10 June 2019

Miscellany

First of all, I am happy to announce that our son Ian and his Bosh! partner Henry are going to launch their third book in September. This one is not a cookbook. It is just about being vegan - as the title says - "How to Live Vegan". Their publishers deduced that it would be a great idea to pursue since it's almost impossible to find any up-to-date and fully-developed statements of what being vegan means in present times.
Secondly, Shirley and I are going on holiday for a week on Thursday afternoon. We are going to the unique Greek island of Santorini. I was last there forty years ago and slept on the black sand beach at Perissa. That's the very resort we are heading for this time, staying at the thirty room Perissa Bay Hotel. I imagine it will be a bit different from sleeping on the beach.
Thirdly, one of Britain's candidates to replace Theresa May as  Prime Minister is Michael Gove. Yesterday he admitted that when he was younger he snorted cocaine several times. He says it was "a mistake" but it wasn't a mistake was it? It was several mistakes. If a young man or woman got arrested for snorting cocaine then that arrest and subsequent conviction would have to be disclosed if they should ever apply for a position as a teacher. In effect, they would not even be considered and yet apparently it's okay to snort cocaine and possibly get to be the new P.M..
Fourthly, I went for a nice walk yesterday afternoon - in countryside to the south of Sheffield. It took in Cowley with its little mission chapel, Brindwoodgate, Barlow Lees and Dronfield Woodhouse. Two hours of plodding and then home for a late lunch and another chapter of a novel out on the decking before making another Sunday dinner - with Yorkshire puddings of course.
Heading to Cowley Mission Chapel

23 comments:

  1. A week in Santorini sounds like it will be wonderful, Yorkie. If you happen to see Zorba, please say 'G'day" to him for me.

    I hope the weather treats you and Shirley kindly...no doubt it will this time of the year in the Greek Isles.

    I'll keep an eye out for reviews on the new book by Ian and Henry after its release later in the year. And, if I come across any, I'll let you know. I wish the lads well.

    (PS I responded to your response to my response in your previous post)!

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    1. Okay thanks Lee. I will go back and read it. You are now the official Bosh! spy (Australian Division)

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  2. I think that sleeping on the sand beach sounds like a good Blog topic?

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    1. Please go here Red:- https://beefgravy.blogspot.com/2010/12/once.html

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  3. I agree with Red - don't leave us dangling with that casual mention!

    The Bosh! fellows are keeping busy. I hope this book is as much of a success as the first two. When you think about it, it's such a logical way to branch out. Many people have questions about more than just recipes. They are doing a wonderful job of spreading the vegan way of life.

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    1. It has been an amazing journey for Ian and Henry so far. Thanks for transmitting your positive vibes Jenny.

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  4. Santorini sounds like a nice antidote to this week's cold, damp weather. Looking forward to seeing the photos.

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    1. We are going on Thursday so no doubt that is when an English heatwave will commence.

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  5. The new book sounds like a good idea, bringing all aspects of veganism together - there is so much more to it than recipes, isn't there.
    I don't know anything about Michael Gove, but I think what matters is what a person is like (and how they act) in the present, not in the past. I have never taken drugs or smoked, but I was my year's record holder for skipping school when I was 15/16 years old. I am not proud of it and I guess it does not make me look like a reliable character. My clients today know they can count on me and trust me, though. Thie school-skipping happened about 35 years ago. I remember it, but it does not have any impact on the person I am today.

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    1. I agree with your point Meike but in England the truth is that past misdemeanours will haunt anybody who works with children. Those wrongdoings are never dismissed. No headteacher in the land would want to risk employing someone who was caught in possession of cocaine - even if that was twenty or thirty years ago.

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  6. Good luck to the boys - I am sure the new book will be a great success. I do envy you your trip to Santorini, somewhere I have always wanted to visit. Please post some photos.

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    1. I have been to more than twenty Greek islands. Santorini is very special but it is a shame that cruise ships now stop there.

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  7. Be an interesting read the new Bosh book, veganism has sprung to life from the need to reduce the bovine presence on the planet maybe, but I notice you are having YP in your meal so still to change?
    Not sure what I think of Gove you point out very rightly that a teacher would be unemployable should he have taken drugs but a PM can get away with it. There are so many double standards in this country, our politicians are just showing how low they can go.
    I hope you both enjoy your Santorino holiday, and the success of your son and his partner in writing.

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    1. You are right to deduce that I am not a vegan. I guess that I am an omnivore so not averse to the occasional vegan or vegetarian meal. When I first heard that Ian was going vegan I felt somehow disappointed but now I am very proud of his food journey - not just because of the Bosh! success but because he has found a just cause to believe in.

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  8. This is all such good news. I can truly see how your son's publisher would want a book on veganism itself. Timely and necessary.
    Going to GREECE! Please take many pictures, Mr. P. Many, many pictures.
    As to the guy and the cocaine- well, you know- if everyone who had done drugs back in "the day" were to be prevented from future endeavors, there wouldn't be a lot getting done. I will say, however, that I understand your point. With Trump's history, he would not be able to get a job as a school teacher either and yet- here he is- the supposedly most powerful man in the world.
    I weep at the thought.

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    1. A draft dodger as the US president? I don't know how that guy has the gall to praise the achievements of the US military when he avoided service with cowardly lies.

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  9. I do hope that you enjoy your holiday.

    Gove's admission (forced though it may have been) is in stark contrast to the now denial of the admission that BJ once made. At least I can respect Gove for that just as I don't respect BJ for many things he is now refusing to comment on (wisely from his point of view). I can truthfully say that I have never taken any illegal substance whatsoever and, boringly some may say, have only been properly drunk once (that was quite enough to teach me that I didn't want to feel like that again). In the greater scheme of things, though, I suspect (without any concrete evidence to hand) that alcohol has ruined far more lives (of drunks and their families) than cocaine has. Of course I don't condone taking cocaine nor, I suppose, cannabis which is, after all illegal too, but which a great many of my generation tried (so they tell me).

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    1. Plenty of brackets here - like a kitchen with lots of shelves. I thought BJ was a pleasurable intimate activity rather than a Tory leadership contender. I think Gove made his announcement because he feared the truth would come out later. He was just pre-empting that embarrassing revelation.

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  10. That is such a wise direction for the boys to go with the third book. I'm sure there are many with questions regarding the lifestyle as they consider taking it on. Your coming vacations sounds wonderful!

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    1. The publishers and their agent have a vested interest in keeping the Bosh! ball rolling. It was the publishers who suggested this diversion.

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  11. I struggle to imagine how to fill a book on how to be vegan but I guess there is plenty of background information and philosophy to fill it out. I'm sure it will be accessible which is so important.

    Enjoy Santorini!

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    1. Ian and Henry are not academic guys so their take on veganism will surely be refreshingly honest. I know that Henry's girlfriend has written a whole chapter on vegan cosmetics.

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  12. Have fun on Santorini. It's one of the most beautiful places on the planet, in my estimation. I was last there about 20 years ago and I would love to go back.

    I heard the news about Gove, but honestly, it doesn't make much difference to me. It's completely irrelevant, unless he's STILL using coke!

    The vegan book looks interesting! It will certainly be in high demand.

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