Saturday, 25 January 2014


Last week in the UK the news was full of the tragic story of the 16-year-old schoolboy who died after taking ecstasy at a rave on Saturday night at an event held at a warehouse in west London.
Firstly. My deepest symphonies go to his family and friends at this tragic time.

Pic not mine and as in no way anything to do with drugs
Then secondly I think why do people take drugs? If you go to a club where you have to take drugs to enjoy yourself and reach a high,  then, in my opinion you are in the wrong club! I can go out and be on “Cloud 9” by been with good interesting people, listening to great music and yet drink only a small amount so as to be able to drive home safely and legally.

Now I know that in the type of club that I frequent there is not a drug pusher  problem and I want to keep it that way! Although now a days it is unlikely that a pusher would target me at my age!

Pic not mine and as in no way anything to do with drugs
So what should anyone do if they are approached by a dealer?

Firstly say “NO” and walk away, but stay in a public area, make sure that they are not following you.

Secondly tell someone you can trust! A friend, then if you feel you can approach the promoter or an official tell them.

If anyone came and told me, I would try and secretly take a photo of the dealer then go outside and ring the police!

On way home from work last week.
If the door staff are council registered as  they should be they could also be informed, but I come from an era when not all doormen were totally trustworthy.

Pic from C4. Roast Beef on the Rib
At this point I must say that despite in my younger days been “offered” all manner of substances, it was not until the BSC farce and Tony Blair`s idiotic government banned the sale of beef on the bone, that I had ever bought anything illegal!

Thursday, 16 January 2014

It Must Be a Goth Thing.

Today at work, at a very old house. I was drilling, plugging and fixing vine eyes and wire ~the run of the mill way now a days, for tying in a Wisteria.
It`s A Goth Thing
When I came across this old rusty nail in the lime mortar in the wall, must be many years old and I thought how beautiful it looked, compared to the modern things I was using.

It`s A Goth Thing
Is This What Makes Us Goth?

Wednesday, 15 January 2014


That’s it, that’s the bucket list done. I can die content in the knowledge that I`ve have reached all my goals and I have succeeded in life!
Screenshot of the web page of Goths up Trees
The picture was taken back in October whilst I was visiting my family down in Reading, when I tied the visit in with going to Goth festival Sacrosanct (hence the T shirt) I submitted it to Goths up Tress when I got back home, but when it did not appear in the following month I thought it was not up to standard.

But it seems, all comes to he who waits and 3 months later here it is.

The picture.

What the writing says...

Alastair Appleby submitted this photo with the comment “Whilst taking our Grandson to a park I saw this tree and thought let`s go for it, your only young twice, even though I was wearing my new Sacrosanct Festival Tee shirt, I might even be the eldest Goth on here.”

I’m pretty sure this guy is the eldest goth on here.  He’s definitely the only one that has a grandchild (that I know of, kiddy goths these days can procreate young). I’m attributing the out of focus photo to the fact that the eldergoth photographer forgot their glasses, so we’re lucky that the goth up the tree was in the frame at all. 

I can’t wait until I’m an eldergoth so I can wear prescription black sclera contact lenses with my gravity affected droopy tattoos and piercings, platform boots (with no tread) and my all-black outfit to lawn bowls.  I’ll be all ‘In your face, lawn bowls authorities’, and then I’ll bite into a fake blood capsule and then spit my false teeth at them. 

Back to the goth at hand, he’s high up the tree so bonus ‘oh my aching knees’ points for that.  He has a slight smile on his face but we’re going to ignore that. He’s out in daylight but it’s an overcast looking day.  Many bonus points for eldergoth-ness and festival attendance.  Rock.
4.5 out of 5 - Respect your eldergoths

Monday, 13 January 2014

Power Washing

Been Power Washing a lot at the moment at work, still it keeps the money coming in.

Left; after. Right; before
Here are some rather cool Gothic style gates I cleaned on Thursday.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014


One of the bands on Saturday night, local lads and new friends Adrian and Patrick are The Lost Souls

(Video belongs to The Lost Souls)
The Lost Souls (Pic from an earlier gig)

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Betty`s Worm Joke

As requested here is the joke Betty, from our camping group loves to tell. I have tidied (not cleaned) it up as Betty often repeats certain parts many times depending on how much she has had to drink.
The government were concerned about the amount of Whisky that youngsters were drinking in parts of Scotland, so they sent a minister up to do talks at primary schools.

One day the minister was at a small village, with a lovely burn (stream) running through it, and went in to the school to talk to the class of 8 year olds.
He began
“I am going to tell you today about the dangers of drinking Whisky and I want to show you what too much Whisky can do to you.”

He held a glass of water taken from the burn, and said “This is a glass of pure water taken from your burn” He then took an earthworm from a tin and put it in the glass of pure water taken from the burn. The worm swam around quite happily.

Not my pic, from Google
Holding another glass, he said “In this glass is Pure Malt Whisky” He put the earthworm in the glass of Malt Whisky.
The worm swam around a bit then died!
The minister then asked the class what that meant.
The class was quite for a few moments then little Tommie put his hand up and said....



Got my appointment for a Gastroscopy at LGI Friday 4.00pm Chris is away, so cannot have a general. Can`t eat/drink from 8.00 am. Ha...