Blog of Oonah V Joslin -- please visit my Parallel Oonahverse at WordPress

where I post stories and poems that have not been seen elsewhere - also recipes and various other stuff.

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Friday, 26 September 2014

Food for Thought for Friday -- The Future belongs to...

The Future belongs to our Children's children
(of course)
but only if we adults can learn to listen in Sandish..

A two part story poem by Amanda Baker
A beautiful tale with lyrical notes, Casey and the Surfmen has an ageless appeal. It sifts through the sands of time and finds the child in all of us.

You could listen for FREE or DOWNLOAD for £1 -- c'mon! £1.00!Be a mensch!

Friday, 19 September 2014

Food for Thought for Friday -- Scotland the Brave

Mr Cameron, Mr Clegg, and yes-- Mr Milliband,

The real issue is that you are disenfranchising the majority of ordinary people in the UK.

You threaten to disnmantle a health care system we have all paid into all our lives and hand over the reigns to private companies who will literally KILL people who cannot pay. Most of us cannot pay.

You are allowing people into this country who have criminal records in their own country. America would not do this. Neither should we EU or no EU!

If I go abroad I have to wait in line with other EU citizens to have my passport checked. I want a UK passport. I was BORN HERE! Surely that should carry some weight?

If Scotland now gets a better deal than regions of England, Wales and N Ireland, that will create more inequality and resentment. We need the rich to pay more taxes not take advantage of the poor and we need a government that listens to our legitimate concerns over a whole range of issues.

Scotland went to the polls 89% of them! Scotland decided to stay in the UK and I for one, am very glad they did. Of course a lot of Scottish people are disappointed today but at least it's democratic disappointment. And they were right about one thing -- Westminster must change its attitude. Most people have modest wishes but make no mistake -- we are no longer consider ourselves born to support the vast wealth of the few nor to serve your petty ambitions.

Take a lesson Britain -- next MAY when we have a chance to vote, turn out and VOTE.

Scotland the brave!

Friday, 12 September 2014

Food for Thought for Friday -- Take a walk with us at Cragside

Northumberland does not get better than on a warm September.

To view the pics at their best, click on them in sequence and take that walk with us!


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Food for Thought for Friday on Thursday -- On DISUNITY

I don’t usually get political but on this occasion I must have my say and then I will shut up.

I am appalled. I am appalled that the Prime Minister of this so called United Kingdom should leave it so long before going to Scotland to engage in the debate and then NOT engage in the debate but join the emotional fest.

It is not about emotion Mr. Cameron and none of us cares how personally upset you would be. It is about fairness. It is about respect. And believe me, the peoples of the North of England and people in Wales understand completely why some Scots want out. The north/south divide has been too stark and contrasting for -- well for as long as London has ruled.

In Westminster they sit and they site patriotism for Britain when young men are required to die. They take taxes and spend them on improving London’s economic power base and infrastructure. They exploit workers, the disabled and the elderly poor whose only crime is that they have two bedrooms. They threaten a health service most of them don't need to use. They use open cast mining and plan fracking because this is not their back yard. They have never been here. They take, take, take.

But Scotland -- it’s not about Nationalism either. Nationalism is a dangerous and fickle friend. It created a three hundred year old bloodbath in Ireland. The spectre still stalks. It may not be over yet.

No -- nationalism is not a solution to the problems of working class people. (Mr. Milliband can you show us some sign that you understand that?) If anything we should be joining together to make all parts of these isles a fairer place to live: if possible to make all parts of the world equitable and to make governments more accountable for the lives and welfare of their people.We should be joining together to heal divides and to save the planet and to secure a future for humanity.
Scotland -- Do you really only care about yourselves?

If anything you are in danger of creating just another carriage on the gravy train, another echelon of elite people at the top.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Food for Thought for Friday -- Summer's Back Again?

Waking up to a sunny September morning I asked myself -- To what do we owe this late season sunshine and heat? Who cares! Lets go out and enjoy! So we went to Newbiggin.

You get the picture! Fortunately there is always Bertorelli's Icecream :)