Sunday, 16 May 2010

The Art

"The art really is in isolating yourself and letting as few things into your head as possible. To only admit those things into your head that come from a direction where no one else ever looks. That is the difficult thing."
W.G. Sebald

This is a very profound thought - or maybe it just seems profound to me because of a particular state of mind at a particular time. Sebald speaks of "the art" but does not specify the art of what. We can assume that he means the art of living, but this can also be narrowed down to specifics - writing of course comes straight to my mind,or anything creative. But surely knowing the art of living must be one of the most amazing things to be able to get to grips with. Sebald admits it's difficult. I will do my best to try.

Friday, 14 May 2010

The BNP - Another 2 years on

I came across the article I wrote two years ago about the BNP reposted on the net this week and thought would respond in a sort of update on what has happened - or not - since.
Two years down the line and I can report that not a lot has changed here in Maltby (suprise, suprise).Many people appear to be tactically voting just to get Labour out (which has happened nationally but never locally here!) I think what concerns people about "Independents" is that it is almost impoossible to define what an Indpedent is. In fact here in Rotherham, despite many claims that it was not going to happen it has resulted in a "Rotherham Independents Group" - note "group" not party.

Still VERY worrying I feel that in a town of around 17,000, the BNP got 810 votes. Granted these were no doubt by the people that "anonymous" speaks of that are basically ignorant thugs - not sure they are even really fascist - and hang around causing bother for bother's sake. Incidentally the pub anon speaks of is now boarded up completely - set alight and vandalised too many times by it's patrons for anyone to risk money on it.
Will Blair still spouts the same old stuff - he is not racist etc etc...just get jobs for the "whites" before giving them to snyone else. His main thing at the moment seems to be campagining for more parking in the town, which is good, but nigh on impossible.Mr Burke , Cllr Blair's side kick, didn't have a manifesto or a leaflet giving his opinion, not that I saw. But Will Blair did manage to slide some photocopied lesflets spouting the usual hatred and ignorant theories into some newsagents asking them to put them inside newspapers.Luckily not many did, but they did manage to get out into the community.
Maltby is a good place to live. I wouldn't be here otherwise. I am proud of the way my children and grandchildren are growing up to be. If only we could guarantee this in the future.

What will happen now, who is to say? Perhaps we now wait in anticipation for the squabbling to start within this new coalition government- or maybe we will have a fruitful, peaceful one. God willing.

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Theological thoughts or morbid musings

What to think about or comment on today ? A hung parliament? Think we have that up to our necks and more. The situation in Greece? That night work it’s way around to the Euro Parliament and the same sort of thing. So…..

What about funerals ? Ok, so it’s not the most uplifting of topics – but it’s a fact of life. As I get older, my mind keeps changing on what I want to happen when I die. I know for a fact I don’t want to be buried. (Have threatened to haunt anyone who does that) I was brought up in a family with very strong Christian beliefs. I went through the stages of doing as I was told, then rebelling, just for the sake of it. As I had my own children my views changed again and I studied as many religions as I could manage (or maybe it was theological ideas more than religions) Some ideas seem very logical to me, others just plain unpalatable. And yet I can still not say I am 100% Atheist. It might be easy if I could. To believe (or not believe) 100% in a point of view. I don’t usually have a problem with my beliefs and views in this way – just with this one.
Is it because of my upbringing – that bit of ingrained dogma that I can not –or am afraid to- lose completely? The time will come when all will be clear (er…I think that’s a Freudian slip of a Bible quote)

Anyway, do what you will with my body. I hope that something good from me lives on in what I leave behind , and if there is a funeral with music for me, please play Paul McCartney’s Long and Winding Road and Time To Say Goodbye by Andrea Bocelli.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Pantomime season starts early again at Maltby Town Council

Well, here we go. This blog that wasn't going to be particularly political has turned out to be political again ..even if just for this week up to the elction. I have posted on Politics in the Rother Valley about the latest round of leflets/non leaflets. I really think we must be being persuaded by the big 3 and the TV.
Anyway - Maltby Town Council.
What can one say.
Thursday was the finance meeting where things like er,,finance were supposed to be discussed.
It was difficult to work out who was who and who was campainging for what amidst the noise and rumpus coming from cllrs and public alike. A prospective Independant candidate was shouting across the table to tell councillors what to say whilst haveing converstion with 2 PCSO's regarding some councillors personal finance ! You seem very open and transparent Mr Independent not - dont think I will vote for you.
As for the rest of the meting - the chair mumbles into a so called microphone that no one can understand what on earth is being discussed. What a waste of time and space.
The only positive that seemed to come out of the meeting is that the lamp from the Crossley Memorial is to be renovated. We'll see.