Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Rain/ Rein/ Reign

Mistress-May

This naughty-but-nice political poster caught my eye yesterday, ripped edges flapping flamboyantly in the breeze – ‘Mistress May Make You Rue The Day’.

When it comes to Theresa May’s continued reign as Prime Minister, she may still have the reins of the country in her ‘strong and stable’ hands – just – and she certainly has the bit between her teeth when it comes to Brexit, but she may find she needs to rely on the three line whip a lot more now she’s lost her parliamentary majority, especially as there are a larger-than-ever number of MPs who may be more than happy to rain on her parade! πŸ™‚

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Rain/ Rein/ Reign

Daily Prompt: Commit

aspire-spend-retire

I saw this grafitti message on temporary hoarding still wrapped around a newly-constructed waterfront housing development along the Lea River in East London.

It’s not exactly a feel-good mantra to commit to, and yet it’s a pretty accurate assessment of how many of us live our lives within our Western capitalist culture… πŸ™‚

Daily Prompt: Commit

Daily Prompt: Paper

paper-and- pens

In spite of me owning a plethora of electronic devices (mobile phones, laptops, kindle) you never have to look far in my house to find old-fashioned paper, and multicoloured pens, and pencils, and of course a couple of highlighters.

I always have a varied selection of A4 loose-leaf pads, A4 and A5 wire-bound note pads, and A4 and A5 hard-bound notebooks, all lined with no margins, all used for different things. And there’s always a well-used scruffy-looking reporters notebook and at least one pen kicking around in my handbag, just incase.

I just really like to write stuff down longhand, ideas for poems and snippets of conversations and memories jogged – and not forgetting the joy of lists… oh how I love a good list! πŸ™‚

Daily Prompt: Paper

Daily Prompt: Relieved

I’ll be so relieved when this heatwave is over – I’m seriously not built for this level of hot weather. I’m Scottish, and from the North East coast at that, so I’m more used to relatively high percentages of precipitation pretty much all year round with the bracing North sea air keeping everything refreshingly… well… fresh

Still, stultifying, stuffy air and lukewarm water straight from the cold tap however long you run it for is not my idea of fun. It reached 33 degrees this afternoon and is expected to remain at around 23 degrees overnight tonight. I know many people across the world live in far hotter climates – but this is the UK, and we don’t routinely live with air conditioning in our homes so we really struggle when it’s hot like this.

Right now I’m feeling too hot in my clothes and too hot out of them – just too hot altogether, whatever I do. And I’m grumpy and out of sorts and cranky and fed up. And did I mention hot? At least when it’s cold, you can always layer on more clothes, but when it comes to stripping off, once you’re down to your skin you’re stuck – often literally stuck to your seat, yuk! πŸ™‚

Daily Prompt: Relieved

Share Your World: 19 June 2017

What is something people are obsessed with but you just don’t see the point of?

Package holidays – we Brits seem obsessed with taking annual package holidays somewhere hot and sunny, where the point is to lie on a foreign beach somewhere all day and then drink in a foreign bar all night for two weeks… I’ve never been on one, it simply doesn’t appeal to me…

What quirky things do people do where you are from?

We Brits always form ourselves into an ordely queue – we stand quietly in line and take our turn, but will fidget and tut and glare and comment loudly to our immediate queue neighbours when other people disregard the rules and don’t follow the accepted ettiquette of British queuing πŸ™‚

What are some things you wish you could unlearn?

The one thing I wish I could unlearn from childhood, and am still trying to correct in myself even in grandparenthood, is the feeling that I’m not good enough. It has coloured my life in so many ways, and sadly I can see with hindsight it also has affected the way I’ve brought up my children, so I’m determined that my grandchildren will not be affected in the same way…

Who is someone that you miss having in your life?

I really miss my maternal grandmother – I was truly lucky to have had her in my life for so long as she was 92 when she died, and I was already a grandmother myself by then ❀

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Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Sign

 

police-vanIs it a sign of things to come in the uncertain times we live in that, when I saw a Police van parked directly in front of the entrance to our local tube station, I hesitated before entering. I felt myself hold back, just for a second, and it seriously upset me.

In all the fifteen years I’ve lived in London I’ve never stopped living my life because of fear – I’ve deliberately kept clear of certain busy places at particular times because I don’t like huge crowds, but never because of fear. I’ve been here during terrorist attacks, and along with many other Londoners have always just kept calm and carried on, vigilant yet undefeated.

But today it wasn’t the threat of potential terrorist activity that held me back, it was more an awareness of a growing unease across the population as a whole. People are becoming more and more desperate and angry – angry at out-of-touch politicians consistently making decisions that are divisive, politicians who are then highly critical of increasing divisions in society and blame the people rather than reassess their policies.

People who have the least power but the most need are tired not only of constantly struggling but also of being dismissed as unimportant by successive governments who dangle them like puppets, unwilling players in their vanity project political games. This is how riots begin – anger leading to unrest that quickly becomes more and more heated until it all boils over and spills onto our streets, a conflagration of frustration.

Recently I’ve felt that sense of overheated danger spark ominously in the air again, electrifyingly charged, crisp and crackling close to the surface in some public spaces – and it was my awareness of this air of unease that stopped me in my tracks yesterday. It passed quickly enough, and I carried on with my day as usual. But just for that split-second moment, I hesitated, and that hesitation worries me…

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Sign

Another Sad Day for London…

Today has been another sad day for London, waking this morning to the news of a serious fire burning overnight in a Kensington tower block and watching in disbelief as the terrible tragedy was seen to unfold over the course of the day.

Tonight the fire is officially under control, but it is clearly still burning, and it looks quite probable that the death toll at the end of it all will be terrifyingly high. To see and hear the agonising film clips of terrified people trapped in their homes screaming for help, to understand that people were jumping out of windows trying to escape the smoke and the flames, that desparate parents resorted to throwing their children out of windows to try to save their lives, is absolutely heartbreaking.

We live in the biggest city in the UK with modern, supposedly safety-conscious 21st century building regulations, so to see such a fierce fire spread so quickly with no remorse through an entire 24-storey high-rise residential block with such complete devastation has truly shocked and stunned us all…

 

 

 

General Election Result 2017

So we are waking up this morning to a hung parliament – the result of yet another arrogant Tory MP playing games with our future in order to furnish their own personal political ends, and spectacularly losing their gamble…

What a bloody mess, I’m delighted she’s failed but am really angry to have been used as a pawn in her selfish scheme, just as with her predecessor. Politicians should be there to serve the people, not the people lead as lambs to the slaughter for the sole purpose of personal political gain.

Theresa May did not have to call a snap general election, just as David Cameron did not have to call a referendum on leaving the EU – as a population the British public are not pliable puppetsΒ to be played with in their political pantomime, and we should never have been treated as such.

Surely it’s got to be time now for serious political reform here in the UK,Β  a complete overhaul of our democratic process, removing the antiquated first past the post system and replacing it with something more modern, more representative, more truly inclusive, more egalitarian…

 

Share Your World: 6 June 2017

What’s your strongest sense?

Can I choose common sense? Sometimes it’s a pleasure, and sometimes it’s a bit of a curse to be so inclined…

Which of Snow White’s Seven dwarfs describes you best?

Grumpy, without a doubt – I’m definitely becoming grumpier the older I get πŸ™‚

If you could be one age for the rest of your life, what age would that be?

Old enough to know better!

List of jobs you think you might enjoy?

Doing something wonderfully creative – being an artist of some sort, a painter, or a writer, or a photographer, or something like that. Basically, I’d like to get paid for what I consider having fun – except that once I start getting paid and it becomes a job, it probably wouldn’t be such fun any more…

What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week ahead?

I’m grateful for having spent the last couple of weeks with my family in the North of Scotland, especially my five beautiful grandchildren. And next week I’m looking forward to attending the Annual Blogger’s Bash in London on Saturday! Woo-hoo! πŸ™‚

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