Could class ever go away?

I’m sure you’ll find the link to the guardian article previously posted interesting and a pretty good analysis of ‘class’ in British society today

It’s making me reflect on my own situation ….I guess you would say I’m from ‘working class stock’ ….most of my elders worked in the textile industry which was common in West Yorkshire at the time ….there was a LITTLE shuffling about tho ….my maternal great grandparents were from Ireland …great grandfather being killed in an industrial accident ( he worked as a delver in the stone quarries) leaving a widow and 2 daughters who were kind of hidden by relatives who worked ‘in service’ untill they got on their feet …the Mum running a haberdashery market stall and the 2 girls working in a small family run mill ….one of them running the offices when the owner was put in jail:D:D ( He was a conciensous objector to war) ….and the younger girl later going off to marry an offshore fisherman on the east coast of whom I have very fond memories of staying with in the holidays 

Ooooh where did YOU go for your holidays as a kid?

Grimsby:D:D:D 

Oh and Staithes too ….and as we got older Dad got a little more adventurous …taking us hiking all over Scotland and holidays being holidays with Dad ..ALWAYS going out in boats ( think he was a fisherman at heart …..or a climber …quite a character my Dad …but I digress)

Oh and HIS Dad ( My Greatgrandfather) was ‘the mystery man’ ….it’s funny what you find out about folk after they pass on isn’t it …grandad was just grandad at the time …but after he died there were no papers ….and when we thought about it …it was a bit odd …as HE had always worked in the mills but my paternal grandmother had been a schoolteacher?…it just doesn’t add up does it?   And YES my brother has tried to find out more …he’s into family trees and the like …I think hoping to find some royal blood or somthing ….alas his searches have come to nothing on both fronts:D:D:D

The mystery man:D:D:D

So where am I going with this?

I don’t know but am rolling with it 

But anyway …yes …some RIGHT characters in my family ( I’ve said before will blog more on this subject at some point)

And yes I agree with a lot of what the guardian article is saying ….one thing for sure was there was a lot of humour around …with the older generation in particular ….was that about fear? ….Hmmmmm ……I don’t know about fear ….but if life is pretty hard you either develop a sense of humour or go under …and if folk take themselves TOO seriously WELL that’s just a joke in itself isn’t it?

Yes …Humour …maybe it’s a ‘cultural’ thing …and one the other classes could do with taking on too:D:D

And yes ….maybe there’s a point in terms of ‘education’ too …but you’ve got to think a little more creatively about ‘education’ ….education for who and for what ….it’s all very well talking about academia …but what if no’one knew how to build a house or farm the land say ….what if all your taps are leaking at home ….you’re not going to call in a University professor or a Banker are you?:D:D:D …..yes we probably need all …learn …keep an open mind …..be critical …keep the spirit of 3 as I call it …the wonder and why …if it adds up …keep it to build on ….if it doesn’t measure up to scrutiny ….drop it and move on

There’s room for all….it’s about value and inclusion …one is no better or worse than the other …society looks down with scorn at the ‘working class’ STILL ….expects us to be ‘aspirational’ …..but aspiring to what exactly?

There’s material wealth and greed

There’s power and control

But what else …what makes for a successful life

Life is about continual growth and learning whatever class or background you are from …it’s not ALL about the ‘working class’ making the changes …it cuts both ways;)

And that is why I do not like Theresa Mays proposal re the reintroduction of the selective grammar school system. We are in the 21st century and should be aiming for a dynamic, creative and YES academic but YES practical skills too education for all …a broad base education from 5 to 16 THEN specialise in the chosen route depending on aptitude and interest:)

Just adding my twopenneth ….take it or leave it …comments welcome:)

Oh …and if you want my PERSONAL view of ‘identity’ …YES I’m shaped by my upbringing ..but I’ve had a lot of experiences and broadening of horizons as an adult ( I kept being drawn back to West Yorkshire to support my Dad in later years but that’s another story)

Anyway yes …my current ‘identity’ is that on my ‘Halcyon’ site ….I just am …and so are you ….lets cut the crap:D:D:D;)

To be a tadpole

Hu ..Hu..Hu..Hu..Hu..HuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHu ..uuuu..uergHu

UegHu ..UUUUUUUegHu …WHAT’s happening to me?

One minute nicely cocooned in jelly …warm and contented ..then suddenly I’m HERE ..and it’s Hu ..Hu..Hu Hu..aRD WORK!!!

I don’t seem to be getting anywhere  ….

Hu ..Hu ..Hu ..Hu ..Hu ..HuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHuHu ..uuuu..uergHu

UegHu ..UUUUUUUegHu ….UUUUUUUUUUegHu ..HuHuHuHuHuHuHuH ..UegHu ..UUUUUUUegHu ….UUUUUUUUUUegHu


Ooooooh I’ve got legs !!!! …..How did THAT happen???

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 alternate weekend bed companion ….

YES ……it’s a strange kind of relationship ……one I am NOT entirely comfortable with truth be known ….but these things happen…….allegedly:D:D:D

SO …..this creature came into my life …Hmmmmm can’t remember how long ago now ….Sam had just started school so ….BLIMEY she’s knocking on a bit actually:D:D:D

ANYWAY ….she was trouble from the start!!!   as a kitten she would climb up the Venetian blinds …launching herself onto the back of our necks when we were trying to eat at the dining table …amongst MANY other misdemeanours:D:D:D

To this day …when she has been out on the rampage she will come in and drop some dead creature at your feet looking up at you for a reaction ….she once brought a bat!!! …..yes that’s right A BAT!!! …..and the poor thing was NOT dead …but no doubt DEEPLY traumatised as was I !!!!:D:D:D

The kids ADORE her …..they named her Lola ……I am afraid to me she has always been ‘Cat’ …….or …..’That damned Cat’ ……to be more precise ……you see I believe her sole purpose in life is to plague me!!!:D:D:D

SO ….part of my bedtime routine is to hunt her down and chuck her out ……if not she tends to bounce onto the bed at 3am miaowing loudly and ‘paw treading ‘ your hair …. you then have a wild goose chase around the house at 3am on a bloody workday!!! ……and YES she can open doors ….and NO we don’t have a cat flap as that would be WORSE!!! ….I fear she would be inviting allsorts in knowing her …it would be a DISASTER!!!

…….my bedtime routine therefore entails clearing up all the supper things …then psyching myself up for the next part …..  I usually sneak up on her whilst she is 1/2 asleep on the sofa …speaking to her in gentle tones, picking her up and caressing her before popping her out the back door and into the night of wild parties and whatever else they get up to in Catland:D:D:D

HOWEVER ….if I do not get it quite right and she senses what I’m up to …The ears prick up …she sits bolt upright …eye balling me for a split second ….and ….WE’RE OFF!!! …..careering round the house ….skittering ….skidding …bumping into furniture ….thudding around ….meowing ….cursing ….( work out for yourself who is doing what) ….the boys will often be laughing upstairs shouting …’Mum just LEAVE her!!!’ …..but THEY don’t get the unwarranted noisy and slightly painful head massage in the early hours DO they!!!??    and I don’t like her sleeping on the beds!!!

But …I have to confess …I DO sometimes think ‘sod it’ ……give it up as a bad job….this seems to happen more often when the boys are not here ….it’s as tho she KNOWS:D:D:D ….and often as not I can’t FIND her when it comes to bedtime ….one minute she’s on my lap …the next minute …right on bedtime …she’s gone !!!    God knows where she is hiding?:D:D:D

THEN ….on waking in the morning …in that 1/2 sleep …I kind of sense someting next to me ….on the pillow ….YES ….THAT close!!! …..nose to nose!!! …..I kind of 1/2 open my eyes ….to be met by ANOTHER pair of eyes!!! ….we BOTH jump up …and the chase is ON!!!:D:D:D


Look at her …..LOOK at that expression!!! ….she’s as smug as you like!!!:D:D:D     If there IS such a thing as reincarnation I would quite like to come back as a domestic cat ….. they have the life of bloody Reilley don’t they!!!??:D:D:D

ANYWAY …….shhhhhhhhhhhhh …think I’m going to crack it this time ….yes …yes…..shhhhhhhhhhhhhh…….just take it nice n sloooooow ……..here we go

G’Night

 

 

Buggar …….she’s OFF!!!:D:D:D

Jingle Bells

Jingle bells

Jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh what fun it is to ride on a one horse open sleigh

Think I’m cracking up ……it’s not Christmas is it?:D:D:D …..Hmmmmm have been burning the midnight oil all week  with admin work ….maybe that’s it ….just need a break….or maybe a career change …..or maybe a whole new life chapter …..is there anyone out there who will employ me to lol about in pyjamas Eric in hand?:D:D:D ………maybe I can get a little place overlooking the sea …..or even BUILD one and become a WOOF or Airbnb host …a desert island might be even better ….yep ….I want a bit of peace …..less pressure ….but not tooooo isolated ….cool breezes and a few waves to maintain interest would be nice:D:D:D
Or maybe I’m just  going to turn into a mad old recluse like the woman Sam and myself inadvertantly disturbed last weekend ….maybe I’ll never get washed and have loads of cats ….maybe I’ll be known by the locals as something like ….like ….I don’t know what ….maybe something like ….Ole M/S Fugee Jallope …..or Sister Finnekee Joy:D:D:D

Anyway

What time is it?

Am  getting fed up of blathering on to Mr sleek,sophisticated, hard faced and temperamental Eric

God ….WHY am I so ridiculous:D:D:D

Anyway …early night and lie in tomorro …HURRAH!!!

Bejeeeezus!!!

What IS it!!!?:D:D:D

Have just zoomed in and it’s not an orb at all ….it looks like a face …how weird is THAT!!!??…maybe it was a cloud …or maybe a very tiny speck of dust on my lens …but it was invisible to the naked eye!!!???

MY GOD!!! …..has the moon got some kind of cheeky little sidekick? ….think I’ll get out there again tonight ….look up to the skies and demand …’show thyself oh cheeky little sidekick …..I’m all for humour but not tricksters ….come forth and show thyself I say’ :D:D:D

Blimey …do you think the neighbours might have me sectioned? ….do you think a few years ago I might have been burned at the stake?:D:D:D

ANYWAY …more bloody admin to catch up on …..just not getting chance to do any in the working day 😦

God …..I’m looking at it again ….it is a bit woooooo wooooooo you have to admit:D:D:D

WORK!!!:D:D

 
Can’t stop having a quick look at it …it’s making me laugh …it looks to be sticking it’s tongue out …I reckon it’s that ole ‘dark matter’ taking the piss:D:D:D  I think we’re being mocked by the Universe:D:D:D

Oh ….just you wait THING I’ll be having words with YOU later:D:D:D

RIGHT back to it for an hr:(