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You hung me on the line

The second post in a row with music from the other half of the Beatles main songwriting duo. This time it’s from Paul’s first solo outing and is the song he wrote for Linda but can easily about any woman that every man has ever loved. Maybe that’s what makes Macca such a driving force today. Apologies if the video doesn’t play where you are but it was courtesy of YouTube which has different rules in different countries.

I know it hasn’t been long since my last post but that doesn’t mean I have been resting on my laurels, as you well know dear reader, when I have something to say, positive or negative about what is happening all around us today I write a post on here to air my views. I know not everyone is going to share my feelings but that’s okay because you can please some of the people most of the time, you can please no one all the time. As long as you can please yourself then maybe you can make a difference in someone’s life.

I am backing Jeremy Corbyn in the upcoming election in the UK, I am proud to do so because he is the only leader who is ready to get this once great nation back on track today. That isn’t what this post is about though so please indulge me for a few minutes while I state why I am backing Jeremy.

The Tory party have decimated and privatised the flagship of the Welfare Reform since the 1979 General Election, the NHS has been the envy of the world and is now struggling for it’s continuation. Lack of funding by successive Tory Governments has led to an NHS which is staffed by professionals giving their all to help others without any assistance from Central Government. Come election time the Tory leadership claims to be throwing billions at the NHS in investment but what they really want to do is continue to privatise health care in this country until we end up with the same insurance based healthcare that American’s have had for generations.

This insurance based system means that people with pre-existing conditions (most of the UK) will not be able to get insurance and will therefore lose their right to seek medical attention when things go wrong. Only Labour will put this right by investing tax payers money into the NHS to bring it back up to the standard expected by those in need. If anyone can’t see what is happening to this great nation and believes this General Election is only about Brexit they are sadly mistaken. Once Brexit has happened under the Tories it will mean the end of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland have set the wheels in motion for an Independence Referendum should Brexit go ahead. Scotland’s first Minister has made progress with the EU to allow an Independent Scotland back into the fold, she also has hinted at another referendum to decide Independence for Scotland if Brexit goes ahead because Scotland voted overwhelmingly in favour of Remain.

Okay, enough politics for this post, I was just wondering if anyone else has noticed the number of crimes being investigated at the moment by the House of Representatives in America with their public Impeachment Hearings against tRump? It is becoming increasingly obvious that the GOP are going to have to decide where they stand very soon in relation to these hearings because either they will get behind the Impeachment and remove the dumpster and his total administration from office before 2020, or go down with him because the proof is irrefutable that he has abused his power in order to amass more wealth from American tax payers and has been guilty of conspiring with foreign powers to maintain his grip on the US Senate.

Has anyone been watching Britannia 2? I was intrigued by the first season but the second is riveting drama, not so much for the story lines but the characters are opening up in new directions and nothing is taboo. So much so that I watch several episodes every day and should have it finished completely soon. Anyway, that’s all from me for this time, stay tuned as you never know when I’ll be back.

But there’s no one left at home

And I believe I’m gonna rain… Music to accompany this post is from Paul McCartney With Linda McCartney helping out. Rock’s coolest couple of all time and, just like John before him, Paul worked with Linda until her death first on Ram, then all the Wings albums and she was helping out with his solo stuff following the demise of Wings. Apologies if the video doesn’t work where you are but it is from YouTube and there are different rules for different territories.

I think I should apologise for not posting the remainder of the pictures from New Orleans, but trying to nail my wife down to get them off her phone is proving very difficult at the moment. Anyway, another apology may be forthcoming in this post since I have a lot to be annoyed about here as well. I’m not sure if everyone is aware of the forthcoming General Election in the United Kingdom but dirty tricks are once again coming into play.

For all those who thought the 2016 referendum was crooked you can rest assured it was, the report which was published in October has not been made public as the Prime Minister, our bumbling oaf of a toe-rag, refused to allow it to be published. From the leaks coming out it would appear it condemns BoJo, Vote Leave and Leave dot EU for using Russian funds to back their cheating campaign which was full of lies, innuendo and nothing even approximating the truth.

So that is out there for anyone to see, if they know where to look. The other thing that came out today is that Farbage is expecting a peerage for refusing to put candidates up against the Tories in Tory held seats, seats where the Tories lost marginally to Labour and anywhere else he feels the LibDems could weaken the vote for Labour. The rumours are that he was put up to this by the donald in the USA. Why would America want to have a Tory victory and therefore a disastrous illegal Brexit? Because his Russian paymasters also want that to happen to weaken Europe and leave the UK fragmented.

Anyone still in any doubt that Remaining is the best outcome for the UK? BoJo last week said on camera that Northern Ireland were getting a fantastic deal by being left within the EU. In other words, England, Scotland and Wales are being shafted by his Brexit deal, which, according to the EU negotiators, is exactly the same deal they offered to Theresa May but they have simplified it down for BoJo. He, of course, is so stupid he doesn’t realise it is the same deal he voted against 3 times when May proposed it and tried to get it passed by Parliament.

Here in the UK, people should not be fooled by the lack of commitment coming out of Scotland for this deal as acceptance. Indeed Nicola Sturgeon is looking for her party to hold every seat they took in 2017 and to add to the total by taking every other seat being contested in Scotland. This will mean that if Labour don’t win in England and Wales but can hold the Tories to a hung Parliament we will have an interesting few weeks while waiting to see if the LibDems will find a leader (Jo Swansong has a Scottish seat) who will work with Jeremy Corbyn to form an anti-Brexit Coalition. Or if they will do as they always have and say a loud “FUCK YOU” to those voting for them to scrap Brexit by working with the Tories to deliver Brexit.

My money is on the latter if Jo Swansong keeps her seat, she is only interested in power so has ruled out working with Labour under Jeremy Corbyn. She would rather be deputy PM and push Brexit through than work to uphold her manifesto and block Brexit. With our current system of first past the post the only option open to anyone wanting to end the Brexit debacle is to Vote Labour into power on December 12. They have the policies in place to restore this country to its position in the forefront of European politics and it will be paid for by taxing the supremely wealthy until they bleed. Taxing income in excess of £1m including bonuses and taxing off shore bank accounts as though they were in the UK.

That’s why our Main Stream Media (MSM) want to label Corbyn as an anti-semite, Communist, Stalinist and accuse him of taking money from foreign Governments to boost his chances of winning. He has been very publicly asking the people to support his campaign and, as has been pointed out by ITV and Sky news teams (but not the BBC who only put out Tory propaganda) the Tory war chest is sitting flush with several millions coming from Putin’s supporters in Russia.

In the USA the donald is facing Impeachment and when that starts to be televised around the globe from the end of November it will be interesting to see if the GOP senate continue backing him. Of course there is still time for him to flee the country and head to Russia before announcing his resignation on Russian television to be broadcast to the USA.

Rant over for another post, if I have talked you into looking at the evidence and following the money back to its original source, thank you for believing the truth, if not then no hard feelings.

I see skies of blue and clouds of white

Part 2 of yesterday’s post to bring more of New Orleans into everyone’s lives. Music for this post is from New Orleans very own Satchmo (Louis Armstrong) who not only has a park named in his honour but also an international airport.

Continuing with the sights and sounds of New Orleans I started the Audobon Aquarium but can’t remember where I got to so please forgive me if some of these pictures are repeated from yesterday.

That’s my reflection and it is a poncho because it was torrential rain that day
No idea who the guy was, he was trying to take a selfie with the parrot and refused to budge and let others take pics
Close up of a catfish
Took me a while to spot the snake
Some fish shine in the dark

Hope you liked these pictures from the Aquarium, I will post again tomorrow pictures from St. Louis Number 1 (including Nic Cage’s tomb and Marie Laveau.

What the people need is a way to make them smile

Music to accompany my journey to and through N’Awlins is from the Doobie Brothers celebrating music is what New Orleans does best. Even funerals in New Orleans are happy events since they celebrate the life that has gone. New Orleans isn’t called the Big Easy for nothing, if you’re on vacation (holiday) or going there to work it has a big beautiful history to it. Relax, kick off your shoes, pick up your grenade and beignets and let this visual and musical journey take you to the big easy. Apologies if the video doesn’t play where you are but it is courtesy of YouTube and they have different rules for different countries.

Firstly, my thanks to British Airways cabin crew and flight deck staff who got me there and home again safely. The flight going was turbulent but that never phased me (my wife was green around the gills though). While in New Orleans I did a few tours I missed out on last year, took in a few sites I didn’t have time for in 2018 and soaked up the atmosphere. The R Bar (those of you familiar with NCIS New Orleans will know it as True Tone) was not what I expected. The windows were blacked out ready for Halloween and the interior was mobbed with people standing at the bar drinking and waiting to be served.

On the way there we passed the LaLaurie Mansion (standing empty although the owner was expected before Halloween(?)) and the front entrance has the following scene

The placard at the top reads chop shop and Delphine was run out of town when the gruesome remains of her slaves were found. No one is really sure where she went to as reports say she was seen in New York and Orleans and Paris in France.

No statements with the next few pictures from the Audobon Aquarium.

Upside down jelly fish
Can you spot both owls?
I couldn’t either

More to follow in another post after I have a bite to eat 🙂

And it’s goodbye from him

No music with this post today, just wanted to let you know that I won’t be posting any new posts for a while as I’m going to New Orleans Louisiana tomorrow for a week, there will be no time for anything while I’m there as the week is already full of tours, parties and all kinds of adventures.

NOLA, as anyone knows, celebrates Hallowe’en like no other city on the planet for the entire month of October. Going to be full of ghouls, witches, wizards, vampires and the walking dead. I will be taking lots of pics while I’m there so expect a few posts on my return to tell you of my adventures.

Nothing I can do if I don’t get through

No music video with this post, sorry if you feel left out but I have had a mare of a few days. Started the week off with listening to a Partly Political Broadcast on behalf of the Ruling Class read by the biggest scrounger of them all, Queen Elizabeth II. Sorry but they are not the Ruling Class, they only think they are. We have been sold out by every Tory Government since 1979, and Blair’s New Labour party forgot their Socialist roots when they swept to power in 1997.

Since 2010 what we used to take for granted would always be there (libraries, schools, hospitals and GP’s) have been eroded by cuts to spending, increased taxation of the working man (working and middle classes) while giving massive tax cuts to the tax avoiding classes. When Cameron said in 2010 “We are all in the same boat, we’re all in this together and all have to tighten our belts” He was of course NOT talking about the tax avoiders, tax scammers with their off shore accounts, or the Government. Again he CONned the British Public. During the campaign ahead of the Scottish Independence Referendum he told the Scottish people that a vote to remain within the UK would mean their currency was safe and would be accepted as legal tender throughout the UK. Another big fat lie, even here in Newcastle (very close to the Scottish Border) it is becoming increasingly difficult to find shops, buses or any one else who will accept a Scottish note without giving you a discount.

We really need to face the facts in the UK, a Tory Brexit deal is not going to come, the Prime Minister will not ask for an extension unless he attaches strings to it in order to ensure there is no extension. He will then crash the UK out with a no deal, renege on the already approved divorce bill, and splinter the UK since Scotland and Northern Ireland voted overwhelmingly in favour of remain. He has no back stop ready for Northern Ireland which will protect the Good Friday agreement (incidentally the DUP voted against this and also campaigned to leave so they will back him up). Ireland will then re-unite and Scotland will have another ally when they seek re-admission as an Independent country. Once Wales declares itself independent from England, BoJo will finally have what he and his supporters in the English Defence League have been seeking for years, an isolated, bankrupt England at the bottom of everyone’s go to list.

Of course, he is still claiming that the people decided in 2016 that they wanted to leave the EU, based on lies, half truths and not knowing what they were really voting for. No party (apart from Labour) is prepared to extend Article 50 (the divorce bill), call a General Election and then negotiate in good faith with the EU before putting this deal to the public so they can decide whether to accept as good a deal as we are likely to be given with Remain as the other option on the referendum. They realise that for a democracy to thrive there has to be a chance for the people to change their minds.

I know this post has denigrated into a political diatribe but Leavers lied, cheated and stole (defying UK and EU data protection laws in the process) to achieve their victory in 2016. If we could have a free and fair referendum then everyone would back the outcome, however, only bigotted idiots choose to ignore they won a slim majority after saying that slim a margin should be used as the basis of a second referendum during the campaigning. Then they wonder why there are so many Remainers shouting about cheating liars winning anything.

Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night

A feel good song to make your feet dance and your day brighten. At least it works for me every time. DeBarge from Motown’s Classic Anthems. Video is courtesy of YouTube so apologies if it doesn’t play where you are.

People keep saying you should just ignore everything going on around you, count your blessings and concentrate on the things that make you happy. This song is one of the hundreds of Motown songs which have healed my soul for a few minutes at a time ever since the days of my youth.

Staying with that topic for now since the political landscape is still looking bleak, I enjoy listening to music, even when the radio plays a song I’m not particularly keen on I won’t change the station or switch it off as it will change in a few minutes and that one might be a classic that I haven’t heard for a while. I bought an old compilation from 2017, which I am listening to on repeat at the moment, 101 Motown Anthems. A lot of the songs are from the 1960’s but there are lots from every decade since then and it is one of those compilations with 101 absolute gems, no fillers.

There were a few groups around in my youth who delivered with every single release, albums and singles contained absolute gems and there was no filler anywhere. Unfortunately there were more who delivered an album where the first side totally knocked your socks off but the second side you could leave since it was all filler. I suppose the same is true today, I have yet to hear an Adele song which isn’t a toe tapper, sing along, feel good piece of artistic genius. I know that Ed Sheeran has delivered on every album, so far, so what am I getting at? I haven’t listened to a full album by Eminem, Jay-Z or Kanye since some of their music released as singles I haven’t been able to “get” not their fault I’m just not a huge fan or Rap or Hip-Hop.

That doesn’t mean they haven’t released songs that I have sung along to (or rapped to) same with Aerosmith, Manic Street Preachers, Julian Lennon or Sean Lennon. I listen to albums by the likes of John Lennon and Wings today from time to time but I do try to keep up to date with new music. That’s why I will listen to radio stations on my laptop from time to time, not just Gold or Smooth, but Kiss and Heart as well. If we don’t do things we enjoy from time to time wouldn’t life be incredibly boring?

In today’s political climate, where the USA and UK are being led by criminals working on behalf of Vladimir Putin trying to destroy democracy for who knows what, making time for something fun is a must. If we didn’t do something we enjoy how many more of us would end up so depressed we’d be contemplating (or attempting) suicide? Things are black enough in the wider world so I have decided not to dwell on the blackness for more than an hour a day. (No news channel, just watch my face drop when the news comes on the radio channel) but at least it only lasts for a couple of minutes at a time, generally on the hour.

I’ve given up with the BBC now as well, Jeremy Corbyn is trying to get a Green Deal going in Parliament and is against war, anywhere, Johnson on the other hand is trying to get his people to riot in the streets and is using the police to break up a group of protesters trying to highlight the danger of fossil fuels and fracking to the environment and planet. According to the BBC the biggest threat to national security in the UK isn’t Johnson it’s Jeremy Corbyn.

The BBC is funded by the public, or to put it another way, the 99% in the UK. We deserve a fair broadcaster since we fund it, instead their allegiances lie with the 1% who get tax relief at every turn from the likes of BoJo and tRump. Again that’s it, light relief coming up again or I will get so down I will spiral out of control into the darkness again.

Music has just changed to The Mary Jane Girls (who I had never heard of before listening to this compilation). Just what the doctor ordered, funky music with throw away bass lines and a drum machine keeping the beat. Who doesn’t enjoy music with feel good lyrics? As my good friend once said “Never trust anyone who doesn’t tap their feet or move their hands when listening to Motown or rock music.”

Okay, maybe I paraphrased that slightly he actually said “rock ‘n’ roll music” but you get my gist? Anyway, listening to all the rhetoric from the USA since the announcement of an Impeachment Inquiry would make the blood boil in a snake, if it understood what was happening. That’s why I don’t want to keep on about politics over in the USA just now because there is a big man-baby who keeps sulking every time he gets someone standing up to him. In the immortal words of Mr. Stan Lee (Captain Marvel) ‘Nuff Said!

Don’t let me get me

It’s strange isn’t it that employers today claim to be inclusive and non-discriminatory, until they come across someone like me. I am not like the normal employee where I will remain quiet in order to keep my job. If I see something wrong I report it, if nothing is done I become a whistleblower and then the smelly brown stuff hits the large whirly machine in the corner and I ended up being fired.

This is why whistleblowers are now protected under the law yet the tRump-ster still wants to know the identities of whistleblowers coming forward against him. With his history of sending Barr in to talk to anyone capable of bringing him down in order to tamper with their testimony or, in one case (Epstein) to kill them to shut them up, this should not come as a surprise that he wants to know so he can threaten them in order to prevent them telling the truth about his crimes. Crimes he openly tweets about, then realises they can have him removed from office so deletes them, problem is they are still out there.

On a lighter note since I don’t really want to get bogged down with American politics (not living in America I don’t understand why someone will vote for an independent candidate when the only winners have ever been either GOP or Democrat). Here in Britain at the moment we have a media trying desperately to convince people that the biggest threat today is Jeremy Corbyn, yet when he spoke in Gateshead yesterday there were 5,000 people who couldn’t get in to hear him. Does that sound like the enemy of the people? Of course not, I bet that no major newspaper, the BBC or ITV report on that tomorrow, and they haven’t reported on it at all today.

BoJo has, once again, been found guilty of providing public funds to his American girlfriend yet that will also go unreported. The wonders of propaganda, yet the Conservative Party here is still denying it is doing anything wrong. BoJo was also entrenched with a Romanian delegation last week before announcing that he was going to go to the EU and ask for an extension on 19 October unless they have agreed to his negotiation demands so it kind of looks as though the Romanians have agreed to veto this request (not sure if they can do this since the entire EU council have agreed unanimously to give an extension to Article 50, if requested.

Is this the last ditch attempt of someone desperate to hold onto power come what may? Only the die-hard Brexiteers will accept a no deal on the back of this collusion and tRumpery. It’s now come to light that a lot of those who voted to leave did so to “recreate the British Empire” I wonder how well Americans will be to be conquered (again) in the name of the British Monarch? Come to that Australians, Canadians, Indians and the Chinese in Hong Kong?

Can I play with madness?

If you want to listen to the song (Iron Maiden) connected with this post’s heading then you can find it online. I am not embedding the track from YouTube because I’m not sure whether or not you share my penchant for all genres of music. Besides this post is going to be short and sweet.

I was reminded today of a poster I designed for my wall as a youngster in 1969, it simply read “Today is the first day of the rest of your life!” In turn this reminded me of another poster (words no pictures hence the reason for putting it here) from the Council Office in Leven Council.

It had the heading Why Worry? and went on to say:

You only have two things to worry about:

Either you are well or you are ill.

If you are well you have nothing to worry about.

If you are ill you have two things to worry about:

Either you will recover or you will die.

If you recover you have nothing to worry about.

If you die you only have two things to worry about:

Either you will go to heaven or you will go to hell:

If you go to heaven you have nothing to worry about.

If you go to hell you will be too busy shaking hands with friends who went before you to worry.

So Why Worry?

Profound words indeed, of course, as an atheist I don’t believe in Heaven or Hell, apart from us making them while we are still alive. I accept that I may well be wrong, however, until someone comes back and tells me that they do exist I will continue to believe that we live, not once, but as often as required until we can live a perfect life for the benefit of others. As soon as we do this then death is permanent.

In my honest opinion, since no one knows what happens following death, we can say whatever we like about the after death, no one can ever prove their theories and no one can disprove them either. Why then do we fight wars based purely on religion? One could be just as wrong as any other, or else they could all be right. Who knows? Who cares?

Here in the world today we have more pressing scenes than any one nation acting alone can change. Because of this, I can see no benefit to Brexit only disadvantages. A lot of people are with me on this, if we can try a universal approach rather than an individual approach we can move mountains. Alone we can work to correct the mistakes of the past for ourselves, together we can correct the mistakes and build a future for everyone.

The one I built my dreams upon

Music today is from the one and only Tina Turner, a woman who has been through the mill and remained standing after everything. She is an amazing woman and truly the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Video is courtesy of YouTube so apologies if it doesn’t play where you are.

I watched Parliament with interest on Wednesday following the Supreme Court Judgement that the Prorogation was illegal and unconstitutional to see how long it would take for Johnson to apologise. I’m still waiting but he did lose again when asking for a recess next week for the Tory Conference. What will he do I wonder? Of course my attention was distracted when he was shouting down the lady MP who asked him to tone down his language in the house as it was being twisted into death threats against her and some of her colleagues. She pointed to the plaque honouring the memory of Jo Cox and Johnson told her it was “humbug” which isn’t a sweet rather a polite form of saying bollocks.

While this exchange was ongoing there was Michael Gove, unable to stand up without help, eyes glazed over and I immediately wondered what he had been smoking or taking to make him that way. One thing I can tell you it was not lack of sleep, he’d either been smoking heroin, snorting cocaine or snorting meth. Any of these will glaze your eyes over and make it almost impossible to walk and you definitely will not be able to stand up without help if you’re not moving.

So we have Johnson sounding every bit as maniacal as tRump, who is currently under the thumbscrews while the House of Representatives decides whether or not to Impeach, Gove who is partaking of what illegal substances and, sitting in the background pulling the strings there is Cummings who tells those MP’s receiving death threats that he will stop them being sent once they get Brexit Done. Since Jo Cox was heavily campaigning for Remain at the time of her death using her name to get a no deal Brexit through is decidedly unfriendly and if we go out without a deal then that will be illegal. Since Johnson, like his good friend across the pond, is no longer pretending he will obey the law I think he will go to jail around the same time as the American tRumpster.

I saw something today which made me smile, cruel I know but hey, it’s her own fault. A white woman was shouting about N*ggers getting killed by her if it was still legal for her to do so. That video went viral, and today someone posted her name and address as well as her company on the video. I feel it will only be a matter of time before she is out of a job and hounded out of her home. The thing with all these White Supremacists is that they are not just in the US, Australia and the UK have their share too. Someone was interviewed about a no deal Brexit in Bolton, Lancashire. They said they voted leave because they are fed up with all the Muslim immigrants coming from Africa and Asia over here. He doesn’t care about Europeans coming over here and working but he does object to Africans and Asians! That’s why Leave won, because of the red necks who didn’t know what the hell they were voting for.

If people were given a choice today, knowing what the total cost will be, in shortages, loss of jobs and increased immigration from countries in order to get a trade deal, would there still be a victory for leave? Since Farage is so eager to get over to the US I vote we have a whip round and pay his single fare (economy) to the US for tomorrow, how does everyone else feel about this?

I am trying to remain calm while writing this but it is not easy, because some people will probably accuse me of having my wires crossed, but it is difficult to understand why people get up in arms so much when I criticise Israel for the shocking way they treat Palestinians. If they didn’t bomb civilian targets (schools and hospitals are the biggest hit targets by Israeli bombs in Palestine) then would anyone object to their treatment and attempt to annex the West Bank.

I think that some people are so uptight that they will not criticise anyone (unless they are white) of doing anything against another person or group of people. In the last few days, there has been an upsurge in death threats to MP’s, members of the public and others openly criticising Brexit. The only person who is openly seeking to end the division in the country, seek to get the best deal possible before Brexit, and will then put this deal to the people, with Remain as an option on the referendum, is the Labour Party. Jeremy Corbyn has refused to enter into an argument with Johnson or anyone else over anything. He is the one being vilified by the Main Stream Media and is not fighting back, quietly getting on with the job he is being paid to do.

We should really be lucky to have Jeremy Corbyn for a Prime Minister following the next General Election once the date of Brexit has been put back to January 31st 2020. Johnson and his puppet master don’t want to delay because the new tax laws come into force throughout Europe on 1st January 2020, meaning that they will all have to declare any funds they have in offshore bank accounts as well as shares held in these banks. That will mean they will all be taxed on their total income (at home and offshore) which will more than double their tax bills. Under a Labour Government they will have to pay their fair share of tax on all earnings as well so that is the real reason Johnson will not be asking for any extension to the Brexit date.

Small businesses who are taking advantage of the ads on British television telling them to get ready for the 31 October to call and ask for advice seem to be getting told move or go under. I know someone with a small business he has operated for several years and he employs 3 others, has been told that his best option is to move to France or else he will have to close the business down. When he asked if he could claim benefits for being out of work he was told that, since he is effectively self employed then he is not entitled to anything at all. This is a disgrace where the Government is recklessly threatening the livelihoods of small business owners and is refusing to compensate them for closing down.