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  1. Hope the surgery goes well @cestrian Thinking of you and your family @Morrigan Better days ahead I hope.
  2. The media are reporting on a gun rally taking place today in Richmond. It's being reported in the UK and it seems that Trump has added to the firearms frenzy by warning the armed brethren that the Democrats will take their guns away. Any idea that the word "Presidential" had some authority has been lost. Here's how the BBC are reporting it: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-51180452 I really hope that no-one gets killed this time. Years ago I read that guns are especially appealing to men with small willies (it's a compensatory thing) and haven't seen anything to refute this theory. So, as the press photos appear from the rally, ignore the big cap peaks, manly holsters, big guns, military jackets and big banners. At the heart of it there's something very small going on
  3. Challenging racism is never easy and those who do are never popular. It's really interesting how any discussion usually gets switched to some other, less painful, subject instead. And the anger generated is quite scary. The Sussexes are holding the subject right now, but they won't be able to for very long because the power of opposition is immense. It's also generated a broader interest - here's an example... https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/16/is-it-racism-musician-soweto-kinch-refused-entry-to-first-class-carriage
  4. Very interesting. This seems plausible and likely. If so, it means that Meghan and Harry have very different motivational drivers - Meghan's would be her treatment by the media and maybe the royal family establishment (we haven't heard anything about that part yet, but if and when she writes a book it will be interesting), whilst Harry may be motivated by Diana-related rage, even though he may not know it. At the moment their two different motivational drivers seem to be working well in harmony and they are united in the battle they've got into. They present as quite a sweet embattled couple. In the longer term, who knows?
  5. Your update was so good to read @Versailles
  6. Knowing that life is short and I only have one.
  7. In for a penny, in for a pound I guess. Re the trademarking part of this discussion, Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, got in there a while back. His company, Duchy Originals, who produce organic food, was set up in 1990 - thirty years ago. He was smart and knew that trading on his place in the royal family would be a good move and so it proved. Mostly anyway. For more info look here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waitrose_Duchy_Organic The British Royal family is a business, albeit one steeped in history and written into the UK and commonwealth institutions. But if you look at it objectively, it's no different to Amazon, Apple, Pfizer, General Electric, McDonalds and Mercedes-Benz. Just a business and they come and they go. None of them have a right to exist. If the Royal Family collapses, like Lehman Brothers Bank did, life would go on and it wouldn't be the end of the world. Most countries don't have a monarchy and they get on fine.
  8. Re the racism part of this discussion, no-one will ever see an overtly racist article about anyone in a newspaper. Racism doesn't work like that anymore. In the old days, racism was evident from people marching down the streets with swastika banners, nazi salutes and chanting. The KKK wore white hoods so everyone knew what was going on. In the UK the fascists wore black shirts. Sometimes these things still happen. But mostly now, racism has gone underground and is communicated in very subtle ways which can always be dismissed if challenged. In some cases racism is so embedded in the institution, or system, that those perpetuating it are unaware that it is happening. So we have overt racism, cleverly disguised racism and unconscious racism all happening simultaneously in the world. This is a huge subject all on it's own and not a popular one to present, I know. In the case of the Sussexes I believe that the media has attacked them with both cleverly disguised and unconscious racism. It's always deniable, but those on the receiving end know exactly what's going on. Meghan knows.
  9. This is big news in the UK. Harry and Meghan, aka the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have announced they they are stepping back as senior members of the British Royal Family. As media outlets pour over the details and apportion blame for what's gone wrong (most of the UK establishment and media are going for 'Meghan wasn't worthy and has messed up everything'), all kinds of angles and stories are appearing. I'm not a monarchist and will be happy if this speeds up the eventual removal of the royal family, but I did think that having someone of mixed race join the family was a very good thing. Seems that the British establishment didn't agree. But whenever racism raises it's ugly head, people will say that it's nothing to do with race at all. Yeah, right. There a good article on this here... https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/11/post-racial-britain-harry-meghan-tabloids
  10. 'Be true to yourself' is the single rule that I aspire to. It breaks down into a few great objectives (courtesy of a Google search) all of which work for me... Be who you are, be your genuine self. Follow your own value system and common sense. Listen to the advice of others, but make up your own mind. Recognise, appreciate, and develop your unique talents. Stand up for what you believe in and you will gain respect. Know that being 'different' is a gift. Understand that you are enriching others by being yourself.
  11. I would be delighted to have the flying car from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wuer3mLqIxc
  12. I despair at the Iraq/Iran attack. It seems so obvious that the motivation behind it is the US election and Trump's need to shake off his impeachment problem. But in the US there will be some pitchfork-waving approval and the UK Government is already acting like an obedient poodle. Both countries are urging Iraq and Iran to de-escalate the situation and apply restraint. This takes a lot a gall. We assassinate a country's leader in another country without even letting the host country know and then say that you all need to calm down. Unbelievable. Maybe see you in Parliament Square, Cestrian.
  13. I don't watch TV. I really don't and we haven't had a TV in the lounge for about 30 years now. Have watched a few DVD series on the laptop (24, Lost, Mad Men and Breaking Bad), but that's about it. However, I read this review by a journalist that I admire and decided to take a look. It's a live televised stage production by a UK theatre company. https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/dec/23/the-goes-wrong-show-review-a-terribly-brilliant-festive-farce The Christmas show was amazing and I saw the latest episode tonight. It's the best thing I've watched for many years. Folks in the UK will be able to see it ok, but it may not be available elsewhere.
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