Cowart's Common Room

Today is Tuesday, June 8, 2010.

Well, things on the other side of the pond are, ah, peculiar. The way Mags tells it, "Here in Britain we are being told to tighten our belts and are looking towards Canada for advice. Apparently they're a little wiser in Canada."

I don't think we're that much wiser here in Canada. Our banking regulations are, as I understand it, some of the strictest in the world. That apparently helped us to "carry on" through the recession better than most. But as for the rest, I have no idea what our fascist (I mean conservative) government is going to do next. You might end up being as frightened as most thinking people in Canada.

BTW, if you want a rosy, almost fairy-tale view of things, check the BBC.

A plaintive request from the Matron yesterday for some good news. So, let's try.

1. Bear went for his annual check-up yesterday. His body passed with flying colours. His mind, um, well, . . . doctors can only do so much; there's no brain transplant on the horizon. Sigh.

2. There may be some progress in getting the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico under control. Now that's good news! (OK, it's just a start, but, . . .)

3. Someone in the U.S. rescued a deer, keeping it from drowning. Good for you, mate!

Glad for the positive comments on yesterday's Jasmine green tea. Yes, Mags, it's good for you.

Today, black tea Earl Grey to be precise. Digestive biscuits in the rectangular tins some plain, some chocolate. For the gluten sensitive, rice crisps and cheese.

Hope you have a grand day.

Posted at 8th Jun 2010 - 03:49AM   Posted by Rob-bear   GOOD MORNING! Comments: 8

Blossomcottage's Avatar Good Morning Rob, pleased to hear about the blood tests.

As for oil spill, words fail me why on earth are they allowed to build these things without knowing how to stop them when they blow up.

Its like building a car without brakes and wondering when a steep hill is met how on earth to stop.

This all reminds me of a poem I saw John Denver recite its about prevention being better than cure and it says it all really.

The Ambulance down in the Valley click here to see it.

Have a good day Bear.

Love Blossom

Posted by: Blossomcottage on 8th Jun 2010 at 07:59AM

Ivy's Avatar Too early for black tea I have Pomegranate rooibos tea if you don't mind. Desperately trying to stay awake at office desk. Yes the recession is still around... Glad your body has passed the MOT as for brain transplant- well you never know what you get....
Fog is slowly lifting (not in my brain though) and I can see my favourite church from office window. Quite a reassuring sight in tough times I tell you. Still furious about my mother ( see private forum) but thanks to the wonderful people on PC I know now that she is the one who has a problem. Thanks , you are wonderful friends.

Have a great day

Posted by: Ivy on 8th Jun 2010 at 08:00AM

Faith's Avatar Thanks Bear, and keeping up the good news, or sort of good news, a brief update on Yorkie. He was in at the vets all day yesterday 10-6, and he still cant find much wrong with him. Cost me nearly 200 as well - for tests, x rays, and accommodation I suppose!!! cheaper to go to Travelodge! Again I will try to claim from the insurance - they paid up before. So Yorkie is sort of settled at the mo, and more details on the animal forum.


Posted by: Faith on 8th Jun 2010 at 08:02AM

Inthemud's Avatar Good Morning Rob-Bear,

Ah you're serving my favourite tea! Earl Grey- I drink it all day!!

Have a good day everyone

Faith, glad to hear Yorkie more settled again. I can't use travelodge anymore, they now charge 20 per dog per night!! more than humans- and we have 2 dogs!


Posted by: Inthemud on 8th Jun 2010 at 08:45AM

Withy Brook's Avatar Thank you Rob. Glad the MOT passed muster.
Can't add to the good news, I am afraid - after G's almost-brother going 3 weeks ago and the funeral etc last Wednesday, there has been another blow. That Wednesday was a real black one - the funeral, the mayhem in Cumbria and I heard yesterday that an old boy-friend died then too. Ah well, I suppose that makes the 3, doesn't it?
On the other hand I am looking forward to two family weddings and my 80th in July and August.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 8th Jun 2010 at 09:20AM

Fennie's Avatar I've never known a Canadian with anything good to say about their government. And yet Canada is one of the most civilised and beautiful countries in the world. Friendly and helpful - right from the first when I landed at a little airport in Newfoundland and found I was carrying only French francs which the bank official took a positive pleasure in changing. I'm not wholly sure about the cooking though - in restaurants that is: breakfasts are wonderful but there is a fall off during the day. Wonderful ingredients, but no-one seems to have any idea what to do with them. And by 9pm you are thrown out on the streets. That anyway was my experience. A long time ago now. I expect it has all changed. But still no-one likes the government.

Posted by: Fennie on 8th Jun 2010 at 09:27AM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar Glad to hear everything in working order, Bear.
My husband, Jim was born in Canada - Timmins, Ontario - the home of Shania Twain so I can't pass any adverse comment should I want to.

Good news - let's see now - nope, can't think of much.

It's raining here after several lovely hot days - Jim's fault - he watered his veg last night. I told him what would happen.

Sorry, don't like Earl Grey - I'll just have a nibble of cheese.

Got to go and assemble all those IKEA things we bought in Toulouse yesterday.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 8th Jun 2010 at 09:52AM

Preseli Mags's Avatar It was the BBC's version of events I was referring to. I heard it on Radio 4 and wondered what you'd make of it Rob-bear!

I'm glad to hear the green tea is good for me, good news about Yorkie too and I love the picture of the man swimming with the deer.

Earl Grey is my favourite tea, especially with a nice digestive to dunk!

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 8th Jun 2010 at 01:52PM

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