Sunday, 8 January 2017
The Roar of The Guns Returns
Hear hear to that Sir,
We have been banging on about the same subject in this parish for a few years, and can I now propose a period of mourning for each dry week experienced in the south from November to March and a bank holiday for every hundred millimetres of rain to fall in the same period.
It's just a thought, but we really need some rain to fall in this valley.
We have a few geese on the meadow upstream along with half a dozen swans, which I'll take following a few of our rambles about the county in the name of lengthening life.
I think you know what's coming, but yes we're back off to Dublin, on a £65 return flight from the world's best airport - Southampton.
We will once again be ensconced in one of the excellent Elegance rooms at the Fleet St Hotel, Temple Bar,
That's the Fleet St Hotel, Temple Bar
We will be there to take in Jack Whitehall after spending the day perusing the excellent shops the city has to offer and dinner at San Lorenzo's
That's San Lorenzo's one of Dublin's finest Italian restaurants.
We anticipate enjoying the experience so much that we have booked to return later in the year to take in the Dara at Vicar St as he makes preparations for his 2018 tour.
Looking up not down, as we don't do ground game, shooting in this environs returned after a five year sabbatical following half the wood falling over and petulance and pomposity from one who withdrew favours regarding shooting on his land.
Yes, we're back in the shooting game, and it feels goooood.
I'm loathe to mention the thing, but herefollows a bit about Brexit (if you've had enough of Brexit, scroll down to the vitriol regarding the continuation of Richard Madeley's career in various forms of media)
Please can we all agree to pull together and make the best of the situation we find ourselves in and end the chronic sniping and division
Last summer I was sent a link to an article by a baby boomer (we'll call him Rod) that questioned the appeal of sport and weren't we all making a little too much of this Olympic business in Rio?
Rod didn't get sport.
I get sport,
Most U11s get sport,
Once the game is done, the result stands. Winners and losers, we are where we are, now on to the next game.
Arguments over the result of a match long gone achieves precisely five eighths of F*&% A88
We are where we are (that phrase again) and there is niw a requirement to pull together and make it work.
A win for one doesn't mean that the other must automatically fall into line with the other's way of thinking. After a General election, opposition isn't eliminated, it has a part to play in proceedings and in the case of leaving the EU will aid in quelling the voice of the jackboot and nasty nationalist brigade who seem to be under the illusion that they have required more relevance.
Putting my purple of hat of positivity on (currently in post so I'll don the green cap of fingerscrossedity) 2017 is a year to come together for the common cause in a patriotic (not nationalistic or far right) kind of way and make the best of where we are.
Continuing to pick over the bones of a referendum result and vilifying the forty odd percent who voted the other way (I'm looking at you Alison Pearson et al) achieves nothing.
Stop looking back, move on, make this thing work and trust in the next generation, because in my experience they're a pretty clued up bunch
Happy New Year and sorry for banging on, but Richard Madeley is currently on the television in the next room working his way through planet earth's resources of the word "I" and "me" so I had to find something to do as he always makes me cross.