I am a very lucky person. I live in a beautiful area,the New Forest,have a happy home that I share with my wife and two felines. More,much more than this I travel many highways,to interesting places and meeting interesting people.Carp diem.
The Holiday Inn, Maidenhead, England
Due to various restrictions here in the UK because of COVID 19, “hoomins” as my great artistic friend Pegs calls members of the servant species, are unable to travel as freely as they used to. So, it has befallen to Mitzi and I to visit various hotels and prepare reviews of our visits for when you hoomins or, ”servants” as I refer to you can resume regular travel.
Nibbles to 12th May 2021
DAVID AND GOLIATH (cotd) The wine Box (David) vs Tesco (Goliath) In Nibbles (4th May 2021) I wrote about a local independent alcohol retailer having its very survival threatened. A national retailer was applying for a licence to retail alcohol from its own premises twenty metres away. The hearing with the local authority for this application took place on 4th May and extremely sadly I heard that Tesco, the national retailer, has been granted a licence.
Nibbles to 4th May 2021
DAVID vs GOLIATH IN A SHOPPING PARADE “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try” JFK (Allegedly) Near where we live is a small parade of four shops. If I mentioned three of their trading names beyond the confines of Ringwood here in Hampshire in the UK people would not recognize them. That is how local and independent these three shops are. They harbour no ambitions for national or global dominance, just a desire to service the local community through sheer hard work to supply the quality of products that local consumers want. They are Belinda’s the bakery, Poulner Fish and Chips and the Wine Box. There is a fourth shop, a Tesco Express, which is owned by a national giant in the UK retail trade sector. (annual turnover 2019 £37.2 billion.) A true "Goliath" of UK retail.
Nibbles to 9th April 2021
LIFE IN THE NEW FOREST Easter Bank Holiday has come and gone. There was a dread amongst locals that with some of the COVID restrictions about to be lifted the area would be invaded by visitors pushing car parks and roads beyond their capacities.
Britain's hosts 2021 Submarine Race
This Thursday before Good Friday, after months of organizing effort by HM Maritime and Coastguard Agency, RNLI, Hampshire County Council, Dorset County Council, the Royal Navy, and NATO it is possible to confirm the world’s first “International Submarine Racing” competition.
Caveat Lector - let the reader beware to 30th March 2021
"Observation is a dying art" - Stanley Kubrick FOR GOODNESS SAKE SIR DESMOND CHECK YOUR FACTS Our local Member of Parliament, The Right Honorable Sir Desmond Swayne MP, like many of his fellow MP's publishes a regular BLOG. There is an extract shown below:
Omar's Diary for the rest of March 2021
The last to weeks of March have not been too bad. Mitzi has fully recovered, Man Servant has recovered from his first COVID vaccination and we are waiting to see what side effects Lady Servant will develop overnight following her first vaccination late this afternoon, 26th March 2021. Hopefully they won’t be as bad as Man Servant’s reaction as he did rather suffer. Part of me thinks he may have been hamming it up a bit.
The Member of Parliament & The Poisoned Lake
THE BLUE LAGOON Known locally as the "Blue Lagoon" because of its azure and therefore alluring colour at Harpur Hill, near Buxton in Debyshire; the county of the Peak District.