Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday 17th June all Dads!!!

I just want to wish Dad’s everywhere today a wonderful safe and happy Father’s Day......I once read that the best gift any Dad can give to his children is to love their Mum!!!!!

I left my Airbnb this morning around 9 am and drove an hour to a town I had not been to before, Lincoln....below you can read a little about the historic town..

One of Europe’s finest Gothic buildings, once the tallest in the world, with stunning views from the roof and tower and intricate design inside.

Once described by Victorian writer John Ruskin as "out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles and roughly speaking worth any two other cathedral we have", Lincoln Cathedral is not to be missed.

With the Norman invasion of Britain in the 11th century, William the Conqueror commissioned the building of Lincoln Cathedral and in 1092 it was consecrated, becoming the head of the largest diocese in England - extending from the Humber to the Thames.

After fires and earthquakes had demanded rebuilding of some of the cathedral, it took on a Gothic style of architecture. When the central spire was eventually raised in 1311, it became the tallest building in the world: taking the mantle from the Great Pyramid of Giza. This lasted until 1549 when the spire collapsed.

In spite of its size, the cathedral is filled with intricate detail. In Lincoln Cathedral the architects of the Gothic style perhaps reached the pinnacle of their art; it is an absolute must see for anyone visiting Lincoln.

There is something for everyone to see at Lincoln Cathedral and children love seeking out the funny carvings - in particular the famous Lincoln Imp!


Lincoln Cathedral owns one of only four surviving copies of Magna Carta, signed in 1215 and brought back to Lincoln by the Bishop of Lincoln, which is now on loan to, and resides in, Lincoln Castle.

There is a facsimile of Magna Carta that can be viewed inside the Cathedral, near the cloisters, with detailed interpretation.

I parked and walked into the centre and went inside the cathedral it was awesome....


Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892) was born and grew up in Lincolnshire. He was the most famous poet of Victorian Britain and was Poet Laureate between 1850 and 1892.

A memorial statue to him can be found on the East Green of Lincoln Cathedral bearing the words of his poem Flower in the Crannied Wall.

This is a very famous street...

Managed to get up and down OK...

In the castle grounds there was an antique car show being presented....

This is the same as the first police car I drove in 1969....

And this is the car I owned in Bermuda except mine was mustard yellow!!

On the way home I went over the famous toll bridge called the Humber Bridge..

For a long time the Humber Estuary was a barrier to trade and development between the two banks and local interests campaigned for over 100 years for the construction of a bridge or tunnel across the estuary.

The first major crossing proposal was a tunnel scheme in 1872. This scheme was promoted by Hull merchants and businesses dissatisfied with the service provided by the New Holland ferry crossing. Over the next 100 years, a variety of proposals were put forward in an effort to bridge the Humber.

In 1928, a plan was drawn up by Hull City Council to build a multi-span truss bridge four miles west of Hull between Hessle on the north side and Barton-upon-Humber on the south. However, the scheme sank without a trace after being hit by the financial woes of the great depression of the late 1920's and early 1930's.

The reasons why a suspension bridge was chosen were twofold. Firstly the Humber has a shifting bed and navigable channel along which a craft can travel is always changing; a suspension bridge with no support piers in mid-stream would not obstruct the estuary. Secondly, because of the geology and topography of the area, the cost of constructing a tunnel would have been excessive.

Work on the construction proceeded for eight years, during which time many thousands of tonnes of steel and concrete were used and upwards of one thousand workers and staff were employed at times of peak activity.

When traffic first crossed the bridge on 24th June 1981 many local dreams were fulfilled and similarly many people will have happy memories of the Bridge's official opening on 17th July 1981 when H.M. the Queen performed the formal opening.

The Bridge has saved many millions of vehicle miles and many valuable hours of drivers' and passengers' time - an important factor not only for the drivers and operators of commercial vehicles but also for tourists and holidaymakers who would have had to travel around the estuary to reach destinations in the region.

The Humber Bridge is a Grade 1 listed iconic structure linking Lincolnshire and Yorkshire on the A15. It remains the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world to cycle or walk across.

This afternoon Mark and Claire came over to visit with his Dad and then Janet, Malc, Andy and I went over to Sam and Ian’s for dinner.

Ian’s Mum June was there and I had not met her before, she is lovely.....Sam and Ian had prepared a great dinner thank you and here is Malc on his special day.

......with June, Janet, Ian, Sam and Andy!!!

After dinner we watched a live soccer game from Russia ....Mexico versus the last World Cup winner Germany who are &favoured to win again this year BUT someone forgot to tell the Mexican players and they pulled off a major upset winning 1-0🇲🇽 

These flowers are in Janet’s garden they are lovely but what are they???

Home now for a few days before I head out on Thursday for another little adventure!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Saturday 16th June 2018...and even more of the same!!!!

Can you stand another post about tennis????

After breakfast I went back to the tennis stadium for the 11 am start but there had been rain and the starting game was delayed one hour.....but then it went straight through..... I saw both women’s and men’s semi final matches had a fabulous seat and in between managed to catch a women’s doubles......

Everything was great until the start of the last set of the second women’s final when the heavens opened..

The grounds crew were very fast getting the court covered but it was now 6.30pm and I and most people decided to leave as I do not think they would resume that game tonight...

Stopped at the supermarket and went down the bakery aisle and almost fell over...there on the shelves were...

These are the tarts Gracie and I became addicted not in Portugal...I will refrain from telling you how many I bought!!!!

Came home had a light dinner a hot bath and now going to settle down and watch another live soccer game from Russia ....

Two great days of tennis I am very lucky!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Friday 15th June and more tennis and soccer!!!!

This morning Janet packed me up with a wonderful lunch..loaned me Little Jan again and by 9am I was off on the road to Nottingham...

The road trip is to attend a ATP challenger tennis event.....I found the facility after about two hours and it is a huge and very fine complex...

I purchased tickets for two days and the way it works is that I have a reserved seat on the centre court behind the service line where I like it for the whole two days...but I also can get free access to the other main court and that is what I did for the first game

...watched a great men’s match and then moved to my centre court seat to watch three exciting three women’s single matches....

The only way in my opinion to watch a tennis match is behind one of the service ends this way you get to see the angles...the spin..the tactics!!!

It was just over six hours of tennis and I enjoyed every minute under sunny skies.

I then trusted my GPS to get me to my air bnb for two nights a lovely room with a nice young couple.....I have my own room and a shared bathroom and use of the kitchen.

I walked a couple of hundreds yards to the local pub and had a delicious home cooked meal.

Back home a long shower and then settled down to watch a fantastic live soccer game from Russia... 3-3 tie between Spain and Portugal....

Also heard from my great friend Stella that her grand daughter Ashley is in a tennis tournament in South Carolina and today reached the semi final this will almost guarantee her a place in the qualifying tournament for the US Open in late August and September as you may know I am going there but may have to get to NYC early to watch her play!!!

This kid likes his sports!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Thursday 14th June 2018......this and that and the other!!!

No more of those lazy days for me....I started out this morning with my one hour walk around the village and into the country where lots of horses are boarded...

As I returned through town an elderly man was walking towards me and he smiled and this is what he said to me...

“Tha luks like tha cud walk round bloody world”

Translated from Yorkshire to English he said”I look like I could walk around the bloody world”

I smiled and thanked him and it reminded me of two things..firstly these are the small insignificant things that happen almost daily to me in SMA an interaction that is trivial but also touches you.

Secondly I began to realize that apart from Asia and South America I really have walked all around the world.

Home for breakfast and then a very frustrating 45 minute conversation with someone connected with my bank back in Canada.....

Will try to condense the story but it all started on 20 February back in the big supermarket in SMA when I went to the ATM and withdrew 500 dollars equivalent in problem so far except when I got home and checked my account I saw the transaction had been taken out of my account twice...

I immediately called my bank and informed them of the situation and they told me they would start an investigation but it would take 50 days and for me to call back then.......

On calling back they informed me that they had contacted the merchant and could not resolve this matter and then they told me they had sent a letter to my home address informing me that the matter was closed and for me to take it up with the merchant..this of course did not sit well with me and I called them back and they told me to send them a letter which I did one week ago.

To date I heard no response to my letter so I called again.....I got the usual run around and passed from one department to another I halted this and asked to speak to a person in charge who could actually help me...

The woman they connected me to was not helpful and she told me they would appeal the ruling but it would take 35 more days.

I told her this was unacceptable and I told her in the letter I had written I had outlined my position with the bank....a customer in good standing with a good profile and credit rating since 1993.....

All of my investments accounts are with the insurance policy everything...all I needed was someone who had the authority to say to me Mr.Pearson we are sorry this happened and as an act of good faith and customer appreciation we have credited your account today with 500 dollars...but this was not happening.

I quietly and simply asked the lady if this conversation was being recorded and she said yes and I said good because you will have it on record that when I return to my home town next month my first appointment will be with the bank manager of my branch and if the money is not in my account by then I shall withdraw all my funds close the accounts and move across the street.

Actually it was a long story after all.....

This afternoon Malc and Andy and myself went to play snooker for an hour..

Home in time to watch the first of the many live soccer games from Russia for the World Cup......and of course the English who are proud and staunch supporters call it football.

Getting ready for my next road trip which starts tomorrow...where to you might ask??

You will have to wait till I write tomorrow night’s blog!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Sunday 17th June all Dads!!!

I just want to wish Dad’s everywhere today a wonderful safe and happy Father’s Day......I once read that the best gift any Dad can give to h...