Smudge’s Diary December the 27th 2017

Ha! Semi-feral are I? Not likely. Over the past few months I have worked on the giants and bended them to my will. I didn’t wrote anything in that time ‘cos I was SO busy. Sleeping is hard work and tiring, honest.

Actually, you may not be able to see, but my eyes are closed ‘cos I fell asleep posting this.

My food supply has got tastier and is unlimited, all I have to do is ask and rub against the giant’s legs, and last night marked a milestone in my Giant training efforts when I permitted them to keep me in the house overnight. I think they was very grateful that I was so gracious.

I knew I would win in the end! Now I have to work on better sleeping quarters and instructing the giants that my brother Maximillian Limpyleg should also be persuaded to allow them to take him in out of the cold and wet Irish weather.

I am exhausted after paying a visit outside for what a girl has to do and am going to curl up in the warm and work hard at sleeping for a few more hours.

Note to self: This ejection into the cold periodically is a pain. I have to instruct the giants to find some alternative that does not entail me getting cold and wet when going about my business. I did suggest a cat-flap so I could choose my timing but they were extremely unreasonable and said that it would allow all my cousins, aunts, uncles and parents to come in as well. Personally I don’t have a problem with that.

xx Smudge

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Don’t give G4S & Serco the power to arrest

Dear friends,

I just signed the petition “Don’t give G4S & Serco the power to arrest” and wanted to ask if you could add your name too.

This campaign means a lot to me and the more support we can get behind it, the better chance we have of succeeding. You can read more and sign the petition here:

You can read more of this on The Slog

Can you also take a moment to share the petition with others? It’s really easy – all you need to do is forward this email or click these links:

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Thank you!

Grandpa David

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Storm Ophelia in Mayo: The dangers of inappropriate forecasting

First I acknowledge the source of my data for actual wind speeds recorded and forecast bulletins as Met Eireann and have assumed the usage here to be acceptable under their copyright which states: The use of the web pages, and the information contained within them, for private and non-commercial purposes, for teaching, and for research, is allowed subject to the condition that the source of the information is always credited in connection with its use.

I ask readers to note that my censure is solely directed to weather forecasting and Television media as related to the Mayo area and not elsewhere. I do feel that the inclusion of Mayo in the Status Red warning was over the top and inappropriate in the light of other data that is freely available. It was very obvious from the data presented on Earth:NullSchool that Mayo was NOT in line for anything worse than that which we usually experience during Autumn and Winter storms.

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Red Is The Rose (TTBB)

An arrangement of the well known Irish song that tells the tale of two lovers who are parted. The author of the words is unknown and the tune is “The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond”, or simply “Loch Lomond” for short, a well-known traditional Scottish song (Roud No. 9598) first published in 1841 in Vocal Melodies of Scotland.

The words that are often sung would appear to be a mis-heard version that has got handed down. (See some more details on the PDF of the score). This version uses the 1934 lyrics for the last verse.


Red Is The Rose (TTBB) Full-Score PDF


Red Is The Rose (SATB) Full-Score PDF


Red Is The Rose (SSAA) Full-Score PDF

Any of the PDF files, MP4 and MP3 files can be found on my Google Drive[↑][→] and all are freely available to download and distribute subject to the terms of Creative Commons licence CC BY-SA-NC 4.0. These may be added to from time to time as parts or other arrangements are made.

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A week in Pyongyang

A huge photo report Marat Margolin spent a week in the capital of the Democratic people’s Republic.
Demonstrating the beauty of modern Pyongyang, the author walked along the way, and a number of myths about North Korea.

Prepare to be impressed!

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Smudge’s Diary April the 3rd 2017

Smudge’s Diary

Having been kept in the kitchen all night with nothing but a drop of milk to drink the big male giant, aka ‘Man Giant’, let me out to see the study. I found She Giant’s chair was quite comfortable so settled myself down on it. I was a little shall we say ‘nervous’ when Man Giant left the room the first time so I aroused myself and followed him. The next time I did not bother as he did not go anywhere interesting.
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Weather in January 2017 – West Of Ireland (Mayo)

These are the figures for January 2017. We are at 109 metres above sea level in the West of Ireland and have the benefit of having a weather station at Knock Airport close by (11 miles as the crow flies) We are about 24 miles from the nearest coastline. Knock is higher than us at around 200 metres. You can see the Monthly data for Knock Airport produced by Met Éireann but what that misses is the thing that we see so little of, the Sunshine! I acknowledge Met Éireann as the source of my Sunshine, Rainfall and Mean Soil Temperatures and the comparison Max and Min temperatures to my own under the terms of Met Éireann’s copyright.
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