portmeirion or fuck off?

I shall take you to the moon and the stars, to Florence and the Uffizi, to London and the Science Museum.  I shall also take you to  Portmeirion, just because I like cars that are so fast they will make you pee your panties.



don’t want to join me?

fuck off and have a nice day.

The Prisoner

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Money ~ making it work

CamperIt’s one o’clock in the morning, summer in England, night in Palm Springs, and wherever it’s getting light already, and the rain is probably hammering down.  Not when you’d want to think about money, unless you are flat broke.  However, if you are lucky and sensible you have a little money put aside for a rainy day.

What should we do if we have some spare cash?  Given that we are not going to rush out and buy a Porsche.  But why not buy a sports car?  Why put your money in the bank at all?

Take it from a man who has worked in banking and finance since God was a boy, the last thing you should do with your hard-earned is give it to a bank to look after.  Basically banks, financial advisors, and money managers are parasites, living off the cash you have legitimately earned and offering fuck all not very much in return.

Right now any money sitting in a bank account is just wasting away.  The $1,000 you put in a bank today will, in real terms, be worth a lot less than $700 when you come to take it out again in ten years time  It’s all down to inflation, which is the biggest confidence trick Governments and the Finance Industry have up their incestuous sleeves.

There are a few things we can do to make our money work for us.

  1. Pay off every single debt you have.
  2. Add to your pension fund.
  3. Property / real estate.
  4. The stock market.
  5. Start a business.
  6. Have fun.

I have no ambition to be the richest corpse in the cemetery, which means I ignore rules 1 and 2 above, (sort of, but then I know what I’m doing).  However, making your money really work for you means that you have to take over responsibility from the blood-sucking banks and financial advisors.

So, do not sit with debts to your name, work at a company with a good pension plan, do not rent where your live, buy your own home.  Over time, done wisely, buying your home is the best investment you can make.  However, realtors, estate agents, property firms are another bunch of useless parasites, but I’ll go into that in a week or so.

Never, ever, pay anyone for doing something you can do for yourself.  And do you know what?  Over the years I have discovered that most folks can do anything they put their minds to, including financial management.

Buying into the stock market is a big issue.  And I will cover that next week.  In the mean time, you worked damn hard to earn your money, don’t neglect it now.




later thoughts of high noon

I like road trips.  Once I went on a road trip with a woman who was leaving herself behind.  Seems I am always doomed to play Shane to her Mrs. Starrett.  It could have been worse, she could have left me when I needed her most.




The only man I have ever been afraid of is myself

sometimes real men stand up to be counted.

please listen responsibly to the lyrics



Scenes on Sunday # 8

‘scape pictures.  Seascapes, cloudscapes, landscapes, cityscapes, roadscapes, or pictures of wildflowers in an English summer….

All these shots were taken with a compact LUMIX Panasonic DMC-AS3 camera.  This camera is so lightweight, small, and brilliant that it’s good for taking along on roadtrips, for hikes into the countryside, or just for stuffing into your pocket of a Sunday morning.











liebster-12pictures by jack collier


you’ve got a friend


I’ve got troubles, and you’ve got them too

but together we can always see it through

there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do, for you

you’ve got a friend in me, my love is true

you’ve got a friend in me



Real friendship asks nothing and gives everything.

Please listen responsibly




she’s a tramp


Tramp: a sexually promiscuous woman, a hooker, whore, or prostitute.

The damn thing is, bad women are just really easy and so very cute.

Date them once, have them, and then the order of the boot.



I guess all men have dated a tramp, at least once.  If we’re lucky, only once.

Personally, I’ve never even had first date sex.

Please listen responsibly.





Food on Friday # 42 California

Don’t get me wrong, I like California, but sometimes the food there owes a lot to everywhere else.  So, for this week’s Food on Friday I’ve tried to come up with some dishes that I think would go down well with my friend, ‘the girl riding shotgun’ and especially dishes that aren’t so Mexican or Spanish in flavour.

No, that didn’t make much sense to me either.  But here are some great recipes from some great cooks.

First up this week, from we have this hoisin salmon with zucchini slaw from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest.


Hoisin Salmon With Zucchini Slaw

Also from Tieghan there’s this great looking heirloom tomato and zucchini galette with honey and thyme.


Heirloom Tomato Galette With Honey & Thyme

Heather Christo makes the very best looking salads of all, and this grilled chicken, beet and cherry salad with honey balsamic dressing is no exception.  Only in California.


Grilled Chicken Beet And Cherry Salad

Jessica Merchant, (aka How Sweet It Is), is from Pittsburgh PA, but I think this BBQ shrimp and lime avocado toast is quintessentially Californian.  So sue me.


BBQ Shrimp And Lime Avocado Toast

Silicon Velley girl Elise Bauer created a lot of her recipes in Carmichael, but this very Califonian sauteed shrimp with warm tropical fruit salsa would go down well anywhere in SoCal.   Check out all Elise’ dishes at Simply Recipes.


Sauteed Shrimp With Warm Tropical Fruit Salsa

I know, for a fact, that most Californians can’t even poach an egg, but this dish of wild fennel poached trout with courgette taziki would go down well at the end of a hot Californian day.  Petra from Food Eat Love may be English, but the name of Petra’s blog is very Californian.


Wild Fennel Poached Trout With Courgette Taziki

Completely different from England the LA based White on Rice Couple, Todd Porter and Diane Cu have a great low carb chicken zucchini noodle pad Thai.  OK, low carb is cool.  Right?


Low Carb Chicken Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai

From the very Californian Chungah we have this seriously easy and seriously good dish of lemon dill salmon in foil.  Really this great looking fish is a 30 minute dish, tops.  And, I’m pretty certain anyone can make a great job of cooking this. damn delicious dish.


Lemon Dill Salmon In Foil

If you want something even easier, also from Chungah, we have these zucchini parmesan foil packets.  This idea is just so, so very simple to do.  Trust me, I’ve tried cooking like this, and it works.


Zucchini Parmesan Foil Packets


P1030451California is a great place for a long, long road trip, the road trip with no timetable and no destination.

Trust me, I know



have you ever been in love?


have you ever wondered if today would have been a good day to stay in bed?

have you ever replayed her words over again and again inside your head?

have you ever wondered just why she lied, when she foolishly denied?

have you never cried, wondering  just why a little of you died?

and then Leo Sayer sings ~ have you ever been in love?



please listen to all the lyrics responsibly





the coming stillness at dawn



dawn at last

and in that moment it was

as though all of time had frozen


P1040574words and pictures by jack collier






clear virginal aurora

the sun kisses the morning

in dawn embrace


winwords and pictures by jack collier




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