Geriatrock…..Clestrain News….The Price Of Power…. Well, Well, Well….

by Bernie Bell - 07:58 on 09 February 2023


I read a piece in The Orkney News by Eamonn Keyes, and posted a comment…..

Eamonn!  It’s good – more than good to see you writing in TON again – and with your usual humour and slant on life.

I want to hear the songs - how do I do so?  As a not-on-Social Media-t’internet-confuses-me old person?  And also - someone who, due to mankiness, doesn't go to  indoor gatherings - such as music gigs.

This resonates  with me – getting mankier and mankier as I go along, but still feeling 18 inside.

It’s a rum do – ‘Got them nothing works like it used to Blues.’

I’m going to put your piece in m’blog…. http://www.spanglefish.com/berniesblog/blog.asp

I’m not sure who my readership is, but they probably include some geriatrockers. 


Here is Eamonn’s piece…like I said, it resonates….like good music…..



In fact, Eamonn inspired me…..


Got Them Nuthin’ Works Like It Used To Blues

Can’t see without ma’ specs

Rough ground calls for a stick

Rich food and I’m reaching

For the reliable  Rennie


Still dancing to Prince

Tho’ in the kitchen

Still fancying Robert

Tho’ Circa 1974


An old lady looks back at me

From the mirror


When did that happen?


BB - 2023


Clestrain News….

I don’t often post news from the John Rae Society… https://www.johnraesociety.com/  in m’blog – there hasn’t been a lot to ‘write home about’ for a while – but here’s something…..


When I read about the proposed access road I wittered at Andrew, thus…

It was good to read that there will be an access road to Clestrain. 

I’ll tell you a story….a few years ago I was talking with someone who was a driver of one of the tourist coaches.  Knowing my interest in Clestrain, he was complaining that there wasn’t enough turning room in the farmyard.  I reminded him that access was based entirely on the good-will of the farmer, and that the farm-yard is a working farm-yard – not meant to accommodate coaches!  But he had a point – folk wanted to see Clestrain, so big coaches were going there, but the infrastructure wasn’t adequate for them.

So, it will be A GOOD THING when there is a separate access road to the Hall, which folk will be able to go and look at, even while it awaits renovation. 

If it’s easier for them to get there – they’ll come – and that could generate more income…...

And that’s why …I think a wee Visitor Centre could be the next focus. …..


Then there will be access, a car park which isn’t too intrusive? And what is known as a ‘visitor experience’. 

I know – this is having a vison for Clestrain which won’t happen for some time, but a lot of things begin with a vision – as you know!

And then, the next thing might be acquiring the walled garden to complete the ‘unit’?… https://theorkneynews.scot/2020/02/10/the-fruiting-trees-of-clestrain-hall/

Dreaming is free.”

The Deepdale Monster swims again!.... https://theorkneynews.scot/2021/06/21/is-it-a-whale-is-it-a-walrus-is-it-the-deepdale-monster/


And……Just received an email from the JRS about an on-line talk…

“Talk 8: May We Be Spared to Meet on Earth. Letters of the Lost Franklin Arctic Expedition

Three of the four editors of this book will examine some of the private correspondence of the officers and sailors who set out in May 1845 on Erebus and Terror for Sir John Franklin’s fateful expedition to the Arctic. These letters, from archives, libraries and private collections in the UK and overseas, are brought together for the first time in the book and provide a record of their progress in the first few months of the expedition. They provide a glimpse into the personal lives of the writers and reveal new insights that we weren’t aware of before.  We will also look at some of the handwriting and difficulties of transcribing nearly 200 letters.

Taking part will be:

Russell A. Potter, professor of English and media studies at Rhode Island College and the author of Finding Franklin: The Untold Story of a 165-Year Search Peter Carney who writes the Erebus and Terror Files blog and has had a lifelong interest in archaeology. He lives in Hastings, UK.

Mary Williamson, a descendant of Sir John Franklin and custodian of the family’s private archive. She lives in East Sussex, UK.

The fourth editor, Gina Koellner, is not able to take part. She is an independent researcher of polar history with a focus on the Franklin expedition and lives in Hagen, Germany.

Tickets available from


•          Wednesday 8th March 2023

•          07:00pm - 08:30pm

•          On-line - Zoom

•          Tickets are £5 + £1.13 booking fee

•          20% Discount for JRS members


The Price Of Power….

Remember this….

“Energy giant Shell has posted record profits of £32 billion, the highest in the company’s 115 year history.  These obscene profits, double what they posted last year, are largely down to soaring oil and gas prices following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The profits will boost the bank accounts of Shell’s shareholders – the company handed out £21 billion to shareholders in 2022 – while families across the UK struggle to pay their energy bills.” 

From this blog post…. http://www.spanglefish.com/berniesblog/blog.asp?blogid=16134

And now there’s this.….


This matters – it matters even more to Geriatrockers.

A person can’t help the name they were born to, but…the boss of BP is called Looney.  You couldn’t make it up.


Well, Well, Well….

Another price we pay for letting those in power hold sway…




Here’s one I made earlier…….. https://theorkneynews.scot/2020/06/27/the-joys-of-punctuation-or-mind-the-stop/



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