Category Archives: Lifestyle

Songs on Saturday ~ Drunk On A Plane

eventually the cabin staff will cut you off

Following the Dierks Bentley song Somewhere On A Beach I posted earlier today, I also came across this little ditty.

I have so been there.

Except I didn’t actually go to Cancun.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

but Marmaduke always has my back

Songs on Saturday ~ Somewhere On A Beach

it’s got to be five o’clock somewhere

This song by Dierks Bentley says everything about the kind of summer vacation that I can’t enjoy right now.  As a matter of fact there are some fabulous beaches near the garret, but it isn’t warm, it isn’t relaxing, and there is certainly a dearth of hot girls in skimpy bikinis.

If it comes right down to it I can’t play the guitar either.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

but I can dream

can’t I?

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

 

The Covid Prison

England is now a vast concentration camp

I am not a number, I am a free man

There is an insidious cloud hanging over England, a pernicious prison created by our own government’s spineless belief in a bunch of discredited scientists and health officials.  This has been a year-and-a-half of chaos for the British People extended to August the 14th by inexplicable ‘test-and-trace’ and self-isolation rules.  It’s all been a total waste of time and treasure.

Theoretically I am free to go almost anywhere in the UK and most of Europe, but should I find myself anywhere near anyone who has tested positive for the coronavirus then I will be required by the government to go into strict self-quarantine for 10 or 14 days ~ despite the fact that I have been vaccinated and more than likely would never test positive for the coronavirus.  And, because of the £37 billion thrown away on the pointless ‘test and trace’ system this grossly inept government will make damn certain that I follow it’s stupid covid laws, regulations, and rules.

Let me give you an example of how insane this all is.  All of France is now off-limits to we English because there has been an ‘outbreak’ of the coronavirus on Reunion Island, which is a tiny scrap of land, in the middle of the Indian Ocean, 6,000 miles from Paris.  The population of the island is some 860,000, of which some 3,000 have tested positive for the virus.  It’s lunatic madness.

If I go into a bar or restaurant here I am supposed to scan my smartphone so that if anyone connected with the place tests positive for the virus, then the government can tell me to self-isolate.  I can’t sensibly book a flight to anywhere because it could be cancelled at short notice, and anywhere I go might be put onto the no-go list at the drop of a hat.

Last week the government here told 1,500,000 people that they must self-isolate.  No wonder Boris Johnson is pushing to be the most unpopular Prime Minister ever.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

It looks like I will not be visiting my American friend any time soon

Thank You For Being A Friend

friendship is all about trusting each other, helping each other
loving each other, and being crazy together

This song is for a friend, someone to whom real friendship means everything.

Maybe, someday, I can repay her friendship.

Maybe it will always stay this way.

Well, I can dream, can’t I?

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

one rose can never be enough

unless it’s given in true friendship

Steadfast in Friendship

it’s a good life for those who don’t weaken and break

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a friend in need is a friend indeed

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a steadfast friend is unchanging and faithful

behave constantly, honestly, and courageously

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a true friend is trustworthy, honest, open, and supportive

live with passion and conviction even in the face of opposition

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a sure friend is dependable, reliable, constant, and unwavering

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be like the cliff against which the waves continually break

but it stands firm and tames the fury of the waters around it

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

a steadfast friend is there for you

in good times and bad

I Love Her

sometimes a man needs to say ‘I love her….’

This song is for a friend of mine, someone I’ve been neglecting for a week, ever since I went to a family event that  didn’t go so well.

And, I do love her…..

I need to say it more often….

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Love isn’t just for Valentines Day

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

 

 

Random Jottings ~ Mortality

in the midst of life we are in purgatory

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in the dark, all paths are unknown

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every day we live we learn something new

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I could have died for her, but I couldn’t live for her

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there can never be love without despair about life

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an awareness of one’s own mortality

can mean we live a truer and more meaningful life

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the pain of loneliness is the most meaningful part of our mortality

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the only thing real in Life is Love

so accept the pain of the dance

Funereal Depression

in the midst of life I am in a mess

I am still suffering from the after-effects of attending my uncles funeral.  Something about it affected me very badly, so badly that I lost myself in alcohol for a couple of days.  I am still not certain what about that event hurt me so much, but no doubt I’ll figure it out eventually.

Hopefully, all you are well out there.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

tomorrow is a new day

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