Tag Archives: Urban Survival Skills for Men

Tunes on Tuesday ~ I’m the Urban Spaceman

in the 449 days I’ve been in lockdown
I could have taken a rocket ship to Mars

There can’t have been many bands with a name as stupid as the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, (if you can think of one then please let me know).  But I like this song, and right now I quite feel like I don’t exist.

At least Ground Control in the USA is still listening to this Englishman.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the good old Saturn V

often copied but never bettered

 

 

Words I Suddenly Dislike

some words should never have been invented

Awe-Inspiringly,  Awefulize, Awesome,  Bigsie,  Cancel Cultire,  Contact-Tracing,  Contactless,  COVID-19,  Denialism,  E-Scooter,  Fantoosh,  Franger,  Influencer,  Lockdown,  LOL,  MacGyver,  Meghan Markle,  Mentionitis,  Misgendering,  ROLF,  Sad Fishing,  Segway,  Shero,  Social Distancing,  Truthiness,  WFH, WIP, WTF,  Woke,  Zoodle

I have no idea what some of the above mean, and honestly, I don’t really want to know

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I don’t know what that means either

Monochrome Monday ~ Dystopia

are we doomed to live in the dystopian dictatorship forever?

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

international travel is banned

our borders are closed

Scenes on Sunday ~ Vacations

it’s much better to travel hopefully
than it is to stay at home imprisoned in lockdown

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

on vacation I like to rent a convertible mustang

Monochrome Monday ~ My Home Town

a grey north eastern seaside town, but it’s home

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

digging in the mud

Scenes on Sunday ~ that’s not a car

less polluting than any electric car

I bought myself a car

or is it a shopping cart?

very different from the last car I owned

or truck

and it will do 60 mpg

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I also owned a TR6

among many other vehicles 

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.

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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.

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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

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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

Rethinking Life

without struggle success has no value

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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.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

travel and adventure are on the agenda

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