July 31, 2017

“May there be Peace in the World”

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:31 am by Aleksan

Today I went to the river and shouted out to each of the four directions "May there be Peace in the North – South – West – East" facing each one in turn with my hand raised palm forwards. "May there be Peace in the whole world, in my Community and deep in my own Soul" I carry out this Ritual most days, while focusing on conflict zones – political, social and personal.

Today was particularly poignant – it is the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele – where so many soldiers died. So many who would never be called dad, uncle or granddad. Feeling sad, I mused on the Mystery of Life and Death, on Fate and Fortune. Only the Great Spirit knows the cycles of existence and truth. But we can all practice some Compassion and Wisdom in our own traditions – and care for each other now and while we are able to choose and act.

July 29, 2017

School now, and School then – the loss of male influence

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:36 am by Aleksan

A custom has grown up in British Schools of giving teachers little presents at te end of the Summer Term.

Any kid who sucked up to a Master at my school was regarded as a creep of the first order! our School Masters were the enemy to be avoided or outwitted where ever possible. This sissy idea of giving treats to Teacher at the end of term turns my stomach. But I guess times have changed – and in this new luvvy-dovey feminised and Americanised world this sort of thing has become a sort of norm. But for me the teachers and Masters will always be “Them” to be feared and respected rather than loved and sucked up to.

In our school no one moved or talked in lessons, and we all stood up if a lady entered the classroom. We called our Masters “Sir” and worked hard under an iron disclipine, and played hard. We accepted the odd bit of torture or corporal punishment as fair, and just. And later as Old Boys became friendly, equal and grateful to our Masters who had enabled us to achieve and grow in confidence.

If there were women at our school they were usually Matrons, Mistress of the Wardrobe, Master’s wives, Maids, Cooks, Art Mistress or the Headmasters Secretary.

These stereotypes have now gone, but as the time we regarded woman as having separate subservient roles. Thngs have changed and women now have power, leadership roles and even teach Maths and Sport! This is progress, but in many ways the male professional, including teachers, operate in a softer, more socialised world that is not neccessaruly in the best interest of boys in education – who respond best to strong male role models, regmentation, just disclipine, competition and fellowship.

July 28, 2017

Black marks for Trump and the Pope – don’t interfere and give false hope for the sake if your own egos…

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:15 pm by Aleksan

The poor little babe with severe irreversible brain damage has at last been allowed to die. Big respect to the parents for doing the best they could for him – love. peace to them both. But they were sadly let down by many ignorant and stupid people, who without knowing the facts, encouraged the parents to hope for an impossible miracle. Worst of all is that among those unhelpful and misguided band waggoners was an American Physician, Donald Trump – and the Pope.

July 25, 2017

Please Women, respect the Sanctity of the Man Cave

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:02 am by Aleksan

I don’t go as far as John Knox, the Scottish Reformer who described “the monstrous regimen of women” in negative terms. I am surrounded by good, kind and loving women and I would not be without them. But I am a man, and a man needs his Bear Cave, his Shed, his Den, his Study or some other space where he can be alone or with other men of his choosing. 

These bolt holes are sacred spaces and their sanctity should be respected. I come from a Patriarchal background – I am used to men holding power at home, and. I went to an all male boarding school. In some ways my school was a mixture of Monastery and Para Military but we studied hard and played hard.  

Nowadays we live in a more Matriarchal environment – in the U.K. The Head of State, the Prime Minister and the Senior Judge are all women. I’m fine with that…but please guys, that is female guys, leave me alone when I am in my man cave – I need my male space sometimes! It may look a quirky and untidy, even eccentric space to you, but it’s my space! I love you guys but I do sometimes need my male friends and separateness from the female tentacles all around me!

July 22, 2017

Real news in Queer week on the BBC!

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:43 pm by Aleksan

Uncontrollable Drones, too expensive Morning After pills, a British grandad winning a fortune at Poker in Las Vegas, overpaid Presenter-Bots…….and it’s Queer Week or something like it on the BBC ….AND Dr Who is turning into a woman. At last we have some real news – it certainly beats the Muppet Show at Westminster!

July 19, 2017

Top BBC earners – are they worth the enormous salaries we pay them?

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:27 pm by Aleksan

Top BBC Presenters are embarrassed that their enormous salaries are now public knowledge….we should certainly know this since we pay this out of our BBC Licence fees.  Are they worth it?  It is an international market but even so people earning more than 10 times the minimum wage have big responsibilities to the rest of Society.

July 17, 2017

A Summer walk by the River Test

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:45 am by Aleksan

A warm sunny morning with bright blue sky – Sammy and me just kept going on our walk – the river sparkling in between tree shadow, the scent of the peaty earth and the river bank, purple loosestrife, quiet swans, the music of birdsong – soggy sandals and wet feet – and wet bum too from occasional rests – even Sammy was tired when we came back by the contented horses munching their grass – to home and a good long drink for us both…

July 11, 2017

Labour’s Rebecca Long-Bailey ‘won’t use morally wrong Uber’

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:47 am by Aleksan

While I respect her opinion I think she is living in the past. The world has changed and Uber and other “Gig” enterprises are here to stay. They mean freedom, efficiency and independence, and cheaper for customers. But I agree the whole area of benefits, sick leave and holidays should be upgraded if that is what these drivers, delivery men and plumbers want – but it would cut thir income and make them more dependent….I can see the Labour might like that.

July 9, 2017

Bribery for votes?

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:13 am by Aleksan

May and her Government have been legally challenged about the money for votes agreement with the DUP. Whether this will hold or not is dependant upon the established legal procedures, but it seems clear to me that bunging a Billion quid to Foster and her right wing Northern Irish colleagues – to doll out in exchange for votes to keep May in office – is a form of Bribery, morally anyway. And she may be breaking the Good Friday Treaty, internationally legalised, with the Irish Republic too.

July 4, 2017

Public Services should not be run to make or save money

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:37 pm by Aleksan

I just heard a guy on the radio suggesting that “Public Services have for many years been considered a milch cow for the private sector.” Yes, this has always seemed a major problem for me. Services should surely meet the needs of sick, poor and vulnerable children, adults and old people and paid for by our taxes – not run as businesses geared to make a profit for either the private sector or government. The same must apply to transport. Trains and buses for example should best be run as Services rather than as money making operations designed to save or make money. All this costs a great deal, and this must must be raised from the better off in society, whether individuals or business, with contributions from the rest in proportion to their abilities. I have always thought that the dictum “From each according their ability to each according to their need” is an ideal worth aspiring to. How this is done is a question that needs better answers than we have at present, and these answers may determine a major change in the political system. We can’t go on as we are with the rich getting richer and poor poorer. A fairer Society is in the interests of the rich and the poor, and for us all. I would like to see a movement in this country a bit like that of Macron in France, but I understand that to start a political party like his is “illegal” in Britain….