Sunday, September 30, 2018

Quote for the Day

Readers Write and Brett's Monthly

From Enid C:
Dear Otto,

This morning Philip sat at the table and I heard a laugh and “Oh Otto!”

Now he is reading out selected funnies happily having sent the Springer photo to the kids in UK as they have an adored springer called Poppy who usually goes on holidays with them. For example this weekend they are off to Hever Castle in Kent for active weekend of triathlon stuff ... and Poppy goes too.

Thank you, I don’t know how you find the time in your busy life.

Thank you, Enid.

For those who came in late . . .

These are English Springer Spaniels . . . .

. . . this is the Springer photo to which Enid is referring . . .

. . . and this is an American Springer . . .


From Byter Tobye P in the U S of A . . .
An exceptional “Thought for the Day” Otto-too true! Sometimes the “Thoughts” are my favorite part.
Enjoy the weekend!
Regards, Tobye
Thanks, Tobye.

The “Thought” that Tobye is referring to is:


From Sue P in response to the sexist ads from bygone years:

“Wow. Some of those are shockers!”

From Rosie J in response to the pics from Ethic Homes & Gardens:
“There’s not a member of my family who doesn’t have the Croatian coffee cups!!! You’re just not a real Croatian without them.”
Thanks, Rosie.

The cups Rosie is referring to are:


Brett's Monthly

Brett is always good enpough to send lists of special days, bizrre events and holidays for the coming month and this new month of October is no exception.  Here are Brett's lists for October, click on the daily ones to open the links . . .

Thanks Brett.


  • Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
  • American Pharmacist Month
  • Apple Jack Month
  • Awareness Month
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Clergy Appreciation Month
  • Computer Learning Month
  • Cookie Month
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Eat Country Ham Month
  • International Drum Month
  • National Diabetes Month
  • National Pizza Month
  • National Vegetarian Month
  • National Popcorn Popping Month
  • Sarcastic Month
  • Seafood Month

Weekly Celebrations:

  • Week 1 Get Organized Week
  • Week 1 Customer Service Week
  • Week 2 Fire Prevention Week
  • Week 2 Pet Peeve Week
  • 14 - 20 Earth Sciences Week
  • Week 3 Pastoral Care Week

National Kale Day - first Wednesday of October

World Smile Day first Friday of month

International Frugal Fun Day - first Saturday of the month

World Card Making Day - first Saturday of the month

Oktoberfest in Germany ends, date varies

Columbus Day - second Monday of month

10 Emergency Nurses Day- second Wednesday of month

10 Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day -Second Wednesday of month

12 World Egg Day  - second Friday of month

14 National Dessert Day - take an extra helping, or two

17 National Fossil Day - Wednesday of Earth Sciences Week

20 Brandied Fruit Day    

21 National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day find a recipe, too.

20 Sweetest Day - third Saturday of month

26 Frankenstein Friday - last Friday in October

27 Make a Difference Day-  fourth Saturday of the month, neighbors helping neighbors.

27 National Tell a Story Day - in Scotland and the U.K.

28  Mother-In-Law Day - fourth Sunday in October

31 Carve a Pumpkin Day - no surprise here

31 Increase Your Psychic Powers Day

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Thought for the Day

5 x 5: Art


Dioramas are scale models of real scenes, with or without people, that are often used for special effects in films. The Australian War Memorial in Canberra uses a lot of dioramas to depict battles and war scenes. 

Artist and architect Mohamad Hafez, born in Syria and now living in the US, uses found objects and scrap metal to construct dioramas of homes, buildings, and landscapes left by refugees in the Middle East and around the world. He also creates dioramas of the ruins of his homeland, describing it as “an artist witnessing the death of his country.” 


“We Have Won” 

Detail from “We Have Won” 

 Recent works show ruins and homelands in suitcases, symbolising the journeys of refugees and what they have left behind. 

Based on an update to his website this morning it appears Banksy visited the Jungle Refugee Camp in Calais, France, one of the largest refugee camps in western Europe. The artist left behind four new artworks, most notably a piece featuring Steve Jobs carrying an early Macintosh computer and a sack over his shoulder noting his background as a “son of a migrant from Syria,” (Jobs was adopted, but his biological father was from Syria). In another piece he references GĂ©ricault’s famous Raft of Medusa painting, depicting an imperiled group of people on a sinking raft as they hail a modern cruise ship just on the horizon. The artist previously brought attention to the refuge crisis in a piece at Dismaland earlier this year. 

“The Son of a Migrant from Syria” 

Detail from “The Son of a Migrant from Syria” 


There is a hit TV show in Korea called “W – Two Worlds” in which the characters enter a fantasy webtoon world. Sorta like Who Framed Roger rabbit? This has inspired a cafĂ© in Seoul, Cafe Yeonnam-dong 239-20 (which is also its address) to decorate in such a way that you feel you are in a cartoon . . . 


American artist Matt Wilson uses old silverware mounted on driftwood and old timber to create birds and sea creatures. The works are remarkable for their simplicity, yet creating amazingly detailed scenarios and depictions. 



Photographs by Robert Miller of Marilyn Monroe, aged 19, before she became famous:

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Thought for the Day

Funny Friday


Honourable No 1 son gets married this Sunday so the theme for today is weddings and marriages. 

Here are some funnies to set them on the road to wedded bliss . . . 

I made my wife's dreams come true and we were married in a castle. 

But you sure wouldn't have known it from the look on her face as we were bouncing around. 

I’ve been happily married for ten whole years. 

And ten out of thirty isn’t bad. 

How do you keep your husband from reading your e-mail? 

Rename the mail folder "Instruction Manuals." 

"You will always remember this day as the happiest day of your life." 

"But the wedding is not until tomorrow, dad" 

"I know, son" 

The best wedding speech goof up, ever. 

The best man was to include the Bible verse 1 John 4:18 in his speech. 
1 John 4:18- "Fear is not in charity: but perfect charity casteth out fear, because fear hath pain. And he that feareth, is not perfected in charity. " 
On the big day he accidentally read out John 4:18. 
John 4:18 - "For thou hast had five husbands: and he whom thou now hast, is not thy husband. This thou hast said truly. " 

I texted my wife this afternoon: “Darling, I had a bad accident at work this morning and fell from a great height. Sarah kindly rushed me to the hospital, the doctors have examined me and tested me, they have x-rayed the damage in my legs and say I may never walk again, and will possibly stay in a wheelchair for the rest of my life.” 

She texted back “Who’s Sarah?” 

I said to the wife 'I've got a problem.' 

She replied 'No, we have a problem, we’re a couple, we’re married, we’re a unit. Your problem is my problem, we’re in this together.' 

Overwhelmed with relief I said 'It’s hardly worth mentioning now.' 

But she was insistent on knowing, 'what's is the problem?' 

I then had to explain to her that 'We have got your sister pregnant!.' 

I don't think I'll ever meet the perfect woman. I might have to get me one of them mail order women. You can do that: you send away to the Philippines, and they send you a wife. The only thing is, once you're on their mailing list, they keep sending you a relative a month whether you want it or not. 



And a couple not relating to marriage, which have been previously posted and are worth another airing . . . 

A general store owner hires a young female clerk with a penchant for very short skirts. One day a young man enters the store, glances at the clerk, and glances at the loaves of bread behind the counter. “I’d like some raisin bread, please,” the man says politely. 

The clerk nods and climbs up a ladder to reach the raisin bread, located on the very top shelf. The man, standing almost directly beneath her, is provided with an excellent view. As the clerk retrieves the bread, a small group of male customers gather around the young man, looking in the same direction. 

Pretty soon each person is asking for raisin bread, just to see the clerk climb up and down. 

After a few trips the clerk is tired and irritated. She stops and fumes at the top of the ladder, glaring at the men standing below. She notices an elderly man standing amongst the throng. “Is yours raisin too?” the clerk yells testily. 

“No,” croaks the feeble old man... “But it’s startin’ to twitch.” 

Two old guys, one 80 and one 87, were sitting on their usual park bench one morning. The 87 year old had just finished his morning jog and wasn't even short of breath. The 80 year old was amazed at his friend's stamina and asked him what he did to have so much energy. 

The 87 year old said "Well, I eat Jewish rye bread every day. It keeps your energy level high and you'll have great stamina with the ladies." 

So, on the way home, the 80 year old stops at the bakery. As he was looking around, the lady asked if he needed any help. He said, "Do you have any Jewish rye bread?" 

She said, "Yes, there's a whole shelf of it . Would you like some?" 

He said, "Yes, I want 5 loaves." 

She said, "My goodness, 5 the time you get to the 5th loaf, it'll be hard" 

He replied, "I can't believe it, everybody in the world knows about this stuff but me."

Best wishes to Thomas and Jess for Sunday, may you have long and happy lives together, may your first child be a masculine child.

Thought for the Day

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

23 Before and after pics of incredible places, Part 1



From the above link:

Looking through before and after images of some of the most ancient and famous cities around the world can provide an awesome insight into the dynamics of humanity and the way we adapt to our environments. 

From cities that have grown through trade and commercial endeavors, to those that have been re-built following wars and natural disasters, here are 23 before and after photos of some incredible cities around the world. 

23. Dubai 

In the long distant past, Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates on the Persian Gulf, was known as a fishing village and a trading port. Rapid growth came in the 1970s and 1980s when an international airport was built as a stopover point, and the area became known for its trade in oil. These days, Dubai is the largest and most populated city in that region – and a tourist mecca. (And my daughter lives there.) 

22. Singapore 

Singapore, in South-East Asia, has ongoing land reclamation projects to increase the land area available for use. Since the 1960s, Singapore has increased their total land area by around 23 percent (or by 130 square kilometers) through land reclamation, and this is set to continue until at least 2030. 

21. Seoul 

People are known to have lived in the Seoul area in South Korea for thousands of years. At one time it was a walled city – surrounded by a circular wall to protect the people living within. In the early 1900s trade with the west began. Nowadays, Seoul City is a financial hub and home to some of the big global Fortune 500 companies. 

20. Tokyo 

Tokyo, the capital of Japan since 1869, had to completely rebuild large areas, and its population, following World War II in the mid-1940s. Bombs and resulting fires caused widespread destruction of several large residential areas. The Tokyo region is now the most populous metropolitan area anywhere in the world. 

19. Sydney 

Archaeological digs have discovered evidence that indigenous Australians have lived in this waterside city for over 30,000 years. Fast forward to the 1930s, and the colonial city was, in the midst of the Great Depression that affected many worldwide. Sydney’s famous Harbour Bridge, built during that period, provided employment to workers. Today Sydney is a ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in. (And I live here.) 

18. Fortaleza 

Fortaleza, which is a three-hour flight to the northeast of Brazil’s probably most famous city of Rio de Janeiro, is a coastal area that people have lived in since at least the 1500s. In the 1970s, with over 20 kilometers of beaches, it was a popular destination for Brazilian’s and overseas tourists alike. Today, it’s the fifth biggest city in Brazil with a population of over 2.3 million. (Never heard of it). 

17. Athens 

As far as cities go, you can’t get much older than Athens! It has been a populated area for around seven thousand years. Athens is built in a coastal basin surrounded by hills and four mountains and now spreads across over 400 square kilometers (250 square miles). 

16. Berlin 

Berlin in northeastern Germany is said to have been the most heavily bombed city in history. Large areas were destroyed during World War II. The city subsequently spent around 50 years divided, literally, by a wall between east and west that separated its residents. The capital of Germany, Berlin is now a thriving European city. 

15. Paris 

Paris, in the early 1900s, was a favored home to many artisans and the intelligentsia. It has been that way for centuries, and may it long continue to be so, si’l vous plait! The Eiffel Tower, built between 1887-1889 is still one of the most recognizable and visited structures anywhere in the world, and a bucket-list item for many. 

14. London 

London, England’s capital, is another city that has a history of people inhabiting the area for thousands of years. The Covent Garden Underground Station, pictured, has been open since 1907. Covent Garden used to be a fruit and veggie market. These days, the activity around the old market square is based on the arts, fashion, entertainment, and tourism. (And Megan Markle lives there). 

13. New York

New York, New York – the most densely populated city in the USA. In the photo from 1932, you can see the Empire State Building, constructed in 1930 and many of the other buildings that were erected through the industrialization period of the 1800s through to the early 1900s. Fifty years on, in 1988, the modern skyscrapers dominate the skyline. 2013, and the World Trade Centre’s twin towers are gone. 

12. Los Angeles 

Many people already have an inkling that Los Angeles has Spanish colonial history, the name gives that way. What a lot of people elsewhere in the world don’t know is that from 1821-1847, LA was actually a part of Mexico! The Hollywood Hills later merged with the city in the early 1900s. Only Downtown LA and a few other suburbs have skyscrapers in their central business districts, the rest are predominantly low rise buildings.