FINAL FEBRUARY FRIDAY

Strolling along a sunlit beach today couldn’t help thinking what a week it has been for Eddie Redmayne. What versatility! An Oscar for playing Prof. Stephen Hawkins in The Theory of Everything he is now making  a  film called The Danish Girl where he is playing a transgender woman. But most important of all he is doing a voice over in the Thomas the Tank Engine film. Fame at last.!!! The oscar for leading lady went deservedly to Julianne Moore in Still Alice. She has been brilliant for years and hopefully it might draw more attention to Altzeimers suffers. That and dementia must older people’s greatest fears (including me.

Does Madonna not know she is getting older ? She is 56 and fell off the stage when singing at the Brit awards this week . One day she might act her age. I really used to like her but she hasn’t make any decent records for ages now. Do pop stars not know how to grow old gracefully? For goodness sake Paul McCartney who really hasn’t made any good stuff for 30 years and the Stones are now in their 70’s. They are now just living off past glories. Retire please.

So David Cameron and the Tories have given Greater Manchester £6 billion to run themselves. Scotland and now Wales have been given greater autonomy which will eventually lead to the break up of the UK and now we will start to break up England as well. It is starting to look like a non-violent breakup like Yugoslovia. Just pity the poor North -east trying to compete against these giants!

And also it will mean a fragmentation of the NATIONAL health service. All coming just before a General Election!

Did you know that 1 in 10 passwords used on the internet are either “Password” or 123456 or 12345678. Bloody hell I’m going to have change mine! The least common PIN number is 8068.

Did you know cheese is the most shoplifted food in the UK and the annual awards ceremony of the UK porn industry is called the SHAFTAS.

Good news this week doctors will soon be able to carry out head transplants. Does this mean heads will be transplanted onto somebody elses body or a body will be transplanted onto a head. I,m afraid I’m getting a bit mixed up now. it reminds me of the story in the old tv programme “Only Fools and Horses” whereby “trigger” who is a road sweeper claims he has used the same brush for 26 years, it has however had 10 new heads and 6 new shafts. Eh? I will finish off on one of my favourite stories. Bankers. Another scandal this week. HSBC, one of the world,s largest banks, had to apologise this week that their Swiss subsiduary advised customers how to evade paying tax. The chairman had to admit he had a Cayman Islands a/c . Not to evade tax of course, just cos. he didn’t want his colleagues to know how much he earned. Yes, right! Any way when bankers do wrong things they sorry and thats the end of that. Or sorry they might get a fine. But ordinary citizens will be given a more appropriate sentence. Another example of one law for the rich and another for the poor. I rest my case.

Well that,s another week gone and we are starting to slide out of winter. March on Sunday, spring is on it’s way, whisper it. Poem attached as usual           SATISFACTION

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JUST ANY OLD FRIDAY

As i walked on the beach today among the rocks as it was a very low tide I contemplated life. Well not life in general I suppose, just my life. As i told you last week i have shingles. I will tell you now it is painful! Rashes can develop anywhere but mine is on my back. I have a pain like permanent toothache but it is made worse by the tablets I have to take 5 times a day make me feel nauseous and bloated. Apparently shingles is the reappearance of chicken pox which has lain dormant and comes out again when we get older. The doctor was very reassuring, not. The pain can last for up to a year but can come back at any time. Thanks for that , doc! To go back to the contemplation the point is that you get set-backs in health and emotional and financial and family through-out your life. it is a very lucky person who doesn’t. I certainly have had my share. We have several options, we meet the problem head-on, we find a way round it or we give up. I have given serious thought to the latter at low points in my life but dismissed it. I have tried to go round things but the only option for me was to meet things head on. And to try to do it as soon as possible. We all have friends and family to help us ( i hope you do), they advise us but at the end of the day it is up to us as individuals to make the final decision. We have to live with the consequences. But the trick is to never look back. It would be easy to convince ourselves we made the wrong decision but that is hindsight. My belief is that no matter what happens to us we have to look forward, ok learn from our mistakes but just keep going. That is a bit rich from me being a very gullible person i keep making the same mistakes!!!!

So the scientists have now decided butter and full fat milk are actually good for us. After all those years of being told margarine and low fat milk were healthier. The poor cows who are now so used to low fat grass will have to be taught to eat the high fat version again!

I attended a funeral this week which was a humanist, non religious one. As it was for a for a lady of 94 who had had quite an exciting and eventful life it was quite uplifting. In other words we celebrated her life. That set me to thinking has anyone ever had a fancy dress funeral I wonder. That would be fun. I have thought of the songs I would like at mine. Knocking on Heaven’s Door by Dylan and Always Look on the Bright side of Life by Monty Python are my current choices. I will certainly be cremated in a cardboard box if possible.

Did you know the English word squirrel is very difficult for Germans to pronounce?

Or for the last three months of his life, US President had to be fed everything through his anus?

Or even that D.H.Lawrence, author of Lady Chatterley’s Lover for inspiration liked to climb mulberry trees naked? Well that explains the books then.

As i’m away this week end the Friday blog is on Thursday. Sorry for confusion. Poem attached          JUST A THOUGHT

FRIDAY the 13TH?

Well it hasn’t been a brilliant week. Apparently I’ve got shingles! It is the privilege of older people to get this elderly version of chicken pox. It can be be painful, which it isn’t at the moment but because it is inflammation of the nerve ends it can flare up to different degrees at any time. But are we downhearted, of course not , it is just a case of as you get older you fall apart. Bits fall off, limbs seize up, waterworks leak and the brain becomes full and you can’t remember things. But don’t worry you youngsters out their it is still possible to have sex, parachute jump, run marathons and climb mountains. So don’t worry life is still fun.

On my beach meanders this week i have contemplated how this world is becoming ever more materialistic. A Gauguin painting was sold for £200m, even more in dollars. I don’t particularly like Gauguin, even if I did how can a painting be worth that?

In the Uk this week a whistle blower has leaked a secret list of people with Swiss bank accounts. This has just come to light but he actually did it TEN years ago and it has just come to light. These people do it to avoid tax. What a surprise! But they will be allowed to avoid prosecution if they promise to pay some of the money they owe back. Out of 1700 people on this list there has been 1 person taken to court in this country. Is it not called fraud any more. It’s like a burglar being caught giving the money back he stole , saying sorry and that’s the end of the matter. The richer you are the more you get away with things. They actually believe they are above the law. Greed is becoming good.

Do you know chimpanzees can identify each other by looking at photographs of their bottoms? Or Tutankhamun’s parents were brother and sister. Bet that was a complicated family.

Or even that Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has towns called Intercourse and Paradise. Apparently it takes six minutes to get from one to the other.                                                                                           It was the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death recently. Just to make a small point that he wasn’t universally popular in this country. He was hated in South Wales as sent troops in against the Welsh miners and in Scotland he sent in troops against the Glasgow doctors. He also changed political parties twice to get his own way. He was also responsible for sending many troops to their death at Galipoli in the Crimean war.

Don’t know whether this is good or bad for the reputation of the North-East but the new president of McDonalds was educated at Durham University!

The scheme of anti- flu injections for elderly, young and other necessary groups was not a success this year as it only worked for 3% of those who received it. Apparently it was the wrong material!!!!!

Finally there is now to be another cease fire in Ukraine where the pro Russian rebels will keep the territory they have annexed. So Putin got Crimea and part of Ukraine. So the West did well there. Talk about after the horse has bolted. I notice  Merkel of Germany  and Hollande of France represent Europe. They didn’t even include Cameron in the negotiations. This presumably is in preparation for the time that the Tories eventually take us out of Europe.                                                                         I have attached poem as usual as follows I AM

Thanks for reading. Take care. See you next week.

JUST ANOTHER FEBRUARY FRIDAY

Walking on the beach having survived another winter week I was thinking how faithful animals are, dogs in particular. I don’t think some people realise how therapeutic they are. A responsible owner knows how to keep them happy. Plenty walks. As Bruce is a big dog, a labrador, he needs more exercise and he gets from me a early morning walk and a evening walk with his big walk on the beach about lunchtime. 2 and a half hours a day no matter what the weather. He is fed 3 times a day, after each walk given a bit of attention and sleeps the rest of the time. He is happy and content. It keeps me pretty fit he is a good companion, as i live on my own. He is faithful. He adds something to my life. Dogs are good for when children are growing up, it gives them a sense of responsibility for another living thing and obviously they are are not fearful of other dogs. They are very good companions for old  people and the right arm for the blind or deaf. The really sad thing is that they are usually faithful to their owners even when they are maltreated. It is their nature. So those of you with a dog appreciate it and if you haven’t think about getting one. Especially a rescue like Bruce.

So in this country we are having difficulty in accepting fracking. Apparently we are happy to buy more expensively oil and gas from other countries. We complain about our fuel bills never the less. We are also happy to support despotic Arab countries with no civil rights and one of them supports Al Qaeda and the IS state. They are also buying up parts of London, Canary Wharf for example. I believe they are buying 10% of the shares in B.A. the airline, already own Harrods, 20% of Heath Row and the Shard. We might as well sell off the Crown Jewels!!!

I just don’t understand the people in this country who complain about immigration. It is beneficial but we need to stop paying benefits to people who haven’t paid anything into the system. That’s all. The same should apply to the British long term unemployed by the way.

More than a third of all sick pay is taken on Mondays! No surprise there then

Did you know Casanova used half a lemon as an improvised contraceptive, It doesn’t however say how successful it was.

And did you know it takes 5 people to extract semen from a vulture. But who wants to?

Finally Prince Charles is going to change the honours system when he becomes king. I believe in the monarchy but I find them so hypercritical at times. He is going to base it more on merit in future. Thats a joke considering when he wears a dress uniform it it is brimful of medals. What are they for? British Prince of the Year !985 perhaps or Grand Pontificator of subjects he knows nothing about. Or possibly he is the bravest man in Britain. His two brothers are not much better , Andrew has just bought a £14M ski lodge in Switzerland. I didn’t realise he was a vice- Admiral( thats an appropriate title) and Edward doesn’t pretend to do anything. I do think the Queen and  Princess Anne do good jobs and William and Harry seem to be more normal human beings

Thats it for another week, keep up the good work

Poem attachedHOPES DASHED