FOOTSTEPS into FRIDAY.

I,m actually not going to say very much today. I’ve ranted a lot this year and I’m just about ranted out.

I’ve always tried in my blog to stand up for fair play. Fair play for animals , oppressed people, against stupid decisions made by civil servants, the state. I apply commonsense which these days seems to be dying out.

The big things that have worried me have been the conflicts in Syria, the Yemen, Ethiopia where people are starving to death caught in the middle of conflicts. Half the time there are no exact rights or wrongs. in a lot of cases both sides are wrong.

The latest decision for Trump to decide Jerusalem is the capital of Israel is not just wrong it is inflammatory in the Middle-East.

Trump has made a lot of mistakes and is an extremely dangerous.

In the UK the only thing the Government is interested in is getting free of the nasty Europeans. They dont appear that bothered about homelessness increasing, the NHS falling apart, austerity to continue for a few years yet, schools paying off teachers. In other words things are going quite badly for the ordinary working man. But the rich are getting richer, the poor poorer the South of England richer and the North of England poorer with a shorter life expectancy. Yes everything is going well for the incompetent Theresa May!

In Spain the Catalans still want their independence from Spain.

The Russians are behaving like , well Russians and the Chinese are inscrutable as ever.

ANYWAY HUMOUR-

The first man to swim from John O’Groats to Lands End grew a beard to protect his face from jellyfish. Well he had plenty time , its more than 700 miles.

All Koreans lack the gene that produces smelly armpits. So deodorant sales are not good there?

Chimpanzees can identify each other by looking at photograghs of their bottoms. I know some like that.

Well that’s that for Xmas . Have a great holiday . One more blog before New Year.

Poem attached      HERE IS CHRISTMAS

 

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FUNNY FRIDAY

Its been a funny week not just a funny day. Not particularly amusing just somehow strange. Ive been very busy, Xmas stuff, lunches, out for dinner etc. plus the normal routine things. Havnt had much time to think beach thoughts.

Anyway one of the things I came across this week is why Governments think of the Arts as a luxury item rather than a necessity. When times are tough and for us in the Uk it is at least eight years the first thing central and local governments cut is libraries, art galleries, museums, music venuesetc. There is also the same argument for sports facilities. I will concentrate on the Arts . reading books, visiting art galleries and concerts.

All these things to varying degrees are therapeutic, good for well being. i believe stimulation of the brain is helpful for health. When people have interests they tend to be less depressed. They also meet other people and are less lonely. So the knock-on effect is that they are less of a drain on the NHS (national health service) which saves funding. I dont believe anyone could argue this point but policians dont get it!

Briefly on the sports front England and wales are the most obese national in Europe so the same argument applies. The fitter the population the less they need medical backup.

It just makes so much sense!

In this country we have gone overboard to use wind turbines to generate energy. I believe people making money out of them were land-owners, manufacturers and company’s that erect them. The majority of the two latter companies tend to be foreign in particular Danish or Dutch. Also we now have a problem in that there are so many of them that we have to switch them off when winds are strong because we have TOO much capacity, When we do we have to pay compensation to the owners. We have paid approx £350 Million since 2010. This is totally a waste of money!

Humour Birds living in cities start the dawn chorus 5 hours in the country. I know the noisy bastards do!

Aristotle advised Alexander the Great not to let his soldiers drink mint tea because it would make them think more of love than war. In my opinion it might make sense to give ALL soldiers mint tea!

Alternative names for Twitter were FriendStalker and Throbber. both sound better to me!

In 14th century England children were baptised in cider.

I know I go on about differences between the North and the South of England. so sorry in advance. Life expectancy rates in the North east are actually falling. These figures are for both men and women. It is down to poverty, local environment, diet, exercise etc. Most other parts of the country has rising life expectancies. Which should be the case because of the vast improvement in medical treatments. Sad really

Finally the Uk funded a new runway on the island of St Helena, in the mid-Atlantic at a cost of £300 million. It has very little useage.

Poem attached          NONSENSE

 

 

 

FORGOTTEN FRIDAY

Sorry Im late again. I would like to say I have an excuse for being late, but I havent really. Just my other lives got in the way.

It is likely that four out of five families who lost their homes in the Grenfell fire will still be in temporary at Xmas, six months after the disaster. So what happened to Government promises of being rehoused after a month. Yet again empty promises!

Donald Trump has decided the US embassy in Israel should be moved to Jerusalem, which he believes should now be recognised as their capital.  The only country in the world  that actually agrees with this decision is Israel. What a coincidence!!!! Oh, sorry that’s not entirely true. Vanuata, an island in the Pacific Ocean and Taiwan both agrre. Strange really as Israel doesnt recognise Taiwan as a country! So Trump is being unnessarily provocative. Why?

One in four nurses in the Uk are obese and one in three care home workers. So how can they preach healthy eating if they presumably cant do it themselves. And what is even more worrying is that one in three teenagers are already overweight. So the problem is going to get even worse. We really have to educate young people the importance of  a healthy diet and exercise. And the contention that healthy food is more expensive is rubbish. Vegetables , fruit, pasta, rice are just as cheap. It is just that they need more preparation than fast-food. Obesity is probably the greatest health problem we have now as it leads to so many other complications for the Health Service.

HUMOUR- There are chemicals in the chemical industry called arsole, urantae, fucol, dogcollarane, apatite and cummingtonite!

Bing Crosby’s last words were “That was a great game of golf, fellers” So he died happy then.

The oldest person in history smoked for 96 years. He must have started smoking early!

44% of women preferred reading “Fifty Shades of Grey” to actually having sex.

When I was young and my mother was baking cakes my sister and I took turns to either lick the mixing bowl or the wooden spoon. So it is sad to find out you shouldnt do it now as they may contain E-coli. How times change.

BE WARNED. Northern Ireland police have warned that any kisses stolen under the mistletoe without a womans permission could be considered as rape.  What nonsense!

It was in the papers this week that Britain’s state pension is “the poorest in the West” As someone who does receive a state pension I get a bit fed-up of being told how well off we are compared with current working people.

Finally how times change. Apparently my name of Derek was very popular in the 1930’s. I was born in the 1940’s. But last year 2016 there were only 16 children named Derek in England and Wales making it the 1570th most popular boy’s name.

PS Did you know that polar bears are left handed! Well not exactly left pawed I suppose. And humans and dolphins are the only animals that have sex for pleasure.

Poem attached      NOW IS THE HOUR