Straggly autumn roses in England



These last roses of summer were cut from an old straggly bush in the front garden of his Newark-on-Trent home by Anthony Sargeant on 30th October 2016. With frosts forecast later in the week these may well be the last we see until next year. They were cut and simply thrust into the vase just as they grew on the bush.

‘Here-today and gone-tomorrow politicians’: The EU, Brexit and Francois Hollande


“Here-today and gone-tomorrow politician” is a jibe levelled by Sir Robin Day on a BBC television interview with Sir John Nott in 1982. But it is as relevant today with respect to any number of European Politicians. As a letter to the Daily Telegraph makes clear when commenting on the posture of the President of France (at least till the next election) Francois Hollande in respect of Brexit.

Hollande is quoted as saying that Britain “will have to pay a heavy economic price” for leaving the EU. The letter writer, M. Wood-Wilson, points out that this shows breathtaking arrogance. He goes on to point out that:

“France has a youth unemployment rate of 39%; Italy 43%; and Greece 50%” (he does not even mention Spain or Portugal). “France and Italy have immense government debts of €2 trillion each, which they cannot repay unless their economies grow significantly, which is unlikely while they remain in the eurozone. The EU needs all the trade it can get. We buy more from the EU than it does from us. For EU politicians to ride roughshod over their electorates and punish Britain in order to hold their failing integrationist project together is to vindicate Britain’s decision to leave”

The “here-today and gone-tomorrow politicians” jibe applies equally to Angela Merkel, Alexis Tsipras, Matteo Renzi, etc etc. All of whom will very soon be voted out of power by their respective electorates.

The problem is that the EU project has grown ‘like topsy’ from an economic community into a monster of a political project which is anti-democratic and dysfunctional and can only work by enforced integration into what has become ‘Fortress Europe’. The only Federation of states that faced a slightly similar challenge and still survives is the USA  – but that only happened after a bloody civil war. But the major difference is that in Europe the Nation States have long and distinct histories and cultures.

How long before the youth of Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain rise up against the austerity imposed upon them by the EU politburo and the vested interests of the Northern Nation States?

Why choose resin bound surfacing for residential developments? — Architecture, Design & Innovation


Resin bound surfacing has transformed housing developments in recent years throughout the UK. Gone are the days of using block paving or concrete to create functional driveways, paths and garden areas; now homeowners want to create an outside space which looks beautiful, is easy to maintain and stands the test of time. What is resin […]

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Plaice from Cornwall – beautiful plump example



Bought by Anthony Sargeant in October 2016 from the Indoor market at the Bullring in Birmingham. It was caught less than 24 hrs earlier by a Cornish Day-Boat . It is an under-rated fish with a distinctive delicate flavour and a good texture. Highly recommended by Tony.

A fish supper: Pan-fried Plaice fillets



Probably the cheapest flat fish that you can buy in the UK – but delicious and seriously under-rated when in season (don’t buy in the months just after Christmas when it is spawning and the flesh loses its firmness). Here it has been floured, then pan fried in butter and served with pea puree, salad and some lightly crushed potatoes. A delicious supper cooked by Anthony Sargeant on the 4th October 2016.

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Pork tenderloin with cream and cheese — Tony Anthony J Sargeant


A delicious ‘comfort food’ dish cooked for supper on the 5th October 2016. see page 74 of Food Aid Cookbook (edited by Delia Smith) for recipe. Served here with sweet panfried and roasted tomatoes (from the greenhouse) in rape seed oil and crushed potatoes.

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Cutty Sark at Night in Greenwich, South London



One of the last of tea clippers ever built a fast sailing ship that was designed to bring the new season tea back from China as quickly as possible. Now restored and on permanent display in dry dock close to Greenwich Pier on the Thames in South London. It actually did little service as a tea-clipper being overtaken by the opening of the Suez Canal and the advent of steamships. It served for a number of years in the wool trade between Australia and the England.