Category Archives: Armed Forces

Scenes on Sunday ~ Aircraft

never was so much owed by so many to so few

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Korean war dogfighters

Tunes on Tuesday ~ I Can See Clearly Now

that feeling when you’re not necessarily sad, but you feel empty

Unless you’ve been isolated, alone and lonely, not really allowed to go out, and knowing that there is no true purpose to your lockdown, then you don’t realise that solitary confinement brings about a slow, steady, and inevitable decline to your body, mind, and soul.

I am not as good a man, not as good a person as I was when I entered this government imposed lockdown a couple of months ago.  But, I wasn’t fully aware of that until I had a couple of very strange dreams last night.  One was about being on Jersey, in the English Channel Islands, when the Germans invaded in June 1940, the other was about needing to leave an important examination an hour early to answer a call of nature.

Both were about being trapped.  Both were allegorical ~ telling me to get the hell out of the garret and taste freedom, whatever the fucking government wants.  I can see that clearly now.

I am not a number, I am a free man.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Channel Islanders still hate the Germans

10,000 Steps a Day Challenge

you know where you’re starting, you just have no idea where you’re going

Doctors, dietitians, and fitness gurus are sold on the idea that walking 10,000 steps a day is good for our health and well-being.  It’s an arbitrary number, there’s nothing special about it, but it has the benefit of being easy to remember, and for most people walking 5 miles in a day, every single day, is a hell of a big thing.

It turns out that 5 miles is the most that even moderately active people can manage, and given that it’s going to chew up a couple of hours of you day, that’s the most time most people can allot for fresh air and exercise most days.  Luckily, walking is one of the three best types of exercise you can get.  Some respected scientists say that walking may be one of the most powerful medicines available.

Walking is man’s best medicine.  ~  Hippocrates

I started back on the 10,000 steps a day thing on May 1st, after spending weeks in lockdown, getting sicker and sicker every day.  Self-isolation indoors will kill you more certainly than the caronavirus will.  The fucking malevolent politicians and health bureaucrats who are telling you to stay at home are utterly wrong.  Go out and get some fresh air and exercise.

After a very shaky start on May 1st, when I really struggled to walk the half-mile to my nearest supermarket and back, I now feel Damn Good.

In the past 7 days I have walked 89,130 steps, (I have a pedometer), which is 44 and a bit miles.

Maybe it’s time I turned around and went home.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

in the Parachute Regiment they call a long walk with full packs ‘yomping’

We’ll Meet Again

and there’ll be bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover

During WWII the Germans had the overtly sexual Marlene Dietrich singing Lili Marlene, which was the unofficial anthem of the Afrika Korps.  We had the wholesome Forces Sweetheart, Vera Lynn.  Kind of says a lot about out differing national characteristics.

Dame Vera Lynn is now 103, and she is still almost as big an inspiration to Englishmen of a certain age as is the Queen.

Please listen with respect.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

after a girl has pushed an ambulance up a sand dune, she deserves a cold beer

 

 

VE Day 75th Anniversary

on the 8th of May 1945 the Allies formally accepted Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender

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the bf 109, the Spitfire’s enemy

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

‘This, was their finest hour…..’

Brexit

to avoid attachments and entanglements in foreign affairs

at 11 o’clock tonight Great Britain will no longer be a member of the European Union

the rest of Europe doesn’t like that much

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

England has a rich history

it’s time we made some more

Shakespeare St Crispin’s Day

Stress and Your Body

it’s not stress that kills us ~ it is our reaction to it

having your car broken into is a legitimate cause of distress

Today I’m at home in the garret after a week in hospital.  While there I saw, among others, an oncologist and a nutritionist ~ after they talked together I was given detailed dietary instructions to help heal my kidneys, liver, and pancreas.  Strangely, at the top of the healthy eating / life style instructions, right above where its says No Alcohol, it reads No Stress.  Now, I know what my oncologist and nutritionist are getting at and it isn’t no stress whatsoever, because without some good stress we would die ~ that’s sensory deprivation.  What they are getting at is no bad stress extreme enough to cause me Distress, because distress is a killer.

Fear and anxiety, distress and confusion, frustration and insecurity; these are the causes of more illness than all the bacteria, viruses, and parasites in the world.  ~  Dr. Vernon Coleman.

Our bodies are hard-wired to react to stress in ways that were meant to protect us from predators and other dangers ~ today the threats are different but the physical responses are the same.  The first thing that happens in the face of a perceived threat, like a serious problem in your relationship, is that your hypothalamus tells your adrenal glands to surge a release of fight-or-flight hormones including adrenaline and cortisol.

These hormones cause huge changes in the way your body works ~ increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, increased blood sugars, enhances your brain’s ability to use blood sugars, and increases your body’s ability to repair wounds.  On the downside ~ your digestive system shuts down, your reproductive system shuts down, your growth processes shut down, and your immune system mostly shuts down.

It’s actually much, much worse than that, all these fight-or-flight hormones also attack something called Telomeres, which are protective casings at the ends of each and every strand of your DNA, in each and every cell of your body.  It’s a bit complicated, so if you really want to know about this you will need to do your own research.  But, the practical upshot of damage to the telomeres at the ends of your DNA is very bad indeed; cancers, all kinds of other nasty diseases, ill health, early death.

The thing is, for some people, the distress never goes away, so their body is in fight-or-flight mode all the fucking time, and this will make you very ill, (I was), and then it will kill you.  You will suffer from;

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Digestive problems like ulcers
  • Severe headaches
  • Severe nosebleeds
  • Heart and circulatory diseases
  • Insomia
  • Cognitive impairment and dysfunction
  • Liver, kidney, and pancreatic diseases
  • Cancers
  • Mental illness

The medical profession are not good at diagnosing and treating stress, mostly because they’re not interested.  They will be good at treating your heart problems, (for example), but not good at helping you with the real issue, which is your constant Distress.

Some say that they never worry about what could happen.  And that they’ve never done anything wrong so why should they ever get stressed?  All I know is that some people are so used to being distressed, that they think it’s normal.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

an extreme reaction to stress

Meteor Crater, Arizona

And God created the Heavens and the Earth.

Some say that God created the cosmos in six days, and that the Earth is 6,000 years old.

Science tells us that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old, and that the mile wide crater near Winslow Arizona was made by a meteor 50,000 years ago.

Standing on the edge of the crater there is no sense of scale, but it’s huge.

What nobody will tell you is that standing on the edge of the crater in June, you will get eaten alive by midge and mosquito alike.  Go very early in the morning, in colder weather, but go.  If just to know that all the religious fundamentalists are wrong.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

If a meteor had to strike anywhere, AZ is as good a place as any, as AZ is mostly empty space.

Monochrome Monday ~ England

Any mature and educated Englishman will recognise these images.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Dixon of Dock Green

‘evnin all

we will remember them

At the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month…..
the guns fell silent.

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silence after

blast, fuse, impact

ballistic parabola

shell, stink, smoke, spin

force, guncotton explodes

nitric acid and cellulose

primer, spark, trigger, target

sight, refraction, glass, light

trench, revetment, mud

bronze, steel, iron, wood

England and Germany

the Great War

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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