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GoneOffShore's Journal
GoneOffShore's Journal
May 30, 2021

Memorial Day poem from Wilfred Owen


Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.
Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! – An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling,
And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime . . .
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est
Pro patria mori.

Wilfred Owen
18 March 1893 – 4 November 1918
May 24, 2021

How a love of Stilton cheese caught a drug dealer.

So I'm watching the French news tonight and a crazy story pops up about a drug dealer in Liverpool who was apprehended because of his love of Stilton cheese.

A drug dealer was tracked down after sharing a photo of Stilton cheese.

Carl Stewart, 39, was identified through his fingerprints after police analysed the image he posted in an online chat.

Here's the link - Love of Stilton leads to arrest
May 23, 2021

The Eurovision Song Contest - Did you watch?

Apparently this year's contest was just about as dire as ever, with the UK garnering nil points in the final for a pretty crap song.

We didn't watch, even though this is one of the most watched TV events in the world. However I've been reading the comment threads on various European Facebook groups and found them more entertaining than the show could possibly have been. Lots of Brits carping about the performance of the English entry or complaining that 'it's all political', or trying to derail into absolutely weird stuff.

The first and last Eurovision show I watched was in 1974 when ABBA won with 'Waterloo' and changed the direction of pop music.

May 6, 2021

Kitchen faucet issue - Hansgrohe Metris Select

We had one of these installed last year. The flow was always low (eco friendly - so called) but now it's definitely slowed down. I've contacted Hansgrohe but they can't give me a solution. The water pressure is fine at the dishwasher and washing machine - same water line.

I cleaned the filter at the outlet but wonder if anyone has had experience with this kind of problem.


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About GoneOffShore

Moved to France in September of 2018 after buying our apartment in 2017 after the debacle of the election. We're glad to be here, but we continue to be involved with what's happening in the US.
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