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Am I alone, or are you sensitive too? Why not let me know?
A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell.
He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups and
set about nailing it to a post on the edge of
As he was driving the last nail into the
post, he felt a tug on his overalls.
He looked down into the eyes of a little boy.
“Mister,” he said, “I want to buy one of your
“Well,” said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat
off the back of his neck, “These puppies come
from fine parents and cost a good deal of money.”
The boy dropped his head for a moment.
Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a
handful of change and held it u p to the farmer.
“I’ve got thirty-nine cents.
Is that enough to take a look?”
“Sure,” said the farmer.
And with that he let out a whistle. “Here, Dolly!” he called.
Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran
Dolly followed by four little balls of fur.
The little boy pressed his face against the chain
His eyes danced with delight.
As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse.
Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller.
Down the ramp it slid.
Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up…
“I want that one,” the little boy said, pointing to the
The farmer knelt down at the boy’s side and said,
“Son, you don’t want that puppy.
He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would.”
With that the little boy stepped back from the fence,
reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his
In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down
both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe.
Looking back up at the farmer, he said, “You see sir, I don’t run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands.”
With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup.
Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy.
“How much?” asked the little boy… “No charge,”
answered the farmer, “There’s no charge for love.”
The world is full of people who need someone who
My thanks goes to Steven, (I don’t know him personally), for posting this on “Facebook”
Be Positive – Have a “Great Day! ~Allan~
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British Holiday Season in Full Swing
Now that the calendar has clicked over from July to August, the holiday season is in full swing. The majority of people and families in the UK will either be on holiday, just finished a holiday, or just about to take one.
I am writing this especially for all you overseas readers visiting my blog, as you may like to consider a holiday Most Usedwithin the UK, steeped in history and gliding through the lush countryside.
Now what a wonderful idea to considering taking a unique holiday steeped in history, don’t you think? It is not difficult to do this. You will realise why when I suggest that you consider a Self-Drive Boating holiday on the English canals. Most of these canals are around 200-years old, fell into decay after the Second World War and then taken over by enthusiasts and restored “Little by Little”, “Section by Section”.
Now the UK can be proud of all the work that passionate folk from every walk of life have done with the overall restorations of various canals over the last 70 years. This work is still going on and the latest canal to be completely restored is the Droitwich canal.
The last section has now connected the Worcester and Birmingham canal. This has been recently opened and one can cruise right through to the River Severn at Driotwich, near the City of Worcester.
I belong to the “Cutweb” club. This is a club for boaters, so they can communicate with one another via the Internet. The name came about, as the “Old” working boatmen used to call the canals “The Cut”, as they were hand cut through the countryside to connect the major Industrial centres spreading out from the Midlands, or should I say the “Black Country”; basically the West Midlands where everything may have started.
“Cutweb” is a made up club name, quite naturally as “Cut” relates to canals and “Web” the Internet. This may seem obvious on explanation but it is surprising how many times one is asked how the name came about.
I have taken the trouble to mention the foregoing as one of our club members (Andrew Dyke) has just cruised the Droitwich canal and has put together a lovely album slide show, together with suitable background music that enhances his photographs. Andrew Dyke’s Slide Show creation depicts the unique and typical lush green countryside in the Heart of England. It is extremely well done.
You too can experience a simply wonderful holiday that you will not find anywhere else in the World. Not only do you cruise between the hamlets, villages, towns and Cities; the journey will take you through different access points of the Towns and Cities, (Namely the backs of the factories in the Industrial parts etc.,) and these have not been modernised due to the fact that the general public do not see this side of the buildings.
You actually cruise through History from the canal side views and this will take you back in time; the brickwork and the construction sometimes staying unchanged for a up to a couple of hundred years.
It is fascinating and is an experience one should not miss. On the canals, the “Paddle Gear” is original and repaired in the original style in most cases. The paddles are the mechanism that lets water in and out the locks, so that you can proceed up and down the hills in your “Self-Drive” narrowboat.
I have honestly say that I have never, ever met or spoken to anyone, who after taking an English boating holiday, has not been so smitten that they cannot wait to book up and take another boating canal holiday.
It is so different, one cannot put into words the unique experience gained with relaxed cruising together with the excitement of seeing something unexpected, the interest of hidden history, the quaint places the canals that take you off the beaten track that you would have missed by any other sort of transport and visit to England.
It is a must for just everyone from teenagers to retired people to experience from all walks of life. You will find canal folk, the meeting at locks with other boaters and the general friendly chat something you will take back home with you, never to be forgotten
What Beautiful Lush Countryside in England
Click below ~ LOOK ~ for yourself
No doubt it will whet your appetite
You could have a holiday like this too!
I wrote about a this type of holiday approximately 3 years ago, mainly to introduce the “Overseas” visitor, who hasn’t the knowledge or experience to research accurately who the better Hire Boat companies are and who to miss out. I am sure that you are much like me and would like confirmation that you are hiring with a reputable company and that you place your holiday where you are going to have a wonderful experience starting with the warm family type business welcome and perhaps even having a present of a bottle of wine and fresh flowers in your floating holiday home.
My digital E-book called “The Holiday of a Lifetime” now needs updating and considerable work done to make sure that the information it contains is current.
This is one of my next projects but in the meantime, if you would like this book, in its original format, I will willingly send you a copy (via E-mail) completely free of charge. You are most welcomed to read it. It has some good material and many “Links” taking you to many holiday companies. This will lead you to an easy way to search for you exact requirements, although it needs updating.
If you would like to have a look, please e-mail me at Allan@Pengalanty.com and I will send it to you. I will reply. If I get a large request, it may take me some time, as I am not going to automate this procedure until I have updated my E-book.
Thank you for visiting my “General Interest” blog site. I would appreciate your comments and hope you will remember “Pengalanty”
Warm regards, ~Allan~
More on Free Energy
Energy is important to me. I have to generate ALL my Own Power, as I live on an English canal narrowboat.
I never connect to a “Landline” source of electric power, as I am always cruising on the canal network and rarely visit a Marina.
Up to last Christmas, all my energy was produced using my Main boat engine. This is fitted with a large powerful 24-volt alternator, rated at 100-amps. It is American design.
For those who are interested, it is “Prestolite” make, Type “Loadhandler” SC series (110-302 8SC3015U W/ATTACHED REG. 105-229), which is the RF suppressed model. (This means it will not interfere with radio reception etc).
I was running the engine for around 4 to 5 hours daily, to replace the energy used and keeping my battery bank charged, until I fitted Solar Panels.
I fitted 4 Voltic Solar Panels x 130 watt rated (12-volt output) on my cabin roof at the beginning of 2010.
The solar panels are wired in pairs giving me a 24-volt output to match my 24-volt DC installation on my boat. I was able to wire the panels directly into my main power inverter, as it has a solar regulator built in, (Lucky me!)
This has reduced my engine running from 4-5 hours a day, to about 1.5 hours a day, (A considerable saving). I do run my engine for longer when I am using my washing machine, or cooking with my induction hob and electric oven etc., so that the load is shared between the battery and alternator; (That’s being kind to the batteries, so that the last longer).
I am intending to add a “Wind Generator”. The particular one I am interested in, is German manufacture and it is called “Superwind” It does appearf to be more efficient than many other types of wind generator.
However, I may change my mind!
Read on and you will see why I might invest in something more interesting!
Now I have just “Discovered” another fascinating source of energy – FREE ENERGY – Yes, according to the inventors, it IS free energy. Now I am personally interested in this, because it would make such a difference to my fuel bills – It does seem a large claim.. I have just read all I can about this new product and have become quite enthusiastic about it.
After reading everything I could find about it and the Australian inventors, I believe they may have something that is immensely interesting to me and I am going to build their “free energy” electric generator and instal it in my narrowboat!
Now there may be some readers to my Blog that are also interested in reducing their energy bills, so I am including a link <Click Here>, and go directly to the “MagniWork” web site.
You can also read about this fascinating, (And for me, potentially valuable), generator. It is so interesting and includes some YouTube videos as well as explaining how it works.
After you have had a look at this new invention, I would be interested to have your views, so do please let me have some comment, (Feedback), on this new exciting energy potential.
NOBODY’S DOING MUCH ABOUT IT UNTIL NOW!
I was browsing the Internet this week and came across some interesting information about “Free” energy from the weather (Wind Turbines) and “Free” energy from the sea, (Water Turbines).
I became immersed in the complexity and found the subject matter extremely interesting, so I thought I would share it with you.
It seems that the largest Water Turbines are about to take advantage of the energy produced by the sea off the coast of the Shetland Islands and off the coats of Ireland. Apparently the water around the British Isles has the second highest rise and fall of tides in the world.
Rather than form large barriers, which would almost undoubtedly change the “Wetlands” around our coasts, affecting the wildlife and migrating birds, a totally different approach is foreseen, with little disturbance to nature. I like this idea!
I have copied and pasted a few published articles below, (The Authors and Publishers have been included, as well as the source of the information, so you are in a position to delve deeper in these most interesting technical achievements, should you wish to do so.
I personally find modern technical achievements almost beyond belief these days and consortiums, companies and financial wizards, making all this possible, should be commended.
One thing puzzles me though in the articles! Two companies, both claiming the largest energy producing invention, cannot be right! I will be watching these two quite different water turbine plants, still to be brought in commission, with great interest. The ideas are quite different and both have their merits, (To a non-engineering person like me!)
Regarding Wind Turbines, I have copied some articles about early results in various parts of the world, where there has been quite severe difficulties regarding the death of wildlife and migrating birds, with some of these. This is due to two main points, One being the turbines themselves and the other, the locations picked for the turbines.
There are potential ideas to improve the situation, making them more acceptable but all the possibilities seem to be quite expensive and in some cases, prohibitive, cost-wise.
I cannot see any way that the visual look can be tackled. I love the beautiful sculpture like designs of modern wind turbines but not everybody takes my view.
There are many others that think these turbines destroy the beauty of the natural countryside. However, not many people complained about the 1000’s of miles of high tension electricity lines that criss-cross the countryside in the past; surely these have more of a detrimental effect on nature’s beauty?
Perhaps we have become an unhappy civilisation, ready to complain about anything? (Further food for though perhaps?)
Now have a look at these manufacturing reports below and let me know what you think?
WORLD’S LARGEST MARINE TURBINE
(Thursday, 12th August 2010 – Greenmuse staff)
The Atlantis Resources AK1000
The world’s largest tidal turbine was recently unveiled in Scotland, weighing 130 tons, 74ft (22.6m) tall, with two 60ft (18.3m) diameter rotors and generating 1MW on both tidal ebb and flow. The Atlantis Resources AK1000 can supply power to 1000 homes, and is to be installed at the European Marine Energy Centre in the Orkney Islands, and has taken more than ten years to develop.
Atlantis Resources’ chief executive Tim Cornelius explained that, ” The turbines turn at six to eight revolutions per minute, so are incredibly slow turning and will have zero impact on the surrounding environment.” Theoretically, the turbine rotors should not harm marine animals.
Visit: Atlantis Resources Corporation
1.2 MEGAWATTS: WORLD’S LARGEST TIDAL TURBINE TO BE INSTALLED
A company called Marine Current Turbines will be installing a 1.2 megawatt tidal turbine in Northern Ireland’s Strangford Lough in August. The SeaGen turbine will be the world’s largest ever tidal current device by a significant margin. It will generate clean electricity for approximately 1000 homes. The turbine is a prototype to be replicated on a large scale over the next few years. The rotors on the SeaGen turbine turn slowly: about 10 to 20 revolutions per minute. A ship’s propellers, by comparison, typically run 10 times as fast. The risk of impact from SeaGen rotor blades is small, because the marine creatures that swim in strong currents tend to be agile, and can avoid slow-moving underwater obstructions.
Future turbines will generally be rated at from 750 to 1500 kilowatts (kW), and will be grouped under the sea, at places with high currents, in much the same way that wind turbines in a wind farm are set out in rows to catch the wind.
Commenting on the future prospects for tidal current energy, Martin Wright, Managing Director of Marine Current Turbines said: “We will build on the success of SeaGen to develop a commercial tidal farm, of up to 10MW in UK waters, within the next three years. With the right funding and regulatory framework, we believe we can realistically achieve up to 500MW of tidal capacity by 2015 based on this new SeaGen technology.”
By John Ritter, USA TODAY
Posted 1/4/2005 11:17 PM Updated 1/5/2005 3:23 PM
WIND TURBINES TAKING THE TOLL ON BIRDS OF PREY
ALTAMONT PASS, Calif. — The big turbines that stretch for miles along these rolling, grassy hills have churned out clean, renewable electricity for two decades in one of the nation’s first big wind-power projects.
(SeaWest Windpower wind turbine generators stand near Tracy, Calif.
By Ben Margot, AP)
But for just as long, massive fiberglass blades on the more than 4,000 windmills have been chopping up tens of thousands of birds that fly into them, including golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, burrowing owls and other raptors.
After years of study but little progress reducing bird kills, environmentalists have sued to force turbine owners to take tough corrective measures. The companies, at risk of federal prosecution, say they see the need to protect birds. “Once we finally realized that this issue was really serious, that we had to solve it to move forward, we got religion,” says George Hardie, president of G3 Energy.
The size of the annual body count — conservatively put at 4,700 birds — is unique to this sprawling, 50-square-mile site in the Diablo Mountains between San Francisco and the agricultural Central Valley because it spans an international migratory bird route regulated by the federal government. The low mountains are home to the world’s highest density of nesting golden eagles.
Scientists don’t know whether the kills reduce overall bird populations but worry that turbines, added to other factors, could tip a species into decline. “They didn’t realize it at the time, but it was just a really bad place to build a wind farm,” says Grainger Hunt, an ecologist with the Peregrine Fund who has studied eagles at Altamont.
Across the USA — from Cape Cod to the Southern California desert — new wind projects, touted as emission-free options to oil- and gas-fueled power plants, face resistance over wildlife, noise and vistas. The clashes come as wind-energy demand is growing, in part because 17 states have passed laws requiring that some of their future energy — 20% in California by 2010 — come from renewable sources.
Environmental groups, fans in principle of “green” power, are caught in the middle. “We’ve been really clear all along, we absolutely support wind energy as long as facilities are appropriately sited,” says Jeff Miller, Bay Area wildlands coordinator for the Center for Biological Diversity, which took 12 companies to court.
Wind energy is a tiny but fast-growing share of U.S. energy — 0.4%, up from less than 0.1% five years ago. Since November, when Congress reinstated a key tax credit for wind producers, the industry is poised to expand by as much as a third this year, the American Wind Energy Association says.
In 2004, wind generated enough electricity to power 1.6 million households, the association says. Altamont’s turbines are the nation’s No. 2 producer. Few energy experts think environmental concerns will discourage wind development long-term because the tradeoff is too appealing.
“When you opt for wind turbines, you don’t opt for pollution that harms children and crops from fossil-fuel power plants,” says Dan Kammen, an energy professor at the University of California-Berkeley.
But windmills — derisively dubbed by some “toilet brushes in the sky” — draw fire when they’re planned in areas prized for their pristine landscapes:
• Cape Cod groups are fighting what they call visual pollution from 130 turbines, each taller than the Statue of Liberty, sought for Nantucket Sound. Fishermen fear loss of prime fishing grounds from the USA’s first offshore project.
• Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., asked the Government Accountability Office to study the effects more windmills would have in the Appalachians. Research found that existing turbines killed up to 4,000 bats on Backbone Mountain last year.
• In the Flint Hills of Kansas, the Audubon Society worries that windmills could despoil views in one of America’s few remaining stands of native tallgrass prairie and harm habitats of migrating prairie birds.
• Acting Gov. Richard Codey last month ordered a 15-month wind-power moratorium on the New Jersey shore, where the desire to preserve Atlantic views has collided with plans for offshore turbines near Ocean City and other sites.
Altamont Pass bird kills have been known for years, but turbine owners and federal regulators ignored them except to urge more research, says Miller of the Center for Biological Diversity. But a California Energy Commission study in August found bird fatalities much higher than had been thought and laid out steps to limit them.
At the same time, 20-year-old county permits were up for renewal, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided to crack down. “Twenty years has just been too long to resolve this problem,” says Scott Heard, the agency’s chief Northern California enforcement agent.
Fish and Wildlife can prosecute those responsible for kills under federal laws that protect eagles and migratory birds.
The center’s lawsuit was withdrawn but filed again in November because the wind companies’ bird-protection plan was “not a serious attempt,” Miller says. The center is appealing Alameda County’s approval of new permits.
The state study’s key recommendation would be costly for companies: replace old turbines with fewer, larger-capacity modern ones, relocate them away from favorite bird haunts and build them more than twice as high so blades rotate above the birds’ flight paths.
Environmentalists want 3-year permits that can be renewed only if companies show progress. The companies, citing financial pressures, have proposed at least 13-year permits and want their own timetable for installing new turbines.
Alameda County is trying to broker a deal. “We can’t put them out of business by telling them to take out all their old turbines,” says assistant planning director Steven Buckley.
Turbine owners say Altamont’s 4,000-plus windmills are outdated and eventually will be replaced by 1,000 or fewer new ones. G3 Energy, a small Altamont operator, is replacing 180 obsolete turbines with 38 larger ones.
Others are more cautious. FPL Energy, Altamont’s biggest operator with 2,000 turbines, wants the study’s findings tested. “Certainly the turbine owners hope fewer, taller turbines reduce collisions,” says FPL spokesman Steve Stengel. “But there has not been research done to verify that.”
If you want to look at the photographs (MOST INTERESTING), until
I can add them to my blog please go to these URLs below
I thought you might be interested in both sides of a debate.
Below is the URL below about the wind generatorsCONS
MY OWN COMMENT
It seems that “Free Energy” is gaining momentum. The recent deep sea oil Tragedy, in the Gulf, may speed this up.
I like the idea of sea turbines, especially around the coast of GB where we have the second rise and fall of the tides in world, which in turn must increase water flows and currents in this area.
Have a nice day, ~Allan~
Modelmaking for the Family
Gunner’s Model Designs
There was an interesting article I came across not so long ago. This is an especially interesting Web-Site for any reader who has children. It was written by Gunnar Sillén, of Sweden. I came across his very interesting website because he took a holiday on the English Oxford (Narrow) Canal in 2009 and made a model narrowboat design.
When you visit his website, (Click here), you will see the stunning English countryside, all green and lush. I am sure you will enjoy the stand of his photography too!”
From his very successful holiday, there appeared a reference in one of the Canal forums regarding the making of his model Narrowboat, which is how I came upon his website. It is mostly written in English.
All the models and directions for making them, (They are excellent), can be downloaded from here and there are a variety of his creations, (Models) to make. It includes Christmas decorations too! The narrowboat was is primarily due to his recent holiday on one in 2009.
When you view the photographs of his finished models, you will be amazed at the realism. Take note of the water the ships are “floating” on, in the models. The finish is very realistic and every model is to an extremely high standard. The photography is also worthy of noting, as it compliments his work.
Gunner has been very generous and has made all his designs “Downloadable” and Free of Any Charge. He does stipulate though, that he gets upset if anyone uses this for profit. Please don’t do this!
I have reprinted an extract from Gunner’s personal Email to me:
### EXTRACT ###
I have nothing against you presenting a reference or a link to my web page (www.bildrum.se/narrowboat.htm) as long as your mission is of serious nature.
If I could help spreading the interest in British canals I am just very happy. The tour in the Narrowboat is no doubt among the best tours I have ever made.
What I do not like is to have my models presented as downloads (free or for sale) from other web sites. ### END OF EXTRACT ####
Please do not abuse Guner’s generosity and don’t use any part of his web site for gain or any form of business activity!
I hope you noticed that he makes a comment that his holiday on the English Canals was one of the *BEST HOLIDAYS* he has ever had!
This confirms my experiences. When talking to holiday makers on hire narrowboats they too, ofetn make similar comments. Some, (Like me), have taken a number of these holidays. My family booked over 20 canal holidays over the years. We usually took our immediate relatives.
My continued interest in canals and boating led me to obtaining my own boat and I now live on “Pengalanty”. It is my floating home and I love it!
How I became an Internet Marketer
When I came back from working in Germany in 1970, I had no idea what was going to do.
Being a practical person, I set up a business with a friend of mine, (Who was a time served plumber) and started a plumbing and central heating business. I had years of experience before I went to Germany on the selling side of business, so this partnership seems ideal. The business grew and changed. We were carrying out plumbing & heating work for shop-fitting companies and also fulfilling general whilst on site, (Which covered virtually everything). We ended up with our own shop-fitting business, including the electrical installation work. This went well until my business partner and I decided to travel different paths.
I carried on working for myself in the shop-fitting trades and was also the proprietor of a taxi business with a small fleet of cars right up until my retirement age.
After a holiday from working all my life, I soon became bored, so I returned to the commercial world again to save for what I had always wanted – A Narrow Boat on the canals – I eventually achieved this and apart from the specialised steelwork of the hull, have built and fitted out my boat to my design and specification.
I was able to install al the plumbing, central heating and electrical installations myself, with all the knowledge learned from my shop-fitting experiences. Everything is all in accordance with up to date safety regulations etc., I now live on my boat and the relaxed lifestyle on the water suits me fine.
However, I have always been a “Work-a-Holic”. I have to keep my brain active, enjoy working and I wanted something to keep myself alert and active which brought me to the Internet.
I looked around the Internet, looking for ways to obtain more knowledge. There were lots of sites advertising that one could earn $1000 per week and more! I fell for some of this advertising but soon found that most of them followed the same pattern. They were all missing the “How to Do It” important step by step procedures that a person like me needed, just to get a foot on the bottom rung of the ladder to get started…..
That is, until I came across the John Thornhill Blog and who is an eBay Power Seller and Established Marketer. I looked at what John had to say.
There was something in his presentation page that just struck a chord. I really don’t know what it was, (And still don’t know!) It was like a sixth sense. I just had a funny ‘gut’ feeling that here was a person who was prepared to take me all the way, holding my hand as I went.
Well! I was right! I am only in the sixth week of his in depth Internet Course. I have my web site up and on the Internet for anyone to see, (That is, if they have my web site address,) and I am building on this week by week. Although it was all John’s very thorough coaching, I feel very proud of myself. With John’s guidance and excellent videos, I have manage to put the site, in all its complexities, up there to see.
I could never had learned this from any Internet book, (I Tried and failed), and I still have another 30 weeks before the course comes to an end.
Because John teaches so well, I managed to ‘fix’ a problem recently for myself, with the help of his videos, using some of the Internet tools he has ‘instructed me’ to download. I had to ‘Delete’ a Blog Theme which had for some reason corrupted.
Fortunately, because of what I had been taught after 2 weeks, I checked the particular Theme against another one. This confirmed that the area that had become corrupted. I then copied a ‘Back-up’ that was saved elsewhere, (John’s thorough teaching again), and re-installed it and Hey Presto – everything is working again!
Even at this early stage, I would suggest that anyone reading this, who would like to become involved with Internet Marketing, has a look at what John Thornhill has to offer.
His way is a sure way of earning extra income, which can easily overtake your regular income, (This has happened with so many other IMs who started this way, many are John’s last years pupils!)
I would like to suggest that John’s Personal Tuition Course is definitely a worthwhile Investment to consider!
So, if you are thinking that you would like to become involved and earn money from the ever growing Internet Market, (Even with the present Financial situation), you can even try a sample “Trial Course” with John Thornhill, for only just $4.95.
Why not have a “Little Dabble” for $4.95, to see if this is for you? There is virtually nothing to loose.
You may be like me and find it is a New Interest, or Hobby with a good earning capacity, that may even overtake your regular income!
In any case, anything you earn along the Internet way, is a good way to safeguard your future and will give you that “Extra” income you are looking for. This link will take you straight to a video, of John speaking to you, where he explains exactly what his “Fantastic Course” is all about.
So <Click Here> and find out more – The video is Free and it is a great personal success story of how John managed to work off his Bank Overdraft and enable his Wife to stop her “Shift Work”. (They both had to work, in order to meet the bills every month). You have to admire a man like that!