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Miscellaneous [Sep. 29th, 2016|12:33 pm]
Tony Grist
The weather has changed- I can feel it in me bones. Yes,  I really can these days; it's like flu without the head-cold.

I was looking at my LJ for 2008. Back then I could post a review of an obscure late story by Kipling- and get nearly 30 comments- 50+ if you count my replies. Them days is dead and gone.

My mother's carers come from all over; the one we see most of is from the Philippines. The drivers who deliver our parcels (who work for Amazon, Argos etc) are even more cosmopolitan: they're from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe. This is what immigration looks like. Without immigrants our society would seize up and fall to bits.
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Younger Than They Look [Sep. 28th, 2016|10:49 am]
Tony Grist
Henry VIII became a shambling wreck, riddled with disease- an old, old man.

Corneille Metsys - Henry VIII.jpg

Actually he was 55 when he died.

And his father- the miser- with his gaunt, hollowed out face?

Henry 7.jpg

He died at 52.

Elizabeth I was the long-lived one in that family. She made it all the way to 69.

Queen Elizabeth holding orb and sceptre standing in a room with a latticed window by William Rogers.jpg

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Pitchfork Time [Sep. 27th, 2016|12:20 pm]
Tony Grist
Trump is heading up a peasants' revolt. The people waving torches and pitchforks aren't going to be worried whether what he says makes sense or accords with what he said yesterday. What they're following is the noise he makes.

Hillary represents everything the peasants are revolting against. I can't see her saying anything to make them cast aside the pitchforks.

A vote for Hillary is a vote for business as usual. A vote for Trump is a vote for God only knows what. But this is a revolutionary moment in western politics- and electorates everywhere are wondering whether God only knows what isn't the more attractive option.
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If John Ford Had Made An Ealing Comedy... [Sep. 27th, 2016|10:42 am]
Tony Grist
I dreamed an episode from a John Ford film in which a team of Irish catholic priests (one of them played by John Wayne) had a cricket match scheduled against a team from England. The Englishmen had a star player capable of winning the game single-handed and the priests were planning to kidnap him and hold him prisoner until the match was over. The captain of the priests' team was having a hard time convincing his bishop that this would be the ethical thing to do.  
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Hobgoblin Nor Foul Fiend Shall Daunt His Spirit [Sep. 26th, 2016|11:15 am]
Tony Grist
Ailz likes singing novelty songs from the 1950s and I like singing hymns and neither of us can hold a tune-  so we have a rule that we're only allowed to sing on Sundays- which neither of us keeps. This morning- even though it's not a Sunday- I was testing to see if I could remember all the words of To Be a Pilgrim- and apparently I can. I sang most of it out of doors- on my way to and from the compost heap- so I was able to complete all three verses before Ailz told me to shut up.

You can sing it at my funeral if you like- only I'd prefer it if you used Bunyan's original words and not the Victorian milksop version by Percy Dearmer which leaves out the hobgoblins.
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Sunday Shopping [Sep. 25th, 2016|12:25 pm]
Tony Grist
We whizz up to the shop for some milk.

The nearest shop is an M & S attached to a petrol station- and it calls itself a Services. It's expensive but we don't have time to drive any further because we've got an agency carer seeing to my mother and she'll have a next job to get to and she's running late already.

The Services is busy on a Sunday morning. I guess it's a lot of people's corner shop. They have three tills going. I'd have bought a watercress salad- and sod the expense- only they were all sold out. Three young men stand and eat pastries at the single table by the coffee dispensary. A man in the queue ahead of me has moths and beetles (not Beatles as I explain to Ailz later) tattooed all over his forearm.
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Welcome Back, Shirley [Sep. 25th, 2016|11:27 am]
Tony Grist
I took my mother for a push round the garden yesterday. Normally she's oblivious to her surroundings but on this outing she noticed a window ledge that wanted washing down, a shrub that needed pruning back and a self-seeded tree that wanted destroying. I disagreed (mostly in silence) on every point.  In one way this reappearance of the old Shirley was rather heartening, on the other I found myself getting pricklier and pricklier.

My mother and I have- or had when she was in her prime- opposing views and tastes in almost every sphere...
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Creature Of Habit [Sep. 24th, 2016|07:42 pm]
Tony Grist
We're running short of milk- and there won't be another delivery until Tuesday- so I'm going to waive the cup of tea I was thinking of having and pour myself a nice glass of water instead.

Why do I drink tea all the time?


And habit produces boredom and mental torpor. Change your habits (I was reading earlier) and you create new connecting pathways in the brain...
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Watch The Skies [Sep. 23rd, 2016|11:11 am]
Tony Grist
We get a lot of planes passing through our air-space- mostly airliners going in and out of Heathrow- but there's a funny little single-engine job that buzzes over most days- and about a week ago there were two red biplanes which made me think- as I'm sure they were meant to - of the Richthofen Flying Circus.

Planes are pretty. Especially the ones that are flying so high they look like tiny silver darts.

I live in hope of spotting a UFO, but those guys only let you see them when they want you to- so I don't suppose I ever shall.
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Changes In The Kitchen [Sep. 21st, 2016|07:09 pm]
Tony Grist
Ailz has taken over some of the cooking- which is good because she enjoys it and I don't - and also because we're now getting proper thought-out meals instead of ready meals and things that have been thrown together. Today she made a cheese and onion pie from a recipe by the Hairy Bikers.
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