An authentic character ….

So …..this weekend I spent in the company of ….fellow blogger/writer …take by the ‘virtual’ shoulders and shaker ….Dermott Hayes …….and it’s been great

Dermott is encouraging me to ‘write’ ….( or trying to :D:D) …take my lifelong journal writing and 1/2 arsed attempt at blogging in a different ….or mor focussed direction ….coming up with ideas and writing in a way I’ve wanted to but maybe not had the confidence really …so I thank him for that

And meeting  in person did not disappoint ….yep here is a guy who has certainly lived a life ….a bit of an old rogue:D:D:D ….yep ….he came to meet me after having been the sole male at a table of 11 glamorous women at a charity lunch:D:D:D

If you’ve seen and read anything of Dermotts …to meet him in person you get EXACTLY what it says on the tin

Annoying tho I found him at first ( and no doubt will again) …he is actually very thoughtful …a gentleman ….an obviously loving father and grandfather …( he HAS to be the coolest grandad around with HIS music collection) …and COOK!!!?? ….my GOD!!! ….Dermott has a cookery blog called ‘Last night I boiled an Egg’ the title of which is misleading in the EXTREME :D:D:D  I urge anyone who likes food to take a look at this blog

So …all in all I have felt spoiled rotten

Meeting on O’Connell Bridge …a quick trip to the pub:D:D:D

Visiting one of Dublins organic food markets ….(feeling a bit of an idiot as it was raining and had to borrow Dermotts Parker …the hood making me feel like Kenny from South Park)…a friend of Dermotts and greengrocer who sliced us up some pear to eat as he told us some daft tale about this woman and her husband in a way only an Irishman could :D:D:D ( Sorry if that sounds like stereotyping but it’s true and meant in a good way)

Food …..Food ….and more food

Spicey scrambled egg and advocado

Stir fried fresh king prawns and Greek salad with some kind of chilli and garlic dressing

Fresh hunks of Hake with green beans and new potatoes ….cooked to perfection AGAIN with JUST the right oil and herb mix …I think this time it was garlic, mint and something else ….GOD!!! ….I HAD to mop up the juices with a thick slice cut from the home baked whole meal loaf ….I don’t think I’ve ever eaten as well in my LIFE:D:D:D ….we’re talking 5 star restaurant status here …..actually …..better than …..SERIOUSLY

I can honestly say it’s been LOVELY visiting Dermott in his little artists Garrett …. because that’s what it is …a peaceful little haven amongst the madness of inner city Dublin with its little roof garden overlooking the churchyard … his writing desk in the corner and his music:):):):)

And I’ve come away with books …goodies …a Bjork boxed set thingy ( in pristine condition …I think D maybe had one listen and thought ‘for fucks sake’!!!:D:D:D) ….and a download which now gives me no excuse not to crack on with my ‘homework’  as it has proper editing features etc

ANYWAY ….thankyou Dermott ….an alternate weekend with a difference …you’re an absolute star 🙂

Ether to Blog On….Ether to Blog On….Do you read me …. Over

Erm …..what? …..I mean hello? …..who’s that? …..does this mean I’m connected? …..are you going to stop messing about now ether? ….am getting a bit fed up of this sticking, blocking …things disappearing and total crashes ..do you hear me?

…………….

Sorry ….heh herm ( coughs, sits up straight and adopts serious tone) blog on to ether yes I read you …..I think …..I mean over

Ether to blog on you now have full connection over

HURRAH!!! …about bloody time!!! …( holds nose) count down to connection ….fastening seat belt for lift off ….five …..four ……three ……t..

What are you DOING???

Counting down …you know li..

Yes …Yes …I know …STOP being ridiculous and just be happy you now have wifi and can post to your blog

Well I should bloody well think so after what I’ve been thro

Are you NEVER satisfied? …you now have top speed fibre optic broadband so there should be no more trouble ..you and the boys can happily use all your tech to your hearts content

And thank god for THAT ….I’ve only had to sell my soul to the devil to get it

What do you mean?

I’ve only had to get sky ….putting my money in the pocket of the corrupt media moguls Murdoch …

Oh dear

Yep ……am paying with both hard earned spondoolah AND concience ….feel like I’ve sold out
C’mon …you’ve got fibre optic broadband …ALL your kit connected …and what’s all this about ‘concience’ …who gives a shit ?

I do!

Well nobody else does

Thanks ….you’re not making this feel any better

Didn’t intend to ….

Oh ..not you as WELL ether …..I thought you were bigger and better than that

I am

Well what are you talking like that for?

I just feed back based on the messages I receive …put out based on what comes in

Well maybe you need to try ‘recieving’ different messages then

Hey ….don’t blame me …it’s not top down management here …it’s a collaborative …reciprocal carry on …I keep dropping hints but if they ain’t being picked up on

Oh ….I’ve had enough of this …I’m off ….where’s my cushion?

Oh that’s right … running off again to feel sorry for yourself and lol about on your cushion

YES! ….over and OUT!!!

 

https://youtu.be/gbMnuqX_P-g

 

Hmmmmm being a bit melodramatic aren’t we?

Blog on to ether …I said OVER and OUT …and I like this version better than Jon’s original because she sounds as tho  HER energy is completely sapped and her voice is out of sinc …

And hmmmmmmm is she smoking or is that a chip on her shoulder?:D:D:D

The cosmic light show ….

Below are images from the storm that hit the north of England on Tuesday night ….it covered a huge area apparantly …including Manchester …the north east … here in Yorkshire …and lasted over 2 hours ….I must admit I didn’t see any of the forked lightening bolts here ….it was more like whole areas of the sky lit up …purple …orange ….white …..huge flashes here …there ….then there ….then over there …and a steady boom boom boom ….like a kind of cosmic disco as I said ….and it seems that most of West Yorkshire was outside in their back gardens enjoying the spectacle:D:D:D

It’s been INCREDIBLY hot this week too ….a kind of tropical feel …SERIOUSLY:D:D:D

I wonder if we’ll get another storm like that …it was AMAZING!!!

What with the weird moon space potatoe the other week ( which MUST have been a speck of dust on my lense …..mustn’t it?)  …and now the fabulous cosmic lights show …..one could be forgiven for thinking …yep …we are not alone and they’re on their way ….

woooooooooo woooooooooo 😉

‘What’s Going On’ …..update

Now you may remember I posted a link to good ole Marvins 1972 track of the same name last Sunday ….if you didn’t listen do so …it’s a beautiful track and maybe even more pertinant ….sadly ….today

But things kind of ‘evolve’ over time don’t they? …..There is usually some kind of catalyst that kicks off a chain reaction that maybe only becomes apparant after the event ..BUT thanks to today’s technology things seem to be gathering pace …people are maybe better ‘informed’ …..or can be if they look beneath the veneer of what they are being served:)

SO …it just so happens that on Fri …The 17th Conference in memory of Steve Beko took place in South Africa …for those who don’t know …Steve was a student and antipartheid campaigner …whose imprisonment kicked off the mass movement which became unstoppable …leading to the fall of apartheid ….black people given the vote …full democracy AT LAST ( and it’s not THAT long ago)

It’s really sad isn’t it …because …maybe I’m naive …but certainly up untill the war on Iraq …it felt here as tho things WERE changing for the better in terms of race relations and Britain becoming a multicultural society ….a kind of blending …a slooooooooow process admittedly….

Anyway ….what I think started a backward change here was the HUGE protests against the war on Iraq which were ignored by our prime minister …as Mr Blair went scurrying off after Ole Dubya as he appeared to IMEDIATELY stick on his cowboy hat and hype up the war talk within HOURS of the twin towers attack in New York

Now I’m not belittling that attack in ANY way …it was a gross atrocity that killed thousands of innocent people ….but we STILL don’t know who was behind that attack …the US and UK going to war was based on Iraq having weapons of mass destruction which turned out not to be the case ….but too late …Dubya an arrogant man who had never travelled beyond US borders before ignored the UN ….declaring  WAR …and Blair ……against most people at the time’s wishes …threw us all in too …causing great tension in communities here and possibly …probably …increased radicalisation of some British Muslims.

The Blair Labour Goverment proved to be a bit of a disappointment really ….yes most of us accepted the Labour Party needed to change to get elected way back in 1997 ….become more ‘press and big business savvy’ but it ended up being not too dissimilar to the Tory’s

Of course we all remember the Global Financial Markets going into free fall in 2008 …when corruption at the great Leaman Brothers bank was exposed …..and ping …ping ….ping …the dots were joined and the whole capitalist system exposed as a house of cards …a numbers game …which employed people to work in a corporate vacuum …a dog eat dog world …a game of monopoly where the winner takes all because they DESERVE it …’Buggar the rest ..as who gives a shit ANYWAY?’

All this was JUST before Obama became president of the US ….a moment of joy that resonated around the world ….here was a man of integrity …not a businessman but someone who was well educated …had been a public servant in downtown Chicago ….the Americans saw him as Black ….in this household he was seen as a product of the future …his heritage drawing things together ….Black African Father of Muslim background ….White American Mother of Chritian background …and brought up in Hawaii where its a RIGHT mixed bunch:D:D:D

For a moment it seemed something NEW was going to happen ….the banks held to account and a more considered …even approach to world affairs

Now I personally STILL love Obama …I think he did his best under the circumstances …and let’s face it he has to be the ‘coolest’ world leader there has EVER been …plus he and Michelle seem solid as a rock ….been thro thick and thin ….an example to us all ….BUT ….I think what has come to light now is that ‘democracy’ is a sham ….it is the Global Corporate Elite who hold the power …the banks and large financial/business institutions have come out of all this unscathed and it is us ordinary people AROUND THE WORLD who are suffering …..in the richer countries like the US and UK whole areas are being desimated …..investment to maintain infrastructures like health, education, housing and transport being ‘cut’ and businesses folding or pulling out of the poorer areas ….you might argue that even some whole countries are being held to ransom ….

Remember Venezuala anyone?

Yep ….that country in South America that produced all those wonderful and dynamic musicians ….yes it is still on the map if you would care to look ….although you may be forgiven for not thinking so

So here we are …..we’ve had the recent referendum on European membership here in the UK ….the result being to pull out and draw up the drawbridge ( by a whisker of a majority 52% v 48%) this has caused rifts in communities with increases in racist crime …not to mention the murder of a local MP and upcoming politician who had the potential to be a great reforming figure on the world stage ( I for one am STILL struggling with this)

And across the pond ..as they say …we have an ABSOLUTE  madman ( and uber rich one) who is blatantly stirring things up!!!

And as for the Saudi’s? ……god knows what part they are playing ….the paranoid Chinese and Russian governments too …WHAT A MESS!!!

I tell you it’s a good job I meditated with Mr Modi this morning ….ok ….NO’ONE is perfect but you can usually ‘trust’ a yoga practitioner …..at least you can usually have a TWO way conversation with one

ANYWAY ….back to my initial reference …I suppose to the Black Civil Rights Movement in the US during the 60’s

RiGHT NOW we seem to be moving backward on ALL fronts don’t we? ….with all the rifts going on in the US and the shooting of 2 innocent boys we now have the ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’ movement

Also on Friday there was the 17th  annual Steve Beko memorial lecture in South Africa ….the guest speaker being Angela Davis who was a leading figure in the ORIGINAL Civil Rights movement in the US …I would urge anyone looking in to watch this speech in its ENTIRETY and really LISTEN ( it starts about 1/4 way thro the film …but you can sit thro all the intro’s if you want)

https://youtu.be/Fb_TpOTjmM8


As I was listening it took me back to Youbi in Nigeria’s post earlier this year ..where the students had been peacefully protesting about student fee hikes …one of her friends got shot …the crowd dispersed and the college closed down for a month

My mind then went to the student protests in Venezuela which again started peacefully …turned violent and led to the total communication shut down

Zip …Zip …back to the Arab Spring of 2012

Zip …Zip …Zip to the student protests here in the UK and the ‘Occupy movent’

The thing is …as Angela says in her speech …yes things seem to have gone backward in terms of ‘Black Lives’just now …we don’t want to loose the momentum since the Black Civil Rights Movement of the 60’s ….not let it be blurred

RIGHT at this moment tho …’freedom’ is being dictated by a Capitalist Elite on Racial, Class and Gender lines …a very rich and minority ‘elite’ dictating to the majority and CREATING division and a culture of fear

As I said in one of my previous posts …you don’t have to be female to support feminism …feminists are NOT anti men nor do we want to BE men …it’s about equalising the balance

Therefore you don’t have to be black to support ‘Black lives matter’ …it’s about resetting the ‘balance’ from the historical ( and current) white supremacy model ….there IS recognition that white folk in poor areas are ALSO being treated as badly

It’s interesting that Angela states that ‘Education should NOT be a commodity’ …and that is ABSOLUTELY true ….what constitutes ‘education’ tho? …………Maybe we ALL need to wake up and shake up ….find ‘time’ to sift thro the crap to find that which is important …it CANNOT be ‘business as usual’ ….

WE are not ‘commodities’ either ..to be bought, sold or left to flounder …rubbed off the map

To quote AGAIN the wonderful if very brief Labour MP from MY home area … ‘We have more in common than that which divides us’

Let’s do yoga with Mr Modi!!!

I don’t care what ANYONE says ……this is the man for me ……well not literally:D:D:D

BUT anyone who practices Yoga can be trusted …..Mr Modi ( Indian Prime Minister) is reclaiming Yoga ….it is NOT a commodity ….it is an ancient all encompassing practice …..you can be ANY religion or NONE  ….you can be fat ….thin ….old …..young ….black …white ….yellow …you might already have health problems ….it’s NOT about being a supermodel dressed in designer ‘Yoga Gear’ tying yourself in knots ….it costs 0 …..the benefits are now being proven by scientific research …..all you need is maybe a mat …enough space to lie flat with your arms outstretched and an ability to breath …and yes these guys are sitting in the lotus position …but if you can’t it doesn’t matter …us westerners having spent years sat in chairs often struggle with it …just sit cross legged or however is comfortable to meditate ……

Let’s join the ‘Yoga Revolution’ …….Ommmmmmmm:D:D:D

https://youtu.be/ZMTberFK48w

Oh and the link was sent to me by my buddy Rahul ….it’s cheered me up no end :D:D:D

Still want to read those ‘Panama Papers’ tho …..go knocking on a few doors taking some teabags a la Satish Kumar …saying

‘ Hello my names Fijay …I’ve brought you some teabags …how about popping the kettle on so we can have a nice cuppa and a chat’:D:D:D

….a nice little track pertinent for the mood today

YEP …….good ole Marvin ….1972 …..that’s a LONG time ago BUT  the US has just had a Black President in the White House which was unimaginable back then so it goes to show change for the better CAN happen ……we’re just having a blip ….a hiccup hopefully ….Hmmmmmmm maybe we are on the cusp of  some kind of next level wave ….there’s always a bit of turbulence before things settle down:)

https://youtu.be/EbZYRZpNc64