Thursday, 26 February 2015


Hey Everyone..

I've been back on the boat for a while now, but been putting off blogging. Sorry about that. Truth is, I am sick to death with hearing about bloody islam. and how all the religious violence and terrorism in the world, is "nothing at all to do with islam". I am appalled with the BBC for rebranding 'islamic terrorists' as 'militants'. I am appalled by Labour councils enabling and defending paedophilia. I'm also appalled by the current shower of government, doing absolutely bugger all about bugger all. But I am at least thankful, that as we live on a boat, we don't have to pay for any of their blatant propaganda, lies and bullshit. Beyond what they can wheedle out of us on VAT.

Moving swiftly on..... We recently heard from our good friend Peter Roberts.... who had this to say....

"I have brought myself up to date with your blog, interesting life you people lead. but you have let it tail off this last 6 months, as though things have stopped happening. I am sure that is not true. and you could easily find some one to upset, so that you can insult them or it."

well, yes... there are 1.6 billion idiots I could upset, quite easily. you know, the ones that mustn't be insulted with satirical pictures of their 'prophet', because they don't live in the 21st century, like the rest of us. the ones who hate the west and it's freedom of speech so much, yet love it's adidas trainers, mobile phones and it's tolerance of them spouting vile hatred against it's institutions. any opposing voices get prison sentences for "racially aggrevated behaviour". even though a manmade religion is clearly, not a race. people have been arrested for holding a contrary opinion to the "religion of peace" on twitter and facebook (neither of which i use anymore, naturally). The politically correct world is patently insane, and one must now be ultra careful what one utters in a public space (ie: the internet). Sometimes, it has been best to say nothing at all. and remain at liberty.

Music ~ Absolutely Haram
So, moving swiftly on, before I insult anyone else...

Our lives have changed very much, since Sheena's mum died. I spent the winter landlubbing down on the Devon/Dorset border, where our mobile phones didn't work. You can get a phone signal out in the deepest Sarangeti, but not on the Devon/Dorset border. Xmas and new year came, and went. Many days passed by, in a grey drizzly blur. The wind blew, but the house didn't move. It was odd to be so cut off from nature. Whereas on the boat, we are in amongst it. Mostly, we were biding our time until probate could finally be resolved, and our normal life on the boat could be resumed again. As of today, things have still not been resolved fully, and probate trundles it's way inexorably onwards at it's own snail's pace. Which means that Sheena is still not back here full time. The river has red boards all along it's length. So nobody is going anywhere, at present. The cherry on the top, is that our tenants in London, are threatening to withhold the rent we need to survive, because of a damp problem (which they caused). Our shit, at the moment, is incredibly tight, so to speak. And as the old nautical saying goes, we're sailing "very close to the wind".

Nice new Chimney

High points of the last few months.... Watching film four's Werner Herzog season, with Sheena, on the boat, in front of the glow from a well stuffed Squirrel. Finally getting myself a "cheap ass" chinese laptop (only took 3 years), stuffed with ad and spyware which needed removing. Replacing the chimney that Sue and Vic donated to us years ago, because it had corroded away so badly. (thanks Sue and Vic, it did us proud). Sumo, in good health, and back snoring on the couch, where he belongs.

Sheena says "There are no mosques on the river bank". And she is, of course, right. So there is plenty to be thankful for. And our life that can be led, away from the stupidity of other people and their bronze age sky fairies. Didn't John Paul Sartre have something to say about that? So, no complaints, really.

6.5 tonne of Aluminium

Now I've broken the ice, and actually posted my first blog entry for many months, I will try to keep things more up to date. On a day to day basis, as long as I remember to stay away from the news, and the newspapers, I am fine. I'm in good health. And high spirits. Sorry if my rant has offended you, but I firmly believe that followers of the doctrines of organised religion are mentally ill. Hence, our boat name.

Hope you all are fine too.


  1. Wow! Good to have you back and hear your wonderful voice again. Les says he has felt exactly like you about all the B.S. in the world. He too eschews newspapers and news in general and agrees it is best to stay out of the clutch of greedy governments. A bit of fuel VAT now and again is acceptable.

    I on the other hand find myself typical of most Americans--I'm a selective news junkie. I sit each morning over coffee with Les and read NPR's (National Public Radio) web site which is my home page. Today the big news came out of Arizona where two Llamas escaped from work and were on the Llam. A news helicopter actually filmed footage of the two animals loose on the streets. I love the reader commentary at the bottom of the piece which had both Les and I in tears of laughter. Not a bad way to begin the day. I choose NPR for my news because they also report on some of the amazing, wondrous and positive things in this world.

    We are sorry about Sheena's mom. May she RIP. Welcome back to the boat--it's good to know you are there.
    Jaq and LesXX

  2. Thanks Les and Jaq. It's good to be back. You take so many things for granted living in a house, that the daily magic of life and its little rituals loses some of its reality and vitality. I love carrying the days water, generating our own electricity, and moving our home. Never thought it was possible to be and feel this free in the 21st century, now that most people are living in towns and cities. They're welcome to them!

    I used to be a news buff too. With a keen interest in politics and geopolitics. Still like to keep an interest in current affairs, though sadly, religious war, violence and intolerance seem to predominate the headlines these days. Have you been upriver to Mapledurham? There is a llama and alpaca farm there. It's great to see hundreds of them running around in the fields.

  3. I would just like to add a comment and thank everyone for their kind words. She had a long life (94), did so many incredible things and had an amazing journey. We will miss her but remember her kindness forever.
    So, I'm now officially an adult but will never let go of my inner child.

  4. HI,

    Always will be your mothers daughter and her child, carry her in your heart and talk about her everyday.... that way she will live on (sorry of that sounds a little personal, just my thinking ). Glad to read you are back and getting such joy from your boat and nature.

    Nev NB Percy

  5. Thanks Nev. very true. Hope things are good with you.