Sunday, 31 March 2013

Hey look who`s on GOTHS WITH DOGS

I might not (Yet) have got myself on the “Goths Up Trees” website, but I have managed to get on “GOTHS WITHS DOGS” Facebook page with this picture of Holly and me taken last April at Whitby.

Holly and me
 Now not been one to quit whilst winning I`ll try this on “Goths in Awkward Everyday Situations” page.
Presenting a cake to friends for their Golden Wedding

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Welcome to the world Amy

She’s here!!

I`ve got my 3rd Grandchild.


Welcome to the world Amy

At 9.24 this morning 5lb 12oz  

Congratulations to Rebecca and David.

More to follow

Friday, 22 March 2013

St. Matthew’s Church, Grosmont

Whilst almost been snowed in, and still full of flu I`ve been looking at my photo files and found these, which I took last November when at the Whitby Goth weekend.

Grosmont is a small village to the south east of Whitby

St. Matthew’s Church
According to the website www.achurchnearyou  
“St. Matthew’s Church was built between 1873 and 1875 and was consecrated on August 6th 1875 by William Thompson, Archbishop of York. It replaced an earlier church which opened in 1842. The earlier building became too small for the large increase in the population of the village with the development of ironstone mining and the opening of the Whitby-Pickering railway in 1836.

St. Matthew’s Church
 The population of Grosmont was over 1,800 by 1881, but after the end of the mining and closure of the iron works early in the twentieth century, the population quickly declined. Today the population is around 300, but numbers are swelled during holiday periods as we are located in the heart of the North York Moors National Park.

St. Matthew’s Church
 Grosmont is also well known as the northern terminus of the North York Moors Railway, one of Britain’s premier heritage railways. The approach to the church is next to the level crossing at the NYMR station and parallels the railway track.”

St. Matthew’s Church

Wednesday, 13 March 2013


This is not mine

I found this elsewhere, and thought it so funny.

I'm not sure who wrote this. I'm sure some of you can relate to it!


1) Pick cat up and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

2) Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.

3) Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.

4) Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm, holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.

5) Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse from garden.

6) Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.

7) Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.

8) Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill inside end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.

9) Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink 1 beer to take taste away. Apply Band-Aid to spouse's forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.

10) Retrieve cat from neighbour’s shed. Get another pill. Open another beer. Place cat in cupboard, and close door onto neck, to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.

11) Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges. Drink beer. Fetch bottle of scotch. Pour shot, drink. apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Apply whiskey compress to cheek to disinfect. Toss back another shot. Throw Tee shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

12) Call fire brigade to retrieve the cat from tree across the road. Apologize to neighbour who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil-wrap.

13) Tie the little front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table, find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of steak filet. Be rough about it. Hold head vertically and pour 2 pints of water down throat to wash pill down.

14) Consume remainder of Scotch. Get spouse to drive you to the emergency room, sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and remove pill remnants from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.


1) Wrap it in cheese.

Pic from Tia Greyhound Rescue 

Monday, 4 March 2013


The first Saturday of the month means it`s my night out at Flock, and this month we were treated to three bands.
Opening the evening were TOKYO WITCH HUNT a two piece eclectic keyboard and bass band. Very visually pleasing with catchy sounds a good start to the night.

Next up THE BIG SNAKES MYSTERY ORCHESTRA. I am no musician but my first thoughts were “What an exciting variety of interments” Then the band came on. We had , a cello, drums a six string bass and a ukulele. Wow, in fact WOW they were brilliant. I have to say the most brilliant of all was the bass player, who played the bass like a lead guitar. The set just seemed to fly by, I could have watched it all over again. Their face book page describes them as “anti-skiffle, swing, alternative” I`d just say “Great” with influences from David Bowie to Cab Calloway to Bauhaus. Quite a mix, but a good one at that.

The headliners were ZEITGEIST ZERO. I would describe them as burlesque in appearance, but with a more electronic rock / alternative sound. A great way to finish the live part of the night.

As per usual the DJs played a fine selection of my favourite music mixed with what I call new Goth. A funny note here is my mate said of one record “This must be from about 1992, it`s really old school” I replied “1992 is new to me”

Once again my photos are not worth putting on here, so here are some links to some youtube  videos from the night.




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