I cant believe its a week since my last epistle. I know ive said it before but Im going to say it again . Time seems to go quicker the older you get.

This week the election promises have all been announced. Promises are the wrong word really , suggestions of things we might do if we can get away with it is probably better wordology. But I will return to politics later.

Tesco, our largest supermarket chain this week announced thay are using a model from Merseyside as the face of their new F and F clothing line. Face but not her voice. She has been given a more “suitable”  English accent for England and Scotland and an Irish accent for Ireland. Typical slight for the North!. Im surprised Ant and Dec havent been given sub titles for their show!

I dont usual watch the Eurovision Song Contest but I did this year. Bit I didnt realise Australia was now in Europe! The Uk had their best year for ages and we finished 15th. But the song that won was from Portugal and was sung by a young boy Salvador Sobrai. It was written by his sister. It was a melancholy ballad which he performed  simply by standing on a platform. The rest had orchestras and backing dancers and singers and fantastic special effects in the background. As he said later was it not just about the song.

I though it was totally refreshing.

The weather this week has been a bit of everything but I was reminded how bad it can be on Monday when it was torrential rain. The beach was pretty deserted but one of the professional dog walkers was out and I said to him ” a day like today just reminds us of what it can be like in the middle of winter”. We have had weeks of good beach walking weather recently.

That leads me nicely onto interesting words we dont seem to use anymore.

Trudge-To walk wearily or laboriously. Which was exactly what I did that day in the rain on the beach.

Bedraggled-Wet, limp and dishevelled. Which is the way I was after my walk.

Swill-To flood with water to wash something. It has got other meaning but is rarely used in this context anymore.

Humour- On 28th june 2009 stephen Hawking hosted a party for time travellers from the future. Nobody turned up. Quite a surprise!

Each person in a swimming pool leaves behind between 8 and 20 teaspoonfuls of urine. I’ll try to be more careful in future!

Before he became a spy, then a best selling author John le Carre washed elephants for the Swiss National Circus.

Now the Labour Party has some good policicies but how they are going to pay for them beats me. They want to take back into public ownership, The railways, water, energy companies and Royal mail. And do away with student loans.

The Lib-Dems have some decent policies but wont get into or hold the balance of power so what they say is irrelevant.

Green Party— Ditto.

UKIP—Defunct .

So we are left with conservatives and labour. The Conservatives have stolen Ukip votes by saying they are going to get immigration to the 10’s of thousands. This figure is a joke. Theresa May knows it is, she was responsible for 7 years before she became PM and cooldnt get it down to anywhere near 200,000. Non European was nearly 200,000 last year. Why hasnt that been reduced. The truth is we near foreign workers . Her policy is purely to see off UKIP. Theresa believes she is now the Conserative party and has made the election a presdentil style one. Her against Jerymy Corbyn to negotiate Brexit. All the other issues are irrelevant. She is re-enacting Margaret Thatcher against Michael Foot. She hasnt got the intelligence of Thatcher but is capable of inflicting just as much damage on the country.

She will probably win easily but Im afraid I’d rather vote for Jeremy Corbyn who has at least principles against someone who is totally devoid of them. All she is , is an opportunist.

As a matter of interest finally neither leader is prepared to meet voters who are against them All their meeting are being staged to present to their own supporters. Hypocrisy!!!!!

This week for a change I have attached a short story.                     AN ODE TO OLDNESS









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