No Secrets?

Haven’t heard from Adam for a while…

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Answered a call yesterday. It was someone that seemed to know I was being checked for sleep apnea. Upon further questioning, they wanted to provide home screening for sleep apnea.

Necessary equipment would be sent via Fed-Ex to my home. After using the equipment for three nights, it would be returned to the supplying company. Then, I would have to give the data to a local physician for interpretation.

I’ve already visited a local doctor and sleep clinic, five miles away. Why did I need equipment shipped from Chicago? I already had the highest rated doctor and clinic in the area.

This past Tuesday I was tested for digestive issues.  They found a small hiatus hernia.  No, surprise to me.  I’ve had reflux for years, and take meds for it.

I thought, at first, this could have been the sleep clinic, with scheduled dates for sleepovers at the local lab.

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What’s wrong with this picture?

Books rule OK?

Have We Had Help?

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I really despair for a nation when its youth shows a clear lack of interest in bettering themselves. Yesterday I took a look at a series of one star reviews by teenagers for books which their schools require them to read such as The Epic of Gilgamesh, Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Virgil’s The Aeneid, Homer’s The Iliad and many more. In this particular instance the nation in question is the United States of America. While I smiled at what was written there, its no laughing matter. To me it shows that something is seriously wrong in Western society today.

I’m not saying that all young American’s are illiterate by any means. But when many other country’s children cry out for education, devouring everything they are taught, why is it that the same can’t be said for some Western nations, particularly those deemed to…

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Will you be remembered?

Being read is the key…

Have We Had Help?

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For every writer, the one thing they want whether they admit it or not is for their work to be constantly in the public eye. How will they achieve that? By writing numerous works of literature? No!

For you to become noticed globally, your books have to fulfil the following criteria of being highlyoriginal,influential,andimportant.

Each and every one of us secretly hopes that just one of our books will fit the bill. In the meantime with every one we pen, we want it to become a best seller. But that is a completely different kettle of fish compared to a book being regarded as a seminal work of literature by the literati, particularly here in the UK.

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Here is a partial list of works of literature currently deemed to be seminal by them:

The Iliad and The Odyssey

The Barchester Chronicles

Pride and Prejudice

Gulliver’s…

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Leading by a nose

A bit of a snotty tale – Moo!!!

Jim Webster

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One of the things you learn when working with cattle is that that they tend to lead with the nose. It’s obvious that scent is very important to them, and at the same time, if the nose is sniffing something, the eyes and ears are conveniently placed to study the object of interest as well. When you think about it, herbivores, being towards the bottom of the foodchain, tend to try and look in all directions simultaneously. It’s vitally important that they see what’s coming and there are no blind spots. Cows might seem to treat the rest of the world with casual disregard when they’re focused on you, but in reality, they still have a 300 degree field of vision because their eyes are at the side of the head. Terry Pratchett in fact took this and extrapolated it in one of his stories, with a bull whose head…

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My latest review

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After what seems like an eternity I’ve finally finished reading the above book. Here is my review of The Way of a Ship by Derek Lundy.

1 October 2019

It’s taken me well over a month to read The Way of The Ship! Even so, I’m glad I did. Being an ex matelot who after leaving the navy, crewed aboard merchantmen and two sailing vessels, I know better than most, just how capricious the Southern latitudes can be.
I must admit I did have trouble staying awake at times while reading this book. bogged down in detail as it is. This is not a light read by any stretch of the imagination…

When People Disagree: A Rant

Politics – my favourite subject. NOT!!!

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Folks, if you’ve been following my blog for the past few days, you may have noticed that there was a disagreement between me and a long-time reader of my blog. Over politics, of all things…the most fraught subject in the United States, partly because everyone seemingly has made up his or her mind already. Worse yet, most of the folks I know of any political persuasion won’t change whatever their initial snap judgment was in the first place, and thus we stay stalled out.

Nothing gets done, because we can’t even agree on the basics anymore.

I don’t know what to say about this, except that it saddens me.

In this case, my former reader was a Trump supporter. I am not, and never have been. That said, I do read George Will (a conservative columnist) regularly, watch Shep Smith regularly (the best newsman on TV, and he works on…

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