I had a couple of days (4 / 5 ) October at Lyme Regis. As usual the weather didn't let us down. The sun was bright and the sea was calm and blue.

Across Lyme Bay

Tide out at C

Nigel,Are You Out There?:A True Champion After All: Pics.

Amongst the verbiage and general literary debris , in yesterday's "Telegraph " (22 /09 /'17 ) was this interesting and almost unbelievable article. 
There were ( writes Nigel Rees ) in 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics, no baby Nigels born in England and Wales.
That appears astonishing , especially as Mr Rees points there was one thousand 'Jaxons. ' Who?
This led me thinking and I had to admit, that of personal acquaintance, I could only remember two; one a friend from home and one I knew at college.

That, being so I suppose if you are Nigel Havers; Kennedy; Mansell; Planer and Clough then you are in a select group indeed.

In tribute, may I remind you of XTC's record " Making Plans For Nigel."

It's time to come out of the cold, we love you Nige  really!

You may have realised by now, my favourite race in the Cheltenham National Hunt Racing Festival is the Champion Hurdle, which is always the highlight of day on…

Too Quick To Catch The Action: Ever Upwards.

Last Saturday  (9/9/'17) the  penultimate stage of the "Tour of Britain "  cycle race ended  in Cheltenham.

Naturally I came along for ' the bun fight ' The race was due to end at about three thirty in the afternoon in the Promenade, so I arrived at two twenty.

 At this time I was greeted with a cloud burst.

Luckily it soon cleared up. Here is my race view.
looking from the 'top' of the Prom downwards.

Soon everyone was straining for a view .

You can see the green finishing arch in the background.

I  look a video of the finish, but with the speed of the  cycles it was less than satisfactory

Here are some volunteers waiting for the 'stragglers. '

 Here is the reception outside the Queen's Hotel.

Note in the bottom photo I did actually  ' catch ' a real live race cyclist.

Making my way home, I did  at least spot this 'cycle '


Ambition is an upward slope With peak a distance away.

Starting with confidence

Tree-Saw: Willie-Tail: Winter Has Come: Snaps.

I Wrote:

An Oxford Comma

Michaelmas cold chills bones  Leaning  away sideways creep Still the life growth not shown  In repose feigning sleep.
Hilary re- spokes the yearly wheel Starts a quickening from the floor Warmth slowly dissipates cold feel Blossoms make the pulses soar.
Trinity brings the sultry, sweating summer air From green to purple the refiner Brings a legacy of fruit to pick and share Many thanks Victoria Regina .
25/8/'17 Ck.

He Wrote :
With People, So With Trees
With people, so with trees: where there are groups Of either, men or trees, some will remain Aloof while others cluster where one stoops To breathe some dusky secret. Some complain

And some gesticulate and some are blind: Some toss their heads above green towns; some freeze For lack of love in copses of mankind; Some laugh: some mourn ; with people, so with trees
Mervyn Peake 1940- published in "Peakes Progress " 1978.

Our Faithful Plum.

Trees caught in Tewkesbury flood.

Were I to write an essay on the subject of " …

Pen Friends: French Leave:

"The Paper is breathless  Under the hand And the pencil is poised Like a warlock's wand But the white page darkens And is blown on the wind And the voice of a pencil who can find?"

( From 'Drawings by Mervyn Peake ' Grey Walls Press 1949 )

I Wrote :

The Mighty Parker
The mighty Parker descended in a gentle, yet forceful drop meeting the paper with a damp kiss. travelling south producing  a vertical line. A nanopause, then a flourish. I. Movement on a North East, South West axis until; M.
Nanopausing, then the Parker movement is repeated until;


Before the nib rests to inhale, vertical lines combine with  horizontal branches until;

Characters converse:

" Hi i am I"

"Hi I, i am M "

"Me 2"

"who is your paper mate?" I asked

i be eeeee!
" Can we get together?"

I asked.

" Great idea "

They replied. Go.
I IiiiI  
 Now together 
" Now you two try."


More Football Predictions : Cheltenham 'Treasure': Border View

Following on from last week, here are my predictions for football Leagues 1 and 2.

League 1

Blackburn        7/4

           Plymouth         14/1

          Doncaster          10/1

Blackburn, hopefully having got their troubles set aside, should  begin their long road back to respectability . They are a big club, with a proud history. Time to show their mettle.

Plymouth were there and thereabouts in their promotion run last season. They only gave way to rivals Portsmouth on the last day, yielding top spot in part, thanks to a 6-0 drubbing of Cheltenham Town (oh dear! ). If they start well, they can make a bold show this season, at  much better odds than Pompey.

Taking a chance with Doncaster. They usually strip fit at the beginning of the season and are always hard to beat. Consistency is their watchword. Nobody will look forward to playing them towards the end of the season.

Others to consider: Portsmouth; Wigan and Charlton.

League 2

              Coventry      12/1

               Swindon  …