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Our Wedding & Honeymoon - 2008

Jules and I got married in November 2008 and here you can see a selection of photographs from our wonderful honeymoon in Western Canada -  Honeymoon photographs     Wedding Photographs

The Gallery
After years of relative neglect due to having lack of space The Gallery was given a make-over and is, at last, being filled with some of our photographs. Here

Liverpool Sightseeing and The Beatles "Fab Four Taxi Tour" March 2014

In March 2014 we took a weekend break in Liverpool for some sightseeing and to take the Beatles Fab Four Taxi Tour. The tour was superb and we had a superb time. Read more and see the photograph gallery here:
Liverpool & The Beatles

Vinyl Heaven

Enjoy your record collection in Vinyl Heaven
    Unpack your old LPs and singles. Clean up your vinyl.
    Spin those discs and have some fun....

    In this section you can find out the way to real vinyl nirvana......
    Vinyl Heaven is here!

Canada 2006

We are pleased to be able to present a new set of photographs from our extremely enjoyable holiday in Toronto, Canada, in January 2006.  You can see a few photographs from around Toronto and, of particular interest, The CN Tower, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Broadcasting Centre, plus Niagara and Niagara Falls and Dog Sledding at Winterdance in the Haliburton Mountains.  Here

Everything Must Go  -  Steely Dan

When those masterful songsters, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen a.k.a. Steely Dan released the excellent album "Everything Must Go" in 2003, did they know something - five years before the financial and economic gloom of 2008 - that nobody else did back then?

Two of the outstanding tracks on this album are Everything Must Go and The Last Mall.

The Last Mall:  "Attention all shoppers it's cancellation day, yes the Big Adios is just a few hours away.....You'll have to do for yourself when the going gets tough. Roll your cart back up the aisle, kiss the checkout girls goodbye.......It's last call to do your shopping at The Last Mall"

Play : Everything Must Go
                    Dan - Everything Must Go
Everything Must Go by Steely Dan

Steely Dan are one of my favourite bands and as it turns out not only are they some of the best musicians that I have heard, they may also be very gifted economists or at least very good social commentators.


[As it happens, I heard a number of commentators on British and American radio that were warning of economic disaster at least five years before the events of 2007 - 2009 began unfolding; yet bankers, corporations and politicians, and therefore much the general public were in continual blind and ignorant denial. How come 'A Level' economics  students knew more than Gordon Brown and all the other guilty parties?]

Achieving My Full Amateur Radio Licence  - 2008

After many years of being interested in radio, including short wave listening, citizen's band and radio transmission sites, I decided that it high time to become a properly licensed radio amateur, a.k.a. 'radio ham'. In 2008 I passed my full and final amateur radio exam gaining the call sign M0MTJ ( Mike Zero Mike Tango Juliet). You can find out more about amateur radio here

Perfection - I was reminded of this by The Reverend George Dobbs, published in Practical Wireless Magazine:

"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."  [Antoine de Saint Exupery]

Tipis - (Teepees) An article on BBC Midlands Today (local television news programme) showed an unusual holiday where the vacationers canoed along a river valley in Herefordshire to a hidden destination in a picturesque meadow where they would spend their break in a tipi. No modern conveniences and all quite basic; washing was accomplished in the river and cooking done on a camp fire. All natural, ethical and carbon neutral.

If we don't fancy such a life just yet, then maybe it's just around the corner. In a few years time, with economic slump, Gordon Brown's excruciating financial debt, impossible taxes, the exhaustion of the planet's natural resources, minerals, metals, coal and oil, global warming and climate change perhaps the remaining survivors will, once again, be living off the land in tipis!


Isle Of Man  -  In June 2009 we went to the Isle of Man, just for three days, but we had a wonderful time and enjoyed some nice weather. We flew with FlyBe who were excellent, on a Bombardier (DeHaviland) Q400 dash 8 aeroplane, landing at Ronaldsway airport on the island - what a splendid place.   You can see some of our photographs in The Gallery


In September 2012 Mike Brown, of MB21.co.uk, launched his new weekly radio programme, Soundscape, on Redruth Radio plus podcasts and a 24/7 stream of 'Soundscape Extra'. The programme took a break from Redruth Radio in February 2014, but will continue on CHBN in Truro from April 2014.
Soundscape from Redruth Radio presented
                            by Mike Brown
Soundscape is Redruth Radio's programme of acoustic and
instrumental music - a surprising and eclectic and mix including everything from folk to New-age,
smooth jazz and instrumentals.

Catch-up/podcasts at:  http://www.originalsound.co.uk/soundscape

Soundscape Extra - 24/7 music stream
                            presented by Mike Brown
Autoplay stream, playing from more than 10,000 acoustic, instrumental and new-age titles

Free, commercial-free and compression-free!

Streaming 24/7 at:

Now; Why VEGETABLES and other stuff?

I (Mike) often get accused of being a vegetable. That's so unfair. So before we get to the other stuff, I will just explain: What is true is that I am a vegetarian -  I don't eat meat, and have not done so since 1988. Mind you there are some poor souls who believe vegetarians can eat fish or chicken, as chicken isn't really meat is it??!  But "It is fowl", some may cluck.  I think the term for only eating chicken (or very little meat) is 'demi-veg', a bit daft if you ask me!  Surely you are either vegetarian or you are not, however I suppose the term demi-veg makes these half-way-housers feel more healthy, which cannot be bad!

My very favourite meal is Vegetable Dhansak cooked to a Madras (hot) strength. It's a lentil based curry dish available from all fine quality balti and curry houses.  YUM!

If want to try an occasional alternative to meat or even become a non-meat eater, then I can recommend a few alternatives.  Lentils are the obvious and popular choice (as in vegetable dhansak!) but there are many alternatives and here are a few :-

Tofu can be used plain or marinaded as a simple replacement for meat in most meat dishes.  Where the recipe stipulates chicken or lamb etc, just substitute Tofu.  Tofu very good for you too, and is available from most supermarkets and health food shops.

Another popular choice is Quorn, made from mushrooms, though you'd never know. Quorn chunks and pieces and Quorn mince looks like and has the texture of meat and is a great direct replacement.

Other veggie-mince products are available such as RealEat mince and a range of products including mince from Linda McCartney, all very good!

You can also check out The Vegetarian Society  and  VIVA

It seems vegetarianism is so often associated with wearing sandals!  Having mentioned the footwear, we really don't want to progress to the subject of a certain item of waterproof outdoor clothing, do we?

Anyway whether you prefer meat, fish or tofu- just make sure that you eat all your greens, otherwise "you'll never grow up to be strong and healthy", as you will remember your mum explaining, no doubt.

If you have been going to the burger bar too often and have forgotten what 'greens' look like, I have included a picture of a cabbage for good measure.  Or is that a picture of me?

Now there's healthy, Isn't it?

Enough of vegetables!  What about this other stuff?  Please have a look at the subjects on the right hand panel. 


If your brain works normally this is an amazing illusion!!! If your eyes follow the movement of the rotating pink dot, the dots will remain only one colour, pink...........


However if you stare at the black '+' in the centre, the moving dot turns to green.

Now, concentrate on the black '+ ' in the centre of the picture. After a short period, all the pink dots will slowly disappear. You will see only a single green dot rotating.

It's amazing how our brain works. There really is no green dot, and the pink ones really don't disappear. This should be proof enough, we don't always see what we think we see.


A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

No one can become rich by the efforts of only their toil, but only by the discovery of some method of taxing the labour of others.
John Ruskin (1819-1900)

The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride and four times as much by our foolishness.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Inflation is the one form of taxation that can be imposed without legislation.
Milton Friedman (1912 - 2006)

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