Scenes on Sunday ~ D Day

quite the greatest thing we have ever attempted

Eisenhower and U. S. 101 Airborne

Hawker Typhoon

Douglas Dakota

Sherman DD Swimming Tank

Churchill Tank

Omaha Beach

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

U.S. Rangers at Point du Hoc

Songs on Saturday ~ Hurdy Gurdy Man

being a street busker is fun, until it isn’t

Following my earlier post today with a Monkees song from 1968, this from Donovan is actually one of the top tunes of that year, depending on which list you look at.

Donovan’s music and image was always a bit hippy and pot smoking for the people in my part of the world ~ until they went to university and became hippy, pot smoking students.

It’s a good song.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Marmy has his Californian hippy side

Songs on Saturday ~ Daydream Believer

believe in your dreams
because if you don’t nobody else will

I remember this Monkees song from nineteen-hundred-and-frozen-to-death, (actually 1968).  Back the it wasn’t ‘cool’ to like the Monkees, not when here in England we had The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, and Manfred Mann.  But I liked this back then, and I still like it now.

Besides, I like the message, because I do believe in my dreams.

Please listen with a smile.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

underneath all that is a very cool, hard core, Pontiac GTO

 

Random Jottings ~ A Fresh Start

no matter what, tomorrow is another day

~

life’s a beach, put your footsteps in the virgin sand

~

living in your comfort zone, staying with a bad relationship

is just building your own prison walls

~

a new year isn’t the only time to make a fresh start

~

when your partner cheats on you

be positive about it and find a better partner

~

if what you’re doing isn’t working

try something else instead

~

don’t be limited by others

choose to believe in yourself

~

you either own yourself

or you let others own you

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

don’t look back

you’re not going that way

Rethinking Life

without struggle success has no value

~

Here in England normal life has been on hold for 438 days.  With varying degrees of severity we have been prohibited from doing most things that make life worth living; from meeting family and friends, to going to any and all places of business, entertainment, and worship, and even following our chosen trade or profession.  Face it ~ most of us have been locked down at home, suffering that most terrible of punishments; imprisonment and solitary confinement.

And personally, not much good has come from that.  On the upside I haven’t been sick with the coronavirus.  On the downside the list of bad and really bad things is long, pathetic, disturbing, injurious to my health, and life-threatening.  All in all, I would say that the policy of shutting down the entire country for over a year is the worst thing supposedly civilised and ‘liberal’ governments have done since 1914.

The worst of it is that I haven’t lifted myself above the morass, the slough of despond, and done something useful with my time.  I haven’t had a robust programme to improve my physical, mental, and spiritual health and fitness.  I haven’t written a book, taken up a new course of study, or routinely practiced something like meditation, tai chi, yoga, or even moon-walking.  Basically I’ve felt sorry for myself, put on weight, got myself a prison pallor, and spent lots of time aimlessly staring at the TV.  Some of the time I drank too much.  I was utterly unmotivated.

BUT, now that there is a light at the end of the Stygian lockdown tunnel, I feel the need to get a hold of my life and make it better than it was before all this fucking coronavirus crap began.  So what to do?  Big, meaningful changes take a hell of a lot of effort.

Step One.  Cut out all the bad things I’ve been doing just to fill in the empty hours.

Step Two.  Get out of the garret into the fresh air and sunshine, lose the prison pallor, get some exercise.  Yesterday I walked 8 miles, and meditative walking is really good for the body and soul.

Step Three.  Make a plan, some lists, some aims, goals, targets, dreams and desires.  Use all the skills and techniques I’ve learned about project planning and start a project to make myself and my life better than ever it was before.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

travel and adventure are on the agenda

Random Jottings ~ Lies

no woman ever lies about how much they drink
or where they’ve just been

~

a woman will ask a question when she already knows the answer

so lying to her is usually  is futile

~

the perfect man

doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, doesn’t lie, doesn’t cheat

and doesn’t exist

~

never lie to a woman, unless it’s also a compliment

~

you can always tell when a politician is lying

it’s when they’re talking

~

a good liar is an expert at deceiving himself

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a lie can be half-way around the world

before the truth has got its boots on

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

never trust a drunk

they lie just for fun

Inalienable Rights

life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

~

To any right-thinking man it is self-evident that governments are created to protect our unalienable rights ~ freedoms endowed upon us by our creator, and which supersede any man-made laws.  These natural rights include; the right to think for oneself, the right to life, the right to self-defence, and these rights remain throughout one’s lifetime.

From the beginnings of common law these were rights which could not be surrendered to the sovereign or government, and were independent of any and all laws.  In fact any contract or law that tries to alienate such rights would be inherently invalid.  There is no act of submission by which man can give up the state of a free agent and enslave himself, for by doing so he would lose his humanity.  He would cease to be a man.

This was the entire point of American Independence, the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, the abolition of slavery, and in the case of we English the regicide of Charles I in 1649.  Go further back and read the second and most important book of the Torah and the Old Testament, and you will see that the Exodus is also about these same inalienable rights.

And yet, the governments of the supposedly free western world have been using the peoples’ dumb acquiescence to take away these God given rights, on the grounds that it’s for our own good.

Let us leave aside the really big events, things which drove a coach and horses through all of our freedoms, things such as; the Prohibition of Alcohol, Income Tax, the Draft during the Vietnam War, and England joining the European Union.  Instead let us consider the petty restrictions that officialdom has imposed upon us because of the non-existent threats of the COVID-19 virus;

  • house arrest for months
  • a prohibition on meeting other people
  • compulsory wearing of useless face masks
  • compulsory frequent testing for the coronavirus
  • compulsory vaccination by threats and intimidation
  • the closure of bars, pubs, restaurants, theaters, and churches
  • a total prohibition on travel, which is only now being slowly lifted

Actually it’s worse than all that, there has also been a vast propaganda campaign to convince us that the coronavirus is a threat to civilisation as great as the Black Death, and an insidious creeping censorship of the news media.

Once given these controls over the general public, governments and their lackeys will not easily surrender them.  Not any government, not ever.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the County of Oxfordshire is about to ban smoking outdoors

you couldn’t make it up

Covid Inoculation

they say that it’s safe
and you can’t get safer than safe

~

I had my second covid shot yesterday, and there have been no obvious side-effects.  The one and only reason I have had these injections is because I want to travel, and going anywhere ‘abroad’ seems like it will only be possible if you can prove that you have been vaccinated.

As I stated in my earlier blog about governments’ misleading statistics, the chances of me testing positive for the virus are less than 1 in 300, and the chances of me getting very sick from covid are less than 1 in 500.  Far more people will die from cancer than will from the coronavirus, (and all cancer treatment and testing has been stopped for the duration of the alleged pandemic).

NOBODY knows what the long-term effects of these vaccines might be.  But, what the fuck, I’d rather enjoy whatever time I have left than live as an isolated and frightened hermit.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

of course I could go crazy later and marry a dog

COVID ~ Official Scaremongering

there are lies, damn lies, and statistics

~

Much in the news here are rumours that Prime Minister Boris Johnson might have to back off on the plan to completely release England from the stupidity of lockdown / house arrest / self-quarantining / the wearing of useless face-masks, currently scheduled for June 21st, because the number of people testing positive for the cornonavirus has spiked at 3,165 in day, (and nobody died).  Mostly this ‘spike’ in the numbers testing positive is because of Mr. Toad’s stupidly delayed decision to stop travel / incoming flights from; Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan ~ presumably to avoid being seen as ‘racist’.  So while the disease hell-hole of the Indian sub-continent has the dead from covid being thrown into the Ganges, people from there were still free to enter the UK, until April 23rd

There are no available demographic statistics revealing what part of our population has tested positive for the virus, but it is very noticeable that the rise in cases is mostly in towns which have large communities with strong links to the Indian subcontinent.  Interestingly the latest spike in the number of cases is attributed to the Indian variant of the virus.

Something about these numbers stinks like last week’s bad fish, so I decided to look deeper into the statistics.  The most recent week for which I could find a complete set of numbers is between 13 – 19 of May 2021, when 14,051 people tested positive for covid, or an average of or an average of 2,007 a day, (assuming 7 day testing).  BUT, in that same week a total of 4,559,810 people were tested, meaning that the positive test rate was 0.324%

In the UK you only have a 1 in 300 chance of testing positive for covid.  So what’s all the fuss about FFS?  If you test positive for covid it is very unlikely that you will die from it, in fact most people who test positive for the coronavirus have no symptoms at all.

The sky is falling.  Buy an umbrella.

What the government tells us about covid are not lies, nor even damn lies, they are merely utterly misleading statistics.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the egregious Mr. Toad

and his strange new spouse

neither wearing a face mask

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Sail Away

the wind and the waves are always on the side of the navigator

The main reason I’ve posted this Chris Rea song is because I love the video.

On a day when the wind is perfect, the sails just need to open and the world is beautiful again.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Rod Stewart ~ Sailing

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