A 'Powerful' Read: Apple-Tizing: Cheltenham Views

I recently learned in a post that " The Power "  by Naomi Alderman was the winner of the 2017 Baileys ( previously Orange ) Women's Prize For Fiction. This was the first time the prize had been awarded for a science fiction novel. Being a long time Sci Fi fan I got out my trusty Library App and  was able quickly  to reserve a copy of the said book.

It certainly was an engrossing and mildly disturbing read. A dystopian book, which puts women in the 'driving seat, 'as it were. 

By using their bodily electrical systems, they are able to discharge jolts of power, which dependent upon the surge can injure, maim, or in severe cases kill their quarry, which were usually male. By this way the abused became the abusers and the females became the dominant gender.

 So the whole world culture was  changed, in order to adapt to these changed circumstances, with religion becoming increasingly Matriarchal  with the Mother  the superior.

Like GRRM ( Game of Thrones), Naomi uses poin…

Cornwall Coda: Transport Icons: Up Hills and Far Away

The last full day spent at Cornwall, involved a  circular walk starting at the National Trust's Penrose Estate.


The weather was just the right temperature for a walk.

Lake view from a walk in the Penrose Estate.

My favourite sign, noticed on the back of a van delivering -------?

The walk took us out of the lakeside and up onto  the cliff path overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

 Time for a pit- stop for a  beer and food. I choose the  scampi  and chips.

Finally after the cliff-top path, a walk up the field to the nearby road and our waiting transport  to take us back to base.

The next day ( Wednesday 14th June ) I made my way home on the 09:35 train from Penzance to Cheltenham. My last two photos were taken from the moving train and so ended a very pleasant and memorable mini- holiday.


 I saw this beautiful Tesla (Model S )  electric car at the recent Cheltenham Food Festival.
 I had a chat with the car  guys who assured me, apart from rocket acceleration, it had a range of…

Post Card From Cornwall: Sporting Links.

I have recently spent  a few days ( 10 - 14th June) With friends L. and D. in  North Cornwall. The weather was mostly dry and sunny with highs of 19 - 20 C. Ideal for walking and exploring.

Sunday afternoon was fresh, with wind coming from the sea. We walked along the Esplanade in Penzance.

The outgoing tide exposed the stone- strewn beach

We passed this engaging statue of a fisherman with a coil of rope.
Before long we came to a pub, which as well as a drink offered us some lunch time jazz. I enjoyed a half of Cornish Perry;( not going to call it Pear Cider, as was advertised on the bar) Pears and Apples are different, aren't they ?

Both the keyboard and guitar worked in sympathy  and we were treated to many good jazz moments. On one tune, the guitar's tone reminded me of the late, great Wes Montgomery (1923- 1968). This indeed turned out to be the case and the guitarist was suitably impressed with my knowledge.

On Monday we rode the bus ( free with bus pass - just renewed unti…

Final Football Roundup: Wetlands Ahoy!: The General Erection.

So here we are at the end of another football season, full of the usual triumphs and disappointments. Congratulations to Huddersfield Town ( The Terriers ) on their promotion to the Premier League, after beating Reading in the playoff final.

Manager Wagner planned a masterly campaign, commencing with survival training at a pre-season camp,( in order to engender a team spirit) and then rotating players while keeping up  the momentum right through to the penalty shoot-out in that final. ( Terriers won 4-3 ).

He now has the difficult job of culling his team, keeping core members and introducing new Premiership players.
 His team already carries the honour of being the only Yorkshire  team in the Premiership. Let's hope he can keep the Terriers there.

Right, so how did my Premiership predictions do ?

Prediction                          Actual

1 Man Utd                           6th

2  Man City                        3rd

3  Chelsea                           1st

4  Liverpool                     …

United We Rise: Football Matters..

St James' Park  from NE 1908


Wispy black clouds passed  quickly or the Gallowgate As  white hot passion began to slowly form and emanate
An eruption of sound and noise arose from the crowd A chorus of hope fulfilled, leaving us very  tearful and proud 
Champions, champions we are today, we'll away and savour  And send us a tweet to the Villa for doing us such a big favour.
Majestically the Magpies claim the northern sky  At a lower level the Seagulls  are allowed to fly.

So weary with emotion they gan  away from the ground To  have a bit craic in the taverns that in the toon abound.
'In Rafa we trust'; history in Black and White writ large and plain We canna wait to start in the Premier League all over  again.

St James' Park today.

10/05 '17 CK. ( with apologies to Geordies everywhere)

Well bless my blubber, we ( Newcastle United A.F. C.  'Magpies'), on the last match of the season , by beating Barnsley 3-0, managed to overhaul Brighton and Hove…

Robins Up : May Day MayDay!.

Well I managed to attend the Cheltenham ( Robins ) Football match against Hartlepool, The last home game of the season. You may remember from last week they needed one point from their two remaining games to ensure survival in  Football League 2.
Their final match will be  away to Portsmouth,  to which I was not too optimistic regarding points accumulating. 

With Hartlepool below us and in extreme danger of relegation, it was clear that our best chance lay in beating them.

My match ticket at a specially lowered price  to encourage a large home crowd.

I arrived at about two 'o'clock one hour before kick-off.

This was the size of the crowd in the standing area  at 2:20.

Twenty minutes later the stand was full.
Pre kick-off we were treated to some training exercises.

Here is a shot from the first half. Hartlepool in blue.

To calm the nerves  the only goal came Robin's way, in the seventeenth minute, when Harry Pell's excellent cross was met by Danny Wright's head from six yards ou…

Robins in Fight:: Peake The Drawings.

Robins , who as you may know are in a relegation fight, helped themselves considerably last Saturday ( 15 / 4 ) by beating Grimsby 2-1and as fellow strugglers Newport and Hartlepool  both lost, it was a good day for Cheltenham. With three games to play; away to Blackpool; home to Hartlepool and finally Portsmouth away, the league positions are as follows:

Cheltenham  47 points
Hartlepool     43 points
Newport        42  points
Leyton Orient 36  points

The bottom two teams are relegated to the National League, so apart from bottom club Orient, Robins are still in a tight spot. Their last home game against Hartlepool  looks crucial. I hope to attend.


Mr. Mervyn 
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