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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.
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From: cmcmck
2016-09-29 11:37 am (UTC)
And without immigration it would be deadly boring!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-09-29 12:33 pm (UTC)
Much less lively.
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2016-09-29 12:12 pm (UTC)
Feel free to review more Kipling anytime - I'll still read it!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-09-29 12:34 pm (UTC)
No doubt I shall. Kipling has been a constant in my life- one of the handful of writers I keep returning to.
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[User Picture]From: wlotusopenid
2016-09-29 12:49 pm (UTC)
So would America. That's why I don't understand or tolerate all of the xenophobic talk going on here.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-09-29 02:51 pm (UTC)
It's always easy to blame the problems of a society on its least powerful members. And too many people in positions of authority encourage it because it takes the heat away from them.
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[User Picture]From: resonant
2016-09-29 01:05 pm (UTC)
Canada needs 300,000 immigrants a year to keep our economy going. The cities that have the most immigrants (including mine!) are the most vibrant.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-09-29 02:54 pm (UTC)
That's universally true, I think. And it works both ways. Cities are lively because of immigration and immigrants naturally flock to lively places.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2016-09-29 01:54 pm (UTC)
I still feel ok with LJ in the sense that these days it's more like a small gathering of well-known and appreciated people.

The anti-immigrant people just don't get that without immigrants, countries would indeed collapse. They do a country a great amount of good.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-09-29 02:57 pm (UTC)
I'm happy with LJ as it is. I love the ethos. It's just a shame that fewer people know about it.

Immigration, emigration- the movement of peoples- that's how ideas and cultures spread.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2016-09-29 02:09 pm (UTC)
Same here. Ray just saw a doctor (Chinese), we have builders working on our altan (Lithuanian), a new grocer opened in town (Afghani) and a lovely pizza restaurant near-by (Kurdish). And this is a village (Swedish definition) of 4,500.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-09-29 03:05 pm (UTC)
That's impressive. Villages round here are affluent and monocultural- though the towns (Tonbridge for instance) are fairly diverse.
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2016-09-29 05:30 pm (UTC)
Today seems to have been the first autumn day here as well - and a lovely one, but with grey skies, high winds and temperatures just under 20 degrees.

When my grandmother still lived in her own house, her best carers were mainly middle-aged immigrant guys. Personally I only met Mohammed from Afghanistan, but there were a few others - and having a Middle-eastern man helping her washing herself intimately was no issue whatsoever. (You DO have the option of choosing carers of your own gender, but my grandmother never really cared about that. After all, they're just people doing their job.)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-09-29 07:26 pm (UTC)
That hasn't arisen for us. I think all the people employed by the agency are women.

It's still quite warm here. We haven't seen much of the sun, but I was sitting out on the patio this afternoon.
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2016-09-29 08:05 pm (UTC)
"Just under 20 degrees" still counts as warm for me. Lovely weather to be outside, except for the wind.

My granny's carers came through the council. She had 5 visits a day before she moved into a nursing home... And two food deliveries. The staff was absolutely stellar! (As is the staff of her present nursing home; it's lovely. And she feels safe and happy there. My uncle bears the brunt of the responsibility, visiting her 1-2 times per day - he lives a mile from the nursing home - but generally she gets 2 visits per day from different people. Sorry if I'm boring, but I could go on and on about all the people doing wonderful things for my granny...)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-09-30 08:36 am (UTC)
My mother gets one visit a day- early to mid morning. The carer helps her wash and dress- and we manage everything else ourselves. She's not difficult to look after. She has dementia, but she can move around and take herself to the toilet and all that sort of thing.
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From: athenais
2016-09-30 12:33 am (UTC)
I miss getting lots of comments. I think people do read, but LJ conversations are hard to get going now, most of my friends migrated to Facebook where they don't have to do think pieces.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-09-30 08:31 am (UTC)
Ah, but the think pieces are the reason I'm here :)
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2016-09-30 12:44 am (UTC)
I see your posts. As you probably know, I am dealing with my mother being in the hospital right now, and trying to take care of my Dad and wondering if I'm going to have to retire and move in with him. I see your posts, and I will comment when I can.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-09-30 08:30 am (UTC)
I know.

I wasn't complaining. Just making an observation. I imagine I'll carry on posting here whether people read me or not.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2016-09-30 04:35 pm (UTC)
I do find LiveJournal very restful after Facebook. I'd have nothing to do with Facebook if I could, but so many friends and family use it and you find you're out of the loop if you don't have an account. But I rely on LJ for thoughtful writing on a wide variety of topics.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-09-30 05:13 pm (UTC)
Ailz has a FB and she alerts me when there's something that might interest me- like pictures of the grandkids.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2016-10-01 01:47 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, that weather is definitely autumnal now.

And yes, lJ is much quieter than it was when you could easily expect more than 20 comments.
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