Events …..

Ok…So ….We’ve ALL been affected one way or another by events in Europe this year.

There was the mass movement of migrants ….. refugees seeking better lives for themselves and families from troubled areas across the world ….many fleeing war torn Syria.

This brought out the worst and best in people I feel.

Initially the government and press seemed to be ignoring the issue .At worst …..being downright derogatory ….reporting the folks desperate enough to make perilous journeys from their homelands in a ‘dehumanising’ way which was becoming increasingly unsavoury. THEN the Independant DARED to publish the tragic image of a young child washed up on a beach in Turkey ….there had been MANY tragedies …but this ONE image of this innocent young life lost HIT and HARD!!!

Little Alyan Kurdi seemed to symbolise the human tragedy unfolding before us and BANG!!! ….We were slapped in the face …and thanks to the Indie were given advice re what we could do to help …and we ACTED!!!

European governments began to open their doors ….strategic plans began to be made THEN ….panic re the sheer scale of migration ….it started with Hungary closing its borders …..then everyone else followed suit.

Now we have had the atrocities which occurred in Paris the other weekend …the initial prejudice confirmed through the actions of a FEW fascists who call themselves ‘Islamic State Jihadists’ ….atrocious acts of barbarism in the name of ‘religion’

But what is REALLY scary at the moment is all this ‘war’ talk . Although the violence which occurred in Paris is inexcusable ….France has been instrumental in making air strikes on Syria …and NOW it seems we are going to join them. Is this REALLY the answer?? I live and work in a post industrial town in the north of England where we have a multi ethnic community. A large majority being of Muslim faith ….largely of South Asian heritage.

In my community over the past couple of weeks I have had discussions with folk across the spectrum ….and it seems we are ALL concerned …YES there are a minority from all walks of the community who hold bigoted views …..we have had our share of community cohesion/inclusion issues. But by and large I am warmed by folks reasonableness and rationality …EVERYONE wants a peaceful life and to have a world free from troubles .But to have that there has to be inclusion and a mutual respect …I would argue free from dogma on ALL sides.

And how can that be achieved?

Well ……I am just a working single Mum …..trying to do my best. What the hell do I know?

What I DO believe tho ….given the chance …I feel as humans we ALL have the same hopes and fears ….and we ALL have that essential inner core that we can tune in to and get on …respect each other …enjoy our differences and our similarities.

I am ever the optimist. I feel that with today’s technology, social media etc the world is shrinking …..it may come from the next generation …..seeing thro the crap of race, religion, class AND politics. Recognising that we live on a beautiful planet that for our short time here we are guardians of. But like ALL positive change ….there is perhaps a period of upheaval and deck clearing to go thro first ….just hope it’s not at the cost of too much further devastation.

I am now going to try to post an image I tried to post on my previous unsuccessful attempt to blog.

I would like to slap this image all over the place with another of the couple along side it with them both having ditched their attire and wearing simple lunghi ….both doing the peace sign …..in some quarters I could get shot ….in others I may be considered some kind of crazy hippy ….but I don’t really care ….there’s FAR worse to be …..I may not have much but I can always sleep at night with a  clear conscience.

Why?

Just took a pic of the Rainforest themed box room but cannot upload to WordPress ….WHY???
I have no idea …think it’s to do with Eric being Apple …..Eric, Eric, Eric …he’s my pseudo bloke because not really sure I want one …’spending weekend with Eric’ see?
Stops folk questioning …arranging embarrassing fix ups etc ..and haven’t the time or inclination to ‘date’
Hmmmmmm ….slick beauty or not …he’s temperemental and unreliable ….blokes eh?
Whether machine or of the human variety:D:D:D

Hiccup …and back on …

SO …..started this ere blog but it was a bit ‘clunky’ …sticking and blocking etc and I couldn’t post.
Thought it was Eric at first ….he’s a thing of slick beauty but MY GOD he ain’t half temperamental sometimes.
But NO ….’twas MUCH worse than that … there was a scandal with my internet provider ….the system had been HACKED!!! ….I kid you NOT!
ANYWAY …frustration to say the least ….Hmmmm in more ways than one actually but seems things picking up again and all will come good in the end …ups and downs …frustrations but things tend to pan out eventually:)

SO …have been doing a bit of DIY
HAD to really
Pulled the bed out in the youngests little box room and it was RIDDLED with damp ….felt ashamed
SO …pulled all the paper off there and then and ‘set to’
Now the youngest is an animal lover
He communes with the cat …has a special friendship with an indecipherable rodent ( I think it’s a rat …he believes it’s a hampster ..but number one ..it’s the wrong colour …number two …it’s a little on the large side …and number three …it’s EXTREMELY active and a bit of an acrobat …not hampster like behaviour AT ALL)
Anyway …I digress
So YES …my youngest son is an animal lover and his ‘favorite’ animal in all the world is the Amazonian Tree Frog
He has been enthralled by these creatures for a number of years …we have visited the ‘Blue Planet’ ( recommended) a few times to see them and he has wanted one as a pet to which I said ‘NO’ ….not sure if you can or should keep as ‘pets’ ANYWAY.
Digressing again …
So …this child being the kid he is says ..
‘Mum …I know how I would like my bedroom decorated …what about a Rainforest theme?’
Now this is a kid who had considered making a ‘Sperm Kite’ for his biology homework and in the end had us BOTH making a mess recreating a model of a single cell with clear showe gel, cling film and plastercine ….so you are getting a little glimpse of what this kid is like.
The long and short of it is …I thought …hmmmmmm ok ….it’s highly unlikely this kid will ever be able to go TO the Rainforest for real …BUT …we CAN recreate a kind of Rainforest in a damp ( actually hopefully not damp anymore as treated the wall and bought a dehumidifier) little box room in a post industrial town in the north of England ….so that is what we have done:D:D:D
Thing is NOW I’m on a bit of a roll ….thinking ALLSORTS re the rest of the house:D:D:D

AND …..in the thro’s of all this we had Halloween
On our street it goes a bit berserk at Holloween …it kicks off about 6pm lasts a couple of hours but all finished by 8.30pm …but you need to be ready …and I WASNT so nipped out to the supermarket to get ‘supplies’
And whilst there I received a call from said son …’Mum ..there’s been an accident!’ Says he
‘WHAAAAT!!!!??? ….are you ok? …what do you mean?’ Says I
‘I went into the dining room and the lid was off the paint and it is spilled all over the floor’ says he
‘I don’t know how it happened’…
‘But it looks like the Cats walked in it’
‘Silent Gasp’ from me
‘Mum …are YOU ok? ……thought I’d better ring you …it wasn’t me ….HONEST!’
‘Oh Sam’ says I
‘You mean to tell me a full tin of paint has miraculously taken its own lid off and spilled itself across the floor …..how do YOU think it might have happened then???’
‘It wasn’t me Mum honest ….maybe it was the cat because she looks to have paint on her paws …or maybe it was a ghost or something …I don’t know Mum …I just found it like that …I’m sorry’
‘Well there’s nothing I can do about it now …just DONT TOUCH IT and put the cat outside for goodness sake so she can walk it off …I’m at the checkout and will be home soon’
And with that ….the conversation ended
‘Everything alright love?’ Said the guy at the checkout
‘Sorry …did you hear that?’ says I
‘Yep …sounds like you need to get home quick’
Piiiiiiing!!! ….txt from son with pic of said paint catastrophe …I go weak at the knees and reply
‘No …I don’t want to get home quick …in fact I don’t want to go home ….in fact I want to just leave the country …what the heck am I supposed to do …we’re talking a full tin of gloss tipped on the floor and a cat skipping around the house having merrily stood in it!!!?
‘Cardboard love’ said a voice behind me
‘Yep …I used to be in the ‘trade’ and if we had a spill scooped it up between two pieces of stiff card’
‘Banana Boxes’
‘Pardon?’
‘Banana Boxes are made of good stiff card …I’ll see if someone can get you a couple’

So there we are ….a Rainforest recreated in a box room
A domestic catastrophe
2 angels just there …in the right place at the right time with their advice and support
The usual crazy Halloween festivities of our street enjoyed

Thank goodness the boys were with their Dad for bonfire night ….phew!!!