Bulgaria 🥵

Introduction

“… eastern flank of the Balkans, and is bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia and North Macedonia to the west, Greece and Turkey to the south, and the Black Sea to the east.

Bulgaria lies to the west of the Black Sea and North of Turkey

The flag of Bulgaria. With a population of around 6.95 million and a GDP of around 174.998 billion. Using the Bulgarian lev as its currency. Bulgaria is an EU country.

Do you want a property in the sun?

It is a hot country to visit and in the summer you can guarantee you will be scorching. This is another EU country where the property prices are really low. They are probably no. 1 or 2 in terms of buying price. Again, following my Latvia post 👈, this country has investment opportunity. I would also recommend anyone thinking to invest to actually use the property in the summer or throughout the year. It saves having to pay for hotels and the such and can guarantee you can income when you are not there.

People always – in my opinion, especially people us Brits – look towards places like Spain for a holiday home or summer getaway or even retirement property. There is nothing wrong with that, it’s your choice. Places like the sunny beaches of Florida appeal to me more than Spain. But places like Bulgaria do too. They have various lovely properties from the skiing mountains to the hot beaches to the rural areas You are never far from essentials like shopping, post and pharmacies either. You might like to check this out, I found some ski apartments for as little as €35,000 and they were modern. They are great to rent out for a holiday too.

Some Great Locations in Bulgaria

The capital of Sofia is something to pay attention to. You should probably take the chance to visit the capital of all the countries you visit.

I typed ‘places to visit bulgaria’ when I was searching.. This will reveal tons of fascinating locations for you to see.

There are a ton of beach resorts – https://visitmybulgaria.com/the-10-best-bulgaria-family-beach-resorts/#:~:text=%20The%2010%20best%20Bulgaria%20beach%20resorts%20,smaller%20coastal%20town%2C%20we%E2%80%99ve%20got%20the…%20More%20

You will find cheap holidays, all inclusive packages which is by far the best and only option to consider. Why go abroad and pay for things when you can just pay a lump sum and get it all included? That will usually include flights too.

Flight Times and Costs

5 hours is around the quickest time to get to Sofia. However the flight costs are appearing to be volatile and unpredictable when I search. The imaginary flights I searched for were in September although that is not summer to me, so if you booked for next summer now it would likely be considerably cheaper. £81 is not bad, but includes the stress of changing at an airport en route. I don’t like this idea of changing flights, it’s not economical to do so. However the prices are still reasonable. I based it on a week away as I can’t imagine going this far abroad for a few days. There is still hotel costs to calculate unless you are lucky enough to have a friend there who will let you stay with them… 😜

Conclusion

Thank you for reading this post. I find Bulgaria is a lovely place and worth the visit. I went with my parents as a child. I hope you will go too and enjoy it. I do wish to return and try to visit some of the resort or ski locations sometime in the future.

Hot! Hot!

Hello all and welcome! Another heatwave has sprung up in England. In my northern part I am enjoying frequent 27 Celsius days which is great. Today at 29c and I’m hoping we get up to 35c again.

Let’s all just sit back and enjoy the heat and some nice drinks with ice.

Do you swim?

One of the best things you could do. Going to the beach sounds great but don’t take my word for it. Everyone has different tastes. I could tolerate the hot sand and such for an hour at max in this weather. On holiday abroad though it is usually more bearable. (mmmm, that can’t be right).

Recent News ! *

There is much going on in the world at the moment. We have the on going conflict with Ukraine and Russia. We have the refugee crisis and not just from the war, it is another issues that is long standing.

Everyone seems to have forgotten about the Afghanistan refugees and the fact the country has been taken over by terrorists. They haven’t talked about this in the news at all. They have moved their focus onto two things:

  1. War in Ukraine
  2. Fuel prices
  3. Energy costs
  4. Cost of living
  5. The great reset / the new world

No. 5 doesn’t make me a conspiracy theorist. The Great Reset is a part of the plan drawn up by the World Economic Forum – https://www.weforum.org/great-reset

I don’t think the fuel prices issue will be resolved soon. It fluctuates and has done for years. Cost of living is a joke, it is not really acceptable for supermarkets, and other businesses to maintain such high prices. They do have something called profits. This ties into the energy costs, the companies record record highs for 2 years over the pandemic. Yet they increase bills costs.

When will people wake up and stop paying these bills? Stop paying for bills, stop paying rent or your mortgage, and stop paying for products you need like food. The reason is simple… these companies have stolen the natural worlds resources and it is up to you to reclaim them.

Butchering the Sauna

This is common sense but on such a hot day the outside is the sauna. So… don’t use a sauna. However days like this warrant a day trip to an outdoor spa or something, or a delightful and posh inside spa with pool, whirl pool. You name it.

Personally I enjoy a good swim in a small spa type pool. Or just to kick back and relax.

It is goodbye for now. I am on for my lemon ice tea.

Nuclear Fallout Survival Guide ~ Quick Guide to Preventative Action

Welcome to a brief overview of a nuclear disaster. Following Fukushima and Chernobyl it seemed fitting to write something that may affect us yet again in our life times.

Look at the picture below to see how it affected the entirety of Europe.

It affected the entirety of Europe to some degree

Hard to believe that nuclear weapons exist, seems like only a fool would consider having them. But the thing is the most damage has come from nuclear meltdowns of power plants. A nuclear fallout from a bomb on the other hand… well we cannot imagine how much worse that would be. The fact that these industrial plants can contaminate an entire continent is ridiculous. How selfish are people? How greedy must they be to put the entire planet at risk for some money? Delusional people. That is why the recent war in Ukraine with Russia is proving so frightening, not the possibility of nuclear attack but of indirect nuclear fallout or meltdown should a plant be bombed.

Can they put the reactor into cooldown before it’s too late? They have time to do it should they need to, or maybe not. Failure to put it into cooldown means meltdown.

Photo by Ivan Bertolazzi on Pexels.com

The reason I put the above is because I was thinking of the worst possibility, total destruction of developed nations resulting in a post apocalyptic nightmare. We’d literally be paying cheap to be famous, and those in power would do so for a very small amount of money. Simply because leadership would be useless so the demand would be low and everything dirt cheap. Provided that leadership is still required to some degree, if it isn’t then there wouldn’t be much need for currency. Things like metals and foods could become the new currency.

Meltdown is no joke. When the radiation from Fukushima began to spill out in 2011 – which by the way was only 11 years ago, and at the time I heard nothing about it; I am not kidding – it resulted in widespread evacuation from the area. The radiation spilled into the continent and affected millions. Maybe I did hear about it but forget, whatever happened it caused a lot of problems which officials are not concerned about. If they were concerned they’d be telling us to this day about the dangers of it.

I guess there is an element of conspiracy here. Did the incidence happen? And… are nuclear meltdowns really dangerous? You might be wondering why I ask this. The simple fact that it is only the people closest to the incident that are affected and we don’t hear about the others further afield, or the long term effects like cancer. Most plants are designed to absorb radiation in the beds under the reactors, meaning should a leak occur which it did, the radiation would be swallowed up in large quantities. I am not doubting the dangers, I am saying that I believe some of them are hyped up to scare us.

Apparently Chernobyl is a restricted area. Did you know people still live there? They are healthy. The environment is healthy looking and clean. Obviously if you get close to the reactor site you will find radiation readings, but still low readings in the fairly close surrounding area… The site is also covered now, and nobody can go near it. The site is guarded, and people work there. Russians are currently keeping people working their under duress, but I fail to see how that is duress considering they worked there before the invasion. My point is that there is no need to worry, the workers are doing a vital job I suspect.

I need to talk about preventative action. If and when the radiation spills into Europe you would be wise to take into consideration anything that would decontaminate foods and waters. You might be best to avoid products like fruit and veg should it occur. Anything that grows from soils.

Your body will likely sustain a damage if the radiation is severe, and if it is the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant which it could very well be, since Russians have already damaged some of the electrical units and monitoring equipment, then we are in trouble.

The largest nuclear power plant in Europe, the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, is located in Ukraine. In 2006, the government planned to build 11 new reactors by the year 2030 – Wikipedia

It already has 6 reactors, and a leak from them will be devastating to Europe and I suspect beyond. 11 reactors by 2030 is not good either, because it’s completely opposite of clean energy. It it not good for the environment! You cannot simply throw away radiated reactors when the fuel runs out. They need cooling for ages and then storing for something like 2 years. My advice to simply get rid of them and use something else less dangerous. Coal power stations or electrical stations, wind power, sea power… anything.

So have a look at medicines like potassium iodate (thyroid blocking agent, and is used for example after a nuclear accident. taking up radioactive iodine, which may be released into the environment following a nuclear accident). This would help possible prevent radiation getting into your thyroid and causing cancer later on.

Another supplement is definitely activated charcoal – they use this on the beds of reactors to assist in the absorption of radiation. (lowering radiation exposure from radionuclides by removing them from drinking water. Activated charcoal taken internally can bind radionuclides in the GI tract form ingested food and unfiltered water, and carry them all safely out of the body.)

If you already use a filtered water container then great! I do too although I haven’t always done this.

Nascent iodine – Nascent iodine is more expensive than potassium iodide, but it is more palatable and high dosages of it can be given to even children. Experts recommend that iodine should be used to saturate the thyroid as this would make it strong enough to reject radioactive elements from entering the body. Before deciding on the dosage, it’s still recommended to consult a doctor. 

Magnesium – encourages removal of heavy metals from the body. So therefore the radiation won’t have much to latch onto.

Spirulina – can be found in many products and supplements. I have some but rarely take it as it can make me feel a bit sick. You might have better luck with it.

If the spill of nuclear radiation is severe you might want to wash yourself and clothes quickly. Maintain health by washing with filtered clean water. You can’t avoid it in foods but you can buy foods less contaminated.

Sorry there isn’t more to say. I guess protecting the body is more important should it happen. It is a possibility. But the risk is still low. I’m not concerned and neither should you be. To cause such a meltdown in such a big power plant would risk the entirety of Europe and the easts health and safety, it would compromise many things and especially the economy which leaders would not be keen on.

Don’t think I am trying to scare you either. This is no Cold War or post World War 2 communist Stalin propaganda. Anyway have a lovely day!

Cinnamon for Blood Sugar Control?

At the base of this post is the question, will cinnamon benefit your blood sugar control?

I’m not using much other than opinion and personal experience here; for any of you interested in science based posts.

Sure science investigates, but it won’t find anything positive about natural treatments so long as the studies are poorly funded. They care about researching for rich medicinal and pharmaceutical companies. The recent news about ‘serotonin’ and ‘depression’ being a good example as to why you shouldn’t a) trust science, and b) trust research outcomes like these. People need to use their own experiences, trial and error in life.


So, cinnamon

Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several tree species from the genus Cinnamomum. Cinnamon is used mainly as an aromatic condiment and flavouring additive in a wide variety of cuisines, sweet and savoury dishes, breakfast cereals, snack foods, teas, and traditional foods. The aroma and flavour of cinnamon derive from its essential oil and principal component, cinnamaldehyde, as well as numerous other constituents including eugenol. – Wikipedia.

Just before we move on, it says aroma and flavour are derived from its essential oil. I have used the essential oil form and it is very potent, warming and calming and would make a cold day feel better. Although there is a heatwave coming again, thank God.

I noticed that using cinnamon powder does in fact help control blood sugar and I noticed it was back in 2017. You see I bought a tea and cake at a cafe, being unaware the cake had cinnamon in it. I checked my sugar when I got home and it was perfect, in the normal range. I was suprised as I was sure the sugary treat would raise the blood sugar levels. I was suprised and mentioned at the time. So I had more food later in the evening and suprise again, stable perfectly normal levels. There may be various reasons for this, like reduced stress – I was with my father at the time as he’d come to visit me (RIP, Dad). Anyway we had a good night.

Later I tried using the powder and it did not have quite the effect as being baked. I suspect the amount in the cake contributed to the effect. Of course future use of both cinnamon sticks and powder has revealed the same thing that it does stabilise and control blood sugar levels. It doesn’t quite have the same effect in that blood sugar did fluctuate, rather than staying around the same point. I can say with certainty that it was cinnamon causing this.

Since you won’t have trouble adding this, because it is tasty, you can add it to: cakes, tea and coffee, baked goods, sprinkled on food and dessert… many options. I like to stir my drinks with a cinnamon stick.

However there is some caution to be exercised with the cinnamon. You should be aware that there is two varieties that I am seeing in British supermarkets. A lot of companies won’t tell you on the label, and if you enquire they jump straight to the ‘it’s safe’ argument, despite never questioning the safety. It’s probably because it isn’t safe, in big doses.

Ceylon cinnamon is much safer for your body and liver than cassia cinnamon. I use ceylon with no issues, however should you choose cassia do not exceed 2 teaspoons a day. That is a lot. I have to add that the benefits I saw came from cassia cinnamon too, so make of that what you will.

Ultimately blood sugar control should be a consideration for many people, you should try and keep to a healthy diet that promotes wellbeing and health and adding cinnamon seems like quite the addition. Maybe this will have a bigger effect for those with diabetes, or pre diabetes than those without. It won’t hurt to try. It’s tasty and I promote that.

Thank you for reading. I am not paid by anyone for my posts and I do not accept payments to sponsor products or foods.

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Lots of New Stories are out and More are Coming.

Back in January 2020 I wrote a story before the lockdown not knowing that we were in a pandemic… so that is why I left this story on the backburner.

It is about people left behind following the evacuation of citizens after a zombie apocalypse. I mentioned on twitter that I was tempted to publish it now… and people seemed to encourage me to do so. I went ahead and made a cover. I’m quite impressed with the cover tbh.

What do you think? Because it was already completed and edited 2 years ago I only need to go over it once or twice for last minute edits and checks, as such I’ve set a 31st August release date.

My short stories: In Our Home & On Our Graves have done extremely well peaking at no. 2 to no. 4 in horror short stories so if you downloaded and read thank you. I think the free promotion is still on so grab copies now for life, otherwise you need Kindle Unlimited to read them. Number #3 In Their Minds is being edited and will be out this week. Then I’ll release In The River which should round the series off.

So as you can see since Beach Town ~ Survivors was released, and I am so glad it has, I’ve been busy. Granted I kept all these things on the low side because I was wanting to promote Survivors more than the others. I have more time now to dedicate to writing and with multiple stories in editing, and being written I’d say I have my hands full.

At the end of the day if I want to be a writer and be known as one I need to put my work out there. I see so many writers on twitter who started publishing only 2 years ago who have loads of fans and tons of stories out, with good ratings. It is my hope to become one of them, although maybe my work isn’t good enough. You need to tell me if that is the case.

The Leader is a Fool

The leader is a fool

who stands atop his quaint little stool

and wants more than needs with his eyes on the poor

people who cooed at his mighty gold rod

that turned out to be made from dust

they churned the love into lust

beckoned him on

her needs arise

to their surprise

a hero is born from the ashes

independence is a feigned shrill voice

as the meek quiver at jesters feet

Free Ebook Limited Time

Beach Town: Survivors is free for a limited time so grab the ebook now for lifetime ownership! It’s received a 5 star rating already, and is already being downloaded by people. The story is now in the top British horror category among other great works.

I encourage you to go get it, read it!

My Short Story is available this coming week 🔞

Out 29th July. **not for under 18** https://www.amazon.co.uk/Our-Home-Thomas-Maxwell-Harrison-ebook/dp/B0B7GVW5XF/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3SKRGT2HF3PHI&keywords=in+our+home&qid=1658760167&s=digital-text&sprefix=in+our+home%2Cdigital-text%2C67&sr=1-1

I have a short story coming out this coming Friday on Amazon Kindle. Please go and pre-order, or bookmark and buy on the day of release. Not a typical horror, nor is it something I usually write.

A home invasion suspense / horror short story. Where did the idea come from? Well simple, the home is our safe place and to break that is to ruin someone’s life. Granted that in this story the main characters are in a holiday cottage. This doesn’t mean it isn’t their home though. Okay blurb time:

In Our Home… where we breathe ice.

It’s been six months since prosecuting barrister Kerrie successfully put away Dean Carter for murder. However, as she lives her daily life with her husband Frank and children Daisy and Tilly, she is unaware that Dean is out, and he’s hungry for revenge.

What we witness is a very quick and brutal home invasion. Which I stress is not nice and certainly a form of horror. I put on the description that it’s a horror thriller, because I have no idea how else to describe it. Suspense, well I hope so although the actual invasion is quick and more about what happens inside.

A short story attempt. I initially planned to release under a pen name but decided against it because I’d have to put my real name in the book copyright section.

Warning 🔞

I stress to you all that if you consider reading this that you should be over 18 years old, or the adult equivalent for your country. This is so important. You do not want to read something that might cause you alarm, distress or even trigger flashbacks or bad memories for you. It is simple not suitable for under 18s due to the violent nature and bad language. I also want to add that home invasion movies tend to get a 15 rating, something I strongly disagree with. Due to the psychological impact of such events, whether in fiction or real, these should really be 18. I’ve seen horrific home invasion movies with rape, murder and violence and attacks toward adults and children at 15 age rating, to be left disturbed. Do not read this story. If you are desperate to read a home invasion horror by me then please have some patience because I will likely write another which is intended for a wider audience.


Don’t forget that Beach Town: Survivors is out tomorrow 25th July – with positive feedback from beta readers so far. Please go check that out and keep an eye on the page because I will run a free price promotion soon after launch.

The House of Sand and Fog – Movie Review!

A 2003 American psychological drama starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly.

“Abandoned by her husband, recovering drug addict Kathy Nicolo, living alone in a small house near the San Francisco Bay Area, ignores eviction notices erroneously sent to her for nonpayment of business taxes. Assuming the misunderstanding was cleared up, she is surprised when Sheriff’s Deputy Lester Burdon arrives to forcibly evict her. Telling Kathy that her home is to be auctioned off, Lester feels sympathy for her, helps her move out, and advises her to seek legal assistance to regain her house.”

That is when Kingsley moves his family into the home after a lawful purchase and Kathy is intent on going back to regain her home. What appears a simple feud soon take a dark turn as the family is treated with hostility. Although they are a good family and have done nothing wrong. It highlights the perception people have of immigrants and how they are treated differently than those born in a country. From work, to home ownership they are looked down upon.

Since the feud seems to be growing, in a relatively small and tight plot, it does open big doors to much potential. But the narrative take a narrow turn and focuses entirely on the negative, the miserable and in the end everyone suffers and leaves you wondering just who suffered the most or if Kathy was indeed in the wrong… personally at the end of the movie I saw her as the one who had done wrong.

I think the acting is superb. And this little gem popped up on Amazon Prime and I’ve left it for a while because it looked cheap, but was good. Granted that in some places the plot was a little bizarre and the direction skewed and awkward but it added to the reality of the movie scenes. Lighting and quality was good, and so was the set pieces of the house.

It is also rated a 15 but in my honest opinion the themes are so strong and at times sickening that I really don’t recommend anyone under 18 to watch this. There are scenes of a violent nature, sexual scenes, self harm and more which are not for under 18 – so please consider raising the age movie critics.

Well this is short because to talk about the movie in depth would ruin it. It’s an adult psychological drama and I would argue borderline horror. It was interesting to watch this movie adaption which I took a chance on. Unfortunately it was a one time viewing and a such I deduct a star;

3 1/2 stars

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.