The french connection

Started to watch this French crime drama series on the BBC called The Spiral. I have to turn to foreign production since the making of British films has all but stopped. We get a lot of repeats.

It is a bit hard to watch as there is lots of dialogue and I do not speak French. One has to look at the subtitles constantly as they talk non-stop.

I do like the tone of the series though, as the police are shown as winners. It is quite amazing what personal efforts police officers put into this job and how risky it is. Us normal folks never even get to know the edge of it.

For people not involved in crime it is hard to imagine what goes on within it. From watching it on films, the best solution is not to get involved at all. There is no health and safety for criminals. They simple kill anybody who is a risk to them and as nobody is perfect, they all seem to be a risk to each other and they themselves bump each other off. What a sad prospect for a criminal gang member, to end in a grave, beaten to death by a fellow gang member. No justice no trial, no security.

I prefer watching a series where the police are shown as having grit and determination to fight crime, ridding us of those awful drug barons, who do so much harm to us, our children and society as a whole. Once society decides to declare something criminal they fight it, but if something is legal, the long-term health damage can be lasting – as with cigarettes, alcohol for example – and it is harder to fight on legal mechanisms alone.

I prefer watching this French serial to East Enders. I have completely stopped watching East Enders with that constant dribble of crime families ruling the roost and police shown as inadequate nonsense. I turned to Coronation Street instead as it is at least fairly normal and shows problems within a conceivable context for normal people.

Well, not much time for this now, amazing how short days are despite having not much going out to do.

starts bad, gets worst, ends well – hopefully

2021 was the worst start to any year I can remember. And, I am not even suffering from Covid-19. Though my blood oxygen level wasn’t at its best today, I am not suffering from Covid.

Can’t understand why hospital A&E departments do not take Covid tests as a matter of routine. Because once the patients are there, they might as well take one.

After total Waste-pipe blockages, rendering my kitchen and bath useless, I now also suffered a fall, which resulted in me getting myself to A&E on advice of my GP. I was glad to find out that I still can at least walk.

I can well imagine that almost anybody who saw my black eye, thought that I am a victim of domestic violence. I am not. I took Christmas decorations down and excitedly ran to the door for a delivery, when I fell over a floor cushion, and landed face first in the bathoom door frame.

My eye looked at first like I had a baloon over it. It’s now become the shape of a fancy eye shadow, the discolouration. Just as I do not use make-up.

I won’t post a picture of this because I don’t want to look worst for wear on a blog.

Whilst I was at the hospital, they took my blood oxygen levels twice. The first time. the best it got was 92. A brilliant result should show 95 – 100. Well, I could not breathe freely because I fell onto my body and my ribs hurt me when I breathe in deeply. I also think that wearing the face mask may reduce the quality of the air we breathe in.

Still, they could have taken a Covid test.

All I am hoping for, is that things can only get better and that the year 2021 ends as good as it started bad.

Lock-down’s not working for me

I have had the worst start to the New Year.

I reside in a building that is plagued by bad plumbing problems. As soon as it rains above the normal, which is just a little bit, my drains block either my sink or my bath.

It takes the landlord then around a week or more to unblock it.

My kitchen waste gets through the same waste pipe as my bathroom waste and as the bathroom pipe has been blocked by upcoming silt, I am totally unable now to

  • use my washing machine or diswasher if I had one
  • have a shower/bath
  • use my kitchen sink

as all my waste water from kitchen and bath, come out in my bath tub.

The idea of lockdown is that you spend time at home and do not use public bath and shower facilities. Unfortunately for me, I can’t use my personal facilities either. I have been getting a lot of excuses.

Just wondering how is it furthering public health if people can’t wash properly at home?

My landlord says they do not have the necessary staff available to deal with repairs in good time.

a virtual world on Klondike

Over those long stay-at-home days, I have taken to trying out yet another farming game and this is called Klondike. It is surprisingly complicated as you have to produce things, both farming and material, using raw material that you either find or produce in factories, you have to build from materials you have made.

You will quickly find out that you have to deplete natural resources to make money and produce goods needed for materials.

Additionally, you may travel to other destimations using sleds or planes or trains.

You may export and import goods and produce from other levels and you can transport your goods and must manufacture certain items on other levels.

This is quite realistic when it comes to real world import and export and production of items on the local level that then gets exported and imported.

If this game had a realistic algorythm, which is bound to the actual seasonal production of agricultural products, one could feed the world on a game like this.

A virtual world created by computer programmers, who could then be staffed by ‘gamers’ who have to ensure that local products are distributed evenly all over the world, so that all have enough to eat at all times. The term game-maker could be appropriate for this too and not just Olympics.

Of course its more complicated with weather and conflict put together but it would make a realistic modelling structure to try and achieve real equality all over the world.

Nationals with large rain forests for example could be planned in for needing extra other resources and the people’s in such nations could be trained in jobs, which enable them to earn a living other than chopping down their forests to make money.

Or scientific advances could be programmed in to enable new technology to be employed like capturing extra carbon from the atmosphere to produce air plane fuel from as a product.

I think we need such a world game to program in what is actually available and that such knowledge and resources need to be shared out all over so that we get no left-behind regions of the world.

Poor areas, left to themselves, always develop undesirable political systems, ending in tyranny and disaster for the rest of us.

making false hopes for Christmas

We all want to have a good time over the Winter holiday. Nice decorated homes, well cooked meals and some good will never goes amiss, regardless of religion.

But, to use Christmas to show extra generosity and make people believe that Covid-19 can be ignored to have family get-to-gethers when all reasonable expectations are that this will lead to another total lock-down, just about put a dampener on everybody’s enjoyment.

It’s also got a really racist or better religionist tint to it. The government wouldn’t even dream of extra lenience for any other religios festivals at this time of year and declared Christmas the one time, we are allowed to let our guard down.

closing schools?

Why close schools wand blame educational processes for Covid-19? Doesn’t that just show somebody who wants to stop youth from mixing in educational establishments?

A lot of our young people’s learning and personal development is aimed at taking place in the school environment.

Whilst Greenwich follows the Major’s advice and closes all schools tonight, Hackney follows government advice and allows Covid-19 testing for all pupils and families if wished. That also fits in with the request of the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine developers to obtain more test results from carriers who may not have symptoms to enable a more effective development of the vaccine, they are working on.

Our whole family development is more around getting children away from their natural famlies and into the educational institutions for prolonged hours. I doubt that parents – under normal circumstances – even get to see their own children much when they are working.Fair enough, there is the ability to learn through Teams or Zoom but then, there are also a lot of families who don’t have sufficient Internet access yet.

Here in Tower Hamlets around 50% of people do not use the Internet regularly.

I am just perplexed why the media only pushes Sadiq Khan’s request to close schools and doesn’t equally publish about the other education strategies equally strong.

get vaccinated

Whatever your gripe is against vaccination, it is irrational and based on myth. We live in this world and if we want to stay as energetically healthy as possible, we need to be vaccinated. I have had the flu vaccination now and had absolutely no side-effects whatsoever.

Most years I make for 11 1/2 months of the year without the flu but those 2 weeks when I do get the flu, it just causes trouble. In the end, I would always ring the doctor just to be told that I have the flu. So just get vaccinated and save yourself 2 weeks of misery.

Toothless and jobless

It doesn’t really matter for us underlings which strategy Britain has towards the EU as we rely on the infrastructure they build to even survive. We have no decision-making powers whatsoever and better put up and shut up.

Shutting up is very wise for me at present because not only have the British succeeded in keeping me out of work but they also managed to remove almost all of my teeth without replacing them.

When I came to Britain in 1977 I had a job and I had a mouth full of teeth.

At the last occasion, when I had dental treatment, the dentist spent prolonged time to remove one of my healthy upper teeth. He drilled and drilled and broke and extracted. completely and utterly ridiculous to extract a healthy tooth because there is some surrounding soft tissue skin problem. I had no choice but to comply because had I refused, they would have refused treating the infection anyway and then blamed me for having refused treatment.

But there we are, we underling patients have no way whatsoever to argue with our NHS heroes. Saying anything makes us immediately complicated and unpleasant patients.

I think dental services are the abyss of the NHS. They have no bigger problem but doing people’s teeth. There is almost not one person in the public domain with bad teeth. Teeth are the epithamy of leadership and admiration.

So if they remove your teeth, that is just an expression of showing you that you have no power and that is the way they bully you these days.

I refuse to spend my last penny for having private treatment for the teeth the NHS has removed. I think they should have an ‘A tooth for a tooth’ policy. If the NHS removes a tooth, they should have a duty to replace it.

But so far I’ve had no luck. I am not being given a denture that I can wear.

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.

basic health

Just listening to arguments about closing down completely, locally or half or totally, all have as chief argument behind them getting the virus down.

There is just one thing missing, the overall comprehensive overview on what promotes health and stems viruses.

One fact is that healthy eating helps fight infections and fight of virus infections. Some say that a lack of vitamin D for example is a big issue for some people. Fresh food and veg are expensive these days and you need the money to purchase it. How can you purchase fresh fruit and veg if you are struggling to pay the rent because your landlord needs their money?

There should be a change to food banks. We should have supplies of free fresh fruit and veg in areas of deprivation, which would take away the stress of budgeting money and supply those essentials.

Then we get the cleanliness argument, washing hands for 2 minutes with soap is good but going swimming in a chlorinated pool for 1 hour is bad? That is the argument in total lockdowns.

Having a roof over your head, little stress and feeling good about yourself often helps to stay healthy, especially if that is combined with the ability to buy healthy food.

Nobody lives on toilet paper alone.

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