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Picture yourself in a boat on a river

Well, we were once again told to expect thunder storms and yes it’s been overcast for some time but still no rain or thunder and still it remains hot. I, personally, hope it continues like this for the rest of the week. At night it can rain and storm as much as it likes, during the day it doesn’t have to be bright as long as it’s warm.

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Lightning and water, beauty in Nature, all around if we choose to see it.

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Boats, particularly steel or wooden boats, have been struck in the past but has anyone heard of any recently?

Sunshine came softly through my window today

Which was unexpected as I could see flashes and hear thunder in the distance when I went to bed at 3:30. The forecast was for heavy rain with thunder storms for the rest of the week, I don’t think we’ll escape them altogether, probably get soaked tomorrow when I go to pay my bills.

If there is one thing I’ve learned in my 60 years here, it’s to expect and plan for the worst while hoping for the best. I’m normally easy going, some people have commented that I’m so laid back I’m horizontal. I rarely make plans for things to do and places to go as the weather normally lets me down and my health isn’t what it once was. If the sun does shine and my back isn’t too bad then I will go out, even if just to have a wander round the streets. I’ve never been put off by rain either, as John Lennon put it so succinctly in 1967 if the sun don’t shine you get a tan while standing in the English rain.

I used to think that I was just the same as a lot of my friends since we shared the same taste in clothes, hair styles, music and also in recreational use of the same drugs. Caffeine, alcohol, LSD and pot. I read the blog by Sam Branson recently, breaking the taboo, and his arguments are totally spot on. If the governments got together to decriminalise drug use, and view it as a medical problem instead of criminal, manufactured the drugs and sold them legally in certain shops/clubs they would cut out the dangers of heroin being mixed with toxic substances to make it go further. This would generate massive increases in revenues, with most countries going through extremely austere times this would alleviate some of the cuts.

The war on drugs which Tricky Dicky Nixon started 40 years ago isn’t working as the drug cartels are still poisoning our streets and getting very rich in the process. Why shouldn’t this wealth go to help fund hospices and rehab centres for those addicted? Just my point of view but if drugs were decriminalised and controlled wouldn’t the cartels go out of business pretty quickly?