Thursday, 29 April 2010

BNP "policies" ?

Got my leaflet from BNP yesterday. Nothing new there really. Will Blair for Rother Valley says he is campaigning on local issues of crime and anti social behaviour and that the BNP would stop all benefits and free housing to “asylum seekers” – his inverted commas as if he doesn’t believe there are any such people seeking legal asylum. Take a trip to Somalia, Turkey, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe – and then think about why people might want to leave these countries. Charity begins at home as they say, but as a lady on the BNP leaflet states “the BNP protects our Christian values”. Check out Matthew 22:39 BNP

Actually, I rather object to the “our Christian values” bit stated as such. Who is the “our” referring to? Seems like the BNP recognise 2 categories of people – Islamic extremists and Christians. I don’t fit into either of those…what a dilemma !
(Since the “illegal” BNP propoganda being distributed in Maltby, I have less faith in their beliefs than before – and that was kind of zilch.

Incidentally – appears we have a Liberal candidate by the name of Wesley Paxton. Anyone heard of him ? He tells me that he ” looks forward to hearing the moslem community in UK speaking out against forced marriage esp of girls, but I am not holding my breath……”
I think he might have mailed me this because of my surname. Don’t worry Wesley – no one is going to force me to get married, I would just like to know what other policies you have as I haven't had any literature from you.

Sponsored not to procrastinate

It is generally accepted amongst my friends and colleagues who “write” that writers are the best – or worst depending on how you look at it – procrastinators around.
Procrastinate: a fancy word for doing anything at all other than what you are supposed to be or intended doing. (Words like lazy, idle, tardy do not come into my descriptive list for this)
I don’t know how or when I acquired this trait. It’s not that I don’t want to write – I do – in fact I am writing constantly in my head. Even as I type this I am writing the next piece that I am going to do. It’s just the actual getting it onto the paper or the computer. I wake up each morning with great intentions of getting so many thousand words of my novel written, or the poetry anthology completed or the six short stories that I have on the go finished or the many competitions that I have plans to enter. And then somehow I end up washing up (which could easily wait) vacuuming (which doesn’t need doing as I did it yesterday) washing (which could be left till there’s a load instead of doing 4 socks and 2 T shirts) and once I get in the garden.. well there’s the day gone.

Anyway, my partner has come up with the most brilliant plan.
He is “sponsoring” me for various writing that I am doing. So I have to do it – or I have to pay the money back – and that’s the best incentive yet !

Now I must get off this blog. I am sponsored a fiver to do a 250 word story. And I just need to go and water the tomatoes, feed the fish, plant some Lobelia …

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Thanks to " Politics in the Rother Valley"

Just a quick thanks to Politics in the Rother Valley blog - found at
Have been away from Maltby Town Council watching for a while - but am back !
Just need to correct the tense of the statement of the dissaray of MTC - it is STILL in dissaray and continuing to be so, just under the guise of a different Chairperson who couldn't run a chimps tea party (and believe me, that's usually what an MTC meeting seems like, minus the bananas)

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Easter, the egg or the chocolate ?

Which came first – Easter, the egg or the chocolate ?
The egg has long been a symbol of renewal and rebirth. Though the feast is a moveable one it falls in the springtime season when baby animals such as lambs, bunnies and chickens are foremost in our minds and the buds plant life are showing that re-growth is all around us.
Easter is a Christian celebration but has been adapted from pagan traditions. Symbols of rebirth, and traditional religious sacrifice coming from the Norsemen’s, Eastar, Ostara, and Ostar, and the pagan goddess Eostre, all involving the time of the growing sun and new birth.
Ancient Egyptians, Persians, Phoenicians and Hindus all believed the world began with an enormous egg, so the egg as a symbol of new life has been around for centuries. The Easter Bunny arose originally as a symbol of fertility, due to the rapid reproduction of rabbits.
But what of the chocolate ?
Painted and decorated eggs have been given as gifts during this festival by all cultures and races but the first chocolate egg didn’t appear until the early 1800’s in Germany and France. In UK the first chocolate egg was produced by (strangely enough) a company called Fry (now owned by Cadbury) Dark chocolate eggs filled with sweets soon evolved into milk chocolate ones and since the 1960’s have been the favourite treat or gift for Easter.

I am not a “chocolate person”. I like a piece now and then but can’t imagine myself having to resist the temptation to eat mounds of it – as I have discussed with self confessed “chocoholics”. Anyway, no one appears to have bought me a chocolate egg this year – I have decorated wooden ones instead, which are much prettier … and last a lot longer.

Whatever your taste, religion or reason for celebrating – have a Happy and peaceful Easter.