Davidd’s Doodles #5

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It’s currently 4:30am in the morning as I write this. I am writing it to distract myself from the fact that I cannot get to sleep. When this happens and I can’t get to sleep, I always remember an elderly man I met briefly a few years ago. It all started one weekend when I ended up in Arrowe Park Hospital with an irregular heart-beat. This was discovered when I went to the hospital with a chest infection that just wasn’t clearing up. While I was seeing the doctor, she said that my heart was beating erratically and that I needed to go through to a ward to be put on an ECG. I complained that it was tea-time and that I hadn’t had any grub and asked how long would it take. I was assured it would only take a couple of hours at the most.

A Sense Of Wonder

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Ihave tried to write this post a few times previously but I just can’t get it to make sense even to myself; so I’m not really sure how anyone else is meant to be make head nor tail of it – but here goes anyway. Back in the mid-1980s I heard a song on the radio called “A Sense of Wonder”. I had no idea who sang it – and there was no internet in those days – but I instantly fell in love with the song. I asked around Birkenhead’s few record shops but no one had heard of it. The next time I was over in Liverpool, I went into HMV and they informed me it was a song and album by Van Morrison. I searched amongst the racks and found the album with a cover picture of some dude hidden amongst autumn leaves – all rich, red browny, half burnt orange and green. There was indeed a track on the album called “A Sense of Wonder”. Was this the song?

Davidd’s Doodles #4

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During some recent maintenance work on Jammy Toast, I discovered an old post called Davidd’s Doodles. It was from way back in 2011 but I had no memory of ever posting it or why I called it Davidd’s Doodles – although I can imagine it was so I could just waffle away about anything I choose. However, I never posted another one and seeing as everyone else around here has a column named after them, then I don’t see why I shouldn’t doodle away too. So Davidd’s Doodles will appear every now and again and allow me the chance to just pass on information, waffle away to my heart’s content (don’t I anyway?) or undertake any other task I so desire. Read on

Exxon Valdez

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Thirty years ago today, I woke up to the news that some oil tanker had run aground in Alaska. I can’t remember my initial response but I probably didn’t pay it much attention at the time. It was a common occurrence in those days, there had been many similar accidents around that time. Oil tanker captains seemed to enjoy getting drunk and playing slalom with ice bergs or – as in this case – perfectly well mapped reefs. However, during the following days I began to realise just how serious this incident near Cordova, Alaska was as events began to unfold. Forty-five miles away from the Alaskan fishing town, the giant oil tanker Exxon Valdez had run aground on the well-marked Bligh Reef. Her captain, Joseph Hazelwood, who was not on the bridge at the time of the collision, alerted coast guards just after midnight local time and said the ship was “evidently leaking some oil”. That quote – allegedly delivered using slurred words – has to go down as the understatement of the last century.

A Cynical View On Valentine’s Cards

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Personally, I have always liked Valentine’s Day. I can just about remember Mrs Smith – my infant’s school teacher at Woodchurch Road School – getting us to cut out heart shapes from tissue paper and glue them to colourful pieces of folded card and write a message inside to our Mummies. However, if truth be told, I really wanted to give my card to a girl named Angela but she was having none of it and hardly noticed I existed. My young love was unrequited.

Davidd’s Doodles #3

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During some recent maintenance work on Jammy Toast, I discovered an old post called Davidd’s Doodles. It was from way back in 2011 but I had no memory of ever posting it or why I called it Davidd’s Doodles – although I can imagine it was so I could just waffle away about anything I choose. However, I never posted another one and seeing as everyone else around here has a column named after them, then I don’t see why I shouldn’t doodle away too. So Davidd’s Doodles will appear every now and again and allow me the chance to just pass on information, waffle away to my heart’s content (don’t I anyway?) or undertake any other task I so desire. Read on

Davidd’s Doodles #2

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As most of you will be aware, the other week we closed down Jammy Toast to enable us to restore and edit old posts so that all the Classic Toast posts were here on Jammy Toast. While we were going through all the old posts I discovered one called Davidd’s Doodles #1. It was from way back in 2011 but I had no memory of ever posting it or why I called it Davidd’s Doodles – although I can imagine it was so I could just waffle away about anything I choose. But I never posted another one and seeing as everyone else around here has a column, then I don’t see why I shouldn’t doodle away too.