Saturday, 30 June 2018
The heat is terrible!
This does not suit me, I am so glad the football forces me to stay inside. Indeed when there is no football I must stay inside and do the things undone by watching the football. Actually few got done but the place smells better once the windows are opened.
Not much in the news, not counting the £319,000 given to the Scots Tories from an 'unknown' source, that is someone not recognised, with no apparent offices and therefore who are they and why such a donation? It appears the Scots media ignore this as they do so many other things.
Michael Gove by the way has made it clear the many millions given by the EU for Scots farmers is not available to Scots farmers, it appears to no longer appear.
Then they complain Scots don't support England at the World Cup!
So many around here cannot understand why Scots, Welsh and Irish should grumble, this reveals an amazing lack of understanding on their part and this is also a reflection on the papers they read.
Interesting that after the hype that flowed merrily when England defeated the worst team in the World Cup this all dissipated overnight after the England and Belgian squad teams met and England lost. Those many cars and vans flying England flags appear to have disappeared since then. Heads down and even Germany going home has not lifted the spirits. How strange this is, England see Germany as their rivals! Germany does not see England is this way, I suspect they regard Italy, France, Brazil, Spain and the like as their rivals but the English imperialist never dies.
However I have enjoyed many games and several great goals today alone. Those goals remind me of how I used to play...
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
In between the never ending football, starting soon once again, I have found time to read another interesting book about the days of long ago. Paul Kriwaczek's book on 'Babylon' is more than 'Babylon' this book stretches back to Eridu and works its way forward to Babylon and onwards...
The author himself was born in 1937 and his mother was imprisoned along with her son in 1939 for the crime of being Jewish. Somehow she escaped and ended up in London. Paul remained proud of his Yiddish heritage with his own views on their origins.
Kriwaczek spent some 25 year working for the BBC, which explains some of his outlook, mostly for the World Service and with an Asian slant. However he trained as a dentist and then travelled widely. He produced many TV programmes of an educational type and I doubt they would get a chance of broadcast today. Too intelligent for those running the Corporation now.
I liked this book but found that while he traced the route form Eridu 5000 BC up towards Babylon he appeared to have a lot of his own opinions to add. His secular humanist approach in which he has already decided that the bible, and he only quoted the Old Testament, the bible had grown out of the gods invented by man down in Sumer in days of yore and their story had become Genesis. This is not an unusual approach, some clergy run towards this, and its main fault is the lack of the supernatural. This approach is popular because it means man is in charge and God will not intervene, therefore we can do what we like, there will be no judgement, we are king! Sadly having died recently he has found out too late his mistake.
His approach explains his use of the cringing BCE and CE dates, an idea introduced by middle class white people to put down Christianity rather than the idea of considering all peoples as they claim.
This spoiled his book which offered a good deal of interesting details about Uruk, Assyria and the like as they grew, fell, grew again, and finally disappeared. While well worth a read the author is neither a historian nor an archaeologist and in my mind this reveals why too many of his own opinions fill the book.
Something that I always avoid...
I much preferred 'Mesopotamia' by Gwendolyn Leick. and she had her own opinions also but much better evidenced.
Tuesday, 26 June 2018
A quiet day at work, nobody came in!
The staff didn't even give me anything to do but the delightful boss made me coffee to keep me awake. I spent time talking to the plumbers still installing the central heating and took a couple of quick pictures of our organic garden in front of the building. One of the volunteers is into this type of gardening.
However this hard work still wore me out and I fell asleep in the middle of the football! I think it was visiting Tesco and then carrying the heavy bag home in the heat that was responsible for this. I had to buy a lot as the fridge was empty! I forgot the beer which shows how tired I must have been...
Monday, 25 June 2018
Suddenly life is a healthier place.
The football has shifted from one O'clock to three thus allowing more time for sleep and getting things done. The ironing for one has been finished completely, well apart from one forgotten item, and the pile has been there for some time. Even the rubbish has been put out, the only time I stepped out into the hot sunshine today, and to celebrate the new spare time I have left everything else for later.
That is how a good housewife works.
Boris has done a runner! Our Foreign Secretary ought to be in the House tonight voting for the governments plan to create another runway at Heathrow airport. However what does a politician do when he has told his constituents in wealthy Uxbridge & South Ruislip that he would 'Lie down in front of the bulldozers to stop the expansion' but tonight when he ought to be voting against this government for his constituents he has fled to Afghanistan! No doubt this was arranged long ago, about 24 hours after the vote was announced, and this will be important in terms of world affairs but his constituents who do not want more aircraft over their heads may think differently. These are of course the very people who fly from Heathrow on holidays to far flung places and conduct their business overseas whenever it suits them, they are the last folks to wish flights over their heads.
It appears Theresa May, whom you may have heard off, has a constituency in Maidenhead, this lies directly under the flight path! Until recently she was totally opposed to the enlargement of Heathrow and is scrambling to delete her evidence but it remains available to geeks and now she is totally in favour. Never trust a politician on the make!
Saturday, 23 June 2018
In between games last night I noticed the shadow on the wall. This struck me as interesting and as I took a few shots of this and attempted to get the colour right I ended up with what call a 'work of art' and intend to offer this to the Tate Modern and sell for around two or three million.
As this will lead to an exhibition somewhere I am collecting similar but different art works which will gain me fame and fortune, however I need to find a name for such work and an explanation to reveal to the art lovers and their money what I am trying to say through this work. You and I know I am saying "Give me cash!" However art lovers do not think like this so I am suggesting the first one concerns 'how light shines but we do not know what that light hides.' 'The brightness hinders our understanding of what lies behind the wall of glare that blinds us to reality.'
The second one s obvious to anyone with eyes that see. 'Calm, peace, serenity in a world of hostile intentions is always possible to one who sees.'
I am glad I had that whisky now...
The abstract view is clear here. Obviously this refers to the damage caused to the green earth by man's (never woman's you note no matter how many of their plastic things kill fish) misrule of the world on which he abides.
Just a straight million for that one would do.
Even the sky was at it as I trudged home from Sainsburys this morning. High above the flight to Malaga the sky was telling us to always look up as the clouds hide the blue but it is always there!
Will you come to my first exhibition, can you teach me how to talk middle class pap...?
Friday, 22 June 2018
Idiocy rules in this house, I made a post in a hurry this morning while waiting on the football, and now the football is struggling I realise I posted on the wrong place. This post ought to be here but instead it is found here! Photo Page
Tuesday, 19 June 2018
The cruel, cold-bloodied women who boss me around forced me to stay on at work today.
The afternoon lass has gone on holiday again and none were available to cover except myself. I did indicate to the harridans that Columbia were playing Japan (an exciting match it turned out to be) and if I stayed I would miss this.
She replied by kicking my ankle and saying "Stay if you know what is good for you!" I am not sure this is in keeping with good management practice.
The day had started badly. The central heating upgrade was still in progress and yesterday (the museum is closed on Monday's) the men had moved half the shop to get the cables for the new radiators in place. My first job was to replace everything, and I mean everything! First of course this meant finding where it had all been put before putting it into some sort of order.
This however was held up by the arrival of a small excellent school.
This in the middle of a muddle, electricians wandering about, things everywhere bar where they ought to be and a school to teach. It could not get any worse, but it did! Visitors arrived! A group came to see the exhibition in amongst the clutter and children yapping away. This however they coped with and even bought things, so well done to them.
I merely continued restructuring the shop knowing that tomorrow when Boss 3 gets back she will change everything round again as she always does. Humph! Still I managed this hard work, breathing heavily to the delight of two female visitors, I know not why, and realised I must up the fitness striving.
The work done, note no new photos, I returned to my tepid cup of tea and attempted to interest two women in buying the stuff I had re-installed. They bought one card instead.
Having done all I then finished a small job, cutting wool for Boss 2 intended for a kids project she in engaged in. This done I sat, and how I sat.
By now it was lunchtime and as I ought to be heading off the Boss 1 came by and kicked my ankle again and suggested I eat as I was going to miss the football and I ought to stop crying over this. So I sat and ate my egg bap and prepared for a quiet afternoon with no football. Then I realised I may be in luck. By getting my egg roll from the cafe the boss had covered me at the desk, she left the computer on so I raced onto the BBC and found the game there! Of course when it starts it asks 'Have you a TV Licence?' and as I have one I click 'Yes!' and continued. The manager (Big Boss) glared at me when I informed him of this and he began to mutter about check ups etc. I merely smiled as I knew he would sort it.
It was then I realised sneaky boss 2 had been back in and filled the wool bag with a huge ball of wool for me to cut up for the kids. This when watching football!!! Have these wimmen no heart? I say no as another volunteer entered to collect something and stood there yapping for ten minutes as I strained to watch Japan stuffing Columbia. She knew what she was doing! Bah!
At four, with lots of cut red wool all over the place I left hoping to catch the beginning of the second game of the day. Naturally I would not as a couple came in at ten to four holding us up by asking questions and meaning I did not get out until after four. Home by quarter past dead beat, bruised and satisfied with another happy day at the museum.
Isn't life grand...?
Monday, 18 June 2018
Sometimes you can see a divorce coming.
Melania Trump has spoken out against separating children from parents when caught crossing the border from Mexico into the USA illegally. I suspect none crossed while Mexico were putting Germany in their place yesterday. Her husband, who is the President of the United States incredibly, has decided each who cross must be imprisoned and as children cannot go to adult prisons this means they are separated fro their parents. This is similar to the Victorian Workhouse idea Jeremy Bentham and his mates gave us. Christian care and general human kindness do not appear in either situation.
However it is her speaking out like this, added to her not appearing alongside him at all times that raises the gutter press question as to whether she is working towards a million pound divorce. Here I find that I must be reading the 'Daily Mail' to much as it leads me to such speculation. I await a tweet from the White house (burned down by the British forces in 1812) to deny any rift as 'fake news' while at the same time setting the lawyers, CIA and FBI to follow his wife.
Another attempt to keep Brexit out of the news. This time Theresa has promised to spend £20 billion on the NHS over a period of time, a period of time in which she will not be there. This has much coverage in her press with the right wing swivel eyed loons chortling over it all and Labour muttering something in the corner but lets face it who cares what they say these days.
It is of course a lie!
This money will come from the Brexit profit, while in fact Brexit will bring economic disaster and she knows it. Just another lie to feed the troops desperate to believe in spite of facts. There is more truth coming out of Ibrox park media these days than coming from 10 Downing Street and that is saying something!
With the football taking up a little bit of time I have not been able to do much except rush to the shops for food (and bird seed) and glance at the outside world which mad me glad I am inside again!
So much to do, so little time before kick off! They want me to work tomorrow and miss Columbia playing Japan, are these women mad???
Saturday, 16 June 2018
A picture in the Edinburgh Evening News just now got me thinking. Yes I know this is hard to understand but it is true.
The photo featured a Sikh giving a prize to a youngster for some reason and this brought to mind all the 'Daily Mail' wingers grumbling that their country 'was not what it once was' and 'foreigners rule us now.' This of course the main reason for voting for the disaster of Brexit!
It appeared to me in that photo that the Edinburgh I knew and grew up in has long gone. This is indeed the case, it is over forty years since I lived there and even if no 'foreign Johnny' had arrived since then the place would no longer be the city I knew. In many ways this would be good, in others it is a disaster, but change happens everywhere constantly and we have been part of this. Sometimes we are urging change and ignoring those grumbling against change, then we are the 'Keep it as it was' school objecting to anything that means 'new.'
Sadly I thought I cannot grumble about such things. The Christian must view the world as a temporary dwelling, not a permanent home therefore the world we wish to keep must be jettisoned because holding on to that is a form of idolatry. We seek 'our' world, the safe happy place in which we are content, forgetting that Jesus died because that world was as corrupt as all other parts of the world, and we enjoyed some of that corruption but excusing it as 'part of our culture.'
Our culture must now be Gods culture not the worlds. Scots culture was about the best in the world, if you ignore football violence, sectarian behaviour and drunkenness that is. Christians can no longer be part of the 'best culture in the world' as it is not actually the 'best thing for the world,' only Jesus is.
The point somewhere in my muddled mind is that I can easily object to Edinburgh being filled with Sikhs or Muslims, Hindus or any other kind but in the end I can only deal with 'people' not 'types of people.' My Edinburgh was only in my head, my personal experience, and while I can give thanks for being brought up in such a good environment I ought to be living in a better world, the one Jesus offers not the world in my mind. Edinburgh of course has always had invaders arriving. The Sikhs have been there for almost a hundred years, many come via the Port of Leith for business or diplomatic reasons or to attend the university or Medical School so incomers are not new in Auld Reekie.
The Old Testament has much to say about welcoming strangers whether they live amongst you or are just passing through, Middle Eastern hospitality demands a favourable response ought we to do anything else? Some Christians however have failed in this many joining UKIP and such parties, in an attempt to stop the nation they know becoming a different nation, the 'It is not my country any more' attitude. They are right, it has never been their country it has always belonged to God and he gives it to whoever he will. The Christian must live in a tent like a nomad he has no permanent home on this earth. The world in which he lives can never be 'his country' and always be what he wishes it to be, it will never be what he wants anyway lets face it, life is constantly disappointing us, life will never be what we wish it to be.
Of course I am a foreigner is a strange land...
Friday, 15 June 2018
Thursday, 14 June 2018
At last something to watch on TV!
The World Cup 2018 has begun and for the next wee while we have three games a day to fill the screens. How lovely! Well that said I must state that this first game is living up to the usual forst game in a world cup, it's rubbish!
We have had the prelude, with Robbie Williams of all people, drawling while some dafties performed around him. That nice Mr Putin spoke about being careful of the doorhandles in the hotels while staring down at the Ukrainian representative. For some reason the image I saw was of that nice Mr Hitler opening the 1936 Olympics, maybe that's just me?
The first game has gone as feared. The Saudi's are full of zeal and the Russians, no great deal here, are well on top having scored two easy goals (as we speak). The early games are often full of fear as no-one wishes to lose a goal so as yet I see little excitement approaching. I will however check it out just in case.
This morning, long before you lot were up, with the dawn chorus in my ears I ate breakfast. Having burned eggs in the microwave I made coffee and sat there wondering who was burning plastic.
I soon realised it was me.
Somehow the hob rear had turned on! I didn't do it, but it was on.
This was unfortunate for the plastic container of biscuits was sitting on that hob ring hiding from the sun coming through the window. I grabbed the metal ladle more used to scraping eggs from the pan and scraped the melting morass from among the by now thick pungent smoke that was filling the place. This I threw into a bowl of water and removed the rest slowly dumping it also in the water to cool. All the while choking on the fumes which I must say were very strong! Quite how firemen cope with that in real time amazes me.
It took a long time to remove most of the smoke, the smell is still clearly noticeable, and the ring might be almost clear for the moment but I suspect requires more work. Good job I never use that one.
How stupid! How on earth did I manage to turn the hob on?
At least had the Robin entered at the time he would have had several open windows to leave by!
Tuesday, 12 June 2018
What is it about this Robin that he can work out how to get inside the abode but cannot find his way back out again? This is the second time he has come fluttering inside. Now remember that on one side of him is the great outdoors and on the other a dark interior of the room so why come inside when it is easier to keep in the light?
Anyhow he has once again entered and flitted around for a while glaring at me like it was my fault!
I did make it clear to him where the windows are located but he preferred to sit focusing on me in an attempt to make me feel guilty. It failed. I opened the lower half of the front window wide and this tempted him to sit high up on the plant that towers over the window. Indicating the lower half being open got nowhere and the bird merely chose to sit on various perches and remain indoors.
Possibly he came in to inform me the feeder was empty, he has an effective manner about him.
Satisfied he had put me off my dinner and interrupted me sufficiently he moved across to the open entrance and sat from a while pondering his next move. I remain convinced this was an attempt to make me fill the feeder. This was dutifully done and the Starlings have almost emptied it already!
Robin will be happy enough down below making a mess of my neighbours pathway while bottom feeding.
Today the museum was full! Full of plumbers, electricians and occasional people come to see what was available in spite of it all. One or two just came to buy things, insert sweet smile at this point, and one of my many suffragette bosses gave me work to do which made time fly as I kept wishing to be elsewhere.
The second textile exhibition is a bit more 'arty' than the last one. Some interesting items on show and a great many in the shop. None sold today and I expect until the workmen have finished there will be too few in to view to aid selling the stiff on offer.
Look! The brute even manages to get in here!
Look! The brute's managed to come back inside yet again! This time the window was not completely open so I have had another race around the mansion until he, though I am beginning to consider this Robin a she, until she flew out the way she came in. Bah!
Monday, 11 June 2018
Saturday, 9 June 2018
The local carnival does not compete with those reported annually in the media however it is a bit of fun and local colour once a year allowing the kids to sit, somewhat perplexed, on the backs of big lorries offering lacklustre waves of the hand or waving frantically if the mood takes them. I enjoy it because of the kids faces. There is never much to it though some folks work real hard getting things together and preparing kids and parent for the day. Just a bit of fun in the midst of the town. The ability to pose comes naturally to Essex kids. They may end up in television one day.
So, here are a thousand pictures!
As you can see the locals are a shy retiring lot.
This lot were either a 'Keep fit' team or a bunch of Amazons on the loose. I took no chances and retired behind the tree.
Not all were Amazons however.
No scooters this year however there was one very interesting motor cycle.
'Showtime' was the theme this year and the floats offered a variety of music, mostly bad!
I have no idea what half these shows represented were!
When the army arrive the show is over. The parade continues around town and ends up in the far away where the 'Fair' carries on for hours.
Just in case...