Tag Archives: Spirituality

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

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

 

Songs on Saturday ~ Dock of the Bay

When you’re locked inside the outside seems wonderful

I’d like to be sitting on the dock of the bay, but I’ll be in self-isolation for another 8 days.

Please listen with sympathy.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I am the lucky one

real love means doing whatever it takes

no more grey skies now

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never felt a love like this

just that first tender kiss

was all that it took

for me to give everything

to make her mine

for all of time

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jackcollier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

do whatever it takes

to chase the grey skies away

Exploring County Durham

it is strange how the places of our past call to us

Weardale, not so many miles from the garret, and yet a world away in memories.  I haven’t been up there in decades, and today I’m taking a short road trip to an area of hills, heather, dry stone walls, idyllic streams, and sheep.

These pictures aren’t mine, but I should have some good photographs to show you pretty soon.

The main thing is, a road trip into peace and quiet is good for the soul.

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Except I’ll bet that when I get up there it will be raining

Solstice Dawn

dawn was at 04:28 today
but at these latitudes it doesn’t get dark in June

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

but even in June it’s damn chilly here of at dawn

Songs on Saturday ~ Drive

nostalgia isn’t as good as it used to be

I took a little road trip down memory lane today, visited some County Durham villages I hadn’t seen or even thought about in decades.  I was struck by how much was the same as it used to be, and how much was different.  It was almost like being an Englishman in America, it’s almost the same but not quite.  Anyway, this Alan Jackson song about nostalgia is the best I could find for us today.

Please enjoy with a smile.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

My very first car was an HA Vauxhall Viva

There’s nostalgia for you

Geordies and Angels

I could not have made it this far
if there had not been angels along the way

just off the route of the A1, just outside of Gateshead in the North East of England, is the largest sculpture in England

the Angel of the North

The statue was built at a steel fabrication works in my town

Installed in 1998, the thing is 66 feet tall with a wingspan of 177 feet

which is bigger than a Boeing 757

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalknet

probably the most viewed sculpture in the world

Random Jottings ~ A Fresh Start

no matter what, tomorrow is another day

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

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living in your comfort zone, staying with a bad relationship

is just building your own prison walls

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

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when your partner cheats on you

be positive about it and find a better partner

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if what you’re doing isn’t working

try something else instead

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don’t be limited by others

choose to believe in yourself

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you either own yourself

or you let others own you

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

don’t look back

you’re not going that way

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.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Rod Stewart ~ Sailing

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