Life Drawing Class Gave Me The Willys
Well, one to be precise. One willy and a rude awakening regarding just how unsophisticated I really am.
And a prude.
And shit at drawing – which I already knew.Continue reading
Well, one to be precise. One willy and a rude awakening regarding just how unsophisticated I really am.
And a prude.
And shit at drawing – which I already knew.Continue reading
…I’m going to give you a couple of ideas that are cheap to make but look gorgeous. The second idea uses paper and will follow in the next post.
So your main material is cheap, its easy to obtain for most people and the decorations are surprisingly durable if you make and finish them according to my method.
I’ve had mine for years and they are still going strong.
They are also pretty easy for children to make, under supervision.
I made a video on the first idea back in 2016 and you can see that by clicking here. But first I would recommend reading on to find out what you will need to follow along with the tutorial.
Don’t worry if you can’t get any of these things locally. I have these supplies in my Amazon store, except for the bread of course.
Click here to go to my UK Amazon store to see the supplies I suggest.
Click here to go to my amazon.com store if you live in the US or Canada.
And to see my Amazon store disclosure, click here.
In my next post about how to make Christmas decorations, I will be showing you how to make very simple decorations using paper/card.
Whether I like it or not, the fact is, when we are out with my mother at the weekend, what we actually are is a car full of old people.
My mother won’t have it of course. No. At 63, Garry and I are barely out of our teens, in her eyes.
She’s the the old one, she says. Deaf, doddery and done for, in her opinion only. The truth of it is, once past 60, it’s all the same .
Over 50’s Yoga. Over 50s Lunch Club. Over 50s funeral plans. Over 50s Bingo. Er, no thanks.
I’ve written about this ageist nonsense before. You can find a link to that story here.
No one ever says, ‘over’ 70s 80s or 90s do they? No, we are all lumped together after 60.
Cast aside as one great greying lump of humanity known evermore as the over 60s.
Once over 60, we are so past it that no one actually gives a shit what our decade is
Great. Thanks everyone.
But come Monday, I’m back behind the wheel doing the kind of driving we can’t do with mother in the car; that’s anything from 50 to 100 miles per hour. Did I say 100? Gosh I meant to say 70, officer.
I wouldn’t dream of acting like a 20 something with a souped up BMW. 😂
Before I get to how we found ourselves breaking the law on a lazy July afternoon deep in the Norfolk (or Suffolk) countryside, I must fill you in on how I see my economic status. (I’m not saying which county we were in for reasons which will become clear later.)
And unless you are reading this from the deck of your luxury yacht moored in the Med or from the terrace of your country pile, you are probably a peasant too.
It certainly wasn’t when I emigrated to Canada in the 70s – no one had a clue that my accent was a dead giveaway to humble roots.
Or, is social class a thing for North America now?
We may have worked our way to a comfortable detached house which is paid for and we may enjoy a life of very little worry compared to some but, I am still attached to my peasant roots by that piece of invisible elastic that can only stretch so far.
Without a vast fortune in the bank, the comfortably off ‘middle’ classes are really only one financial catastrophe away from being barefoot in the woods again.
You don’t think so? How long would your savings last if your income dried up?
A week? A month? A year?
I thought so, you are a peasant just like me. Accept it. It’s fun.
Tough as life was for the serving class, (and it was, truly tough), I would have found all that ‘keeping up appearances’ stuff boring as hell.
Using the right fork for the right course, being a Lady at all times and shunning the most interesting people on the planet on the basis of their ‘low class’ is my idea of purgatory.
Some of the most enlightening conversations I have ever had have been with people with ’no fixed abode’.
I would have preferred living 10 to a room in a peasant hovel with icicles hanging off my peasant nose.
Well, that’s what I say now from the comfort of 2019.
I love this place and yet, I gravitate towards the servants quarters below stairs. I couldn’t bear the oppressive nature of the heavy drapes and opulent surroundings upstairs.
The life of the servant fascinates me more than the lives of those they served.
I know my place in the world and I am endlessly fascinated by what kind of a life my peasant ancestors had when peasants were answerable to the Lords of the Manor.
So it was quite exciting when we met one while accidentally trespassing on his land with mother in tow last Sunday.
Being the devoted couple they were, when dad became too frail to venture outside, my mother remained at his side and declined our invitations to get out and about for a change of scenery.
However, after all the trauma of the final year, in the weeks following my father’s passing, I encouraged my mother to get out and see the world again.
She can’t do this alone at 91, so Sundays are generally reserved for outings with her.
The rest of the week is taken up with dentists, opticians, audiologists and doctors. All those who fight the losing battle against physical decline.
But, where in the world do you go on a Sunday in sleepy Norfolk (or Suffolk) as a bunch of old people, with one in a wheelchair who won’t stray far from civilisation and its mod cons (yes, we are back to the touchy subject of lavatories again!)
My mother often speaks fondly of the village where ‘Gaffer’, as he was known, came from. And I know she and my dad spent summer days in that area looking for the gravestones of Gaffers forbears.
Mother, of course, had no idea where we were going. It’s a longish drive by her standards, which, appear to be left over from the days of horses pulling carts.
When we used to go off to Brighton (for the day, shock horror) to visit the grandchildren, there were raised eyebrows from my father who couldn’t contemplate anyone driving ‘all that way and back again!’, in one day.
We did it once when we dragged mother and father off to Brighton.
We were at the QE ll bridge over the Thames before they suspected we weren’t actually going to a garden centre!
Once we got to where we were going in Suffolk (or Norfolk) 🤔, our visit to the churchyards was waylaid by the very attractive vision of a quintessentially English tea shop.
Not many of those left.
But between the tea shop and the church was a vision even more pleasing than that of the teashop.
Across a field, we spied some ruins. Could have been a castle, could have been a church – my lips are sealed as to its former function for reasons of privacy, as I already mentioned.
Ruins are my complete joy in life, which is a good thing given that we are well on the way to ending up that way ourselves. Some more so than others, but there you are.
Yes, I know, that sounds a bit wrong. But you know what I mean – the wheelchair.
Had we really driven all this way to find we couldn’t get out of the car?
‘I know!’ I yelled, like Georgina from the Famous Five, ‘Let’s go and explore those ruins!’
We were one person and a dog away from a full blown Enid Blyton adventure.
But there were no signs indicating the latter and so, in we drove and parked on some patchy grass.
The ruin was some way off. It was across a long, grassy, bumpy pathway, roughly cut through a meadow.
And mother suddenly needed a ‘comfort break’ with no comfort break facilities for miles around.
(Oh how roles are reversed with children in the winter years of our lives!)
So off we set, Garry pushing mother across this undulating meadow in a wheelchair really only meant for hospital corridors and smooth pavements.
It was pure bliss. The air was so clean and fresh and there was the aroma of what seemed like apples and chamomile in the air. I was drunk on the atmosphere.
Unknown to us, the
Lord of the Manor landowner had spotted us and was watching from a distance.
Up close, the ruins were just wonderful. We were oblivious to being watched.
We hadn’t been there very long when I took pity on my mother’s growing discomfort and, after snapping a few pictures while enjoying the fruits of my vivid imagination, heavy with possible ghosts of the past, we trundled her back to the car.
The brevity of our visit turned out to be a good thing.
Had I known this, I wouldn’t have been quietly and contentedly singing One Day Like This as we drove towards him. I would have been shitting myself and singing I Predict a Riot.
So when this man, maybe in his early 50s, who was clearly not dressed by Primark, approached the car and sarcastically asked Garry if we were lost, I immediately liked his sense of humour.
Garry, however, is not as impressed with sarcasm as I am.
With one woman in the front singing that same song she has been practicing day and night for weeks (more about that in a future post), and another in the back saying she wasn’t sure if she could ‘wait much longer’, he wasn’t in the best of moods.
I sensed this could get ugly.
Someone whose family historically probably employed peasants like us.
This man, I thought, is not to be f****d with.
And so I immediately broke up the fight before it began.
However, although we were technically breaking the law, as we had not sprayed the ruins with graffiti, carved our initials in the stonework or set fire to anything, we had not committed any arrestable offences.
I have not yet run this past my son, who is an upholder of the law in the capital, but I’m pretty sure the police would not have rushed to the scene to arrest three old people looking at an historic ruin.
But still, breaking the law of the land is not something I ever want to do because, I am a good peasant and so is my mother.
Thankfully, her hearing aids, being 10 years old (about to be replaced if the NHS will stump up some of the money my father paid in for 50 plus years), spared her from hearing the conversation at the time.
If she had cottoned on, I am pretty sure she would have staggered out of the car and curtsied.
But still, respect is important no matter who you are dealing with, although you won’t find my knees bending if the Queen pops in for tea – respect and unhealthy deference are two completely different things.
The land owner turned out to be a pleasant man who is simply tired of people trespassing on his land and leaving rubbish in their wake – which is why I’m not publicising where this is.
I don’t blame him for being annoyed.
But I’m pretty sure he realised a car full of over 60s wasn’t a threat to his land once he’d spoken to us.
This man graciously answered our questions and told us a little about the ruins and then later, I researched what he’d told me.
There was a reason why he’d had that special air of confidence and natural superiority, usually only seen in aristocrats – he is one.
And his family history is one of the most rich you will find anywhere. The connections to well known historical figures are breathtaking – unless of course my research is wrong – but I’m sure it isn’t.
Is it because I think the aristocrats deserve more respect than your average peasant?
No, it isn’t. It’s about not letting ourselves down. It’s about being respectful to everyone, even those who some people would, (small mindedly), despise for their status of owning land that was of course, in the very beginning, just simply seized by those with the biggest sticks.
Just because peasants no longer defer to the upper classes in the way we once did, it does not mean we have to go the other way and be rude when we encounter someone from a class different to our own.
I feel the same about the drunk I may encounter sleeping rough on the streets of our nearby town or, people busking to buy food.
Politeness always to everyone. That’s my motto in life.
When the human in me can address the human in you, regardless of class, religion, race or any other secondary difference you can name, we learn things from each other.
And on Sunday, I learnt about those ruins and the rich family history behind them. It added to the overall experience.
My mother made it home in time, although I haven’t seen her move so fast through her front door in ages and, I am still happily singing One Day Like This, quite content with my station in life.
I am thankful that the only ‘ancient ruin’ in my life that I have to contend with is my dear old mum.
I am grateful the landowner was so reasonable and agreed to let me publish this. In return, I have agreed I will not publicly divulge the location of this wonderful place.
I have to say he is a true legend – even his body language was sarcastic as he gestured to the ground, spreading his arms as if to say “ WTF are you doing in my garden?”
Silent sarcasm is an art I have never been able to master.
If anyone reading this guesses where it is, I would urge you to seek permission to visit, via the local parish council, which will put you in touch.
The land is private and I’m sure you would hate to have strangers wandering about in your garden.
Over to you. What is your opinion on us breaking the law in this manner and when was the last time you accidentally broke the law?
Buying a new camera should be straightforward but sadly, in 2019, it is anything but, that is, if you want to do it the old fashioned way by walking into a shop and buying one.
I’ve been buying cameras for the last 40 plus years and it’s always been pretty easy to part with several hundred pounds, some of which went to pay the wages of the helpful souls who stood behind the counter.
Well it was a thing they used to have in shops. A long thing, kind of like a table, that shop assistants stood behind to serve customers.
In the unlikely event that a Millennial is actually reading this, they are probably stuck on the words ‘assistant’, ‘serve’ and ‘customer’.
Let me explain.
Someone who worked behind a counter in a shop where they used to sell actual stuff.
‘Stuff’ being the things people wanted to buy which, made them ‘customers’ (I’ll get to that in a moment).
When buying ‘stuff’ the assistants usually had knowledge of any specialist products they were selling and could therefore answer any questions about the said products, thus ‘assisting’ the customer and encouraging a sale.
A person who buys the stuff in shops and therefore pays the wages of those assisting customers. See, it’s a quite a simple concept.
This may be a little tricky for you to understand if you are quite young.
There is an art to serving.
It requires respect for the customer.
If you have any trouble understanding this, there is a very helpful phrase you can recite inside your head when approaching a customer, who will be, waiting hopefully, money in hand, at the counter.
This is the phrase – you may want to write it down and learn it, “Customers pay my wages, without them I have no job.”
Having respect includes not writing people off because they are over 30 and also, understanding that us ‘old’ people could actually kick your sorry, skinny little asses if we weren’t worried about getting a police record so late in life.Having respect includes not writing people off because they are over 30 and also, understanding that us ‘old’ people could actually kick your sorry, skinny little asses if we weren’t worried about getting a police record so late in… Click To Tweet
If you can’t respect us because we are so offensive to you, how about you try and respect the money we are spending? It keeps the economy afloat and you in a job?
Telling us to Google something in a tone that says you think we don’t know what Google is will only result in you eventually losing your job.
So ‘serving’ involves a little bit of Googling for you before you go to work. Get off your Play Station 4 Pro and LEARN about the products you sell.
I’m pretty sure no one over 50 has ever set foot in my blog so we’ll leave it there and get back to my rant about buying a camera in 2019.
But oh my goodness it did.
My very first cameras were Nikons, fully manual and of course, with it being back in prehistoric times, we were using film and had a degree of talent.
We went out on tricky jobs, in difficult light and, shock horror, did not have the luxury of seeing our shots instantly.
Oh no – we had to understand a little thing called exposure and we had to know how to read the light in a given scene.
Like so many other retired press and pr photographers, I want to give my left shoulder a break.
The days of not caring about the weight of my camera bag are gone and to be frank, unless you are shooting massive ad campaigns for billboards, who needs the bother of several prime lenses and three camera bodies? Not me for sure!
Easy. No it wasn’t. I decided I wanted either the Nikon P900 or the Nikon P1000. With one around the £500 mark and the other just under £1000, I wanted that camera in my hand BEFORE I shelled out a single penny.
And how very rude of me, but I interrupted an instense conversation going on between two salesmen. One older and one younger. Not sure the younger one’s mummy knew he was there but anyway…
…they ignored me as I looked around the island with all the DSLR’s and Bridge cameras, which is unusual I have to say. In the past, very polite young people come up and respectfully ask if they can help.
And in John Lewis, where I usually buy my Apple products, the staff know their shit – that’s why I go there.
So I went up and interuppted the conversation by saying: “Excuse me……..
Gosh, how rude of me.
The older man abruptly stopped talking and turned to me.
The younger one sighed and cast his eyes upward.
The last time it happened it was aimed at my mother and the assistant didn’t realise it was my mother.
I was so incensed I almost started a riot in the garden centre where my poor old mum was trying to buy plants.
But that is another story.
Unfortunately, the older man made the boy serve me and it didn’t go well.
Now I know the store policy is not his fault but I still wanted to shoot the messenger because of his shitty rude attitude.
No, they did not have either camera for me to look at at and yes, they could order them in for me.
I would have to pay for the camera/s in full before I could open the box/es to try it/them out.
So I’m stuck between two cameras – don’t know which one I want until I see how they handle and I have to pay for them before even looking at them?
“Yes” he said, without a shred of an idea as to the ludicrousness of this premise.
“Because once the box is open and you press the shutter, the camera is considered used.”
Just like other major retailers who don’t understand what they need to do to keep customers.
You need to have demonstration models IN STORE. Not just the handful of demos you have bolted to the stands. We don’t all want to choose from a narrow range of models.
Meanwhile, in between John Lewis and Jessops, out of frustration, I very stupidly buy the P1000 model from Jessop’s online believing that I have covered all bases with my research.
I’d just competed payment when a very in-depth review of the Nikon P1000 came up in my YouTube suggested videos list.
And for the first time, I learn that this very expensive Bridge camera has a sensor no bigger than that of an iPhone camera, meaning, that it is not good in lowlight conditions.
There followed a mad scramble to find out how to cancel my order and a long wait to get through to my bank on the phone, only to be told they could not halt the payment unless the company sent them a fax with their shoe size on. Jessop’s probably doesn’t know it’s shoe size.
And oh the heartache that followed. John Lewis told me they had a few on order but had no idea when they would be delivered. All I could do, they said, was go on the website and ask to be emailed when they come in.
OMG. Another boy who couldn’t give a rat’s ass about anything much at all.
I still wanted to look at the Nikon P900 and 1000 but no, they hadn’t got any.
‘We used to’, he said, as if it was some consolation.
“I can order you one in though”.
“And I have to pay for it first, right?”
This is God, I thought, telling me these Nikons are not for me. Give it up.
So I did.
At that moment, I decided to get the Nikon 18 – 300mm lens but guess what?
“Sorry, we don’t have any.” He flicked his fingers across the keyboard of the computer that’s in charge of the business now.
“We have 105 on order but they won’t be in for 28 days at least”.
I am sitting here awaiting the delivery of my new lens – it was so simple with Amazon Prime and delivery isn’t costing a penny.
Over to you – has anyone else had trouble buying a camera, or anything else for that matter, in an actual shop recently?
This is a short story of how grief often works.
Because although it would be great to pretend that the swear word ‘crap’ is merely an affectionate term used in his memory when seated on the white throne, it is a word that was in use well before his time.Continue reading
This post was inspired by Debbie Dog Lady in Toronto who recently wrote: A John By Any Other Name. Read it (after this! 😬) – it has a hilarious video with it.
I don’t know who Norman was because the day we (well, they) learned about him at school, I wasn’t listening – as usual.
But Orford Castle, a 20 mile car ride away from me in the UK, is a jolly nice place to visit, it’s run by English Heritage – so, thank you Norman whoever you were.
And I must say, I love the big guns outside! But by the size of them, I’m guessing you had some enemies.
I’m just kidding! See me after school if you want the low down on the Normans or better still click here.
First off, I have to say, if you are going to Orford Castle expecting to see a throne, please lower your expectations.
The ‘Thrones’ you are about to see do not require you to wear a crown when sitting on them. Although I suppose you could, if you had one and felt the need to wear it while having a *crap.
I’m going to come back to that *naughty little word in another post, in which Thomas Crapper will make an appearance.
Well, I’ll start with what it wasn’t. It wasn’t so ‘exciting’ as the Game of Thrones.
You know, the Game of Thrones where everyone was arguing over a f*****g chair that ended up being burnt to a cinder, disappointing the crap out of everyone who’d been watching it for the last 25 years.You know, the Game of Thrones where everyone was arguing over a f*****g chair that ended up being burnt to a cinder, disappointing the crap out of everyone who’d been watching it for the last 25 years. Click To Tweet
Oh, it wasn’t 25 years? I do beg your pardon. Having a husband and 900 friends who wouldn’t shut up about Game of Thrones, it made it feel that way.
The game of thrones of which I speak was basically about who got to use which throne (toilet) according to their importance within the castle. But unfortunately, my memory of the toilet hierarchy is somewhat blurred by the trauma of being in such an ancient, atmospheric place which, I just know is haunted.
When I visited there recently, specifically to get pictures of the toilets, I was shown round by English Heritage workers Jane and Gaynor.
Jane told my husband about the history of Orford Castle while Gaynor took me to view the toilets, or Garderobes, as castle toilets are called.
Ok – so I have no evidence of that and maybe I am just another Nut Job – however – I am not like this in all old buildings or spaces.
At Orford Castle, the atmosphere I sense is, electric for me. It really is like a non-stop low level electric current running through my core and, the tiny hairs on my arms and back of my neck bristle.
So imagine the voltage when I went into this passage in search of the medieval toilets hidden around the deep curves – it was fer-REAKY!
I’m pretty sure it is the toilet, or Garderobe, reserved for the Chaplain because we had just come out of the chapel room when I was taken in here, with my hair standing on end.
And I’m not even exaggerating.
Once upon a time, these were accessed via an opening in the wall from the kitchen. Oh yuk! Did Medieval Health and Safety intervene?
There is a least one more throne/toilet, I believe, in the cellar but I didn’t go down there. Oh no! I wasn’t invited and I definitely didn’t ask.
I can highly recommend visiting this castle – it’s great for children – my boys used to love playing war games in the undulating earthworks around the castle.
This wasn’t the post I was intending to write since 2014 – that is coming next.
More about toilets on the way you lucky people!
Where do you stand on the real Game of Thrones – did you love it, hate it or couldn’t be bothered to get worked up about a chair – let me know in the comments!
There isn’t too much that makes me angry. Ok well, yes there is but I don’t usually let stuff get to me.
But when it comes to the arrogant bastards who want ram their opinions up everyone else’s life – I get Maaaaaad!
And you don’t want to be making me cross – especially if your ‘opinion’ is one of the insidious, dangerous, intrusive sort that cause young people to take their own lives.Continue reading
(Hope all the videos will play in whatever country you are in.)
Don’t Ever Leave the Cake Out In The Rain
Why? Because it took so long to bake it and you’ll never have that recipe again.
Think about it. Is your cake outside right now? Are there clouds overhead? Do you care about your metaphorical cake?
Then protect it. Nurture it. Mend broken bridges. Make the first move. Say sorry and get that person or those people back in your life today.
Don’t embark on your 19th Nervous Breakdown without questioning why you’ve already had 18.
Really shoulda been asking by the third one at most!
As your 19th Nervous Breakdown approaches:
Take it as a warning that you are the problem in your life.
What do you need to change?
People who keep on doing the same thing in the same way while expecting different results are, if you’ll forgive my bluntness, just plain stupid.
Don’t be that. Just don’t.
If your 19th Nervous Breakdown is coming at you like a speeding train – Jump. Off. The. Track. Now!
Take control of your mind, go somewhere different with it.
Changing your thinking will change your life.
No more blue pills. Ok?
Are You Lonesome Tonight? Don’t be.
Maybe it’s because you left the cake out in the rain at some point.
Stop feeling sorry for yourself and go take a look outside at the cake.
Has it completely collapsed? Are there rivulets of sweet green icing flowing down the drain like sugary neon tears?
Then scrape that mess up, put it in the garbage can and move on.
Do it now before the world loses patience with you.
If you’re sitting there thinking, Only The Lonely Know The Way I feel Tonight (yes, this rule merits TWO song mentions), then get out and find some happy people.
Don’t ever worry about not being a Cornflake Girl
(Or guy – just to keep this politically correct 🙄)
Raisin girls/guys are sweeter, more unique and stand out against the cornflakes by a million miles.
I know Tori Amos’s inspiration for her song had its roots in a whole other, darker area of female betrayal but the lyrics also helped me to process the betrayals that go on in day to day life.
Cornflake girls stick together and raisin girls get stuck in their sludge – if they aren’t careful.
When you find yourself, metaphorically, in a box of cornflakes, don’t waste time wailing because the cornflakes don’t like you or exclude you from their cliques.
Instead, put your energy into finding the other raisins and enjoy their loyalty, openness, acceptance and authenticity – those traits are pure gold – they are not the dull yellow colour of cornflakes.
And remember this, when someone stamps on a cornflake, it disintegrates into flaky dust. But when someone stamps on a raisin, it goes flat but, it stays whole. A brief spell in warm water brings flattened raisins back into shape.
Be thankful if you are a raisin. Rock it.
Don’t worry about not being flower – Take a lesson from the weeds or Wildflowers
Why? Because they grow very easily despite limiting conditions.
Don’t believe me?
We put down a membrane against weeds before we put laid our patio, which, rarely gets sun.
But the weeds are constantly pushing up through membrane and grouting, fighting for their right to flourish.
Be a weed. Flowers are pretty but they depend on nurture and the right conditions to grow. I mean who in the hell gets that in this life?
And what is the definition of a weed? It’s a plant that grows where it is not wanted. And in human terms, that’s quite often amongst the Cornflake Girls (I know! I know! And guys, FFS!)
Weeds and wildflowers are tenacious, self-nurturing, determined plants that do not rely on the approval of others to flourish.
Be a Wildflower and love yourself even when the neat and tidy flower beds of life shun you.
Are you a Poor Poor Pitiful Me? – Well stop it.
Woe is me will never cut it.
It’s true what they say: Smile and the world smiles with you, cry and you piss everyone off.
Attention seekers love an audience for their control dramas.
They will bang on for hours about every shitty thing that’s ever happened to them since first grade.
Survivors, on the other hand, use each shitty thing like the fertiliser of life – they grow from adversity and move forward.
Poor Poor Pitiful People stay stuck where they are, droning on and on about how unfair life is.
It’s boring. Get over yourself. STOP! IT!
Don’t soak up Dirty Laundry – Quit reading ‘newspapers’ and watching the ‘news’.
The daily ‘news’, however it is delivered, causes Cancer of the soul and it will destroy yours in the end if you don’t watch what you soak up.
The daily ‘news’ is designed to control, manipulate, and frighten us into submission. It makes us into compliant Sheeple.
Fight back by refusing to watch, read or listen to the ‘news’. Don’t let its darkness destroy the light in your soul.
Remember, for every story about death, destruction, misery, murder, crime and corruption there are a billion more that would inspire love, laughter, happiness, hope, truth and trust in this life.
But we only get to hear the bad stuff.
The ‘news’ is the place where you will find every bad thing that happened in the world each day, all concentrated in one ghastly, ugly lump.
It distorts reality in the minds of the masses who lap it up.
It is a deliberate betrayal all the good things that are happening in this world.
Frightened people are easier to control. Don’t play the game. Switch it off. Be happy.
Because, as the song says, being yourself ‘is all that you can do’.
So do it well.
And if you are a raisin girl (or guy 🙄), don’t EVER let the actions or attitudes of Cornflakes Girls stop your from being yourself.
Cornflake girls form cliques, they gossip about others and complain when others gossip about them, they tell tales when it suits them, they ostracise, ignore and dislike raisins.
Some cornflakes get along with raisins when there are no other cornflakes around but will quickly conform to type when more crispy little flakes show up.
But no matter. Revel in your sweet, strong raisin-ness and Be Yourself – always.
And forever sing this song. This has been my power song in life for years.
Like most other fans, I was knocked sideways when Chris Cornell died and I couldn’t listen to this for awhile but, despite his apparent suicide – his message lives on in this song and remains sound advice.
The problem for many people comes when they don’t believe being themselves is good enough.
But it is. It always is. We are all born good people and that’s who we have to get back to be happy.
We have to shake off the layers of crap heaped on us from our upbringing, conditioning and education to find our own true selves.
If you wrote down 7 rules for a happy life, what would your number one rule be – my number eight here is actually my real number one – Be Yourself – now off you go and be happy!
I only know the press makes shit up and so, the only thing I know for sure about anything is that I know nothing, apart from what the media tells us and of course, what Donald Trump Tweets.
Well, he was hardly off the plane at Stanstead Airport yesterday and Donald Trump was moaning at Foreign Secretary Jeremy
Kunt – I do beg your pardon – the K and the H are only one key apart and – well, clumsy old me! Thankfully the C is on the line below.
It’s made me realise that online bullying has got really serious now and it needs to stop before someone
pushes the red button in a fit of temper gets hurt.
Thankfully, Donald seemed unpeturbed by the
perfectly reasonable points made by rantings of Mr Kahn and came back at him with a volley of abuse just as the plane was landing.
Chin up Sadiq. Sticks and stones and all that. Not sure what this will do for the war against online bullying for children when such a powerful man can call the Mayor of London a short ass on Twitter and still get invited for dinner at Buck Palace the same night.Not sure what this will do for the war on online bullying for children when such a powerful man can call the Mayor of London a short ass on Twitter and still get invited for dinner at Buck Palace the same night. Click To Tweet
The irony of it is, I bumped into Wills when I passed by his end of the table on the way to the loo at the State Banquet last night and I said “Oi, William! Wotcha think about Donald’s Tweet calling Mr Kahn a short ass then?”
Because as we all know, William and all the young royals have been very vocal about cyber bullying lately.
As I was wrestled out in handcuffs by palace guards, I yelled “I was just sayin’!”
As I sat outside the palace gates, feeling like a peasant and rubbing my wrists were the handcuffs had dug in – I wondered what kind of Tweets Churchhill would have put on Twitter aimed at Hitler back in the day.
Can you imagine? World leaders back then, carrying on like they do today? Well I can and it goes like this:
Probably would have said, “I look forward to licking your bottom”, as is the way of the British upper classes, especially those who went to boarding school.I'm not sure that Churchill would have used the word 'ass' though. Probably would have said, "I look forward to licking your bottom", as is the way of the British upper classes, especially those who went to boarding school. Click To Tweet
But she was in a difficult position really. I mean, all those cars of his, parked in her back yard!
After a servant said, “oh, I think Donald is here Ma’am’, she went to the window (I’m told by by contact at the palace) and watched for his car.
Her Majesty, I am reliably informed, after watching 12 cars drive up the front garden with no end in sight, said “FFS! Who the hell are all these people and did we get enough Tea bags in?
“And which car is he in anyway?”
“He’s in the helicopter now landing on the Begonias out the back Ma’am”, was the reply.
The Queen, allegedly expressed her surprise at this by uttering:
“A helicopter? A fucking HELICOPTER with all these fucking cars? What is this world coming to Camilla?”
A very good question Liz.
But my hero in all this so far is the man who has probably done years and years of training to be able to do what any bodyguard hopes they will never have to do – and that is chase someone’s hat down the runway just as the president is stepping off the plane and the whole world is watching. (See clip that starts at 0:57 seconds).
There are rumours that the runaway hat-catcher has been signed to play for Spurs in goal next season in the hopes that maybe next year they can actually win the European Champion’s League.
This has been my look at Donald Trump at the start of his visit to the UK – what is your take on DT and his travelling circus?