What a cock-up!

Well today, Friday, we received the results of the General Election held here in the UK. The existing political party controlling government, the Conservatives (Tories) although remaining the largest party in terms in terms of both votes and Parliamentary seats lost a bit of ground over the next largest party, Labour who actually made gains. It meant that the Conservatives now do not have the overall majority of seats as they had before the election. The Prime Minister, Teresa May, need not have called for an election and indeed it wasn’t necessary but thought it best to attempt to increase her existing majority in view of the forthcoming negotiations with the European Community in order to strengthen her hand in those negotiations.

She now has to carry on with a weaker hand. It will now prove more difficult to get Bills passed through Parliament. I sometimes wonder why people do things the way they do. Aside from reducing her majority other issues have arisen in the wake of the results. I believe the country to be in political turmoil much more now than it was twenty-four hours ago and I just hope we can find our way through it all. I am glad I am not a politician. We all would like to think we could do better but unless we take up the challenge we will never know. As you can imagine there has been much coverage of the election results and the aftermath over the media and I for one have taken a great interest but there is only so much I can stomach. I watched television during the morning but finally switched it off and went for a walk down toward the beach and calling in to the pub on the way back. Today I dined there…..well there’s a surprise! The weather had turned out warm and sunny for the day but wetter conditions were again on the horizon, just in time for the weekend.

Shirley Anne

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Polling day

Polling station sign, London. UK general elect...
Polling station sign, London. UK general election (and local council elections), 6 May 2010. This sign was outside a polling station (normally a primary school) in Camberwell, London SE5. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here in the UK today, Thursday, people have been going to the polling stations to cast their vote for which political party they want in government for the next four years. As I write this on the day it will be Friday morning before we know the results of the poll. I was up early for I wanted to cast my own vote soon after the polling station was open at seven o’clock but only managed to do it at eight-thirty. I returned home for breakfast. It wasn’t a particularly nice morning for we had blustery wet weather. By noon however that changed as the sun began to shine. I was in two minds as to whether to eat out or stay at home. There has been much political turmoil over the last twelve months since the country voted to leave the European Community which was only to be expected considering the small majority of supporters over those who wished to remain. I voted to leave and still think it was the right thing to do. I don’t believe we should have entered in the first place. Voting of course is an essential part of any democratic process though but some people persist in resisting the tide of opinion against them rather than offering support to strengthen our nation. The opportunity to change things will still remain at the next poll. That is how it works, or should do. When I was younger I took little interest in politics but no so now though that interest is still small. What voting means to me is that I have the opportunity to be a part of the process which affects us all. Whatever the result of the poll I have to go along with it, we all do.

Shirley Anne

My country

English: Liverpool Waterfront at Sunrise - Dav...
Liverpool Waterfront at Sunrise – Dave Wood, Liverpool Pictorial Source: I created this work entirely by myself. Author: Scouserdave (talk) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t often speak about my country on this site but I want to just say a few words regarding it now. I was born here in the United Kingdom in the city of Liverpool just after the second World War. I was brought up in the traditional ways of our country, typical English ways and values, the ways and values of my parents and their parents before them. As I grew into adulthood I became aware of the changes which began subtly to erode those values though in fact they had already begun before I was born. Our country was being invaded by foreigners who came with their own traditions, practices and values and who only assimilated superficially. Well none of that mattered because their numbers were few and had little effect upon the population as a whole. These immigrants tended to live in their own communities and that meant to a great extent isolation from the native people of this land. Having said that, we as the native population did little to encourage integration and in some cases were even hostile to the newcomer which increased the separation. Today we have whole towns which have more or less been taken over by one ethnic community or another. The native population of this land are openly discouraged from entering certain areas, actually strongholds of the immigrant population. That can’t be right. If we are to get along with the immigrant effort should be made to break down the barriers. However, I am personally of the opinion that immigrant people should be encouraged to return to the countries of their ancestors. It isn’t racist, it isn’t religious, it is basic common sense. I relate the story in Scripture when The Lord instructed the Israelites to drive out all the people of the land He had given to them, present day Israel, though in those days it was much larger than it is today. The Lord warned them that the people that they allowed to remain would become a thorn in their side, a constant problem but they neglected to drive out all the people because they were a rebellious people. The result? They did become a thorn, an irritation and a problem. In a similar way the immigrant people of this land are in many ways an irritation. One group even aspire to take over the country, they becoming the majority and the native population becoming the minority. Don’t think that is likely? Think again, they are well on the way to representing ten percent of the population. Who are they? The Muslim population. There are others. Many will argue that my argument holds no water but therein lies the danger, keep your head in the sand, turn your face the other way and before you realise it is too late. I voted for ‘Brexit‘ basically for the same reason, I want my country back, a self-governing country which allows immigrants in as long as they assimilate and as long as we have control over their number. This country has been weakened by the attitude of many of its people who would promote open borders and allow an influx of foreigners the land cannot support to the detriment of the English people. We are capable of standing on our own two feet, we were doing just that before we entered the European community. We don’t need foreigners telling us how to run our own country. This is my country and I am proud of it and all it stands for.

Shirley Anne

Settling in

Waiting for the Electrician or Someone Like Him
Waiting for the Electrician or Someone Like Him (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Life at work is beginning to return to normal now for me and the work is starting to stream in. I am settling in to the new year after too much rest from the electrical side of my activity. I have been working though…..digging out unwanted plants!’ So far this year I haven’t turned down many requests though there have been a few. They are all small jobs of course , the sort many electrician’s do not take on board unless they happen to be available at the time. Most folk don’t want to wait too long for their work to be carried out and as many electricians are occupied in larger contracts I get to benefit from that. One other thing, or maybe two are that I am a woman and I also have many years experience in my work. I say these things because people who employ me tell me they employ me for those very reasons. Many older women also feel safer having a woman doing the work so I benefit in that way too. There is only one other female electrician as far as I know who operates in the same area and she is often out-of-town on large contracts. I know of only one other female electrician working in the general area but based in another town though I have not met her in person. So work has picked up. I write this on Friday afternoon whilst at the same time watching the inauguration of President Trump, a man I had doubts about when I first knew of his intentions after becoming president. Now I am not so sure about my first feelings. In any event we must allow the man to prove himself. After the ceremony and pomp he will be settling into his new role in the running of the affairs of the United States. I hope he will prove worthy of that role. We will have to wait and see.

Shirley Anne

Brexit or stay?

First published on May 14….For my UK readers…You think you know what it means to stay in Europe? It is nothing to do with being able to survive as a nation outside of Europe, the fear of losing work, financial losses et al. There is more afoot, much more you need to know. Remember we as a nation survived very well thank you BEFORE we decided to dip our toes into European waters and there is no reason we couldn’t continue to do so. For those who were born after we joined they have no idea what it was like beforehand. Many want us to stay for personal selfish reasons and silly things like cheaper European holiday prospects but are missing the bigger picture. Click on the link in the picture below and turn to pages six and seven entitled Iron does not mix with clay……..It may open your eyes! (To magnify the image in the link move the slider at the left at the bottom of the page)

 

 

The prophecies in The Bible are for times such as these

Shirley Anne

And not just Muslims…………

No wonder he was selected by Forbes as the most powerful person in the world!!

This is one time our elected leaders should pay attention to the advice of Vladimir Putin. I would suggest that not only our leaders but every citizen of USA should pay attention to this advice. How scary is that? It is a sad day when a Communist makes more sense than our LEADERS but here it is !!!!

Vladimir Putin’s speech – SHORTEST SPEECH EVER.
On August 04, 2013, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, addressed the Duma, (Russian Parliament), and gave a speech about the tensions with minorities in Russia:

In Russia, live like Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, it should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws. If they prefer Sharia Law, and live the life of Muslim’s then we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law.
Russia does not need Muslim minorities. Minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell ‘discrimination’. We will not tolerate disrespect of our Russian culture. We better learn from the suicides of America, England, Holland and France, if we are to survive as a nation. The Muslims are taking over those countries and they will not take over Russia. The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of Sharia Law and Muslims.

When this honorable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the Russian national interest first, observing that the Muslims Minorities Are Not Russians.
The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five minute standing ovation.

Shirley Anne

I just don’t get it!

No Gender No Master, Autoportrait
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Recently in the UK there was a story about a young transgendered person, in fact a transsexual person to be exact who had been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and had been attending school in her assigned gender until she made the decision, with the support of her parents, to resume school after the term break in a skirt as a girl. Born physically male but obvious to her and diagnosed as such, she was in fact female. Despite any potential taunts and ridicule from her peers she was allowed to wear a skirt to school. It has now been suggested that boys should be allowed to wear skirts if they so wished and that all children should be allowed to wear either trousers or skirts no matter what their gender. To me this is a ridiculous suggestion and I cannot see why it was put forward. Supposedly it is about children’s rights to be able to wear whatever they like to school thereby dispensing with the uniform. Whilst attempting to protect dysphoric children by allowing anyone to wear a skirt they are in fact drawing attention to them. Like many things that go on in this country they seem to go way beyond the realms of common sense when faced with solving simple problems, a bit like wielding a sledge-hammer to drive in a pin!  Whilst it might be argued that anyone should be free to wear clothing currently associated with their opposite gender the majority of people wouldn’t take up the offer because it goes against traditional values and accepted norms. Much of what happens in this country is decided or influenced by laws passed in the European courts and consequently there are often conflicts of interest. Personally I feel we would do better being out of Europe altogether but alas it isn’t my decision. One good thing that resulted from being in Europe was the Gender Recognition Bill becoming law but many other things are not really helpful and some are tantamount to interference. I just don’t understand some of the things that go on these days, we seem to be taking backward steps most of the time.

Shirley Anne

A commodity we cannot do without

Icon of Wind Turbines
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I sometimes watch a program on television called ‘How it’s made‘. Each half-hour episode gives an audio/visual explanation of how everyday objects are made, usually three separate items are covered in each program. They show the various and diverse processes that are involved in the different stages of manufacture. Almost anything that is manufactured can find its way on to the program. I find it very interesting but then I have always wanted to know how things work and how they are made. It’s a sort of electromechanical inquisitive curiosity I have built-in and hard-wired into my brain. It sits there with all the other strange and wonderful things that make up my psyche. I also like cosmetics! I digress. In our modern societies the things we use have to be produced using machinery and usually electrical machinery. What factory doesn’t use electricity? From computers and control equipment and the automated production machinery electricity is the essential driving force, the only driving force, apart from the boss, in a factory today. What would we do without it? There is almost nowhere in the modern manufacture and processing industry that doesn’t involve the use of electricity. Even in our homes we find electricity an indispensable commodity. We use it to cook with, to drive our entertainment equipment, our televisions, radios, computers, games consoles, telephones, lighting and security systems. In fact the whole infrastructure of society depends upon this commodity being available. Imagine our world without it. How long would we last? I remember hearing how we could have an almost free supply of electricity about forty-five years ago. It was suggested that if everyone used electricity to power their needs it could be produced more efficiently. What went wrong with that suggestion? Today prices are soaring and yet there are ways of producing electricity at a low-cost to the consumer. Most of our electricity is produced by using coal to make the steam for the turbines attached to which are the electricity alternators. Unfortunately coal or rather the burning of it produces a lot of pollution and in the early years of its use the air we breathed was highly contaminated. Todays coal-fired burners are much more efficient but still they produce some undesirable pollution. There are enough stocks of coal in this country, the UK, to last more than three hundred years which makes it a tempting source of power. There are other sources of power too, gas for instance and also nuclear. As gas is used elsewhere besides generating electricity it would seem logical not to use it for that purpose except that if we switched completely to using electricity there would be no argument. Nuclear power generation has its own problems too, the danger of a leakage of radiation and the disposal of the more dangerous waste products which produce even higher levels of radiation. There may be a future for nuclear powered generation if these issues can be overcome to the satisfaction of the population.  Legislation and the dictates of the European Community have restricted the amount of pollution that any member state can produce without severe penalty. This is to encourage producing electricity by other means. One of the best ways of producing electricity is by using water to turn the turbines, the hydro-electric generating system. All that is needed is a constant flow of water and this usually comes from huge man-made reservoirs or natural lakes where the natural flow of water is governed by the use of a dam. It is a way of producing electricity without pollution and one would think its use would be widespread. Unfortunately it isn’t. There can be no excuse for that when there are numerous lakes around that could be utilised, even more than once if the lakes are at altitude. There seems to always be objections to this sort of suggestion and yet the generators (alternators) can be hidden from view underground. It is the same problem with wind-powered generation, no-one wants to see them dotted about the country or even at sea if it spoils the view! Everyone wants electricity but not everyone is prepared to see their environment spoiled by the equipment needed to produce it. It need not be that way and indeed government has dictated in some situations that the need far outweighs the objection. Personally I agree. Does it really matter if when we look out of a window we see the blades of wind turbines rotating gently in the breeze especially as they are usually situated far enough away from residential areas? Most objections are raised by people who seldom visit areas in which wind turbines are placed anyway. If we cannot live without electricity then we must be prepared to put up with some inconvenience or stop moaning about it.

Shirley Anne

A rip off?

We have a television program here in the UK called Rip off Britain and it brings to light various complaints from viewers regarding their experiences with being ripped off by certain companies and organisations. I am of the opinion that we, as a nation, are being ripped off in all sorts of ways. A few years ago we something called the Poll Tax whereby every adult individual in the country had to pay a fixed sum of money which paid for amenities such as the police, fire brigade, water sewage, waste removal and other services that we each use. Many people did not like the tax as it was the same amount for everybody irrespective of their income. That resulted in an even more unfair system called Council Tax which is essentially the same a Rates. This system  places a levy on each house and apartment in the country the amount of which is determined by the size of the property, irrespective of how many people living there. This means that two people living in a large house (as in my own case) can be charged more than six people living in a smaller house. How can that be fair? We each of us use the same amenities by the same amounts irrespective of the size of the property. A fairer system would be to re-introduce the Poll Tax but link it to a persons income so that the more that is earned the more that is paid. Place a fixed percentage on the taxed amount. This is only one example of the way people are ripped off, there are probably hundreds more.

About forty years ago I remember a television program called ‘Tomorrows World‘. It was a program about technical and medical inventions and progress with an outlook on future developments. On one particular program they showed a method of mixing petrol (gasolene for our american friends) with water using a sonic device. It was tested in a car and proved efficient, without any detrimental effect on the car’s performance. The ratio of the mixture was 25% petrol and 75% water! This would have cut fuel charges by almost 75% assuming there would be little water charges involved. What happened to that device? You can be certain that the inventor was bought out! In an age where we are desperately trying to cut fuel charges and emissions inventions such as these would be really valuable. Of course the government would lose a lot of revenue should such a device become available. Makes me wonder.

No doubt the reader will know of other incidences where we as a nation are being ripped off. Can you?

Shirley Anne xxx

I don’t like it anymore.

Sitting listening and watching the news on television this morning I have come to the conclusion that I don’t like this country anymore. I don’t like some of the laws we have and the tax burden we bear. I am fed up with politicians who claim their way is best and how the country needs change. A change from what? Nothing basically will change, what we have may take on another form but essentially it won’t change. I don’t like the society we have become, selfish, isolated, brutal and in some cases anti-social. I don’t like the crime we see today which threatens to get out of hand. I don’t like the resulting weak penalties that are handed out to perpetrators. I don’t like the measures those in authority sometimes take when solving problems which on occasion go directly against common sense. Simply put, I am fed up with all the pressure we as a society are put under just to live out our lives. The moral state of this country leaves much to be desired what with drug culture, alcohol abuse and subsequent violence, vandalism and disrespect for people and their belongings. There is gun crime and knife crime all about us and the attitude of steal it if we cannot otherwise have it. In essence we have turned away from God. People follow their hearts but if their hearts are focused on the wrong thing, chaos ensues. We are supposed to be a civilised country but are far from being so in reality. I don’t like it anymore.

Shirley Anne