Category Archives: History

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Stairway to Heaven

some things remain funny, no matter what

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every day we live we learn something new

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

allegedly, kangaroo is aboriginal for WTF was that?

 

Monochrome Monday ~ Ebony and Ivory

monochrome photography shows the darkness in the soul

In these politically correct days are we even allowed to listen to this song any more.  You know what?  I don’t care what sad, narrow-minded people think, I like this Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder Duet.

Oh maybe they were talking about piano keys.

In these woke days they can’t be made of ivory either.

But maybe ebony is O.K.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

not black

but positively monochrome

Does Anyone Care About Tokyo?

the Tokyo Olympics I mean
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There is a thing called The Olympic Ideal which is to promote sport, culture, and education to build a better world.  I wonder which advertising company came up with that not-very-catchy slogan?  If ever there was anything noble about the Olympic Games it’s just gone down in a flurry of money-making, horse-trading, cheating, corruption, and grubby politics.  It’s a circus, an ideological, geo-political, power-grabbing battleground where the sport is just a secondary sideshow.

The circus is currently being held in Tokyo, Japan ~ and more than 80% of the Japanese are of the opinion that the whole thing should have been scrapped.  Here in England we have coverage on the BBC, except the viewing figures are in the cellar while complaints about the appalling standards of coverage have reached new heights.

Arguments and complaints among competitors, coaches, national Olympic associations, and officials are a more enthralling spectacle than the actual sports.  And as for the sport, when will tiddlywinks be accepted as an official Olympic sport, because it seems that medals are available for everything else.

Just WTF are artistic swimming, beach volleyball, BMX freestyle, rhythmic gymnastics, surfing, and FFS golf doing as Olympic sports.  And these are all ‘professional sports’.  If you ask me, the Olympics lost its way in 1986 when professionals were first allowed to compete.

It’s all about the TV rights and advertising.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

track cycling is an Olympic sport, but not proper road racing

 

Is Covid Over?

eventually even the Spanish Flu burned itself out

welcome to a return of airport chaos

Here in England, mask wearing seems to be a thing of the past, except perhaps for the costume party kind, and a good thing too.  Surgical-type masks offer no protection against catching the coronavirus, as well as being unhygienic if they are worn more than once.

The government here is backing the dropping of quarantine rules for fully-vaccinated travellers from the European Union and the USA, as well as for British nationals who have been vaccinated overseas.

Hospitalisations here are falling as the number of cases plunge, as are the number of vaccinations and covid tests being given.

People who actually want to go to work are deleting the stupid ‘track and trace app’ from the cell phones.

Life in Europe seems to be returning to something like normal.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

but Australia is likely to be in lockdown until Christmas

 

 

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Come Fly With Me

we have nothing to lose and a whole world to see

Of course, this song is very appropriate today because, despite the much heralded ‘end of lockdown’, we English aren’t allowed to fly anywhere very much.  Certainly we are prohibited from flying to the USA, and you Americans aren’t allowed to come here either.  Unless you are a politician or a prince.

This makes Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, and Prince Harry the three most disliked ‘men’ by all good Englishmen and true.  We can’t stand their wives either…..

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Pan Am Super Constellation

the good old days of air travel

Monochrome Monday ~ Global Warming

in mid-winter it’s hard to believe in global warming

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I’m just going outside

I may be some time

Songs on Saturday ~ I’m a Believer

belief is not a given thing

Amazingly, the weather here has been so fabulous over the past couple of days that on Friday I walked 10 miles in the sunshine.  This song got hold of me for some reason, and made me smile even more, because it made me think of someone I know.

I know I should have played either The Monkees or Neil Diamond version, but I think this one is even more fun.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

this guy steals those movies

Go Woke ~ Go Broke

alert to injustice in society, especially racism

a couple totally alert to any form of criticism

In George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four he coins the term Newspeak, which was the language Big Brother’s enforcers used ~ a language designed to diminish the range of thought of the populace.

Here and now, right here in the free world, newspeak is the euphemistic, mealy mouthed language routinely used by politicians, government officials, and left-liberal pressure groups.  It’s a bunch of words, phrases, and attitudes that are intentionally difficult to understand, and / or does not mean what it seems to mean.  The whole point is to confuse and deceive ‘ordinary people’.

In Nineteen Eighty-Four a totalitarian state wields total power over its own citizens, ‘for their own good’.  It’s all about surveillance, propaganda, and control ~ it’s all about quashing any thought or opinion that does not agree with that of the righteous.

This is exactly what we have right here and now, right here in England.  And, looking from here, I’d have to say that you have it worse in the USA.

There are some things that we are told we must believe in; man-made global warming, green energy, LGBTQ+ rights, feminism, critical race theory, the coronavirus pandemic, vegetarianism, and the prevalence of extreme right-wing terrorism.  (I may have missed out two or three things that Californians passionately believe we should all believe in.)

For me, the phrase that perfectly encompasses the whole of modern Newspeak is Climate Change Denial ~ which is spat out in much the same way as Holocaust Denial used to be.  Oh, and of course, the use of that word Trump.

Here in England the chief propagandists for the woke newspeak mindset are; the BBC, the Church, Universities, Big Charities, the Labour and Liberal political parties, sections of the press, and sadly our very own Prime Minister Boris Johnson.  All of which are quite unpopular with people like me, the ‘silent majority’ who actually have all the money these people need if they want to keep on pushing their woke agendas.

But you know what?  We vote with our feet and our wallets, and all of those with a woke left-liberal agenda are hemorrhaging support and going broke.

And just in case you think I am speaking from a position of white privilege, read my post some signs of being poor from earlier today.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

for the uneducated

the white stuff is water vapour

Some Signs of Being Poor

it’s no sin to be poor
but it’s no great honour either

working down the pit was the only work to be had

Out on my walk today something got me to thinking that, despite the misery imposed upon us by all the COVID crap, my life is so much easier today than it was when I was a boy.  Back then most people were were poor, life expectancy was short, and nobody cared about foreign travel because only the ‘jet setters’ could afford it.  Hardly anybody owned a car, all the men in my village worked at the coal mine, and all the women were housewives.

Some things from back then that the youth of today would not even believe;

  1. Winters were cold, and we only had one open fire to heat a Victorian 3 bedroom house
  2. In the winter, ice formed on the inside of my bedroom window
  3. The toilet was a brick outhouse down at the end of the yard
  4. There was only enough hot water to have 1 bath a week
  5. I went to Bog Row Junior Mixed and Infants School
  6. The best meal I got all day was the ‘school dinner’
  7. I walked to school from aged 5 until the day I graduated aged 18
  8. I got no ‘pocket money’ until I got myself a paper round
  9. I only had one change of school clothes, and one pair of shoes
  10. There was only one channel on our tiny black and white TV

All of the above are true for me, and not necessarily the worst of it.

The worst of it was being so hungry I’ve chewed newspaper.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

just a boy in short trousers

 

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Danger Zone

I feel the need… the need for speed

Following my post Blinding Lights earlier today, I thought that we would all like to see this classic Kenny Loggins track from the movie Top Gun.

Well, it makes me smile, and smiles are in short supply right now.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

before the F-14 Tomcat

this was the big stick

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