Sunday, 26 September 2021

Fat Bastard Breakfast






 I woke early and took the dogs out for a long walk.
Then Mary and I went out for breakfast. 
I wanted to read a paper in peace, so unfortunately the over excitable Dorothy had to stay home.
I bought the paper ( the first time in three years!) and we sat outside at y shed ( The Shed) where I thought fuck it and ordered a full English, WITH fried bread AND toast washed down by two lovely illy Americanos.
And I read the paper like a tourist.
It felt as though I was abroad, sat at the Santa Maria in Sitges 
Quite lovely

As we walked back I listened to a radio 4 podcast of Nurenberg Remembered on my phone. A detailed and incredibly moving documentary by William Shawcross who is the son of the leading Nurenberg prosecutor Sir Hartley Shawcross , this programme memorialised the 75 year old anniversary of the trails.

In it, Shawcross reviews the ten month military tribunal through the eyes of the children of the protagonists and despite the vastness of the subject matter I was incredibly moved by the stories that were unearthed.
Radio 4 gets slated occasionally for its news coverage and the like, but in this case, a quality documentary that provokes thought and emotion, the radio station excels like no other.

Sir Hartley Shawcross

This afternoon my twin sister came up to sort the garden out
As she did the heavy work, I titivated the patio and planted out baby cyclamen  on the kitchen wall
The result looks pleasing





Tonight after bath time 


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  1. Sounds so civilized,

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  2. a perfect sunday morning.

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    1. I can think of more perfect, but it was nice lol

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  3. Anonymous1:20 pm

    My ex neighbour, a lovely elderly Polish man, was a translator at the trial.

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    1. How interesting , did he speak of it

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    2. When I was young I learnt that our family doctor had been one of the doctors looking after the German prisoners at the trial.

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  4. I'm going out this afternoon xxxxxxx

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    1. Thank fuck for that x

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    2. That's what I thought xxxxxxx

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    3. You helped me so much today John. Thank you. xx

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    4. My pleasure deArheart
      Sometimes all we need to do is to wash our faces and pull our tits up

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    5. Sometimes all of us need a little help in this XX

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  5. Sometimes we must treat ourselves to a comforting indulgence. Life is short!

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    1. 2 sausages , 2 eggs, 2 fried bread, 2 thick cut bacon ,beans , tomato and thick buttered toast ,

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    2. Similar to a Full Scottish Breakfast but slightly different. We would likely include potato scones instead of toast, a couple of hash browns maybe and quite likely some haggis and maybe even mushrooms. Not for me though - strictly just eggs on toast or maybe kippers when available. Is there no such thing as a Full Welsh Breakfast?

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    3. Oh and black pudding, I forgot the black pudding, preferably from Stornoway - essential

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  6. Which Sunday newspaper did you purchase? I am guessing "The Sunday Sport".

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  7. Sometimes you just HAVE to indulge yourself! The only thing I know about the Nuremberg trials comes from the movie "Judgment at Nuremberg" -- good film! I saw it when I was a kid.

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    1. Yes not kiddiefayre so to speak
      The documentary gave it a different perspective
      The most moving was the Americanised daughter of a German who volunteered his testimony to the Americans at the end of the war about him witnessing first hand the genoside

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  8. I found the podcast on Radio 4. I started listening to it.

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    1. I’d certainly be interested in your comments yael

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  9. Barbara Anne2:33 pm

    What a blissful morning and delicious breakfast in Mary's good company! You're well-fueled for the day.
    My only exposure to the Nuremberg trials was, like Debra, the movie - oh, and the Nuremberg Ring more recently.

    Hugs!

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    1. The film was powerful yet very long

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  10. A full British breakfast is on my culinary bucket list to have some day.

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    1. You must try PROPER fried bread , I don’t think that there is an American equivalent

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  11. Sounds like a nice morning. I'm encouraged to see (above) that the broadcast can be heard via podcast. I'll try to check it out!

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    1. Or listen again
      It’s worth the effort Steve

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  12. So a full english breakfast and not a fat bastard breakfast. We don't know each other but I'm tired of you putting yourself down. I don't think you would be so cruel to another, calling them a fat bastard, so why do you do it yourself? You're a sweet man John please be kind to yourself as well.

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    1. I wasn’t calling myself a fat bastard I was referring directly to the breakfast lol
      But thank you for being kind x

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    2. Still... (ach no, I will keep schtum)

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  13. Your morning sounds delightful and a full English breakfast makes a perfect way to start the day. The diet can be "on hold" for a day. Enjoy.

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    1. I thought fuck the diet for one morning

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    2. To be fair some of the T shirt shots I've seen of you recently, do your really need to still be on your diet. You look very trim to me.

      Jo in Auckland

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    3. Cruella10:11 pm

      Note what is left cut out of the bottom of the shots Jo...

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  14. your day sounds lovely, it's nice to treat ourselves now and again x

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    1. Sitting in the sun, sharing my breakfast , reading and coffee lovely it was

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  15. Apart from the Nuremburg podcast, a relaxing day. Listening to or watching anything about the Holocaust can, and should, never be easy. Man's inhumanity to man. xx PS the garden looks lovely.

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    1. I wasn’t depressed with podcast , just fascinated and moved by it

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  16. Good to treat yourself occasionally! Especially if you are gardening in the afternoon. I hope you kept your sister well supplied with mugs of tea! x (The garden looks great.)

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    1. I did offer! She worked hard and on a Sunday too

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  17. How nice to have a real weekend for once, ater so many hectic night shifts etc!

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  18. Anonymous5:56 pm

    John, try the book "East West Street" by Phillipe Sands. It's a bit heavy, but back ground to the same subject. we read it at Book Club and I was captivated with the history. Lizziex

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    1. I have read this book three times. It is a must read. It is outstanding. I have often recommended it on my blog.

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    2. Thank you both, I’ve just ordered it

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    3. It is like a novel but it is a true story. Even there is a Norwich connection.

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    4. It should be here tomorrow …Amazon must have more lorry drivers than most

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    5. I also ordered it now. Will arrive from England within two weeks. NIS 41, free shipping.From book depository.

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    6. Yael please email me with your podcast thoughts x

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  19. The results look charming. The breakfast fun.

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  20. Barbara Anne6:36 pm

    Back to say how beautiful the garden is, so cheers for Janet and for you!!

    Hugs!

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    1. She’s the powerhouse, I do the tittivating

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  21. John you look to have the most lovely garden.

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  22. Your garden is a showplace. Your sister does exceptional work, and so do you. It’s approaching dinnertime and I’m hungry. A full English breakfast sounds so good... but no beans.

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    1. The beans balance wonderfully on your sausage

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  23. Sometimes you just have to go for it!
    We gradually learn more and more of the real facts of history, not just what we are supposed to know.
    Well done sister on the garden..and you too if course! X

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    1. She’s made a huge go of her new chosen employment

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  24. Anonymous8:01 pm

    Rachel, you may also like "The house by the Lake" by Thomas Harding. Also set across the years of E/W German history. Lizziex

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  25. I am in a bit of a panic John-there seems to have appeared recently and today it cannot be ignored any longer-large fat rolls above my jeans and under my blouse-and I don't even eat fat bastards x

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    1. I’ve just lost mine, so anything is possible

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    2. Do you have defined muscle as yet John or is that to come x

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    3. That will never happen as mave will testify to

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  26. Sundays for me are always a full on English Breakfast and then some.

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  27. Full English for me has to include mushrooms, Yum.

    Your garden is so very pretty, I love sweet peas they are to me the epitome of an English garden. Love the cyclamen too. Are the conifers in your garden? I can't quite work out the perspective.

    Jo in Auckland

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    1. You are so right, the chef was sooooo apologetic and said I could have extra toast

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  28. Stop, stop, stop! You plant your cyclamen outdoors???? And they survive the winter???!!!

    *heads off down another google rabbit hole...*

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    1. Of course , this is wales

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    2. Honest to pete, I never knew they were an outside plant. Thanks for this!

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  29. I had to look it up ...
    Definitions of tittivate. verb. make neat, smart, or trim. synonyms: slick up, smarten up, spiff up, spruce, spruce up, titivate. type of: beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify.
    Never heard the word before! LOL
    Is your fried bread like French Toast? That and toast ... way too much in carbs! Eat too many of those English breakfasts and you will be a fat bastard! You are doing such a great job with your weight-loss!

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    1. Fried bread is bread fried Crispy in fat lol
      I know …I only ate chicken salad the rest of the day

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  30. I've had a pink cyclamen on my porch all winter but it's yellowing now. They are such cheery little plants, I thought next year I might have a collection of them.

    A big breakfast with two coffees and the newspaper is exactly what I want when the cafes open again. Can't wait!

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  31. I used to do that when I lived in London. Sunday mornings outside a 'greasy spoon kaff', full English, and The Sunday Times. Nothing could beat it.

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  32. It sounds like a lovely Sunday. Your garden is beautiful!

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  33. That's a great way to imagine you are on holiday in your favourite place. Sheer indulgence.
    Your garden is beautiful and your sister and you do well.

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  34. I'm now done listening to the podcast. On my morning walk and the headphones are still here. There's so much to say about it. One layer is the layer of fathers and sons, the victims, the executioners and the witnesses from a distance of time. The inconceivable power of cruelty and evil, and especially the lasting impact of all that was on the generations that followed. Many of us have relatives who were murdered then and no one talked about them, they are revealed now when we find the old papers after the parents die. I wrote about it in my last post a long time ago, and maybe I will write more. Thank you John.

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    1. Thank you Yael , it was multilayered I agree
      Multilayered and powerful
      It is a documentary that needs talking about rather than writing about

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  35. As a listener to BBC documentary podcasts, the production values are so high, they are well researched and generally very interesting. And the presenters don't all have posh English accents.

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  36. Two clean dogs and one clean foot? Or did you not indulge in the bathing session? And Dorothy seems to me to be giving you a look that says it will be a while before she forgives you for it, or does she like a bath? As for the Nuremberg podcast, I don't have the emotional strength for such stuff these days - I have to try to avoid being dragged into thinking about the horrors humanity inflicts on itself, and other animals. I have become an emotional wimp.

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  37. PS I meant to tell you that Robert H. Jackson is from my town.

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