Have U Ever Done This?

After a meeting as I was coming out of a hotel and I was looking for my car keys.

They were not in my pockets and a quick search in the meeting room revealed they weren’t there.

Suddenly, I realized I must have left them in the car. My husband has shouted many times at me leaving the keys in the ignition.

But my theory is the ignition is the best place not to lose them, whereas his theory is that the car will be stolen.

Immediately, I rushed to the parking lot. The parking lot was empty. I came to a terrifying conclusion: His theory was right.

I immediately called the police. I gave them my location, car number, description of car, place I’d parked etc. I also confessed that I’d left my keys in the car, and that it must have been stolen.

Then I made the most difficult call of all to my husband, “Honey,” I stammered; I always call him “honey” in times like these. “I left my keys in the car, and it has been stolen.”

There was a period of silence. I thought the call had been dropped, but then I heard his voice: “Idiot”, he shouted, “I dropped you at the hotel !”

Now it was my time to be silent.

Embarrassed, I said, “Well, come and get me.”

He shouted again, “I will, as soon as I convince this policeman I’ve not stolen your car.”

The Hidden Secret Weapon of Iran

Beyond the Cusp

It is well known that Iran is behind the Houthis in Yemen, Hezballah have virtual control over the Baca Valley, South Beirut and the lands south of the Litani River giving Iran control over Lebanon and Iran had taken command of the forces against ISIS in Iraq officially claiming the lands in the southern and eventually central areas of Iraq ceding the northern areas to Kurdish rule allowing the formation of Kurdistan with their accepting that Iran was the Islamic nation which saved them from ISIS and thus being indebted to Iran. Assad will prove victorious winning a Pyrrhic victory allowing him to rule over a shell of a nation. Things will be in such complete ruin that Assad will even need to relocate the capital as Damascus (Arabic: دمشق ‎) will have become uninhabitable. The reason for this sorry situation will be due to Assad having fled the Capital…

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Tooth Of The Day

Very sad thought really – but that must cross the minds of lots of people. Very profound, dear xx

allaboutlemon-All Around, In, And Out Of My Own Universe




The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.


A retired husband is often a wife’s full-time job. ~Ella Harris


Retired is being twice tired, I’ve thought
First tired of working,
Then tired of not.
~Richard Armour


I’ve been attending lots of seminars in my retirement. They’re called naps. ~Merri Brownworth


Retirement: It’s nice to get out of the rat race, but you have to learn to get along with less cheese. ~Gene Perret

I’m retired — goodbye tension, hello pension! ~Author Unknown


Retirement: World’s longest coffee break. ~Author Unknown


Retirement has been a discovery of beauty for me.
I never had the time before to notice the beauty of my grandkids, my wife,
the tree outside my very own front door. And, the beauty of time itself. ~Hartman Jule


Life begins at retirement. ~Author…

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Offense Welcome: In Defense of Free Speech on Campus

Banning such events, speakers and displays is not the answer. It is a stance not only intellectually bankrupt, but one that solidifies a dangerous precedent: the intolerance of free speech.

Removing dissent — however morally intended — is intrinsically antithetical to education, especially at a university.


Bar in the Wall in Trastevere

Edith Levy Photography

I wanted to start today by first thanking all of you for taking the time to vote and providing me with feedback on my logo options. Wow…the consensus was overwhelming and the clear preference was the second version which you can now see prominentlyin my header. Now for today’s image we travel to Trastevere…..

Trastevere is located on the west bank of the Tiber river in Rome. I just loved the just little bar located not far from the Basilica of Santa Maria.

Click on the image to enlarge or to Purchase a Print.

Rome, Italy, Trestevera, bar, stools, travel photography, Toronto Travel Photographer

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Morning Briefing – The Telegraph

Good morning.

Labour’s election campaign did not get off to the best of starts. Ed Miliband tried to woo business yesterday, and now faces trouble on three fronts: business leaders insisting they don’t actually support him, his own MPs threatening to sabotage his cuts, and an increasingly controversial mug.

The business backlash will be especially galling for Miliband, as the party tried to show how business-friendly it can be at the start of its campaign by unveiling a “business manifesto”. Labour took out an advert quoting numerous business leaders from companies like Kellogg’s and Siemens on the importance of staying in the EU in a bid to back up their attack on the Tories’ EU referendum pledge. But several business chiefs quoted have now expressed irritation about being used for an election ad. BAE Systems chair Sir Richard Olver, has written in today’s Telegraph that businesses should “stick with the Tories”. Our view is even blunter: “Mr Miliband may try to pretend to be a friend of the businesses that create the country’s wealth and provide the jobs. He isn’t.”

Labour backbenchers are also threatening to rebel over their leader’s cuts. John McDonnell, chair of the Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs and former leadership contender, told the New Statesman that as many as 40 MPs could rise up to rein in Miliband’s planned austerity, insisting: “I think it will change, inevitably it will change”. McDonnell’s threat also raises the humiliating prospect of Labour rebels working with the Scottish Nationalists, a party Miliband has kept at arm’s length, to stop his cuts. Some Conservatives struggling to hide their glee, as the threat feeds into their framing of the election as a “competence vs chaos” choice.

Two shadow Cabinet ministers, Sadiq Khan and Chuka Umunna, have added to Miliband’s woes by saying they would not buy one of Labour’s new “controls on immigration” mugs. Miliband has been accused of “pandering to Ukip” with the controversial cups – bearing the party’s slogan on immigration – which have been branded “an embarrassment”.

The Conservatives have also had a bumpy start after opening their campaign by accusing Labour of planning to hit families with a £3,000 tax rise. The Institute for Fiscal Studies quickly branded their claims “unhelpful and of little value”. However, they are shrugging this off and trying to keep the focus on the economy, with David Cameron promising that a future Conservative government would create 2 million jobs in the next five years. This is a nice-sounding pledge, but one which may sound odd to some Conservatives. David Cameron used to mock the idea “that it’s governments that create jobs”, saying: “No, they don’t – businesses do”.

As the parties fight on for Day 2 of the campaign, Ben-Riley Smith will have the latest developments on our live-blog.


David Cameron has been handed a boost at Thursday’s seven way television debate by being drawn to stand on the far right of the party leaders, Chris Hope reports. To the delight of Tory strategists, the Prime Minister will be far away from Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party and a strong performer in the format.


Nigel Farage has held secret talks about working with anti-European Union Conservative MPs in preparation for a hung parliament. The UK Independence Party leader disclosed the contact when he was unveiling the party’s general election pledge card outside the London offices of the European Commission in London.


Not sure who to vote for yet? The Telegraph has teamed up with Vote Match, the UK’s biggest voting advice app, in order to help you find the party that best matches your views. The app is quick and easy to use, and the results may surprise you…


Party leaders have been offered a choice of podium ahead of Thursday’s second televised election debate to ensure that height advantage does not unfairly advantage them. The seven party leaders have been told to email the producers of ITV’s “Leaders Debate” with details of “their ideal podium height”.


Ruth Davidson has said she would prefer to see the Tories form a minority government, rather than enter another coalition, reports Auslan Cramb. The Scottish Conservative leader admitted as she launched her party’s campaign north of the border that a majority in the general election “doesn’t look like a dead cert, stick on right now”.


The coalition’s adviser on poverty has attacked both the Conservatives and Labour for keeping voters in the dark about the impact of their planned spending cuts until after polling day. Alan Milburn told the Independent’s Andrew Grice that Labour and the Tories were stuck in their “comfort zones” and appealing to their core vote – on the NHS and the economy respectively.


The partner of Martin Freeman, the Hobbit and Sherlock Holmes actor, has tweeted “f*** the Tories” after he appeared in an election broadcast for the Labour Party, Steven Swinford reports. Mr Freeman, who also starred in The Office, claimed that the Tories will take the country on a “rollercoaster of cuts” while Labour will ensure that the “economy works for all of us, not just the privileged few like me”.


Tory candidate Nicola Blackwood has spoken up about being diagnosed with the rare debilitating condition Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), which means she has very fragile skin, ligaments, blood vessels and organs, as well as loose joints. “I am very lucky; my type of EDS does not carry life-threatening risk,” she wrote on Sun Nation, “there were times when I just felt like my body was falling apart on me”.


The Prime Minister has given an interview to Heat magazine in which he spoke about rats, spiders and chili peppers. He also revealed that he is terrible at multi-tasking, quipping: “I’m a man, I can’t do two things at once”. Emily Gosden has more.


Nick Clegg has been touring the country in a yellow battle bus, the Conservatives have their blue one, and Labour has a red one. We’ve taken a look back at some ‘Battle Buses’ and past passengers who hoped to make Westminster their ultimate destination.