…..hmmmm and what about old ladies?

Well ….I’m sure you agree about both the Dalai Llama AND The Rev Desmond Tutu BOTH being EXCELLENT role models for their wisdom AND spirit of 3 …….but what about women? ….I am now approaching or actually IN my Autumn years ….hmmm no ….let’s say late summer ….for now:D:D:D

So I’ve been wracking my brains ….THINKING about old lady role models ….what sort of old lady would I like to be? ….now it seems I’ve scuppered ANY ideas of THIS:D:D:D


Which WOULD be my ideal truth be known as I AM a bit old fashioned believe it or not …but it’s a very rare thing indeed

However …..don’t loose heart ‘late summer ladies’ …or Autumn or indeed Winter ones ….I have come up with a FABULOUS role model for us ….sadly she died a couple of years ago BUT at the ripe old age of 102!!!…. AND with her slightly impish sparkle to the end:D:D:D

Born and raised a Muslim …married a Hindu ….GOOD GRIEF …STONE THEM!!!
Ha haaaa sorry …too late …they had a successful marriage and she had a long and MOSTLY happy life …raised children …had a successful career AND made everyone smile ….she couldn’t give a damn but had a WONDERFUL philosophy on life…. I am pretty certain she WON’T be damned to eternal hell …a spirit like hers will have whizzed off to become a cosmic ray or somthing :D:D:D ……get THIS for a quote

Yep …it’s Zohra Seghal …LOVE her:):):):)  English folks might remember her as the grandma in the movie ‘Bend it like Beckham’ amongst others …..just check her story on Wikipedia …and that was back THEN:D:D:D

I’m sure there will be many more you can probably think of ….feel free to add ….it doesn’t have to be anyone famous ….it could be a little old lady down the street or your grandmother …Emma was mine ( maternal great aunt that I have mentioned before and didn’t have children of her own) well actually it was Emma AND her husband Alf who had that rare thing of the couple above and passed within a year of each other:( ….blimey THAT was a double whammy) …at Emma’s funeral tho, everyone was sitting in sombre mood when all of a sudden this HUGE bumble bee flew in from somewhere. Buzzing around dive bombing everyone’s heads. It started with the Rev who stoically carried on so after a while it started on the rows of mourners..
I’m afraid I got a fit of the giggles and I rember my sister kept elbowing me and frowning which made it WORSE then the bee came to OUR row and even SHE was laughing ..we said afterwards that it was typical of Emma to have such pandemonium at her funeral with everyone bobbing about ducking the bee and my sister and I in hysterical laughter …oh … and from memory the organist was shocking too …sat there all serious whilst missing notes and playing off key:D:D:D …ANYWAY Emma would have LOVED it:):):):)

…maybe she WAS the bee:D:D:D

ANYWAY …as per on this ere blog am going off on a tangent and entering the personal

Would love to hear of any other old ladies from anyone looking in…let’s look foreward to the winter years:D:D:D ….maybe you ARE a ‘Winter lady’ …yep from here on in I am not referring to age:D:D:D …there are babies,children then it’s Spring,Summer,Autumn and Winter for phases of life for me from now on:):):):):):)

Ok …..So!!!

I should be feeling like this 😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😄😄

But instead feel a bit 😔

Well no ….ok …..maybe😶

That hamster has been running at full pelt the last couple of weeks!!! …….saw the situation and ……ok ……this is the problem ……if everybody with a vote just did a little bit …..just did what they can ……well …….well ……we would have a more dynamic and vibrant democratic process ……if more people with the privelage of university education, instead of purely using their intellect to feather their own nest gave a little back ….SOMTHING!!! …..then maybe ….maybe……
As you know I volunteered to help out at our local by-election on behalf of the Labour Party ….mostly due to the circumstances of why there needed to be one in the first place ….because we had a vacuum which felt tangible and allsorts was going on……so I’ve been doing a bit of telephone and pounding the streets work, as has one of the other ex Wondergirls this last week :):):):):)

Now ……SOME folks may be a little cynical about Tracy Brabin  ….BUT I would say to those people ‘where were YOU?’ ….the woman put her hat in the ring ….not an easy thing to do I would imagine as someone like Jo Cox is very rare indeed with IMPOSSIBLE shoes to fill …Tracy herself acknowledges this …she was born and raised in the area and YES moved on to better herself and persue a career …. and good for her too …there is nothing wrong in THAT ….and YES she’s an actress by profession which is very different to working at grassroots  … and yes I guess she seems a bit ‘actressy’ at the moment ….but she’s BOUND to ….she WILL find her feet tho …her heart is in the right place …it’s a new job …no’one has ALL skills ….she’ll develop and get into her stride …she’s going to be just fine:):):):):)

AND the election results just blasted those 9 other groups out of the water …a pretty good turnout at the polling stations too …so it just goes to show the VAST majority of people care and want unity regardless of age, gender, race, religious affiliation OR ( in this case) political stance:):):):):):)

But guess what?

Right now feel exhausted ….THERES a suprise I hear you cry …hmmmmm yes I guess my knackeredness surfaces periodically here on Blog On!:D:D:D

ANYWAY ….this morning we were all given letters at work …phase 3 of this ‘transformation’ that started last October and is apparantly due for completion end of March NEXT year( Hmmmmm I said it was a good use of terminology didn’t I?) …Anyway it also means the last remaining ‘Wondergirls’ and ‘M’ are being split up to different numbered areas …I am moving to ‘area 1 ‘ ….no I am NOT kidding….when asked which geographical area’s these meant and if indeed there would be bases was informed ..’we don’t know yet but should be given more details in the coming weeks’

Bumped into fellow Ex Wondergirl in passing who looked equally jaded today …the usual ..’Hey ..y’alright’ …but in knackered tones followed by a half laugh and hug

Hmmmmmmmm ….you know ….when I started this blog …exactly a year ago this week actually …I had a plan …have hit a number of obstacles tho …not least being pretty much stoney broke financially ( and I’ve worked all my life which doesn’t sound right does it? ….I’m sure there are others out there …not quite using food banks but no luxuries really …can’t afford the dentist or hairdressers for example ….am I one of the ‘working poor’?) ….so I’m thinking ….where next? ….do I just carry on as per waiting for the axe to drop on my head (which it surely will sooner or later …it kind of feels like things keep being reduced and we are merely holding the fort …or trying to pop plasters on gaping wounds )  ..or should I bail out? ..to what tho?

Ps) I said bail out not give up …want somthing different but WHAT? ….don’t want to become a full lone working android tho and don’t even think I CAN!!! ….I like my own space to a degree but in this line of work it feels tooooo isolating AND I don’t like the lone working tech which is allegedly for safety but feels ‘big brotherish’not to mention having to work somewhere thus far described as ‘area 1’ which if it’s where I think it is will laugh my head off …and I CERTAINLY don’t want to get into local party politics,  which would be just as bad if not WORSE!!!

GOD …I’m burning out aren’t I? ….is this burn out? ….don’t remember feeling like this when I was younger ….it’s like I’m racing around trying to keep my head above water ..DESPERATELY looking for those dandilions in the crack in the pavement but feeling someone is spraying the weed killer ….Hmmmm should I just hand my notice in on Monday? …would that be grossly irresponsible? …well yes, probably

I want a peaceful next phase of my life tho …is that too much to ask?..is it an age thing?…not asking for too much materially but somthing without all these barriers….well we’d ALL like not to have to struggle, I’m kinda used to not having much tho so SURELY can just have a little peace…PLEASE?:)

Hmmmm is this going to be a flop onto the cushion not getting dressed ….march off up the hill ….or consult with the mute swan therapist …weekend I wonder?…maybe all 3:D:D:D

Someone Is Distributing Fake Leaflets To Disrupt The By-Election To Replace Jo Cox

Ah….here it is …click below to see a copy of the bogus leaflet I mentioned …the language and tone playing right into the hands of those who are dominated by fear …creating division which is the very antithesis of what Jo OR Tracy are about …and ok yes ..they advocated to ‘remain’ in the UK referendum on Europe ..as did 48% of the population myself included …the referendum had remain and leave voters across the political spectrum…Jo and Tracy were/are about healing divisions and bringing folk together ….local politicians doing their best for the area and all it’s members ….hopefully

https://www.buzzfeed.com/jimwaterson/someone-is-distributing-fake-leaflets-to-try-and-disrupt-the?utm_term=.taj2992wV0#.taj2992wV0

Dirty Tricks

Well …..in and among the usual this week I have also been one of those  irritating callers canvassing on behalf of a political party ….yes I joined an eclectic but very nice bunch of people giving up their evenings for the cause:D:D:D

It IS a cause worth it tho under the circumstances   …..no’one expected or wanted a local bi-election at this time ….we tragically lost a remarkable MP which has left many in the community reeling with shock and overwhelming sadness BUT fortunately there is another very suitable and able candidate stepping up

SO …to the phones it was ….but get this …I took one call to a chap who said…. ‘Well I’m not voting for YOU lot after THAT leaflet’ …..which puzzled me as I’ve been leafleting also …nothing untoward about the leaflets I thought …just a little about the candidate, her  views on priorities in the area and an e’mail address for folk to contact if they so wished.

As I was talking to this chap tho, one of my colleagues opposite started waving his arms to attract my attention saying there was a bogus leaflet going round ….I relayed this to the chap I was speaking to and put my colleague on to explain further and see if he could get any additional information.

Afterwards he told me they had been informed earlier in the day that a leaflet was being posted around the district, alleging to be from the Labour Party and being inflammatory in content and tone.

‘SICK’ was my response, as I’m sure you will agree ….not only had our MP ( and I cannot overestimate her qualities as both a person and future political figure) been murdered BUT someone …..presumably one of the other 9 contestants, had gone to the trouble of printing fake leaflets to undermine her successor and the party as a whole

The other mainstream UK political parties have stood back and not contested the seat in a wonderful gesture of respect for Jo and the special circumstances …but THIS!!!??

It was on reading that the new candidate Tracy had 9 fringe groups ( some particularly nasty ones) putting up people for election that I decided to help out …didn’t expect anyone would stoop SO low though.

ANYWAY ….on the whole the telephone canvassing has proved a positive experience …I ( and others) have even managed to persuade Tory voters to vote for Tracy in the bi-election on the 20th October.

So I’m feeling heartened …which I must confess I wasn’t after leafleting the other weekend ….I also witnessed and broke up a fight between 2 groups of lads on Tuesday …broad daylight at the side of a busy road near the college about 12 around Matts age 2 of them REALLY going at each other whilst the rest looked on …and yes the group was split on racial lines ..one group Asian and the other white …it took me back to behaviour of football hooligans when I was a kid …I swear I haven’t seen stuff like this for YEARS and thought all that was history and we had all moved on

However …despite all this I DO remain heartened …we are SO lucky to have another really strong candidate ..

Oh …and apparantly Jezza himself has been in town today …missed him tho as too buzy ..never mind perhaps it’s just as well ….wouldn’t want to behave like a sycophantic teenager with a pop idol :D:D:D …..no …no …just kidding
Anyway fingers crossed and watch this space:)

G’night

ANOTHER shining star!!!

Now …..as you know I ( along with many others) was gutted at the violent premature ending of a life that had given so much already and had the potential to give SO much more …not just locally but nationally and internationally …..I referred to her as a TRUE shining star ….Jo Cox MP 20 June 1974-16 June 2016

And to be honest I ( and others ) have been reeling from it ever since …..I guess I took solace from the words of her husband …left to bring up their 2 children single handedly ….thought

‘Pull yourself together woman …if HE is coping so admirably, what the HELL is wrong with you …..get a GRIP!!!’

So I did ….thinking  we’ve got the reforendum on Europe coming up …maybe things might start to make sense a bit then

BUT THE RESULT!!!!???

And living and working in this community I honestly believed the majority of people were getting beyond petty prejudices, fear of each other and bitterness ….but BHAM!!!   It’s felt like the rug has been pulled asunder …..it all really does feel fractured at the moment …a rise in hate crime and feelings of paranoia between the different elements which make up the community ….I think I hit depression but have kept on going on automatic pilot really like a hamster on a wheel …JUST functioning …getting thro but not watching the news or taking notice of what was going to happen ….filling Jo’s shoes just seemed like it was going to be an impossibility …..exhaustion and DESPAIR!!!

I even missed the labour leadership vote but knew JC had won….which didn’t suprise me really …folk are DESPERATE for a different way …and Corbyn seems to offer that ….it’s just that folk who struggle to think outside the box think we need same old, same old, to be taken seriously …..and who knows? ….old man that he is, he might be ahead of his time with his collaborative style politics …both the press and politicians can’t get their heads around it , they’re SO used to sound-bites and a lack of integrity ..so maybe it IS all going to fall flat on its arse …..that’s how I was thinking

But THEN …I got this email from the Labour Party on Thursday ….a rallying the troups kind of e’mail

I was a bit cynical at first ….just a pretty bad picture of the candidate replacing Jo and asking for help with the by-election campaign 20 October ….all the major parties are stepping aside as a mark of respect for Jo ( which is a wonderful gesture and respect for democracy you have to admit)…BUT there are NINE crazy fringe groups standing …the biggest being the BNP ……SCARY

SO …even tho I thought my picketing, protesting, campaigning days were over ( too knackered and has got me no’where)   I have been out today leafleting ( Matt has been with his girlfriend and Sam out with friends playing Pokermon Go …but will be recruiting them next time)

I’ve walked miles …got bruised knuckles from letterboxes …had some interesting doorstep conversations and ONE hairy moment with a couple of blokes who I suspect were BNP supporters but didn’t have the guts to just say so and agree to disagree ..FULL of venom with racist language I haven’t heard since I was a little kid but hey ho

So WHY am I doing this? ….well I live and work here don’t I ….so have got a vested interest I guess …plus the democratic process is important …but if we all sit at home doing nothing …not getting involved we’ve only ourselves to blame …I COULDN’T sit by and watch the BNP sweep in …I remember them from when I was little …a really scary far right party that was then called the National Front.

AND …I have to say I think our new candidate has a LOT of potential …maybe not a future global politician like Jo …. but CERTAINLY locally and nationally ….and yes I was right she IS an actress ( I thought she looked familiar on the bad email pic) …she is a screenwriter too …BUT she has been a campaigner and activist for 30 years INCLUDING helping with Jo’s election campaign …AND …like Jo …she WAS born and brought up in this area …went to the one grammar school ( like Jo ….and ok despite what I said about selective schools they’re forgiven:D:D)  she has sound ideas about the priorities in the area too …so I reckon …like Jo …she will be able to walk the walk as well as talk the talk

Yep ….ANOTHER honest and charismatic woman that has returned to her home area …..

I reckon she CAN do it:):):):)

And LOOK at her:D:D:D

Her name is TRACY BRABIN


Something tells me the days of plastic men in suits might be over ….. I reckon we could have sassy women in red dresses being de’rigour ALLOVER the place by next spring :D:D;)

‘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’