Tag Archives: Travel and Tourism

Scenes on Sunday ~ Tiny Trailers

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

It would take me about a week to build one of these things

well, maybe two

 

 

 

Songs on Saturday ~ Drunk On A Plane

eventually the cabin staff will cut you off

Following the Dierks Bentley song Somewhere On A Beach I posted earlier today, I also came across this little ditty.

I have so been there.

Except I didn’t actually go to Cancun.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

but Marmaduke always has my back

Songs on Saturday ~ Somewhere On A Beach

it’s got to be five o’clock somewhere

This song by Dierks Bentley says everything about the kind of summer vacation that I can’t enjoy right now.  As a matter of fact there are some fabulous beaches near the garret, but it isn’t warm, it isn’t relaxing, and there is certainly a dearth of hot girls in skimpy bikinis.

If it comes right down to it I can’t play the guitar either.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

but I can dream

can’t I?

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Come Fly With Me

we have nothing to lose and a whole world to see

Of course, this song is very appropriate today because, despite the much heralded ‘end of lockdown’, we English aren’t allowed to fly anywhere very much.  Certainly we are prohibited from flying to the USA, and you Americans aren’t allowed to come here either.  Unless you are a politician or a prince.

This makes Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, and Prince Harry the three most disliked ‘men’ by all good Englishmen and true.  We can’t stand their wives either…..

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Pan Am Super Constellation

the good old days of air travel

Lockdown ~ It Isn’t Black and White

England expects an end to coronavirus chaos

scenes of covid chaos at Heathrow airport

It’s lockdown day 483, and today, Monday 19th of July is supposed to be our Freedom Day.  Except it isn’t because Bumbling Boris Johnson seems to think it’s funny to be the Prime Minister of a country stumbling from one farcical situation to another.

There are still a hell of a lot of covid restrictions in place, principally surrounding overseas travel, and what happens if you’re unlucky enough to have found yourself anywhere near someone who has tested positive for the ‘Indian Influenza’ or ‘South African Variant’.

If you have been near someone who has tested positive, then you are supposed to go into 10 days of strict self-isolation ~ and I mean the conditions around that are eye-wateringly onerous.  And, just in case you didn’t know you’d possibly been exposed to covid, your cell phone will alert you because it will have been near the cell phone of someone on the lurgy list.  Or the NHS test and trace system will finger you, or a neighbour, or your workplace, or your kids school…..

Of course, it was predictable that Boris and his cronies would try to exempt themselves from all the illogical and draconian rules and regulations they’ve put in place after Health Minister Sajid Javid tested positive.  But, the furore when it was announced that Boris was above the law has persuaded the bumbling buffoon that he’d better stick by the rules after all.

Luckily for him that he’s probably got someone to explain all the rules and regulations for him, because there’s bugger all chance of the general public understanding them.

I predict that Boris’ days are numbered.  The buffoon has shown himself to be utterly out of kilter with public opinion far too many times for his party to go on standing by him.  Old Etonian and Oxford University arrogance may well spell the death knell of his prime ministerial tenure ~ eventually.

But it’s not all black and white.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

covid queues are longer than the flights

Scenes on Sunday ~ Fly Away

you will never get me up in one of those things

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

actually, if it was the only way I could escape, then I’d try it

Monochrome Monday ~ Beaches

beaches are not just for surfers

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

wet jeans on a beach?

is that a good look?

Covid Travel Uncertainties

a litany of mistakes, fudges, and cock-ups

Ford Edsel, not a big hit either

The British Government has just announced a new list of places they will kindly allow us mere mortals to travel to on vacation.  It’s called the Green List and consists of; Anguila, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Balearic Islands, Barbados, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cayman Is, Dominica, Falkland Is, Faroe Is, Gibraltar, Grenada, Iceland, Israel, Maderia, Malta, Monserrat, New Zealand, Pitcairn Is, South Georgia, Saint Helena, Turks and Caicos Is.

And thank you very much for bugger all.  Neither Australia nor New Zealand will admit tourists, half of the list are remote islands in the middle of empty oceans, (Napoleon was exiled to St. Helena) ~ getting flights to these places is difficult verging on impossible, and most of the rest have stringent entry requirements.  Maybe I could go to Gibraltar, or perhaps Madeira.  BTW, it’s not a good idea to travel to the Caribbean in June, July, August, or September.

This list is about as well thought out as was the Ford Edsel and pleases nobody at all, except maybe Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock, and several times disgraced adulterer Grant Schapps, (Minister for Transport).  Travellers are warned that the Green List is subject to change with no notice whatsoever, meaning that wherever you are you may need to get back to the UK pretty damn quickly.  What Fun.

Maybe the country is in such a complete mess because government ministers, bureaucrats, and health officials are too busy boffing their assistants, aides, and mistresses to do their job properly.  The latest culprit is the ‘fucking useless’ Health Minister Matt Hancock, (married with 3 children), who is having an affair with his ‘advisor’ Gina Coladangelo, (also married with 3 children).  Who can blame him when his Prime Minister Boris Johnson is himself a serial adulterer.

I have it on very good authority, from a very close friend, that no sane woman would find either man remotely attractive.  Personally, I wouldn’t trust either of them to flip burgers at a truck stop on the I-15.

You couldn’t make it up.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Matt & Gina

not an elegant couple

Scenes on Sunday ~ Penshaw Monument

build it and they will come
even to a Greek temple in the North of England

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

you can see it for miles and miles and miles

Geordies and Angels

I could not have made it this far
if there had not been angels along the way

just off the route of the A1, just outside of Gateshead in the North East of England, is the largest sculpture in England

the Angel of the North

The statue was built at a steel fabrication works in my town

Installed in 1998, the thing is 66 feet tall with a wingspan of 177 feet

which is bigger than a Boeing 757

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalknet

probably the most viewed sculpture in the world

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