Wednesday 20 March 2019

Local Cleaning the City Day Coffee and Chat Meetup on St Patrick's Day 17 March 2019

Local Cleaning the City Day Coffee and Chat Meetup on St Patrick's Day 17 March 2019: The initial intro is going to read like an intro to a story (local story).   Through Ermest's Local Guides Cleaning the World project I adopted an area that was never well-maintained in the past and I would often hurry past as the pavement was always drink-stained and littered with used crisp and fo...

Francais : Local Guides Clean The World is 2.0 now - The new project, waiting for 2020

Francais : Local Guides Clean The World is 2.0 now - The new project, waiting for 2020: Local Guides Clean The World is 2.0 - Le nouveau projet à l'horizon 2020  (L’article original « »  ecrit par d’@Ermest )   Une introduction courte:   Cet article est mon rêve pour 2020, et je ...

Chef Alexis Gauthier cooks up a Vegan dish on Masterchef

According to, Vegan Chef Gauthier was praised by one of the judges for 'rising to the challenge' in creating a brilliant dish using plant based ingredients.

Sunday 17 March 2019

Storm Gareth causing chaos

Storm Gareth is causing a traffic build-up by sea ports affecting ferry crossing.

7 mile ferry crossing queues as Met Office issues further warning (

Saturday 16 March 2019

Cleaning the City and Coffee Day chat

Cleaning the City and Coffee Day chat: A #CleaningtheWorld get together to discuss what Local Guides are doing to help build up a community by making their areas clean and tidy.   All are welcome to say what they are doing.  Where and when.   Links to their works will be provided. It is a free event but everyone has to buy their own drin...

Friday 15 March 2019

Adam Handling is BBC's MasterChef star

Will Adam Handling win the title of Master Chef?

Watch BBC's MasterChef for the latest episodes for 2019.

Scottish Chef Adam Handling, at just 30 years old, is the proud owner of  3 London restaurants 2 bars and a deli, The Frog Hoxton (formerly known as The Frog E1), Frog by Adam Handling, Covent Garden, the Adam Handling Chelsea restaurant, Cadogan's by Adam Handling, Iron Stag Bar and Eve Bar.

Thursday 14 March 2019

The new dance craze, 'the Triangle'

The latest social media dance obsession, 'the Triangle', involves three people holding on to each others shoulders and jumping in-between each other in a patter.  It takes coordination, group work and a bit of cardio fitness and it seems to be impossible to keep a straight face while trying it out.
(Source: Guardian Australia / Twitter (as credited)

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How to do the Triangle Dance via UNILAD

The Triangle Dance has 3 moves to it, one from each person.

Step 1: Person A jumps left and back, to the right and back and to the middle and back.
Step 2: Person B jumps right and back, to the middle and back and to the left and back.
Step 3: Person C jumps to the middle and back, to the left and back and to the right and back.
Step 4: Make sure everyone stands in the correct place and link arms.
Step 5: Count yourselves in and get jumping!

Wednesday 13 March 2019

Nature’s warning signs that disaster is about to strike -

(Article by Sydney Baum-Haines)

"Going out in nature is refreshing and relaxing, but there’s always danger lurking around the corner. You may have street smarts, but lack wild-smarts. So instead of getting struck by lightning or drowning in a rip current, learn about the different ways nature warns you away from disaster and imminent natural disaster. Plus, sometimes you just can’t check the weather forecast and want to know if it’ll rain tomorrow." (

Earth's warming signs:(Full article and images at

Nature’s warning signs that disaster is about to strike

(by Sydney Baum-Haines)

1. Beware of a patch of J-shaped trees
2. When the ocean level drops, danger is not far behind
3. A wall cloud in the sky might take you out of Kansas
4. Stay clear of the channel of choppy waters at the beach
5. If animals start leaving, an earthquake might be on the way
6. But if animals start running toward you, there could be a fire behind them
7. If your hair stands on end, take action
8. Sharks swimming in deep waters probably means a hurricane coming
9. If you hear a roar of rushing water, run to high ground
10. If all the golden-winged warblers disappear, a storm's brewing
11. A ring around the moon or sun can predict tomorrow's weather
12. If you see fish on the beach, don't go in the water
13. If your dog seems concerned about a part of your body, get it checked out
14. Cracked snow underfoot could signal an impending avalanche
15. Rising water levels warn of an incoming flood
16. If the ocean makes an unusual roaring sound, get up high
17. Green skies indicate severe weather may be on the way
18. Beware of lakes near volcanoes in hot environments
19. If you see square waves, get out of the water
20. If you see bands in the sky, get to a basement
21. Don't go in the water if it is green or smells bad
22. If you are in a cave during a full or new moon, get out as soon as possible
23. Rattlesnakes alert you when they are angry
24. Red skies can predict the weather, morning or night
25. Volcanoes shake, swell and get gassy before they blow
26. If you see a funnel cloud in the sky, get inside
27. If you find a mushroom growing close to a tree, don't eat it
28. Brightly coloured animals often signal danger
29. A tree with deep cracks or missing bark may be about to fall over
30. Be wary of these signs a bull is about to charge (ie. scraping dust with hooves)
31. Listening to the frogs can help you predict the weather (ie. if they croak more than usual it might be because it is about to rain - could ruin a picnic, day out walking, hiking ...)
32. Glossy pavement can mean danger during winter
33. If you see a wall of dust, get off the road immediately
34. If a skunk stamp its foot and raises its tail, get out of the spray zone
35. If a lake is covered in white or gray ice, don't step on it
36. If you are stung by a bee near a hive, run to shelter
37. If you see a beautifully coloured pool, don't go in it
38. If you see five-toed paw prints and scratch marks on trees, be wary
39. If you see red berries in the wild, don't eat them
40. Ecosystem canaries can warn scientists about an ecosystem's collapse
41. Plant and animal range shifts warn of climate change
42. There's no real warning of quick sand, but you can get out

Tuesday 12 March 2019

Spaghetti Bolognese isn't real it's 'fake news', says Mayor of Bologna -


The Mayor of Bologna in Italy has had enough of people sharing their love for Spaghetti Bolognese which he says is a fake dish. ( turns out there's really no such thing as Spaghetti Bolognese, at least according to Virginio Merola, the Mayor of Bologna, a city in Italy's Emilia-Romagna region.
He claims the the popular pasta dish is "fake news" and he wants everyone to know it. (
Bologna: Places to visit

Bologna Morning Tour

By presenting the secular history of Bologna and its art, our local guide will unveil to you secrets of the city, with particulars which tourists do not usually see. (

Bologna Afternoon Tour

"With JMwalkingtour on winding off and on beaten paths frequented mostly by locals connecting an open space to another. From the Church of San Petronio in Piazza Maggiore to the Asinelli Towers, from the Ghetto to the hidden “Venetian canals” of Bologna, you will discover traditions, habits and anecdotes of this amazing city."

Visit: (article via
1. the Ferrari Museum 
2. the Lamborghini Museum
3. Bologna Piazza Maggiore
4. Basilica di Santo Stefano
5. Museo Ducati
6. Anatomical Theatre of the Archiginnasio
7. Basilica di San Petronio
8. Enzo Ferrari Museum
9. Two Towers (Due Torri)
10. Bologna University Quarter 
11. Fontana del Nettuno
12. Santuario de Madonna di San Luca
13. Oratory of Santa Cecelia
14. Basilica di San Domenico
15. Guglielmo Marconi Museum
16. National Gallery of Bologna

Monday 11 March 2019

Brexit could be lost if deal rejected, Jeremy Hunt says -


"Conservative MPs should back Theresa May's deal this week or risk losing Brexit altogether, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned."

Sunday 10 March 2019

De Jong versus Modric - AFC Ajax

My archived posts on Google since 2006

My archived posts on Google at:
(I know, Justin Bieber's Bear Story video no longer exists)

I wrote a few poems in my blog but decided they are best kept in a book of poems so I left one I wanted to keep on the blog:
Poem:  That Lipstick

That Lipstick 

Driving regulations will change after 29 March (Brexit) if a No Deal Brexit results

                                                        (c) nature thoughts nw
UK driving licences may not be valid in certain EU countries after 29 March 2019 - that is in the European Union and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

If the decision is that Britain leaves the EU without securing a deal, driving across certain countries in Europe may only be possible if British citizens have an International Driving Permit (IDP) for the countries in the European Economic Area (EEA). 

According to British citizens going to countries in the EEA will need an IDP Driving Permit except for driving in the Republic of Ireland. (

"If you are a UK licence-holder living in another EU country, then you need to exchange your UK licence for a licence issued by an EU country, before the UK leaves. If you wait until after the UK leaves, then you may need to take another driving test."  (

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Saturday 9 March 2019

International Women's Day (Rainier Women) Alma Wagen first female guide on Mount Rainier - US

Happy International Women's Day - Female Empowerment - Solo Traveller

This is an interesting photo. I was standing at the cafe for a short while to take a photo without anyone in it, so this gentleman suddenly appeared but turned his head enough to not be in the picture so to speak.

Female Empowerment - Solo Traveller

Celebrating International Women's Day
Brave, courageous women admire
A solo female traveller by the name of 
Who leaves her job to do what in her heart 
she desires
To see new places and be free
To roam and find safe havens for alone time
and to be happy
Letting other female solo travellers see
What travelling can mean
To those who are willing to go from country 
to country.

Happy International Women's Day!
To all those women who empower others constantly!



Prince Charles steers clear of using teabags because they contain plastic and jokes his gut will have to be 're-engineered' because so much is in our food -

(Article by Colin Fernandez and Phoebe Weston for the Daily Mail)

  • He spoke at Polymateria, a company that has created biodegradable plastic
  • Plastic is used to heat-seal teabags while Charles says is 'very worrying'
  • But his own Duchy Organic teabags are made with plastic, Waitrose say

Plastic or polypropylene is used to heat-seal teabags. 

For some this may come as a surprise and it was in 2017, Mike Armitage a gardener from Wrexham, discovered that the white residue left behind when used teabags were piled on a compost heap.  Following his campaign, tea-makers PG Tips and Yorkshire Tea 'switched away' from using plastic.

I would have discovered the same findings if I was composting vegetables and fruits as I'd put used tea bags on the compost heap but PG Tips and Yorkshire Tea!!!  Two of the most well known brands of Breakfast teas!

Some frequently asked questions about PG Tips (

How do I make the perfect cup of tea?
1. Use fresh water from the tap as boiling water more than once reduces its oxygen level.
2. Pour the boiling hot water over the teabag which has a unique shape and allows the tea leaves to move around the bag, letting the flavour flood out.
3. Allow the tea to brew for approx. 2-3 minutes, then squeeze the teabag for a stronger brew.
4. Add milk and sugar to taste. 
5. If you prefer dairy alternatives – try PG tips special Perfect with Dairy-Free blend which complements the taste.

What are the benefits of drinking tea?
1. Low calorie content and helps with our daily fluid intake.
2. Drinking tea is a welcomed guilt-free drink - only 14 calories even with semi-skimmed milk is added.
3. It contributes to our daily fluid intake and fends off dehydration.
4. It's a good way to unwind and catch up over a cuppa!

How to make iced tea?

Here’s recipe for iced tea. Feel free to mix it up a little to suit your own taste!
You will need…
  • 4 PG tips pyramid® tea bags
  • A slice of fresh lemon
  • A generous sprig of fresh mint leaves
  • Honey
  • 500ml boiling water
  • 500ml cold water
  • Ice
Start by letting your tea bags brew in the boiled water for two to three minutes, and then take out the tea bags.
Allow the tea to cool.
Next, pour the yummy tea into a jug and add in as much Honey, Lemon and Mint as tickles your taste buds! Add cold water to the mixture and pop the jug in the fridge.
Once the mixture is lovely and chilled, serve the tea in a glass with ice and garnish as you wish. All that’s left is to enjoy!
Iced tea recipe via

How Yorkshire Tea aims to inject 'modernity and enthusiasm' in the flagging black tea sector. (
The 130 year-old brand is hoping to breathe new life in to the declining black tea marketplace and reposition the drink as a product to be celebrating and enjoyed rather than "put in a cupboard and forgotten about".

                                                                                                        Yorkshire Tea
How to make a proper brew                    via

1. Run the tap a little so the water is nicely aerated.
2. Boil only once to keep the oxygen level up.  Oxygen in water helps give the brew flavour,
3. Pop a tea bag into your cup.  Pour over the water and stir briefly.
4. Give it 4-5 minutes to unlock its flavour.
5. Before removing the tea bag, gently squidge it against the side of the cup once.  Otherwise it will taste bitter
6. "Customise your brew. We like a splash of semi-skimmed or whole milk, but your brew is unique to you - so add milk, sugar, honey, lemon or nothing at all.  Most importantly, enjoy!"

Yorkshire Tea

Friday 8 March 2019

Climate change: Greenland ice sheet melting

Rain is becoming more frequent in Greenland and accelerating the melting of its ice, a new study has found.

Scientists say they're "surprised" to discover rain falling even during the long Arctic winter.
(  Article by David Shukman)

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  • Greenland is the world's largest island and is larger than the following countries combined: France, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, Italy, Greece, Switzerland and Belgium
  • The closest country is Canada which is only 26 kilometers away
  • Greeland's southernmost point lies on the same latitude as Oslo in Norway
  • The majority of Greenland's population lives in towns.  48,000 inhabitants of Greenland live in its 16 towns and the other 8,500 inhabitants live in the country's 60 settlements.
  • Greenland's capital city is Nuuk, which is located in West Greenland.  Other major towns there are Sisimiut, Ilulissat and Qaqortoq.  

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Thursday 7 March 2019

Passengers quarantined at Gatwick after Barbados flight -


Passengers and crew on a Virgin Atlantic flight were put into quarantine due to widespread sickness on board the plane. (


Of the 448 passengers returning from a cruise in the Caribbean, on the MSC Preziosa cruise ship, none were reportedly ill with any signs of acute gastroenteritis in the past 14 days, according to the cruise company's spokesperson.

However, five cabin crew members from MSC Preziosa were taken to an assessment centre for treatment.

Gatwick Airport plane passengers in hospital after on-board sickness OUTBREAK via

(Article by David Rivers)
'The Virgin plane had touched down after a journey from Bridgetown, Barbados, shortly before 5am. But after passengers and crew reported feeling unwell and nauseous, it was forced into lockdown. Around 30 people were treated, with most discharged apart from two who were being taken to hospital.'
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Wednesday 6 March 2019

Climate change: Airlines and Carbon Emissions

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EasyJet has come top of the league for airlines trying to cut carbon emissions to tackle climate change. (

Why fly with EasyJet?
(Article via explains that EasyJet is a pioneer of budget air travel and has become one of the largest airlines in Europe and offers low cost and convenient travels.

Quick info:
Check In: For Check(ing) In luggage, EasyJet passengers check in online and print out their own boarding cards.
Baggage Allowance and Fees: 1 luggage per passenger maximum size being, 56cm x 45cm x 25cm which could be put in the Hold.  Extra charge at a rate of £25 per person for Hold luggage, if purchased online or £40 if purchased at the bag drop desk. Further options are found at
Seating: Allocated for free on checking in but it is possible to pay for a different seat.
Booking Fees: £10 admin fee per booking, applies and is unavoidable.  If paying by credit card, there is an additional fee of 2.5% of the total transaction value but which can be avoided if paying by a debit card.

Tuesday 5 March 2019

Just recevied an invitation to apply to go to an event at Google's Headquarters in Californ-ia

Google's invite to apply to go to an event at their Headquarter base

I strive to make the community a better place since forever, as it has been part of my Prep school education in the Caribbean.  You have no idea what I have had to endure being put on stage since the age of 6-7 yrs old.

So this invite to Google's Headquarters is one of the many 'gifts' I have received since my Convent school aim to make us Champions in the world.

Crossing Divides: Do you live in a social bubble? -


Are your friends just like you, or do opposites attract in your world? (

Are you stuck in a social bubble, or do your friends all have different backgrounds and outlooks from you? (

"The research shows that people like to remain optimistic, they like to feel they are diverse and tolerant," says Ipsos Mori's Glenn Gottfried, who oversaw the fieldwork.
"It is a very positive finding, even if... we may not do as much as we think we should to escape the 'social bubble' we live in."

Social bubble via

3 ways to break out of your social media bubble by Straith Schreder via
1. Get to know your digital neighbours, IRL
2. Keep a balanced (media) diet
3. Scroll through someone else's feed
At Social Bubble Bath IRL Podcast Veronica Belmont looks at how social media can create, break and filter bubbles.
Veronica Belmont: Imagine everything in your line of sight is preselected, that you're living in a box that blocks out whatever doesn't fit with your own identity. Online, we call that a filter bubble, and generally, we think it's a bad thing to be trapped in one.  When you're in a filter bubble, you can miss out on seeing the perspective of others. (

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