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I’ve  used one of my pictures of the full moon today. Sometimes I think the loonies have taken over the world. Then I look back at history and realise they have always been in charge. I watched the Second World War in colour last night on YouTube. The depression of the 1930’s led to world war.

This recession seems more like a depression to many people. When and where will it all end? Hitler was certainly crazy and it’s difficult to understand the nationalism and flag waving of Germany at the time. People were scared to oppose him and the tide of change. We see nationalism like that sometimes here and now.  The Jubilee earlier this year was a typical example and so was the Olympics to a certain extent. I have a deep dislike and suspicion of flag wavers. I don’t like bullies and people who point the finger at the less fortunate. That film last night showed the Americans make the people of the local towns tour concentration camps and see for themselves the death, the bodies and smell the stench. They saw children’s bodies piled high outside the gas chambers. Will we make the members of Solihull Conservative Club tour the council estates of West Bromwich when this recession is over, so they can see the emaciated bodies of malnourished children?

It is interesting to look at the bombing of oil facilities during World War II and ask why the British and Americans bombed cities. Bombing oil facilities was strategic, bombing cities and killing innocent people and children appears to have been motivated by hate for the Germans. Yet when the American soldiers went into those cities, they reassured the people and gave the children chocolate and chewing gum. It’s easy to be cruel when you can do it from a distance. I’m sure George Osborne won’t be going out and seeing for himself the affects of welfare cuts very soon. He was booed at the Olympics and he threw about 12 billions at that waste of space…

On a lighter note, I’ve been writing a Christmas story. It’s an amusing story, but also a love story set at Christmas. I think it’s finished. I scanned through it again yesterday looking for errors after spotting a missing apostrophe. Now I have to find a way of checking if it will download from a WordPress site. If you want to have a go at writing a story check out my blogs on writing fiction each Wednesday.

Whether I am writing fiction or non fiction, I hope that I make people stop and think for a moment and maybe understand a little better. My story is about loneliness at Christmas, but touches on a few other things. We all want a little influence and writing can give you influence. If you can get anyone to read what you write. You can even get influence though social media these days, tweeting your thoughts and updating your Facebook Timeline. I see a lot of interactive humour on Facebook. Twitter isn’t so funny although this tweet would be funny if the issue wasn’t so serious “Ed Miliband to wage war on George Osborne over benefit cuts”. I don’t think we will see Ed Miliband on the council estates of West Bromwich any time soon either; they are better out of sight, out of mind…

Will the council be opening food banks on the said council estates or awarding contracts for more traffic calming? The council officers don’t live on those estates and most councillors have a job, expenses as a councillor and a nice house somewhere nowhere near a council estate.

I had an email about some committee jobs this week, £13,000 a year for  4 days a month. I would have probably gone for it, but I’m getting a bit old for working full days now…

That’s the lot for today, but there is more on a zillion ideas. Please comment, if you have a point of view. We have to resist the temptation to become flag waving little Englanders.

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10 responses

  1. Our leaders from all parties have no idea what it’s like in the real world. I remember Frank Skinner interviewing Tony Blair before he came to power and Skinner mentioned growing up with outside loos and having to use a metal bucket in the bedroom to pee in. You could tell Blair hadnt a clue what he was talking about.

    9, December 2012 at 1:21 pm

    • Hi Nick,

      I just thought, that 13K a year job sitting on a committee was in Walsall. MyNHS or something it’s called now. It might suit you. I know, 4 days a month is a bit much especially in winter! 🙂

      Tony Blair gets a lot of stick but I think he was better than this lot. He was just a bit naive, he’s still naive and a Catholic.

      I’m going to Poundland now, I might pop in Teddy Grey’s too; that’s all there is to do in the Black Country on a Sunday afternoon – I’m no masochist. I don’t watch bloody Eastenders.

      9, December 2012 at 1:58 pm

  2. What a beautiful photo of the moon! I always end up with a halo around the photo, and a distorted bit of blurring! I am sure I don’t really understand all the contexts you’re sharing–but we share many of the same threats and problems in America.

    10, December 2012 at 5:58 am

    • Hi Debra,

      I just ramble on when I write my Sunday post. I get some local readers and so have them in mind. Getting the camera still is hard for a shot of the moon. I had some blurry pictures too. I rested the camera on the window for that shot and it was with full zoom. You also have to edit and crop the picture later. When it’s a full moon, you can get a better shot when the moon is setting, early in the morning. If you shoot at night, you need some cloud, but not enough to obscure the moon.

      Thanks for visiting.

      10, December 2012 at 8:31 am

      • Thank you for some good photography tips, Mike. I really appreciate it. I love the moon and always try! I’ll use your pointers and see if I can do a little better! 🙂

        12, December 2012 at 4:45 am

  3. Living on benefits is awful, but living on the wages in country isn’t much better. My husband is self employed but in the building trade and for the last few years work keeps drying up as building work stops or gets cancelled because of the recession, at least thats what they tell him.
    His wage has also took a big decrease as he trys to keep up with the competion, sometimes he’s even worked for a loss, it doesn’t help that a lot of companies are taking on foreign workers.
    I am so glad I have a freezer full of food as it would really be heat or eat in our house at the moment. Its worrying that further cuts are planned, Im kind of sticking my head in the sand over the whole thing as it scares me.

    I have noticed that not many people seem as excited for christmas this year, we’ve not yet recieved one card, and people in general just seem down in the dumps, I honestly dont think many people have the money for christmas this year.

    10, December 2012 at 10:24 am

    • Hi,

      I think it is worse this year. Second class stamps at 50p each means most people can’t afford to send Christmas cards. I’ll put a snow picture on Facebook with Merry Christmas on it. I might do the same on my blogs! I’m not buying many presents.

      I hope my Christmas story will cheer people up a little. It’s free and so that might help! 🙂

      My biggest worry at the moment is gas and electric, mine will really go up unless I can get a cheaper tariff. I hate all this phoning up and negotiating!

      Don’t bury you head in the sand. We have to face whatever life throws at us or it just gets worse. Many people are getting desperate and turning to the likes of Wonga. That is bad, once in debt, it can take years to get out of it again.

      We have to keep looking for bargains and saving no to the commercialisation.

      10, December 2012 at 12:17 pm

      • Our gas is astronomical, we put £30 on the key on Friday and it was gone this morning, the house isn’t even cosy either, Im going to get onto my landlord to fix the drafts, we have electric heaters running which is makeng the electric cost alot more than normal.
        Wonga is very tempting but I have no plans of using any such business, it just prolongs the misery of having no money, hopefully hubby work will pick up in the new year.

        10, December 2012 at 11:21 pm

  4. Hi,

    Those ‘keys’ are terrible. I’m not sure what the unit price is when you have a pre-payment meter, but the it’s more than the standard tariff, which is ridiculous. I think I’ll be phoning today and asking for the cheapest tariff before they put mine up. You can save lots by switching to credit meters, asking for the cheapest tariff and draught proofing will save money too. I live alone in a 3 bedroom house and I pay £55 a month now. It’ll go to about £70 or £80 soon, but that is averaged over the summer months. In this weather with electric heaters it would be double that. Check out getting insulation free, I think British Gas is still doing it until the end of the year.

    11, December 2012 at 8:48 am

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