Aignan Gers France -Fin de Corrida ? Gendarmes Manifestation

Aignan Gers France  -Fin de Corrida ? Gendarmes Manifestation .Video.Preque Seulement des Gendarmes au Manifestation Anti Corrida mais peut-etre c’est le commencement du Fin de Corrida a Aignan Gers ?Signez le Petition – ANTI CORRIDA FRANCE



1853, la corrida est introduite en France par l’impératrice Eugénie de Montijo, épouse de Napoléon III, au mépris de la toute nouvelle loi Grammont de 1851, qui représentait une extraordinaire avancée dans le domaine de la protection animale. Pendant près d’un siècle, la corrida s’est développée en France en toute illégalité, des essais infructueux sont tentés jusqu’à Paris ou Cherbourg au début du XXe siècle. Les organisateurs devaient donc payer des amendes. À la fin du XIXe siècle, des toreros espagnols étaient même expulsés de France. 

Depuis cinquante ans, il existe dans la législation française une loi injuste, en contradiction avec le principe même de la République “une et indivisible”. C’est la loi du 24 avril 1951, dite loi Ramarony-Sourbet. Ce texte a, en effet, initié l’alinéa 7 de l’article 521-1 du Code pénal, ainsi que les articles R 654-1 et R 655-1, introduisant une tolérance en faveur des spectacles de corrida “lorsqu’une tradition locale ininterrompue peut être invoquée”. L’utilisation abusive de cette “tolérance” par les procorrida ainsi que son interprétation exagérément extensive par de nombreux magistrats font que les organisateurs de ces spectacles étendent les zones de corrida en dépit de la condamnation formelle des actes de cruauté et exercent des sévices graves sur les animaux mentionnés à l’alinéa de ce même article.

Pendant un siècle ce spectacle sanguinaire s’est développé illégalement en France jusqu’à une modification de la loi Grammont en 1951 : « Les dispositions du présent article ne sont pas applicables aux courses de taureaux lorsqu’une tradition ininterrompue peut être invoquée. » Cet alinéa a été complété en 1959 : la tradition doit être « locale et ininterrompue ». Il y a eu ensuite une évolution de la signification du mot « locale », en effet, ce terme est élargi à un ensemble démographique partageant une histoire, un mode de vie ; ce qui signifie qu’une commune faisant partie de cet ensemble démographique peut prétendre à une « tradition » même si sur son territoire il n’y a jamais eu aucun spectacle de corrida !

STOP CORRIDA -anti Corrida Aignan Gers -

STOP CORRIDA -anti Corrida Aignan Gers –


Qu’on arrête donc de parler de tradition alors que ce n’est pas le cas !
Qu’on arrête de cautionner le meurtre et la torture d’un animal sensible et innocent !
Les contribuables en ont assez que l’argent public finance la cruauté !
66% des français (Sondage IFOP Août 2010) se prononce pour l’interdiction des corridas en France, il faut que cette majorité se fasse entendre, et quel beau message d’espoir si la municipalité de Bayonne, grande ville taurine, prenait conscience qu’une société civilisée se doit de respecter les animaux et de ne pas banaliser et encourager la violence !



France House for sale in Forest with Lake/Beach view Pyrenees

France House for sale in Forest with Lake/Beach view Pyrenees Share on Facebook An Exceptional Modern Country House

with independent Garden Apartment Click here for full details
The only house set in  300 hectares of National Forest 
Swimming Lake and Beach




Boasting Stunning Panoramic Views to the Pyrenees.


from all principal rooms and terraces.

This stunning modern architect designed property in an enviable location, set as it is in 2.21 ha of forest woodlands on the side of a hill, making it remarkably private. If that were not private enough, the property is then surrounded by a further 300 or so hectares of woodland. Constructed over three levels in the mid-70s when planning laws were much more relaxed (so there is no danger of acquiring unwanted new neighbours as you would never get permission to construct here nowadays) the house has been very well designed and has the style of a building by Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s most famous architect.  

Adhering to the philosophy of organic architecture for which Wright was known, indoor and outdoor living spaces are very well integrated. Despite being a modern building, the house fits very naturally into its environment.  

There is an attractive vine on the side of the house and a huge wisteria growing over the front. Although there is obviously a main door, the most natural way to enter the house is via the ramp from the garden to the first level balcony that runs along the entire front of the house. From this balcony, you have the most wonderful view across the forest to the pretty local market town and beyond that to the Pyrenees. Every floor of the house has either a balcony or terrace and every room on the south side of the house has been designed to take advantage of the beautiful view.

The terrace and the balconies have been cleverly constructed so that in the summer when the sun is high there is no direct sunlight into the rooms so they remain cool whereas in the winter when the sun is lower, direct sunlight floods in to provide additional warmth.

Located just outside the village of Aignan , the property provides ~ 240 m² of habitable surface area with an additional ~ 60m² of space in the annexes.   The property comprises 3 floors.           On the first level: Through the front door into a lobby (3m²) with space for storing coats and boots and with steps down to the lower level. Main hall (8.30m²), with cloakroom, sink and Wc (1m²). Stairs to first floor. There are doors through to the dining room and living room. The living room (32.80m²) has 3 large floor-to-ceiling sliding double doors with access out on to the balcony and providing lots of natural light and wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. The feature fireplace divides this large double Salon heating it from both sides, the other half of the room is 25.5m² and has stairs up to the galleried library/study. The kitchen (8.15m²) has fitted units and views out over the hills.           Next to the kitchen is a room (5.10m²) with a bath (the lady who commissioned the house was elderly) but this could easily be removed and the two rooms could be knocked into one giving you an area of 15m² to create a much larger kitchen. Dining room (17.70m²) with large floor to ceiling double sliding doors out to Terrace.       This huge part covered terrace has disabled access and large summer dining (10 pers) and seating areas with wonderful views.       On the second level:

2 Suites – 3 bedrooms ,WC, 2 bathrooms one with shower ,one with bath.
From the landing there is a corridor with large built-in cupboards.
Immediately to your left is the door to the galleried library (10.90m²).


Suite 1 (18m²) Bedroom 1 = en-suite with bath, bidet and sink and fitted cupboards ,private terrace overlooking the hills and Pyrenees

Suite 2 Bedroom 2 (12m²) with doors out to a private terrace. Bedroom 3 (11m²) with large fitted wardrobes.
Bathroom (5m²) with shower, sink – Separate Wc (1.10m²).

Garden Floor:   Independent Apartment   Stairs down from the lobby, Door through to corridor leading to bathroom (2.20m²) with shower, bidet and sink. Separate Wc (1.10m²).   Studio Room (25m²) with doors out to the terrace. Separate Kitchen (9.10m²) with fitted cupboards.   Huge Covered terrace with dining and seating areas   Laundry room (5.40m²). . wine cellar (8m²), large 2 car garage (49m²).                 The Estate – easily managed organic gardens and grounds           The garden and parkland is incredibly peaceful and private with wonderful views .     The area immediately surrounding the house is laid to lawn and includes a croquet pitch, golf practice driving range and tennis practice wall..           The rest of the Organic Park (2.21 hectares in total) is to the sides and front of the property and has not seen chemicals for 10 years and is presently mowed in a regime as a wild flower meadow. The Forested borders  provide firewood .   Wildlife abounds in this forest with roe and muntjac deer ,badgers ,wild boar ,red squirrels and pine marten, lizards and salamanders

The bird life many of whom snack from the feeders on the terrace include hoophoe, golden Oriel , nuthatch, woodpeckers ,woodcock ,Kites, buzzard and peregrine falcons.


The Forest of Aignan was donated to the community by the Duchess of Bouillon in 1640
and this is the only house ever to have been built in this Forest.


At the other end of the 300 hectare forest there is a swimming and fishing lake with a beach and a small cafe – ideal of long hot summer days and barbacues.

PRICE  400,000 euros website: email: tel 0033 5 62 08 56 77

Panoramic WATERSIDE House for Sale-UK Wales

Panoramic WATERSIDE House for Sale-UK Wales – Rare renovation opportunity to create stunning Home &/or B&B right on the BEACH Panoramic views from all windows.
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Green Prescriptions – Don’t just exercise – Do it outside !

Green Prescriptions – Don’t just exercise  – Do it outside ! Mounting evidence shows benefits of being out and active in green spaces: less tension and stress, lower blood pressure, improved immune system responses, and milder ADHD symptoms in children. Japanese researchers have found that adherents to Shinrin-yoku – “forest bathing” – have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol than study subjects who walk the same distance in a lab.

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Proponents say the nature prescriptions shift the focus of medicine from illness to wellness, leading to the potential for widespread changes in medical care.

A typical Green Prescription might read like this.

Drug: Exercise in Glen National Park
Dose: 45 minutes of walking or running
Directions: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 7am
Refills: Unlimited



In the UK, doctors are prescribing visits to Green Gyms, outdoor sessions run by a conservation group. The idea is to not only improve health and stamina through exercise and activities, such as planting trees, but also to benefit local green spaces.

Source:The Guardian UK




To get fast results, take your workout outside. A study from California Pacific Orthopedic and Sports Medicine found that outdoor exercisers lost an average of 7.43 pounds and 6.17 percent of body fat in eight weeks. That’s because outdoors, your body is constantly challenged by inclines, declines, and obstacles, explains Tina Vindum, founder of Outdoor Action Fitness, an outdoor-fitness instruction program in Marin County, California. You’ll also improve your mood and boost self-esteem, according to recent research from the University of Essex in England.


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You can stay at Downton Abbey !

You can stay at Downton Abbey ! It will only be in the Gatehouse ‘London Lodge’ BUT you will not have to get up in the middle of the night to open the gates for aristocratic revelers . VIDEO The real Downton Abbey is actually Highclere Castle in Hampshire  -home of the discoverer of  Tutankhamun’s tomb -the Earl of Carnarvon .

Highclere Castle - The real Downton Abbey -

Highclere Castle – The real Downton Abbey –











The success of the BBC TV series -Downton Abbey has  had a dramatic impact on the lives of those living inside the ‘real’ Downton. While the fictional Earl of Grantham struggled to keep hold of his ancestral home, things have never looked better for the owners of Highclere Castle, where the ITV drama is filmed.

Before Downton hit our screens, the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon admitted their Berkshire estate needed £11.75million worth of repairs, including £1.8million of urgent work on the main house. Ravaged by damp and rot, at least 50 rooms were uninhabitable and its stone turrets were falling into disrepair.

But after their friend, writer and producer Julian Fellowes, asked if he could film his new period drama at Highclere, it has become one of Britain’s best-known stately homes.As many as 1,200 paying visitors a day descend on the house in the summer, enabling the owners to begin major repairs. (Source :Daily Mail London )

Downton Abbey-Courtesy BBC

Downton Abbey-Courtesy BBC

In 1907 Lord Carnarvon employed Howard Carter him to supervise Carnarvon’s Egyptian excavations in the Valley of the Kings. The intention of Gaston Maspero, who introduced the two, was to ensure that Howard Carter imposed modern archaeological methods and systems of recording.

Carnarvon financed Carter’s work in the Valley of the Kings to 1914, but until 1917 excavations and study were interrupted by World War I. Following the end of World War I, Carter aggressively resumed his work.

After several years of finding little, Lord Carnarvon became dissatisfied with the lack of results, and in 1922 informed Carter that he had one more season of funding to search the Valley of the Kings and find the tomb.[9]

On 4 November 1922, Howard Carter’s excavation group found steps which Carter hoped led to Tutankhamun’s tomb .He wired Lord Carnarvon to come, and on 26 November 1922, with Carnarvon, Carnarvon’s daughter and others in attendance, Carter made the “tiny breach in the top left hand corner” of the doorway (with a chisel his grandmother had given him for his seventeenth birthday.) He was able to peer in by the light of a candle and see that many of the gold and ebony treasures were still in place. He did not yet know whether it was “a tomb or merely a cache”, but he did see a promising sealed doorway between two sentinel statues. When Carnarvon asked “Can you see anything?”, Carter replied with the famous words: “Yes, wonderful things!”

London Lodge - Highclere Castle - FOR RENT

London Lodge – Highclere Castle – FOR RENT

The holiday rental – London Lodge was built in 1793 by the first Earl of Carnarvon,  was constructed to celebrate the Earl’s entry to the peerage.The imposing stone archway, dressed with Coade stone and filled by the heavy iron gates, framed a grand entrance for family and visitors alike. The individual lodges, to either side were added later, most probably around 1840. Over the past two years they have been painstakingly restored by the current Earl and his wife to provide unique and luxurious accommodation for two.Not unsurprisingly it is fully booked for 2015 but you can book for 2016 and there is a  competition to win a stay for Valentines weekend next year!


Highclere Castle
Howard Carter and Tutankhamun’s Tomb

Lady Carnarvon’s Blog – the Real Housewife of Downton Abbey



Children too much on Computer & TV Sofa ? Join Project Wild Thing

Children too much on Computer & TV Sofa ? Join Project Wild Thing .  Filmmaker David Bond was a worried man. His kids’ waking hours  dominated by a cacophony of marketing, and a screen dependence threatening to turn them into glassy-eyed zombies. VIDEO . Like city kids everywhere, they spend way too much time indoors – not like it was back in his day. He has decided it’s time to get back to nature .

Project Wild Thing is a film led movement to get more kids (and their folks!) outside and reconnecting with nature. The film is an ambitious, feature-length documentary that takes a funny and revealing look at a complex issue, the increasingly disparate connection between children and nature.

And Project Wild Thing is much more than a film, this is a growing movement of organisations and individuals who care deeply about the need for nature connected, free-range, roaming and outdoor playing kids in the 21st century. Hundreds of people have already committed huge amounts of time, energy, resources and money to help get the project where it is today. Which is really just the beginning.

The journey started in late 2010 with film-makers Green Lions exploring a film approach to an emerging issue coined ‘nature deficit disorder’ in kids. A collaboration formed with the National Trust who were also looking at the issue and through the Britdoc Foundation support for the development of the film and movement has gathered along the way from RSPB, Play England, Play Scotland, Play Wales, NHS Sustainable Development Unit, TFT, Woodland Trusts, AMV BBDO and Arla foods.

PROJECT WILD THING - just the thing for your Kids ! -

PROJECT WILD THING – just the thing for your Kids ! –

In summer 2012 Greenlions formed a collaboration with Good for Nothing, helping co-create the foundation of David Bond’s nature marketing program, this was supported by generous contributions from the Do Lectures, TYF Adventures, Eden Project and Al Kennedy.

In the autumn of 2012 the Natural Childhood Summit hosted by the National Trust brought together hundreds of organisations to explore the challenges and issues more widely and collaboratively.

Project Wild Thing emerged and thousands of people have pledged to support the project a year before the film has launched. A Kickstarter campaign raised further funding from hundreds of awesome individuals around the world to finish the film production.

In January 2013 Swarm Partnership came on board with support from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and The Wild Network was hatched. The network is an open, growing collaborative group of organisations big and small seeking to tackle the many issues raised in the film and champion the wonders of being outside. An advisory group was established with the WildLife Trusts currently heading that up.

BEFORE ! -Project Wild Thing ! -

BEFORE ! -Project Wild Thing ! –

Project Wild Thing and The Wild Network is a people powered movement, it’s success will be down to the actions and the energy of this growing community.

If you want nature, wildness and free-range living for kids and adults to exist alongside an increasingly industrialised and technological society then join us and get involved in making that happen.

You can HELP Project Wild Thing

Amazing Forgotten Secret French Car Collection to raise Millions !

Amazing Forgotten Secret French Car Collection to raise Millions ! Video .The collection was amassed in the ‘50s and ‘60s by Roger Baillon, a transport industrialist.  .The auction on February 6 th in Paris notes that Baillon’s fortunes soured in the ‘70s, and though he managed to sell some cars during that time, many were poorly stored in outbuildings round his property in western France. It was only when Baillon’s heirs made enquiries at auction houses that the importance of the rusted heaps became apparent.

For a heart-rending tour of the site, watch the video below. Interested parties would be advised to bring their rust brushes and open chequebooks.

Source : BBC

The haul of motors, which includes dozens of vintage sports cars, was found gathering dust under piles of newspapers in garages and barns on a farm in western France.

Baillion French Collection of Lost Classic Vintage Cars

Baillion French Collection of Lost Classic Vintage Cars

Among the vehicles up for sale are a Ferrari once sat in by Jane Fonda and a Talbot-Lago previously owned by extravagant Egyptian King Farouk.

The cars were collected from the 1950s to the 1970s by entrepreneur Roger Baillon, who dreamt of restoring them to their former glory and displaying them in a museum.

However, his plans were dashed as his business struggled, forcing Mr Baillon to sell about 50 of the vehicles.

Since then his collection has sat dormant in makeshift corrugated iron shelters and outbuildings on the farm.

Baillion French Collection of Lost Classic Vintage Cars

Baillion French Collection of Lost Classic Vintage Cars

Mr Baillon died about 10 years ago and his son, Jacques, who inherited the collection, died last year.

Mr Baillon’s grandchildren had no idea of the extent of the collection, calling in car specialists Matthieu Lamoure and Pierre Novikoff of auctioneers Artcurial Motorcars to estimate its value.


Auction February 6th 2015

If you have problems Parallel Parking – Here is the answer

If you have problems Parallel Parking – Here is the answer ! Video – this fantastic parallel parking device is just what we all need  but if you cannot find one to fit to your car we have included a tutorial on how to do it without the device .

Sometimes everything just falls into place – you turn the wheel and the car slips elegantly backwards into a space that barely accommodates its length.At other times – usually with a queue of traffic building up – a wheel mounts the kerb, a hubcap is scraped, the bumper of a neighbouring car is nudged, or the car is left stranded several feet from the pavement.


The parallel parking problem is a motion planning problem in control theory and mechanics to determine the path a car must take in order to parallel park into a parking space. The front wheels of a car are permitted to turn, but the rear wheels must stay fixed. When a car is initially adjacent to a parking space, to move into the space it would need to move in a direction perpendicular to the allowed path of motion of the rear wheels. The admissible motions of the car in its configuration space are an example of a nonholonomic system

AND HERE IS A TUTORIAL on the Classic method !

Well which do you prefer ????

THE RESULT THAT WE ALL DREAD - Parallel parking -

THE RESULT THAT WE ALL DREAD – Parallel parking –

There is nothing like a Dame ! – Joan Collins

There is nothing like a Dame ! – Joan Collins . Video – She has entertained and shocked us as the Bitch in Dynasty and now at 81 years old still looks like a starlet. Her list of 5 husbands looks like a score card BUT we love her .

As Alexis Carrington she became again the bitch portrayed in the novels of her sister Jackie .She knows  USA well since at the age of 22, Collins headed to Hollywood and landed sultry roles in several popular films, including The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955) and Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys! (1958). While she continued to make films in the US and the UK throughout the 1960s, her career languished in the 1970s, where she appeared in a number of horror flicks. Near the end of the decade, she starred in two films based on best-selling novels by her younger sister Jackie Collins: The Stud (1978) and its sequel The Bitch(1979).

She made her feature debut as a beauty contest entrant in Lady Godiva Rides Again (1951). Her filmography and television credits bear witness to her suitability as a Dame.

Dame Joan  maintains residences in London, Los Angeles, New York and France, describing her life as being “that of a gypsy”

BEFORE - Joan Collins 1950 -

BEFORE – Joan Collins 1950 –

“Good girls didn’t lose their virginity in those days and if you did you got married… that was the understanding in the early Fifties. So I married on the day after my 19th birthday.”

THE marriage, which survived long enough for Joan to move to Hollywood at 22 and establish a film career, was a disaster. But despite four divorces she points to the fact she’s been married for 36 of the past 60 years.

She celebrated her 11th wedding anniversary to fifth husband Percy Gibson, 47 – he produces her show – in February.

“I am a fan of marriage and a fan of being committed to the right person.

“I got it right for a few years with Anthony Newley [the late actor, singer and songwriter] but his penchant for other ladies was something I could not live with.

“But I had two fabulous children with him [singer Tara, 49, and artist son Sacha, 47]. I had Katy with my third husband Ron Kass. He went down the dreaded path of addiction and I never believed that anyone should ruin their lives with drugs. I have never been a fan of drugs because I like to keep a clear head.

“My fourth marriage to Peter Holm was an absolute disaster. My life was so screwed up at the time. I did not look screwed up because I was riding so high.

“I was on Dynasty at the time, which had become the biggest TV show across the world and my character Alexis was the most powerful woman. But I was having a tough time with Katy, who had been in a car accident aged just nine and was recovering from brain damage.

“I was seriously screwed by business managers and lawyers. One of my accountants failed to file my tax return for one of the years I made the most money.

“It came to light a couple of years later which meant paying over all the money I made in that particularly year to the taxman. I wish I had known just how incompetent some of these people could be. But I don’t like talking about the bad things. Life is tough for everyone. I prefer to see the good side of everything and know how lucky I am in so many ways.

“I have a wonderful family, wonderful children and a career which has gone on for all these years, which is amazing in this ephemeral age of reality stars.”

Source: Daily Express London

Dame Joan Collins - 2012 not bad for 81 !

Dame Joan Collins – 2012 not bad for almost  81 !


Alexis Carrington Quotes

History – Filmography and TV


New Year’s Eve Party 1954-Chelsea Arts Ball

New Year’s Eve Party 1954-Chelsea Arts Ball. Video – Banned after the last Outrageous Party in 1958 at the Albert Hall London  after 50 years of garnering a reputation for being the most outrageous event in the social calendar, the venue’s chiefs were forced to cancel the costume ball after witnessing what they considered a shocking display of terribly uncivilised behaviour indeed!

The balls were well-known reports for public nudity, drunken displays of affection, fighting and unreserved homosexuality, which was then still illegal.

Source : Messy messy chic



The Chelsea Arts Club is a private members club located in London with a membership of over 2,400, including artists, poets, architects, writers, dancers, actors, musicians, photographers, and filmmakers. The club was established on 21 March 1891,  on the instigation of the artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler.



Chelsea arts Club


HAPPY NEW YEAR Fireworks 2015 from

HAPPY NEW YEAR Fireworks 2015 from

Seamepost wishes you a very Happy and Healthy New Year



Seamepost wishes you a very Happy and Healthy New Year


Happy New Year Pugs 2015

Happy New Year Pugs 2015



Queen’s Christmas Message 2014 -depressing what was the point ?

Queen’s Christmas Message -depressing what was the point ? WE are the ones in economic depression and need cheering up at Christmas . Completely missing the point that our valiant soldiers who fought for us in the First World War wanted to protect and save a FUTURE life of some enjoyment and pleasure from our hard work – one should sack one’s advisors !

All those young men who lost their lives in the 1st World war were trying to protect their families and their way of life and trying to make a better and PLEASURABLE  life for the future. So enough of this gloom give us William  as soon as possible please -NOT CHARLES – who is already 66 years OLD !

Queen Elizabeth too old ! -

Queen Elizabeth too old ! –

The Queen in her Christmas Message just illustrates despite and because of her 62 years on throne that she is too old to connect with the British Public . Time to leave the party .

We applaud  Queen Elizabeth’s  hard work for 62 year’s and thank her  – but at a certain time we all have to move on and leave the responsibility to the younger generation – William Please   ( NOT  Charles – who is already 66 years old ! )

Time to leave the Christmas Party Queen for KING WILLIAM  V -

Time to leave the Christmas Party Queen for KING WILLIAM V –


















If you have to talk to us at Christmas – at least try and Cheer us up and inspire us !!


Edward V111 Abdication

Why the Queen is never going to abdicate

Glass of Red Wine equates to an hour of exercise

Yes – a glass of Red Wine equates to an hour of exercise . Christmas Cheer from a scientific study has discovered that resveratrol found in Red Wine can offer the same benefits as working out.The only bad news? Not-red wines don’t count (sorry, Chardonnay-lovers), and it only works with one glass — so chugging a bottle a week doesn’t equate to four to six gym sessions.

CHRISTMAS CHEER & GOOD Health in one glass of Red Wine

CHRISTMAS CHEER & GOOD Health in one glass of Red Wine


The researchers responsible for the glorious study — which was published in Journal of Physiology in May — discovered that resveratrol, a “natural compound” found in certain fruits, nuts, and (you guessed it) red wine, could actually “enhance exercise training and performance.”


I repeat: Drinking a glass of  merlot could be just as good for you as an hour of working out at the gym. Feel free to commence rejoicing at this time.


According to Leah Kaufman, a registered dietitian, wine is the “most calorie friendly” alcoholic beverages, adding up to only 100 calories in a typical five-ounce glass. Kaufman mentions that wine also contains antioxidants and can help prevent heart disease, as well as lower bad cholesterol and the formation of blood clots. Another bonus? Apparently red wine acts as a mouthwash because the flavan-3-ols in it can reduce “bad bacteria” found in your mouth.

According to this Video However – the Verdict is not unanimous !



St. Mont Red Wine from Gascony

Just Looking at a Log Fire makes you feel warmer -try this on your PC or TV !

Just Looking at a Log Fire makes you feel warmer -try this on your PC or TV ! !Free psychological heating ? It really works and on a wide screen TV you can feel the heat ! You don’t even need a chimney . You even have a butler to stoke it and put on more logs .

Click to play and then click for FULL SCREEN – Cosy huh !

Virtual Log Fire - It works for us !

Virtual Log Fire – It works for us !

Source – Thankyou  hansende

BUT don’t mount a TV above a fireplace – its a bad idea see Link below.

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Must have for Christmas – the Selfie Stick

Must have for Christmas  – the Selfie Stick. The worldwide success of the ‘Selfie’ will now become more sophisticated with the introduction of the ‘Selfie Stick ‘ . Our Video tells you how you can buy or make one for yourself – this is  a ‘must have’ Christmas Present 2014  for your friends and family !

Far cheaper than the ‘Selfie Drone’ – Crafters will be happy that they can make this present themselves.

Must Have Christmas present for 2014 - The 'Selfie Stick '

Must Have Christmas present for 2014 – The ‘Selfie Stick ‘

We share Mashable’s 21 geatest selfies of 2014 with you maybe with a ‘Selfie Stick ‘ you will feature in 2015 !


Sheer/Sheep Happiness in a Selfie Stick or Selfie in the STICKS - courtesy

Sheer/Sheep Happiness in a Selfie Stick or Selfie in the STICKS – courtesy



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Extraordinary World of Artist George Rousse

Discover the extraordinary World of French Artist & Photographer George Rousse  -which is difficult to explain but wonderful to experience . Perhaps best described as 3D Real Life optical illusions . You will enjoy and marvel at the Photos and videos.

George Rousse - French Artist Photographer

George Rousse – French Artist Photographer


When he was 9 years old, Rousse received the legendary Kodak Brownie camera as a Christmas gift. Since then, the camera has never left his side. While attending medical school in Nice, he decided to study professional photography and printing techniques, then opened his own studio dedicated to architectural photography. Soon, his passion for the medium led to devote himself entirely to photography, following in the footsteps of such great American masters as Steichen, Stieglitz and Ansel Adams.

After he discovered Land Art, Malevich’s Black Square Against a White Field’s work. Georges Rousse altered his relationship to photography, practicing an approach that shifted the relationship of painting to space.


George Rousse - French Artist Photographer

George Rousse – French Artist Photographer

He began making installations in the types of abandoned or derelict buildings that have long held an attraction for him—creating ephemeral, one-of-a-kind artworks by transforming these sites into pictorial spaces that are visible only in his photographs.

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George Rousse Website

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Rob Van Veggel

SHOOTING STARS – don’t miss them Diary for 2015 -free fireworks !

SHOOTING STARS – don’t miss them Diary for 2015 -free fireworks !Shooting stars look like stars that quickly shoot across the sky, but they are not stars. A shooting star is really a small piece of rock or dust that hits Earth’s atmosphere from space. It moves so fast that it heats up and glows as it moves through the atmosphere. Shooting stars are actually what astronomers call meteors. Most meteors burn up in the atmosphere before they reach the ground. However, once in a while a meteor is large enough than some of it survives and reaches Earth’s surface. Then it is called a meteorite.

27 February 2014 – UK treated to rare sight of Northern Lights -see below



Quadrantids Night of January 2 Just past new
Lyrids Night of April 21 Rises around 3 a.m.
Eta Aquarids Night of May 5 Sets after midnight
Comet 209P/LINEAR Night of May 23 Early morning crescent
Perseids Night of August 12 In view most of the night
Orionids Night of October 21 Dawn crescent
Leonids Night of November 16 Early morning crescent
Geminids Night of December 13 In view after midnight


Don’t miss these celestial fireworks dispays !


A shooting star is another name for a meteoroid that burns up as it passes through the Earth’s atmosphere. So, a shooting star isn’t a star at all.Most of the shooting stars that we can see are known as meteoroids. These are objects as small as a piece of sand, and as large as a boulder. Smaller than a piece of sand, and astronomers call them interplanetary dust. If they’re larger than a boulder, astronomers call them asteroids.

A meteoroid becomes a meteor when it strikes the atmosphere and leaves a bright tail behind it. The bright line that we see in the sky is caused by the ram pressure of the meteoroid. It’s not actually caused by friction, as most people think.

When a meteoroid is larger, the streak in the sky is called a fireball or bolide. These can be bright, and leave a streak in the sky that can last for more than a minute. Some are so large they even make crackling noises as they pass through the atmosphere.

If any portion of the meteoroid actually survives its passage through the atmosphere, astronomers call them meteorites.

Some of the brightest and most popular meteor showers are the Leonids, the Geminids, and the Perseids. With some of these showers, you can see more than one meteor (or shooting star) each minute.

Light in the Forest --- Image by © Tony Hallas/Science Faction/Corbis

LINKS-click here

Shooting Stars

What are shooting Stars ?

Future Shooting Star Dates for your Diary

27 February 2014 – UK treated to rare sight of Northern Lights

AIDS – Lest we Forget – World AIDS DAY

AIDS – Lest we Forget – World AIDS DAY  – Out of the 34 million HIV-positive people worldwide, 69% live in sub-Saharan Africa. There are roughly 23.8 million infected persons in all of Africa. See our LINKS for how YOU can Help….

World Aids Day

World Aids Day

1. 91% of the world’s HIV-positive children live in Africa.

2. More than one million adults and children die every year from HIV/AIDS in Africa alone. In 2011, 1.7 million people worldwide died from AIDS.

Freddie Mercury-Lost to AIDS

Freddie Mercury-Lost to AIDS

3. Since the epidemic of HIV/AIDS, more than 75 million people have contracted the illness, and over 36 million have died from an HIV-related cause.

4. 71% of the HIV/AIDS-related deaths in 2011 were people living in Africa.

Rudolf nureyev-lost to aids

Rudolf nureyev-lost to aids

5. Antiretroviral drug treatments can tremendously decrease the number of HIV-related deaths by delaying the progression of the virus and allowing people to live relatively healthy, normal lives.

6. Due to an insufficient supply of antiretroviral drugs and health care providers in 2010, only 5 of the 10 million HIV-positive patients in Africa were able to receive treatment.

7 Because of HIV/AIDs, the average life-expectancy in sub-Saharan Africa is 54.4 years of age. In some countries in Africa, it’s below 49.

Rock Hudson - Lost to AIDS

Rock Hudson – Lost to AIDS

8. The HIV/AIDS epidemic has drastically slowed the economic growth and social development in Africa, because hundreds of thousands of people are unable to work or receive an education.

9. Contraceptive use of condoms has doubled in recent years because it is an inexpensive provision to offer to both the HIV-positive and negative. However, the method is void when couples are hoping to conceive or have already engaged with infected persons

10. A pregnant woman not treated with the proper drugs, has a 20-45% chance that her infant will contract the virus from pregnancy. 59% of HIV-positive people in Africa are women, the majority of children diagnosed with HIV get the virus from their mothers.

Arthur Ashe - Lost to AIDS

Arthur Ashe – Lost to AIDS

Today is World Aids Day – but have we forgotten ? Are we doing enough ? Was it a biologically manufactured disease ? Some  insist that the USA government deliberately injected gay men with the virus during 1978 hepatitis-B experiments in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Still others point to Richard Nixon, who combined the U.S. Army’s biowarfare department with the National Cancer Institute in 1971.

The epidemic did not begin in Africa. The first AIDS cases were uncovered in Manhattan in 1979. At that time there were no reported African cases. In fact, the AIDS epidemic in Africa did not begin until the autumn of 1982 at the earliest.

How was HIV introduced exclusively into the gay community in the late 1970s? The exclusive introduction of HIV into the homosexual population of New York City is an unprecedented event in the history of medicine. This biologic phenomenon has never been fully explained scientifically. There is certainly no evidence to indicate white gay men were the only people exposed to sexual contact with Africans, particularly at a time when the epidemic did not exist in Africa. Furthermore, it is biologically impossible for a purported sexually-transmitted and blood borne “virus out of Africa” to infect only young, white, healthy men in Manhattan! Yet, the impossible did happen. Despite these facts, we are repeatedly told that AIDS began in Africa, even though the American epidemic began before the African epidemic.

LINKS -YOU CAN HELP – click below


Concern Africa

AIDS -History

Conspiracy Theories ?

AIDS in Africa


Scotland Independence – What is under the Kilt ?

Scotland Independence -What is under the Kilt ?

R wee Burning the Burns

2 vote yes

U vote NO


We love thee

I NO it’s

NO what’s safer ………………………….





Better Together 

Scottish Independence Yes Campaign

IF you love Game of Thrones – you will love “Pugs of Westeros”

IF you love Game of Thrones- you will love “Pugs of Westeros”. Video Blinkbox brings us “The Pugs of Westeros “. Owners    Phillip and Sue Lauer  and their pugs  Roxy, Blue and Bono love nothing more than dressing up as their favourite characters.

Although the couple have been styling their pugs in different outfits for years as everything from members of the royal family, to the cast of Lord Of The Rings this is their first ever foray into film .




Source :BLINKBOX Videographer / Director: Phillip Lauer / Sue Lauer
Producer: Phillip Lauer / Sue Lauer
Editor: Ben Churcher

Game of Thrones - Pugs of Westeross

BUDHA – our own STAR !



Game of Thrones -HBO


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