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It’s a little bit funny how the days blend into one

It feels a little like the apocalypse has happened and this is what is left for us today, nothing but remaining inside with very little physical contact with others unless you are able to stay indoors with your significant others. I was thinking of calling this post “When is a spade not a spade” but realised that could be construed as racist (I’m not above courting controversy but not in regards to race).

If we learn nothing from this pandemic then we deserve to be wiped out as a species once it is over. It should be teaching us a very valuable lesson in that we all rely on each other to keep us safe and society should be different once the lockdowns end in our respective countries. Don’t let anyone tell you that there won’t be another strain of deadly virus coming along soon because there will be unless we work together to end climate change, preserve the wildlife we have and encourage the maintenance of the natural habitats needed to prevent further extinction of species.

The different countries of the planet will have to work together more than ever and we should not be talking of this country or that country but this planet needs us all to unite before further damage is done to the eco-system we are all part of. Everyone is in this together and we have to ensure there is enough for everyone among us. Enough healthcare, enough food and medicine, enough natural habitat for our animal neighbours and stop destroying this planet because it is fighting back and since we are the virus it is trying to destroy us before we destroy it.

It’s time to make a stand and I have been fighting alone, sniping at people from the hidden vantage point but the time has come to unite with everyone who feels as I do that this is the time for action. It is not a time to play politics with lives, that has been happening since the end of the 20th Century and we are worse off now because of the oil barons and OPEC bringing out of the ground those carbons the planet buried long ago. Time to move on to a new world order and new world powering source, electricity can be generated in other ways than oil or gas fired plants. We have to change our ways now, today, before it’s too late to do so.

Now is not the time for walls between countries, or separating from neighbours, now is the time to all come together and create a united planet, this won’t be easy with the current politicians we have in power but we, the people, have to demand our governments work in unison for the benefit of all. Capitalism creates poverty and this has almost destroyed the planet in creating profit for those already wealthy so it is time for a different plan. A new plan which will put people ahead of greed, there are much more poor people than wealthy people and if we rise up together and demand action to share the wealth for the benefit of everyone that doesn’t mean the wealthy becoming poor, they will just stop making obscene profits from destruction and work together to stop poverty, destruction of the planet in the name of profit and healing the sick.

Just imagine the good they could do if they were forced to use their massive wealth in order to provide free health care for all, free schools for all, free education to everyone at any time they wanted to use it? This wouldn’t make them bankrupt any more than paying their workers a decent living wage so no family had to have two working partners to keep their head above water. I am not going to be popular with either the leaders of the UK or the USA by proposing this but it is time for a global change providing for the rights of every citizen globally to live in peace, where they want to live, without restriction on movement and cost of travel. I am proposing that everyone on the planet works together for the benefit of all, greed is outlawed and profit becomes a dirty word. Whether we still pay for food and other essentials in the longer term will depend on how credit is managed today.

From time to time the price of freedom has to be paid in blood and this has to be done in order for every man, woman and child to be free. We all come into the world in the same way, from a woman, and all exit the same way, in death. Doesn’t it make sense for us all to work together for the benefit of all while here? You may call me a dreamer, but I’m not the only one, I hope some day you join us and the world can indeed live as one. Thank you for reading this far, dear reader.

Monday Week 6 of lockdown in the UK

I tend to get the feeling that our politicians only care about us at election times. I don’t want to drag this down to the level I have been feeling recently (the reason I haven’t been on here for a while). I hope you’re doing well, staying home as much as possible and keeping yourself and your loved ones safe.

As I said I don’t want to drag anyone down to the levels I’ve been feeling recently, what with being cooped up and looking as though the death toll here in the UK is going to top 150,000 because of the slow speed our Prime Minister took to lock down the country. Now on the brighter side I have found some things to smile about recently, hence the reason I’m back writing on here. If you haven’t watched it yet there is a movie about the beginning of Transformers being here on Earth and it’s a wonderful feel good movie, no Shia Le Bouef but the lead is another teenager with everyday problems who finds Bumble Bee after his throat has been ripped apart to remove his voice simulator.

If you don’t like the transformers movies then I would give this a miss but there is another movie (again from last year) that I have seen, while on lockdown and that was Yesterday, premise during a technical glitch on planet earth everyone (apart from a few who were incognito when the glitch happened) have forgotten all about the Beatles. One of them is a singer who, when he realises no one can remember the Beatles makes a fortune out of plagiarising their songs and music and releasing them as his own.

Ed Sheeran may not be everyone’s cup of tea but how he managed to keep a straight face when listening to Yesterday, Back in the USSR and other classic Lennon/McCartney compositions is beyond me. I still have the Die Hard box set to watch, Lethal Weapon movies and the Matrix trilogy so I think I will finish off for now and go and do something productive with my Easter Monday before I settle down for a binge fest of Mel Gibson or Bruce Willis. Catch up again before long, hopefully the lockdown will last a few more weeks and we can get together over a beer or short if you prefer and laugh at some of the things we have done to keep ourselves amused.

Take care, stay indoors as much as possible and keep yourself safe.

Tell a lie, make it a whopper Part 2

Goebbels coined the phrase that if you tell a huge lie often enough then people will believe it is the truth. The Republican Party in the USA and the CONservative Party in the UK have really taken this to heart in recent years. Indeed in the run up to the General Election in 2019, Michael Gove, the Minister most likely to be coked up, told reporters that the Tories were telling lies all the time because “it wins (us) elections, therefore why would we ever revert back to telling the truth?”

On the 12 December 2019 he was, unsurprisingly, proved right on the money with his prediction, after ruining the best man to handle the covid-19 crisis we are currently experiencing. So much so that he is standing down once his party finds a new leader this Saturday. BoJo has done his usual disappearing act, claiming he has been tested positive for covid-19, he displays no symptoms, no cough, no sneezing, no shortage of breath, making the vast majority of the country convinced he has lied to avoid facing any harsh questions about why he hasn’t made it clear who constitutes a key worker and who doesn’t. Why the Health and Caring Professionals are not being tested and do not have adequate PPE supplies to ensure their safety.

I am staying in and avoiding people as much as possible because on the 27th of this month I turn 66, also having a damaged liver, heart and kidney disease I’m at risk of dying if I do catch this virus. (The heart and kidney disease isn’t very serious though as I’m heart lazy and kidney be bothered). Hey you have to laugh or else you’d cry, I’m already going stir crazy, my wife is working from home, has been promised to have her chair delivered to her for the last 3 weeks yet is still waiting and her back is suffering because the only chair she can sit on for 8 hours a day is a dining room chair designed for an hour maximum twice a day.

She is on a final written warning because of her sick, that’s why she is keeping on putting up with the pain in her lower back and neck but won’t be able to continue indefinitely. I’m so glad that I’ve retired but the money I get from my pension doesn’t cover the rent far less any of the bills, which isn’t going to be very promising if anything were to happen to my wife.

Anyway, enough of a rant for today, as always my dear reader, in these troubling times please keep your distance from others and stay safe, remaining indoors as much as possible.

Tell a lie, make it a whopper

Keep repeating the lie over and over until people begin to believe it is the truth. Supermarkets up here are limiting the number of items you can buy per trip to 3 of anything, this to give them a chance to restock. There is enough stocks in the warehouses and distribution centres to restock most of the supermarket shelves.

Also, once this is all over, we will remember that it was the Tories who screwed up our lives and, unless by some miracle they produce many rabbits out of their hats, this will be reflected at the next General Election. The only voice of reason since the crisis began was that of Jeremy Corbyn, vilified by the Tory Government ahead of the last election, the lies were picked up by the MSM and some members of his own party gave credence to the lies so he was an unelectable force in the eyes of the masses.

Before campaigning began it looked as though there would be a major upset with Labour winning the bulk of the country and having a much improved majority over 1997, alas it was not to be and the only big difference was the number of Labour Politicians who called him out as something he isn’t – racist.

On a slightly lighter note, when we are being told to remain at home and stay indoors the weather takes a turn for the better and some stupid people start congregating on beaches and in parks making it necessary for the police to advise them to keep their distance or be arrested for mass gathering. Some people are just so selfish it is unreal and the latest news from the UK is that a 19 year old with NO health problems has been the latest victim (yesterday but now there are a lot more deaths) to covid-19. When will people realise that going out and gathering in groups is inviting trouble. If they were aware that there was a serial killer on the loose but no one had been able to give a description so it could be anyone, would people still go out or remain indoors then?

People who have stockpiled from the supermarkets have been the wealthy and those with savings, not those of us who live pay day to pay day, yet it is those of us living pay day to pay day who have had to suffer the shortages when our pay day rolls around again. It’s just not the thing any normal human being will do, only the truly selfish and narcissistic among us would do. There are reports from the bin men that they are seeing a lot of food waste from certain quarters, items that were bought have since passed their best before date and thrown out untouched. Obviously people were stockpiling and couldn’t eat everything before becoming worried it had gone off. Makes you wonder why people buy in bulk things that have a very short life span? What is their mental status?

If we only bought what we needed then the false shortages would never have happened and supermarkets wouldn’t have had to introduce rationing in order to keep stock on the shelves. That is the end of the rant caused by self imposed exile and imprisonment to keep myself safe.

Deaf dumb and blind, they that will not see

Good morning my friend, it’s been a while since my last post and it is beginning to look as though the four riders of the apocalypse are riding hard and fast. Death, pestilence, plague and famine have taken to their horses and, while Fred is no longer with them, running rampant round the globe.

In case you haven’t been out of your house for a while there are empty shelves in every UK supermarket up and down this fair island. Basic essentials have been bought in bulk by those wealthy enough to do so. Resulting in a shortage of bread, milk, rice, pasta and other basics needed by the most vulnerable in our society (myself included). I have cereal but no milk, sandwich fillings but no bread, things necessary to help me to stay in and isolate myself. I went out yesterday and found people coughing and sneezing near freezers, fridges and empty shelves. Everyone of us looking for the same or similar items to keep us going for the next week.

For weeks there has been no toilet rolls, cleaning products or hand sanitiser because some ignorant wealthy ba$t@*ds have been stock piling them in order to force a shortage so they can sell them at inflated prices. Several shops are also price gouging because of the shortage. This is uncalled for and is hitting those on fixed incomes hard. The elderly and vulnerable among us are having difficulties finding things we are running out of and if you have marked things up by 1,000% we will remember once this pandemic is over and when you need us to shop with you we will not be there.

There have been items on short supply for days now, but people are selling some of these items on ebay so they obviously stockpiled but now are running out of storage space yet are desperate to sell at a profit. I think that ebay (and to a lesser extent) Amazon Marketplace should be refusing to allow these people to sell anything at an inflated price.

Sorry for the rant but some people are so selfish in times of a crisis, the upside though is that some people have remembered that we live in an area with others and this crisis has brought out the best in them.

When is a flu not a flu?

Here in the UK, our absent (NotMy)Prime Minister and his chief advisor (puppet master) are blindly following the dumpster into the abyss. With the latest health threat already hitting the UK (COVID19) they want to get drs and nurses out of retirement to help with the perceived epidemic. They are also denying the scientists (no surprise there as they have been doing this for years) about the death rate, how to combat the disease and how to quarantine people who are infected.

Enough on that score, I have been in Seahouses since Saturday in order for my house to be rewired, I have lots to do when I get home so my wife wants to go home today, although we have been told the electricity won’t be turned on again until tomorrow, which means no power to the boiler so no heat. No shower, no chance either of a bath and the downstairs is in a complete upheaval with plastering needed to be done on the walls where the wall lights have been removed, new sockets have been put in and this also needs to be replastered, there is also nowhere to cook as the kitchen looks like a bomb site.

How can I get through to someone who is becoming more and more anxious as every day passes that the best thing for us to do is wait until the power is restored before going home? I know we have lots to do but without power we will have to do these all manually in the cold and all our bedroom furniture is out of the bedroom in the spare room. No chance of stopping off putting everything back or we’d freeze because it is extremely cold up here at the moment (forecast says snow is possible today or tomorrow).

If anyone has any ideas on what I can do to stop her rushing headlong into the fire in order to get out of the frying pan please tell me, no matter how silly you think it is as I have been trying to get through and am now getting the silent treatment which usually means she knows I’m right but hates that I’m right.

How can anyone ever trust any Tory?

With the declassification of some more documents from the Thatcher era, it appears that not only did she know about Jimmy Saville’s sexploits with underage children, as well as Smith and others in the House of Commons, she was responsible for covering this up.

Apart from all the privatisation of Nationally owned assets for her close friends (under the pretence of offering shares in the companies to members of the public) she also knew about the biggest paedophile ring ever to grace the shores of England. With her part in the cover up none of the guilty parties were ever tried in a court of law because it only came to light after so many of them had died.

In the run up to a General Election did you notice how BoJo was attending floods, fires and hospitals for photo opps? Now that he has a massive majority it has been down to Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of The Opposition, to visit people who have lost everything to floods. BoJo is conspicuous by his absence, hiding himself away in a friends mansion and leaving the country in the hands of Demonic Cummings, the real power in Downing St.

If you are surprised by all this then you must have been one of the millions of morons who believed his lies, even when he admitted he tells lies and Gove said that by lying they win elections so they were never going to stop the lies, why should they? What I am about to say may not come as a surprise to you if you don’t believe everything put out by the MSM is the gospel truth, but the Tories are not the party of anyone but the elite 1% who have most of the wealth of the country in offshore accounts.

It now transpires that the 1% who own the bulk of the wealth in this country have not earned their wealth, they inherited it and get tax relief from the Government in order to hang onto it. Big companies are given tax breaks, which we are told will eventually filter down to workers. Instead they get put into offshore accounts, buy luxury yachts, sports cars, drugs and other illegal activities.

The USA may have started using foreign assistance in order to win elections and the Presidency, but the UK fell into that trap first, the referendum was the first time Russian money had been used to buy an outcome, along side Cambridge Analytica and it’s Canadian Subsidiary, but it wasn’t long before they had helped tRump to achieve the GOP nomination and then win the election, not by winning the public vote but by fixing the collegiate vote. This formula was then used to win the leadership of the Tories (without CA) by BoJo and he went on to win the General Election using the same underhand tactics and Demonic Cummings.

And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make

No music to accompany this post, although the title is from a 1969 lyric from the Beatles Abbey Road album. Following on from the last post, my brother arrived back home safely and the Southferry Bridge was reopened for him to get across back into Fife, the only remaining Kingdom within the United Kingdom.

Here in the UK we are bracing ourselves ready for another Storm, following on from Ciara last weekend we are anticipating Dennis this weekend. More high winds, rain, sleet and snow. If anyone still had any doubts about the planet trying to recover the status quo and refusing to lie down and die at our hands surely this it? Ain’t Nature wonderful, when she struggles to maintain life she kicks up some pretty terrible storms, fires and earthquakes in an attempt to recover some semblance of balance.

I’ve rediscovered some music I haven’t listened to in a very long time, Seal’s first 2 albums so I’m listening to these while I write this post. I don’t have the inclination or power to sit down and write every day, there is so much I want to do with my time now that I’ve retired. It would maybe do me more good to force myself to sit and write because they say everyone has at least one novel inside them, maybe I should write and see what comes out of my warped brain.

I am discovering an awful lot of music I had forgotten I had so maybe listening to that will help, after all it used to help me to write poetry when I was younger. Then I used to write every day, some of it was good, most wasn’t any good. I did self publish a book once, called Mercurial Anagoge it was a small collection of poems but it has been lost in the mists of time, 3 failed marriages and lots of house moves. They say that on average someone will move 8 times in their lifetime, I moved 19 times so far so someone somewhere must never have moved at all in their life.

I know I’m rambling but is it better to ramble and take your reader on a journey? Or not ramble and lose the reader? Surely the worst of all scenarios is to ramble and lose the reader? Maybe I am still feeling the effects of the opiate I took earlier, pain killers, especially strong ones, tend to minimise the pain by taking the brain away from the pain sensors. I just think I have been changed forever by the hallucinogenics I took when I was younger. They say that they alter the brain and you are never the same afterwards.

If the doors of perception are opened then we will see everything as it really is, infinite (I think that line came from Alduous Huxley but it could have been another of Timothy Leary’s). Timothy did say, tune in, turn on and drop out. If we could see the world as it is supposed to be with everyone living their own lives without worrying about their neighbours but loving each other and looking out for each other wouldn’t that be brilliant? If we could form a society where everyone was treated equally, no one was above the law and everyone did what they could to help their fellow neighbours would that be Utopia? It won’t happen but if everyone was to show a random act of kindness every day we could get closer to achieving the impossible, think of that for the rest of the day…

The rich keep getting richer while the rest of us are just getting old

Music to accompany today’s post is from Stephen Stills, Word Game from his second solo album (Stephen Stills 2) video is courtesy of Rhino and YouTube so apologies if it doesn’t play where you are.

Today I’ve had quite the conversation with my son and brother, more than for a long time with my son, not so long for my brother since he came for a visit yesterday. He’s spending a few nights at the Lindon Hall Spa just outside Morpeth so thought since he was fairly close he would call in and see me. He’s still in his 50’s (59 today) but as of next year none of us will be younger than 60. Our sibling having turned 60 in 2017, I will be 66 in April this year making me the eldest (in case you can’t work that one out) 😉

If only family could be picked, like friends, maybe my daughter and I could still have a semblance of a relationship. When I asked about my dad, my brother said he won’t be going home and he is waiting for a space at one of two care homes in Glenrothes. Both my siblings live there so he won’t be short of visitors from his grandchildren, great grandchildren and sons and daughters-in-law. Dad was really bad after his fall and had to go into respite care since he kept pressing his alarm all through the night but there was never anything wrong when my brother arrived to find him awake and wondering why there were people coming in to see him in the middle of the night.

Over the last couple of weeks his mobility is improving (still not able to get very far on his pins but he is mobile again). Also found out his short term memory is recovering slightly, he still can’t remember a lot but he is remembering more than he did after his fall. If things continue like this then he may survive a few more years but his dementia is not improving, although his long term memory is still intact no one is willing to say how long it will be before that starts to deteriorate as well.

On a lighter note, the next chapter of my memoirs keeps disappearing so I have to start again, I went to update it and add bits to it today and it isn’t anywhere on my laptop, the back up hasn’t got any sign of it either so it’s not as though I can find any version of it anywhere on here. That isn’t the only strange thing which has happened recently either, I have gone out and left the laptop on as I have been in the middle of researching things or zipping files up to back them up to a removable drive, instead of the screen saver kicking in after 15 minutes the screen has remained active while I was out and I thought it was due to an update but when I check the screen saver settings are still as they were.

Anyway, that’s it for today, have a great week and don’t forget it’s Valentine’s Day on Friday so please try and be kind to each other at least over the rest of the week if you can’t manage to be kind every day.

Bad is bad, that I feel so sad

Music today is from the 1966 single by Los Bravos, courtesy of YouTube. Because the video isn’t mine apologies if it won’t play where you are, if you really want to hear it then you can ask YouTube to make it available in your area.

The problem with politics today was proven on Wednesday when the Senate in the USA decided to end the cover up sham trial by finding tRump not guilty of the crimes he has openly tweeted to committing. Should the GOP senators who voted for acquittal be looking over their shoulders? Of course they shouldn’t, they are not in any danger. The POTUS has asked his supporters to watch his opponents closely and to “take them out if it is safe to do so” and he’s not talking about dinner, social occasion or on a date. He once again mentioned AOC, Pelosi, Warren, Biden and others by name, but his supporters will gladly do prison time for him knowing that if they are convicted at trial he will grant them a presidential pardon for their crimes.

Why is he being allowed to get away with all of his crimes? Could it be because of his Russian backers? A lot of people will argue that without the backing of Russian oligarchs he would flounder and fail to remain in power since GOP who are looking for re-election would have sided against him and he would have been impeached, removed from office and facing criminal charges brought by the FBI. Around the planet there is a rising number of openly racist campaigners trying to keep countries “white”, Australia and Britain being the two most vociferous against “Immigrants”, saying they are responsible for all the ills that those nations face today.

On a much lighter note, I have finished watching Miracle Workers on Sky, starring Harry Potter (actor Daniel Radcliffe) the fact that it was on Sky Comedy lets you know not to take this seriously. However, it is quite amazing that the producers of the show managed to get some huge talent for the starring roles (God’s family not withstanding) while most people will not recognise the names of these actors their faces should be known.

It was a light hearted look into religion and the fact that no one really knows if God exists or not, if he is omnipotent, if he has lost interest in our small insignificant planet and why it was created in the first place. Also if there really is a God why does he allow so much pain and suffering to all of his creatures on this small insignificant rock floating around the sun. Yes, it pokes fun at religion but it also serves as a reminder that left to our own devices we can make a complete hash of anything.

Another program I have been watching recently is Avenue 5, starring Hugh Lawrie in his first small screen outing since the Night Manager. House perfected his American accent but in Avenue 5 his American accent disappears into an English accent from time to time (obviously for laughs) but don’t let that detract from the show. It has more going for it in terms of comedy than Hugh Laurie, excellent comedian as he is. The premise is that an accident on board the Avenue 5 turned off the artificial gravity and everyone went up to the ceiling, then it was turned back on and everyone fell onto the floor knocking the spacecraft with it’s minimal crew and 5,500 passengers off course to the tune of 3 years.

Of course the comedy wouldn’t be complete without a few accidental deaths caused by the gravity being turned off and then back on. The coffins were launched into space and are left orbiting the huge space ship. The captain, who is an actor hired to play the part of a captain by the real power behind the ship (incidentally the first casualty of the gravity error). He then finds out that the crew are also actors hired for looking perfect not to actually fly the ship. That role falls to people on the planet and a few technicians based on board.

The company operating Avenue 5 is run by a single multi-billionaire (who looks like a parody of tRump) has no clue what he is doing, who his company has hired and why and is a complete moron. Just like the dumpster himself. Anyway this could well be another hit show for Hugh, going from strength to strength since his outing as House.