Category Archives: Myths and Legends

Random Jottings ~ Dragons

great big mouth and great big teeth and great big goggly eyes

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evening, not always the best time of day when the dragon lurks in the gloom

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when you dance with a dragon don’t expect to escape without being burned

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it was Monday, it was midnight, and the dragon was feeling very annoyed

well, nobody likes being woken up by a knight errant

unless you’re a Lady Fair

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never stroke a dragon, it might get you very dead

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‘aww isn’t he cute’ she said

right before the baby dragon turned her to toast

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love me, love my dragon

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

dancing with dragons

Random Jottings ~ Faith

only in the darkness can you see the moon and stars

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worry ends when faith begins

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faith can move mountains, but dynamite helps

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faith, hope, and love

and the greatest of these is love

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faith is what makes men carry on when it all seems impossible

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some say that when you have faith you have everything

I’ve found that a lot of money helps too

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a casual walk through a lunatic asylum will tell you

that blind faith doesn’t prove anything at all

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

faith is the light that shines in the depths of distant space 

Battle of Britain Anniversary ~ July 1940

 ‘Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few…..’ ~ Churchill

Hawker Hurricane ~ The First of The Few

Today, here in England we are beginning to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, during which Hitler’s Luftwaffe tried of wrest control of the air over England from the Royal Air Force.  The air battle ran from May to September 1940, when Britain stood alone against the might of Goering’s air fleets, and Nazi Germany had to win this conflict or else eventually lose the war.

Along with the Hawker Hurricane, the more celebrated Supermarine Spitfire bore the brunt of the fighting, with the more stable Hurricane going after the bombers while the Spitfire took on the bf 109 fighters.  Ever after the 3,000 men awarded the Battle of Britain clasp would be known as The Few.

Had the RAF failed during the Battle of Britain, and had England been invaded by the Nazis, then the the whole world would have slipped into the dark abyss of Hitler’s madness.

Supermarine Spitfire and bf 109

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

it was a damn close run thing

Spitfire Ia

 

Random Jottings ~ Werewolf

some werewolves are women, they’re the most frightening

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she wore black, shame it was her fur

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in the silvery moonlight, the werewolf’s eyes gleamed a yellow gleam

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he’d tamed the werewolf, but what was he going to do with her?

the hair and teeth weren’t a problem

but her growls in bed upset the people in the next apartment

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when the moon rose, so did the werewolf

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he had the silver collar, he had the silk sheets, he was bloody stupid

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

he was her true love

shame he was a werewolf

but he was great at fetching sticks

Random Jottings #20

tiger tiger burning bright, in the forests of the night

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if you look into the eyes of a tiger you have to be stupid

and too bloody close

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never, ever open the door marked ‘here be tigers…..’

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when you’re in trouble, always go through the door marked ‘staff only…..’

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cats are cool, cats are nice, cats torture mice

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when a tigress says she loves you, count your arms and legs

but wait until after the good part

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

never smile at a tiger

or a woman with very heavy eye makeup

We’ll Meet Again ~ Dame Vera Lynn dies aged 103

and there’ll be bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover

During WWII the Germans had the overtly sexual Marlene Dietrich singing Lili Marlene, which was the unofficial anthem of the Afrika Korps.  We had the wholesome Forces Sweetheart, Vera Lynn.  Kind of says a lot about out differing national characteristics.

Dame Vera Lynn is now 103, and she is still almost as big an inspiration to Englishmen of a certain age as is the Queen.

Dame Vera Lynn, the Forces Sweetheart has died aged 103.  She will be much mourned.

Please listen with respect

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

after a girl has pushed an ambulance up a sand dune, she deserves a cold beer

 

 

Random Jottings ~ Vampires

vampires do not drive sensible cars

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never offer a vampire a drink

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he tasted the blood in the water

well, she was that kind of vampire

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she was bad, she was mean, she was dangerous

but she did drive a vintage red Corvette

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most vampire’s theme song isn’t the toccata and fugue

it’s bat out of hell

I once loved a vampire, but she was a few hundred years older than me

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jack collier
jackcollier7@talktalk.net

she had wise eyes

a face of angelic innocence

damn shame she was a vampyre

Monochrome Monday ~ Dystopia

with chaos and neglect the civilised world slowly fell apart

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

those men had something real to protest about

 

The Unacceptable Face of Freedom

lawlessness madness discord disorder violence chaos destruction anarchy vandalism

Here in England a young female police officer lies in hospital after a protest march turned into anarchy.  She has a collapsed lung, shattered ribs, and a broken collarbone.

Violent agitators abuse, attack, kick, and beat our police men and women ~ who are universally unarmed.  Police men and women lie bleeding in the streets.

Mobs rip down and deface statues and dance around like demented savages.

Thousands break the law with these mass gatherings and selfishly destroy any good that has been done by months of painful lockdown, self-isolation, and self-sacrifice.

Rioting thugs try to burn The Cenotaph’s Union Flag, a symbol of remembrance dedicated to the millions of service men and women who gave their lives to help protect the very freedoms these mindless urban terrorists are seeking to destroy.

Mealy mouthed left-leaning politicians, churchmen, celebrities, devisive journalists, and our pointless and distrusted BBC seek to climb on the same high horse from where these demonstrators, protesters, rioters, and thugs decry everything about the British way of life whose freedoms they enjoy.

The streets are unsafe as injuries to innocent passersby to these riots prove.

Britain is not a racist society, far from it, and there is no evidence except hearsay that says there is endemic racism in the United Kingdom.

There is no nobility about these protests here in England, they are self serving expressions of hatred against the establishment.

Some say black lives matter.  And that Britain is a racist society.  All I know is that any good these protests may have done has long since passed.  Decades of left-wing distorted propaganda, passed off as education, have finally come home to roost.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

a symbol of unity, honour, and courage

of which these protesters and rioters have none whatsoever

Food on Friday ~ Strawberries

a time for healing and letting go of your burden

Tonight’s full moon is often known as the Strawberry Moon, not because it’s strawberry coloured, but because in England and North America this is likely to be when the first fruits of the year are ready to harvest.  So this Friday I’ve decided to feature some recipes which include this sweet, red, heart-shaped fruit.

If you can find them, and if you can afford it, then buy organic strawberries, it’s well worth it.  Organic strawberries will not only taste better, they will also not be full of chemical pesticide and fertiliser.  The humble strawberry is the world’s best at absorbing whatever is in the soil and whatever it may have been sprayed with.

First up this week is this pretty looking dish of strawberry salsa from Cookie + kate.  If strawberries seem strange in a salsa to you, then live dangerously……

Strawberry Salsa

This is a really fresh and tasty strawberry arugula salad with balsamic vinaigrette, this dish from Cookie + kate again.  That girl must love her strawberries, unless it’s the dog cookie…..

Strawberry Arugula Salad

As we all know, strawberries are a great accompaniment when it comes to the traditional English scone, so from Heather Christo, what about this strawberry rhubarb scone.  Looks delicious, and come on, scones are easy to bake.

Strawberry Rhubarb Scones

Another very traditional dish, from In Dianes Kitchen, why not try this rhubarb and strawberry pie.  Perfect for a traditional English afternoon tea.

Rhubarb and Strawberry Pie

Our Collection this week is from Good Housekeeping Magazine and their 40+ delicious strawberry recipes.  From there, and just to be non-traditional, I’ve chosen to feature this strawberry and almond galette.  Now all you need is some champagne to go with it.

Strawberry and Almond Galette

As a drink to celebrate this full moon what about a rose and ginger paloma?  This is from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest.  You know that ginger is extremely good for you ~ this paloma should boost your libido no end.

Rose and Ginger Paloma

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

tonight’s full moon is also known as the Rose Moon, because the dog rose is in bloom

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