Category Archives: Personal Style

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Fine Young Cannibals

dance isn’t just dancing, it’s magic

Dancing, or rather trying to dance to these music video compilations is just about the only exercise I’m getting these days.  This Fine Young Cannibals track isn’t as difficult as some of the others I’ve posted on here.

When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.

I Love the Teddy Bear.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

nothing to do with the music

just a very nice rear end

Monochrome Monday ~ Domination

good girls always say; ‘please’

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

well, it’s always her choice

Food on Friday ~ Paleo

for most of human prehistory
carbohydrates were extremely scarce

The real birth of farming, and therefore an abundance of carbohydrates, was probably after the last ice age some 10,000 years ago.  Before that, and before mankind learned how to store grains and nuts, carbohydrates would only be readily available in the harvest season.  More than that, most carbohydrates would come from nuts rather than grains and seeds, and most nuts contain far more fat and protein than they do carbohydrates.

Some would say that eating carbohydrates is unnatural, and the number of wheat / gluten related illnesses would seem to prove that; celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, gluten ataxia, dermatitis, bloating, and wheat allergies.  Anyhow, modern wheat is so drenched in Roundup / Glyphosate that it’s poisonous over time.

A paleo diet is based on the food eaten by early humans; meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, nuts ~ completely eschewing dairy products, cereals, and of course no processed foods at all.  And, that’s what I’m now following ~ So Help Me God.

First up this Friday, from Chungah at Damn Delicious we have Easy Chimichurri Shrimp.  One benefit of a Paleo diet is that most dishes are quick, easy, and clean.  Chimichurri is a tangy quite hot dressing.

Easy Chimichurri Shrimp

Not everyone likes pork chops, but from Holly at Spend with Pennies I like the look of her recipe for Juicy Baked Pork Chops.  So many people cook pork chops until they’re dry and tasteless.

Juicy Baked Pork Chops

The usual extremely pretty dish from Jessica at How Sweet Eats; Garlic Brown Sugar Flank Steak with Chimichurri.  One of the good things about a paleo diet is that I can eat just as much steak as I want.  This is a super cilantro heavy chimichurri dressing, and another 30 minute recipe.  Fabulous!

Garlic Brown Sugar Flank Steak with Chimichurri

From Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest, how about this Pan Roasted Pomegranate Glazed Salmon.  Not your same old dull salmon dinner at all.  Simple, quick, and very tasty in a different way.

Pan Roasted Pomegranate Glazed Salmon

Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb also has a super 30 minute salmon recipe; Best Easy Healthy Baked Salmon.  Cooked just with lemon and garlic, what could be easier or better?

Best Easy Healthy Baked Salmon

The collection this week is from Delish magazine; 40 Paleo Recipes That Will Make You Forget You’re On A Diet.  Well a Paleo meal shouldn’t make you feel as though you’re on a diet, protein is very filling.  The dish I’ve chosen to feature is another fish recipe; Baked Swordfish Steak ~ and swordfish is fabulous served any way.

Baked Swordfish Steak

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Delicious Rabbit Stew

a true Paleo Diet should include game

 

Random Jottings ~ Desire

sexual desire is real, genuine, and powerful

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you may desire her

but you can’t miss what you’ve never had

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although all she desired was casual sex

she decided that she may as well fall in love

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man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need

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sexual desire and fucking are just biology in action

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desire can be bitter, sweet, savoury, salty, and sassy

but never tasteless and boring

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desire is a hunger in men, but just an appetite in women

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there is but a small distance between the desire to fuck and the need to hurt

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

the best moments in her life are the desires she can’t ever share with her husband

Make Things Happen

nothing happens unless first we dream

That Jigsaw Does Turn Into a Car

The first step in almost every journey is knowing where you want to go.  The first step in any project is knowing what it is that we want to achieve.  To achieve anything meaningful we must first have some sort of a plan.

We choose to go to the moon in this decade…..  ~ President John F. Kennedy

Less than seven years later Neil Armstrong was the first man to step onto the surface of the moon.  The whole Apollo program cost about $25.4 billion, and that dream only took about a thousand years after the rocket was invented in China.  The lesson is that to realise our dreams we must not only have a plan, we must also have the means and the perseverance to keep on going when it all seems hopeless.

There are a couple of pertinent lessons from history;

If at first you don’t succeed try, try, and try again.  ~  Robert the Bruce

and perhaps this more interesting and valuable piece of advice;

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.  ~  Albert Einstein

However, one must always remember that some dreams are totally misguided and the projects they turn into become utterly stupid delusional chimera.  One example of a dream turning into a South Sea Bubble is Tesla, the Californian manufacturer of expensive electric cars.  Despite that their least expensive Model 3 costs some £39,000 in England, and their most expensive roadster will set you back about £200,000, it will take about 1,600 years for the company to earn back the amount of money invested in it.  Frankly, I think you’d be better off investing in bitcoin, and that’s the investment equivalent of playing roulette.

A fool and his money are soon parted.  ~  King James Bible

The dreams of most men revolve around the equilateral triangle of money, sex, and power ~ and the greatest of these is money.  Given enough funds most men can get all the casual sex they want.  And, if you have enough money, some ‘friends’ and lots of perseverance, even a stupid man can become very powerful.  I cite Presidents Trump and Biden as my examples.

Some say that the mark of a man is not what he achieves, but what he longs to achieve.  And that all human activity is driven by desire.  All I know is that we should be very careful what we set our heart on ~ we may get it.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

that’s supposed to be an ark

oh Good Grief!

Unrealistic Expectations

toxic and malignant relationships are dangerous

doesn’t happen as often as some might desire

Why do so many good people find themselves in a toxic relationship?  Is it because we expect people to live up to our own standards?  If that’s true then a lot of us are going to be very disappointed a lot of the time.  It’s worse than that, some women put themselves in danger by dating / having a relationship with / marrying abusive men.  What some women never seem to learn is that men don’t change, what he’s like when you first meet him is what he is always going to be like.

The warning signs that people are not who they say they are include;

  • being unreliable, frequently turning up late or not showing up at all
  • being evasive about themselves, what they do, where they live, what kind of family they have
  • being evasive about their past
  • lying, and especially lying by omission
  • never being the first to pick up the check in a restaurant or bar
  • having a regular bar where they know all the other patrons, talking to everyone in a bar except you
  • drinking too much, turning up stoned, being far too interested in sports
  • being broke, owing money, trying to borrow money from you
  • liking much older / younger friends and potential / actual sexual partners
  • being too rough when you have sex, being too interested in porn, being more than just a little kinky, wanting to share you with someone else

The thing is, even if your date / partner / spouse is displaying some or all of these warning signs many men and women close their eyes to these negatives and only see their paramour through rose tinted spectacles.  Or worse, some people are very aware of their date’s faults but go on seeing them anyway, with the unrealistic expectation that they will change, if only they are given a chance.  Remember that a leopard never changes its spots.

If your gut is telling you that your date’s affection and protestations of love are false, then 99.9% of the time your gut is right, and you are being used and manipulated,  Some toxic people will only pretend to love you as much as they can use you,  and their fake love will end when the benefits stop.

The biggest signs that you have totally unrealistic expectations of your date / partner / spouse are that they stop being interested in sex with you, and instead get interested in sex with everyone and anyone else.  If someone cheats on you then they don’t give a shit about you.

Some say that inside every bad person there is a good person trying to get out.  And that if we just give someone a chance they will change for the better.  All I know is that all of our expectations of another person are most likely unrealistic.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

if your partner becomes amorous at parties, then it’s time for you to walk away

Sex, Money, and Power

if you don’t feed your dog
don’t be surprised if he’s scrabbling through the trash

younger man with an older women

Forget Maslow’s hierarchy of needs because in this day and age shelter, warmth, water, and food are available to every person living in a western civilisation.  What most men want most, what drives almost every man, is the desire for sex, money, and power.  Love is something else, and anyone actually searching for love probably has unrealistic expectations of life.

For the average man, the triumvirate of sex, money, and power almost always begins with money.  Not that many women want to date / have a fling with / sleep with an average guy who is also flat broke.  And, if you’re flat broke it might also mean that you don’t dress well, can’t really afford to hang out in upscale bars, and your car is a junker.  Not many women want to have sex in a wreck of a car.  So the average guy is caught in a Catch-22 situation, what he really wants to do is hang out in bars and find an inebriated woman to have casual sex with, but before he can do that he needs some significant folding stuff.  More than that, power flows from money like water flows downstream, and many women find power an aphrodisiac.

There are but a few ways to get money.  One could try gambling, but all gamblers end up dead broke.  Stealing it in one way or another is very dangerous ~ all thieves come to a bad end, eventually.  More unlikely ways of acquiring a bank-roll are inheriting it, marrying it, becoming a drug dealer, and winning the lottery.  Do not hold your breath.  The most reliable way to get cash is to work for it ~ that means being very successful in your chosen career, and that means working hard, putting in the hours, and that will keep you out of the bars where you hope to meet an easy lay.   The upside to being very successful in your chosen career is that you will also become powerful.

Sex, Money, and Power form a stable equilateral triangle.  The average man can’t get a lot of one without also acquiring an abundance of the other two.  Or, for the extremely unethical bastard, you could find a plain older woman who happens to have money, marry her, and then entertain yourself by cheating on her, gaslighting her, and stealing from her.

Personally, I happen to know a very cool American woman I can’t meet because of a raft of insurmountable obstacles.  But that’s Life for you, and 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.

Of course, 90% of the above also applies to women, (maybe 90%, I’m not a woman so I can’t be certain).

Some say that commitment to just one person is am unachievable dream.  And that  relationships shouldn’t have rules.  All I know is that some people are utterly honest, open, and ethical ~ but most aren’t

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

a woman sitting at the bar

and drinking alone

is only there for one reason

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Doing It All For My Baby

love is the genesis of genius

OK, so I have a friend.  Even a reclusive writer, deep in solitary lockdown, is allowed to have a friend.  Especially if she’s very special, attractive, and sexy.  All writers need a muse, and maybe poets feel the need for a muse more than most.  Anyway, this Huey Lewis And The News tune is for her.  She likes ghosts, ghouls, and graveyards.

I like the video, even if it is too long.

Please try to keep moving your feet to the beat.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

it’s not every woman who has had a poetry anthology written for them

Scenes on Sunday ~ Cool Cars

some cars are cool and some women are cool
but a cool woman in a cool car is hot

Lightweight Land Rover

Jaguar V12 E-type

Jensen Interceptor

Caterham 7

Austin-Healey Sprite MkII

Reliant Scimitar GTE

 

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Lotus Elan Plus 2

Songs on Saturday ~ Writing’s On The Wall

the first draft is just me telling myself the story

Except the writing isn’t on the wall, or anywhere else for that matter.  Now the poetry anthology Seascapes and Serenity Lost is finished and published on Amazon, I feel the need for a new project, a new book, perhaps a collection of short stories.  Maybe I have a title Dreams of Desire, but no idea what the content is going to be.  Or how about a Bond spoof ~ maybe not.

From the James Bond movie Spectre.

You can do the pose if you wish.

Different music for me.

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jack collier      ~     jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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