unrecognizable

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.

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 report@phishing.gov.uk you can also send them a copy of phishing texts with the number it came from.

never grateful

Just watching some British classics. Here in the Great Expectations 2012, the story line sounds: “Why is it that the young are never grateful”, could be answered with an attitude by the actress in “Educating Rita” who doesn’t want to get pregnant because of an expectation but because she wants to choose it.

But when I chose to have children, I did not have the essential securities needed to make a totally free choice. Free choices need to be made not out of need but out of choice with several choices being available. Most of us do not have that freedom to make totally free choices. We always either have an economic or other essential need.

Only those with too much money, can actually make real choices.

Children probably are never grateful because they feel pressured into compliance. But compliance is necessary to get the necessary survival skills to make something out of life, to contribute towards society and become useful. Children can develop that ‘never really satisfied unless you give me what I want attitude’ just to get more out of adults.

I am proud to say, – though pride is actually never a good thing -, that I enabled my children to get on in life.

Unfortunately for all of us – within this family – my children have decided they are now so independent that they no longer need to communicate on equal terms.

My grown up children are all on my naughty list this year, but then they can go to Tesco, who do not have a naughty list, instead of coming round mine.

I just find it intolerable that my sons think they can come round mine whenever it suits them but they do not even give me their address, so that I could visit them. I actually only know the address of 2 of my grown up children and one doesn’t communicate much and the other was quite abusive.

So the lock-down reallly doesn’t bother me. I told my grown up kids not to come around because they are so independent, they don’t even find it necessary to tell me their addresses or have been – in one case – quite abusive.

I wonder whether it’s only in films, which are about families with lots of property where people keep in touch after reaching adulthood. Where kids can inherit, they are probably more inclined to stay on friendly terms.

Indeed in my own – Germany based family – people keep in touch because they share property ownership or have business together. My uncle’s carpentry business was handed down the generation since 100s of years.

Paul McCartney’s interview with Idris Elba also was a nice revelation, who fondly remembers the great relationship he had with his dad, who taught him music.

In large cities, where kids grow up in micro households with nothing to own, they do not feel a need to stay in touch with parents after they grown up. Kids who grow up in small homes with little space to be creative will not get such strong bonds to their families.

Perhaps that is something to think about.

Nice celebrities

If you want to let your kids learn good manners, let them watch the Celebs in the Jungle in Wales.

Nice people, personalities, can’t fault them. There is no hatred, no jealousy, just supporting each other and being helpful towards each other. Sooooooooooooooo sensible in all scenarios.

I would never have thought that British celebs are such wonderful people for real.

Tv – misleadingly disturbing

Like so many of us, I spent a lot of time watching TV during lock-down and I am pretty terrified.

The days when TV programs acted as good role models seem to be truly over.

When the whole nation bemoans the steep rise in domestic violence, Eastenders comes up with Gray, the wife murdering solicitor , who seems to get away with his crime, the crime family boss Phil now has a serious contender in the Asian female boss, helping her son who murdered someone else’s child. The whole purpose of Eastenders seems to be, is showing the nation how easy it is to get away with crime.

But the BBC doesn’t stop there misleading the nation. The latest instalment of Inspector Montalbano portraits it as somehow OK if a man shoots his seriously learning disabled brother in the head after blindfolding him as a game. Quit alarming that this sense of Italian justice seems to get condoned.

Whilst the Swedish female sex made detective SAGA demands intercourse or she won’t mix with male colleagues.

Surely freedom of expression has come a long way to get away from wanting to display good examples.

Let’s not say that historical moral values of heterosexual matrimony like we see it in Lewis or Midsomer Murders are even valued in today’s moral climate, Grandchester sees to that. What is important is that TV programs should have an easy to understand message of what is wrong and right , at least in law but that is no longer the case.

It must be very difficult for young people these days to find role models from the media.

It’s shocking that we have to pay a license for TV when the content is not what we can choose.

learned behaviour

I am thinking a lot about family obligations lately.

To explain this imagine three scenarios.

  1. Your family is Mafia and you learn how to grow up in that and you have to stick to your family and support them no matter what or you get killed
  2. Your family is police and you see your parent put on that uniform every day and you learn keeping up the law is all that matters.
  3. Your family runs a business and you learn to think about profits and losses and how to make people buy your products.

Everything in between is a mix of those.

There is a lot of underlying crime about and I think it is difficult for kids who are not trained from the start either to be maker/seller criminals or law enforcers to find a way to recognise what is right or wrong these days.

Just read that some Apps like Snapchat are now used to sell drugs. Kids tend to have to learn and once they made the mistake they know it doesn’t work.

I think much more should be done to explain to kids where the dangers are.

Perhaps in schools there should be one lesson per day and good advice on what to avoid and how not to fall for dangers, which are not apparent to anyone unless they’ve made the mistake.

 

Unison Demo today in Tower Hamlets

Unison was holding a demonstration against Tower Hamlets Rewards. I am not sure what it is about, just pictured the moment as I came across the demo on the way home from shopping in Whitechapel. The demo was walking down Cambridge Heath Road from Bethnal Green towards Whitechapel.

I can understand people have a grudge against changes to working conditions. I noticed the traffic held up was not pleased. Did not see any police around to keep the peace.

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Demo against Tower Hamlets Rewards

Find it amazing that Unison is accusing Mayor John Biggs, to behave like Margaret Thatcher, when former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair himself hailed Margaret Thatcher.

It is true that John Biggs only enforces government legislation without making much fuss about it. All policies about school closures for example are carried out because of government rules on school funding.

What room to exercise discretion does any council actually have?

The reasons for the dispute are listed here.

  • Slashing Severance Pay by at least 80% and capping pay outs at £25,000.
  • Reducing starting salaries for Scale 6 to SO2 by one increment instead of expanding grades upwards.
  • Substantially reduced Flexi scheme that allows a maximum of one day owed per month with a maximum of seven hours credit/debit and loss of credit if not used within a month.
  • Travel allowances cut by £596 with more restrictive ECUA criteria.
  • Night work supplements starting later (at 9pm, rather than 8pm).
  • Market supplements replaced and restricted by subsuming into future pay rises and only giving to new starters.
  • Review of Special Leave entitlements
  • Removing protections around disciplinary and grievance procedures by making them non-contractual. This will offer less protection to TUPE transfers and reduce consultation if changed in future.
  • No payment for travel time in new Mobility Clause and limited compensation for excess travel costs.

It is concerning that the payment for travel time is to be axed. That always had been a big problem for people on zero hours contracts or the self-employed for example when they had to travel from job to job.

The proportionality of travel costs in jobs must be a matter of consideration. Almost everybody complains about travel costs. Season tickets can make a big dent into ones income. It makes a difference though if you pay for twice daily travel to and from work and a regular income with that or if you are self-employed, like a carer and have to travel to several jobs per day and dont’ earn proportionally enough to make that worth it.

 

Annulla l’iscrizione

Much progress has been made by some e-mail providers in that Microsoft now allows users to directly report spam or phishing emails with the press of a button.

Other providers are not so accommodating. I have one e-mail address for which I started to received regular e-mails in Italian. I don’t speak a word of Italian and didn’t know what the term unsubscribe means in Italian.

I just deleted the daily influx of Italian e-mails.

Finally I got to Google translate and found that it means Annulla l’iscrizione. I pressed this and now received an email to confirm my unsubscribing.

It’s annoying that such small matters can take up so much of someone’s time.

On the other hand, I could have learned Italian instead but languages has never been my best subject. I don’t even particularly like my own Mother tongue – as they call it -. Even in school my German teacher remarked how talented I am for the English language, so here I am.

I regularly watch Inspector Montalbano and get along using the sub-titles. But then I love detective stories in any case and watch them whether they are from Norway, USA or Britain.

I find Italy fascinating as Italians have a very good and healthy attitude to feeding their school children. I think Jamie Oliver has contributed much to importing their food philosophy to us.

pepperoni pizza with basil leaves

We all love a Pizza or Pasta. Photo by Daria Shevtsova on Pexels.com

The Italian Paralympic team I remember fondly as they left behind a lot of their food supplies at the London Aquatic Centre after the most recent Word Para swimming champs where I was a helper.

I can hardly speak German now, though I do understand written text in German. What fascinated me about English is the melody of the language, which allows expressing complex meanings in relatively short sentences, using clever words.

German it’s harsh sounding in Comparison. Though to this day, I do not know the names of trees in English and have not mastered fluently the use of sophisticated English words. I often find myself searching the Internet for meaning of words for example when I watch the Parliament Channel.

 

 

Thought control from Mayor Facebook

Having heard that YouTube – owned by Facebook – has shut down the postings of David Icke, a proclaimer of weird theories about the origin of Covid-19, it seems interesting, to say the least, that we now have thought control of the Internet imposed upon us.

Just wonder whether an alpha-male like David Icke will take that laying down. I don’t agree with his opinion, that G5 could be responsible for Corona Virus but it is an opinion, wrong or right. People no longer have the choice to listen to nonsense now.

I noticed that YouTube also deleted one of my videos. It was actually factually correct but not very pretty and filmed in a darkened room. It dealt with the origin of the Freemasons, a subject that was discussed on social media 30 years ago. Not that I am particularly interested in it, but it is noticable that YouTube thought it needs to be removed.

On the matter of enrichment, I thought the more the better. And as long as it doesn’t promote open violence or hate why can’t people say what they think any longer?

Just went shopping the other day and really appreciated that we have so many shops from people of different cultures who all sell basically the same stuff but sell it for their own communities from different outlets.

Trading standards could come along and say, they will not allow shops from people from differing cultural backgrounds but they don’t. It is not allowed to discriminate against other cultures, so why is it allowed to discriminate against whacky ideas by some individuals?

David Icke does not promote denial of the Holocaust. He merely thinks that G5 has to do with Corona Virus. The flat earthers are allowed to publish.

Perhaps what people need to do is to hire their own internet servers, which do not rely on major publishers and publish their own stuff by their own servers.

I curently use WordPress but do not need the platform.

I have noticed a big drop in postings on Facebook. It seems to get out of fashion.

To the rescue

Getting any service is very difficult now. Unless you are on the register of vulnerable people you can’t even get onto the online shopping basket for supermarkets. Not even the shop and collect service provides any local opportunities.

Yet, Amazon comes to the rescue. They do release daily home delivery slots if one is lucky enough to catch them at it. Having spoken to a neighbour who thought that Amazon Fresh is unethical, I wonder whether the people who get employment or those who supply the chain would agree. Amazon now delivers products from a lot of different producers.

As I am not qualifying as vulnerable person because I am too young and not sick enough, I do have to care for a child that just had an operation. I can’t go out and queue up in front of a supermarket for 2 hours before they even let me into the shop.

I changed my shopping habits, I go local and get some food stuff in via Amazon Fresh.

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