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Nowruz Mubarak

Nowruz Mubarak

Pomegranate, Photo by JMorton

Peter and I were out and about today;  we took an uber to go for Peter’s physio at the Royal Free Hospital.

Our Uber driver was really chatty.  After talking about the weather, we told him that it would be the first day of spring tomorrow, 20 March.

He mentioned that it would be an important day for him tomorrow.  In fact he will be taking a few days off beginning tomorrow.

He said it is Persian New Year.

He further elaborated that the first day of the New Year is spent visiting friends and relatives who are older than the visitors.  Parents, older brother, older sister, uncles, aunties, etc.

On the second day, it would be the turn of the younger ones, especially the children, who gets presents, usually money.  So it would be normal to see Iranians handing out fiver or tenner to children during the next few days.

I asked him how to wish someone a Persian New Year.  He said carefully, Nowruz Mubarak.  I repeated it and he was very impressed.  🙂

So wishing you all a Nowruz Mubarak.

He said that a lot of pomegranates will be on offer as well as recipes with saffron.  There will be a lot of sweet things like cakes and biscuits.

He mentioned a funny thing, he said that they even have a version of Santa Clause during the New Year celebration. Interesting!

The family get-together will happen during the weekend for grand eating out or dining in.

He said that in Iran that new year festivities usually last for a good couple of weeks.

Happy Persian New Year to you all!


Global Granary in Google

Water Lily, photo by JMorton

Global Granary in Google

Global Granary not in Google


Why is Global Granary not on top of the search list when you type Global Granary?


How to Find Global Granary?


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Just to let you know that if you are searching Global Granary in google, you might find it hard to do so because I did.

when it was the top of the search list, now it has hidden itself or gone away.  Why?  Why google why?

So if you have grown to like Global Granary, these are the things that you can do to be able to find it.

  • Bookmark our site:
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Beast From The East Joined Forces With Emma Storm

Snowing Wednesday, photo by PH Morton

Beast From The East Joined Forces With Emma Storm

For the 31 years I have been living in London, UK, this winter snow 2018 has been one of the most ferocious one I have ever seen.

There have been fatalities due to the freezing weather.  Public transports and the traffics , of course, as always are the first one affected.

Apparently because UK generally gets a mild winter and we do not get many inches of snow, the Government thought it was not worth to invest billions in once in a decade of 6 inches of snow.  We just have to grin and bear it for a few days and hope for the best.

Perhaps a rethink is now needed.

This 2018 winter of discontent is due to the unwelcome beast from the East, which may be a product of global warming.  It is a polar vortex, which is a mass of super extreme cold air which sits on the top of the north and south poles.

What made the beast from the East more ferocious is the 70mph strength of Emma Storm coming from Portugal.  When she met the beast, all snow broke  loose, causing disruptions in many parts in the UK.



Happy Chinese New Year 2018

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Happy Chinese New Year 2018

Blue Monday

Blue Monday

There is a particular day in the year that is considered here in the UK as the saddest time of the year.  That day has been aptly called the Blue Monday.

After careful studies and consideration, it was reckoned that the third Monday of January is Blue Monday.

Factors used to determine this particular day were the following:

  • The weather, it is dank, cold and dark.
  • The euphoria of Christmas and New Year are definitely over.  Only memory left was extra weight in your belly and hips and cheeks.
  • Time for all the credit card bills to come in and the ability to pay the bills or incur debts.
  • Natural motivational level after the holiday season.

This year Blue Monday falls on 15 January.



Duterte @ Manila Hotel

The President’s chopper, photo by PH Morton

Manila Hotel, photo by PH Morton

Duterte @ Manila Hotel

I was so annoyed when we finally got to our hotel.  We were staying at the Manila Hotel.

Almost halfway the long drive of Manila Hotel, our uber was stopped.  Apparently it can no longer go past that point as the President, Rodrigo Duterte, was currently at the hotel attending the 2017 ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nation) conference.

It was a muggy night and rather dark everywhere.  So I complained that it was unfair to hold a meeting in an expensive hotel and putting customers out who paid good money.  I suggested, why not hold major conference in CCP or PICC or even Folk Arts Theatre?!!!

I have to say the hotel security guards as well as the presidential guards were all politeness and apologies.

We walked all the way to H20 hotel and then to Manila Hotel by foot in the dark!!!

Along the way, we noticed a helicopter, which was heavily guarded.

So again, I went mental about too much expense when Malacanan Palace, the official residence of the First Family of the Philippines, was just around the corner.

Peter very sagely reminded me of the horrendous traffic in Roxas Boulevard.  The President would have been seating in traffic for too much time that he probably doesn’t have from his busy schedule.

Ooopps, Peter was so right.

A chopper is the best presidential tool to overcome ‘tanginang’ traffic!!!  🙂

UK General Election 2017

The Parliament, Photo by PH Morton

UK General Election 2017

Go out and vote!

Toute nation a le gouvernement qu’elle merite.

Every country has the government it deserves.
– Joseph de Maistre 1753-1821 (French writer & Diplomat)

Thought of the Day

Post Election:

The current Government is now in total chaos.  Though they are still the biggest party and won the most votes, they failed to get the majority of 326 seats.  This meant a Hung Parliament.

A Hung Parliament is when no single party can get enough MPs to form a majority.

Tory (Conservative Party) now need to form a coalition with another party (which is a repeat of 2010 election and proved disaster).

What now Theresa May?  And what now for Brexit?!!!

Forest Bathing @ Hampstead Heath

Wood shack at Hampstead Heath, photo by PH Morton

Hampstead Heath, photo by JMorton

I love this Manet-like impressionism photo at Hampstead Heath by PH Morton

Forest Bathing @ Hampstead Heath

Forest bathing has become an accepted form of relaxation and stress management in Japan.  It was started in the mid-80s.

But what is forest bathing?

It involves going into a woody land or forest, a green space, and hike leisurely; relax and breathe in all the freshness and negative ions, the so-called air-borned vitamins’, given off by the surrounding trees and plants.

Let all the stress of the day melt in the comparative embraces of the forest.

In London, there is a woodland called Hampstead Heath, a 320 hectares of open, green space perfect for forest bathing, among other things.  It is a place for a great family bonding.  There are numbers of ponds, there is even a ‘secret garden’ which is architecturally excellent.  It also covers a natural swimming pool for ladies and also for men, there are the Parliament Hill, the Kenwood House, Highgate pond, etc.

Be astounded at how great Hampstead Heath is, when it is just 6 kilometres away from the very busy bustling city centre of London, the Trafalgar Square.

It is a place for biodiversity: human meets natures and wildlife in a capsule of forested heath.

So Londoners, now the weather outside is no longer frightful, put on your walking shoes and have a forest bath!


Palm Sunday 2017

Just after Palm Sunday Service, iPhone photo by JMorton

Palm Sunday 2017

Today is Palm Sunday, the start of the Holy Week, where the crisis of the cross is imminent.

Let us take this Holy Week as a time to ruminate the lives we lead.

To start with, here is a wonderful food for thought:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

~ Martin Luther King Jr

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