thoughts

Roll on June?

My blogging might have been somewhat sporadic since the beginning of the year, but that does not mean I’ve been procrastinating. An unfortunate bout of illness was probably the start – and since then nothing has really appealed in the way of inspiration. There was a time when I looked forward to the Weekly Photo Challenge – but even that has, on most occasions, failed to inspire in any way, even by thinking very laterally. I have however, continued to take photographs, and I’m sure they will come in useful at some point. Spring is just around the corner, in fact there are signs it is very close if we look – and spring brings with it many changes.

Here in the UK we have an election looming. Yes, I’m registered to vote – and I will be putting my cross in the place I consider best. There may or may not be televising discussions between the leaders of political parties – but I will be one of several who won’t even bother to turn to the channel to watch. As a regular voter I don’t really feel that I have any say in who governs the country, and the present  coalition just helps to prove that. I have, however, come up with what I think may be an answer to our political representation – and I would like your opinion on how you think it might work.

Firstly – it’s important to note that every working man is worthy of his wages. Therefore the first thing we need to do is pay  our working representatives exactly what they deserve. None of them think they earn enough – so why don’t we pay them EXACTLY WHAT EACH THINKS HE IS WORTH? Because they are earning such a wonderful new salary there will be no need for support from business or unions – which would therefore become illegal.

Secondly – on a very important note – there must be no tax evasion. Therefore this new salary MUST BE TAXED AT 100%!

What? 100%? How on earth will they live?

Well, I feel that the answer is very simple.

Instead of living in large houses, either outside their constituency, or in a second home handy for parliament, I suggest that they become itinerants, and spend each night in the home of a different member of their constituency. It would be an idea opportunity to meet the public, find out what they actually want/need, and, more importantly, discover how  ‘real life’ is lived.

I’ve had a few more thoughts on this subject, but maybe I’ll share those another day. In the meantime…… I’ll make the most of the last few weeks of the status quo – avoiding as many newscasts and party political broadcasts as possible. We had no visits from candidates during the run up to the last election – I wonder if we will see any this year? They will probably call while I am out.

Another little glimpse

Gently does it!

Unfolding a little at a time. Here is another little glimpse into the dramatic news that was unfolding.

I’m currently involved in a little ‘newspaper’ project of my own – painting and tearing today’s paper for a type of journal page. I’m documenting the journey here. Nothing as dramatic as the above – and I won’t be defacing that newspaper in any similar way, although I might use a photocopy at some point.

It’s surprising what you find…..

I’ve been delving through some old (very old) photographs prior to visiting an elderly uncle. One thing I didn’t expect to find was a newspaper published on 12th November 1918. It is faded and very fragile, but over the next few days I’ll post an odd picture or too as I gently unfold and see what is within.

This is my first view of the said pages

It seemed very strange reading this news ‘as it happened’ and published in the year of my mother’s birth.

Hands up or…..

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As you can see, though, no evil intention, it was all part of a photo shoot

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Happy Birthday to my brother, who is now a little older than this ;)

Weekly Photo Challenge – New

Someone, not us, will soon be having a new home!

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Hopefully there are some design features not yet installed that will give the development a little more character.

This is inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge and here is one from Just Snaps too.

Don’t forget to come back on Thursday for the next ‘Just Thursday’.

 

 

Out of focus

Fireworks heralded the New Year

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We weren’t responsible for them, but we enjoyed them. Late to bed, up – not too late. Quick snap out of the studio window. Looks as though the camera has a hangover – even though I haven’t!

Well, that’s the end of the start of 2015 ;)