I cannot check anything in my reader, not the blogs I follow, not notifications.


What to do?





And for a fleeting moment he perched on her arm.

Are you a racist?




You probably are and you are not even aware of it.

Racism is hardwired into the brain, say scientists – and it operates unconsciously.

The same circuits in the brain that allow us to see which ethnic group a person belongs to overlap with others that drive emotional decisions.

The result is that even right-thinking individuals make unconscious decisions based on a person’s race.

Brain scans have proved that interactions with people of other ethnic backgrounds set off reactions that may be completely unknown to our conscious selves.

The finding may force researchers to think about racism in entirely new ways.

It’s possible, the researchers say, that even right-thinking, ‘egalitarian’ people could harbour racist attitudes without knowing.

The chemicals involved in perceiving ethnic backgrounds overlap with those for processing emotion and making decisions, according to new research.

And the findings published in Nature Neuroscience could lead to fresh ways of thinking about unintended race-based attitudes and decisions.

Jake’s Challenge – Village




So by the way did you ever read ‘MY YEAR IN PROVENCE” by Peter Mayle?

This is Gordes, not too far from where he lived.


A – Z Archive Z Challenge



Do I have to introduce them?



Weekly Photo Challenge: Create


There are so many artistic and creative bloggers here, I almost hate to ‘compete’!

We are in the middle of winter so I have te create my memory of what it looks like in my garden in summer.

But let me tell you Hasie (our rabbit ) is creative too. He has created holes in the gate to the tool shed, (even though the fence was put up in haste to keep him in if ever there were danger like dogs).

The Artist!

Are psychopaths responsible for their deeds?



I have blogged this previously but it is in the news again.

‘I would have done it again’ Anders Breivik

Devoid of shame or an ounce of remorse about massacring defenceless teenagers, Breivik appears tormented by his failure to go to university.

Then I read a review on the book The Psychopath Test where Hare ( I think he is an academic) and I quote from the Amazon review explains the science of psychopathology: a part of the brain called the amygdala doesn’t function in psychopaths as it does in other human beings. When a regular person experiences extreme violence or carnage (or even photographs of such scenes), his amygdala becomes overstimulated, provoking an extreme anxiety response in the central nervous system. When a psychopath experiences the same stimuli, his amygdala does not respond: no anxiety response occurs. This explains the psychopath’s lack of empathy.

This is a theory of course but does this mean psychopaths are not responsible for their actions?

Which implies of course that these monsters and perpetrators should be excused.

What a sad and cruel world



I do believe although he may well be responsible for his actions he should be sent to an asylum so that he will be locked up for the remainder of his ‘natural’ life. Furthermore I question the theory postulated here because you will have to test thousands and thousands  of psychopaths before you can come tho this conclusion. Even then it still would not be a fact.

You can now be the fly on the wall!


Think about what advantages this could present to you if you simply have to know!

Over recent years a range of miniature drones, or micro air vehicles (MAVs), based on the same physics used by flying insects, have been presented to the public.


The University of Pennsylvania GRASP Lab recently showed off drones that swarm, a network of 20 nano quadrotors flying in synchronized formations.


Scientists have taken their inspiration from animals which have evolved over millennia to the perfect conditions for flight.

Read more here

What is in your handbag?




Men usually want to know what ladies have in their handbags (also purse or pouch in American English) because it seems full of ‘stuff’  but it is always an endless scratching and searching  without coming up with the goodies! And if a cell phone rings, it is a catastrophe if it is hidden away in the bag….They suspect the kitchen sink is in there somewhere too!


In mine:-

Red purse (American wallet?) with credit cards, some cash, my ID and driver’s licensee.

A Pen (well most of the time).

Lipstick and lip-gloss

A spare contact lens

Small bottle of perfume

My asthma pump

Some sweets which you get when you pay at a restaurant

Small pack of tissues

Waterless handwash


And sometimes my camera.


a-z Archive – Y



Yellow Weavers.




Interesting little birds and when they build nest the ‘wife’ will unpick until she finds something to her liking.  But something very interesting which we experienced while we were having lunch at the West Coast restaurant (We went to see the Wildflowers). On the tables were those little envelopes with cane sugar (in white little bags) and artificial sweetener (in red little envelopes). Whilst these weavers were so furiously building nest they would swoop down and take an envelope to eat in the nest. And most of them took the RED envelopes with the artificial sweetener

Colour speaks!


Not such a good photo


The photo below comes from NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.


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