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
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:)
Hands OFF me breakfast!!! ……unless you’re ready to take it outside of course …and YES I mean it !!! ( says she ducking, weaving and shadow punching boxer style )
Bloody great big overstuffed mighty Tesco saying you won’t stock Marmite OR Hellmans …or ANY Unilever product ….apparantly it’s due to them raising the wholesale price due to the fall in the pound since Brexit….hmmmm yes well I reckon you can stand it Mr T ….your millions in profit …and if you won’t ?
Here’s my message to Unilever ….BUGGER THE BIG FOUR SUPERMARKETS ….this household hasn’t shopped in them for years ANYWAY …they got too greedy and were full of gimmicks and poorly disguised rip offs sometimes known as bogof’s ( buy one get one free et al)……No we packed in shopping in those places LONG ago ….it’s aldi for us ….no just sell direct on Amazon or something
I love my grub and am SICK of my favorites going to wrack and ruin ….the Cadbury’s Creme Egg anyone??? ….hmmmm yes ….do you remember THAT one??? ….sold off to some multinational who has changed the recipe ….shrunk the size …and doesn’t even sell in the 1/2 dozen, preferring packs of four …they’re eggs …EGGS ARE SOLD IN THE 1/2 or FULL DOZEN!!! …..GOOD GRIEF!!!!
And YES the SAME company bought the Terry’s chocolate orange and changed the recipe of THAT!!! ….Christmas ruined!!!
Where’s it all going to end say I
My GOD!!! ….don’t you DARE touch me Lea&Perrins!!!
Its not just about the ‘label’ …we’re talking quality product here ..it’s an aesthetic thing too …good solid recycleable packaging …you know …glass jars , tins, foil and paper wrappings….its not good ….NOT GOOD say I !!!!
ps) Just thought ….Aldi’s German …BUGGAR!!!:D:D:D
Life can be REALLY shit sometimes can’t it? ….just remember when you are being dealt a bum deal that often, out of the best quality shit comes the greatest fertiliser. Cultivate an appreciation of the stuff and perhaps it can be turned on its head:):):):):)
Pooh comes in a variety of shades and textures as I’m sure you are well aware by checking your own ……
C’mon YES you do ….EVERYONE has a quick look before they flush …agreed? …..yes well I’ve no idea why we do it or what we are expecting to discover on so doing …….we just do don’t we? ALL of us …..yes even royalty, the uber rich and allegedly beautiful people …they ALL crap and check it ….it’s a GREAT equaliser …. when I’m a little nervous …lacking in confidence …at an interview say ….I always do that thing where you imagine the folk having a pooh …..I’m sure you’ve heard this advice before ….and it works …trust me;)
ANYWAY ….look at the variety of pooh held in the palm of one hand here …..beautiful isn’t it :D:D:D
So ….in my imaginary world we are all crapping into a system which whisks it away, feeding into some kind of large scale Biofuel plant which in turn recycles and provides fuel in a number of ways ….gas, electricity, fuel for transport ….Hey it’s my blog ….I can change the world in my head if I like:D:D:D
In addition ( or part of… as biofuel plants waste nothing) we have the traditional use of pooh …the one we all know and love ….yes I’m talking about its use as a soil fertiliser …WONDERFUL stuff.
I understand animal dung and chicken shit are the pooh’s of choice in this arena …well if you want to dig it in raw…..this brings back memories of my father ( an allotment keeper) whose ears used to prick up at the sound of horses hooves:D:D:D …..yes there was a riding school, gypsy horse field where they would excersise with the trap AND the rag and bone man near where we lived ….when any equine passed our house my Dad would rush out armed with bin bag and shovel in the hopes of catching a prize:D:D:D It was all HIGHLY embarrassing …but Dad …if you can hear me up there I’M COMING ROUND TO YOUR WAY OF THINKING!:D:D:D
Anyway …am digressing slightly SO …yep …whether it be a small garden, allotment or farm ….dig some shit into the soil and watch your veggies flourish …believe me …fresh ‘organically’ produced fruit and veg tastes completely different from the mass produced, chemical laden supermarket variety …I was brought up on the stuff and only realised once fending for myself :D:D:D
Oh and if you’re reasonably fit and live in a flat with no outdoor space …why not take a break from the insular, air conditioned lifestyle and consider WWOOFING …that’s World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms…payment is in kind not cash …in return for helping out on the farm you get to experience the lifestyle and if you like it …travel the world to boot …just the cost of airfares and a little time and hard graft:)
SO here it is …. The second series here at Blog On!!! ….. this one as the name suggests is about the power of the brown stuff …. it is hoped that should anyone read this little series, they will never view their daily ablutions in the same way again ….or at least the substance of a particular ablute …..yes indeed ….call it a source of contemplation if you will ….a substance to be meditated on:D
Now you’ve heard the label ‘black gold’ for oil ….the substance nations have gone to war over such has been its value ….WELL that is SO old hat ….SO last Millenium …..THE substance that has the potential to have greater value NOW could be labelled ‘brown gold’ and such is its abundance you are ACTUALLY sitting on it!!!
SO ….going back to my post a couple of days ago whereby the British government have yet again overridden public opinion ……..nay …..MORE than that …..overridden the decision of the local authorities in Lancashire to turn down the application for ‘Fracking’ in the area ……and not to be someone ( I hope) that moans and groans without an alternative suggestion HERE IT IS!!!
Forget fossil fuels ….we’ve over pillaged those as it is ….and look at the mess we’ve made of the environment burning them ……no ….no …..it’s time we stopped all that forthwith and instead turned to …..
Indeed pooh can be utilised as fuel in a number of ways ……on a small ‘household’ level it can be dried formed into bricks or pellets to burn in a wood burning stove which could also serve to heat the water and cook.
But on a grander scale it can provide fuel for whole villages and towns …..they call it ‘Bio fuel’ see below an illustration of how a biofuel plant works ….NOTHING goes to waste and indeed I understand it is carbon neutral ….it causes no harm to the planet RESULT!!! Why oh why in 2016 with all we know about climate change and OTHER ecological problems ….WHY are we giving the go ahead to frackers and NOT encouraging pooh power!!?? ( Or a mix of biofuel ….wind ….wave ….and solar?) If anyone can tell me please feel free to comment ….
Or if you prefer something a little more flashy and upmarket ……what about THIS? …..
And here in the UK we got our first bus powered by pooh in 2014 ……..think it was in Brighton ……but ANYWAY …..surely it’s possible to create a streamlined public transport network across this little island…….and fuel it thus ….SURELY?
‘Waste not want not’ goes the saying ……….and I reckon there could be something in that.
Good grief ….the phrase above ALWAYS makes me laugh … it’s a take on that olde English way men used to settle an arguement ….you know
‘YOU sir have offended me’ …chap walks foreward and slaps the offender across the face with his glove
‘I challenge you to a duel ……choose your weapon’ …..usually a pistol in those days:D:D:D
However, here we are talking about the hospitalisation of the current proposed leader ( they’re changing leaders like underwear )of the UKIP party in Britain ….apparantly having a disagreement with another member at a European conference and suggesting they take it outside.
Now here in the north of England if a bloke says to another bloke when having a disagreement ‘let’s take it outside’ it usually means they are going to have a fight
It is unclear what actually happened ….but Mike Hookham ( who IS a northern bloke) claims there was not a punch, not a slap NOTHING …a mere kerfuffle more like ‘handbags at dawn’ ….the protagonist Steve Wolfe has also now said it was nothing …photographed beaming from his hospital bed NAD ( that’s nothing abnormal detected) it now seems he is no longer in the running for the lead role of UKIP and they’ve had to wheel Nigel Farrage back out:D:D:D
British politics is INSANE just now ……even Tony Blair has been sticking his oar in ….apparantly concerned that there is no ‘middle ground’ the tories lurching further right as Corbyn introduces today his newly reshuffled left wing shadow cabinet
I can hear the clatter of metal as we speak …..Oh it’s Tony …..he’s donning a suit of shiney armour in preparation for trotting in centre stage to do a little jousting with anyone who will let him :D:D:D
Oh ….and don’t worry …I haven’t forgotton ….my ‘The Power of Pooh’ series will be along in due course :D:D:D
Yep …..it’s becoming more and more evident that this is what the current British Goverment think about the majority of its people …..PARTICULARLY those in the far reaches of this ridiculously small island ….otherwise known as ‘The North’ ( you would think it was too small a land mass to divvy up like that wouldn’t you?)
ANYWAY ….Theresa May et al have bypassed local decision ….( that’s general public …local and county councils who had already refused this company to conduct its business in the area) ….and have given the go ahead to start (the controversial, environmentally unfriendly …and frankly backward in terms of extracting fossil fuels deep from the earth) process of ‘fracking’ in Lancashire ….there’s uproar!!!
There are SO many options ….it COULD be and SHOULD be freely available to all ….as should water …I once did a little series on a very interesting matter we can extract eco fuel from and I think I might do it again for my blog
The matter I am thinking of is something we are ALL full of ….not least our current Tory Goverment …..can you guess what it is yet?
C’mon you’re a bit slow on the uptake
I am thinking of ……….
a substance not to be sniffed at in more ways than one!!!:D:D:D
Series to follow:D:D:D 😉
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
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?
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
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;)
I’ve mentioned before about some of the up and coming scientists and engineers …..so here I’ve posted 3 links to Mehaks blog ‘The Quantum Thought’ …..not only is she clever ….a pragmatic scientist/mathematician but she’s a creative too …I LOVE her posts ….particularly the drawings of the microbiology of the brain ….I fancy a blown up print of one to replace my rather faded Jackson Pollock ….SERIOUSLY I could look at them all day ….and if she ever got the time to do them in color ……POW!!!:D:D:D
ANYWAY please take a look …you don’t need to be a scientist or mathmetician to appreciate them ….beautiful!!!:):):):) ….it’s facinating that even MY brain has got that miniscule lightening storm firing off in it …..well ….it doesn’t feel to have much of a one today but STILL:D:D:D