The Last Furlong

Comments on the race of life.


Oh great – Solstice is tomorrow

The date of the winter solstice is different every year, falling between December 20th and 23rd.

This year, the solstice will occur on Thursday, December 21. The sun will rise in the UK at 08:03 GMT and set at 15:53 GMT, giving just 7 hours and 50 minutes of daylight. Link Continue reading



Girl power

Did you know that Santa’s reindeer must be all girls? Continue reading


I love sugar, chocolate, salt and MSG

Almost the whole Furlong family are on one or other various food regimes, for one or other health benefits. Continue reading

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Disabled Badge Holders Only – for the bird

This morning we ended up at Accident and Emergency at the local hospital. Mr Furlong’s insulin injection kit broke.  Continue reading

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Technology in China

As a vaper – I use Chinese technology every day. Some of my devices have been designed in Scotland but made in China. Continue reading


We’ve eaten our cake

Yesterday, was the day when we finished the last crumb of our cake – Daylight Saving.

Since March we have been living it. An artificial construct. Longer evenings, longer days. Kids and old folk have been going to bed before it is dark, sometimes when the sun is still shining. Workers have been arriving at work an hour early in fact. So they can leave an hour early and enjoy long hours of daylight after work. They’ve had their cake and eaten it all summer long.

But that’s over. Today it gets REAL.

Real time – dark mornings, dark early nights. The winter is coming. We can all snuggle into bed in real time, without blackouts. And wake with the alarm, in the dark.

There is really only Summer Time, and Real Time.

Today Real time started. (UTC  Coordinated Universal Time )

I’m not sure how long the Furlong dog will take to realise it. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Walkies and Bedtime will all be at a different time. He won’t like that at all!

At 2am on Sunday October 29 the clocks are set back to Greenwich Mean Time.



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Food, food, glorious food

Us old Furlongs fell off our food perch.

Most of us Furlongs are on one kind of food perch or other. To fix something -or-other from allergies to weight, to diabetes. Continue reading