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Not Being a Better Man

ask not what others can do for you

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follow the money

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what’s in it or me?

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she will never know

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everyone has affairs

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everybody likes strippers

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so, what do I get out of this?

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how can I get away with this?

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so I watch a lot of porn, so what?

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I don’t do her anniversaries and birthdays

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

just one little drink won’t hurt

Stop Wasting Your Money

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.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

some of us have to count every penny

Tunes on Tuesday ~ England Swings

if you can remember the swinging sixties
you were never there

Now that England has finally seen the back of, (most of), the stupid coronavirus restrictions, the country is getting back to normal again.  England isn’t quite swinging, but I still think this Roger Miller song is appropriate for the mood of the day

Of course some of us are old enough to remember the swinging sixties, when both skirts and cars were tiny minis.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

real mini coopers

very swinging sixties

Lockdown ~ It Isn’t Black and White

England expects an end to coronavirus chaos

scenes of covid chaos at Heathrow airport

It’s lockdown day 483, and today, Monday 19th of July is supposed to be our Freedom Day.  Except it isn’t because Bumbling Boris Johnson seems to think it’s funny to be the Prime Minister of a country stumbling from one farcical situation to another.

There are still a hell of a lot of covid restrictions in place, principally surrounding overseas travel, and what happens if you’re unlucky enough to have found yourself anywhere near someone who has tested positive for the ‘Indian Influenza’ or ‘South African Variant’.

If you have been near someone who has tested positive, then you are supposed to go into 10 days of strict self-isolation ~ and I mean the conditions around that are eye-wateringly onerous.  And, just in case you didn’t know you’d possibly been exposed to covid, your cell phone will alert you because it will have been near the cell phone of someone on the lurgy list.  Or the NHS test and trace system will finger you, or a neighbour, or your workplace, or your kids school…..

Of course, it was predictable that Boris and his cronies would try to exempt themselves from all the illogical and draconian rules and regulations they’ve put in place after Health Minister Sajid Javid tested positive.  But, the furore when it was announced that Boris was above the law has persuaded the bumbling buffoon that he’d better stick by the rules after all.

Luckily for him that he’s probably got someone to explain all the rules and regulations for him, because there’s bugger all chance of the general public understanding them.

I predict that Boris’ days are numbered.  The buffoon has shown himself to be utterly out of kilter with public opinion far too many times for his party to go on standing by him.  Old Etonian and Oxford University arrogance may well spell the death knell of his prime ministerial tenure ~ eventually.

But it’s not all black and white.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

covid queues are longer than the flights

Songs on Saturday ~ Soak Up The Sun

it’s the English summer, and we have sun

There aren’t many English bands who have ever had songs about sunshine ~ plenty about fog, rain, winter and misery.  Ergo I had to look to some music from the USA to find a decent song about the sun.  I like this from Sheryl Crow.

Today I will be enjoying a little of our very own pale English sunshine.

Who needs sunscreen here?

Don’t get burned.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Pacific sunset

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

Go Woke ~ Go Broke

alert to injustice in society, especially racism

a couple totally alert to any form of criticism

In George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four he coins the term Newspeak, which was the language Big Brother’s enforcers used ~ a language designed to diminish the range of thought of the populace.

Here and now, right here in the free world, newspeak is the euphemistic, mealy mouthed language routinely used by politicians, government officials, and left-liberal pressure groups.  It’s a bunch of words, phrases, and attitudes that are intentionally difficult to understand, and / or does not mean what it seems to mean.  The whole point is to confuse and deceive ‘ordinary people’.

In Nineteen Eighty-Four a totalitarian state wields total power over its own citizens, ‘for their own good’.  It’s all about surveillance, propaganda, and control ~ it’s all about quashing any thought or opinion that does not agree with that of the righteous.

This is exactly what we have right here and now, right here in England.  And, looking from here, I’d have to say that you have it worse in the USA.

There are some things that we are told we must believe in; man-made global warming, green energy, LGBTQ+ rights, feminism, critical race theory, the coronavirus pandemic, vegetarianism, and the prevalence of extreme right-wing terrorism.  (I may have missed out two or three things that Californians passionately believe we should all believe in.)

For me, the phrase that perfectly encompasses the whole of modern Newspeak is Climate Change Denial ~ which is spat out in much the same way as Holocaust Denial used to be.  Oh, and of course, the use of that word Trump.

Here in England the chief propagandists for the woke newspeak mindset are; the BBC, the Church, Universities, Big Charities, the Labour and Liberal political parties, sections of the press, and sadly our very own Prime Minister Boris Johnson.  All of which are quite unpopular with people like me, the ‘silent majority’ who actually have all the money these people need if they want to keep on pushing their woke agendas.

But you know what?  We vote with our feet and our wallets, and all of those with a woke left-liberal agenda are hemorrhaging support and going broke.

And just in case you think I am speaking from a position of white privilege, read my post some signs of being poor from earlier today.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

for the uneducated

the white stuff is water vapour

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

 

Can’t Stop This Thing We Started

true love stories never have unhappy endings

I’ve been alone in lockdown for 478 days ~ long enough for me to think very carefully about relationships, friendships, and true love.  This Bryan Adams song is for someone who is more than just a very good friend.  I know that she is going to stick around, and that our story will never have an unhappy ending.

All she has to do is ask me, and I’ll tell her that I love her.

We have known each other for quite a while now.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Rose and Ginger

a partnership made in Heaven

 

Hybrid Cars ~ What’s the Point?

save the planet and buy a car with two engines

under the hood of an F-150 hybrid

It all starts with the acceptance of catastrophic anthropogenic climate change ~ or for the less scientifically minded; man-made global warming.  In fact it doesn’t, it really begins with car-hating Americans like Ralph Nader, and opportunistic fellow travelers like Al Gore.  Californians, in particular, like the idea of there being less cars, and less polluting cars on their freeways.  The snag is, in the USA you can’t go anywhere without driving there.  (Unless you fly ~ and nobody would be insane enough to suggest a hybrid Boeing 757.)

So, smarter minds than the green, anti-car activists tried to come up with a solution.  The first go-around were all-electric vehicles such as the Tesla, and apart from the hugely polluting batteries, that idea has some merit.  Bigger engines, like a nuclear power plant, are more efficient than the smaller gas engines in the average Ford.  The snag is, electric cars are useless; expensive, short ranged, and difficult to recharge, (time and place).

The solution to that one is to make the car recharge itself.  We add an electric motor and batteries to an ‘ordinary’ petrol powered vehicle ~ and we have the New Bright Hope, the HYBRID.  FFS!

Hybrid technologies are not new; they’ve been around for over a century.  Petrol-electric, diesel-electric, even nuclear steam-turbine electric…..  And they are good solutions for pressing engineering problems.  But hybrid technologies are in no way ‘green’.  In fact, hybrid technologies for mass-market road vehicles are far more polluting than just buying a small petrol-powered car.

Buy a hybrid and all you’ve done is buy a power-station on wheels.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

all electric Tesla

mostly powered by fossil fuels

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