Monday, July 30, 2012

Olympic Ad, Swimmers, Laptop Repair, The Queen.

When we were watching the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, I was annoyed they kept breaking for ads, but I forgave them when I saw the following ad from RONA, I cracked up.

On Saturday we were shocked to see Michael Phelps lose a the 400 metre individual medley and not even get placed. Ryan Lochte won by a body length. Phelps admitted he swam a crappy race. Ryan Lochte looks so chuffed doesn’t he. Braces and all. I heard a story that Phelps had goofed off for a couple of years until Lochte came on the scene which inspired him to get back into training. Don’t know how true that is.

Mitt Romney certainly blotted his copy book with the British with his comments about the Olympics. He has only to end up insulting the Israelis and that will do his presidential candidacy a lot of good – or maybe it won’t make any difference. I don’t understand what he is doing touring when he should be in the US campaigning surely? Not that I really give a damn not being an American.
My computer guy from At Your Door Computers picked up my laptop yesterday at Laptop Keyboard7 and by 8:30 he had fixed it. The FN key didn’t work, I’m not sure it ever did, but I only recently found out I could disable the mouse pad by using it and a function key. I have a lot of trouble typing on a laptop because my thumbs brush the mouse pad and therefore the cursor jumps all over the place. I guess if I weren’t a trained typist I wouldn’t have the problem. This isn’t my keyboard, just one I found, but you can see how my thumbs, which normally would rest on or below the spacebar, can easily touch the mouse pad. I only recently realised what the problem was. OK, I’m slow on the uptake.

Whenever we saw the Queen at the opening ceremonies she mostly looked pretty Queen Elizabeth II Olympics Opening Day Royals bh0KKC8SeIflmiserable, however I have found one which isn’t too bad. I don’t know why she looked so grumpy, there have been all kinds of joke captions attached to her pictures. Maybe somebody pissed her off. One friend pointed out that it isn’t easy for a person of her age to have to sit for so long watching the ceremonies. Surely she must be used to it? Everyone loved her appearance as a Bond Girl and one friend boasted “we have a Queen who sky dives”. It was pretty funny and it was great she took part. Once upon a time she probably would have jumped out of the chopper – if she had been allowed to as the reigning sovereign. I was interested, talking of sovereigns, that they addressed speeches to Your Majesty, Your Majesties. I know there was a Prince amongst the teams, but he would have been Highness. That’s something North Americans have problems with, a reigning sovereign and consort are addressed as Your Majesty, Princes and Princesses are Your Highness.That’s something North Americans have problems with, a King or Queen is addressed as Your Majesty, Princes and Princesses are Your Highness. I don’t know what other royals were there. Having Googled I could only find that Queen Sofia of Spain was the other Majesty, but maybe they included people like the Prince of Monaco because he does head his country together with other princes and princesses that were there. If you are interested click here for pix of many of the notables.  I loved the Queen’s fascinator, first time I have ever seen her wear one. What a nice change from all her hats. The peach colour really suited her I thought. I am not up on British dignitaries any more, but I believe that is the Archbishop of Canterbury behind her – the one with the beard that is.

This is what we had for supper on Saturday night. They were easy to prepare and pretty tasty to eat. No, we didn’t have corn bread, when I first came across it, I made it so often we got sick of it. Maybe I should try doing so again.

Easy Oven-Barbecued Pork Chops

By Diana Rattray, Guide
These pork chops are easy to prepare, baked with a homemade barbecue sauce. Serve these well-seasoned pork chops with coleslaw, beans, and potatoes.
Yield: Serves 6Barbecued chops
  • 6 pork chops, 3/4 to 1-inch thick
  • 1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar or honey
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • dash cayenne, optional
Preheat oven to 350°.
Place pork chops in bottom of a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Place sliced onion over the pork chops. Combine remaining ingredients; pour over pork chops. Bake uncovered for 1 hour, or until chops are tender.

Have a great day


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    1. We love it too. It was such a surprise at the end.

  2. Great advert, made me laugh ... In the UK we keep being shown a really irritating one using Avatars doing 'athletic' things around London and its really beginning to bug me !!!

    1. Know what you mean. We get ads like that - don't know how ads compare in the UK these days, but we never used to get so many in my day.

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  3. Glad your computer is fixed.
    They said Lochte had a good chance to win if Phelps didn't train enough. They were right.

    1. It makes a difference, now I can type on the laptop without the cursor erasing a paragraph or two, or just jumping around - drove me crazy.

      He is swimming again today, we'll see what happens

  4. Now see, that recipe is a creative piece of work! lol!

    That Rona commercial is great! I like The Queen as a Bond girl.

    As for Mit...hmmm. Well, he does need a lesson in manners. The comment about not enough security was correct but you just don't visit another person's *house* and pick it apart.


  5. Thank you for the update on the Royal Family. I think Princess Diana would be proud of her sons and daughter-in-law. How to use the correct title for all the European and Asian Royals is a challenge. As for Mitt Romney, always saying the right thing is hard, although I did not hear him apologizing for the United States as President Obama did.

    1. I know the Brits were pretty teed off with Mitt Romney. No I didn't hear him apologising either.

      Yes, its difficult to get all the royals straight and how to address them. Being born in the UK helps - its kind of automatic to us.

  6. Jo, did you see some of the opening film of the Olympics? I was especially moved by the footage of the 1948 Summer Games in London. Here was London just three years after the end of the was, still struggling but trying their best to be the best hosts. Some buildings still in shambles, but the British spirit was there.

    1. I don't remember the '48 segment. There was so much going on. I vaguely remember the games taking place, but I was quite a littly at the time.

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