One thing I wondered about is the way the sun the other day gave off a very bright light, enhanced a blue sky, yet failed to emit more heat than a candle! If you are built of ten thousand billion nuclear explosions I feel it right to demand a temperature higher than 'just above freezing' when I am out. That nice BBC weather man cheerfully informed his waiting public that next week there "might even be snow." I am glad he did not hear my remark at that moment, anyway it would have been drowned out by the cheering at British Gas headquarters! Being regarded as a pensioner I'mentitledto £200 heating allowance. I can tell you that I am happy for this, especially as this flat faces north so little heat arrives at any time, and writing, reading, or doing anything outwith the 15 tog duvet is an arduous business. With this in mind I am early in bed, laptop on top, noting that the blood has begun to return to my fingers once more. And people say I have it easy? Well yes I do these days.
The financial worry has eased considerably, I am trained in cheap living, and it is possible to do so happily, also my running costs are now low. Not counting heat of course. However I wonder about those who really do struggle. Some fail to buy properly, expect cheap energy while using far too much, leaving lights on all day and the like, and appear not to comprehend the value of money. These are not lazy or selfish folks, just those that cannot shop well. Others have less than me, debts still hanging over them, family and friends that demand constantly, and do without to help others. My mother was a bit like this, although in Scotland she was not allowed to suffer. Food banks will do a roaring business at Christmas.
I wonder also about architects! The fashion today is for an architect with a 'big name' to be employed erecting the tallest structure in the world. To my mind these monstrosities, such as the 'Gherkin' or the 'Shard' are not only ugly but reflect the Genesis verse, "Come let us build a tower that reaches up to heaven, and make a name for ourselves." That is what such creations reflect. These is no requirement for them, little purpose (the Shard is still half empty) and probably far to expensive to run. To build a tall building might be required in places, Edinburgh had ten stories or more in a confined area hundreds of years ago, but those developments worldwide in recent years are merely for show. An 'Empire State Building,' a 'Post Office Tower' (BT to you), or an occasional showpiece is one thing, cities full of them just a mess! The picture I took many years ago to compare the craftsmen who built Leadenhall market and the architect who built the Lloyds Building next to it. One reflect craft, the other plastic! Both may well function properly inside however the outside, which is what most of us see is ugly! I am sure you agree.