‘Respect Yourself’ or flipping off trump, flippantly.

I’ll start with the proviso that I do not believe that self respect is the same as self esteem or narcissism. Self respect comes from the belief in your own worth, based on honour, courage, honesty and all the good qualities you want from not just yourself but the people you surround yourself with. Self…

The humorous take on things

I have always thought that humour, clever, sharp, pitiless humour, aimed upwards towards those with power and privilege is an effective weapon, often as effective as violence which tends to beget more of the same. (Right now though, after hundreds of years of murder and abuse, anger is most certainly justified…as is making jokes at…

One last rant (until the next rant)

I have never wanted this blog to be a political one, but social justice issues are important to me, so I suspect there will always be an element of politics in whatever I say. I have also been reading a lot of lists lately – so here’s mine: Black Lives Matter. No if’s, no but’s,…

Untitled

Obviously I am not up for this blogging malarkey right now, but not saying something feels like complicity and that makes me feel sick, so here’s my 2p’s worth. We seem to have forgotten that governments and police forces are there to serve the people NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND. If you spend every waking…

The new normal

I have read a lot of articles recently about how things will change after all of our lockdowns are over. There has been everything from how we should carry on not using our cars and taking flights, through to millions of people (apparently) growing their own food and becoming self-sufficient from their tiny gardens or…

A barney in a queue

Having a barney is what some of us in the UK call an argument, dispute or heated discussion and today I saw one. I actually described it as a barney when I texted someone about it because it wasn’t loud enough for a row, wasn’t physical enough for a fight and didn’t go on long…

Hopes

The skies are a little more overcast here today so I’m not feeling as guilty about enjoying being indoors, particularly as I can see my small and much loved garden from the window. The camellia and magnolia I was worried about (both were in bud far too soon, in the middle of winter because we…

Not everyone

This isn’t the sort of business I frequent and I doubt if anyone who sees this will either, but I just wanted to point this out as an obvious statement that NOT EVERYONE IS BEING AN ARSEHOLE right now. Now I need a tee shirt saying ‘I’m blogging this’ just to warn people…

A slice of life (guest post)

(A guest post from Mr Doug Butts, commenter extraordinaire). I just went to my local Boots to get Lemsip. They were only allowing two people in the shop at a time so there was quite a queue outside. The spirit of the blitz has taken over. I had several conversations with young people and old…