George the Collie jokes and puns 76

Read it, twice.


There is a fine line between hyphenated words.


Rant. Not Rant.


I was chatting to someone, dog to dog, about blogging and content.

They do a blog on a very niche area and asked what I write about.

I said that I’d started writing about the Dog stuff but this expanded out to Jokes (I nearly said SOME jokes, like it’s not the main thing I post!) and reviews of old books and places I’ve visited.

He asked if I wrote anything on politics or opinion and I don’t.

Politics is a tough one and I usually don’t have much to say that doesn’t involve swearing and anger so I try to steer clear of that on here and @GeorgeColinRees – you don’t want a dog as a political commentator and so much news is told from a slant – it’s hard to get to the the truth. I don’t like wasting time on gossip too much.

Opinion is similar in that it can be polarising. That you like/don’t like something can upset people so I’ve steered away from that too.

I did do a post yesterday on something that annoyed me, use of some language, and – in all honesty – it probably wasn’t the language that annoyed me as much as the person acting in a certain way and I used that.

It did get me thinking though about how much people say that annoys, in only little ways. I’m not going to wander the street looking for revenge.

So, if you start to notice some posts about annoyances – I’m not going to turn into a miserable blogger, I’m just writing stuff down to vent in a peaceful way that stops me upsetting folk.

Feel free to shout at me in comments. I listen to feedback.


Things that annoy…..

‘Mad’ people.

When people say that they’re ‘mad’.

Not actually mentally ill but ‘mad’, y’know, zany, crazy.

They are SO mad.

Until I query about the degree of madness they have.

Pulling their own hair out?

Eating moths?

Writing on walls in fecal matter?

No. It just you wearing a tie with emojis on it.

George reviews The Martian

Is there life on Mars?

Another book or film review here.

The Martian, by Andy Weir, is a story about an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars.

Mark Watney is a botanist abord a an expedition to Mars that gets cancelled mid-mission due to environmental problems. A massive storm threatens the whole crew and one their way to the capsule to leave the planets, Watney get hit by debris and is though, by the rest of the crew, to have been killed.

It is only after the capsule has left that Watney regains consciousness to find he is the lone resident of the planet.

The story follows Watney’s efforts to survive, to adapt and, ultimately, get home and follows him through the trials and tribulations of doing this.

It is, often, a funny story. Not belly laughs but still funny and covers Watney’s exploits on Mars, NASA’s actions back home and those of the remaining mission crew.

I am not going to say this is one of those ‘i could do that’ stories that you are going to feel empowered by, energised to go out and beat the odds. Watney has the brains, skills, luck and support to get through this, all of which i lack at the level he has them (i am aware he is a fictional character BTW) but still you find yourself rooting for him. Willing him to fight, to survive.

I have seen the film of the book which is also entertaining and, obviously, written slightly  differently to keep the excitement levels up.

This doesn’t mean the book is dull or slow, far from it, but the movie is a different media.

Even though it is ‘science fiction’ it could easy have been set on a deserted island and been a similar tale so don’t be put off by the location of the story.

Nonetheless, watch the film, read the book, you will be entertained by each.

George reviews Slaughterhouse Five


So it goes……..

I watched a band called Slaughterhouse Five in the very early 90s. I don’t think the cane to much.

The next time I heard of this was coming across it in a book store in Wolverhampton a year or so later. I flicked through the book but chose not to buy.

It was only coming across this as an ‘on offer’ audiobook that I picked it up.

First published in 1969, the book revolves around the flitting mind of Billy Pilgrim and his thoughts and observations.

Having served in WW2, Pilgrim was a prisoner of war who was housed in Slaughterhouse Five in Dresden at the time it was bombed.

The story moves from war time to present and back again with frequent stops at a 4th dimension planet called Trolfamador after being abducted by aliens 👽. Yeah.

As I said. It moves all over and although the book makes some good observations about a generation sick of conflict, I didn’t feel it was going anywhere.

Maybe I just didn’t ‘get it’ but it seems to ramble along coming to a conclusion but I just wasn’t engaged.

A hard one to recommend. It’s fairly short which is a good thing I suppose.

It’s the only book by Vonnegut I’ve read and it doesn’t have me off looking for more.