Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Landmark Teasers – Can you name them?

What is this large piece of glass called? An extra point if you know the Post/Zip code to!

What is this large piece of glass called?
An extra point if you know the Post/Zip code to!

Clue – Somewhere in the UK this slice of a building is standing, but what is it called?

2.

this is easy

this is easy

Clue – What’s the time Mr Wolf?

3.

A view from all around you

A view from all around you

Clue – Somewhere where you only see Green?

4.

The world's biggest unicycle..

The world’s biggest unicycle..

Clue – It’s not a Ferris Wheel…

5.

Prison of the past

Prison of the past

Clue (anagram) – Donn Fool Wrote

6.

big circle in the future

big white circle in the future

Clue – Remember the Millennium Bug? (I have written a trilogy based on that – but that’s actually another story)

7.

it moves all day and night and its probably dirty?

it moves all day and night and its probably dirty?

Clue – its wet under the bridge – what am I?

8.

in the distance the city needs to be fed

in the distance the city needs to be fed

Clue – can you see a little yellow bird?

The Tube Traveller Returns (2nd in the Tube Traveller Diaries)

there's more underneath than above...

there’s more underneath than above…

Yes i’m back like Arnie

Sitting next to suited man eating his sarnie

The tube rocks this way and that

As the painted lady opposite loses her ascot style hat

The reader person buries their head in a book

The nervous tube rider doesn’t know where to look

The drooling old man, slides on to the shoulder of the women next door

Her perfume turns him on more and more

The hi-vis jacket looks on talking to his mate

Ready to hit the sites on time – cannot afford to be late

The college student check their mobile phone

Typing frantically, totally engaged, always ‘in the zone’

The tourists enter looking for a way out

London’s an easy city to navigate – that i have no doubt

There’s usually a helper, just be careful who you ask

Your choice may leave you having to wear a mask

Yes a mask to hide your false indignation

You play like you don’t understand, as you’re from another nation

Those riders exist in every corner of our travelling sphere

A sharp hard looking face that they want us all to fear

Never mind, the smiling riders operate with consummate glee

Replacing the misery guts, they don’t charge a fee

The busy, hectic rider checks their watch looking fraught

The smiling group can’t help them out, there are other battles to be fought

The relaxed rider, does this every day, sitting all smug and composed

So often in fact they can miss their stop, as they’ve had their eyes closed

Not so for the city man or woman, in their suit, tie, or skirt

When the tube reaches bank or moorgate, they are always ready and alert

The wandering eye man, circumvents the direct stare

The college female students better watch out, better beware

The opportunist take their chance to stay close

What they do afterwards I can only call verbose

So my journey observations leave me all mixed up inside

What I truly want to tell you, i’m afraid from you all i’ll have to hide

When my next travelling adventure beckons i do not know when

I hope and trust you won’t mind hearing from me again.

Starting School

When your 4 years old or nearly 5

You have to take a big step

Your next leap makes you feel alive

And fills you up with Pep

So get your school uniform on

Get those shoes polished and shining

It’s time to get ready- get gone

No time to get wingeing and whining

Mum and dad will look after you

Your new teachers will make sure you’re okay

You’ll make new friends- yes your very own crew

You’ll be beeming by the end of the school day

Take comfort you’re not the only one

Remember millions play by the same rules

Make sure you learn to have fun

As you cross the line by starting school

 

Global State of Play

THERE ARE MANY KEYS TO OUR WORLD

BUT SOME DOORS SHOULD REMAIN CLOSED

NOWADAYS THEY BEGIN TO UNFURL

WITH MANY OF US LEFT COMATOSED

BY A WAR THAT HAS BEGUN

NOT AMONGST COUNTRIES AGAINST EACH OTHER

IN A BLAZE LIKE THE RISING OF A NEW SUN

WE’RE IN A WHOLE LOT OF BOTHER

NOT BY PLANES FLYING OVERHEAD

NOT BY MISSILES FALLING FROM THE SKY

BUT BY THE NEIGHBOUR WE THOUGHT WAS DEAD

BY THE NEIGHBOUR WHO ‘WOULDN’T HURT A FLY’

‘BE ON THE WATCH’ THE BIBLE TELLS US

WE DON’T KNOW THE HOUR OR THE DAY

IN THESE COMMENTS WE HAVE TO PLACE TRUST

THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT IS ALREADY IN DECAY

ANARCHY MIGHT BE A STRONG WORD

BUT HOW FAR WILL SOME PEOPLE GO

MANKIND’S RECORD IS LOUD AND MUST BE HEARD

AN EXAMPLE OF THIS MADNESS, THEY HAVE ALREADY

SHOWN

SOME SAY RELIGION IS ONE OF THOSE ‘KEYS’

CAUSE OR CURE? THE DECISON UP TO YOU

WE SHOULD ALL BE ON OUR KNEES

PRAYING FOR AN ANSWER, FOR SOMETHING NEW

PEACE AND THE DOVE, ARE IN THE DISTANCE

A FAINT, ALMOST NEVER ENDING DREAM

WE MUST, WE HAVE TO BE PERSISTENT

FOR OUR VERY LIFE ON EARTH, IS WHAT I MEAN

SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST NO LONGER APPLIES

THERE IS NO ESCAPE FROM THIS KIND OF WAR

MILLIONS INDISCRIMINATELY SUFFER, MANY MORE WILL DIE

NOT EVEN THE SKIES CAN SAVE US, EVEN IF WE SOAR

IS RELIGION AND OUR GOD TO BE OUR SAVIOUR, OUR SHIELD

YOUR FAITH IS YOURS TO DECIDE

BUT WHEN THE TIME COMES FOR ALL OF US TO YIELD

LET’S HOPE THERE IS A PLACE TO HIDE

CAN THIS BE STOPPED, WILL THERE BE AN END?

WE CAN’T DIFFUSE AN ALREADY EXPLODED BOMB…

WE MUST NEVER ACQUIESCE, HOWEVER, NEVER BEND

LIVE OUT OUR LIVES WITH APLOMB

MANKIND HAS SUFFERED AND SURVIVED

THROUGHOUT THOUSANDS OF YEARS

AN ANSWER IS A TRAIN WAITING TO ARRIVE

AT THE STATION THAT KNOWS NO FEAR

THAT TRAIN IS FULL OF HUMAN BEINGS

YES, GOD-FEARING, LOVING PEOPLE

LIVING LIKE WE SHOULD – LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING

OUR CHILDREN NOT HAVING TO WALK THROUGH TREACLE

SIDESTEPPING, POISONS, GASES AND EXPLOSIONS

BECOMING OVERLY CONSCIOUS OF A RACE OR PERSONS

THAT IN ITSELF IS A TERRIFYING NOTION

THAT THEY ARE LEFT TO CAST ASPERSIONS

HUMAN NATURE CAN KICK IN

SOME SAY WE’RE FIGHTING A NEVER ENDING WAR

PATIENCE CAN BE WORN VERY THIN

AS THEY LIVE – YET ATTACK THE DEMOCRATIC CORE

A DOUBLE STANDARD, LIKE AN AGENT IN THE WW1 OR TWO

SLEEPING WITH IT’S ENEMY WITH A SMILE

THIS HAS TO BE HANDLED LIKE A COO

TO GET THEM AFAR, RUNNING A MILE..

HOPE AND TRUST IN FRIENDS, FAMILY OR YOUR FAITH

YOU HOLD IT TIGHT, LIKE MOTHER DOES A BABY GIRL

MAKING YOU FEEL COMFORTED, SOUND AND SAFE

AS YOU CONTINUE THE DAILY FIGHT, IN THE ‘WAR OF OUR

WORLD’…

J W NELSON©

Cornish Holiday (without Cream Tea)

Sea View to admire..

Sea View to admire..

So here we are travelling 5 hours to Downderry Cornwall. a pleasant enough trip from the east midlands (the home of Robin Hood, Nottinghamshire). The kids are fairly well behaved and excited after the journey, that included 2 stops.

We arrive at the Coastguard cottage (no.4) on a beautifully tranquil sunny day (as you can see). a brief dumping of bags into the cottage, then off the purchase some basics from the local post office come grocer store 5 minutes walk away. it was now approaching 5pm on a Sunday where everything closes at 6, except for the Ship Inn, pub. Following a quick walk along the beach ‘ to test it out’ – we settled into the Ship for tea. excellent food, fantastic views from the mountain top placement and outside ‘beer garden’.

MONDAY

Stayed local in the morning playing in the rock pools on the shingle beach – kids loved it, although we didn’t have wet suits or shoes yet.

Rocky picture show of a different kind..

Rocky picture show of a different kind..

Tesco delivered the food I had ordered in the morning, so we unpacked that and after our first visit to the beach, we had lunch and then drove to nearby Looe and about 6 miles away through some of the narrowest single track roads I have ever been on. Ten to fifteen foot high hedges on both sides and just enough room to one car  to drive through on a TWO WAY ROAD!. Blind bend, over steep climbs and drops, constantly honking my horn to make any on comers aware, we were coming through, regardless…

Anyway in Looe, a larger buoyant seaside town, full of shops, boats, people, a large carpark, facilities, a beach at East Looe, a place we could purchase of fully operational beachside gear. Having been to Looe several times in the past, it was as I had fondly remembered. Bustling, vibrant, energetic, a true holiday location in this great British island of ours. Fishing nets, a pop up tent, wet suits and shoes purchased, we grabbed ice creams, then lunch, plus a play on the beach at East Looe, before the weather (as it did for the rest of the week) began to turn.

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View from the Bridge at Looe

The dark Nimbostratus clouds circulated overhead and soon the droplets of rain tumbled from the sky. making a hasty return to our car, we made it in time before the lashing downpour started in earnest.

A very short drive to Seaton – the neighbouring town to use the wet suits and shoes and tent we had purchased. they were put to great use. Kids loved the inlet of very cold water that created its own ‘mini -safe pool’ so adults could relax on the beach side and watch them play safely in the water.

Across the this body of water lay a beachside café, where we had our lunch (and most of the other seasiders too). Further out of the inlet was the sea where we toyed with the ebb and flow of water foaming in and out and around our feet.

See a shark anyone?

See a shark anyone?

See a shark anyone?

After a mammoth task of taking down and folding the pop up tent back into its narrow round pocket, we ventured to Polperro, another one of past haunts. tranquil, quaint, pretty. a small fishing town a few miles further down the coast. A steady walk through the  town, taking in the smuggling sites and history of a bygone era, we decided to take a boat trip out to some caves. a small boat, with no life jackets used made my wife somewhat nervous. once we had started the journey (by the way the access to board itself was treacherous), the chopping sea was felt with full effect. the boat (with 8 of us on ) bobbed and weaved, letting the spray come over the low sides. that was it. we had to turn back, my daughter was in no mood to carry on.

We returned to safety with own member on board admitting they didn’t want to go back (even though the skipper offered a second fuller trip, which they refused..)

To calm the nerves we had Cornish Ice cream, (I had lost count by now how many we’d had) and a stroll back to the car via a small café (again) for coffee and cake (NO CREAM TEA!) So home, to chill then bed (maybe after a very small glass of Chenin Blanc from Chile.

WEDNESDAY

The worst day for weather – it teemed down from daybreak (as per the forecast – they’d got it right!) – when it slowed a little, I prepped for a trip in the afternoon, whilst my wife bravely took the kids out to the beach which they thoroughly enjoyed. they came back wet and mucky, yet happy and exhilarated. so we changed them dried off, I did lunch then off to the Eden Project. And yes we did escape from being ‘Under the Dome’ – thankfully nothing like Chester’s Mill (if you love that series on television )

“The Domes”

A long maybe 15 minute walk from the car park to actual entrance located inside a huge building with almost airport style turnstiles to gain access through multiple double doors out into the open to observe the view above. access to the domes meant walking through a zig-zag maze of lanes from a high position downward. Two Domes plus a 3rd building for children (that included a Dinosaur exhibition) appeared in front of us

On the left the Rain Forest dome – housing thing from the South America and the Caribbean. then across the way a Mediterranean Dome – housing plants, models, with a more European theme.

'We're trapped...let us out'

‘We’re trapped…let us out’

Sandwiched in between the domes lay a gigantic restaurant/food area serving on one side burritos, warm nachos (in biggest cone shaped ceramic pot I’ve ever seen) , sour cream, guacamole, salsa. the other side served more simpler tasting alternatives, with several fridge’s holding children’s choices with ‘kiddie sandwich bags’ and drinks. well stocked, good food, not bad pricing.

After food we visited the Dinosaur exhibition (on specifically for the holidays), a fantastically well put together look back a many millions of years ago, in a very realistic forum. its not for the faint of heart as some children were genuinely scared.

We were so hungry we ate the T-Rex!

We were so hungry we ate the T-Rex!

Next the ‘Invisible Me’ building display all about how we are as humans on a genetic and molecular level. lots of info displays explaining the building blocks to how we are and what we are made up of. intriguing.

A long walk back up the steps to the gift shop nearly at closing time (one of the last ones to leave) and then a 45 minute drive back to Coastguards Cottage and to bed.

THURSDAY

Another wet morning (great British summer weather)! so morning spent rock pooling in Downderry. following our Lunch we headed out for a short drive to the Monkey Sanctuary run by Living Futures ( a charity). The rescue monkeys that have mainly been kept mainly as pets and then poorly treated to put it mildly. a very well run educational visit on these happy go lucky species that love to play and enjoy life. we saw them eating a variety of fruit and salad items and as a treat they has sunflower seeds wrapped in paper that they needed to tear off to get to the treat… they did this as they hung together in their ‘little families’.

Dinner Time...

Dinner Time…

We stayed all afternoon as the weather continued to cast an dreary view of mist and fog by the time we left at around 5pm. A short drive home, dinner and a some TV with the children then bed!

FRIDAY

Another lazy morning at the Coastguards Cottage and at Downderry beach .then off to Carnglaze Caverns – Slate Mines – we wore hard hats and ventured 30 plus feet below into the icy, chilly mines, stepping carefully on the slippy hard floors and steps, that swept through these now empty caverns. Not that much to see or do here – we took a walk through their gardens outside that meandered over and above the caverns. within the gardens and woodland walk figurines of fairies were placed along the walking route to up interest and a talking point.

SATURDAY

Our last day so we gave the choice to the children. it was a play centre come farm call Trethorne Leisure Park. Off the A30 near Launceston. The kids loved the outdoor parts, peddle dino cars, slides, zip wires and crazy golf! Then inside they were more slides, soft play, animals to see and stroke and feed. my two don’t normally like getting up close and personal with farm animals, however they both surprised me and my son made a special friend with some ‘kid goats’ that he still talks about today.

We had food (our own sandwiches) earlier then ended up eating in their canteen to as we stayed all day. That included playing a game of bowling in their bowling alley.

A thoroughly enjoyable holiday for us in many different ways. The resplendent beauty (when you could see it) of the Cornish coastline still enthrals me, plus the entertainment value and educational aspects for the children, made it worthwhile and pleasurable . Roll on Sunday for the seven hour drive home!

Goodbye Downderry, Cornwall

Time for one last look...

Time for one last look…