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Tunes on Tuesday ~ Royal Air Force

today is Battle of Britain Day

On September 15th 1940 the Nazi Luftwaffe met the Spitfires and Hurricanes of the Royal Air Force over the skies of southern England.  By the end of the day the Luftwaffe had lost twice as many aircraft as had the RAF.  The Luftwaffe was broken and Hitler called off Operation Sealion, the proposed invasion of England.  Democracy had been saved for the world.

Churchill called the 2,927 pilots who had taken part ‘The Few’, and 510 perished during the battle.  Only one of The Few is still alive today; 101 years old John ‘Paddy’ Hemingway DFC.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

during the battle the Hawker Hurricane shot down more German aircraft than did the Supermarine Spitfire.

Battle of Britain Day

2020 marks the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

On September 15th 1940 the German Luftwaffe launched its largest and most concentrated attack on London

Defending England were the Hurricanes and Spitfires of the RAF

Fighter Command was outnumbered

Ranged against the Spitfire was the bf 109

this action was the climax of the Battle of Britain, commemorated every September 15th as Battle of Britain Day

the memorial flight includes Hurricanes, Spitfires, and a single Avro Lancaster

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalknet

 

all through the battle and the following blitz St. Paul’s Cathedral remained safe

 

Breathing, Meditation, and Light

the send of the sea answers all our prayers

In these times of worry, uncertainty, and stress it’s very easy for the negative emotions and bad news to overwhelm our minds ~ our thoughts, emotions, and spirit.  All of that dark negativity effects us mentally and physically as stress, and when it gets very bad stress becomes distress.

Severe stress has a lot more symptoms than merely a lot of worry.  For a start stress can cause insomnia, and that’s like throwing petrol, (gas), on a fire ~ it just makes it worse.  Other symptoms of stress can include low energy, lassitude, fatigue, indecision, anger, aches and pains, chest pains, rapid heartbeat, headaches, loss of sexual desire, heart attacks, strokes, death….  Far too much stress also takes up so much of your reserves that you become more vulnerable to catching whatever other illnesses are out there.

Worrying about the coronavirus will make you more prone to catching the coronavirus.

One of the best ways to combat stress is through simple breathing / relaxation exercises.  A simple internet search will find you lots of them https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/uz2255

However, years ago when I was under tremendous stress at work I found something of my own.  For most people this exercise is far better than booze, drugs, or smoking too much.

  1. Close my eyes and imagine that I’m standing on a sunlit beach, I can feel the gentle warmth of the sun.
  2. The sound of the surf is very calm and slow, flowing in and out again.
  3. I time my breathing to that slow gentle surf.
  4. Slowly breathe in, pause, slowly breathe out again.
  5. And in the sound of my own breathing I hear the surf.

Usually, within a couple of minutes I feel calmer and more relaxed.

Within five minutes that simple breathing exercise drifts into meditation.

If you think you are suffering from the signs of stress, or deeper distress, then just try to slow your breathing and imagine the sounds of the gentle surf.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

all things look better in the light of a new day.

Monochrome Monday ~ Getty Villa

Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, Southern California

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

not quite The Getty Villa

but from exactly the same part of the world

California Wildfires

sometimes all you have left is prayer

Here in England we almost never get wildfires, instead we sometimes have devastating floods, and every few years a hell of a lot of snow.  Sadly, my friends out on the USA’s West Coast are in real physical danger from the bush fires burning out of control through California, Oregon, and Washington State.

The fire services are doing the very best they can, and President Trump is due to visit California tomorrow to see for himself the scale of destruction.  But when fires even threaten the freeways and interstate highways, things are obviously our of control.  Some of the fires may have been caused by arson, or smokers casually discarding their butts, or by electrical faults, or even lightning.  But they have spread so far and wide because of a 20 year mega-drought.

The only thing that will end these fires is heavy rain.  And all the rest of the world can offer is our thoughts and prayers.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

perhaps now it is time to pray for heavy rain in Southern California

Scenes on Sunday ~ Desert

when you’re in the desert, you look into infinity

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

big wide horizons out there

Songs on Saturday ~ Billy Joel

we’re only human, we’re supposed to make mistakes

I screw up, I make mistakes, I go down the same wrong road time after time.  But, I pick myself up and try to do better next time.

Last week I fucked-up in a big way, for no better reason than I was hurting after being to the dentist, and this town is in lockdown again.  This song says something about how I feel today.

We don’t have to be always ready to make ourselves blameless and faultless, we can admit that we’re only human.  I can accept myself as human and see that no human being is without flaws ~ me especially so.

I survived all those long lonely days when it seemed I did not have a friend ~ I with friends I know I can survive anything the Cosmos throws at me.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

perhaps the Cosmos doesn’t care when we screw-up

but perhaps my friends do

Lockdown Again

back in solitary confinement again

My part of England is back on strict lockdown again.

It’s very depressing, exhausting, and difficult to get fresh food.  I don’t even want to chat with friends, anyhow I’ve been drinking.

I truly hope this is over soon.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

it feels like being in jail

not that I’ve ever been in jail

Scenes on Sunday ~ Blue

all is at peace where the blue sky meets the blue sea

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

all of life’s better emotions are to be found in the send of the sea

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

the bigger the storm, the brighter your rainbow

Face it, we’re all facing pretty big storm-clouds , and it doesn’t look as though they’re going to blow over any time soon.  So let’s all look for the silver lining, and hope that we find a rainbow shining through.  It’s either a nightmare, or a dream ~ you choose.

A change from Judy Garland, and I like this version of the classic song.

Please listen with a smile on your face.

With thanks to my friend Paula Light for the inspiration.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

pretty lucky

 

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