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Food on Friday ~ Snack Tax

don’t do as I do, do as I say

eat algae instead of traditional roast beef

Here in roast beef and Yorkshire pudding scoffing England, where a salad is something you feed to your pet rabbit, the woke government has come up with the brilliant idea that they should stop us from consuming so much sugar and salt.  So; the gluttonous, obtuse, lazy, deceitful, slothful, self-important, public school and Oxford educated Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked one of his old school chums to write a report justifying a new set of taxes on fat people.

The fat and self-important, Old Etonian Henry Dimbleby was appointed Government Food Advisor.  His National Food Strategy calls for a new tax of £6 a kilo on salt and £3 a kilo on sugar, (a kilo is 2.2 lbs in real money).  Lots of sugar and salt go into snacks, canned food, cakes, bread, biscuits, cookies, pizzas, prepared meals, burgers, candy, and junk food.  (Coincidentally Dimbleby owns the ultra woke incredibly green Leon fast food chain, which serves unhealthy very expensive very fashionable crap.)

These new taxes would cost the average English family an extra £250 a year on food.  For example, I don’t eat Nutella, but if I did a jar would go up from about £4.75 to about £6.00.  FFS!

A couple of fat Dimbleby’s other ideas are that we poor should eat algae-based foods and that exercise is a waste of time.

Unsurprisingly these ideas have not attracted much approval ~ in fact the popular press has been condemnatory in their derision.

Unsurprisingly fat Boris has distanced himself from the whole mess.

For the time being the idea of taxing the less well-off for wanting to eat tasty food has been kicked into the long grass.

But, given this left-liberal government’s rabid desire to interfere in the lives of everybody, I expect all of these taxes and regulations to sneak back by stealth.  In the not too distant future.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

no salt please, we’re English

Food on Friday ~ the Nanny State

when did Mary Poppins say that the English can’t eat meat?

the fish and chop van has arrived!

Here in England the government, its bureaucrats, and unelected busybodies are never happier than when they are telling other people how to live their lives.  Now the overweight and unhealthy-looking Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed an overweight and unhealthy-looking ‘restaurateur’ Henry Dimbleby to be the national ‘food czar’ with the task of getting Britons to eat healthier.

Dimbleby’s big ideas include a 6% salt tax to go along with the 18p per litre sugar tax we’re forced to pay.  (a Big Mac would increase in price by 20p just because of all the salt in it)  The same guy wants a meat tax, ‘in order to save the planet’, and aims to cut the consumption of dairy products by 20%.  There is also likely to be a tax on saturated fats.  (butter, lard, suet, cheese, ghee, and palm oil are all targets for new taxes)

Meanwhile the government here is spending £100 million on an anti-obesity campaign ~ they should look at their own waistlines first.

In another move the government here has banned fast food advertising from the television before nine-o-clock in the evening, when all good children should be fast asleep in bed.

And, the Prime Minister’s latest wife Carrie Johnson, (nee Carrie Symonds), wants to takle fish suffering, including protecting their mental well-being, by banning fishing.

The arrogant stupidity of some people appalls me.

Some say that all idiots went to Eton College and Oxford University.  And that the experience warped their brains.  All I know is that if you look at any really facile, incredibly stupid idea, then some Oxford University Graduates will be behind it.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

can’t have salmon for dinner

the mental well-being of fish is at stake here

Healing Myself

love yourself enough to set boundaries

drinking, smoking, and not exercising will kill you

Most of us have our fare share of problems, and some of us have long-term health issues that we struggle with on a daily basis.  Some call this having a dis-ease, meaning that we are not at rest, constantly worrying and fretting, in physical, mental, and / or spiritual pain.  Addiction, anxiety and depression, personality disorders, and in my case a touch of OCD, means that we are seldom at ease.

Whatever your problem is, whatever your health issues are, no matter what your ambitions, goals, dreams and desires are, I firmly believe there is a lot we can do to help ourselves, to heal ourselves from what plagues us, to make ourselves a better life.

For me, that means first of all knowing myself, admitting to myself just who and what I am, and accepting that I have some physical, mental, and spiritual health issues.  For example; I’m over my ideal weight, I’m no where near as fit as I’d like to be, and I suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorders.

Some would go to doctors, and take medication, or seek therapy and counselling, or just ignore the whole health thing altogether.

However, I am self-motivated to heal myself and make a better life for myself and those I care for.  I have a good daily routine, even if I don’t always stick to it.  I keep myself and the garret clean, tidy, and smart.  Getting enough rest and sleep is important, as is getting enough fresh air and exercise.  I eat pretty well and healthily, and I don’t binge eat or eat late at night.  Watching TV is not a big thing for me, instead I read and listen to music.  The key is not getting side-tracked, staying focused, and not getting discouraged when things aren’t perfect.  Most importantly for me ~ not drinking.

Some say that we need to live with a healthy mind in a healthy body.  And that having a positive outlook goes a long way.  All I know is that physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

torment is not a happy state

it will kill you

Covid Testing Shambles

order, counter order, disorder, fucking shambles

The number of people testing positive for the coronavirus in England has reached  about 11,000 a day, which is less than 1% of all those tested in a day.

The most common covid test is the ‘lateral flow’ which gives a false positive in 60% of cases.

The allegedly more accurate PCR test gives a false positive a third of the time.

The estimate of possible deaths by covid used by the UK government to justify lockdown is known to be hopelessly inaccurate, inflating the numbers by 90%.

Vaccination against the virus has been found to be 96% effective, but the government is willfully ignoring these numbers when deciding on testing, lockdown, travel, and quarantine regulations.

Coronavirus Testing in schools will be axed due to the mass disruption it’s causing.

It could be August before English tourists are free to return to the UK without testing and quarantine.  But back among ‘them, the elite’ all those attending the G7 summit in Cornwall suffered no inconveniences at all, and thousands of soccer officials with their hangers-on will be allowed into England without quarantine to attend a couple of football matches.

The former head of the pointless, inefficient, useless, wasteful, vastly expensive, (£37 billion), covid Test and Trace programme, Baroness Dido Harding, wants to be the next boss of the National Health Service.  She is a ‘friend’ of our pointless, inefficient, useless, wasteful, vastly expensive Prime Minister Boris Johnson, so she could get the job.

Meanwhile, the current head of our £201 billion a year Nation Health Service, Simon Stevens,  has revealed himself to be a smug, smarmy, self-satisfied git in a televised interview by Sky News political editor Beth Rigby.  It seems that this wassock  thinks he’s a government minister and not just some over-paid bureaucrat.  Stevens makes a good foil for that other wassock Health Minister Matt Hancock.

You Couldn’t Make It Up.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalknet

Matt Hancock & Simon Stevens

England’s very own

Mutt & Jeff

New Age ~ New Me

you get nothing without hard work

hanging out in bars is self-destructive

It was my birthday a couple of days ago ~ another year older and deeper into lockdown.  Given the premise that this is a new age for me I’ve decided to give myself a complete makeover.  And I mean doing it all for myself because there’s nobody to do it for me ~ and anything someone else does for you never lasts.  Any real and beneficial change I want to make has to come from within.

This makeover will be directed at significant improvements of my body, mind, emotions, and spirit.  It’s also going to include looking better and having a much nicer, kinder, more effective, and more likable persona.

The truth is that I started this big self-improvement programme just after Christmas when I gave up alcohol.  If you drink, smoke, take drugs, gamble, or suffer from any of the other life-destroying addictions, then the first step on any self-improvement / self-development / makeover is to quit your addiction(s).  And trust me, if you do drink, smoke, take drugs, (including stuff like Xanax), or gamble ~ then you are addicted.  (The list of life-destroying things people can become addicted to is long and inclusive.)

My plan for becoming the very best version of Jack Collier that I can possibly be is very simple;

  1. stay away from alcohol
  2. have a good daily exercise routine
  3. eat and drink healthily, (mine is a Paleo / Mediterranean diet)
  4. get enough good sleep, retire and rise at the same time every day
  5. cut out a lot of mindless, time-wasting stuff; TV, internet, social media
  6. look as good as I can all the time; bathed, shaved, hair, decent clean clothes
  7. study and learn interesting challenging stuff, from proper books by real writers

It should be easy, given some self-discipline and determination.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

none of this crap

who could like that guy?

COVID Vaccination

one of the greatest lies ever told is that vaccines are safe

Every ten years or so I get myself vaccinated against tetanus, a habit I formed when I had hobbies and pastimes which involved getting dirty, lots of cuts and bruises, and coming into intimate contact with the good earth.  That’s the only vaccination I’ve had since I was a child, and even back then I never had my full quota of shots.  You may be able to tell that I’m not a big fan of the whole vaccination against everything school of medicine.

Vaccination is a barbarous practice and one of the most fatal of all the delusions current in our time.  ~  Mahatma Gandhi

Nevertheless, this morning I booked myself the required couple of vaccinations against the coronavirus.  This was not an easy process, given that one has to use an NHS website which is about as clunky as a Model T Ford.  Not only that, but the doctors and clinics in my town are not involved with mass imunisation so I have to travel 25 miles to a pharmacy in Bishop Auckland to get the shots.  That’s going to be 4 expensive taxi journeys.

Add to that the first available slot for me is at the crack of dawn on March 23rd, with my follow-up shot at the crack of dawn on June 8th.  It’s verging on pathetic inefficiency.  And for what?  I do not believe that the coronavirus is a rampant deadly disease, nor do I believe that being vaccinated offers me any significant health benefits.

However, if I ever want to go anywhere in the foreseeable future I am going to have to be able to prove that I’ve been immunised.    Most authorities, in most of the countries I would want to go to on vacation will be insisting that visitors have been vaccinated.

The more vaccination is supported by public authorities, the more will its dangers be concealed or denied.  ~  M Beddow Bayly

It looks as though the earliest date I will be allowed to travel abroad is Monday May 17th, at which time I may well be allowed to go to Greece, even though by that date I’ll only have had one jab.  But who knows, the whole thing is a moving target.

Some say that vaccinations are dangerous and ineffective.  And that the coronavirus isn’t even as bad as the flu.  All I know is that I’ll jump through hoops if it means I can enjoy some warm Mediterranean sunshine.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

if vaccinations are effective why will we still need to wear masks?

Managing Myself

first of all stop dicking around

Not so long ago I was miserable, irritable, and utterly ineffective.  I didn’t ever leave the garret, except to buy booze, I never spoke to anyone, and I didn’t do anything interesting.  Every day was the same as the day before.  I was sick in body, mind, and spirit.  From time to time I had dark suicidal thoughts.  Even though my life was a mess, it was a mess with an efficient daily routine behind it.  I was very good at doing nothing except wasting the time I had on this earth.

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.  ~  Peter Drucker

There are lots of ways and a myriad of techniques that I could have used to turn my life around, but before everything else I had to have the strong and unshakable desire to change myself and make my life better.  No Fairy Godmother was going to appear and make everything all right.  I wasn’t suddenly going to find an attractive woman who would give me the magical motivation to improve myself and my life.  Nothing good happens in life unless we make it so.

You can start to read lots of books, sign up for lots of expensive courses, and find tons of stuff on the internet that will say; ‘change your life around by following this advice’ ~ and they are all utterly useless unless first you have the willingness and determination to change.  Changing your life for the better takes every hour of every day of the rest of your life.  Being a better person needs willpower, and if you don’t have any willpower then create an unbreakable routine towards becoming the very best version of yourself you can possibly be.  If you can’t do that, then fake it to make it.

First of all I had to decide what I didn’t want.  What were the very worst things in my life.  What was I doing that was negative and self-destructive?  Think about it ~ what are the very worst things in your life?  What do you want the least?  What is killing you?  For me that began with agoraphobia and booze.  I had to stop drinking, and I had to get out of the garret, physically, mentally, and emotionally I had to get out of this place.

None of this was easy, but this blog is some small evidence of how far I’ve come since those dark days.

If I can become a better person, then you can too.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

you don’t need a gym to exercise effectively

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Travolta Strut

strut your stuff down main street

Another part of my morning routine, learning the ultra cool swaggering walk, aka the Travolta Strut.  I have this nailed, lots better than some Zebra.

You can tell by the way I use my walk that I’m a woman’s man.

Stayin’ alive ~ more than only just.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

don’t try that walk if you’re a woman

it will make you look like a hooker

 

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Elvis

elvis is in the building

In my fitness and fun programme I’m teaching myself to shuffle dance.  It’s a lot harder than young and fit women make it look.  I’m also learning a very cool moon-walk.  The Travolta strut I can do better than Travolta.

I believe that my latest flame is a great dancer

Tonight we’re gonna make it happen.

After this lockdown is over.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

she may need to lose a few pounds

 

Life Is Not a Game

be grateful for what you have and stop complaining

The world is full of people longing for change; to live somewhere else, to have a better and different relationship, to have a healthier life, or to finally get out of this fucking lockdown.  The grass is always greener on the other side ~ until you get there and you realise it’s pretty much the same as it was where you just left.  Longing for and dreaming of the next bigger and better thing, being richer, having a ‘nicer’ partner, having a really cool car ~ well that only makes us discontented, unhappy, and restless.

There are a couple of secrets; #1 is to be grateful for what you have  #2 is to make the most of what you have  #3 is to protect what you have. OK, that’s three secrets.

If you take a long hard honest look at your life you will probably discover that you don’t actually need much more than you already have.  Well, OK, women always need more shoes.

Most of us become discontented, unhappy, and restless when we start to compare ourselves with other people.  Your best friend owns a new Jaguar and you’re driving a 10 years old Nissan, and for some perverse reason that makes you unhappy.  Be grateful that you don’t have to walk.  Make the most of that Nissan; keep it clean, have it regularly serviced, use the right grade of gas.  In the meantime your best friend is paying so freaking much for her Jaguar that she uses cheap gas, which will fuck the engine in no time.  Your best friend isn’t protecting what she already has.  And when the Jaguar’s engine expires she will be walking

That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t want to improve ourselves, to work harder, to strive to be ‘better’ ~ we should because that’s part of human nature.  But don’t compare yourself to anyone else, comparisons are invidious.  Life Is Not a Game.  There are no winners and losers.  We are Born, we Live, and we Die.  That’s it.

So live a better life, and being miserable because you can’t move to a 5 bed 4 bathroom home is not living a better life ~ especially as there’s only yourself and your partner to consider.  The kids have left home ~ K.I.S.S.

You first of all have a duty to yourself; your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.  Work on that instead of worrying about a ‘better’ car, vacation, home….  Of course if you are a woman you do always need more shoes.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

it doesn’t like cheap gas

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