‘The Party Line’

By Tuesday, September 30, 2014 0 Permalink

Around this time several years ago the boyfriend said quite out the blue, that I should return to my first love. I snapped out my trance like state staring at the party conference on tv and looked at him in confusion. "What"? He pointed to the screen."Why pretend? Politics is your one enduring love, you fight it and stayed away but maybe it's time to admit you hate it so much because you love it, and go back to it all". He was right of course, he knew me, and loved ones are annoying like that! Naturally, I ignored him and cut my nose off to spite my face! Until recently. On the eve of October, the cusp of Autumn, it seemed apt to catch up and blog about the current state of play on the political scene after the Scottish referendum and in light of the political events over the last few months. It ...

‘Technology Has Exceeded Humanity’

By Monday, January 7, 2013 0 Permalink

As Einstein was supposed to have said.... When I recently visited the nursing home I visit with the Puppy, one of the ladies we used to have a giggle with had died. RIP Beth. I don't think she had any friends or family. We used to chat about Rita Hayworth, Humphrey Bogart and other glamorous old movie stars, and despite being 90 odd she used to tell me as I said goodbye that her mum was coming to visit that week. I think like many dementia sufferers, she was harking back to a very specific and happier time in her past, in her case boarding school. I used to wink and smile and tell her to have fun. Death is a fact of life, one I'm sadly used to,  but it does make you wonder why so many people waste so much of their valuable time these days. What does Beth have to do ...

‘Time to get personal’

By Friday, December 21, 2012 2 Permalink

Sharing personal secrets or memories is not something I generally tend to do but the last few weeks have forced me to reminisce about my lost loved ones more than usual. (Ten times a day maybe rather than the normal two to three then)! This has been caused by a number of factors. My mother's birthday came and went, the third one I have spent without her. It passed without much stress on my part. The first one in 2010 which came four months after she died was obviously painful but I went out for dinner with one of my few girlfriends to 'celebrate' as it had been a tradition until then to always take Mama out for a splendid lunch/tea/dinner to somewhere we had never tried. I missed that and still do. Even in foodie obsessed Britain,I am not sure anyone I know has the same obsession with restaurants as the ...

Keep Calm and Carry on Spending

By Thursday, September 13, 2012 0 Permalink

This could be the mantra of the government right now, but it seems also to be true of the British people. Keep spending. That is the cure both personally and nationally. Except it clearly isn’t. Last week the General Secretary of Unite, Len McCluskey said, The minimum wage should increase because if low-paid workers received an extra £40 a week they’d spend it, not put it into some fund in the Cayman Islands More on that here. Now in theory I'm all for raising the minimum wage. I do actually believe it is pitifully low in the UK and is not helping people meet the rising cost of living. But I do appreciate that businesses baring the brunt of this, in particular SMEs, will suffer as a result and this could cause difficulties and in turn raise costs for consumers. However what really vexes me about this comment is the way in which ...