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Not MY Neighbour!

I’m sure even our overseas visitors have heard about the Grenfell fire tragedy in the UK, involving a massive 24 storey 220 foot residential tower block.

Many were killed, burnt alive as fire swept fast and unexpectedly through the whole of the tall building due what we now know were cost cutting measures that otherwise would have seen the fire correctly contained to one apartment. Orphans were made as desperate mothers, accepting their own dire fate, threw their babies from great heights to strangers below. Many are still missing, by now of course presumed dead.

But I want to move the story on for The Big Question to get your point of view on the further developments.
There’s no more survivors. The various authorities, having done nothing for their tragic constituents for about a week, have kicked in and found new homes for (most of) the now homeless survivors.

This has caused some issues. I’ll illustrate this with 2 Camps.

Camp1 are the Grenfell fire victims who are now are going to be housed in an apartment block in a ‘swanky’ part of London within a luxury development. The government has basically gone to the new luxury development which had not finished selling it’s apartments and bought up all the remaining homes… nearby. This has ruffled the feathers of some of the residents there (who we’ll call Camp 2) who say that they don’t want them there. As an exclusive development the residents have paid a premium for the services, the exclusivity and to get to live with the ‘type of person’ who is able to live there.

The fire victims Camp 1, need homes. They need to settle down somewhere where they can mourn their missing loved ones and begin re-building their thoroughly shattered lives.

Ho-w-e-v-e-r….

Most sane people would understand the needs of Camp 1 but I wonder if there is some understanding of the wealthy residents in Camp 2‘s point of view or not? ‘Type of person’ sounds snooty in black and white on a computer screen, but can and does have a variety of meanings. In this case it more than likely means some or all of the following; Low income, benefit dependent, foreign, illegal, Muslim…
The main argument being that you don’t pay a high premium for amenities and exclusivity to share the space with people who don’t.

A few views:

‘Have you heard about how they are letting these people who don’t work live in luxury apartments? People are saying that they don’t want these people here in their apartments, that they rely too much on the government. They are saying: ‘I pay £5,000 a month to live here’

‘North Kensington is not this Kensington. They should be in a place where they are happy, but not here. I don’t want them here.’

I should point out that the apartments the Grenfell survivors will be given are ‘social housing’ apartments which are usually very nice apartments built in close proximity to uber luxury apartments in a general deal struck up by the various councils and luxury developers to provide low income housing. So they get the nice area, the really nice apartments, but not the private communal cinema or access to the swimming pools, gyms etc.

Social housing being built in proximity to luxury residential building. Photo: Lucy Pasha-Robinson

I’ll also add that pretty much the whole thing was done in a knee jerk reaction by the authorities to make up for the initial total inertia and lack of leadership, accountability, compassion and duty of care shown to the residents when the tragedy started to unfold. Think Hurricane Katrina.

Here are some images from the luxury apartments. Not feeling the decor myself but there you go!

One gets the feeling that had they handled the situation better, Camp 1 would have been gradually re-homed in like for like accommodation.

But is that the point? Does that even matter?

I place the 2 sides of the argument in your proven capable hands!

WHAT SAY YOU?!

1. Sharrup The Ed! These people need homes. That’s all that matters. Doesn’t matter where.

2. Hold it right there The Ed! The Residents in Camp 2 have a point why should they now have to bear the brunt of the council and the governments mistake? This is not what they paid for.

Hit the comments and fix the world!

This Is Special…

So…this 12 year old girl just ‘helped’ deliver her baby bro – you know…as you do! There was no panicked emergency that necessitated it, just a decision that this was probably the 3rd and last child that mother Zadyn Dellapena would be having, so…why not?!

Her name is Jacee and the doc, Dr Walter Wolfe apparently asked if she wanted to deliver the baby, upon which she was fitted with scrubs and the rest is internet history.

As you will see, she was not just pootling around in the room at the time, as kids might do at a home birth, she was all up in the business end of the delivery and was the first to welcome the newborn sprog Cadyn.

Look at her face though! 🙂

Loving the matching expressions!

Quite amazing huh?!

Well, this is it… It IS amazing, but I’m still not sure how I feel about it. Am I pro or con? I dunno!

Not sure how to articulate exactly what I have a problem with…not even sure I have a problem.

So I have to turn once more to you guys.

SCHOOL ME! – WHAT SAY YOU?!

It’s natural you fool! It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread and all 12 year olds should be doing this!

OR

Has that child got no homework she should be doing?!

9 Things

1. It’s not about how much you know, it’s who you know.
2. Don’t work hard. Work intelligently.
3. 70% of the stuff you are being taught at school will be meaningless.
4. Learn a timeless skill.
5. Trust yourself.
6. There are multiple entrances to anywhere.
7. Don’t follow.
8. There is no such thing as ‘the truth.’
9. Don’t listen to people. They talk a lot of shite.

SCHOOL ME!

What are yours?

What have the years taught you?

Hit the comments!

Is This How You’ll Be Getting To Work Soon?!!

Wecome to the future!

When this first came out a lot of people across the net thought it was fake. It’s very real! The flying hoverboard is designed by Franky Zapata of Zapata Racing (who makes the water based version also). It had been in development for 4 years when he took it out for it’s first test run.

It has 4 x 250 horsepower engines and the intention was to create something that could make a man fly despite being so small. He wanted it to operate without helicoptery bits or a large jet backpack that indeed people would think it was not possible and it was a hoax.

He succeeded.

Next Zapata is talking about flying for longer lengths and flying cloud high. He is musing about  government and safety clearances…so who knows??!!

You thought your car insurance was high? Imagine the insurance on this baby! 😯

Plus I look forward to seeing it scooped up for the next James Bond movie.

Your Thoughts?

Perhaps we’ll see you literally dropping the kids off on the school run? 😯 Shopping?

Get With The Hepcats Daddio!

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…And so we begin our foray through 70’s male fashion. Don’t laugh…this was probably your dad!3

Male nightwear. This is pure sex on legs!4

The leotard…I have no words….except for the wallpaper flower shirt and large collar! Yaaas! 🙂2

Poor sheep. This is the 70’s so I’m guessing animal welfare was not at the top of the agenda.6 5

More leotardiness!…Actually I spot a join…it’s a 2 piece….the knowledge of which improves nothing.78

The men holding the pants sure are selling it! I actually wasn’t going to buy …until I saw them.9

The hat! 🙂10

The pose. The unitard. The helmet hair. The legend. 😀11

The chicken sold this for me…and you?12

Yesssir! You SHOULD be proud.13

Why oh why aren’t male ponchos a thing today? And apparently you can play football in them too!14

See now I’m glad he wore the hat. Would have looked silly otherwise.15 16

The ‘hey what’s that over there?’ poses! 😀17

The blond guys expression and action man doll pose is everything.18

The belted cardy needs to return.20

Awful taste has no age restriction. I like that. It cleanses the soul.21

A round of applause please ladies and gentlemen for the ‘tache. God bless that man.22

A fine set of pork chops.23

What to wear for your next game of badders.

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The guys on the left and right should be arrested for looking kinda ‘normal.’ No thank you. We don’t want that here! You may leave NOW!

 

Folks!

Can you see any of these making a come back? What were your faves?

Let me know below! 😀

 

Bloggers! If you are struggling to stay enthusiastic about blogging or struggling to build your audience, stay tuned for the upcoming post:

Blogging: What To Do When It Feels Like Nothing Is Happening!

The March

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Like something from a century ago or indeed something from quite a few current cultures, women (and men) took to the streets on Saturday 21st January in opposition to the denigration of women and a divisive US president prone to eyebrow-raising misogyny amongst other things.

The March appears to represent a fluent meaning depending on who you talk to. To some it would have elicited a rather large yawn, probably accompanied by the usual, dismissive ‘stupid feminists, what do they think they’re going to achieve?’ to ‘Trump is president – get over it!’ suggesting it’s all about election disappointment – nothing more, nothing less. To the idea that this marks a beginning of consistent opposition to the counter productive backwards steps the new American administration is seen by many to be taking.

It would be difficult to argue against that point. We have a president that does not seem to be very presidential …a tack which clearly has it’s supporters. To recap:

  • He has spoken about grabbing women ‘by the pussy.’
  • He has spoken to a woman on prime time television about ‘blood coming out of her wherever…’
  • He has recalled with pride how he would burst into the changing rooms of the women taking part in his pageants whilst they were undressing, knowing that they would not dare demand he GTFO.
  • He is embroiled in a underage sex case.
  • He has grandly marked women’s physical appearance out of 10 with zero sense of irony or self awareness.
  • He has suggested that women who are not deemed attractive by him are lying when they say they were assaulted by him, not necessarily because he didn’t do it, but because of course only attractive women get sexually assaulted.
  • He tends to forget his wife whilst embracing his new role, barging ahead of her and leaving those with manners to guide her unnecessarily but with old fashioned gentlemanly grace into position. It’s all new for her too after all.

Those are just a few things we know about.

It’s plenty.

The numbers of women (people) who marched against Donald Trump rather embarrassingly dwarfed the people who turned up for his inauguration.

So?

What does it all mean for women and for the future?

Could we really brush aside Trumps comments as his most rabid fans have done as locker room banter?
Let’s face it. He is not lying. This kind of language, behaviour and sense of entitlement goes on in male environments and occasionally spills unchecked from the mouths of even the nicest of men, possibly in the same way sexist remarks spill from the mouths of women also when they are out with the girls. The thing is…they are not the President of the United States.

The Boss Man.

When the boss picks on someone, at work, at school, even at home, it is usually a signal by the weak-minded that it is okay to do the same. See the Stanford prison experiment. Lemmings develop a gang mentality that makes them behave in ways they would not behave on their own. It is this that makes Trumps behaviour alarming for the potential victims of his throwaway, irresponsible nonsense. The rise in attacks (on either side of the argument) bear this out whilst making the protest responses to it gratifying.

The protests show little sign of ending or focussing solely on his lack of respect for women…

So, School Me…

The March…What did it mean to YOU personally?…If anything.

HNY! – Predictions For 2017

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1. Someone will comment on the weather, be it hot or cold and blame it on global warming.

2. Someone will plough the depths of wit and originality and accuse someone somewhere of being either a lefty liberal, a feminist, Hitler or a millennial snowflake.

3. A douchebag somewhere will harm an animal and receive zero repercussions for their actions.

4. A celebrity will die.

5. Trump will do something Trump-like. Twitter might just mention it.

6. Somebody will be terribly offended.

7. And a woman will shun those tiresome and wholly inconvenient strips of cloth they have been forced to wear for decades and finally show up at a red carpet event completely naked, citing feminism and freedom, having starved herself for 12 months beforehand.

That’s just what we see happening. We could be wrong! Flippant or serious, personal or world changing, what are YOUR predictions for 2017?