A Good Weekend

It was a good weekend. I was quiet, saw the Carnival, heard the fireworks,   watched TV in the evening when I should have been mixing in with the local festivities. Never mind – the BBC had two programmes supporting anarchy. Very well done.

Fun ahead next week at the Peace News Summer Camp at Diss, Suffolk. See you there. Good food, interesting discussions, be part of a growing movement.

Sizewell C: first thoughts

I wrote about the new Sizewell way back in the year. There was a Consultation Document – since then – nothing. What is happening now? It’s time to ask.

Two reactors in Suffolk, planned.

Consultation document allows us to respond until 3rd February 2017. It is produced by EDF the chosen contractor, which is an unusual step for a building project. I’ve not seen any information from the client.

Chances for older men

medical robotThink of this as a business opportunity for old gits. Get to a certain age and at least 35% of old men can no longer perform. There’s no need to fully describe what’s happened: it just doesn’t stand up to scrutiny any more.

Talking to female friends I sense that they are secretly pleased. All that testosterone pumping and wild abandon no longer appeals to many older ladies. In fact they tend to give up altogether. Why not? They have ruined their bodies producing kids, blown their minds accommodating the needs of a moronic man. They look forward to a little time for themselves. In any case most men have little time left. How many old men do you see in retirement homes?

That leaves the impotent older man in a dilemma. His sexual partner is no longer satisfied by him (if she ever was). She realises that he will not improve, certainly not if she keeps feeding him food that contains chemical residues. It is now just being understood that our water supply is polluted. Fifty years of ‘the pill’ has seen to that. It is not removed by our normal s sewerage systems. Men are becoming more feminine as a result. Impotence is directly related.

One solution could work. Men should admit that they are no longer capable. They are not ‘real men’. Many women will be pleased to hear that news. The man should now offer suitable ‘services’ to his partner.

It could be something simple like more cuddles, more sympathy, or that he just listened to her occasionally. She should also be offered more freedom. He has no right to demand that she cooks, cleans and obeys him. He must understand the role change, perhaps even the role reversal.

As usual sexual problems are seen as only affecting men. The industry is now providing a range of sex toys for men who cannot get satisfaction. Why they don’t just relax is, apparently, not a question to ask.

Should I now prepare a nationwide team who can offer a range of romantic services for women: ranging from a smile to erotic massage, but not ever considering full sexual penetration? Let me know if I’ve struck a gold mine!

 

Relax wth a Suffolk

Vee with foalWhen it all gets too much I return to my roots, to the comforting parts of my childhood. The world has changed and I miss the security I had as a child. In those days I lived with my parents in a small cottage on the top of a hill. It was the last house on the road out of town. The land dropped away to form a long valley, with a small stream at its base giving just a hint of its history.

On the opposite side of this valley was a small village. Facing us on their side of the valley was a large brewery, a successful local brewery, which was eventually taken over by a large chain, and closed. During my youth they had a team of Suffolk Punch horses that pulled the drays around town, delivering beer.

During the winter these lovely giants were kept on a field beside my house. As a child, with an orchard of apple trees in the garden, I became good friends with these lovely creatures. It was a daily task to take them an apple. They would stand patiently beside a five-barred gate, watching the world go by, occasionally flicking their tails or nodding their heads to push the flies away.

By the time I was six I had courage. I could do anything. I stood on the top bar as one of the horses approached the gate. As it swung round I jumped on its back, hanging on to its flowing mane. It was fine for a minute or two as the horse munched away at the apple I’d obliging left on the top of the gate. That didn’t take long and I was shocked when the horse moved away towards the centre of the field.

There I was, high in the air. These shire horses were huge. The ground was a long way down. Slowly I overcame my fear, as my mother came into the field with more apples. We had a small pony at that time, which my mother hitched up to a trap and went off to market on Saturday, with Elsie, our neighbour. We’d had a few scrapes with this flighty creature, which although small had shown me how powerful (and skitty when handled badly – sorry Mum) horses could be.

It became a regular jaunt, and we’d plod around the field. It could never be called riding. The horse was in control. Most of the time its head was down as it munched grass, and I held on the mane until tired of it all I’d slide down its neck to the ground. Wonderful placid creatures.

There’s a Young Offenders Prison near me. At one time they had a stable of Suffolk Punch and young prisoners, many from towns and cities, aggressive and abusive, were encouraged to look after these horses. It was wonderful training. The horses quietly told them they were in charge. They could not be bullied or threatened but, at the same time, they were helpless. They needed the boys to clean them, to feed them, prepare their tack if they were to work together. It was a fantastic training facility.

So it was closed, by the government, to save money. A tragedy.

It was taken over by the Suffolk Punch Trust http://suffolkpunchtrust.org/ who were then faced with looking after these magnificent animals but there was now a bigger threat, With less than 300 breeding mares in the world this shire horse, as a breed, could become extinct.

Thankfully the trust, with others, is ensuring that numbers are now improving. They are also providing a great day out. Deep in the Suffolk countryside you can see the horses, and other animals: rare breed black pigs, red poll cattle, Ixworth white chickens and much more are to be found on this 200-acre site.

Find time to visit.

My youngest grand-child has adopted ‘Vee’ the mare shown above. Both her great-grandmothers were called Vera, often shortened to ‘Vee’ so it maintains a sentimental link.

Positive Money

Positive MoneyDemocracy is a fragile concept.Expecting the majority to agree is probably impossible. Expecting any group to be vigilant against those who would exploit the system for their personal gain is a malaise of the modern age. We have lost our sense of community,

Money is the root of all evil, so it is said. It need not be that way. Money after all is worthless, of tself. It does however given power to those who control it.

The biggest weakness we now have is that the banks (all now multi-nationally controlled) control the issue of cash. Not helped by the Bank of England who created hundreds of millions, which they then handed this huge sum to the banks as  quantitative easing (a simple way of reducing the value of the pound in your pocket) (watch the videos at http://positivemoney.org/how-money-works/banking-101-video-course/ which explain how the banks control your money.

I joined up with local people, here in the depths of Suffolk, to see if there was any way we could help. It was a successful initial meeting, and we were alll in agreement with the aims and objectives of Positive Money. It is clear that many people shared our concerns about the monetary system.

What now seems apparent is that change is needed. We raised several issues, and talked about solutions that have been suggested. One of the biggest is the Robin Hood Tax https://www.robinhoodtax.org.uk Also known as a Financial Transactions Tax (FTT), a Robin Hood Tax is a tiny tax of about 0.05% on transactions like stocks, bonds, foreign currency and derivatives, which could raise up to £250 billion a year globally. FTTs are well-tested, cheap to implement and hard to avoid.

Another option is to award everyone a basic income; a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means-test or work requirement. That need not be expensive as the money will be recorculated .http://basicincome.org

A few years ago I started Iceni Bank – one of my many failed initiatives (think the world is waiting for me to die!). I want to create small,locally-based, banks.The system works well in Germany, where the Sparkasse https://www.sparkasse.de/. These banks offer a range of financial services. There are about 600 separate banks, all independent, that cannot be taken over. The system handles about 60% of Germany’s GDP.

We need to change. With our banks controlling our financial systems we are being used as cash cows, but getting back only a small portion of our resources. It must be changed, particularly as we are about to leave Europe, and will be alone. Too much control has been handed over to those who do not have our best interests at heart.

Hopefully our local group will grow. If you want to know more, contact me.

What Now?

the futureThe recently appointed Matron of the Conservative Party is putting on a brave face. She’s even appointed the obnoxious little tyke to look after the farmers and the land. It’s not going to work, but they will be OK. IT is the people that will lose.

I’ve been very concerned abut the lack of real discussion about our future. It’s a clear example of te dichotomy in our society. Those worrying sbout Brexit are quite right to do so, as we are now intertwined with the rest of Europe. If we’d spent more time involved with Europe instead of making enemies perhaps we’d not want to leaver now, but that’s no longer relevant. Nobody seems to have taken the longer wider view.

Put bluntly we are now on our own.

Not really a problem. The British have stood alone against the world before. Except that most of the assets of this country are now foreign-owned. Half of British businesses are not owned by us. Our laws allow this to happen. They need to be sharpened. There’s talk of renationalising our utilities and infrastructure. When you take the profits that are leaked away from the UK as a result of this foreign-ownership there would not be much of a deficit left.

Spit milk. What do we do now?

A plan is needed. The first part is to engender a spirit of togetherness. We must work together. Buying British is a vital first step. Ensuring that all contracts have British participants. Creating a network of banks. The investment bank suggested by the Labour Party is as good start but a network of local banks, based on the German Sparkasse system, is vital.

This government will struggle. There are dangers, and our fisheries may be the first victims. We need to control our waters. At present they are plundered by our Eutropean neighbours. That must stop. We need that food.

Premier Football

Premier Football

This football league reveals many of the problems that weaken the United Kingdom at present.

As a country we have lost direction. This could be a deliberate action by those who purport to run the country – the reality is that they don’t have much more control than you or me – but that’s a bigger question.

The rot started some decades ago, during that time when society did not exist and individual greed was a real measure of success. The Premier League was bewitched by TV and media companies. Recently it was announced that all first-class cricket matches will be free-to-view. Marvellous news (if true). Money will not be such a major influence on the game.

The English Premier League has several major flaws that should be addressed. Slowly the standard of play is deteriorating, and it cannot now compete with national leagues of Spain, German and Italy.

It has been taken over by foreign owners who have no real allegiance to the club or its fan base. In some cases the fans are regarded as no more than cash cows, to be exploited. German fans are far better respected and involved. The disrespect is blatant. The US owners of Manchester United could impose a huge debt on the club, payable to themselves. Sheer greed.

Our national team struggles. It’s significant that the foreign managers of our major clubs; Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur etc. have little regard for local talent, preferring to buy from overseas. In turn that money drfits abroad, over £2 billion a year some will suggest.

We can attack referees, but must never forget that we have dishonest players. It is the latter that cause greatest difficulties, not only do we see illegal play but must always remember that these players are regarded as heroes by our young people.

Football is no longer a game for the masses, at least not if they want to go to a live game. Prices are ridiculous. Folk that would complain about going to a cultural event will are forced to pay inflated prices to see 90-minutes of football.

I rarely watch football. I will not watch Premier League, because TV is killing that League. I’ve enjoyed the FA Cup coverage on BBC and will watch female players all day long – it was a pity that the Ladies Final was so one-sided, but they still provide a much better game to watch.

I’d want players be resident in their team’s area for a period, say three years. I’d split away from the Premier League, and create a true English League again.

 

 

 

Sunday Morning: A Question

I was going to our local nunnery for the Sunday service. I’m not a Catholic but fascinated by both religion and how the mass of people can be duped by politicians.

Decided it was all too late as I tpok a couple of chatty phone calls, and time slipped pleasantly away. Decided to treat myself to a breakfast somewhere, then found we have a veteran car valley on the beach promenade. It was a place to go.

I need a question to ponder. This morning the question is ‘who are the real enemies in this world”‘

We assume all sorts of terrorist groups are trying to disrupt our lives.

However I will pose the null hypothesis’

Is it the United States of America?

Your comments are welcomed.

New Horizon

medical robotA momentous day. The United Kingdom asks (with cap in hand) that it can leave school. Fees have been paid for years, but the administrators are suggesting that we still owe them money. All very strange.

We need a political system that does not allow a small cartel of privileged folk to take control. How did Teresa May become Prime Minister? It’s unlikely that she was chosen for her inspired thinking. She has a long history of sitting on the fence. She’s been a right place, right time person. Don’t rock the boat, keep your head down until the way ahead looks clear. In the meantime she’s bought herself another pair of shoes, or allowed a fashion designer to use her slim body as a clothes peg.

Our politicians and media can’t see much beyond the end of their noses. Lives are spent in panic. What will happen next. Disaster, disaster, don’t take considered action – just react.

One huge question that’s not been mentioned lately is the continuing use of automation. Robots are much better at practically everything. It’s true that care must be taken in programming but if each action is considered carefully most jobs can be performed much better by robots.

That’s not just those nodding donkeys found in car factories. They do very well, working continuously, never going on strike and Moores Law ensures that get cheaper every year. Lawyers and doctors, and other professionals, are also at risk. The electronic mind is always aware of the latest discovery. Who needs a lawyer that cannot access all the case law, instantly and then find suitable answers? The same goes for doctors. At present GPs sit at a desk, computer before them, with five minutes to give to each patient, and an blank pad of prescriptions. A virtual examination – with all tests performed by machines – will be far more accurate, and possibly less influenced by the drug company sales team promising treatments and bonus holidays for frequent use.

We need to start planning for a world without work. Our economic system is seriously flawed, relying upon cheap labour and consumers. Let the machines do the work.

We can spend our time on more creative tasks. My current favourites are an artist Lois Cordelia,, Music in Felixstowe run by Hattie Bennethttp://www.felixstowemusic.com/ and craft experts like Stuart Gillett of New Cover Upholstery an inspired man.

The money is about. What we need now is a peaceful revolution to tear it away from the non-creators who rely upon copyright, and other devices.

Scottish Independence

InequalityIt’s been over 300 hundred years since we joined together and accepted a Scottish King – even though the country went through tough times, and we ended up with a Hanoverian but this is not the time to split.

How about a compromise? There’s always been inequality” The Anglo-Saxons chased the Celts out of England, so they went to Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Plundering Vikings disrupted all our worlds then we were harried by the French, the Dutch and twice by the Germans – an upstart remnant of the Prussian-Hungarian Empire.

Throughout royal families maintained control. Now we are threatened by strange folk from overseas. Despite my attempts at reconciliation the USA will not rejoin the Commonwealth, where they will enjoy companionship and fellowship and not have to keep telling the rest of us how wonderful they are. The threat of multinational companies and the Australian media-maniac remain ever-present. Our nation state is in peril, and the Vicar’s Daughter is no match for these despicable felons.

It’s time for compromise. England is big when compared to Ireland,Scotland and Wales. It has about 55 million souls with the little folk only having about 5 million each.

My plan is to break-up England. To create a new form of federal state. Years ago the Vikings invaded and took over East Anglia, and Northumbria, which then included Yorkshire, becoming Daneland These units had some substance. They could now be the building blocks of a new sovereign state made up of several independent units of approximately equal size.  Wessex stood up  well to the Vikings, so they must be the first to join. East Anglia and Mercia come next, with London also standing alone, it’s now big enough. The northern wastelands (forgive my Anglian bias) could also create independent units. Northumbria (added to Cumbria)n could create a solid defence with Scotland. Yorkshire once had it’s own region, so it could again, and the Manchester area could also be independent.

These new regions could meet occasionally to settle national budgets, perhaps for defence – by which I mean defence and not attack. Jaw-jaw not war-war to be the new strategy. Costa Rica abandoned its army in 1929, and is now recognised as one the happiest places in the world, alone with Denmark. We need to earn lessons, and stop believing we, and the USA, know best.

The size of each new region will be decided upon demographic and economic criteria with each citizen  becoming shareholders in their region, and sharing in the political and economic decisions that need to be made, and the profits.

We have given to much power to a few, often incompetent, folk.

Despite the attacks upon the democratic process the referendum system is very good at revealing what the people feel. Our problem is we need more practice, and we must modify our representative government so that the citizen feels more involved.

At present we allow external powers to unduly influence our decisions makers – whoever they may be.

Let’s start a quiet revolution.