Friday, 28 September 2012

Friday Frivolity



High above us each day we see these vapour trails.  Aircraft passing overhead, mostly from nearby Stansted Airport, some from deep into Europe heading for the far west and vice versa.  I discovered an interesting site that allows us to track the flight of aircraft. Until recently this was only possible in Europe and certain other airports worldwide, now however planes can be tracked in most parts of the globe, and it is amazing just how many are up there at one time.  Click on Flightradar24 and find fascinating details about the airliners poisoning your atmosphere are the wealthy travel the world.   


The other day another programme was screened enlightening folks as to how we lived during the second world war.  The reasoning is possibly two fold for such programmes.  On the one hand those who lived through that time are dying off rapidly, it is 67 years since the war ended and those who were 20 at that time are now approaching 90 and therefore serving servicemen and families are becoming rarer.  Those of us who arrived just before, during or after that time have little need to understand much more of that time, we lived it after all, but so many of the present generation have no understanding of any kind of the life their elders lived.  It was ever thus, and these programmes do enlighten such souls.  On the other hand many who lived then have, quite rightly, a memory of the greatest time of their lives!  Sure millions died but they survived!  The excitement for some, the emotions that arose, the loss on one hand and often gains on the other had a huge impact on them and to this can be added the fact the they won!  These were the participants in the greatest was so far.  The shared fears and emotions, the victory over a real evil must be regarded as a huge and important aspect of their lives.  This is of course the same in Germany, although guilt and failure leave a somewhat different shade to the memories.  One thing that was mentioned was the diet.  Because food would become scarce it became important to grow as much vegetables as possible, meat would be in short supply.  The nation was commanded to 'Dig for Victory!'  And they did!  This meant the UK, in spite of so many shortages, was healthier than it had ever had been, and indeed has been since.  So I dug out some wartime recipes and bought lots of veg, at least this will keep me on the run!  Buying is the only option as there is no place to grow things here, other than the park.  I might try that but these council jobsworths get annoyed.  I know you too are desperate to lose weight eat a much healthier diet so here is the link I found.  100 Wartime Recipes Actually the only one I tried was the 'wartime Scotch Shortbread,' and while exceedingly fattening it would not have been encouraged to feed the troops of any regiment I know, that's for sure.  Maybe I did something wrong......?


I was looking for a counter for the site after 'Sitemeter' got hacked and discovered that device was introducing adverts secretly.  I ended up trying .StatCounter' which might be OK but came across 'Freeware Home'  a site I have used often in times past.  It's worth a look for mean, cheap, skinflint types, I enjoy it.......        

p.s. There is no free beer.


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13 comments:

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Stats are included on your Bogger-In-Draft dashboard, but they might not be as comprehensive (if that is the right word) as you would like it.

red dirt girl said...

Oh I have a real passion for Scottish shortbread!!

xxx

Adullamite said...

Jerry, The Google ones never make sense to me either.

RDG, You are a woman of taste young lady.

soubriquet said...

Taste? She's a voracious devourer of scottish shortbread. Heaven help you if she ever gets north of the border, the shortbread forests will be devastated.

Adullamite said...

Soub, Scots dentists are the best ion the world!

Robert Morschel said...

I use Blogger stats all the time. Nothing to set up...

Adullamite said...

Rob, I'm always being set up....

Kay G. said...

I looked at that airline tracking site and scrolled around the whole USA. The area around Atlanta, there are WAY too many, they are stacked upon each other but I already knew that, every single one flies over my house or Arabia Mountain.
I have always wanted to go to Maine and Wyoming, both of those states have few planes flying over.

Love the link to the wartime recipes.
Great post, thank you!

Adullamite said...

Kay, Lots of aircraft overhead! It's you rich folks! Try the recipes, it will keep the photographer healthy!

Jenny Woolf said...

Yuk just seeing those recipes listed makes me feel sick. I am sure we had wartime gravy at our school. It was probably left over from the war. It was made of some kind of grease which stuck to everything including the inside of your mouth. Imagine something that even sticks to the inside of your mouth! It was pale brown like ... well, use your imagination. It smelt a bit of dogs. It was usually lukewarm. The perfect accompaniment for any wartime dish.

I once cooked a meal out of a wartime cookbook I got at a jumble sale. The family actually refused to eat it.

red dirt girl said...

Soub! Casting aspersions on my character ...!

He's right, though, Adullamite. I polished off an entire tin in a 24 hour period. There's actually forests of shortbread ??? Ohhh let me die in their heaven ...

xxx

Adullamite said...

Jenny, Stick to the 'Date Cake,' I tried this and it worked!!!

Adullamite said...

RDG, As I say, a lady of taste!