Tuesday, 16 December 2014


Saying goodbye and thank you to your hosts is just good manners. So, any reader who stumbled across me over the years, consider this that. ~Duane Dudek
Henry Sheppard
circa 1988
That time has come for me, as it must for all. Over the last ten years I have struggled with declining health. Included on the roster of my enemies have been asthma, diabetes, leukemia and eczema. I have had 24 separate operations for skin cancer, not counting hundreds of applications of nitrogen spray. I cough almost constantly.
   I haven't been able to sleep lying down for months; lying down triggers more coughing. What sleep I do get is taken while sitting upright in an armchair. Or while dozing in front of the computer.
   I stopped going for checkups with the oncologist years ago. If I'm out of remission now, I won't be going through chemotherapy a second time. Once was enough.

I'm not complaining. I consider I've been blessed. Knowing that my time is coming to an end is a gift. I know so many who died suddenly; no time to put things right before departing.
   Over recent years, I have used the mornings to publish this blog. It's been fun. I've met so many delightful people! Thank you one and all.
   But now I need the mornings for other things.
   When I first learned about the leukemia and the chemotherapy, I prayed for five more years. That passed in September 2012. Everything since has been a bonus.
   When I completed chemotherapy and learned I was in remission, I set myself to do as much as I could, as well as I could, for as long as I could. I tried to be helpful. My apologies for all the things I am leaving incomplete. And my thanks to everyone who befriended me via this blog.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Choir of Silent Monks Sing the Hallelujah Chorus

And it's Merry Christmas from me.

Here we have the South Kitsap High School Vocal Music, Port Orchard, WA - Christmas Concert, in which the the Silent Monks present G.F. Handel's, Hallelujah Chorus.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

2014 Movie Mashup

Genrocks, who has provided us with annual movie mashups since 2010, has announced that won't be happening this year.

This one from The Sleepy Skunk is the best I can do. (I like the last one third, 3:56 onwards.) My thanks to Jessica Chan.

For the sentimental among us, here is the 2010 Filmography, the best of them all, and the one that started this off.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Sainsbury's Christmas Ad - 2014

Presenting the new Sainsbury’s Christmas advert, which was made in partnership with The Royal British Legion and inspired by real events from 100 years ago. It commemorates the extraordinary events of Christmas Day, 1914, when the guns fell silent and two armies met in no-man’s land, sharing gifts – and even playing football together.

The chocolate bar featured in the ad is on sale now at Sainsbury’s. All profits (50p per bar) will go to The Royal British Legion and will benefit the British armed forces and their families, past and present. 

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Monty the Penguin

The new John Lewis Christmas TV advert with Monty The Penguin.

Click here to continue the story: http://www.johnlewis.com/christmas-ad...

The music is ‘Real Love’ performed by Tom Odell, the original song was written by John Lennon. Available to download now: http://smarturl.it/TORealLove?IQid=YT.JL

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Shaun the Sheep The Movie

From Aardman, the creators of Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run, Shaun the Sheep The Movie is coming to cinemas worldwide in 2015! In this new trailer, watch more of Shaun and The Flock’s hilarious adventures in the Big City as they search for the missing Farmer!
When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for! Shaun’s mischief inadvertently leads to The Farmer being taken away from the farm, to the Big City…
   Join Shaun, Bitzer and The Flock on their hilarious, action-packed, big screen adventure as they make plans to rescue the missing Farmer. A story about how we sometimes forget to appreciate the things we have in life, and the people who love us.