A new era #ramble

Here in the United Kingdom, we have entered a new era with the death of our queen, Elizabeth the second, and King Charles III’s accession. I have great hopes for the future of our nation. It has been a divided nation recently but we have a new Prime Minister and a King, known for his quite liberal views. The king will remain apolitical, of course, but will meet with the Prime Minister each week and offer his advice.


It doesn’t seem 5 minutes since we had a heat wave and temperatures of 37C or 99 Fahrenheit. We are nearly 2 weeks into autumn and it is getting very chilly. I’m not as young as I used to be, so my arthritis is slowing me down a bit. It was a struggle to get out of bed this morning! We are all concerned about our heating bills this winter and energy supplies in general. The government reassures us that there will be no power cuts but doesn’t sound too convincing. We have had some advice to help us reduce our energy needs, Boris has advised us to “buy a new kettle” and Edwina Curry, MP advised putting tin foil behind our central heating radiators. I have bought a little kettle that I now put on the gas cooker and is cheaper to boil than an electric kettle. The tin foil behind the radiators might be a good idea but I don’t think I’ll start dismantling my central heating at my age. I know from experience how easy it is to take things apart and how difficult it is to put them all back together and get the system working again. Anyway, my advice is to forget the advice to buy a new electric kettle and forget the tin foil idea and buy a hot water bottle, at least you’ll be warm in bed. I spend a lot of time in bed these days and so have my television and Playstation in my bedroom!


I thought I would be doing more photography but I know some events have been cancelled. I haven’t been writing my blog so much either. I need to get a grip! I missed this Friday’s finance post I was busy watching the markets and I did have a good day. It was the day that I paid my breakdown cover and car insurance so I needed to make a few quid. I’m really pleased the government rejected those suggestions to hit energy companies with windfall taxes. They need to invest their higher profits to produce more energy. Anyway, those companies need to pay my dividends!

Shortest ever?

I just saw a “breaking news” thingy come up on the bottom of my computer screen. The breaking news was that the King might have the shortest reign ever. That isn’t breaking news, you morons, we know we are now elderly and on our last legs, there is no need to remind us! I was actually born a couple of months after the king and I’m in no hurry to shuffle off this mortal coil and neither is he. My mother died young, but his, made it to nearly 100 so I think he will probably look after himself.

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