Etude Improvisation Using Chords

Thank you Chopin for a wonderful melody. It is a huge privilege playing the melody using chords. Thank you for listening.

John – January 2021 during Covid lock-down.

Sandwich Toaster Cleaning Tip

This really works. Tear off two sheets of kitchen paper toweling. Fold it double. Saturate it with water. As soon as you take the toasted sandwich out of the snackwich maker, put in the saturated towel. Shut the lid. There will be all sorts of hissing and steaming noises. A short while later when you remove the paper, it will leave the snackwich maker very clean/


Toasted Cheese Sandwich Tip

The secret is to start with toast. Toast two pieces of bread. Cover 100% of one side of both pieces of toast with butter. Cover the unbuttered side of one piece of toast with plenty of chutney. On top of the chutney put a generous amount of grated cheese. Place the other piece of toast, unbuttered side down, on top of the cheese. The sandwich is ready to go into the hot sandwich toaster. Remember, the butter is on the outside – top and bottom. Toast the sandwich and enjoy.

Why does it taste so good? If you like fried bread I don’t have to tell you why!


The George Cross and Covid19

Perhaps Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, might consider awarding the George Cross to the gallant health and caring services as a whole, for their acts of great heroism and conspicuous courage in serving others during the extreme danger of Covid19.

With respect, the award could be made now. Remember that the award of the George Cross to Malta was made in April 1942, during the Second World War.

Thank you.

If you agree with this idea please pass it on.

John Bartels, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. 31 December 2020

Learn from Plato: Rein in the Emotions

Look at the picture. Plato says we can learn about ourselves from a two horse chariot.

The two horses are our emotions which can be good or bad. The reins are our will. The person in the chariot is our intellect.

Common sense tells us that if the two horses are allowed to run wild there will be an almighty crash. The same goes for our emotions. If we do not keep our emotions in check there will be big trouble.

Back to the two horses. The driver must keep them in check – this is the job of the reins. It is the same with us. Our will is our reins. We must use our will to keep our emotions in check.

Last, an obvious point. If the driver of the chariot does not know where he is going he will not know where to guide the chariot. This is where the driver’s intellect comes in. He must think first before he rushes off in his chariot. It is the same with us. We must think things through before we act. If we do not, our emotional horses may bolt dragging us into all sorts of big trouble. The saying “look before you leap” sums it up!

Clever chap, Plato!

Keep safe