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The ramblings of an old git

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Perchance to dream

Our governments are corrupt to the F* core!

As a retired IT contractor who did my own accounts I sometimes had to search for the legal position on various things, like what expenses one could validly claim. Often I would come across special exemptions for MPs.

Saw a CUK post to a Guardian article today which reveals that records of MPs expenses are destroyed three years after the end of the applicable financial year, making them immune to investigation for tax or other reasons. It is six years for the rest of us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. You fucking corrupt bastards!!!

Distorted history

What a washout yesterday's eclipse was! Was in the garden and, while it was too cloudy to see the sun, I did expect it to get very dark. Hardly noticed a damn thing, it was if the clouds just got a bit thicker!

On the BBC they were talking about how the event was viewed in history. Some believed the sun was being eaten by evil deities supposedly. Actually, unless they were stupid, surely any peoples could put two and two together and realise that the sun and moon would sometimes coincide as the Chinese and Babylonians did. We do get some misconceptions about history, that most people in the middle ages thought the world was flat for example.

Maybe those carvings of the sun being eaten by a big demon were not what people at the time really thought at all, they were cartoons! What if some catastrophe almost wiped out mankind and a future race had to figure out things about us from a tiny number of intact records?

Democracy - love it

Due to insurance restrictions I have to be a bit more careful about where the products of my and my sister's little company are sold and searched for a drop-down list of world nations for the website. There are three with "democratic republic" in the official title:

Democracy still falls well short of what it should be in the UK due to an unrepresentative electoral system in which results in marginal seats having undue effect, excessive influnce of business groups and leftist unions and domination of the commons by too many with little experience outside politics or the wealthy who have no idea what impact their policies have on ordinary people.

Still, when you look at other "democracies", and let's not forget that Islamist states like Pakistan and the Maldives are "democracies" too, we have to be grateful for small mercies.

ISIS and the hippy movement

No denying the horrible nature of Islam or that there are groups in the West, some of them posing as moderate movements, who are spreading the more extreme versions of the creed.

But one has to question the common assumptions of what "radicalisation" really means. Are moderate young people being held in dark rooms and brainwashed? Are they being herded into halls and harangued for weeks by extremist Imams until they see the error of their decadent Western ways? It would not appear so. Mostly they are "radicalised" by internet sites that they themselves look for, by the views of those who company they themselves seek out. In other words, they are radicalising themselves, they have already made a decision in favour of extremist Islam, they are just looking for ways to join up. Why? This is where the hippy movement comes in. Many young people, and I knew a few, were similarly attracted to that movement and threw away promising careers because of their rejection of materialistic values.

Of course hippies weren't hacking people's heads off and I am not suggesting that Bob Dylan's influence was in any way as malignant as Anjem Chowdury's but there is one thing in common - the idealistic nature of youth and its constant search for "meaning" in life.

The unexpected guru

Always made fun of the late missus for her propensity to write lists. Most people put important things in their diaries but she would sometimes list trivia she did every day, like "have breakfast", "pack dishwasher" etc.

Now I have adopted her wisdom. When life is meaningless, when you can't find any real enthusiasm or interest, you need to keep going at anything and stupid lists really help. Otherwise, you spend your day thinking "what was it I was going to do?" and it's bedtime again before you get round to doing anything at all. Another day rushes by and there is bugger all to show for it. It ain't much but at least fixing the fence is better than bugger all.

Let's see. Time to plan my day. Finish coffee. Have shit. Wipe arse.

Story

Really made the effort the other day and wrote a story so I could go to the writer's club, most of the members of which are old ladies. Not sure how much longer some of them will be around but they are a great bunch. Who ever said old ladies are prudes? Most of the conversation between story readings soon turns to sex and it ain't me that does it. Sat next to the chairlady last time and she touched my leg three times while regaling us with story of her hip replacement. Anyway, back to the story.

Police, Camera, Action

Odd

Funny how the less depressed you get the sadder you can feel. Maybe feeling low, tired and uninterested in anything is a good defence against feeling anything else.

More classical

Lots of pop music is crap but it's really just a matter of style, how it's played. this Abba song sounds great with a symphony orchestra.

Can't catch me ya bastards!

A new law has made revenge porn illegal in England and Wales. This does not stop we at bloggoth posting a naked picture of a female who had the nerve to reject our advances recently. Here she is in all her glory. Coooor! Look at that lovely bumhole! It's just a totally normal picture of a sow. Sows don't wear clothes, officer.

Occasionally there's a big benefit from being a total perve!


PS England and Wales? Whatever happened to the UK? Still, at least we don't have separate laws for the Islamic republics of Tower Hamlets, Sparkbrook, Rotherham, etc etc. Yet.

The never ending scare stories

Hardly a day goes by without another scary news story about what causes/prevents dementia. May we suggest another major factor in this appalling disease?

"Worrying about dementia increases risk of dementia" scientists say.

This week's article we would have written if we could be arsed

At times the DT seems to be turning into the Guardian so it's nice to have a "right wing", AKA sensible and realistic, article about the nature of some Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities in the UK and the backwardness they have brought with them.

Is this really the UK in the 21st century? Or is it a brutish, zealously religious, feudal society (not unlike the Tudor England of Wolf Hall), imported from South Asia and allowed to flourish here unchecked because we haven’t had the guts to stand up for enlightened values?

When will liberal apologists stop making excuses for undemocratic, uncivilised and downright illegal behaviour in Britain?

Lax laws can make compassion impossible

The case of the Zimbabwean family whose application to attend their granddaughter's funeral was refused is in the news again. They have reapplied.

It would be nice if immigration rules could be appled a bit more sympathetically. It would be good if this couple could attend their granddaughters' funeral and stay a few months with their children before returning to Zimbabwe. The problem lies in the details of our, and the EU's, ludicrous laws which elevate one migrants's individual human rights above those of British citizens and taxpayers who may be affected detrimentally by their presence.

Given their age, their lowly occupation as street traders, the nature of the country they come from and the fact that their son is in the UK, the Home Office view that they may not leave looks very plausible. The petitioners have said they pose no threat to the UK and the local MP has said the parents have given a categorical assurance the grandparents would not claim asylum but what is any of that worth? The son entered the UK as an illegal immigrant and then spent a good deal of British taxpayers' money fighting for asylum status for himself and his wife so we should hardly be accepting his assurances on this issue.

Even assurances by MPs mean little when there appear to be no legal impediments whatever to this elderly couple claiming asylum. One would imagine that a statement of reason for visiting the UK on a visa application would rule out any asylum application unless there was a proven change of circumstance after arrival but it seems not. Our authorities are quite prepared to accomodate liars who make false declarations.

Does it occur to the bleeding heart liberals that, if we had less liberal laws, if a statement on a visa application was legally binding, we could afford to be much more generous and compassionate in practice, knowing that those laws could be readily invoked against the liars who try to take advantage of our generosity?

Getting back?

At last the ghastly bug appears to be gone. More importantly, we seem to be getting a reasonable amount of sleep at night without pills (which, like all medicines, hardly worked anyway) and don't dread going to bed.

Who knows? We might even get round to posting a bit of bloggoth bollox again.

The Paris Hegbo thing

Yes, our pennyworth is a bit late but we have been feeling crap.

Should we post cartoons of that backward, fraudulent prophet? Hell yes!

I don't think we should set out to insult simply for the sake of insulting but we have to be able to criticise and question political views that threaten our future. Islamism is not some relatively minor belief that we can afford to ignore like Scientology. Hardly a day goes by without some atrocity perpetrated in Islam's name and there are 21 officially Islamic nations, and several others that are Islamic in all but name, which impose the irrational claptrap of the Koran on their citizens, not just on non Muslims, but on Muslims of the wrong sort or the many who would prefer a more free society. While it is true that not all Muslims want to impose Shariah law on the West one has to consider the lessons from the Islamic world, it is almost never the moderates who end up in control.

Given these realities, the huge and growing number of Muslims in the West present a colossal threat to our future. How is it is possible for those who want rational laws to challenge the idea that the whole of society should be governed by the supposed sayings of an 8th century prophet without suggesting that the prophet was just a flawed man, that the Koran is nothing more than the work of mortal men?

Cartoons and comedy are necessary ways to do that. Dry, scholarly treatises are never going to reach all those we would wish to persuade.

The PC crap goes on

Fight real racism, yes, but real racism is being opposed to those of other ethnic origins regardless of their qualities. Much of what is branded racism is nothing of the sort but is valid objection to the presence of unsuitable people in the UK.

A recent case of Eastern European crime saw an academic brutally beaten by 4 Polish thugs. Naturally, we were soon told this had nothing to do with immigration. Oh really? The presence of such people has everything to do with our our lax immigration system. What checks were performed on these men before they entered the UK? None whatsoever, one of them had a string of convictions in his native Poland before he came to the UK. Since his arrival he has been convicted of sexual assault, possession of an offensive weapon, drink driving and affray. Why was he still here???

How is it racist to object to the continued presence in the UK of a piece of shit like that??

STUPID!!

It seems that scientists have managed to slow the speed of light, not just within certain substances, as is normal, but in a way that causes a permanent slowdown of the photons concerned even in a vacuum. Are they mad??? Have they learned none of the lessons from our own lazy, welfare dependent society? Once these photons have discovered they don't have to rush about at 299792458 metres per second, why would they bother to speed up again? What is to stop them showing other photons how to do it? What is to stop them all getting ever lazier until they are mooching slowly about the universe, even assuming they bother to leave the comfort of the stars and other energy sources that gave them birth?

What's the point?

No sleep for days. Usual cemetary here on bloggoth and the bloggoth 3Rs are dead. Rude requires some interest in rudeness and, with libido at rock bottom, I doubt if we'd be interested if Dawn French rang up and offered to park her lovely big bottom on our face. (But don't let us stop you trying Dawn). Rubbish, silly cartoons and stuff, requires imagination and we've lost it. Just leaves Rant and that ought to be doable when we are in a perpetual bad temper. But what purpose does it serve to comment on serious issues when most are quite incapable of looking at the facts?

Forage has been criticised for saying that the events in Paris are a result of our failure to control immigration or to ensure that migrants integrate and accept our major values. Who do they think these terrorists are if not the same low-performing Arabs and Africans who gave France the 2007 riots? We have seen the usual articles telling us that these people, who shout "Allah Aqba" while carrying out their atrocities are nothing to do with Islam. That makes as much sense as saying the Inquisition or the killing of heretics in Britain's past was nothing to do with Christianity. Other articles have stated that Islam is compatible with democracy and freedom. Do they ever bother to checkl the realities in some 20+ Islamist states and the many others where it is a state religion? We have even seen one headed "Islam is a Religion of Love". So who is committing these daily atrocities, the wholesale slaughter, the burning of towns, the murder and rape of women and children, the mass capture of schoolgirls, the defilement of cemetaries? Camels maybe? If they were simply saying we should not blame all Muslims we would agree, that would be counterproductive. If you make life difficult for more moderate elements, make it harder for them to get jobs, you may push those towards extremism too. But the PC idiots are not simply saying that, they are talking utter crap with no basis in reality.

On immigration too, these liberals are quite incapable of simply addressing what is actually being said. Does The Daily Mail or Express ever have a story about an asylum seeker in a modest flat? No, only about ones housed at huge cost in expensive areas of London. Do they do articles objecting to high performing migrants in successful careers? No, only about beggars and rough sleepers, criminals, the welfare dependant, the low paid putting pressure on our own lower working class and the real pressures on our schools and houses. Yet pointing out just these real and genuine problems which should be addressed is castigated as anti-immigrant rhetoric. Most UKIP supporters don't give a damn what race migrants are as long as they are useful, accept our values and are not coming in huge numbers that put huge strain on our resources, yet they get called racist.

Liberals are quite incapable of seeing the problems that their past errors have caused us all. It is not the White British who are the lowest performers in the UK but major ethnic groups like Afro-Caribeans, Bangladeshis, Pakistanis from the Kashmir region and Tamils. Any recent improvements have only come about at huge costs to the rest of us, the recent increase in GCSE attainments for example, is due to the fact that we are spending 3 times as much per pupil in high ethnic areas. Lax mass immigration of these groups has given us most of the terrorism outside NI since 2001, all of the major riots, and almost all of London's worst gangs. Yet now the liberals are lauding immigration of other low performing groups from Romania and Africa who will be our future burdens.

Until people are capable of looking at facts, arguing only against what is actually being said and stop thinking in idealistic terms there is no real point commenting on serious issues.

Hidden

We ought to know this, having done various interactive games in jscript and HTML, but it was still a surprise to find how much crap a routine peruse of a few webpages can cause to be stored on your computer.

We were trying to find where an email utility put its settings file so we could back it up and a search of most recent files included a mass of images just from a quick look at the online Daily Express and many did not look familiar. Most browsers (but not Firefox apparently) will download hidden images that cannot be seen on the page, so you have no way of knowing what is really on your PC unless you check the temporary folders. A peruse of what seems like a safe webpage could be putting all sorts of images on your hard drive and you won't know.

Nothing unsafe or illegal on xoggoth pages officer!

Has he gone? Good. After opening this page, the non existent readers of bloggoth might like to do an *.*/today search in Windows Explorer and scroll down to the temporary internet fles. You will find some fantastic pig porn!

A downside never counted

It is reported that one of the first Romanian migrants to enter the UK after restrictions have lifted has not claimed benefits and has been employed since he came here:

After starting by washing cars for £30 a day, Mr Spirescu now earns £250 a day in a construction job in east London.

His parents are looking after the money he sends back to Romania.

...he is saving up to return to his village in Romania in the next couple of years and live a “beautiful life”.

Let's ignore the many who are still washing cars and cannot possibly be paying for the most basic state provisions in the UK and concentrate on this chap. OK, he works hard for a living but, if he is sending all his spare money back to Romania instead of spending it in ways that support or boost our economy, how does this help us? The huge amount of money that migrants take out of our economy as remittances is just another version of foreign aid, without even the limited checks that apply to same.

Will you find this removal of UK wealth from British people in any study of the net "benefits" of immigration? Not in any I have seen. Of course, if much of this money was being properly invested in Romania, helping the country to build its own modern economy there could still be a long term benefit to us all. Fat chance of that according to this link. It is rather the opposite in fact:

Remittances promote consumption and undermine the local economy

In a nutshell, although remittances have had some positive impact on Romania’s macroeconomic development, capital accumulation hasn’t been put to any productive use (like opening up businesses or longer term investment), but has rather been diverted to seemingly mindless consumption, including unnecessary housing updates and purchases of durable goods.

A representative survey from 2006 for the typical small Romanian town of Huedin where one of three households has a family member working abroad indicated that 52 per cent of remittances were spent on covering daily needs and expenses while only 6 per cent were directed at starting a new business. Even more tellingly, with the orientation of remittances towards real estate investment, house prices rocketed in the small community, reaching the level of the capital.

From a macroeconomic standpoint, had it not been for remittances, the current account deficit of Romania would have been 50 per cent higher than it is (source: Eurostat). Since remittances have mainly been used to buy current consumer goods (56 per cent of remittances went on consumption according to the National Bank of Romania), with the lack of domestic products and Romanians’ marked preference for foreign goods, consumption has been mainly oriented to imported goods.

Consequently, the volume of imports has increased and the current account equalization has been undermined by the trade balance deficit which reached € 15.58 billion in 2007, 50% higher than in 2006 (source: Popescu, Juverdeanu). Moreover, despite people’s increased expectations of future income flows, when the economic crisis halved remittances, consumption (including outstanding bank loans) could no longer be sustained by present income levels.

Last but not least, our currency has appreciated, but unfortunately not because of any increase in domestic competitiveness. Remittances have basically driven up the inflation rate and forced our National Bank to introduce some aggressive monetary policies.

Romania is not an exception, you will find plenty of properly researched evidence on foreign aid which shows that money from abroad often has no positive effects on economic growth in the recipient nations. It is simply spent in ways that do not promote long term growth, goes mainly to the wealthy and those in power and can even have negative consequences by impeding democracy or increasing conflict. Some links below. Migrant remittances, like foreign aid, not only remove wealth and investment from our own economies, they often do nothing positive for the receiving nations. Just as too easy access to welfare removes incentives from individuals, so too can this flow of wealth from more developed nations and easy access to their economies induce a lazy dependence by recipient nations, removing the necessity to make the hard progress over many generations that the UK, US and other developed nations once had to do for themselves. If talented and hardworking people are always going to go abroad rather than stay and increase the prosperity of their own nations how will their economies ever grow?

That is not to say that richer nations should not help poorer nations to grow but rather that we need investment in their economies that will provide a proper return for the nations concerned, and ourselves in the long term. Real businesses making the lower technology or cheaper items that it is no longer economic for us to make ourselves perhaps. If a competent financial advisor with a long term view would not invest in it, then neither should our governments.

And neither should our governments continue to let migrants continually remove money from our shores without restriction. The government (thanks to UKIP) is finally pretending to address legitimate concerns about mass immigration. Maybe limits on foreign transfers by foreign citizens would be one way to reduce the incentive to come here.


Links

Interesting facts

Half asleep the other night when we had an idea for a story and mumbled it into our little audio recorder. A brilliant scientist researching how the brain works is hired to analyse the memories of an Egyptian mummy and discover where an ancient treasure was hidden.

In the morning we remembered that brains were removed during mummification. Darn it! But this evening decided to check and it seems they removed brains during the new kingdom but not during the old and middle kingdom so the story is possible after all.

That isn't the most interesting fact in that link though, this is:

The Egyptians were so rough on the brain because they didn't realize its importance. They thought its purpose was just to produce snot!

Maybe those ancient Egyptians got the wrong idea because the only people they made into mummies were not ordinary people but leaders, the politicians of their time. Look at people like Vince Cable, Ken Clarke and so many others in politics with no grasp of realities and the view that brains are for production of snot looks like a very easy mistake to make.

Sob!

We at bloggoth only know 3 Americans.

Well, we don't know one personally, but an online member of the non-existent bloggoth readership is a brill bloke and has sent us a big memory stick with 32Gb of great tunes on it. Ta Mr Sheep!

Another is me sister in law in CA, although her new knee is a total stranger to me unfortunately. What was her name again, Rosella? Knees, like all body parts, need to be talked to and given lots of vodka if you want them to keep working. The only reason I did not need a single filling after recently visiting the dentist for the first time in over 15 years was that I stay friends with all of my teeth and they all have names beginning with T, Terry, Torrence, Theresa, Tammy, Tarquin, Teddy, Tessa etc, etc. Complete list available in request.

The other one is my little Lexmark X1190 inkjet printer. He is my best (only) friend and I loved its little Yank voice telling me "Printing started" and "Please load paper in the auto sheet feeder". Heartbroken today to learn Lexmark has gone out of the market and I may not be able to get new cartridges. Is little Lenny's time on Earth over? God! (atheist version) Does the list of funerals never stop?

The real James Bond

Watching "Tomorrow Never Dies" on TV last night. To enjoy any Bond film you have to be able to suspend all logic. The list of totally unbelievable things in this one includes:

But those are minor flaws really. Surely the most unlikely thing by far is that a public servant would ever have such unselfish dedication to his job.

Herbal bollux and witchcraft

One thing that all herbal medicines have in common, those for insomnia, coughs and catarhh anyway, is that a) They taste horrible and b) they don't work. Ok, that's two things they have in common. Oh yes, and c) they are expensive for the little bits you get. Ok, that's three things. And d) They always run down the bottle and stain your bathroom shelves. All right! Four things!

How ever did people manage in the middle ages when medicine and surgery were inextricably linked to religion, AKA superstition when all the limited progress of the Greeks and Romans, like Hippocrates's recognition that illnesses have natural causes, had been largely discarded? Must have been a shitty time to get ill. At least we have left that behind. Or maybe not. From the lefty Daily Mirror:

Experts claim the voodoo medicine industry is booming with thousands of so-called “healers” in Britain luring tens of thousands of people into their net every year.
As well as making false claims about cures, they fleece their vulnerable clients of huge chunks of cash.
Criminologist and police expert witness Dr Richard Hoskins, said: “The money being paid by some people is eye-watering. We’re talking of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Isn't third world immigration wonderful? Oh well, makes me feel a bit better about wasting a few quid on crappy herbal remedies from Boots anyway.

Fantasist attacks a fantasy

A trainee vicar who told primary school children that Father Christmas did not exist has been criticised for spoiling the magic of Christmas.

Of course Santa is a nice Christmas tradition, along with all the others, but how many school children literally believe he exists? Recall conversations at primary school when I was 6 or 7 and I know I didn't. Or fairies either. Still, I would not tell other people's kids there's no Santa these days. If kids believe in him before they are old enough to be expected to have some grasp of science and reality, it's not a problem. Some of the crap that adults believe in, on the other hand... You can see the malignant effects of that in the news every day.

Hmmm. On second thoughts, maybe letting children believe in harmless things like Santa or The Tooth Fairy is not training their minds the right way. Perhaps we should drill it into all kids from birth that they should only believe in things which they have experienced or for which there is convincing evidence, that they should only follow or support ideas which have been found effective in raising human wellbeing.

Rational education will never happen of course, too many irrational idiots will oppose it, so maybe we should just concentrate on the issue here, poor little kids having their fantasies ruined.

Oiiii (trainee) Vicar! Santa makes as much sense as the bollux you believe in anyway!


PS Anyway, God and Santa Claus are clearly the same bloke. He just drinks and gets a bit more jolly at Xmas like the rest of us.

xoggoth Rules of Life - 1

The more ancient you get the more often you lose things. No, that isn't the xoggoth rule, that is a general rule that every knows. The xoggoth rule is as follows:

Whenever you lose something small, it is always the least valuable thing you have with you.

Lost something again today. Fortunately, it was only a comb, cost about 60p. Just think, if I had not had it with me, I might have lost my glasses that cost me a whole £2.75 from the local hardware shop. I lost a pair last week because I had not replaced my last lost comb. Not carrying the various cheapest things in turn could have cost me my Tesco £17 mobile phone, my scratched old £23 plastic strap watch, and finally my wallet.

PS Sorry little comb, I will go and look for you in the car park tomorrow! I am not made of 60ps.

Suicide - not being arsed

If people are suicidal how can they summon up the enthusiasm to actually bother to snuff themselves? Surely that takes a degree of determination that is incompatible with the desire?

Ring! Ring! Hello? Assisted suicide line? Can you send me a taxi to take me to the railway bridge please? What? I have to fill in an online health and safety assessment? Never mind.

Christmas - not being arsed

We at bloggoth could not be arsed to buy a Christmas tree this year. Bunged all the tree decorations in an old fish tank - much easier and cheaper.

Off to buy christmas presents tomorrow. Used to get them from The Pound Shop. What a rippoff! The 99p Store is much better.

Learning from nature

We at bloggoth are very selective about removing weeds from the garden as some are very decorative. Why waste money on cultivated plants when you can get wildflowers for free? This little daisy on our patio was rather nice so we left it:

One year on and daisies are spreading in every direction:

Bit like immigration really. Let a few useful migrants in from poor countries and it will not be long before you have hordes of them and parts of our nation become scarcely recognisable.

Stay out of my milestones, you bastards!

In student days, just a few times, we sang blues at a local club. Our favourite was "St James Infirmary" but, today, we cannot find the version we remember. We recall it was on the B side of a record by a singer of rather brief fame and can almost, but not quite, remember his name. Google brings up umpteen versions by famous performers, The Animals, Arlo Guthry, Cab Calloway, Van Morrison etc etc but FUCK IT! none of those are the version we remember.

Now we cannot find the singer of another song, "Ghost Riders in the Sky" It has been done by Marty Robbins, Duane Eddy, Johny Cash and many other famous singers but, FUCK FUCK FUCK IT, none of these are the version we remember.

Look, you bastards, those were milestones in xoggoth's life and you have no FUCKING rights to intrude on them without my permission! I bet Kim Jong-un will never have this problem.

Needs developing

Tonight's local crime news included a CCTV of a robbery in a jewellery shop.

Nowadays, one can even get fairly cheap CCTV for one's premises that allows you to use the internet and monitor your property remotely from your smart phone or other device in real time. One can control devices remotely too, one commonly advertised system allows you to control your home heating.

So why are we not taking the obvious steps, in both law and technology, to allow proper defence of our property?

Art ?????

Went to the Tate Modern art gallery with my weird religious lady today. Some good stuff there but there was also an awful lot of utter crap!!!

There were at least three "artworks" that consisted of entirely blank canvases. Maybe the first person who came up with the idea of a blank canvas as art can be credited with making an original point about the futility of life or some such bollux but how many times can this same bloody nonsense be regarded as meaningful? Surprised he/she is not suing the many others who have done it since for breach of copyright! Even when the artists actually bothered to do something much of it was utter shit, scrawls that looked like the work of infants, old car engines with shiny bits on them, rough lumps of clay that looked like big dog turds etc. One "sculpture" was this piece of galvanised steel ducting much like I have on my hot air central heating.

Wow! I didnt know I had a valueable artwork in my garage! Surprised we haven't seen an "artist" exhibiting bits of his used toilet paper yet.

Art !!!!!

Still, there is a plus side, if crap like that is the work of a famous artist it makes one feel much better about one's own crap. Here's a biro sketch I did recently at a U3A art session. Off top of head, not copied.

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Mad

Have you read about that cannibalism case? Bloke caught eating a woman's face, how awful! If it was me I'd have been caught eating her bottom!

Seriously, why is insanity always such a bad thing? Even when they don't commit crimes, the insane are always a burden on others and are nearly always unhappy themselves. Wouldn't it be great to have a benign form of insanity? A form that allowed you to experience fantastic feelings and visions without taking any drugs but come back into the real world whenever it was necessary.

Nice sunny morning today so went for my walk early. Ducking under a Holly tree and a spikey leaf poked me in the eye so I said "bloody Holly!" If I suffered from benign insanity, all the Holly trees would have started singing "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" to accompany me on my walk.

Bloody Holly trees are still rehearsing, so Buddy Holly's version will have to do.


As bloggoth moderator I have to warn you that your comment about eating a woman's bottom is in poor taste.



Rubbish! Womens' bottoms taste fantastic!



Silly

Brought some cheap jeans at Sainsburies the other day. Took the label off the front but failed to notice there was a stick-on label low down at the back. Have been walking about in public for a couple of days with a large gold circle reading "With stretch" over my bottom!

Could have been worse I suppose, I could have been in Brighton and there could have been a stick-on price label that I also failed to notice. Oooooh! You don't get xoggoth's bumhole for £10 ducky! Cost you 15 quid at least!

Old age and cancer

What fun they are. Remember talking to an elderly lady up the club a few years ago who said, with a wry smile, that her main social events these days were funerals. Know how she feels, when you get to a certain age, funerals seem to be the main events in life. First the mother in law, then the missus, then my sister's husband, all in the space of less than two years. Not to mention an aunt and a cousin of the missus's that I did not know well. The late missus's brother just phoned to say his father has died so there will be another soon.

Oh well. At least I'm getting a lot of use out of the black suit I spent a whole £99 on at Burton's!

Sorta nothing

Darn it. When will I get any real sense of life back? Probably going out more than I ever did in the last few decades when it was so much nicer to spend time with the missus. When we weren't doing anything special and just did our own things she was around for those little meets over coffee, wine, vodka/whisky according to mood and time of day, in the garden, conservatory or in front of the TV.

I go drinking up the village club (me and Mr Pikey Scum actually exchanged a grunted hello the other day), spend time with various wierd women, wander the country for hours, do countryside volunteer stuff, force myself to go to choir or art sessions but none of that is really living in my view.

Just want to get back my imagination and some enthusiasm for the things I used to like doing, writing stupid short stories, cartooning, surreal paintings, posting bollux here, making wierd things out of junk or looking at bugs in my microscope but I just can't get interested. When not going out, I just work through my list of little DIY jobs, tiddle on the computer to no obvious purpose, watch some drivel on TV or read horror stories, finishing each with "What a load of crap". There don't seem to be any quick solutions, alcohol does nothing. When I'm on my own I think I fancy a vodka and don't always finish it.

Life starts inside. If that isn't there, the life around us is nothing more than a TV screen, a lot of dull Sky TV Channels that you idly flick through, only to find nothing that grabs you.

Talking of horror (?)

Brought a couple of collections the other day. Read about 20 stories so far and one or two are ok. The stuff Henry James or others of his era wrote were genuinely creepy because they stuck to the point of the story. Modern stuff is so full of padding that goes beyond just characterisation and setting the scene.

In the one I read last night a man had a car accident that killed his wife and also filled him with glass fragments that were working their way out. There is some sort of link between those and his wife trying to be free and and an undiscovered cave, erm, fair enough I suppose. But quite why there are two pages about him looking round his old school and remembering how it was and being asked if he had seen a missing child I have no idea, it has nothing to do with anything.

Ah, but maybe I am just being old fashioned, too stuck in the ways of a career spent writing concise technical reports. I need to learn that irrelevance. Let's see, this item is about horror stories, so er um. Did you know that a lightning bolt generates temperatures five times hotter than those found at the sun's surface?

Isn't religion lovely?

Who among the non-existent old fart readership of bloggoth does not remember "Rivers of Bablylon" by Boney M? The lyrics are from the bible Psalm 137. The part that was not included in the song was this:

O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed;
happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.
Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones

PS Oi! Moses! Sue em for copyright infringement!

Pluses and

Bit of a loose end last night, not in mood to be on me tod but getting fed up with the village club so went to the cinema club in nearby village. Fantastic! Film about a bloke dying of cancer! Didn't stay, then walked back to the van past two funeral directors including bloody Ballard & Shortall! On plus side it started with this bit of music I've never heard before.

Shoulda been me

Advice to the non existent readers of bloggoth who are not old farts. (The only two I know of are old farts!) Memory gradually fades. Think twice before you throw anything away, no matter how unimportant it seems at the time, it could be an important bit of your own history, summit to look back on when you're sitting drooling in the sun outside the care home.

I never watch anything on TV these days except the news and cartoons like The Simpsons but decided to try New Tricks tonight and it covered something from the cold war days when selected people were contacted with a view to them helping to organise things in Britain in the aftermath of a nuclear armageddon. I got an invite to be part of such a group *Note 1 and I ignored it, thought "how stupid" and chucked the letter.

Darn it! If only I had replied in the affirmative and the world had really been blown to smithereens I might have been one of the world leaders today! If I had at least kept the letter it would have been a great bit of my personal history. I've still got my post war ID and my Edward Heath petrol rationing book but they ain't the same.

*Presumably because I was one of the few in those days to get a first class honours degree. Sneer!
PS: Having an M.Sc (distinction), being more successful and having a much bigger conservatory does not come close!

Phil again

Shaming Britain?

The Independent reports on "the dowry violence shaming Britain". Don't blame me sunshine. The shame lies with the minority communities who bring this backward crap into Britain with them.

Of course our governments deserve some criticism for not outlawing this practice, especially given that it is outlawed in India and Pakistan, two of the main nations from which we import it into the UK. What our PC establishment constantly fails to grasp is that, when fear of appearing racist makes them turn a blind eye to migrant and minority problems like dowries, black gang crime, honour killings, FGM, the cast system, forced marriage, child beggars, abuse of children during witchcraft rituals or whatever, it is the members of those minorities who feel the consequences.

Given the reality of "the wall of silence", tackling these things comes at an immense cost to the British taxpayer of course, yet another cost which is never included in those estimates of the "benefits" of immigration. If our governments deserve blame for these problems, the biggest share of it should be for their failure to have firm immigration policies to ensure, as far as possible, that they never entered the UK in the first place.

 

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