Thursday, April 1, 2021

Incerpere Awards

Delighted to anounce that my Mystery romcom book has attained first prize...
Its so cool to be recognised sometimes ... Thanks to all who were involved, and of course the Judges...

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Jon Danzig's World: It was never 'just about trade'

Jon Danzig's World: It was never 'just about trade': It was one year ago that Britain left the European Union, and one month ago that we also left the EU’s Single Market and customs union. So f...

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

A new day, fresh with no mistakes....

Now that 2020 has gone we all seem to be looking forward to some sort of noraml reality to kick in.. I suspect Covid19 will continue to be the bane in our lives for a little longer until the vacines start taking effect. Be kind to each other eh? many are suffereing being at home all the time, its not the safe haven for some...
To all the esential and non essential workers... Thanks and stay safe....

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Re blogging..... A face mask fact rant...

Duncan Badine added a new photo to the album: Health.. Jtulne g1fSge6 hpuolat 5nsoo:rcfeneo3iidml1sr PM RETIRED SURGEON Sam Laucks, has this to say about wearing masks: “OK, here’s my rant about masks: I have spent the past 39 years working in the field of surgery. For a significant part of that time, I have worn a mask. I have worked with hundreds (probably thousands) of colleagues during those years, who have also worn masks. Not a single one us of became ill, passed out or died from lack of oxygen. Not a single one of us became ill, passed out or died from breathing too much carbon dioxide. Not a single one us of became ill, passed out or died from rebreathing a little of our own exhaled air. Let’s begin here by putting those scare tactics to rest! (It is true that some people, with advanced lung diseases, may be so fragile that a mask could make their already-tenuous breathing more difficult. If your lungs are that bad, you probably shouldn’t be going out in public at the present time anyway; the consequences if you are exposed to Covid-19 would likely be devastating.) ~ “But”, you ask, “can’t viruses go right through the mask, because they are so small?” (“Masks keep viruses out just as well as a chain link fence keeps mosquitoes out,” some tell us.) It is true that individual virus particles can pass through the pores of a mask; however, viruses don’t move on their own. They do not fly across the room like a mosquito, wiggle through your mask like a worm, or fly up your nose like a gnat. The virus is essentially nothing more than a tiny blob of genetic material. Covid-19 travels in a CARRIER – the carrier is a fluid droplet- fluid droplets that you expel when you cough, sneeze, sing, laugh, talk or simply exhale. Most of your fluid droplets will be stopped from entering the air in the room if you are wearing a mask. Wearing a mask is a very efficient way to protect others if you are carrying the virus (even if you don’t know that you are infected). In addition, if someone else’s fluid droplets happen to land on your mask, many of them will not pass through. This gives the wearer some additional protection, too. But, the main reason to wear a mask is to PROTECT OTHERS. Even if you don’t care about yourself, wear your mask to protect your neighbors, co-workers and friends! ~ A mask is certainly not 100% protective. However, it appears that the severity of Covid-19 infection is at least partially “dose-dependent.” In other words, the more virus particles that enter your body, the sicker you are likely to become. Why not decrease that volume if you can? “What have you got to lose?!” ~ “But doesn’t a requirement or a request to wear a mask violate my constitutional rights?” You’re also not allowed to go into the grocery store if you are not wearing pants. You can’t yell “fire” in the Produce Department. You’re not allowed to urinate on the floor in the Frozen Food Section. Do you object to those restrictions? Rules, established for the common good, are component of a civilized society. ~ “But aren’t masks uncomfortable?” Some would say that underwear or shoes can be uncomfortable, but we still wear them. (Actually, being on a ventilator is pretty darned uncomfortable, too!) Are masks really so bad that you can’t tolerate them, even if they will help keep others healthy? ~ “But won’t people think I’m a snowflake or a wimp if I wear a mask?” I hope you have enough self-confidence to overcome that. ~ “But won’t I look stupid if I wear a mask?” I’ve decided not to dignify that question with an answer!! ๐Ÿ“ท:) ~ “But I never get sick; I’m not worried.” Well, then, wear a mask for the sake of the rest of us who are not so perfect! There is good evidence that masks make a real difference in diminishing the transmission of Covid-19. Please, for the sake of others (and for the sake of yourself), wear your mask when in public. It won’t kill you! P.S. - And, by the way, please be sure that BOTH your nose and mouth are covered! Recommendations around mask usage are confusing. The science isn't. Evidence shows that masks are extremely effective to slow the coronavirus and may be the best tool available right now to fight it.” Thank you, Sam Laucks!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Re blogging from nate White...why Brits hate Trump....

“Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?” Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England wrote the following response: "A few things spring to mind. Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem. For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace – all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed. So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief. Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing – not once, ever. I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility – for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman. But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is – his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty. Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers. And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults – he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness. There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface. Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront. Well, we don’t. We see it as having no inner world, no soul. And in Britain we traditionally side with David, not Goliath. All our heroes are plucky underdogs: Robin Hood, Dick Whittington, Oliver Twist. Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that. He’s not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat. He’s more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege. And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things to the British: a bully. That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a snivelling sidekick instead. There are unspoken rules to this stuff – the Queensberry rules of basic decency – and he breaks them all. He punches downwards – which a gentleman should, would, could never do – and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless – and he kicks them when they are down. So the fact that a significant minority – perhaps a third – of Americans look at what he does, listen to what he says, and then think ‘Yeah, he seems like my kind of guy’ is a matter of some confusion and no little distress to British people, given that: • Americans are supposed to be nicer than us, and mostly are. • You don’t need a particularly keen eye for detail to spot a few flaws in the man. This last point is what especially confuses and dismays British people, and many other people too; his faults seem pretty bloody hard to miss. After all, it’s impossible to read a single tweet, or hear him speak a sentence or two, without staring deep into the abyss. He turns being artless into an art form; he is a Picasso of pettiness; a Shakespeare of shit. His faults are fractal: even his flaws have flaws, and so on ad infinitum. God knows there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid. He makes Nixon look trustworthy and George W look smart. In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws – he would make a Trump. And a remorseful Doctor Frankenstein would clutch out big clumpfuls of hair and scream in anguish: ‘My God… what… have… I… created?’ If being a twat was a TV show, Trump would be the boxed set." ๐Ÿ˜Š

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Monday 6th April I’m adding this to my blog so every year it will pop up on my memories. This is so I will NEVER forget the way the world changed in 2020... Queen Elizabeth II ๐Ÿ‘‘ addressed the nation at 8pm on Sunday 5th April. Shortly after this the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital himself with Covid-19 and now in intensive care. The PM had previously implemented a lockdown across the country on the evening of Monday 23rd of March 2020 ⛔️ Excel in London is now known as the NHS Nightingale and will be a hospital for up to 4,000 patients, most of whom are on ventilators suffering from Coronavirus (Covid-19) disease. The Nightingale was officially opened by Prince Charles at 11am Friday 3rd April by video link. Similar venues are being used in cities across the country. Community support groups established, to support the vulnerable, elderly, immunocompromised and people in enforced isolation due to exposure, in their community ๐Ÿง“๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿป From Thursday 26th March at 8pm and every Thursday night thereafter, we all stood united on our doorsteps, balconies and open windows and applauded and cheered for all our amazingly brave NHS staff ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ who so courageously and selflessly battled on to try and save as many lives as possible ❤️ Petrol ⛽️ price close to home ๐Ÿก was £1.03 per litre for unleaded. Schools closed on Friday 20 March, potentially for the remainder of the school year. ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿป‍๐Ÿ’ป Parents were home schooling and teachers were doing remote learning using apps like Zoom for a virtual lesson. Social distancing measures required of a minimum of 2 metres ☹️ Tape on the floors at grocery stores ๐Ÿฌ and others to help distance shoppers ๐Ÿ›’ from each other. Limited number of people were allowed inside stores, therefore, queuing outside the store doors, still 2 meters apart ๐Ÿฌ Non-essential stores and businesses mandated to closed ๐Ÿšซ People who can are instructed to work ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป‍๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿป‍๐Ÿ’ป from home ๐Ÿก The Government Paid 80% of wages to all employees across the country who were furloughed due to Covid-19. Every airline ✈️ grounded either all or at least 85% of its fleet. All crew were grounded and some used their skills to work for the NHS in Nightingale Hospital, the Ambiance Service, 111 telephone handlers or community support. Air pollution improved. Rivers cleaned up. City & traffic emissions reduced. ♻️ Parks ๐Ÿ• trails, entire cities ๐Ÿข closed or restricted to locals who can get there by foot. Not permitted to drive anywhere to exercise. Entire sports ⚽️ ๐Ÿ‰ ๐ŸŽพ seasons cancelled. No Wimbledon, no end to the Premiership, no Boat Race, no London Marathon. A virtual Grand National was held on 4th April 2020. Olympics postponed to 2021. Concerts ๐ŸŽซ tours ๐ŸšŒ festivals ๐Ÿคน๐Ÿป entertainment events ๐ŸŽญ all cancelled Weddings ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคต๐Ÿป family celebrations ๐Ÿฅณ holiday gatherings ๐Ÿ‘จ‍๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐Ÿ‘ฆ‍๐Ÿ‘ฆ cancelled ๐Ÿšซ Families got creative and found entertaining ways of passing time by doing Tik Tok videos or going Live on Facebook. ๐ŸŽฅ Singers and bands played live sets on their driveways or on their balconies for all to hear ๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿฝ Households that can’t see their friends and loved ones come together across the country by using Zoom or Houseparty to play games or host pub quiz nights. No masses, churches ⛪️ are closed ๐Ÿšซ No gatherings of 50 or more, then 20 or more, then 10 or more. Now, Don't socialize with anyone outside of your home ⚗️ Children's outdoor play parks are closed ๐ŸŽก We are to distance from each other. Shortage of masks ๐Ÿ˜ท gowns ๐Ÿฅผ gloves ๐Ÿงค for our front-line workers. Shortage of ventilators for the critically ill ๐Ÿค’ in many parts of the world. Formula 1 racing teams and Virgin Galactic designed and produced ventilators in the space of a week. Refrigerated trucks for the dead outside hospitals in the USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Spain ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ and more. Panic buying ๐Ÿ›’ sets in and we have limits on toilet paper ๐Ÿงป disinfecting supplies, paper towels, staple foods, hand sanitizer ๐Ÿงด Flour is hard to get because the packaging comes from China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ and borders are closed ๐Ÿšง Manufacturers, distilleries and other businesses ๐Ÿข switch their lines to help make visors, masks ๐Ÿ˜ท hand sanitizer ๐Ÿงด and PPE ๐Ÿงค Fines are established for breaking lockdown rules ๐Ÿค‘ Stadiums ๐ŸŸ and recreation facilities overseas open up for the overflow of Covid-19 ๐Ÿฆ  patients. Public Park ๐Ÿ• areas turned into caravan parks for stranded tourists to self isolate ๐Ÿš Press conferences daily from the PM ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป and other government ๐Ÿ› officials. Daily updates on new cases, recoveries, and deaths ⚰️ Government incentives to stay home. Barely anyone on the roads ๐Ÿ›ฃ People wearing masks ๐Ÿ˜ท and gloves outside ๐Ÿงค Essential service workers are terrified to go to work ๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป‍⚕️ ๐Ÿ‘ฒ๐Ÿป Medical field workers are afraid to go home to their families ๐Ÿ‘จ‍๐Ÿ‘ง‍๐Ÿ‘ฆ 64,727 deaths globally so far as at 4 April 2020. 4,313 in the UK. This is the Novel Coronavirus ๐Ÿฆ  (Covid-19) Pandemic, WHO declared March 11th, 2020. Why, you ask, do I write this status? One day it will show up in my memory ๐Ÿ’ญ feed, and it will be a yearly reminder that life is precious and not to take the things we dearly love for granted ๐Ÿ’• We have so much we need to appreciate that we take for granted. Be thankful. Be grateful ๐Ÿ˜Œ Be kind to each other - love one another - support everyone ๐Ÿฅฐ We are all one! Stay home, stay safe. ❤️ share if you like...

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

New writings.... No choir practice! covid19 please "Jog On"

As we are most of us in some sort of lockdown, I am avidly rewriting some old stories I have written way back when... "Excerpt" “CAN anyone tell the class who the 4th wife of Henry the 8th was?” There she was again, asking those almost impossible questions and honestly expecting someone to actually know the answers. She stood arms akimbo, facing the class, you could see her probing eyes scanning the room impatiently behind her glasses. The trick used to fool the students; she made those eyes run around so fast, you wouldn’t know where exactly they were focused on at any given point, but now, the students had cottoned on to her. They knew all about her scanning-eyes trick so that when those eyes fell upon you, you knew your head was on the block! just like one of Henry's poor wives. As you’ de be called up to answer the question. Which usually ended in one of two ways. You either knew the answer, or you were entirely clueless and was ridiculed by her, in front of your classmates. My WIP....... I miss my choir practice, a lot... They are an adorable crazy bunch!!!! I am playing world of warcraft with a couple of my grandchildren, and "tiktok" ing with my eldest grandaughter..also sync dancing across the world!!! Hope you all are finding things to do in this crazy time.... Stay Safe... Julie x