Jean Writes 2018

Jean Writes 2018

Another year and I am hoping that this one is particularly a happy one and that peace and understanding will reign in the world.

I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year from my McBook Pro.  I am typing away hoping for a better year ahead of all of us.

To those who have visited us here in GlobalGranary, which is of course now but still is and was also formerly known as, 🙂  we welcome you and hope that you would continue to drop by.  And to those who are new here, I hope you can find something interesting and would become regulars.

2018 has a positive vibe about it.  I fervently hope so.

What can we expect from this year?  God only knows but here’s hoping…

The start of the new year always bring that feeling that we should better ourselves and therefore become enthusiastic in making resolutions.

What is your new year’s resolutions?

As a blogger, my resolution is to try to proof-read and preview my writings before posting.  That may be hard for me because I just click the ‘publish’ button without any second thought.  Then sometimes I re-read them and then cringe with embarrassment with my poorly worded blog.  I then become paralytic with discomfort and it is hard to correct what was written.  So if you read a blog with misspelling, poor grammar, please I beg your pardon, I did not proof-read. 🙁 again!!!

Anyway, I will try to go to my archive and check my blogs one at a time.  That is my resolution.  Please help me if you can.  Point out the particularly heinous ones and add correction, if you like 

Anyway.  wishing everyone…



2018 is Year of the Dog, man’s best friend.

Year of the DOG


  1. Finally our Christmas trees are up. We have about 5 (3 big ones) and 2 table top ones including a very old one which is about 50 years old and I have to admit it is showing its age but husband kept insisting to put it up every year in memory of his parents who had passed a long time ago.
    We also have another one which is also as all but in a pristine condition. Will post the photos here soon.

  2. Peter and I went to see the lit ceramic poppies at the Tower of London. These poppies is a commemoration of the signing of the Armistice treaty to end the First World War.

    The actual celebration will be on Sunday, the 11 hour, of the 11th day of the 11 month of the year.

    I will be posting a video of the queue of people patiently waiting for their turn to gaze at the sea of glowing poppies.

  3. I had a lung function test done today because I have been coughing all the time for years now. It is chronic.
    Anyway the lung function test is quite an easy test to do. It involves breathing to a tube normally and how long you can breathe out. Then you will breathe in ventolin in a normal fashion. It would open up your lungs and then you have a rest period for 15-30 minutes and then do the breathe in breathe out excersices again.
    I will get result from the consultant next month.

  4. Watch live the launch of the Parker Solar probe. It was about 8:32 here in the UK when it launched.
    Will look it up later how many days before it reaches near its mission of going to earth’s nearest star!

  5. World Cup 2018, which is currently held in Russia, might have had the best game of the tournament already when Portugal played Spain this evening. It was a cracking game. So exciting. It ended with a 3:3 score. Ronaldo excelled himself. He scored a hat trick for Portugal. Spain played really well despite rumour that their manager was sacked prior to the world cup.
    Hope England plays as good as Spain and Portugal. The first game last night was between the host country, Russia and KSA (Saudi Arabia) I think the score is 3:nil to Russia. So far it is a quiet game. The football hooligans have not mar the games yet. I wonder if this will continue until Monday when England has its first game against Tunisia. I just hope everything is ok.

  6. It is quite a historic day today.
    Finally after aborted summit between Donald Trump and North Korean Kim Jung un, it finally happened to day. It seems they are on their way of agreeing about de-nuking North Korea.
    What an achievement for Donald Trump.

  7. It was such a laugh! I was in our local Co-op store when I saw a magazine saying that it was official “Jennifer Aniston is having Brad Pitt’s Baby” Apparently they are not back together, they shall felt like having a baby of their own. LOL

  8. I heard Andrew Lincoln is leaving the Walking Dead after the 9th series. Will he get killed? He is the most major character in the series. Will there be life for the Walking Dead after he is gone? I have to admit I have not watched season 8 as I felt uninterested with the storyline where Rick Grimes was practically incapable of leading the gang against Negan.
    Apparently Fear the Walking Dead is a much better watch than the mother ‘Walking Dead’

  9. Peter is watching Liverpool vs Real Madrid on telly. It the champions league.
    Excruciating to watch as Liv’s golden boy superstar, Mo Salah, was injured and had to go.
    At the moment it is 3:1 to Real Madrid in which two of the goals for RMA was done by Gareth Bale. Wouldn’t he be brilliant if he plays for England but I heard he is wholeheartedly Welsh.

  10. The big news today is the wedding of Prince Harry to the Hollywood actress, Meghan Markle.
    She looked beautiful and young for her age at 36. Her dress is simple and suited her well.
    Their marriage is quite ground breaking, for one Prince Harry opted to wear a wedding band, which previous grooms did not including Princes Charles and William.
    There was also an American preacher by the name Rev Michael Curry that stole the show/ceremony. Some enjoyed it but some were rather bemused with his loud passionate sermon about love and God. That if only the world practises the kind of love that Jesus taught, then there won’t be poverty in the world.
    The wedding was held in Windsor.

  11. I have not watched Eurovision for 15-20 years now, but Peter said that there is a video online of the Brit’s performance where during her turn, there was a stage invader who grabbed the mic from her. After the few seconds chaos, SuRie just continued singing. What a trooper! What a composure! She did get a warm applause and support from the audience.
    Will she win?
    Probably not as it always been a political voting for many a year now.

  12. By the way Conservative Party retained most of their seats and acquired more mostly from voters of UKIP.

    Tory Party’s last minute electioneering won it for them.

    A leaflet from Tory said

    “Your bins won’t be collected weekly under the Labour Party!”

    How can an ordinary householder not be concerned with the most basic requirement a council tax payer wants from their Burrough?

  13. It was end of an era for the Liberal Democrats in Childshill. A few years ago they always get elected in Childshill NW2 but it all started going wrong when Nick Clegg, the leader of LibDem married the party with the Tory Party during David Cameron’s time. That was the start really. It had a domino effect and the bad luck from the top trickled down to the ward councillors.

    Jack Cohen, Monroe Palmer and Suzette Palmer had done so much for the burrough, especially in Childshill and Golders Green.

    But people nowadays are more transient, they moved and the grassroot LibDem had died, grown too old to vote or just moved away.

    Only a few remember the valiant effort the above three councillors had done.

    I am really sad that no Lib Dem is left to fight the good fight for Childshill and Oh boy we need someone to do just that.

  14. It was that time again when we had to vote for new Councillors here in London and around Uk.

    I am really rather excited to find out who would win in the London Borough of Barnet. Conservative had a stronghold of Barnet for a number of years now. Would they be able to continue on especially with the Tory Government/party under Theresa May is in a bit of a shamble at the moment.

    Let’s wait and see.

  15. Went to the dentist today. She asked me when I had a deep clean. I said I am not sure. She then told me to make an appointment for it. She then concluded to see me again in 6 months. What the hell?!!! That talk cost me £21.70. She did not really do anything.

  16. The controversy regarding Mark Zucherberg, founder of Facebook continues on. What did he really do with the people information. Apparently FB allowed Cambridge Analytica to make use of the information of people to influence many things including politics, especially the election Donald Trump.

    Being a subscriber of FB myself since 2009, I am not happy that my information is being delved to by anyone I have not given permission to.

  17. The mini version of the Beast from the East has returned with more offering of snow. Not as ferocious compared to two weeks ago but still brings the brrrrr to the weather.

    The beast from the east cannot overwhelm a camelia, which is ready to parade its beauty for the coming spring.

    Come on Spring!!!

  18. The a mini-beast from the east paid a random visit to the UK. We had a light sprinkling of snow but it is really cold outside. Again, thanks for our central heating.

  19. 2018, good start to the new year. The backdoor like same door as above had broken another key. Peter did it, again!!!

    Thank God for our neighbour, Mick. With a set of fliers, he was able to get the broken key.

    I though we would need a completely new door. But with an application of WD40 the lock is so easy to open with the new set of keys.

    TIP: apply WD40 to locks before autumn and winter set in when wooden doors expand.

  20. Woke up with an inch of snow on the ground yesterday. But my lunchtime, it had vanished.
    Today is sunny and clear. Apparently it may snow pretty hard yet during the next few days.

  21. Justin Trudeau is currently visiting India and rather overdoing it. Apparently Indians are saying that he comes out rather overdressed in his Indian garb. He is more overdressed compared to most Indian grooms. He was also seen enthusiastically dancing in Bollywood style. Why not. Enjoy while you can. Good one Justin!

  22. I read an article from the BBC through Facebook that a woman called Kaya had sent an open letter to about the limited meaning to feminine as opposed to musculine. It seems, from Kaya’s point of view, feminine doesn’t include strong women who save and make a difference in the world. 🙂

    But Kaya is not taking every female in the world into consideration. Being feminine in Asia, in the daity, gentle, tender, kind is much valued and part a sort of status.

    To please everyone, why not just coin another term for the more musculine woman and call them femiline. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  23. The unthinkable happened. KFC, the giant fried chicken specialist had run out of chicken that they had to close many branches. Of course, it is not because there is a scarcity of this favoured fowl, it is just that KFC had changed their delivery agency from BidVest to DHL.
    Probably to cut cost but it left them with eggs on their faces instead. They have disappointed customers and probably losing 1Mpounds a day for their lack of chicken.
    Heads should roll with the chicken with this debacle. Who decided to change Bidvest, a specialist food distribution group to DHL?!!!

    I got this message from the Colonel on 18 Feb.
    KFC Hero
    We’ve brought a new delivery partner onboard, but they’ve had a couple of teething problems – getting fresh chicken out to 900 restaurants across the country is pretty complex!

    We won’t compromise on quality, so no deliveries has meant some of our restaurants are closed, and others are operating a limited menu, or shortened hours.

    We know that this might have inconvenienced some of you over the last few days, and disappointed you when you wanted your fried chicken fix – we’re really sorry about that.

    Shout out to our restaurant teams who are working flat out to get us back up and running again.

    Hope to see you in our restaurants soon

  24. St Valentine’s Day Massacre 2018

    It is another sad and disturbing news. A 19 year old boy went to his former school and created heinous massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
    17 people (RIP)have been confirmed dead and at least 50 more injured.

    The boy should be punished in the most severe manner.

    He did not only kill people but also the spirit of St Valentine for current and future generations of this Florida high school.

  25. OXFam Sex Scandal

    It is sad that a British charitable institution, that is doing such a good work supporting, teaching, aiding and working with people around the world would be involved in such as tawdry activities brought about by some of their charity workers.
    The scandal came to light after investigations with the sexual shenanigans in Haiti of some of Oxfam aid workers.
    This was really not tolerable because as an aid-giver, you are not sure now whether your donation, however small, is going to the right needy people. Apparently many regular donors have cancelled their direct debits. You can’t really blame them.
    Monies given through the goodness of their heart and used to relieve sexual urges. NO!

  26. Justin Trudeau Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, is the butt of jokes this week.

    During a town hall meeting, he interrupted a woman who was saying that maternal love is the one that will change the future of human kind.

    Trudeau was not happy with the term human. He said they should use people kind as it more inclusive.

    I am afraid his peoplekind did not go down well with the media and the masses. He has now retracted his politically correct term. He said it was just a joke. So this kind of meeting is really just a platform for him to show off his prowess as a stand up comedian.

    LOL what a joker!!!

  27. It is my birthday today and I am getting a cold. Funny enough I feel like I have lived through this new birthday, For some reason, whenever I was asked for my age previously, I always give my new one now. Funny that! Anyway hope this year is a lot better than last year, God bless me! 🙂

  28. Terrible news from the Philippines. Apparently Mayon Volcano is once again spewing lava. Villagers are warned to evacuate. We went looking for the Mayon in 2016. It was indeed a majestic sight especially up close and personal. Certainly one for the bucket list.

  29. Oprah Winfrey gave a very powerful speech during Sunday’s Golden Globe award. She talked about bringing out and fighting corruption and injustice, etc, which of course pertains to the Harvey Weinstein’s Hollywood mega-scandal. Unfortunately for Oprah, photos now are coming out that she is rather chummy with the alleged Hollywood sex-pest. In one photo she is shown giving Weinstein a friendly kiss. Apparently it is hard to say that she did not know about the scandal, because it is an open secret. And to think people are talking about Oprah being the next president and being the first female president as well of the US.

  30. It is a tiring day today. We had to remove all Christmas decorations down on the 6th of Jan. It is believed that misfortune will befall those who had not bothered to remove theirs.
    Better safe than sorry. But I must admit, I am feeling sorry for myself because Christmas is truly over and the house looks to bare. I can see the window, I can see the wall, I can see the ceilings and omg, it’s bright.
    How many days more before putting up all the decorations all over again? Just the thought is tiring me out already.

  31. Peter said that I should have a break watching Korean dramas and see something without subtitles for a while. There is a wonderful 8-part episode from the BBC called McMafia.

    It is really good. Exciting with lots of actions and adventure with lovely cinematic sceneries. There are some really violent scenes, which of course comply with the after watershed at 10pm.
    Ah Peter, there are some subtitles. I supposed this can only be expected as it is about Russian mafia, which has arms that reach internationally!

    The drama stars the rising British actor, James Norton. He is drop dead gorgeous in a very British upclass way.

    The only thing though is that he needs to up his acting a bit as he is still rather wooden and stilted. Another thing is that he has to practise for a lower more masculine speaking voice. He is touted to be the next James Bond but I can’t really see him saying, “Bond, the name’s James Bond” with enough authority and magnitism.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.