October 19, 2019

The Brexit Debate – Let Wisdom Guide!

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:54 am by Aleksan

Sam and I have just come out into the Sun, and left off watching the Brexit Debate in Parliament. So many MPs sincerely having to make a hard decision, with no real idea of future consequences. Each one speaks his own truth based on backgrounds, party affiliation and partial understanding. And then they will vote. They are warriors in a way but also, like warriors, victims of circumstance. Whatever people say, they are mostly doing their best to balance what is right for the country with what is demanded by those who voted for them. May wisdom guide them!

October 18, 2019

The Brexit deal – what’s the rush?

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:39 pm by Aleksan

One lot says it’s a wonderful Brexit deal, the other lot are horrified – and say it’s an awful deal! They both have their reasons and vested interests. Both lots want you to vote for them so they can have power. So what’s the truth? There is no Truth just different truths depending on your background and beliefs.

From my position it seems wrong to rush a bad deal just to “get it done”. A deal that will clearly leave us worse off and risks escalating tensions in Northern Ireland. I believe that if there is to be a deal it must genuinely be best for the whole country not just for any political party.

It seems to me too late to go back and stay in the EU, and most people did vote to leave, unlike me. A quick deal won’t get it done, it will be the beginning of a very long haul. So let’s not rush things – before we agree anything let’s see what people really want and let’s have that General Election – before any deal is signed off.

October 12, 2019

Should companies be allowed to fail?

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:29 am by Aleksan

Companies will be born flourish and die like everything else in the space-time continuum. They will last longer if they adapt, but in the end a better model will come along and go through the same process. Don’t put your eggs in one basket, and keep several irons in the fire. A civilised Society will ensure that the poor, sick, elderly and disabled are protected through these processes if the need arises.

October 10, 2019

The elephant in the global room – dealing with the rising levels of population on the planet

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:49 pm by Aleksan

Climate change is a major issue and I support all those working in various ways to mitigate its effects on our planet. But claims must have a scientific basis and not be blown out of proportion. Land abuse, sea exploitation, loss of biodiversity and species extinction are immediate threats to our planet and these should receive a much higher profile. Dealing with these should be a focus for governments, alongside planning to alleviate the affects of increased greenhouse gases and higher sea levels – and the number one issue, the elephant in the global room, must be reducing the impact of rising human population growth.

October 7, 2019

What can each of us do to fight Climate Change?

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:29 am by Aleksan

There was a guy on the radio suggesting that there were four things each of us could do to help the environment and minimise the impact of Climate Change.

1. Have less children ….OK

2. Drive less…..OK

3. Fly less ….OK

4. Eat less meat and dairy….that’s the one that gets me. I can and do eat less meat, but dairy? I love butter, milk, yoghurts and especially cheese! And I live on a beautiful dairy farm, one of the few that is totally organic and run on environmental lines. The guy on the radio said that most farming was industrial, and that all farming should be on a small environmental scale, organic. So OK with that. Everything has to be in balance, and there are many challenges ahead. Is it OK to have a chocolate croissant for breaky? Too late it’s down the hatch!

October 6, 2019

Old Sam sleeps more and more but still, like me, enjoys his life

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:24 pm by Aleksan

I look with love, and smile, at my dear old friend Sammy sleeping peacefully. As we age we sleep more and more until the time comes when we move on, and pass over to that other world where this space time ceases and other dimensions of existence rule.

He has arthritis, a degree of incontinence and less energy. But like me, his mind is as sharp as ever, and his puppy playfulness comes out from time to time. His hearing and sight are not so good, and he likes to stay near and safe.

I hope when I am old and sleeping more and more, that there will be someone there to smile at me, and care about my extra needs, before I too make that last journey. But now, today, both Sam and me enjoy the fun of life and the sun on our old backs, and neither of us plan to set off soon – but that decision lies only with the Gods of Destiny.

October 5, 2019

Blessings tonight to all flying beasts of the Air

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:14 pm by Aleksan

Today the Realm of Wings has been dominant. This morning my beautiful Grey Wagtail came back and flew about in my Den before finding the open window. This afternoon I watched two large Red Kites circling around each other, sometimes high in the clouds sometimes low near my window, as I sat quietly in my Den. And this evening the flitting of bats in the gathering dusk caught my attention. And now I listen to the hooting of owls.  I am grateful to the Powers of the East and the Element of Air, and send Blessings tonight to all flying forms, insects, bats and birds 💥💥💥

Careful, careful….

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:53 am by Aleksan

Penny, reversing her car out in Stockbridge

Me: Careful, careful, slow, now quick out, stop! Watch that one, careful etc etc

Penny (who has been driving over half a century): Thanks for that – I only passed my Driving Test yesterday…

October 3, 2019

Misleading headlines from today’s Mirror?

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:59 am by Aleksan

Misleading and fake headline from today’s Mirror calculated to raise anxiety and sell its paper:

“UK weather forecast: ‘Danger to life’ warning issued as Hurricane Lorenzo strikes”

This weather pattern ceased to be a Hurricane a couple of days ago and is now an Atlantic Storm. I think it is wrong that the Media should mislead in this way, basically lying. Should it even be legal?

October 2, 2019

Learning from History – the Rise of the Nazis in the 1930s

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:36 pm by Aleksan

I have just watched a series of TV programmes on the Rise of Nazi Germany in the 1930s. What came across very strongly was how personalities, and rivalry, rather than genuine politics, played a part in destroying Democracy.

Strong, powerful men with a lack of moral focus and a penchant for solving problems with coercion or less subtle violence manipulated each other and played on the fears of the majority. These men seemed to fire up the less advantaged and gullible who actually admired them for being one of the Boys – bullies, seductive, corrupt and misogynist.

It took a World War to re-establish the form of representative Democracy we now have in Europe. This is very precious, and we need to hold on to it, challenge a culture of laddish superiority, and involve women in politics at the 50% level at least, for the sake of those generations alive now, and yet to come. History often repeats itself – we need to listen to History and not to feel that progress has been made and it does not apply to us.

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