Sarah Palin is the reason compasses point North.

calendar   Thursday - September 22, 2011

Cars so ugly they should be towed!

Go here for more nasty cars.

Example: Number 13


Yep. This one’s for you, Drew!


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 09/22/2011 at 02:49 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - August 20, 2011

I fixed it!

peiper, you had a problem with this:

I don’t know anything about failing CCD cameras. But I took that photo, and turned it into a B&W:


Note the hint of ‘mystery’ in the B&W version.


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 08/20/2011 at 03:33 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - July 12, 2011

a coffee, a coffee. my castle for a coffee.  oh never mind.

The ole knee seems to be having trouble holding me up. Sort of. OK not that bad really but damn bothersome.

Had electrician here all day yesterday.  The old place needed rewiring to bring up to code.  I can’t describe what there was before.  The old boxes from the 20s thru the 50s in place and just plain not too good.  So, there was a lot of stuff to move out of the way ahead of time.  Things (trust me) are way different in an old English house built in 1924, from similar homes built in the states, depending of course on what part of the states you’re from.  So, the switch over to new fuse boards and additional outlets is time consuming and exhausting for us both.

They do things a bit different here for sure.  For example, they do pick up the debris left behind but do not clean up anything. That is, the brick dust on the counters closest to the work area. And they don’t haul away the leftover crap.  Some do but some don’t or don’t have a license to haul commercial trash.  Howz that fer weird?
Yeah really.  If you put some junk in your car to haul to a dump say, it’s residential and ok.  But if the electrician puts the same thing in his van that he has hauled from your house, it becomes commercial waste and he has to be licensed under threat of a large fine.  Well, he has the license but still asked us to dispose of the waste. There isn’t really that much. Just a medium sized trash bag is all.  So I will have to hide that bag in the middle of next weeks garbage pick up.  It’s all bagged of course but I am just a bit worried about the weight.  If the pick up folks find the wires and old boxes and such in our bin, we could be in hot water.  I guess I’ll split it up into two separate loads for two separate pick ups.  Gee, it’s so much easier back home. But these folks are determined to save the planet.  All by themselves if needs be.
He’s back today installing a couple of extras I wanted, but I had no idea it might take so long.  Can’t use our kitchen yet. Yikes.  No coffee, no tea, no nothing.

Electrician had to go into the small attic.  Yuk.  pretty nasty up there. Tight fit with wiring underneath what little installation there is, exposed nails as the attic was never finished with flooring or anything. Just one small platform I had put in years ago to hold excess luggage and a few boxes. While up there, the holder for his mobile phone opened as he worked and came away. It fell somewhere down into the cavity of the house, far below and between the walls.  Gone bye,bye. 

He’s still here, and I wish I’d had breakfast before he arrived. I just wasn’t hungry. Then. Ah … not to worry.  I have Skippy Creamy Peanut Butter on hand. 

Stay Tuned.


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 07/12/2011 at 05:12 AM   
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calendar   Monday - July 04, 2011

Rebuilding the list

I know a whole bunch of BMEWS readers have their own blogs. I took down the blogroll here some time ago when it was hopelessly outdated. It was suggested that I rebuild it. I can do that. But why should I put in links to places that don’t have a connection to this place? Ok, maybe a few of them, but just a few.

So if you have a blog or web page and you’re a member/reader here, send me an email with the URL, and I’ll rebuild that list with some meaning. Kind of an extended family tree thingy.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/04/2011 at 10:12 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - June 21, 2011


I Blame Bush Scott

----- Original Message -----
From: Tim E
Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 3:00 PM
Subject: Request for a removal of a link

Dear Drew,

I am the director for and recently I discovered an article on your site that has a lot of links to our site (  While I appreciate the mention, I would much rather our links be on sites that are directly related to our audience of people suffering from a terminal cancer. 

Because of this, I would like to ask you to either remove the Mesothelioma links from the article, or remove the article all together.  Please feel free to call me directly if you have any questions about this at xxx-xxx-xxxx or email me.

Best Regards,

Timothy E

------ Reply -----
From: Drew458
To: Tim E
Subject: RE: Request for a removal of a link

Dear Tim,

Let me get this straight. Your website, which is all about distributing information about mesothelioma symptoms, finds it objectionable that you’ve been linked to as a source of mesothelioma symptom information, because someone who might not already have the disease might be interested in it, might wonder about it, and click the link to your website?

So you feel your website is some kind of exclusive insider’s country club? Yet you don’t run the site as a subscription service, nor do you pigeonhole your pages within a relatively closed network like WebMD. No, you are a public site, open to all and sundry. Oh, your subject matter is about a terminal illness. That’s sad, but that doesn’t make you any different than anyone else’s web site.

Your own About Us page states

The web resource is sponsored by Seeger Weiss LLP. The site has pulled together as a single resource everything related to asbestos in order to promote education and awareness for victims, their families, and the general public.(emphasis mine)

Well, my blog is about as general public seeking education as it gets.  Yet you find it bothersome that a single hyperlink helps the general public find your pages, while at the very same time your pages encourage readers to follow and befriend you on Facebook and Twitter, which is as open a form of linking as exists. It’s hard for me to follow that chain of logic.

Hang on, it actually turns out that you aren’t really a medical information organization at all, you’re a law firm. Good golly. Not much different than that one on the afternoon TV ad with the gravelly voiced announcer pushing mesothelioma patients to sue.

Let me ask you, since your home page mentions how “as many as 3,000 Americans a year are diagnosed with mesothelioma” and considering that there are likely thousands of websites (Google returns almost 20 million hits on “mesothelioma” - your site does not show up in the first 4 pages; however Google only returns 1.47 million hits on “mesothelioma symptoms” and your site does get the 1st and 2nd non-paid slots) ... how many hits have you received from my blog? How many are you receiving daily? Especially since this particular post is from more than two months ago, and at an average of 4 posts a day, is now utterly buried in the archives at this point.

The whole concept of the internet is the free and open dissemination of information across a massively multiconnected network; getting links from other places is what makes it tick. If you find this kind of open networking distasteful, why are you even online?

You can’t make the argument that our post was at all unsympathetic or derisive to the malady at all. If anything, it was making the point that mesothelioma was deserving of more funding.

So you have left me rather confused. Everyone else on the internet is only too happy to get linked to; there is no bad publicity. But you object to it, even when such a linking is sympathetic to your cause. That makes no sense to me ... unless your whole site really isn’t really about promoting education and awareness, but about promoting more business for your law office.

Oh, and it wasn’t “a lot of links”, it was one. And what makes you think that a vast number of my thousands of readers don’t already have this disease? I’ve never asked them about it.



I run one lousy guest post, and this is what I get. Sheex.  Yeah, I pulled his stupid assbiscuit link. Mostly. Well, you can’t say I didn’t edit that post to remove a direct hyperlink to his website.


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calendar   Thursday - June 09, 2011

Good To Go

I just renewed the internet domain registration and the WhoIs for our alternate web address. Got a nice deal, 25% off, by doing them both at the same time.

The whole deal was only $12.63. But it allows our readers to get to this site even if they forget to use the dash in the URL. That’s right: redirects here. One of these days I’m just going to make the effort to change the URL to, and perhaps move the blog to another, less expensive, host. Right now if you try to goto, you get an odd page from some server saying Host Not Available, and then a list of some odd little webpages on that server. Whatever. That means that is already registered to someone, but it isn’t actually in use. Fine.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/09/2011 at 10:25 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - May 18, 2011

Hear Ye Hear Ye

Miami Herald, please send me an email with your new email address.

I gather you’ve either changed your email address or you’re having trouble with the one you have.

Whatever, but I’m getting an inbox full of “Mail delivery failed” notices.

That is all.

Thank you.



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calendar   Sunday - May 08, 2011

Oops, I missed one

Reader P sent in a Paypal donation last month and I missed it. Sorry!

Paypal bombards me with emails, as do quite a number of phony Paypal sneaks who are out to rip off my password. So I probably missed the “you’ve got cash!” email.

Every dollar we get here helps run the blog, and if there is ever a year when we more than meet operating expenses, that money goes in a piggy bank to offset next year’s costs. I don’t pocket any cash from this thing at all.

For the first time in forever we’ve got an advertiser, and that really really helped. I email back and forth with other “potential” advertisers all the time, but it turns out that most of those are phishers trying to get my PayPal account password. And the ones who do seem to be real usually offer micro-peanuts for what they want. Such as “we’ll pay you $20 to put 12 links at the top of your blog and run them forever.” Yeah right. This blog churns 3.5 million hits a year; surely ad space is worth a little more than that, right?

So thanks again P, and try not to be too mad that I didn’t get back to you until today, when you sent me that (deservedly) cranky email. Your donation is not unappreciated. No donation is too small to be overlooked.

Update: I just got home from doing the Mother’s Day thing. We had a great day, and a great meal. I so miss having a charcoal grill here, even if it’s just to grill up some chicken. Traffic wasn’t too bad for the 160 mile round trip, and for once I got to drive home from mom’s when it wasn’t raining or snowing. Sweet. Anyway, I realized after I put this one up this morning that I should have added the word “deservedly”, and now I have. Didn’t want anyone to think I was being smarmy or anything.

And in my inbox I find an email saying another reader has sent in another donation. You guys rock!! Thank you, thank you, thank you ... and thank you ... and thank you ... and you too!
PS - the donator sent me an email. I have not yet been notified by Paypal. Let’s see how long it takes them, if they tell me at all.

Now to read the daily comments, check my BMEWS email, try and help Peiper with some strange thing the new Firefox release is doing, and then to bed.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/08/2011 at 09:21 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - April 28, 2011

It’s not that kind of code

Back in the long ago days of Once Upon A Time, computer programmers had to deal with systems that had limited computing power and limited working memory area. The languages of those days weren’t object oriented, and data was handled by putting it into some sort of structure. Once in a structure, it could be sorted, moved about, added and deleted, etc. The core part of building any of those structures was the linked list, which was an electronic lifeform (so it seemed sometimes) made out of nodes, where each node was a small encapsulated entity with the ability to point to the next node in the structure. The pointing was done by a little bit of data called a pointer that carried a machine supplied address, and the value of that pointer was the location of the next node. This let the computers put your data wherever it had room to stash them, but you could pull out huge chains of the stuff just by “pulling” on one “string”. Needless to say working with pointers could be a challenge, and the lesser languages did not have automatic housekeeping, which often lead to the dreaded “memory leak”. You did these things right, or the whole system could crash. Things are better these days, because languages like Java allow the programmers to code as if all their data lives in arrays. Arrays are contiguous chunks of memory cut up into data sized pieces called cells, and to get from one cell to the next you simply add or subtract from an index. Put simply, my_array[1] stores info in the chunk of memory right next to my_array[2]. The truth is that Java and the other modern languages store the information wherever the heck they feel like it, but they do all that pointer manipulation behind the scenes so you don’t have to. And they clean up the trash automatically. It makes for much easier and faster programming.

So that’s what a linked list is. A list of links is something entirely different, and Right Wings News has gotten together with Doug Ross and created a new one. Instapundit is one of the original list of links blogs, and now Hawkins and Ross have created Trending Right. It’s purpose is to supply a continually updated list of “happening” links, all of which are of a Conservative bend. But to make it extra special, the stories linked to are the ones that are - right this second - trending on Twitter. [eye roll]

Trending Right shows the most linked conservative stories on Twitter for EACH HOUR. So, if you want to know what’s hot on the Right, RIGHT NOW, then you read Trending Right.

I personally am missing out on the whole Twitter, Facebook, Social Networking experience. I rarely ever even send a text message on my cell phone. I think it’s all crap.

Is Trending Right worth a visit? Sure, if staying on top of the wave is important to you. For the rest of us, the Big Story of the Day or Week will be enough.

Here’s a fast random sample off of their front page ...

Hey, remember when the high price of gas was Bush’s fault? It costs more now, but nobody - not even Nancy Pelosi - is pointing fingers at the White House.

The Founding Fathers ‘Admired Islam?’ The International Movement to ‘Islamize’ Your Knowledge. Like Hell they did. I’m seeing creeping islamization in my daily life, with “allah” and the terms for various arab bits of clothing etc showing up as clues in the local newspaper crossword puzzles. And they can damn well stop that, thank you. Besides, if you can’t make a crossword without the crutch of using words in other languages, you kinda suck.

John Stossel: Government Creates Poverty, Freedom leads to prosperity. No shit, ‘stache. Well done. Now take this here hickory cluebat and go beat that thought into the other ‘stache (Geraldo) until something breaks.

Yee haa! Walmart is back in the gun business! Sure. Everywhere except NY and NJ I bet.

Speaking of Walmart, here’s one from the WTF Files: Man in cow costume steals 26 gallons of milk from Walmart , gives it away for free in parking lot, then skipped away. He was later arrested, and police found the cow costume in his car trunk.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/28/2011 at 03:17 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - April 21, 2011

Lost In The Attic

Whenever I go into the backroom at BMEWS and poke around, I come across things that just seem to be stuck in any old which way. Allan was a bit of a pack rat and it’s taken me a long time to mostly square away the server side of this blog. Among the treasures and trash I found a few Acrobat files which he kept that were copies of Extreme Hate-Filled Lefty journalism.

Remember the Bush/Kerry debate when the LLL (as we called them in those days: Lunatic Liberal Left) got their panties in a soggy bunch because they thought Bush was wearing a wire? It turned out to be the protective vest the Secret Service insisted he wear. Allan saved a copy of a UK op-ed (Charlie Booker writing in the Guardian) from that, which called the President a drooling imbecile and worse, and praying for someone to assassinate him.

Quite frankly, the man’s either wired or mad. If it’s the former, he should be flung out of office: tarred, feathered and kicked in the nuts. And if it’s the latter, his behaviour goes beyond strange, and heads toward terrifying. He looks like he’s listening to something we can’t hear. He blinks, he mumbles, he lets a sentence trail off, starts a new one, then reverts back to whatever he was saying in the first place. Each time he recalls a statistic (either from memory or the voice in his head), he flashes us a dumb little smile, like a toddler proudly showing off its first bowel movement. Forgive me for employing the language of the playground, but the man’s a tool.


On November 2, the entire civilised world will be praying, praying Bush loses. And Sod’s law dictates he’ll probably win, thereby disproving the existence of God once and for all. The world will endure four more years of idiocy, arrogance and unwarranted bloodshed, with no benevolent deity to watch over and save us. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr - where are you now that we need you?

And the Left these days screams for “civility in debate” when the Right merely says “we don’t like Obama”. And then the Left goes right back to making death threats. Hypocrites. There’s another charming piece he kept concerning the Valerie Plame / Dick Cheney imbroglio. Choice stuff.

I’ve got files where he practiced his html coding ... and it’s a learning curve, believe me ... he tried to format a copy of one of the God In The Dock essays and made such a hash of it that I can’t even read it with a code editor. But there are also a few things I’ve found that are worth sharing, just to have a slight maudlin moment and say that Allan is still here even though he is long gone. So here you go.

Ronald W. Reagan


At the end of his two terms in office, Ronald Reagan viewed with satisfaction the achievements of his innovative program known as the Reagan Revolution, which aimed to reinvigorate the American people and reduce their reliance upon Government. He felt he had fulfilled his campaign pledge of 1980 to restore "the great, confident roar of American progress and growth and optimism."

On February 6, 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan was born to Nelle and John Reagan in Tampico, Illinois. He attended high school in nearby Dixon and then worked his way through Eureka College. There, he studied economics and sociology, played on the football team, and acted in school plays. Upon graduation, he became a radio sports announcer. A screen test in 1937 won him a contract in Hollywood. During the next two decades he appeared in 53 films.

From his first marriage to actress Jane Wyman, he had two children, Maureen and Michael. Maureen passed away in 2001. In 1952 he married Nancy Davis, who was also an actress, and they had two children, Patricia Ann and Ronald Prescott.

As president of the Screen Actors Guild, Reagan became embroiled in disputes over the issue of Communism in the film industry; his political views shifted from liberal to conservative. He toured the country as a television host, becoming a spokesman for conservatism. In 1966 he was elected Governor of California by a margin of a million votes; he was re-elected in 1970.

Ronald Reagan won the Republican Presidential nomination in 1980 and chose as his running mate former Texas Congressman and United Nations Ambassador George Bush. Voters troubled by inflation and by the year-long confinement of Americans in Iran swept the Republican ticket into office. Reagan won 489 electoral votes to 49 for President Jimmy Carter. On January 20, 1981, Reagan took office. Only 69 days later he was shot by a would-be assassin, but quickly recovered and returned to duty. His grace and wit during the dangerous incident caused his popularity to soar.

Dealing skillfully with Congress, Reagan obtained legislation to stimulate economic growth, curb inflation, increase employment, and strengthen national defense. He embarked upon a course of cutting taxes and Government expenditures, refusing to deviate from it when the strengthening of defense forces led to a large deficit.

A renewal of national self-confidence by 1984 helped Reagan and Bush win a second term with an unprecedented number of electoral votes. Their victory turned away Democratic challengers Walter F. Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro.

In 1986 Reagan obtained an overhaul of the income tax code, which eliminated many deductions and exempted millions of people with low incomes. At the end of his administration, the Nation was enjoying its longest recorded period of peacetime prosperity without recession or depression.

In foreign policy, Reagan sought to achieve "peace through strength." During his two terms he increased defense spending 35 percent, but sought to improve relations with the Soviet Union. In dramatic meetings with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, he negotiated a treaty that would eliminate intermediate-range nuclear missiles. Reagan declared war against international terrorism, sending American bombers against Libya after evidence came out that Libya was involved in an attack on American soldiers in a West Berlin nightclub.

By ordering naval escorts in the Persian Gulf, he maintained the free flow of oil during the Iran-Iraq war. In keeping with the Reagan Doctrine, he gave support to anti-Communist insurgencies in Central America, Asia, and Africa.

Overall, the Reagan years saw a restoration of prosperity, and the goal of peace through strength seemed to be within grasp.

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calendar   Tuesday - March 15, 2011

That was fast!

Last Saturday night I placed an order. Today I received the order.


I ordered two BMEWS mugs. One for home, one for work.

Sadly, like almost everything else, including my iMac and iPad, the BMEWS mugs are made in China.


I thought I’d ordered one for home and one for work. My wife appropriated one when she discovered they were 20 oz. size.


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calendar   Saturday - February 26, 2011

Firefox Tips for avoiding blacklist punishment

Have you ever lost a great comment here because the blacklist filter spit out your post? You can’t post certain links here, but you can avoid the punishment of losing your whole comment if this occurs. This happened to me this morning, so I found out several ways to work around it.

Firefox users can go into about:config and set dom.disable_window_open_feature.toolbar to TRUE, which will override any Java setting a blog engine might use. That way you ALWAYS get the toolbar in a new popup window, even if the blog is set to not give it to you.

Another way is to learn the Firefox keyboard shortcut, Alt-Left Arrow, which will take you to the previous screen. So it works the same way, but without anything visible. Blacklist message? Alt-Left, then edit your comment and resubmit. You do have to remember the shortcut though.

A third way is for me to change to the parameters of the popup comment window so that it always has the browser toolbar visible. This is easy to do, now that I know how and where to do it. It makes the comment window load a tiny tiny bit slower. I tried it, it works, but I went back to having it set to ‘off’ for the time being. If folks would prefer to have it on, sing out in numbers, and I can do that.

A fourth way is to set your browser to force all popup windows to open as a new tab. That gets you the back button by default because the new tab is still within your original browser window. It should be a tick or two faster to open a new tab instead of a whole new browser window as well. In Firefox this is done in about:config by setting the value for to 1. See

Fifth way: when in doubt, try the obvious. D’OH!!! Using the backspace button will take you from the blacklist message back to the comment editor. It will not take you from a properly submitted comment back to the editor though.

The blacklist filter is usually quite useful, but sometimes it is a real pain. And I hate losing a big essay of a comment because of it. I’m sure you do as well. So know you know. Other browsers ought to have similar kinds of adjustments, so do a bit of research if you have to.


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calendar   Saturday - February 19, 2011

In which …. the wife and I visit a pub in Crawley, Hampshire, Eng. The Fox and Hounds

The day after Valentine’s day, the wife and I revisited a pub we hadn’t been to in a couple of years. Only approx. five miles away from us, I don’t know why we hadn’t made the effort to go back sooner. Could have been the prices which then were fairly high. It was a last minute thought to go out for lunch HERE.


I know I have too many photos here, and believe it or not, I did a lot of editing and culling before posting these to share with everyone. The village of Crawley is so darn pretty and so peaceful looking, it really was hard to resist not putting in everything. Even the bad pix.

There is more then one Crawley, England. This one is in the county of Hampshire, AND, it is recorded in The Doomsday Book. (The Domesday Book is a great land survey from 1086, commissioned by William the Conqueror to assess the extent of the land and resources being owned in England at the time, and the extent of the taxes he could raise. The information collected was recorded by hand in two huge books, in the space of around a year. William died before it was fully completed.) Crawley has one main street and one other side street. There are no convenience stores and the FOX and HOUNDS Pub is it for lunch and dinners.  There is one ancient church, St. Mary’s Church.

To own a home in Crawley takes some doing. First of all, you won’t see many listings.  There isn’t any new building going on and hopefully there won’t be but with the push for homes in the “affordable range,” who can predict the future?
Crawley is in what is called “The Stockbrokers Belt.” These are VERY costly homes. 

In the spring, many of these houses open their gardens for public viewing with all proceeds going to various charities.  Some of those gardens are nothing short of spectacular. And please note that in this flower and garden mad country, the gardens are NOT designed by professionals.  Folks here take a great deal of pride in their home designed and worked gardens.  A late friend of my wife’s mom with an eye for flowers and all things growing, worked her place even when she was using a walker.  Up the road from us in a small area of a few houses, I once saw an old lady with oxygen working her patch. No kidding. These people are very serious on the subject.


Unfortunatley, some of my pix, in fact most, were not taken in the spring or summer. I took all these photos a few years ago when the wife took us (her mum was still living and able to get out with help, to lunch here.

I took a walk around the place and even went a bit outside the village itself to shoot a house we passed on the way into the village.  It reminded me of a Shakespearian kind of house and frankly it even looked like it could be haunted.  So after the wife found parking, I walked back to the place and up a hill to reach it.  Wasn’t long before I was stopped by someone asking me why I was taking photos here.
I told em because there were no places like this in the California desert. That seemed to allay any fears I was casing the place. Which in any even looked then and still looks today, uninhabited.

Crawley today looks exactly as it did when I first saw the place about 25 years ago.  But the Fox and Hounds has changed hands even since I have been here (2004), and I can’t say it’s as good as it was on the visit when these pix were shot a few years ago.  Only two choices for salad dressing, and no menus in hard copy. Had to order from written posts on blackboard.  You can see it at the link above. The waitress said their new menus were being printed. Used to be the things posted were items that weren’t all on the menu. Still, there is something I’m going back to try. But if disappointed again we won’t return. Frustrating however not to be able to have Blue Cheese Dressing. And their tarter sauce was not at all to our taste.  It tasted like it had too much vinegar, and the wife’s scallops were she says, like something left too long in the freezer.  It’s the second pub outing for us where the tarter was more like, like, ?  I can’t even think of an example.  I’m sure there are folks who like it, we didn’t.  Next time I have a meal out where tarter is needed, instead I’ll ask for a side of Mayo and a Lemon.  That works okay for me.

Having said all of that, I want to go back and try their Mushroom Stroganoff.  But no salad. Even if it comes with it. Which I doubt. They still bring fresh hot bread to the table, with enough (real) butter to cover only half of what they bring to table.  Wife says what with the big brother attitudes here on health, we we lucky to get any butter to begin with. And maybe that’s why there wasn’t any Blue Cheese.

OK, enough of that. Here are my photos and welcome all to Crawley, Hants.  That’s the abbreviation for Hampshire.

It’s named The Pond House.


And for very inexplicable reasons, I don’t think I ever got more then this one shot in the summer. Or maybe one or two.
I hate the spring and summers for photos cos there’s always too damn many ppl around to spoil the scenery.


Here are a few of the homes to be seen in this village.


This ppl is a Victorian water tower.  I guess they thought a water tank was unsightly and so this was their answer.






a Shakespearian kind of house and frankly it even looks like it could be haunted. It’s about a quarter mile before coming to the Pond at the village start. I thought a half mile. Wife says quarter mile. Since I had to walk uphill, I originally thought it felt like a mile.



All houses shown here btw ... are on the main street of the village. There are other houses tucked away in places you can not go.  The lady who helps my wife do things in our little patch that wife can’t do anymore, does some work in the summer evenings helping an owner who she says has a huge house here, not seen from any road and behind walls and gate. She describes it as massive.


I call it Crawley’s White House and in the summer, you can’t even see it when everything is in bloom in the front.


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calendar   Monday - February 14, 2011

Gosh, an ad?

I may actually get a paying advertisement for the blog. Negotiations are underway. Not that it’s going to pay any fortune, but it will cover the cost gap if it comes through. And it’s for a reputable, gun friendly online merchant. I’m kind of excited. I’ve never had an ad here that paid more than a nickel. The ones from a few years ago were all based on click-throughs, and nobody clicked, so they paid something like 3¢ per year. Phooey. I’ve never made a cent from the BMEWS coffee mugs either. Probably because only 1 or 2 have actually ever sold.

I was willing to do graphics, but it seems they just want text. Meh, what do I know about advertising? Oh wait, I have an Associates Degree in it. But they never covered stuff like this. That was so long ago PCs didn’t even have Windows yet.

Anyway, if it goes through you’ll see some text and a link over on the sidebar, below the Gallery button.

UPDATE: Please Visit Our Sponsor for great deals on crossbows!


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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
  3. Use every legal means to defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and, most importantly:
  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
It's been a long strange trip without you Skipper, but thanks for pointing us in the right direction and giving us a swift kick in the behind to get us going. Keep lookin' down on us, will ya? Thanks.


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