Thursday, 29 September 2016

Dindim the Penguin

In 2011 Joao Pereira de Souza came across a penguin with a broken leg lying on a beach in Brazil. The bird was covered with oil and also had an injury to its back.

Mr de Souza took care of the bird. He removed the oil and rubbed ointment onto the wound. He gave the penguin the name Dindim.

When he was fully recovered Dindim was ringed and released into the ocean to make the 4,000 kms journey back to Patagonia.

For four years, from 2012 to 2015, Dindim returned in June or July to visit Mr de Souza.

In 2016 the months of June and July came and went and Dindim failed to appear.

Mr de Souza did not expect to see his friend again, but on the morning of 1st August  much to everyone's surprise Dindim was back, and patiently waiting at the fence.

If only Dindim could talk, what tales he might tell.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Sons of Men

The first miracle was performed at a wedding reception. 

The guests having polished off the wine were calling for more.   

The Son of Man duly performed the famous miracle and those who wanted to do so were pleased to have the chance to drink themselves under the table. 

Why didn't the Son of Man tell the guests to drink a non-alcoholic beverage?

Throughout history there have been holy and unholy alcoholics and drunkards of all ranks. I see no reason for anyone, let alone the Son of Man, to encourage it. 

There should be no need to mention the fact that wine was served at the Last Supper. But unfortunately there is. 

One follower overflowing with Dutch courage took a sword to a Roman soldier, and sliced off his ear.  The Son of Man performed his final miracle and stuck it back on. 

God only knows what else went on . . . 

Ernesto Galeffi's 1985 bronze is a 3-D bust of the famous image found on the so-called Shroud of Turin, the linen cloth in which the body of the Son of Man, a name Jesus liked to give himself, was supposedly wrapped. 

Whatever our faith, or even if we have no faith, we are all Sons of Men, are we not? 

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Last of the Summer Wine (with Tractors)

Today dawned bright and sunny and called for a walk in the countryside hereabouts. A few of us decided to head into the vineyards on the hills by the nearby village of Gumpoldskirchen. There were some fine tractors to be seen and there were many temporary stalls and taverns along the way offering fresh wine or soda water, and fortifying food for the walker; various cakes including traditional apple strudel, and large slices of brown bread smothered with traditional spreads of pumpkin, beetroot or paprika cheese. It was a great day. The above pictures may give you a flavour of it. 

Prosit! Und alles gut! 

A little light music in the village square 

Friday, 23 September 2016


"There's no truth in the reports that asylum seekers have now arrived in Europe from the south pole. It's yet another example of unfounded conspiracy theory. As usual the Russians are responsible."  

A BBC spokesperson.   

Strange characters seen recently at Calais