Saturday, 12 June 2021

Wearing short skirts, but what next?

It might be construed that I am jumping on the bandwagon but the particular issue now being spoken about is pretty important. It concerns the issue of sexual harassment in schools. Highlighted through the splendid work and courage of one lady Soma Sara with her website ‘Everyone’s Invited’. Everyone’s Invited was was set up last year as a place where victims, mostly in schools, are encouraged to record their experiences of sexual assault and abuse. It features accounts from university-age students to pupils as young as nine. They range from reports of people being drugged and raped at parties to explicit images being shared around. Soma reported a "rape culture" is "endemic" within the education system.

But how do we think this happens? Let’s look at our culture as shown in the media for starters – newspapers with scantily clad ladies, full-on articles about sexual gratification for women (the Big ‘O’), all in the most widely sold newspapers in the UK. TV programmes depicting full-on sex, books (the (in)famous ‘Fifty Shades’ series and much much more.

Furthermore this has culminated in dress codes, particularly for girls, where the skirts are now so short even a Scot wearing a kilt might blush. In the past I have ended up in a heated argument with a lady in our office when I said a lot of women dress and wear make-up like prostitutes. Now that might have been wrong of me because as the lady said ‘I wear this to feel good’. But I retorted ‘But it also excites non-wanted responses in men’. I suppose I had a point but expressed it in the wrong way. I am not apologising because basically, as we know now, I was right. There are ways of looking good without tons of make-up, micro dresses and skirts, t*ts hanging out, or stuffing bananas up one’s trousers.

Does it sounds banal? Well, it’s up to you but if we want to have a good, well behaving society where everyone but especially young girls feel safe and go about without being molested then we simply will have to look at our behaviour and address the issues.

I know sex is nature’s way to procreate and ensure a species survival. Nature does not give a hoot whether you enjoy the process or not. Sex is merely the way to combine two different genetic make-ups. It is a strong urge but it needs to be controlled in such a way that 1. it is successful and 2. does not interfere with the well-being of participants. Or 3. the well-being of others who could be affected by the behaviour of the participants. Meaning these could be existing children of the relationship.

It will take time to alter our behaviour. Even world-wide faith systems have strong views about sex but still fail to ensure good behaviour. The Rochdale sex abuse horrors being a case in point. Christian leaders too often seem to fall foul of things whether through systems of having to be celibate or through asceticism. But if we want to walk in safety from unwanted attentions we need to address these issues, so let’s get on with it!

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Hang Cecil Rhodes... oh a statue you say, hang it anyway!

Writing about our political problems is easy. But listening to some TV progs like Politics Today on the BBC makes my high blood pressure much higher. Today there was a discussion about the Oxford lecturers (bless their little hearts) refusing to teach the students at the Oriel College. First of all I thought that one of the lecturers might have molested a woman student or such things, as apparently happens in Universities from time to time but no, they were getting on the Woke train! The statue of Cecil Rhodes must die, possibly not a nice man as indeed many men or women from those times were not either, but that statue has to be removed, pulverised and the bits thrown into the nearest volcano. Iceland probably. Then we had on the discussion panel Layla Moron, sorry it might be Moran, not sure though, and Kate Porter, plus good ol’ Richard Madeley. After hearing Ms Moran I now know why the LibDems are in the doldrums and moreover will not get their fingers on the power button any time soon. Mind you she would not be better off in Labour either. Why do we have so many woke liberal lefties in politics today? Where are the people with common sense? Moreover why do we the electorate keep voting in these nobodies? As Richard indicated these statues are mostly of dead people. Nice ones and not so nice ones but they ARE dead! I keep on saying also you CANNOT change history whether you agree with it or not. But what you can do, is learning from it. But so far I would not think looking at all these woke actions, we have learned anything at all!



Sunday, 6 June 2021

Where are the birds now?

Writing about our political problems is easy because there are so many. The past few years have been particularly busy. It is true to say that due to easy use of the Web, Bloggers included, commentary and opinions are now worldwide. In many ways that’s good and in others it’s a bad thing. Us humans have not yet obtained self-control in using the Internet. But despite all of that there is an item that I have not heard of as yet. It is to do with Nature. When I was an ‘ondeugend’ (Dutch-naughty) chappy every summer we could see dozens and dozens of swallows flying and wheeling in the sky above the city. Even more in the countryside. Catching the numerous insects. Since marrying a Welsh beauty (they are all beautiful over here) I have seen a decline every year. But this year is the first year I have not seen any swallows, house martins, swifts in our sky above the Rhondda valley. There might be a few stragglers here and there but the hundreds are no more. What could be the reasons? Well, apparently the scientists have decided that insects on which they live have declined sharply. In fact it has become a worrying fact that bees and other pollinators have virtually gone from our gardens. So a few years ago I planted a cotoneaster plant as I noticed in someone else’s garden that bees swarmed over it when in bloom. It is true the garden wall against which the  cotoneaster grows is now also home to bumblebees. I also noticed that bees are flying around the top of my house and getting under the eaves. So, OK so far. But no swallows. The other thing is climate, too hot further south? Hunting? Italians seemingly are particularly fond of killing birds every year when the swallows migrate. Nesting opportunities? That was a problem also with another once numerous bird, house sparrows. Our modern homes have less chance of nesting under the eaves! I have not seen a house sparrow for a few years! A great pity that we, as humans, do not take much greater care of our companions in the world and instead do everything to destroy their habitats. Hopefully we will wake up when there is just one pair of everything left. Let’s hope there’s one chap who has built a boat.

Edit - Sunday 13/6/21 - I have just seen a family of 5 swifts flying high. The air pressure is high, hot weather ensures updrafts that take insects up. The swifts follow. But I'm happy to see at least  some. But again it is pretty dismal.

Saturday, 5 June 2021

Answering simple questions? Impossible in the UK.

With the nicer weather the boats are coming again.The English Channel has seen dozens, it has never been so busy. The people organising these trips must be rolling in cash! I think as far as the promises we’ve heard the government making day in, day out I think they don’t know what to do about it. Hiding behind flowery words. Even the competent Ms Patel has been banging her head against the Civil Service wall. I can tell Ms Patel she needs to wield the sword. The Civil Service is not fit for purpose. It is full of the Wokestan and Etonstan nobility! I wish her good luck. Secondly, what we see now on telly is the demands now made by the people we call ‘immigrants’. Not being contend to finally arrive where they have been wanting to go for months and paid huge sums to do so. They now expect first class hotel service, no less! Hot showers, good food and a three bed-room council house in the leafy suburbs. That’s what was promised to them in France. There is a simple question that needs asking – why cannot this be dealt with? This debacle was one of the reasons a lot of people voted for Brexit! But we are still having all the same problems we had before. I voted for the Conservatives, God only knows why, but I believed they had the gumption to get things done. I might have been wrong. Like all the governments before, just empty promises. The problems are already stacking up and it won’t be long before this Conservative government will lose its raison-d’être. It has not been easy, this Covid virus but the way we are dealing with it is bonkers. We are jumping on and off the bandwagon at the whim of ultra woke lefties who want to go desperately on holiday. Even with the CO2 belching planes of Ryanair or Easyjet. Are we absolutely doomed? Well, I have my Union Jack ready to wave as the waves close over my head. I will before expiring give the flag to the next ‘intelligent’ species to walk the Earth. Crabs.

ED Wokestan = London, Etonstan = Is a school for super privileged offspring of super privileged ultra left wing quasi nobility. Didn't you know that?

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Some worrying statistics....

For some time now and in quite a few messages I have mentioned global warming and the how’s and why’s. There should be no doubt that it is humanity’s fault. Yes, you and me! We are very quickly destroying the only place where we can live. If you do not think so I refer you to plenty of web research about CO2. I was astounded by how ill-informed I was. The Carbon Independent.org website shows why. Apparently the Paris agreement (Google that if you haven’t a clue) assumes greenhouse gas emissions of a quarter of a tonne of CO2 per hour flying. So, if you use air-planes to go on holiday and care about children, future generations, and social justice, and want to stay within the personal lifetime carbon budget of 50 tonnes CO2, flying is likely to be unaffordable, and therefore need to stop flying for the time being. (The limit of 50 tonnes CO2 per person is a figure compatible with the Paris Agreement.)

A Boeing 737-400 jet is typically used for short international flights. For a distance of 926 km, the amount of fuel used is estimated to be 3.61 tonnes , including taxiing, take-off, cruising and landing. Using a seating capacity of 164 [Wikipedia, viewed 28.2.08] and an average seat occupancy (or 'load factor') of 65%, this gives a fuel use of 36.6 g per passenger km. Another website (https://micpohling.wordpress.com/2007/05/08/math-how-much-co2-released-by-aeroplane/) has worked out that 2.6kgs of CO2 is produced per litre.

Jet engines as used by the 737 (and 747) use approximately 4 litres every second, so 14,400 litres an hour. Per hour that means 37.5 tonnes of CO2 are produced. Say, two hours to Spain therefore 75 tonnes of CO2 per flight. Per passenger if full, 75 tonnes/170= 441kgs of CO2. Your holiday puts 1 tonne of CO2 on your personal balance! So, the average family of 4 have produced 4 tonnes of CO2. Even if you planted a tree to offset this you would need to plant 4 trees per person every year! A native broadleaf tree is estimated to take up 1 tonne of CO2 during its life time (about 100 years). With figures such as these you can see the damage done by flying air-planes, even to just go on a holiday. 

There seems to be a strange misunderstanding between scientists as to how much CO2 is produced by jet engines. I have a printed out conversion table which is produced by the University of Exeter. That says that short-haul flights is deemed to use 0.18 kgs per passenger per kilometre. This sounds pretty close to the truth. So, you can work out short haul costs to the environment.

And just in case you did not think car driving is so bad, the average diesel pours 12kgs of CO2 into the atmosphere per 100kms. My workplace is 23 miles from where I live, that is about 36kms. I calculate that with stopping and starting in the busy traffic I have put some 15kgs of CO2 in the air. Petrol is worse, the average petrol car puts 20kgs per 100kms!

If we use the average of 16kgs per 100kms over all and multiply that by the average number of cars on the road (the RAC has calculated some 15 million people – this might be 15 million cars but some will have more passengers. Averaging out to 10 million cars. The average length of a commuter trip by car/van varies little across English regions and Wales at about ten miles. It is highest in the South East (11.2 miles) and lowest in London (8.6 miles).

So, averaging it all out we arrive at 1.6kgs of CO2 per 10 miles x 10,000,000 cars. Therefore on a daily basis we can pump some 16,000 tonnes of CO2 into the air in Britain alone! As these are averages there will be days it is less but also days it will be vastly more!

All these figures are easily obtainable from the Web. Just as I have done. Now we know why we are in trouble.

Edit - I think scientists use different techniques and possibly use data from manufacturers but I believe the University of Exeter seems to be the more correct.

Sunday, 30 May 2021

A bit of planning might do you good, or not......

In the good old UK and particularly in Wales, we have loads of by-laws, laws, and regulations to keep us all happy. One of these fields is Planning. That seems to be designed to make as much money for Councils as possible. No friends, it is not for your benefit as a citizen of your area. That is what they want you to believe. Don’t fall foul of political talk. I live in an area that is called the Rhondda. Once the world’s supplier of steam coal to power ships, trains and in so doing make it possible to travel and trade with the rest of the world. Today that has, as we now know, helped to heat up the atmosphere because of increased CO2.

So, what then about planning? Well, you only have to listen to central government and their ideas. Opening up the countryside because yes, we all know we need 2 million new homes.

It is plainly ridiculous. If we only just control immigration properly, then we would not now be one of the most densely populated countries in Europe. I am not saying we should stop immigration, it has its good sides but to just have open borders is plainly unsustainable. We cannot and should not concrete over vast swatches of green fields just so that every Tom, D*ck and Harry can tip-toe over and demand a proper three-bed room council house.

Councils take the easy route, certainly those in Wales seem to do. They have beautiful ideas like LDPs (Local Development Plans) I have seen one in my area and indeed it has already attracted development plans. Development plans that take no notice of water problems due to increased heavier rainfall, no notice at all of increased car usage and associated problems like PM (Particle Matter) in which the size 2.5 is a big problem causing bronchial disease, asthma among others. I have taken measurements with my PM detector and frequently we go over the 30 ug/m3, sometimes as much as 50! That is more than the WHO says is acceptable.

I would say nothing is acceptable but certainly no-one listens in the hallowed halls of government. We are stuck in the old stop-gap government style. You know it as ‘We have a problem, we solve the problem, that brings three new problems, we solve them, that bring 200 new problems. We go home now and kick the dog’. That’s our planning system. In one way we pay lip service to global warming because we just work on today’s problems like housing. Forgetting that it will just increase CO2 and water effluent.

The small river behind our house is no longer small. Thanks to increased rainfall and increased run-off from the new housing estates. No one thinks about how the medical services, doctors, dentist have to cope. To obtain an appointment takes quite a time, if you’re lucky. Planners do not seem to concern themselves with such problems, it’s nothing to do with them. The planet is presently at a fork in the road. Make a bad decision and take the right fork and we all die. Take the left and our grandchildren will live. Remember that when next voting for your preferred councillor, is he or she the right one? Don’t worry about political parties. They rarely do anything that benefits the population at large. Sorry to be so exhaustive, but it is important.

Saturday, 29 May 2021

Piers Morgan back to ITV? Do it right now!

Hullabalooh and all that, I’m hearing rumours that Piers (Morgan) might be coming back to ITV. Interesting that. Not really important to most I suppose but nevertheless interesting. Especially as he is known to have walked out of the ITV studios after a spat with the woke Alex Beresford. Well, just look at the occasion. Piers said that Meghan had been lying in her interview with the obviously starstruck Oprah Winfrey. Personally, I saw that interview, well, at least that bit shown in the UK and I have never seen or heard such drivel portrayed as prime world news! If that is what Americans like to do, it shows what I suspected a long time ago, Americans in the main are vacuous and money obsessed. Yet, the US has some great people in their midst. How did a two-bit soap actress get so much influence? It shows the Tinseltown’s approach to life. You go over dead bodies to get what you want. So, well done Piers to point some of that out. It is high time that lifestyles like that are portrayed and looked at. To be preached at how about to live bearing in mind global warming by persons who quite openly do not follow their own advice is about as mind killingly boring as looking at Eskimos trying to figure out what a coconut is.

Indeed Piers back at ITV to sort some stuff out happening in the world, what the upper echelons are up to whilst telling everybody else how good they are. We need people who are not afraid to ask awkward questions. They may not be answered, politicians in particular are good, educated in how to answer questions. Or rather how NOT to answer questions. Piers, good luck, let’s hope you can return to ITV. I cannot wait!

Friday, 28 May 2021

Eurovision? I like it!

Eurovision a laughing stock? No, people, it’s not. The Eurovision Song festival is just that , a festival. It has nothing to do with singing. It is simply a show, a show that leans on gimmicks. That is just something we here in Britain do not understand. Look who won. Yes, a third rate rock band, nobody had ever heard of, not even in Italy. Then here came the Brits, a serious singer, bit overweight, no backing band, he didn’t appear out of a Stonehenge replica, nor did he have the royal crown on his head throughout or even wore a kilt and played the bagpipes. What chance did he have? None whatsoever, actually nil points was good, it could have been minus 10! Problem now is with the way we select here is that there will be no-one interested to apply next year. It was already traumatic this year with only one or two applying, so our choice was simply this, do we have a man or a woman? We should have chosen the cat. But it was fun.

So, what next? I don’t believe we should withdraw. I think we ought to go along with the system. Which means that we should send something on the line like RuPaul. A singing RuPaul with a growling, low bass voice. Backed by a non-binary backing combo singing another song altogether. Lovely. That’ll do it, 600 points! Oh and do a Bend the Knee prior to performing.


Thursday, 27 May 2021

I want a friend like Cummings....

Isn’t it lovely to have friends? Friends like Mr Cummings. Just love the guy. Its just great to see people like him that can put the knife in and lovingly turn it around a few times so we all can see the blood flow.

It has to be obvious as well that Mr Cummings is as clean as a just born baby. Like he said, This Covid is not my fault you know. No, the Prime Minister, he is the one! I only went on a little drive to escape London! Why? Oh, a rampaging mob was outside my house. I love my cat and the poor moggie just was cowering away under the settee. That’s the reason I went to Barnard’s Castle. It's only some 250 miles you know. The cat likes to see swans swimming majestically. Blah di blah di blah....blah’. You know it says once again how rotten our political world is. Deadshead Cummings is just another of these charlatans. Why do we listen to guys like that? I said before ‘Don’t dig up your friends, let them rest in peace....’. He is someone who thinks everyone else is an idiot, except himself. A bit like me then (Oh, did I just say that?).

We are in the aftermath of one of those pandemics that flow around the world. Have done so since time immemorial. It is a feature of human civilisation. Of living together, ‘hutje bij mutje’ (a Dutch proverb-like saying, meaning living too close together). Of travelling all over the world, bringing diseases to areas where they were unknown. So, despite what is said, despite lying politicians, the only reason why we are in Covid trouble is ourselves. Our behaviour. It is really that simple. If you are ill in Bombay and travel to London, then we have the disease there as well. London like Bombay has over 10 million inhabitants, a rich field of opportunity to spread diseases like the family of rhinoviruses to which Covid belongs, like the flu and ordinary colds. Rhinoviruses are the most common viral infectious agents in humans and one  is the predominant cause of the common cold. So, there we are, in order to combat these outbreaks, just follow the simple guidelines, moreover let’s look at ways how we need to alter our society, how we need to behave, work and play.


Saturday, 22 May 2021

Does being a non-binary mean you're not counted?

Oh la la, he’s at it again. Rod Liddle my favourite journo, that is. Having a go at the police. He has a point you know. Police in high heels (South Wales) to show solidarity with women, police with blue nails (Avon & Somerset) showing solidarity with the movement against slavery. Painting a patrol car in the LGBTQ+ colours to show solidarity with I can’t remember what the ‘eck that was. As he indicated since when is the police politicised? Yes, because like it or loathe it these things are around today. We need the police to yes, police it! Not join it! I am a paid up member of the ‘Normal’ movement. Our gesture is not to bend the knee, have blue nails or dance naked on Porthcawl beach but have the forefinger and middle finger permanently displaying a ‘V’ gesture. 

One of my daily papers, the Sun, reported another artist becoming an ‘IT’, non-binary Demi Lovato. An eminently forgettable entity that. Not human I think, at least she doesn’t look human to me. Perhaps Obama, who believes in aliens, is right.

I am now waiting for Katie Price (aka Jordan?) to say she is no longer a she but is a non-binary ‘they’. We will end up with two Katies. Lovely, can’t wait. This is all just a sign of how low we have sunk. How woke we have become. Time to let all these idiots go on holiday. Let them go to a red listed country and cancel their return. Good riddance. 

Ed. To me non-binary means, not two, in other words one! So, it's just another meaningless idea. A person is not two beings. But let's have a look at the Oxford Dictionary - binary, composed of or involving two; dual. And further, something composed of two parts. So, non-binary does simply mean, a single entity. It has no bearing on the mental state, obviously. Thank you Ms Lovato for explaining to us that you do need a shrink after all. Have a look in the phonebook, plenty of shrinks around.

For those who do not know what a shrink is - a psycho analyst, psychologist.

How's Daddy then, Harry?

As probably everyone knows by now I am not a particularly avid royalist but at the moment I feel pretty strongly that the royal family is under threat. Not by me or the ‘normal’ public but by one of their own! I have to say from an outsider’s point of view that Mr Harry Windsor (note I am not using any titles) has completely lost the plot. Unless, and I say UNLESS, this is a new style attempt to take the crown. It has happened before of course. Richard III did it, two small princes disappeared. But I will be certain this is MR Windsor's coup d’etat when I see Price William and his children incarcerated in the Tower, London.

However it is portrayed, Harry is wildly overstepping the mark. I think it is high time he is told, ‘Shut the gob mate’. And God only knows why the media here are reporting this claptrap. Once we thought Harry to be a brilliant exposition of how royals should be. Caring for the country. A soldier of note. But these latest outpourings of his show without a doubt, his mental stability did not improve. His attempt to explain, why and how he suffered mental illness causing him to be on drugs, prescription drugs may be or the real ones – does show his inability to understand his position in the great scheme of things! I fear there are simply no fit Americans to get him out of that frame of mind. He simply married the wrong woman, and lives in the wrong country.



Thursday, 20 May 2021

Do you like variants? Well, variants seem to like us....

And so we are all wondering where we are as far as Covid is concerned. Kent, India, Brazilian variants are all creeping about. Lovely. But let’s have a look at governance. Despite the wonderful words emanating from Wokestan, sorry London or rather Westminster, you know the stuff ‘We will control the travel to countries that are on the red list’. Right, I feel much safer already. Then I see shots on TV from Heathrow Airport where travellers from the self-same red list countries freely mingle with everybody else in the halls. You must forgive me because I am a bit stupid really, I don’t understand what red list countries mean and nor does the management of Heathrow Airport.

But you know as well as I do that the world has changed, what you could do prior to 2020 is now curtailed. Let’s be honest even before Covid ransacked the planet we need to understand we would have to change anyway. Change our attitudes, our life-styles if we want to continue living decent lives. Perhaps it has escaped all our notice, but Covid is not particularly a killing machine like perhaps Ebola or malaria is. But it is so prevalent now because of our liking for travelling. Diseases like Covid just love air-planes and trains, buses and even hotel lobbies. Covid just waits in the wings of the town called Glastonbury, eagerly waiting for the crowds to turn up. Us humans absolutely love to accommodate Covid in that respect. We cannot blame anything or anyone else but ourselves. This episode of time should have at least made us understand that we have overstepped the mark. We have opened Pandora’s Box and it is still open. Can we do something about it though? Well yes but like all things to close doors takes effort. You have to take some action. Push the door and lock it. Similarly with diseases like Covid. We have to curtail travel. We have to be more hygienic. In places like Africa and Asia we have to ensure water is available. Potable water and if that means de-salinating plants, well so be it! We will have to dismantle the oil industry, the coal industry and jail any executives ignoring the new rule of law. We might even have to look anew at our commercial set-up. How we trade. We need to do this, not tomorrow but right now.

Monday, 17 May 2021

Who doesn't want to be 300 years of age? Me, me, me, me (or not)

If you already think the world has gone stark raving mad you are forgiven, if you haven’t please watch BBC programmes like ‘Click’ or indeed any other semi-scientific claptrap.

I looked at the science which is trying to increase the ageing process. Sounds good doesn’t it? Who doesn’t want to be 200 or even 300 years of age. Well, think of this – I am 250 today, I get in bed and next to me lies a wrinkled, parchment-skinned being who mumbles, ‘Hello darling...’. There are no teeth, they have gone long ago. She (I think it is a she, although my memory recalls she might be my wife) has a wig, apparent because it moved as I got into bed. To my consternation there was something hard in the bed (No, not that bit!) it was a false leg. During her 80’s she had an accident falling down the stairs. Anyway, you getting the point? Actually, talking about sex is fun but during my 120th anniversary I had a prostate operation and since then I needed the blue pill in ever greater quantity. I now take 4 at a time and it takes two days before they work so I need a diary to plan things carefully. Problem is after two days I can’t remember where I put the diary!

All this is just showing what life could be like, also what about food supplies? We cannot feed all the world’s population now! Imagine how it would be if treble the population was alive? 18 billion? You must forgive me, why spend money on this totally useless research? Now, if we could find ways of living a more healthier life, a life more in tune with nature that would be good. I think we should lose our fears, life is life and make it the best you can. We will die at some point, it is the way things were designed. Remember that each and everyone of us has a role to play, so make it a good one!


Who was Anne Boleyn again? Ask C4 TV....

Does anyone remember the name Enoch Powell? Yes, him of the rivers of blood in our streets. You might ask what was it all about? Well, quite simply coloured people outnumbering Caucasians. He was poohpoohed at the time and I also have problems with such opinions, although I know what was meant. But the establishment, that includes our media like TV and such does not do a lot to make life as smooth as possible. Let’s take the newest advertised series called Anne Boleyn. Did anyone know that Anne Boleyn was a coloured lady? I must say it is an interesting view on history of course and I wonder where C4 (that’s the station) did their history lessons? Probably at Eton I suppose. Obviously I am aware like everybody else that racism is about but this surely is the reverse? Or are we now rewriting our history because the Wokestan ultra liberal luvvies don’t like it? Wokestan used to be called London but London as we knew it is no more. Our new national capital now is Cardiff or if it isn’t it should be! Even so I like the look of the new Anne Boleyn. Just wondering if she knows she’s going to lose her head?

Sunday, 16 May 2021

Building frenzy? What building frenzy...

You know what worries me? The government’s mealy-mouthed approach to homes for the people. You hear a lot about ‘We must build more affordable homes’. Really! If there are builders who want to build ‘affordable homes’ you would not want guys like that ever repairing yours! Because in too many instances ‘affordable homes’ really stands for ’mediocre secondary quality’ homes. Now we have heard that the government wants to wrench local council control of planning matters away and make it, what I would say is, a ‘Free for all’. In other words, open up the country including national parks to developers. It is rather sad that diverse government departments do not work together. In fact I would say they are ‘enemies’ of each other. One states we need more and more homes, millions by the sound of it and another says we need more forests! Yet another says, ‘We have no money’. We have to start thinking – what happens if we literally concrete Britain over? What then for diversity? Has anyone ever thought what rain, and rain is getting more and heavier, does do to the remaining land? Yes, erodes it ten times faster. It is one of the reasons why flooding now happens on a regular basis. Concrete jungles do not soak up rain. Humans have to begin thinking about what our lives are supposed to be like. Will we want to live in a rich diverse world where trees and plants flower profusely, insects buzz around and animals freely roam their spaces? Or will we live in a chemically controlled world where we only see wasps, rats and fight an ever increasing plastic menace. Where we stroll around endless streets but only by day because during the night another type of human being roams, pretty well like the Morlocks of the Time Machine. Aren’t we doing well? Hmmmm....

Friday, 14 May 2021

Hello, new non-binary world!

HaHaHaHaHa, OMG, what next in this woke country? I love it, it is better than one of those great episodes in ‘It aint Half Hot Mum’! Do you understand what I’m saying ‘Lovely boy’?

Imagine now Windsor Davies (The sergeant) saying to one of the soldiers ‘Hey you, non-binary git, stand up you, twinkle toes’. Plus the media storm following that. Yes, I am so happy to be a gender recognisable person, well at least I recognised myself when I took my pants off and thought ‘What the ‘ell is that then?’ But recognition dawned and I remembered.

Am I sorry to have been born a man? Like ‘ell I am. Of course I now need my passport altered because the new non-EU ones will have a whole page in it that will show all the possible gender possibles. We will have Male, Non-male, Possibly Male, I thought I was male but not sure, Female, Non-Female, Possibly Female, Binary, Non-Binary, Possibly Binary, amongst many others. I think we should have separate entry points in stations, in trains, trams and buses and different coloured taxis in Wokestan (previously known as London).

All non-binary citizens will be able to apply for double benefits because the government cannot or will not decide either way. But I would advise all such citizens beware the taxman! Oh sorry, it could be taxwoman, taxnon-binary, taxbinary, taxpossiblebinary, taxIdon’tknoworwhatIam. Welcome to our brave new woke world!

Sunday, 9 May 2021

Hearing the drum of incredulity, again...

This country has absolutely lost its credibility. Just watching Countryfile (a TV ecological/farming programme) talking to some people who are planning spaceports. Not just one, no siree, quite a few, Cornwall, Scotland, even in the National Park of Snowdonia. Let me just say this, all talk about reaching for the stars is baloney. It is just not possible. I have heard otherwise sane people talking about, ‘Ah yes, not possible today, but tomorrow anything is possible’. 

The question that needs asking is - why bother? What benefit is this going to have? The nearest star is over 4 light years away. I am not going to bore you explaining that beside telling you, if you left today with your wife, your descendants 200 years hence might see Alpha Centauri. You also might find out they will not discover habitable planets. Because they are dead from cosmic radiation. Humanity might reach and colonise Mars but we cannot really live there unless shielded behind miles of rock. In the meantime we will be poisoning our atmosphere with more and more CO2, each rocket can put 100,000 tons of the gas in to the air. Not just the rocket itself but all the production, material preparation, everything you now can see on Cape Canaveral. The groundwork and all the associated rubbish that is needed to get a few tons in the air. People also forget watching television, the way we do this work today has already put thousands of tonnes of CO2 in the air to put up all these satellites! Not just that, adding to the tonnes of discarded metal in space now surrounding the planet.

It should be pretty obvious by now that space is not the answer. At least not until we have sorted out our proclivity to produce billions of tonnes of CO2 and plastic refuse. Let’s drop these planning applications now! We do not need spaceports in Cornwall or Scotland and certainly not in Snowdonia!

Saturday, 8 May 2021

Hurray for Wokestan, they just lost the plot, eh I meant election...

Aren’t elections exciting? You never will really know beforehand what is going to happen. Who would have thought that Labour was going to be dumped, and in such an easy manner. We are not talking London of course. London actually is not part of the UK, it is a total anachronism. The wokest of the woke! In other words London is a country all by itself, called Wokestan. Wokestanners have a different brain. That brain does not recognise there are other people in the world, or even other countries. For a Wokestaner everything outside the M.25 circular is like the planet Mars to everybody else. So, London is probably the only region now that votes Labour. It just shows the mindset of a Londoner. There was some talk about re-organising the Civil Service but I think like a lot of other things, good talk, bad action! Nevertheless things have not ended just yet, the main government has a few years to run. So, we will wait with abated breath! In the meantime the Conservatives have had a very good election. Labour did not. Plaid Cymru, my party in good ol' Wales was abysmal. So, what went so wrong? Well, just about everything. Looking at the election leaflets, Plaid was not much different from everyone else. Covid had an input of course, Welsh Labour had done reasonably well in that. But it was on the back of decisions made in Westminster! The idea of independence did not make a resounding argument and I think it needs rethinking. 

In Wales Labour is still enjoying that 30’s feeling of hard working miners who had to be defended at all costs against the dastardly English companies who were sucking the people dry. Labour then was the champion of the people. The South Walians still have that feeling that Labour is the party that helps them. Of course, it is nothing of the sort! But South Walians are obstinate people, great and loyal. That is why Labour still holds the chair in Wales coupled with what a lot of people have -  the 'My father voted Labour, so I do as well' syndrome. 

Generally speaking Labour nationally today is no more than a party led by woke lefties who have had a university degree in home-economics or better still, performing arts. Most of whom live in Wokestan (London for the uninitiated). Labour have lost the respect of those self-same hard working people who do not know whether they can afford this month’s rent or whether their job will still be theirs. Labour was and is more interested in trivia in the belief that a dockworker from Hartlepool or anywhere else is totally interested in whether the PM has the right curtains for his flat. They just mutter ‘What the f...?

Indeed, who cares! I have indicated before there is something wrong with politicians in this country, media-obsessed, apologising for everything under the sun that smells of colour. Gender and colour based politics do not work unless you are living in Wokestan. Hard working men and women just have not got time for that. The obsession to get, no must have, 50% all female political parties, government departments, and just about everywhere and everything else is wrong. What about capability? What about the best person for the job? If it is a female who is best for a particular position then chose her. If not, look again. Just stop with this equalisation of everything. I am a HE not an IT! ITs live in Wokestan and by Jove, leave them there and chain them to the floor of their atmospherically enhanced, pink curtained air-conditioned flats. But don't forget to feed them now and again.

 I thank you!


Monday, 3 May 2021

Annibyniaeth neu Deyrnas Unedig? Dim ateb eto....

Dyn ni wedi bod siarad am annibyniaeth yn Gymru am beth amser. Yn y lle cyntaf ro’n i ddim yn siŵr achos ble mae’r arian, eh? Does dim unrhyw ddiwydiannau mawr gyda’n ni. Heblaw yn Porth Talbot yn y de. Gwneuthurwyr dur wrth gwrs. Mae llawer o swyddfaoedd yng Nghaerdydd wrth gwrs, ond a fydd hyn yn ddigon i dalu Llundain am gynnal yr amddiffyniad? A felly, o ble fyddwn ni’n cael trethi i dalu’r gwleidyddion? Mae Plaid Cymru yn dweud y gallwn fforddio bod yn annibynnol nawr. Ond wn i ddim. Cwestiwn doniol a beth am breindal, y Frenhines, tywysogion a thywysogesau ac hefyd llysoedd brenhinol! Eto beth allwn ni ei allforio nawr yn enwedig i’r Undeb Ewropeaidd? Dim ond cig oen? Efallai cig eidon neu porc?

Yn amlwg bydd twristiaid yn bwysig nawr ac yn y dyfodol. Ond a ydd yn ddigon? Cwestiwn dda!

Felly, does dim cwestiwn am all Cymru oroesi annibyniaeth ond y cwestiwn am pam nawr. Rydym adeiladu llawer o dai ar hyn o bryd. Ond nid oes angen ac mae cymaint o bobl o Loegr bellach yn symud i Gymru. Hefyd oherwydd bod y tai yn rhatach iawn! Nawr mae pobl iau lleol yn cael eu prisio allan o brynu eu cartref eu hunain. Os byddwn ni pleidleisio Plaid Cymru fe fyddwn cymorth yr etholiad ‘ma ac atal bobl cymryd mantais o Gymru!


Baloney because of Blarney?

Has anyone ever wondered why political parties need so many people at times to deliver leaflets, knock doors, canvass? Perhaps we as voters need to be persuaded to vote? One might wonder why that is so? Could it be disillusionment? One might wonder but I think it is the general feeling that it is all a waste of time and money. Things do not get better, politicians do not stand up for anyone despite boldly acclaiming they do. Has anyone got the feeling that we are ‘Moving forward’? Well, Welsh Labour does! But I’m thinking at best we are pretty stationary! You have to forgive me people but when a political party that has been in power here for over twenty years is claiming that they will generate a ‘greener’ country I have to ask where have they been these last twenty years? Asleep? Never heard of global warming? Melting icecaps? This can be blamed on all political parties, except the Greens perhaps. Looking at all the party leaflets that came through my front-door you would think that we actually live in Utopia already. Read this: ‘There is so much to be optimistic about in Wales’. Yes, but speak to the people of the Rhondda where industry has disappeared like snow before a summer sun. Where hundreds have died of a disease that should never have happened. Where thousands have lost their jobs because of political dithering. Anyone else feeling optimistic? Political talk is just fancy pants. You might not know this but all aspiring politicians have to do a trip first, a trip to Ireland, to Blarney Castle where they are taught to kiss the Blarney stone. They will be held by the ankles and lowered head first over the battlements. The prize is a real one as once kissed the stone bestows the gift of eloquence. Indeed, but they forget to tell you what type of eloquence! From then on, all politicians good or bad, are eloquent in baloney from Blarney. It might have been better if those who hold them by the ankles had a sneezing fit. Sorry, I did not say this! You might have guessed it already - I have been to Blarney Castle AND kissed the stone! Fortunately though I am not a politician and the person who held me was (and still is) my wife! AND she did not have a sneezing fit!

Edit - Baloney is an English slang word for rubbish, rubbish talk. The Oxford Dictionary says - foolish talk, nonsense. Spot on, baby!

Saturday, 1 May 2021

Is the UK prosecution mad? Hmmmm....

 I often wonder about the British relish for court cases where they 'try' soldiers who have killed civilians or other unknown characters. In Iraq, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan and others, perhaps the Falklands too. I am waiting for court cases where British soldiers will be tried for killing Argentinian soldiers. What is the matter with this woke country? Look, it is relatively simple, we have soldiers that defend the interests of this nation. That may happen locally or internationally.

This will be done on the instigation of those well-known half-wits called politicians. Things happen in battles that ordinarily would not happen. We must get away from the idea that you can win a war by waving a small flag saying 'Sweets for free here'. I am not a pacifist, I have been in the army. Not the UK but on the continent. It is not really a world of or for pansies. But I am not a warmonger either. I would prefer peace but a proper peace not the usual shambolic package that today's politicians seem to prefer. Again, soldiers do the work set for them by politicians, if you want to prosecute anyone then prosecute them. It is an absolute disgrace that we prosecute military personnel who defended the will of the majority in Northern Ireland and who killed intentionally or accidentally, civilians. Intentionally because those individuals were engaged in insurrections or accidentally because they simply came in the firing line. Besides, those persons even children, could be killed or injured by either party. 

We need to dismantle this judicial process that allows unscrupulous fee-chasing lawyers a free ride. Human greed will always win out. Let's stop, ditch that system immediately, not tomorrow but today!

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Cummingsgate is here...hurrah!

We go a bit further on the Cummings saga as in my previous post I said it would go for weeks. And here we go, it might be the end of bubbly Boris. Remember Watergate? No? The saga of Nixon and lies galore. All to do with the ‘I didn’t say that’ and ‘No, I didn’t do it’. It is funny that politicians feel the need for transparency (a keyword nowadays) whilst at the same time trying to hide their own wrongs. But now we have Cummingsgate. Cummings a man we had never heard of suddenly come to the fore because he had the ear of Boris. The Lord knows why Boris felt the need to have people like Cummings as an aide, you would have thought that Boris himself had a good pulse on the nation. Well, so be it but he now has to pay the price. There no such thing as a grateful person who has been sacked. On top of it, Cummings was and probably still is, someone who thinks rules are for others. In other words, he is always right, you are wrong. Boris did the right thing, he simply had to let him go. However by doing that Boris should have known what was likely to come. So, mistake number two. You might ask if it was Carrie (PM’s consort) who made the moves, that was mistake number three. A PM just should not make such errors of judgement and if he was advised then I think it might be time to have a look at the clique surrounding number 10!

I might add, what in all honesty are we arguing about? A bit of re-decoration? People please get real! Even so at this stage I might implore Boris to say now how he paid for it and whether anyone else provided the money and get it over and done with. Silence Cummings, make him ambassador to North Korea. Give him two gongs and a Sekonda watch before going and warn him that Kim might want to eat him. Good riddance!

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Who is lying? Oh, it could be me...

 So, now we hear Boris PM has been lying. Mind you that’s according to the Labour party. I just cannot believe how low politics has sunk. First of all, Boris does not own those rooms as far as I know. It is government property. So, he has the use of it as long as he is PM. I would expect that all repairs are also the responsibility of the government. So why create such fuss? Boris is one of the better PMs we have had. Anyone remember John Major “I have not had sex with Edwina” Major? Or Tony “Yes, Iraq has weapons of mass-destruction” Blair? Or even Gordon “ I did not sell all the UK’s gold” Brown? Yes, we really are blessed to have had such persons of quality and truthfulness. That’s why we should be grateful to have as PM someone who is blustery, knows what Covid does to the body, like to tramp around the streets thinking it’s good for the health, forgetting of course the air quality of London will kill you if you run more than a kilometre. But right is right, he (Boris) had the ear of the Red Wall and rightly so. Labour today is a complete shambles. Their election literature here in Wales has not changed since 1066 when William the Conqueror told them to stand up for him. And standing up they have mentioned ever since without knowing what it means. Moving Wales Forward is another great slogan, but where are we moving to and how? No-one knows, not even the lovely candidates when asked. So, it is an exhilarating time to be sure. Oh, hang on, we just started moving forward, just put on your seat-belts folks, Labour is at the helm!

So, ditch this posturing please Mr Labour leader and get onto the more pressing problems we all are facing. Not least Covid-19 and its aftermath. 

Saturday, 24 April 2021

The chickens coming home to roost?

You might be forgiven if you thought that politics in Britain is a fun-packed, serious business developed for helping the under-privileged and down-trodden. It is nothing of the sort. It is an institution developed to maintain the advantages, privileges and status of just about 1 or 2% of the population. The type of people within that bubble are called politicians, their home is a rat-infested pile called the House. It is of course nothing of the sort, it is not a house, it is a dormitory where sodden whisky guzzling old people saunter about trying to remember who they were supposed to vote for or what!

Ah, now that I have got that off my chest, I can start thinking normal again. Obviously there are some interesting, well-educated, well-meaning people there but let’s look at the latest shenanigans here. Remember a chap called Cummings? Yeah, ‘friend’ of the PM, Boris loved him and Cummings was the bright mind that would sort all the UK’s problems with Brexit. Steely-eyed hawk. Then Cummings baby made a gaffe. He travelled for some arcane reason to see a few ducks in Yorkshire while everyone else was sitting at home wearing face-masks. He had to be sacked. PM Boris did not stand by him. OK case closed, but no, case not closed. Cummings was thought to be the originator of some spurious news about the awarding or not awarding of contracts to an eminent inventor of some space machinery that looks like a vacuum cleaner. This gentleman I hasten to add, has not done anything that could be classified as wrong. But the PM had indicated that there would be taxation advantages. Right, in my opinion he was probably entitled to do so, although it probably would depend on how he had actually said it and intended it to work. Obviously as the usual outcome for the Labour party is to jump on this sort of juicy news, Cummings now has struck back at his ‘friend’ saying he lied. Wow, bombshell gone off.

End of story? Not on your nellie, this will run for weeks. The sad bit here is that we are likely to be embroiled in political infighting when there are important issues facing the country. Least of all, Covid and its cost to the nation. It seems to me that Boris or his aides made a mistake that might cost him. The best thing PM Boris can now do is to distance himself, and not go into tit-for-tat arguments. Drop it Boris and start thinking how to solve the Covid crisis! And that goes for you, Sir Keir too!

Thursday, 22 April 2021

Survival of the fittest! Who could that be....

The duplicity of the human race is quite astounding! In fact even on a local basis, like the UK, it is pretty astounding we still do not understand the peril we all are facing! The papers are full of ‘Time to get sloshed again’, ‘Summer hols in Europe for millions’, 'Let’s get to the pub and see who’s first!’. And so on. In the mean time real news items such as the collapsed ice berg the size of Wales now completely disintegrated, is just a rumble in the distance and most likely not even registered in the dull, beer-soaked British brain. What will it take to start real action to combat the climate heating up? Disappearing islands in the Pacific? Accelerated coastal erosion? In Wales the garden of a coastal house has disappeared into the choppy Irish Sea. More to come I suspect. The next big storm from the wrong direction will flood many coastal communities. The Norfolk coast is reducing by yards every year! Fishing in the North Sea might have to be banned as whales are migrating further and further north. Fish is escaping the warmer water they cannot tolerate. Reports of disappearing species are coming in day by day. How far are we allowing this to continue? Just so we and the rats are the only living things on the planet? I don’t like the taste of rats but the rats might like the taste of humans! Just think of that, it will be a fight for survival.


Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Do we need more houses?

In the UK there appears to be a shortage of houses. Not a new problem obviously, you only have to look at the population increase since WW2 or if you want to, even further back than that to know that this is a perennial problem. Indeed, but there are some questions that need asking about how the weird wonders of Westminster are going to solve this? It seems that the main solution is just to build more and more houses. Now, if you live in say, northern Africa you could build millions of homes on the mostly empty desert but if you live in an already very populated country like the UK then other problems arise. First of all the question of natural habitat depletion, are humans the only animals on the planet? Do human needs go beyond everything and above all other needs of species alive on the planet? Including greenery such as trees? Looking at policy making it seems that those needs are completely disregarded. Council and government planners have only one aim, give developers the green light to concrete over the UK as fast as possible. This will actually do two things, it will make landowners rich and it will attract yet more immigrants. Just look at the way things are today already. The population of the UK in 1945 was about 45million, now it is 67million. It is projected to become 80million by 2050. These are astounding figures and throw up some interesting questions such as employment, density of OAP’s (if we can continue to pay pensioners or even continue with the idea of retirement). To house that sort of numbers would indicate that we will have to abandon the idea of green belts. There is simply not enough room. The population of London will virtually double. Another question would have to be solved if at all possible, that of food supply. Well, the politicians have an answer, import it. The usual short-term answer walking away from questions like ‘What if countries that supply foodstuffs no longer will or can? We still have time to address such questions and look for possible solutions, but time is short, very short.

Saturday, 10 April 2021

Is woke being awake? Probably not...

Before I write anything else, I am sad to say the UK has lost one of the greatest persons that have walked on our sacred soil for some time! His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, Consort to the Queen (and husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather) has gone to the high abodes. This is not strange as he was 99 years old but it needs to be said he was a great example of what married life should be. Serving his liege and nation to the very end with unswerving loyalty. I take my hat off, well done great and faithful servant. 

Some Lib-Dem party members are aghast at the bile being spouted about what I term liberal leftie wokism. They do not like it up ‘m, as they say. How do I know? I used to be a party member but left aghast at the ideas they promoted. The problem is this, Liberals do not see the real issues. They look at the human race through rose-tinted spectacles. I have no problem with thinking great things, in my dreams I too see Utopia except I know that the human animal is indeed just an animal. Some two-thousand years ago a guy walked around called Yeshua although around here better known as Jesus, saying that love is all that matters. Treat others as you would like to be treated. Be truthful. I do not term that liberalism but common sense. Again though the problem is the same, people generally are just not like that or behave like that. The whole financial/economic systems are based on the human habit of greed, on the ‘I am better than you’, and ‘I deserve more’ platforms. These are actually natural inborn traits. Nature is based on the strongest will survive. But – and there is always a but – as we have a brain that can think in abstracts, it can think ahead (i.e a future so that it can calculate possible outcomes of actions) it would be good to develop society in such a way that we fit in with nature and do not make nature fit in with humanity. Because that is a recipe for disaster, as we already can see with Covid-19.

Thursday, 8 April 2021

Politicians rule (or do they?) - Ask Boris....don't ask Keir

Now all know my aversion to politicians. It is funny really because I usually like the person they are in normal life. But as soon as they put on the mantle of politics, and become the ‘official’ saviour of mankind, I detest that persona. I know quite a few politicians and indeed when they are away from the ‘Office’ so to say, they are great people. But in the ‘Office’ they are idiots. Blabbering on about how they would safe us from criminals, they would deport them immediately. Sexual depravity would be punished by life sentences. Just listen you silly little people, we, politicians, know best! Unfortunately the reality shows up differently.

People cannot be reported because fee chasing lawyers put up innumerable appeals. Sex offenders walk the streets, even in the locality where they committed these offences. Think of Rochdale! Life sentences usually mean you are let off within ten years or even less for ‘good’ behaviour. All these ‘rules’, are measures made by politicians. I have to be honest because there are some good politicians. As I said before in other posts, one word, one noun does not always mean all individuals that bear the name. Although we might start thinking whether the ‘bad’uns are holding sway, drowning out the ‘good’uns! I think one of the problems politicians suffer is the belief that people that shout loud should be listened to. That their ideas are ideas held by everyone. The fact that those who shout loudest are usually a tiny minority escapes these selfsame politicians. As an outcome laws are made that seemingly ‘favour’ minorities. Take the Human Rights Act(s), an interesting concoction of melodramatic political views that are devoid of any real meaning as far as humans are concerned. The one thing seen is criminals benefitting. For me, man in the street, it has no meaning at all. Consistently those who suffer criminal acts are completely disregarded, like they have no rights at all. The universal rule of equality does not govern planet Earth. Ms Priti, one of the ‘good’uns has a fight on her hands, well let’s see how long she will be a politician! The liberal leftie London concoction might be a drink laced with arsenic!

Friday, 2 April 2021

Is it a funny world or what?

The media, newspapers, TV Reports, scientific journals are all full of talk about the state of the planet. Global warming, plastic in the environment, cars and planes belching out lovely gases we all enjoy. It is undeniably true that human activity is the cause. But most of us, man and woman in the street haven’t a clue what is going on. Besides, possibly don’t even care. This was pretty visible in some newspapers about the rubbish left behind, plastics, left-over foodstuffs, even faeces (sh*t in the vernacular). Well, if you have to go, you have to go, don’t you. It has become a pastime now, go to an illegal rave and have a sh*t. Lovely. Something to talk about with friends. And it is not just here either. My friends from abroad whom I correspond with via Signal, yes Whatsapp is a goner now, part of Facebook, ask me what is the matter with the mindset of British youth nowadays? I replied, protesting on the streets about so-called racism, facts of which they have no idea about whatsoever, quoting Britain’s past and telling everyone Churchill was one of ‘m. Mind you, the world is full of idiots. The UK seems to have a fair few of ‘m here too. It might be something to do with a virus. Not sure which one though. But it attacks the brain. It gives you delusions of grandeur, look at Merkel and Macron. But there again, everyone knows my ideas about the standard and quality of today’s politicians. You have to forgive Macron, he’s just a Frenchman, croaking his way around. Poor Mutti Merkel is already on the way out, had her AstraZeneca shot and telling everyone else it won’t work for the over 65’s. Well yes, that’ll help the stockpiles. Did I tell you before we’re living in a funny world? Not sure now anymore if the planet still revolves around the sun. It could be a mirage.

Ed. Mutti might have had another vaccine, she has been reported for almost anything about the virus problem besieging Germany and Europe as a whole. She was mentioned to want Sputnik V (guess where that comes from). You might want to reflect on the reasons why politicians say these things. It is basically simple, Take it or Leave it, then Shut-up.

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Has Doomsday arrived yet?

Sometimes the BBC4 channel broadcasts very good programs. One of these was on Sunday 28th March 2021. Headed by Chris Packham it was about the enormous human population explosion experienced within the last hundred years. In 1960 there were just over 2 billion people on the planet, today just 60 years on there are 7.7 billion! I too have said in previous posts that this number is unsustainable, let alone the number expected to be around in 2050 – 10 billion+! One of the most populated cities in South America, indeed in the world is Sao Paulo – 22 million. The problems already well documented, but there is the water supply. What comes out of the tap you cannot drink. The reservoirs have dried up and the only water that can be found has to be obtained from drilled wells. Chris made a visit to a farm growing soya beans. The owner farmer displayed the usual attitude – there is a market for my produce, it’s growing, I need more land. Chris spoke to a number of people, all were worried about the future. You might now say, OK if you are so worried what are you going to do, what are you prepared to do to fight this? Will you eat less meat? No, was the answer. Will you consume less? Well, you only have to see the consumer society in the UK which is a fraction of the size of Brazil. The rain forests are disappearing, there is no doubt about that. The rains are also disappearing from where they once fell and are now falling in areas where they did not fall before. The whole eco system is changing. Animal species have halved meaning that their predators, microbes, bacteria, diseases are looking for new hosts. Who are the best victims to find? Those who move all across the world, those who live on top of another in their millions? Yes, us. Humans. We are now experiencing diseases we have not heard of before and there will be more. Chris is still hoping that the tide will turn, for myself I am afraid we are too late. The clock just struck twelve. All we can do now is to limit the destruction as much as possible. In that way we may last till the next century. As long as political idiots won’t start WW3!

Independence? Yes? No?

Living in Wales you will have heard of the word ‘Independence’. As I have originally come from the Netherlands, which is also known as Holland by foreigners (Holland is basically the two western sea side provinces) which also has had years of struggle with the Spanish empire and also the French and German empires, I understand the wish to be independent from an overbearing neighbour. Wales has its own language, its own long history. But the Anglo-Saxons and Normans had other ideas (and still do – remember the Welsh knot!). However, the question really is can Wales afford to be independent? Ever since the English conquest Wales has been used as a backdrop, an area to be profited from by English overlords. When coal was found, English money to dig pits came quickly but all profits went to mostly English grandees. Sure, they build vast houses, castles even, in the Welsh countryside giving employment to some impoverished young Welsh maidens as slaves to the masters. Things do not change much because most big factories in Wales today are English companies or foreign nationals. But the world has moved on and history is something to be learned from. Ever since humans set foot in Europe there have been wars, wars to establish large empires. Tribal wars metamorphosed into country wars and world wars. Today there are two large empires, Russia and the US with possibly the Chinese as a third. The trend though is that these empires are under threat from within. The various peoples they comprise feel marginalised as indeed we here in Wales are as well. The trend therefore is to want to self-govern, initially in a federal style with the defence of the total only being the responsibility of the federal government. But finally to be completely independent. It will not be easy, there will be a lot of bickering about money! Who pays for what. Arguments over responsibility, humans are no different from any other animal. We are all concerned about ourselves first and foremost. Only when we are OK, have what we think we need will we give a thought to others and other things. Perhaps we need to self-evaluate before jumping. But jump we should!

Friday, 26 March 2021

Divorce is fun, or is it?

It’s a funny world, is it not? We are having the one of the worst pandemics in some time with lock-downs, 2 million deaths, businesses going to the wall, whole families disrupted because Daddy is dead and Mummy is out of work or on stand-by. And on the other side we have those calamity organisers also known as politicians, who have been lovely sheltered in their ivory towers. This time not so much the blubbering wasters in the UK but now in Europe. Grandstanding wizards who are looking over their shoulders to see who is guilty of stealing their vaccines! There has not been a better time to see how politicians can mess up almost anything they get their hands on. They always talk a very good talk, the sweetest words, the best of promises but when it gets to action they fail so miserably. Exactly as has been shown in the capitals of Europe. But now instead of gearing up, to spring into action, to get the supply lines sorted out, all they do is more talk, becoming belligerent, it’s not my fault baby, just look across the water to those nasty rats, called Britons, it’s them who are guilty. So, we must do something to stop them injecting their people with OUR vaccine!

Someone said to me sometime ago, Brexit is like a divorce. It can be nasty or it can be civilised. Either way, both lose. He went on to say my neighbours went through a divorce and the husband after his wife said she wanted 50% of everything, cut all the kitchen utensils, furniture, even the fridge and the washing machine in half! Now, I think that’s funny! Even so, the situation in the world needs full cooperation. Squabbling over supplies is not particularly helpful. We need to work out how the WHOLE world will have access, will have the supplies they need to combat this nasty virus. Don’t mess this up people as more will be coming our way in the future. We need professional people who know what has to be done. We do NOT need the Merkel's, Macron's and even the Rutte’s of this world to tell us what to do. Especially not as they haven’t a clue themselves. I just hope they remember to dress up and wash their hands! Although I begin to wonder, maybe they ARE the aliens! Area 51 has been breached, they have escaped! Aliens already rule us!


Wednesday, 24 March 2021

How to engage Brain?

Anyone ever heard this adage? "Before opening mouth, first engage brain"? You might think, ah that’s good for other people I am alright, I am well adjusted and careful about what I say! Yes, indeed and so did our esteemed Prime Minister, the famous battle-scarred Boris.

He is well known to make some gaffes in the spoken word and the latest one reported is about saying off the cuff ‘Greed is what gave Britain the Covid vaccine first’. That’s a nice one Boris. That must have tickled the German EU bear cub Ursula pink! It shows though that politicians who play for high stakes would be well advised to carefully weigh their words. The vaccine situation in Europe is perilous, taking that the EU was pretty slow out of the starting blocks and appeared to have waited to see what the vaccine was doing in the UK and then came out with some ludicrous idea that the vaccine was not working for the over-65’s! Whoever came up with that semi-illiterate remark should be sent to Siberia forthwith. Look at it, if the vaccine works for humans under 50’s, it will work for any age pending health questions like asthma and resistance factors. But generally speaking statistically the vaccine works for humans. So the lovely Boris bless his little heart, should be careful not to inflame anti-British sentiment across the water. The EU is still smarting about losing the Brexit war. But we do still need each other. It needs to be remembered! If we want a world for all to live good lives we need each other. Remember that Boris and you too Ursula!