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’405th Post summary’ Perspectives’

Posted in HOME, WORDS AND COMMUNICATIONS, WRITING AND BLOGGING with tags , on January 10, 2010 by echostains

power to the people - who always have the last word (or would if they could get a word in)

I never get stuck with my blogging, it’s becoming a bit of a discipline now. But sometimes, when I’ve been out for a celebration, I think,who would really be interested in personal stuff?  So, seeing that I have  missed the 400th post anniversary, I thought I would do a bit of a summing up.  Today I decided to actually show my stats.  They are not great – but neither are they unimpressive.  I started out with 1 per day and thought I was doing well with 50 per week.  Perseverance and staying power is my middle name.  I wish I could apply this to other areas of my life.

way to go

From the new year, I have cut down drastically on what I eat.  I havequite a good palette – even though I say it myself (and I do! I do!).  I can taste the ingredients that have gone into food- indeed I know what ingredients a dish lacks.  This was pretty good for a smoker, but for a now  non smoker, my taste buds have gone through the roof!  Consequently, I am trying to lose some of this weight.  Forget what people say about putting  on weight by giving up smoking – the metabolism DOES change and your appetite DOES go up.  But I am sticking with it, I may never have the will power again to do it (without patches too – why subscribe to another drug: swap one addiction for another –  they’re ALL after your money).  Anyway, I’m going for it and hope to lose it all not soon, but taking my time, MY time!  That’s it really, knowing when to bend and not waste your flexibility on stuff that doesn’t matter.  Yes, I hate not being able to fit into certain favorite clothes – but it’s not the end the world is it? there are people who haven’t got any arms or legs or with horrific disabilities that for me WOULD be the end of my world, but it isn’t for them – perspective is worth a lot more than it’s given credit for.

give up smoking - discover FOOD

Happy Un PC, Health Hazardous Christmas’s I have Enjoyed

Posted in CHRISTMAS, DESIGN, LIVING IN THE PAST: NOSTALGIA with tags , , , on December 22, 2009 by echostains

chocolate cigarettes

When you are young, Christmas is magical – well it seem’s magical.  OK it is magical, only because you can’t see the strings.  Some of the stocking fillers of the past wouldn’t be allowed in the shops these days, yet some of them aresurprisingly  still around.  We took them for granted – the same way we do a selection box for example.  Most young children used to get chocolate ‘Smoking’ sets.  Yes, lighters, cigarettes, cigars, pipe and other smoking paraphernalia – all made out of chocolate!  Horrible chocolate, I may add.  I have tried in vain to get a pic of these sets, but there doesn’t seem to be any to be found on the internet.


1962 baking set, I got one every year

Presents were dolls and baking sets, toy ironing boards and stoves for the girls. Nothing like a good education is there? practise for your future career….   Weapons of some sort, and cars for the boys.  The stereotyping had begun.  As well as the smoking set we also got a tin of Bluebird toffees from Woolworth’s, which usually had a picture of a kitten on the front.  Now, they were lovely creamy toffees.  Unfortunately though, I could only find an image with a dog on (thanks to here)

I usually got one with kittens on

Chocolate cigarettes with that sort of paper you can eat always went down well.  It was commonplace to see young children with these in their mouths.  I’m sure that  advertising a certain cigarette as ‘cool as a mountain stream’ contributed to enhancing smoking’s image as being a ‘harmless relaxing passtime’ .  The chocolate cigarettes are still available from eBay HERE or from HERE.  The others (real ones) are still available (NOT HERE) lol!

consulate – cool as a mountain stream

Toy guns that fired caps were very popular.  You could buy small round cardboard boxes with coils of caps in.  Boys would put them underfoot and stamp.  They were made of gunpowder!  Imagine that – kids playing with gunpowder!!!  They still make them too, (here) though they’ve probably been modified.  Penknives were also popular then and were generally used by scouts in a responsible way.  Not so now, according to this article.  Exciting, yet innocent days eh