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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

28th June 2022

 Well John Crace has been at it again, I like the thought of BJ heading for 'World King', Crace definitely lightens my life. 

The emerald green sofa arrived yesterday, through the window, though the delivery men had Health and Safety thoughts on the basement window below.  But we convinced them and it came through easily.  It is very glamorous, it reminded me of my velvet jacket that I loved so long ago, its cinched in waist had a faint aura of Robin Hood now I remember.

I watched the first episode of Sherwood (see how my minds moves to another subject so easily).  Of course the first thing about the drama is the miner's strikes of 1984, though there were several strikes before that.  The tat newspapers have been trying to 'big it up' the current strike, but failing on the sharp witted tongue of Mike Lynch.  We have all grown up for goodness sake Murdoch!  Now it is gently, gently does it and listen to our reasonable terms.  Protests now come with the hopeful words non-violent protest.  It does look though that we will have a range of strikes in the coming few months.

To return to 'Sherwood', it looks a good drama, but I could not get on to the second episode yesterday because BBCIPlayer seems to think I am out of the country.  Goodness knows where, has someone hijacked my IPS address? or is it one of the minor faults we all seem to be suffering as everything 'rights itself' on Google'.

On Friday three of must decamp to Andrew's place, as it is the event of 'The Prom' and Lillies friends are coming back for a sleep in.  Soon the excitement will be over.  I always think the looking forward to an event is always better than the actuality, a bit like presents, the wrappings look so tantalising and then you open it ;)

Second person on my list to run the country is Andy Burnham, erstwhile mayor of Manchester (with intergrated transport no less).  What are my thoughts on proportional representation though?

I leave you with the words of Jesse Gray (1870ish) of Nutclough Mill, he is obviously talking about Capitalism.  I have never looked into the history of the Cooperative societies, they look an interesting read, and I shall start with Andrew Bibby's book - All Our Own Work.

"You are an independent unit, existing without responsibility of any kind beyond your own personal desires or wishes — before you lies the world and society, make them your prey — so conduct and order your business life that it shall bring you wealth. The world is an orange, to be sucked — a sponge, to be squeezed – squeeze it to the utmost of your power. In all your exertions have in view  your own material benefit, no matter who sinks or swims in the struggle. " Jesse Gray.

11 comments:

  1. Well you have certainly jumped from one subjecttto another - the sofa sounds splendid and rather risque.

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  2. Anonymous is me Thelma (Weaver) - ican't get on any other way.

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  3. Hi Pat, I did sort of recognise you. Don't worry, there must be a poem out there about anony - mouse.

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  4. Andy Burnham would get my vote too. John Crace always makes good reading and lightens my life as well.
    Hate to think of Weaver having to be anonymous. It's an outrage! Weaver how about starting your post (post subterfuge of course) as Weaver here!! Love Janx.

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    1. You are quite right, perhaps until we all feel safe answering comments we should leave a name. There again you can also pretend to be someone your'e not, as you don't get the safe message in the avatar Jan.

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    2. Why is life always so complicated!!

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  5. I finished watching "Sherwood" last night. Six one hour episodes. It held my attention throughout though i felt two or three niggles as it went along. Surprisingly, at the very end, viewers were told that new series of "Sherwood" will come along soon. The story seemed complete to me.

    Most Labour people I know believe Andy Burnham could be the answer but there is one significant problem - he is no longer a Labour MP. Personally, I would like to see a woman leader - maybe Jess Phillips or Lisa Nandy or Rachel Reeves. All have more ability, more dignity, more farsightedness and more trustworthiness than Boris Johnson who is simply playing a game at this proud nation's expense.

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    1. I agree re a woman leader and with your choice of candidates. I'd even prefer Theresa May to Boris Johnson!! Janx

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    2. I did read a good review of "Sherwood" by Lucy Mangan this morning so I will try again. As for new leaders, the occasional independent wouldn't come amiss, the two party state is getting very boring ;) I totally agree another women leader would change the structure of political thinking, maybe Jess Phillips, very outspoken and upfront Nial.

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  6. I have not come across John Crace before, wonderful writing, thank you for sharing that. Your sofa sounds wonderful, may it give you years of pleasure.

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    1. Well the grandchildren have all but grown up, so no food eating on the sofa... Marina Hyde is the equivalent of John Crace in the Guardian for being funny. In fact sometime I think there are more witty women around than men ....

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