April 29, 2018

No Obesity problem in the 1950s

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:01 am by aleksan

I can only remember one fat boy at Marsh Court in the 1950s – and he was not very fat. It was a boarding. School and the Headmaster and his wife opened a Sweet Shop for us boys twice a week when we could spend our pocket money – usually a Wagon wheel and a piece of liquorice, or a Fry’s cream chocolate bar and a packet of Spangles. No one dared spend more than 6 pence at a time or eyebrows would be raised….a menacing sign. War time rationing was still in progress and food was basic – rabbit stew, dripping on toast and occasionally cocoa – which we called ditch water. Sport was all afternoon every day plus at regular gym sessions, except on Sundays when we went for long walks in the countryside or played unsupervised In the woods. Most of us carried knives – sheath knives kept on the belt, used for whittling wood and sharpening pencils. They were about 4 inches long and very sharp. No one was daft enough to fight with knives, but play fighting and gangs featured prominently in our lives. Most of the Masters, including the Head, had been Officers in the late War, and discilpline was strict in class. No one spoke unless asked to in class and we all stood if a lady entered the room. A different culture, but a hard one. There were no counsellors or counselling sessions but Matron was kind and supportive. It probably needed a War and Austerity to create that culture but it was good for your health and fostered loyalty and learning.

April 28, 2018

Who cares in the Party system? Who has the moral high ground?

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:12 pm by aleksan

One thing that gets my goat is the accusation by one politician to another that they “dont care!”I have just heard Labour’s Diane Abbott say that about Mr Gove, a Tory. There is a strange belief by Labour in particular that they always have the moral high ground – that only they care. What rubbish! I personally belong to the Green Party (because I care lol) – no political Party has a monopoly of care, but they advocate how they think a caring Society should best manage a complex set of issues in a complicated country. Let’s have no more of this personal abusive in Politics – surely MPs should lead the way? Bad mark for Miss Abbott!

April 17, 2018

Nuclear Weapons are worse than Chemical Weapons aren’t they?

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:43 am by aleksan

If it’s “morally and legally right to destroy Chemical Weapons sites (Theresa May), then surely it’s even more morally and legally right to destroy Nuclear Weapons sites?

April 12, 2018

Violence is no solution

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:56 am by aleksan

Chemical weapons are abhorrent – so is blowing people to pieces with missiles….

April 11, 2018

The Ape’s revenge, or the Angel’s wisdom?

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:38 am by aleksan

Humans have been described as Ape descendants and Monkeys with shoes, but many persist in believing Humans are some sort of evolutionary high point. It has also been pointed out that Humans have the brains of beasts, medieval Institutions and the knowledge of the Gods. In other words we have knowledge and technology without Wisdom.

So perhaps it is not surprising that we constantly wage war s and the big and powerful get to the top and have all the money. Not surprising, but surely we are still evolving and must get to a bettor place – a fairer more peaceful world, where children, old people, the sick and disabled are cared for as a priority. This requires an acceptance of the facts and a commitment to change ourselves, however little, and so eventually change the Society we live in.

Humans are suspended somewhere between the Animals and the Angels. Both natures are needed, because to be only one or the other is not reality. We must welcome our animal nature as part of the magic of our natural world, but also develop our Angel nature – we are not animals trying to be Spiritual Beings but Spiritual Beings trying to give meaning to our animal nature and the space time existence we find ourselves in.

If we focus on this side of ourselves we are more likely to be compassionate and wise and less likely to seek violent and destructive solutions – like blowing people to pieces because they have poisoned others. However we are still Ape descendants and evolution is a slow process – I am not holding my breath, but breathing slowly, holding on to my connection with people of goodwill, wise and compassionate ancestors and future generations.

April 6, 2018

More stabbings in London…are the Police up to the job?

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:21 pm by aleksan

More London stabbings – the solution is for our Society to provide better Education, especially early on, and a less polarised equal opportunities environment, support for a strong family culture and and for ZERO Tolerance from the Police, (which has worked well in New York.)

Crime in the UK has become the norm as have a drugs and gang culture. Police seem to have given up on anything but major crime – however the small things, if let go, lead to an acceptance of crime as being just one of those things. Time for more resources and funds all round and responsible action by Politicians who must be held account.

Otherwise the issues will escalate as more and more people, especially teenagers and gangs, take things in their own hands….

April 3, 2018

My Personal Ritual

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:29 pm by aleksan

Now the weather is more clement I have been visiting the River again to greet the Great Spirit and ask the Goddesses, Gods and my personal Guides for Peace and Love in the World, in the U.K., in my Community and in our Sacred Grove. I then think of my family and friends and wish for Peace and Love in their Hearts, ending with a commitment to Peace, Love, and Gratitude deep in the Heart of my own Soul. I end this Ritual by chanting three times thrice and once again a Word connecting me with the Great Spirit, Ancestors, local and familial, and Teachers, past present and future. Blessings of Love and Peace to you all and to all Beings and Natures in the Apparent World, and in the Realms of Existence beyond.

Please feel feel to join me in this Ritual if you are passing by. Gillbride, Bard.