Monday 19th November 2012

I work with a girl who isn’t the brightest penny.  When some colleagues and I were talking about what’s going on in the Middle East such as the fighting, the destruction and the terrorist’s attacks, she got a bit confused and thought we were talking about the East Midlands…..  Was this wrong of us to lead her to believe this to be true? She now walks to work because she’s frightened of getting on the bus….  Bless her.
 
From the beginning Israel has had problems following a resolution by the United Nations General Assembly on the 29th November 1947.  On the 14th May 1948 David Ben-Gurion, the Head Executive of the World Zionist Organisation and the President of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, they established the state in Eretz Israel to be known as the State of Israel.  A state independent upon the termination of the British Mandate for Palestine.  Due to this, neighbouring Arab states invaded the next day in support of the Palestinian Arabs.  Since then Israel has fought several wars with its neighbouring Arab States, so for a young country of 64 years it has seen a lot of violence
 
Terrible things have happened in Israel, we are told about the murders of many civilians, pregnant women and their babies killed by surgical air strikes.  But let’s not be fooled into thinking that our government hasn’t also been involved in such atrocities, to every one of our soldiers killed in Iran, thousands of their civilians are also killed.  Are we told this…?  No…  Our Government like us to think that what they are doing is OK and for the benefit of our country, when across the board it all boils down to money, murder and mayhem.  
 
War always generates money for governments, which we the people pay for without our consent through our taxes and some people with their lives.  Will wars ever stop? Not until the end of our time.  We are living in a time when the love of self and money has taken over and frighteningly encouraged.  Let’s be the ones to break the cycle.
 
At work today I was asked by my not so bright colleague (cruel, I know) if the Gaza strip was a new lap dancing club owned by Paul Gascoigne….  Is it just me?

Tuesday 20th November 2012

My next door neighbour’s son decided to raid the drinks cabinet and have a drinking session in the park with his friends.  He thought his mother wouldn’t notice a bottle of rum missing from her stash….  He obviously didn’t know his mum very well; needless to say the rum rustler was caught (to his shame) red handed.  My friend turned up at the park demanding money from him and his friends with menaces to replace the stolen contraband.  They all got well and truly ‘rum’bled.
 
It’s been said that Britons’ are more likely to have been drunk by the age of thirteen than any other country.  In France, wine at the dinner table is the norm.  There isn’t any hype so therefore there is no need for secret drinking.  I’m not saying the French don’t have drinking problems, but it’s not as prominent as it is here.  As parents, are we classed as being over bearing for policing our kids? Is it impossible to know what they are up to at any given time? Or should we make sure that we are in the know because they are our children? Whatever happened to the fact that it takes a village to raise a child? 16-24 year olds have admitted that cheap alcohol promotions/booze offers has encouraged drinking to excess.  
 
Should adverts displaying people drinking and having fun under the influence of alcohol be revised?  Should there be a time when these adverts are aired? Research has shown that youngsters have stated that it is cheaper to buy a three litre bottle of cider than to go to the cinema.  This is a very scary thought.  Who does the responsibility lie with? Don’t get me wrong I like a drink as well as the next person but let’s face it we are dealing with a widely accessible and a cheap drug that has ruined people’s lives. 
  
I remember the days when my friends and I used to stand on street corners drinking booze, I’ve never forgotten the day when my mother caught me, trust me it would never have been the booze that killed me.  My mother was a mixture of Miss Marple and Fatima Whitbread….  Urrghh…  Now there’s a thought that could drive anyone to drink.

Wednesday 22nd November 2012

My brother went to his local pub and as he opened the doors he was horrified to find that his local is now a new Tesco’s.  He took more than one carrier bag and refused to scan his club card in protest.
 
Supermarkets are taking over wonderful properties, let’s face it how many Tesco’s or Sainsbury’s does one town need.  The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) wants the government to review planning laws that allows supermarket chains and developers to demolish decent properties.  But is it catch 22 because wherever there’s a supermarket surely this means jobs?  Another problem is that these big stores mean the end of little independent shops that have been the hub of our local communities for years.  
 
Since 2010 Tesco’s has converted 130 pubs, Sainsbury’s 22 and other companies such as Asda, Co-op and Costcutters 54 have been redeveloped.  Is this turning us into a consumer nation? Are we being sucked into the corporate world of produce? Shouldn’t we be supporting our local and independent shops such as the butcher, baker, (I really want to say candlestick maker but that would be just wrong…) Green grocers etc.  This keeps the money flowing through our communities which in turn leads to progression in our local areas.
 
My brother is still very annoyed and states that there are only a certain amount of things people can buy in a supermarket….  Strange how he never thought that about the amount of pints of lager he bought when the place was a pub eh….

Thursday 22nd November 2012

My elderly neighbour was making a lot of noise the other day, she was banging on her side of the wall shouting is anyone there, I thought if I ignore her it will all go quiet and it did….  Maybe she’s having visitors because there’s a lot of milk on her doorstep….  Oh….  I think I should go around and check on her…  Ooops.
 
As our winters are getting worse, I really feel sorry for our vulnerable elderly, as benefits are being cut, heating bills are rising and majority of them can’t afford to put the heating on.  Last winter 27,000 people died from an illness brought on by the cold temperature, most of them were OAP‘s.
 
It’s a crying shame when our pioneers are having to ration their heating, due to greed, if we were to ask CEO’s of these fuel companies what there bonuses were last winter, we would have the shock of our lives.  Now I’m not saying an employee doesn’t warrant having a bonus, but there’s right and there’s wrong especially when an elderly member of our community is suffering due to fuel costs.  
 
It’s only going to get worse.  Should local authorities recognise it as a major health issue? Does the Government need to take responsibility and invest in energy efficiency programmes to help insulate the homes of the vulnerable? Maybe as a community we can do our bit by checking on our elderly neighbours from time to time.  
 
I always look at my neighbour and think, that will be me one day……  Maybe a little bit more stylish….  What….

Friday 23rd November 2012

It’s so easy to lose perspective on what’s going on in the world as well as other people’s lives.  Let’s take the time out to listen to others as well as make time for them too, it will make the world a much better place.
 
I am just one persons opinion, think for yourselves and spread the love.
 
Citizen Jane © 

Article by Lucy G / 23rd November 2012

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