Friday, 28 November 2014

Having a rant

WARNING: This posting has nothing to do with birds, wildlife or anything else that might normally draw someone to access this blog so please feel free to log off and look at something else as the opinions of the blogger may not necessarily chime with your own. Anyone continuing to read beyond this point does so at their own risk.
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Black Friday - BLACK FRIDAY! How much more of this transatlantic excrement must we be subjected too? Is it not bad enough that we have to put up with shops being full of Halloween junk while we can't even celebrate our own tradition of Bonfire Night without the Health and Safety Nazis becoming vociferous? And what about the SCHOOL PROM - how many of you reading this are daft enough to pay hundreds of pounds for dresses or suits that will be worn once or hire ludicrous stretched limousines to take your offspring to what is essentially the end of term disco (and that's just for eleven year olds at primary school)! If this particular cap fits, in the interest of the Gene pool, this blogger suggests that you all line up for a Darwin Award as soon as possible.
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YES! I know that I am a miserable git and the epitome of a grumpy old man but if you watched the news this evening I hope you felt as embarrassed as I did for being a human being. Avarice, greed and all the worse attributes of humanity stripped down to the most basic exemplification of what it is to live in a capitalist economy - and I am one of the least political people you will ever meet.
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SICK OF AMERICA AND EVERYTHING AMERICAN. Vote for me at the next election and I promise that the first thing I do will be to ban all American television programmes from being shown on British Television so that our younger generation are not exposed to any more of this totally indefensible crap so that we can all return to sensible and traditional British behaviour.
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Yes I know a lot of you may disagree but tough, this is my blog not a democracy. For the record I would also ensure that all shops were shut EVERY Sunday so that retail staff could have a well deserved day off, ban recreational shopping, reinforce traditional licencing hours and ensure that nobody under the age of twenty-one could vote, drive a car, smoke or drink alcohol because (lets face it) our grand-parents were right.
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Good, got that off my chest. Sorry if you are offended but as you know from my first posting on the new blog, that's the way I feel, if you disagree then that's your prerogative and I couldn't give a monkeys and for the record, if you do disagree then please be aware that those are my heart felt opinions which I have every right to hold and I don't intend to dress them up for you  just to keep the peace (if you didn't want to read my opinions I would politely remind you that you were advised to bail-out of this posting in the first paragraph)- so there ! - Chaz

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Ray gets wet again!

 
Well done Mr Fellows, although if you go out in much more Rain you are going to have to trade 'Monty' in for an Otter hound!
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Anyway, this time it was sort of worth it as he did find our third Goldeneye of the autumn. Its funny that as numbers of this species seem to be declining at their traditional sites they are becoming a bit more frequent on the Mere. Perhaps its just a fluke seasonal thing this year but it would be nice to see these gorgeous little birds a bit more frequently.
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Not a lot more to report although Ray did take time to count the other interesting duck (Pochard (9) - Gadwall (4) and a male Shoveler). I have got my eldest home for the weekend so not likely to be doing much on the Marsh so if you do put your waders on and have a look, let me know what you see please (that's on the Marsh, not in your waders, I'm sure your socks are very colourful but with respect, I'm not that interested). - Chaz