watching the paint dry

Just started watching ‘The Joy of Painting’ on the BBC and it is very relaxing, watching this extremely skilled, very relaxing artist Bob Ross do his art.

It’s amazing. I don’t think I would find it relaxing to attempt painting myself. I would mess it up and not enjoy it at all. But I do enjoy watching this painter do his art and imagine that it would be so easy to do.

A trick of the mind, that serves me well.

culturally pre-occupied

I think it is wrong to use the term racism when accusing the UK of being institutionally racist. The UK is culturally pre-occupied. It’s about the culture not the race.

Literally the UK allows anybody who accepts the culture top-jobs.

UK not deliberatelly rigged against ethnic minorities. BBC source.


Watched this new series shown on ITV with interest. I generally now watch much more ITV than BBC. But what this Unforgotten series really shows is, and I really should post this on my Neighbourhood Watch blog instead, is, that those who ask you to ‘not grass’ are not your friends but your enemies.

Only wrongdoers ask you not to grass.

Even if you think that you have made it, nobody ever finds out about your sins, you are mistaken.

Then you set up your life, get into respectable ways of life, all with a crime hanging over you and you have kids, a partner and all rely upon each other, because that is what we do, we prop each other up in relationships.

But then, the wrongdoing comes out and everything goes up in smoke. Your kids, your partner, all who rely on you suffer from the previous wrong-doing, that you thought stayed undetected.

And talking of forgotten, from all the films I am watching it’s the criminals who kill and bury their own members in unknown locations, so that nobody ever finds them.

It’s those on the side of the law who get remembered.

So, as a principle, I fully support everybody who wants to report wrongdoing and crime, even anonymously as it has a chain-reaction, that wrong-doing and it ruins lives.

sense of humour

The latest Banksy is going to test the greed for money of the prison authorities. Whilst in the past whole walls were removed to preserve and sell the art-work, that won’t be easy with a wall that surrounds a prison. LOL.


took part in a Teams meeting yesterday and could not see myself in the list of 50 attendees. I scrolled up and down, and clearly being the first to log in, I MUST surely be there.

But, I had changed my hairstyle. I thought who is that intelligent looking person and then, at the very end, it dawned on me, that this was me.

With the new hairstyle I did not recognize myself.

Don’t outsource the problem

The arguments on ‘The big Question’ this morning were excellent. Amazing how well things were put especially about povery. A Billionnaire could write each person in the USA a cheque for $3.000 and still be extremely rich.

So there are those who say that the poor, we don’t get paid enough, should also organise into Unions and do industrial action and strike to get higher wages.

It’s not working that strategy, as this will only villify the workers and not make employers pay higher wages. This vicar who then said, that asking workders to strike on top of working is outsourcing the problem hit the nail on the spot.

Interrupting lives with strikes and protests simply makes the lives of the poor even harder, it doesn’t affect the mega rich, who can live on their interest, unless interest turns into negative. That is one reason why I oppose the Extinction Rebellion activities. Those are paid for by mega rich people who can sit back and relax in their country manners, whilst people in cities, miss out on going to work.

It’s those big company owners who should pay more wages. What instead is being done, wages still get subsidised, allowing people to rely on food banks and benefits whilst raking in the money. Of course some wealth gets paid to shareholders but the majority goes into private coffers.

It’s obviously a matter of legislation rather than anything else.

I’m negative

Been contacted by Ipsos Mori for a random Covid-19 test. They sent me a test in the post and then collected it by courier.

Today I learned that I am negative. Tried to enter the result into my NHS Covid App but the number wasn’t compatible.

The same happened to another family member who couldn not enter their test result into the NHS app either.

So happy we are.

I’ve fallen victim

I cannot believe that I’ve finally fallen for a phishing scam. I am normally very aware and spot scams straightaway but on this occasion I fell for it.

I think for many of us, during lock-down, waiting for parcels is just about the only entertainment we’ll get. But then there are scammers who pretend to wanting to re-deliver missed parcels just on a day when we are expecting one.

It’s happened twice now, that on a day, I expected a parcel, that I got either a card through the coor or a text inviting me to rebook delivery against a fee.

Both times from scammers.

What surprises me the most, that this latest text scam actually only asks for

  • Date of Brith
  • Name and address
  • date for re-delivery

they did not want payment information.

I am asking who would want such iformation. For any British company that information is easy enough to come by as most of us are on many databases. They just want to harvest basic identity details.

I assume those scammers are from other cultures, countries or from criminal networks from abroad. People can hardly steal my identity because my name is pretty unusual for Britain.

But there we are, nobody is immune against a drop of the guard at some time. Because when we are busy and do three things at wonce, our biggest fear nowadays is that we miss the parcel delivery because it could have been too noisy or something like that. Then that scammer text offering re-delivery feels like soothing of the soul. Keep on the lookout.

Forward all phishing email to you can also send them a copy of phishing texts with the number it came from.

Somthing’s not quite right

You know when you end up with a bad feeling but you can’t quite put your finger on it and have no proof but you feel that something’s not quite right?

This was not the worst pair they made for me, there were others

That is the feeling I got from my opticians.

Medical services go to the very heart of our sensitivity. We absolutely rely on doctors, nurses, even opticians or other medical specialists.

It’s because you really only know whether your spectacles are well made if you are an opticians. An untrained person could never know whether it’s the spectacles or the way they are made or indeed if you have a condition that can’t be corrected with spectacles.

I had this catarract operiation and shortly afterwards, I could see and didn’t need any spectacles and it felt great. But after a while, I needed laser correction because the body rejected the implanted lenses by growing a skin over them, so a doctor needed to pierce holes into that skin over the lenses using laser treatment.

However those holes then had an effect on my eye sight because of course it changes the light as it enters my eyes. That is all very complicated but the long and short of it is, that my optician couldn’t make me a pair of spectacles to correct the vision.

I was made to feel and told that I just would have to live with it.

What bothered me the most that with the spectacles I couldn’t actually see my feet and with the latest pair they made me, I could not even get a clear field of vision. Everything looked broken up and silly.

Now, those spectacles were made for me by a very famous highstreet chain of opticians and because of that, I just believed what they told me but I started getting suspicious over time because of the way they spoke to me. They were either very friendly and overly understanding or shouty and dictating.

What I did to attempt to understand the source of the problem is, I took the prescription and up-loaded it to an online spectacles service and had a pair made, very cheaply.

The spectacles that came were a revelation. I could see my feet and my field of vision was much clearer. I recommend you all try this one first before you believe your opticians that nothing can be done.

put a stop to property exploitation

Really glad that prosecution is being brought in a ‘sex for rent’ case. Thoroughly sickening to think that a landlord can force a homeless person to have sex in exchange for housing. It’s prostitution through the back-door. See the latest article about this.

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