Scientists and Experts can be wrong!

So Diesel is no longer the flavour of the year for our Experts on Eco Watch. Many in my family changed their cars over the last twelve years thinking that they were being socially responsible and paving the way for future generations to have a cleaner world.

On a ferry in 1953!

How could Scientists be so adamant that they were right? I remember being concerned when behind any diesel vehicle because the fumes discharged would cause choking.  But hey I am just a lay person!

Late 50’s

Let’s go back to the mid seventies when Hubby and I were taking out serious life insurances for mortgage etc.  On the forms it asked for our weight! Well yes I was about two stone overweight at the time. The next question was do you smoke cigarettes? I didn’t but Hubby smoked five big Churchill cigars a day plus a few Villagers ( a Swiss cigar) in between. This we declared knowing that he would most probably have to pay a higher premium because the risk of smoking was becoming better understood. The underwriters came back with a quote. Hubby normal rate and I had to pay a 50% premium because I was too heavy! We did go back and make sure that they understood the amount he smoked. “No problem as long as he does not smoke cigarettes” was the reply. The Experts have the knowledge!  Well sadly his health did suffer and the rest is history.

Rare Beef for Sunday lunch.

My father would never allow us children to have any sauces or processed food. Tomato Ketchup he said would prove to be bad for us. Well, it has taken over sixty years for the nutritionists to acknowledge that! He ate fried egg and bacon for breakfast  most of his life. No butter substitute was allowed through the door! When aged ninety nine an expert in longevity came to see him and criticized his first meal of the day and his passion for a blue steak! Perhaps he should try fish and a vegetarian diet from now on? Honestly where is the sense in that at his age? Stubborn to the end he happily continued his diet of a lifetime. He died, after a short illness aged 102.

Sports Day 1959

Maybe his ban on us young girls wearing girdles and bras will come into play sometime. I do hope not! He was certain that if we allowed our bodies and muscles to hold everything up we would never droop. How embarrassing was that as a teenager!

Thankfully mother put bras into our trunks as we went off to school each term. Can you imagine no bras on the sports field! Enough said.


“An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less until he knows absolutely everything about nothing.”

Nicholas Murray Butler



  1. Oh how sick we are that the Audie clever clogs salesman sold us a diesel car three years ago saying it was the fuel of the future. Now we shall have to keep it till it falls apart (or we do) as it is practically worthless and we also feel embarrassed driving it.

    I have always preferred not to wear a bra !!

    My father ate a proper English breakfast every day of his life and smoked till he was 60. He lived till he was 88 !

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