Sunday, January 29, 2023

"Badger", a poem by Ted Smith


Deep in the shadows he snuffles and pushes,

his nose riffling down through decaying leaf mushes.

Sniffing out worms, slugs, and beetles,

soft, chewy, crunchy things that he munches and eatles.

Dig, dig, digging with his powerful front claws,

he seeks out such yuck to get in his jaws!

A snail for breakfast, a frog for dinner,

grub and scoff that would make you shiver!

And spotting a Badger is never easy,

especially if it might make you queasy!

You see, with his body grey and his face black and white,

he’s perfectly camouflaged in the depths of the night.

But if you’re prepared to crouch down and don’t mind getting mucky,

happy to wait in the hope to strike lucky,

then you might see him crashing through brambles

'cos he’s tough as old boots as he bashes and scrambles.

Mind, despite all his racket, he’s really quite shy.

I’ve heard he wouldn’t say boo to a goose, or a fly.

So, if you’re quiet as a mouse, you might just get a glimpse.

No, watching for badgers ain’t for wimps!

Then, as the sun comes up and begins to shine brightly,

with his belly quite full and not feeling so sprightly,

he returns underground to his home called a sett,

which, surprise, surprise, is dry, not wet.

And there, all day, he sleeps, snoring soundly,

snuggled up warm with the rest of his family,

until, once again, as it begins to get dark,

he noses the air and ventures out for the lark. 

~Ted Smith

(I my opinion, this would make a lovely children's book.)

Ted Smith short bio: "I’m an optimist, an aspiring writer, a painter of all sorts (figurative abstract and decorator and restorer of ancient ol' buildings)

I’m a political animal too, pro EU, anti Brexit, and someone that enjoys reasoned and respectful debate. 
Labour Party member but forced to vote LibDems because of the iniquity of the UK’s ridiculous FPTP Voting System. 

Also, I'm a dad a second time around (must be mad, but I love it) and a granddad.

'Life in the ol' dog yet, eh?'"

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Streaming Update for My Own Sake

Road to the Lemon Grove

King Richard

The Changling

Molly's Game

Set it Up


Come Rain, Come Shine

The Big Sick

Maria Full of Grace

Night Manager (series)

Kennedy's (uk series)



Persuasion (NF 2022)

I Want You Back 

Operation Mincemeat (NF 2022)

Love and Marriage

Barry (HBO series)

Packed to the Rafters (Aussie TV series, 6 seasons)


13 Lives

Virgin River (new season)

Friends with Money

The World According to Garp

Licorice Pizza

Nice Guys


League of Their Own (new series)

The Town

I Am Legend

House of Gucci

Lost City


Wolf of Wall Street

Afternoon Delight

River Runs Through It


Catch Me if You Can

Lean On Pete

Middle of Nowhere

Sex Education

Father Stu

Howl's Moving Castle

I Used to Be Famous

Great British Baking (new season)

Mad to Be Normal



Hope Gap

(A Silly Cowboy Movie?)

Van Ver Valk

Catherine Called Birdie


All the Old Knives

Spirited Away

Seaside Hotel

The Chair

Hello, My Name is Doris

The Inside Man


Dr. Thorne

Captain Phillips

A Man Called Ove

The Crown

Elsa and Fred

Pieces of a Woman

Young Adult

Age of Adaline

Midnight Sky

Three Pines (series)

His Dark Materials (new season)

Tucker the Man and His Dream


Pinocchio (new)

Vera (series)

Murders Only in the Building (new season)

The Old Man (Hulu series)

Glass Onion

People Will Talk

Good Luck to You Leo Grande

She's Funny that Way


A Tall Dark Stranger

Back to the Rafters (Aussie series)