The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 28)

We’ll come to this week’s Musings!


Am I a Gamer?

I’ve mentioned on several occasions that I am not a war gamer.  I love the figures and enjoy painting them and putting them into little scenes but I do not play.  Or so I thought.

If asked to share my thoughts on gaming I would describe it thus.

A game whereby two people try to outwit one another using stealth, strategy and tactics in order to achieve a winning position.  To this end the players must prepare well by planning their actions and using everything at their disposal to out wit the other.  The greater their understanding of how the opposition thinks and acts will increase their odds of winning significantly whilst at the same time they must endeavor to be unpredictable at all costs.  They must be brave but not reckless.   They must be cunning but not stupid.  The must be confident not arrogant.

As I say, I’m not a gamer.  But then I realized I was.  In fact I’ve been playing this game for more than 36 years.

It’s called “Marriage”!


No Longer Home Alone – The Final Update

She Who Must Be Obeyed is home, she returned on Saturday and I can report that she missed me!  Just how she managed to do so given the size of the object she launched in my direction however is a mystery.  The women possesses the traits of a cat in so much as she could smell a rat.

To be fair my cunning plan would have worked had it not been for the fact that I had overlooked one key factor.  SWMBO  is far more cunning than I am.  After 36 years of playing our own war game she knows me far better than I know her.

I should have picked up on her opening remark when she said “We’ll the house is still standing and the kids are still alive so I guess we can say you coped while I was away”.  To which I replied “I did more than that!  I fed the dog, got all the washing done, cleaned, made the bed and did some shopping.  I haven’t stopped!”.

Anticipating praise for my actions I was then informed – “I told Jenny (our daughter) to do the washing, cleaning and, if appropriate the cooking, although I’m surprised you didn’t go to the pub more often, I told Robert to expect you most evenings”.

What the fffff……k!!

The penny dropped.  I’d been completely out maneuvered not just by SWMBO but by my bloody daughter too!  The bar had been set so low I could have done nothing and not failed.  As it was that’s not to far from what I actually did but knowing that she knew how I would operate in her absence was a scary revelation.  Even I didn’t know how I would cope!

We did at least venture to the Blacksmiths as I’d planned and had an enjoyable meal and a few drinks.  Then, following her near three week absence, an early night was in order!

I wont bore you with the sordid details, I’ll just say I managed to finish my book!

Now, at last, I can openly get on with my modelling!


This week TIM has been listening to …

The Rolling Stones, Dire Straits and ELO.  Now if there is one thing I do like it’s a brilliant musical introduction.  Preferably one which starts slow and then builds up into something powerful.  That’s the common theme with the three links below.  If you care to listen then may I make one suggestion, turn the volume knob up as high as it will go for maximum pleasure.  These should be listed to VERY LOUD.

First up is a link to The Rolling Stones and “Gimme Shelter”.  There are loads of versions of this track but I’ve gone for the official promo version.  Keith Richards is awesome but how the guy is still alive is one of life’s many mysteries!  As someone said, one thing is for sure he can’t be killed with conventional weapons.

Some of you will recognize the intro, it’s been featured in numerous films over the years.

Next we have Dire Straits and “Money for Nothing”.  One of the best intros ever in my opinion and some of you will recognize it from the opening sequence in the film Kingsman.

Finally for this week we have The Electric Light Orchestra and their version of “Roll Over Beethoven”.  The classical start followed by electric guitar is inspired and one of my all time favorites.

Enjoy and don’t forget to turn the volume up.  You might do better to put your paint brush down for a few minutes too!


This week TIM has been watching…

The Godfather trilogy.

The Godfather, based on the book by Mario Puzo was released in 1972.  A period piece which stands the test of time.  It’s as compelling now as it was back then.  The book told the story of The Godfather 1 and 2 but in the order of the Don’s life from his childhood in Italy to his move to the US and finally to his death and empire transfer to son Michael.  I assume the film didn’t follow the same route due to the length of it, thus following the success of the first film with an equally excellent sequel and the flash backs to the early days of the young Don.  The BBC did broadcast an edited version of both films a long time ago which followed the sequential route that the book did.  It was done over a couple of evenings and was awesome but as far as I know that version is not available to buy.  Pity.


Until next time.



15 thoughts on “The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 28)

  1. I was going to say, “she missed me” can generally be followed by “and you can see the bullet strikes here, here, here and here”! Glad she’s back safe and sound, otherwise you’d never hear the end of it!
    As far as intros, I like ELO’s “Fire On High” ’cause it’s a bit different, Eagles “Hotel California”, The Motors “Dancing The Night Away” (full version though) and the Vibrators “Troops Of Tomorrow”. I’m a bit of a punk fan!
    Forgot it was Wednesday, always like the Musings!

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      1. Maybe then you need Meatloaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”, especially the part: “so now I’m praying for the end of time…” 🤣

        Though I bet you’re a happily enslaved man!

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  2. I am reckless, stupid and arrogant and I rarely win games. I’m a big fan of a charge even if I know it’s completely futile haha. I’d rather go down in a blaze of glory than be too strategic haha. Now when it comes to my relationship I am whimsical, confident, charming, crazy and sometimes delusional haha. I’m also not afraid to sound incredibly cheesy when I say I feel like a winner having my wife in my life 😊 Money for nothing is my favourite Dire Straights song and when I was eleven I even dressed up as Mark Nofla (how do you spell it? Haha) and performed the song, well mimed it, in front of my whole school in an attempt to win their votes to make me school captain. The other dude did some boring speech about improving the food at the canteen. The other dude won but I became vice captain and let me tell you I was one corrupt bloody vice captain. During marble season I’d use my power to collect all the cool marbles from the show off kids and gave them to the younger kids. I was bloody Robin Hood!

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    1. Haha very good, Robin IRO, can picture you now in your green tights and your budgie smugglers! 😂 I could say the same about my wife … but I won’t! She knows how I feel about her after 36 years that’s why she sticks with me out of spite. Only joking. I did well to find someone to put up with me for so long. 😊

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  3. I’m surprised you didn’t spot the double cross, and I wouldn’t bet against Robert being a factor as well!

    As far as intros, yea, some really nice choices there. I love the intro of that Dire Straits song, but I never liked the lead singers voice, so the rest always loses it for me. Also can’t stand Huey of Huey Lewis and the News. Thanks to them and other 80s bands, I quickly went to the dark side of Metal.

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    1. Every day I get wiser in our relationship. The only trouble is so does SWMBO so I never close the ground between us!☹. Agree with you regarding Money For Nothing, the song isn’t that bad but the intro is everything. As for the dark side of metal at some point you are going to have to post some examples! ☺

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      1. I don’t listen to metal much anymore, but the bands I enjoyed in the past, ranged from Ratt, Motley Crue, Van Halen to Black Sabbath, Dio, Ozzy Osborne, Metallica, Pantera. Pantera is probably the last one I recall listening for any long duration. Though Metallica still puts out an occasional tune that I will like. I imagine a Pantera or Metallica video will make it into one of my posts at some point.

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