life is not waiting for the storm to pass
it’s about learning to dance in the rain
well, here in England you at least have to walk in the rain
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.
but positively monochrome
the Tokyo Olympics I mean
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.
track cycling is an Olympic sport, but not proper road racing
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.
but Australia is likely to be in lockdown until Christmas
inflation is taxation by another name
your government is lying to you
Just in case you hadn’t noticed the price of everything is going up, starting with how much it costs to fill your car’s petrol tank. Here in England petrol costs about £6.00 a gallon, while in the USA it’s around $4.00 for a smaller gallon. Don’t expect the cost of petrol / gasoline to get cheaper, ever.
The inexorable increase in the price of everything is called inflation, and it’s currently standing at 3.3% per year in the UK and maybe 2.25% in the USA. The snag is that wages and salaries are not increasing in line with inflation, so we all need to make the most of our money.
- Don’t use your car for a short journey, walk instead.
- Cancel your gym membership, you probably don’t use it, and you don’t need it, especially if you walk more.
- Cancel your subscription TV channels, you don’t need them.
- Stop buying things you don’t need, never go shopping without a proper list, and stop making impulse purchases.
- Pay off your credit cards, even if it means using your savings and part of your pension fund.
- If you can, pay off any other borrowing you have.
- Stop borrowing money, no matter how easy it seems, paying it back, plus interest, is damned expensive.
- Don’t cool your home so much, turn up the thermostat on your AC.
- Don’t heat your home so much, turn down the thermostat on your heating.
- Stop hanging about in bars drinking and looking for casual sex.
- Eat out much less, stop buying takeouts, learn to cook instead.
- Start growing your own produce, gardening is healthier exercise than going to the gym.
- Sell things that you never wear, use, need, and probably don’t like any more.
Or do as I do and lead a minimalist life instead of a life of conspicuous consumption.
some of us have to count every penny
in mid-winter it’s hard to believe in global warming
I’m just going outside
I may be some time
there are lies
there are damn lies
and then there are government statistics
totally unused Covid testing station
Governments, at least in western civilised countries, are not supposed to lie. However, that does not stop them from being economical with the truth. Based on the evidence of my own eyes I firmly believe that my government is not only being économique avec la vérité, but is not averse to telling the odd untruth.
Lots of lockdown restrictions are supposed to be lifted tomorrow, Monday July 19th, and in the run-up to that there is growing alarmist talk from 10 Downing Street, (the seat of English government). Allegedly the number of new covid cases is now running at some 50,000 a day, with 740 patients hospitalised. (There are about 115,385 hospital admissions a week in England, for all reasons.)
Even if these numbers were real, that means that only about 0.075% of the UK population are testing positive for the coronavirus and only 0.055% of those are being sent to hospital ~ with covid, not necessarily for covid. There is NO new covid pandemic here in England, despite all the government’s lies, misinformation, and black propaganda would have us believe.
I also treat the ‘testing positive’ numbers as suspect. Here in the North East of England I am supposed to be right in the middle of a covid hot-spot, and to prove it there is a huge walk-in, drive-in testing station just the other side of the Marina from me. In a week I have seen nobody going in there to be tested, and nobody coming out again after being tested, positive of not. Where are all the ‘positive for covid’ numbers coming from?
The most common test for covid here is called the rapid lateral flow test, which is so useless that any schoolboy knows how to make it give a false positive. No doubt our new health secretary Sajid Javid knows how to make a lateral flow test read positive, and if he doesn’t, he should.
Governments and their health advisors have created a monster with all the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns, laws, regulations, and restrictions ~ and now their monster is out of control.
Maybe none of them are intelligent enough to have ever read Mary Shelley or Robert Louis Stevenson.
it only looks impressive