Saturday, 11 May 2019

Political Correctness

In a conversation today I was chatting about a fire in a famous old building, just after the start of the new millennium. I'd better not say where.

Apparently, it is known who started the fire: and why. However, in order not to damage racial harmony the culprit was never brought to justice.

PC gone mad!

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Emotional Wreck

I am so exhausted I am a wreck. When I get like this a good cry usually sets me straight and releases pressure. I know a few triggers to bring on the tears. One of them is the ending of the Bond film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" - Tracy's Death.

I've never really liked the voice of Louis Armstrong but I now associate it with this song and regard it as the classic performance. I thought I had heard that it was one of the last songs he recorded (which made it more poignant): he was certainly too ill to play his trumpet.

Anyway, the hope that the happy couple had after their wedding was so quickly dashed and - as one gets older - one realises that time is running out.

Sunday, 28 April 2019


I must take care. I make it a rule not to blog about work. I went to work today and my room was a mess; it had not been used by any classes yesterday so A. N. Other had been in and mucked about.

Nobody seems to listen these days. I may as well not bother.

Saturday, 13 April 2019

People who decline help

We all make mistakes when we type. Proof-reading is important especially if someone has not been blessed with the same level of education that another person may have had.

I am used to seeing 'as well' written as' aswell'; I myself frequently put 'you' when I mean 'your' - I think it is to do with the way I type.

Recently I had a document emailed to me by someone for whom I had offered to act as proof reader. It was an invitation. "Wives and partners can come to", it said.

Too!! It is too!

Monday, 25 March 2019

Bad ringing

I have been getting fed with bell ringing for a while now - as my 1 regular reader will know. One of the main reasons is that standards seem static. Also...
  • These days people do not expect to do any work between ringing practices.
  • Nobody seems willing to advise others how to improve their ringing ("Your backstroke lead needs to be closer") so standards stay the same.
  • We ring the same boring methods.
In short I am jaded. I am getting older and in the remaining ringing years I have left I should like to ring some new things. I am perfectly happy to help learners but there has to be something to keep ringers at my level interested. Another local tower is at a standard way beyond mine and I do not see the need to learn methods on 10.

I am starting to look at the adjacent branches and guilds.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

The Next Election

In answer to my previous post, I now know that I will vote for my current MP at the next election. I emailed him a few nights ago and he responded with a very full answer (probably pre-prepared, although he did personalise it a bit) and it is clear that he and I see exactly eye to eye. There are a few good ones left. Sadly, as he pointed out, it is the Parliamentary machinery (not just the MPs) who are out to stop Brexit.

Sunday, 17 March 2019


I hadn't heard the news about Boris which Tregear Vean mentions: does anyone really think he stands a chance of replacing Mrs May?

I now trust very few politicians - they effectively took No Deal off the table which was surely a bargaining chip. I do support my local MP who always votes as I think he should: this leaves me with a problem. How do I register my discontent with the Conservatives and not vote for the MP I like? I have written to him to explain my current feelings on Brexit.

What I'll do at the next election I do not know.