So…..been busy the last couple of weeks… thought….ok this past year or so have locked myself away…yep theres work where I must speak to hundreds of folk within a week….then theres parenting 2 teenage boys….or should I say taxiing, haranging to put the loo seat down after use, ditto rinse out the shower, put laundry in the basket NOT just drop clothes where taken off, bring plates and cups downstairs after use, throw packets away if they’ve used the last of the contents, the constant C’MON WAKE UP WE’RE GOING TO BE LATE !!!! on a weekday morning despite them both having alarms go off ( has anyone else noticed how heavily teenage boys sleep and how much food they eat?)…oh and the regular TURN THAT DOWN!!!!…. referring to Matt and his…his…was going to say ‘music’….then again he has been brought up with Bjork periodically in the background who I am aware is an aquired taste so am limited what I can say:D:D:D
ANYWAY…where was I?
Ah yes…..so time off tended to be spent lounging around with the papers ( yep….nothing like the ACTUAL weekend papers for me) and Eric ( ipad)
And I dont know about you…but 2016 has been pretty awful hasnt it?…..we had the boxing day floods here ( quite pertinant really…hot on the heels of the climate change summit in Paris) in fact we’ve had pretty wierd weather all year.
We had another chop chop at work….’austerity cuts’.. . ( My arse…its privatisation FAR beyond even Thatcher was prepared to go…..private companies providing health/ social care cost more and cherry pick…end of) Junior Drs being portrayed in the media as some kind of ‘ enemy of the state’
Those of us left in our particular part of the service kitted out with ‘ lone worker kit’ allegedly for our safety and protection…well ok…but I felt like I was becoming android…..AND I LIKE BEING HUMAN:D:D:D
In and among….nay as a backdrop really… we had the ‘EU referendum campaign’…..the term ‘Brexit’coined, and quite frankly, their campaign led by Nigel Farrage and the UKIP party, joined by bumbling Boris ( who I weirdly cant help liking….as a personality….but DEF not as foolish as he appears) ….anyway…yes…their campaign was SO ridiculous…thought NO ONE would take it seriously (and YES I’m of white working class heritage)
THEN….one of our lovely local MP’s was shot and killed ….sending the comunity here reeling….a RARE example of a politician with integrity, sound ideals who REALLY put the work in at grass roots level as well as parliament…and really COULD a few years down the line….. well who knows?……we’ll NEVER know now sadly
THEN…..the referendum RESULT!!!!!????
Nothing made sense!!!!
THEN….started taking more notice of what was going on ‘across the pond’ as they say…….the US presidential election.. and….!!!!!….. and…..????…. things started to look sinister
AND…..we have the ongoing Syrian war….a 5 year war that began with a peaceful protest by the Syrian people against the dictatorial regime of their prime minister…. BOOM….’ enemies of the state’…..folks running off to join the ‘ rebels’….factions forming…. ‘isis terrorists’ in there…. Russia, Saudi Arabia, US…us earlier this year…Uncle Tom Cobley and all jumping in….an ABSOLUTE and bloody nightmare!!!
The once beautiful, historic city of Aleppo reduced to rubble….more Syrians having fled the country than actually remaining….and who can blame them GOD knows how many have been killed…. YET the likes of Trump and Farrage demonising…dehumanising ‘the other’…..and what is MOST worrying is the media is currently NORMALISING this!!!!
I personally actually started the year pretty positive…..well…..at least seeing dandilions through the cracks in the pavement…..then its felt like SLAM…BHAM….BHAM!!!
We COULD have been at the cusp of something amazing I felt….the vast majority of people across the world all pretty much after the same thing….believe me I’ve felt wrong in my life but NEVER as wrong as this…..
To me….now….its potentially or ACTUALLY the end of ‘democracy’….hmmmm if its ever truly existed at all….maybe the global capitalist elite too….but the latter are putting up one hell of a fight
Is all this a case of the bigotted white mans last Hurrah??….theyve manipulated the media, played INCREDIBLY dirty tricks to maintain power and control….and for WHAT!!!!????
Do they get off on all this?…..YEP….as I said before….psychopaths just like to be in control of the ‘game’ and have absolutely NO empathy….can be very charming and convincing tho….to start with
SO….what can we do?
I don’t really know
All I can say is for the past couple of weeks I’ve been largely getting away from the ‘tech’
Applied for a different job…..watch this space
Got involved with trying to save a historic building and keep it in public use ( hopefully for grass roots community organisations….but again…watch this space…..think TESCO may have already put in a bid)
And have been out with the local Sheriff…an ‘awareness’ campaign re whats happening to the NHS locally and nationally ( the Sheriff is actually Paula Sheriff ANOTHER lovely MP we have around here)
And when all is said and done…have decided NOT to lock myself away…but SOCIALISE…. below are some of my lovely people taken last night…dont know why the pics are kind of blurred and yellow…think its my shit phone camera:D:D:D….and P’s not in there who greets everyone, somewhat hopefully as ‘brothers and sisters of the revolution’ :D:D:D…we’ll see….will go down knowing we’re some of the good guys at least….and wheres K? …. ex ‘Wondergirl’ who lived on a purple barge…has sold it…migrated like some kind of housemartin whose popped back for winter and has invited us out to the new abode next year….
Ah well…always forget to take pics which looking at this little lot is maybe just as well
Hmmmm and am thinking of starting a new blog next year….not sure of a name tho….still like ‘Blog On!!!’……but would LOVE something demure that alluded to serenity, elegance and calm..one of those blogs with a zenlike background and beautiful imagery….maybe I should become a poet and weave wonderful words of harmony and wisdom… or be a bitter, cynical one… what do you reckon?:D:D:D:D
Any ideas and/or legitimate offers of technical help most welcome
Oh….and Eric is dead!!!!…. doing this post on my phone:D:D:D
Hmmmm questions that need answering NEXT year me thinks…….
- Who owns the company behind the Dakota pipeline in the US???
Who owns the company behind ‘Fracking’ which is popping up all over the place here in the UK against community and local government wishes???
Who exactly is Donald Trump going to have working for him in parliament… and what are thier business interests???
Whats happened to the ‘Panama’ papers?……I would like to see them published wouldn’t you?
What happened to the Levison Enquiry?…..why was there no REAL outcome and we continue to see the Murdoch media empire take over?
How can’ net neutrality’ be maintained and folk understand the difference between REAL and….. the newly termed in 2016 phrase ‘FAKE NEWS’…..and YES Obama….hurry up and get those questions asked about Putin….you ARE the coolest world leader there has EVER been even tho your hands were tied….(well…ok….there was Jesus….Mohammed and the Buddha but we didnt have global communication then and it took a while for word to get around:D:D;D)
Hmmmmm I wish I could just be interested in somthing like…..like…. oh I dont know…..the X Factor final or something
Hmmmm how can the level of interest THOSE shows garner be switched to what is REALLY going on
Hmmmm and ok….ok…..lets look at a positive….earlier in the year I was under the mistaken belief that David Attenborough had died ( I dont know why?…. celebs were popping off left right and centre and…. well anyway)…. NO….I am happy to say he is very much alive and kicking at 90 and the highlight of recent Sunday nights has been watching the FABULOUS series ‘Planet Earth 2’…….a follow up to the award winning series ‘Planet Earth’….and…. AND….it kicked the chuffing stupid X Factor off the top of the viewing charts HUZZAH!!!!.
…..Hmmmm Im still a fan of ‘Gogglebox’ tho…..yes well THATS different:D:D:D……a programme where you watch a cross section of the british public watching T.V and their reactions….ok it sounds bizarre but is strangely heartening I find:D:D:D
Oh….. and Leicester City’s footballing success this year of course….cant forget that….britain at its best…multi racial teamwork and rank outsiders miraculously making it to the top FABULOUS
ANYWAY….enjoy the festive season….the season to enjoy the company of friends and family … and all the best for 2017 :):):)