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A telephoto-lens shot of the cloud in a valley in the Trossachs.

Here's my latest "Friday Offering"

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Here’s the latest "Offering" for 19-10-2018

Greetings,

 Feeling better, gradually, but it’s a long process.

      I am coming out of the tiredness that the side effect of the prescribed pain killing drug has had on me and slowly getting back to doing ‘normal’ things.  Sadly, I have yet to be able to get back to work on book six in the Sarina series, “Sarina’s Siege,” even though the characters are asking what happens next to them!

     I have managed to write a 500-word piece to take to the Erskine Writer’s annual dinner next week.  This is on the theme “1918” for which I have written an interpretation of the story behind my friend Mike Sparks’ song “Thirteen Florins.”  If they could cope with it, I might even sing them the song.

 Great night at The Nova Scotia Folk Club.

      I had recovered enough to be able to attend our folk club at the Fort Theatre in Bishopbriggs.  Gina kindly gave me a floor spot, but I was very conscious that my voice (and breathing) need to be exercised a lot more, I’m very rusty.

     The featured guest was Gavin Paterson and it was treat to see him perform again.  It is not just the performance of his songs that enthral, it is also the depth of background knowledge that he brings and shares with his audience.

 A ‘forced’ day-out but an excellent break.

      Helen had placed an order with the shop at the  Ben-View Café and Garden Centre which they had phoned to tell us was ready for collection, so we ‘used’ our day-out to go up to the Trossachs and pick it up.  While enjoying a coffee in the café there I noticed a strange atmospheric phenomenon.

      The above photo shows a telephoto-lens shot of the cloud in a valley in the Trossachs.

      Ben View is about three miles south of Aberfoyle, which nestles against a mountain side which is the first in a whole range.  From our vantage point we could see the mountain beyond the first one (sorry, I don’t know the names) and I noticed that the valley between was filled with a cloud  that was increasing in size as we watched.  I managed to take the above photo to capture the moment.  Sadly, we were time constrained by doctors’ appointments so we couldn’t indulge my fancy to drive up into that valley, but I’m glad I noticed it.

   Enough, to business:-

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Graffiti  -  from the Italian word “graffito”  =  a scratch, first used to describe Pompeii wall markings.

            “Back in a minute – Godot.“  -  Dept of English, Columbia University, New York.

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Some  more of  The World’s Stupidest Signs

(Some of these may be duplicates of previous examples from different sources.)

             “To avoid suffocation, keep away from children.“  -  On a number of plastic bags.

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Notable Quotations

            “The Royal Variety performance has taken on a geriatric air.  People you assumed were dead totter on stage to wild applause.“  -  Richard Ingrams.

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Best One-Liners

                I have a lot of growing up to do. I realised that the other day inside my fort. – Zach Galifianakis.

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From a book of puns

     Evidence has been found that William Tell and his family were avid bowlers. However, all the Swiss bowling league records were unfortunately destroyed in a fire, so we will never know for whom the Tells bowled.

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All the 

Bob, Dad, Uncle or Cousin (which ever applies!)

( www.bobhambleton.com )

I have a ‘significant’ DVD collection and keep them in a cupboard in the living room.  Over a period of time the list gets added to and some stray to other places in the filing system, usually for good reasons at the time (like I’m too busy to put them where they belong.)  Consequently, the system gets out of order and the actual storage doesn’t match the DVD-Catalogue I hold on my computer.

This week I decided to completely re-organise and update the system.  This should only take me a day but in the ‘zombie’ like state I have been in, the time scale dragged out to fill three days.  It is all done now, and I have promised myself (and Helen) that I will be good and keep the cases properly filed.  We’ll see.

Highlight of the week, a family celebration.

The highlight of the week was undoubtedly the ‘Boyd’ family get-together to celebrate the 21st birthday of our nephew, Benjamin Hamilton (note the Scottish version of the name, all though we are actually only related through my marriage to his aunt.) 

 

The origins of my “Friday Offering”

    Some years ago a friend started sending out the odd joke (some were very odd) which he called “Something for Friday.”  Since I had friends and relations that he didn’t know I started passing them on, calling mine a “Friday Offering.” I rapidly progressed to finding my own material and my original supplier then ceased his weekly publication but over time my small distribution list has grown and is still growing.  Encouraged by the feedback and contributions I have received, the ‘Offering’ has grown and the format become established to be my latest news and wry observations, a collection of jokes and amusing quotations.  I am told that it gets forwarded to every continent (except Antarctica, anyone know someone down there?)

    If you would like to be added to the "Friday" list  and receive these 'Offerings' on a regular basis, (your email address will not be made available to anyone else,) then please e-mail me by clicking this link  bobhambleton@aol.com

 

Bob Hambleton's novel, “Sarina’s Challenge,” ISBN No. 978-1-911113-48-5 the first book in the Sarina series is available from all usual outlets or direct from the distribtors, simply click here:-  http://ow.ly/Y7MV302qc9n

 Contact Bob at  Friday@BobHambleton.com

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Bob | Reply 04.11.2017 15.54

Hi Maureen, thanks for the message, nice to hear from you.

Maureen Pugh | Reply 04.11.2017 11.20

Sorry no message lately. I seemed to have lost items on my laptop. Aileen keept me posted on your activities and have now picked up your Friday offering

GINA GRAHAM | Reply 16.02.2017 18.36

Hope you feel better soon and we see you next Wednesday at Nova Scotia Folk Club. Take care. Gina x

Bob H 16.02.2017 19.30

Thanks for that, wecerytainly hope to be ther. Bob x

Gina Graham | Reply 08.07.2016 12.31

Thank you for your mention of Nova Scotia Folk Club. It's a pleasure having you and Helen visit on a regular basis and hearing your great songs Bob. C u next wk

Peter Tiffany | Reply 05.02.2016 08.34

Hi Bob, I hope life is good for you. It would be great to know you are OK, you should have our email address somewhere Park Street NW.

Bob hambleton 08.07.2016 15.59

Sorry not to have replied sooner Peter. Yes we are fine and I do have your email address. We are happily ensconced in Scotland surrounded by Helen's family.

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04.11 | 15:54

Hi Maureen, thanks for the message, nice to hear from you.

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04.11 | 11:20

Sorry no message lately. I seemed to have lost items on my laptop. Aileen keept me posted on your activities and have now picked up your Friday offering

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16.02 | 19:30

Thanks for that, wecerytainly hope to be ther. Bob x

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16.02 | 18:36

Hope you feel better soon and we see you next Wednesday at Nova Scotia Folk Club. Take care. Gina x

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