Posted by: madkentdragon | June 4, 2017

Stop It

Just stop it! Stop the terrorism, yes – there’s no need for it.

But also stop the constant barrage of news about it – you are doing more harm than good.

Don’t you realise that these news report inspire a certain group of people in this country to act out hate crimes against those who are probably nothing to do with the attacks?

But what happens is that their children grow up hating, they hate what’s happened to their families and they hate the fact that people avoid them and treat them all as terrorists; this fans the flames of hatred which turns them towards those extremists who treat them as cannon fodder.

This is what ISIS and their ilk want – you have played right into their hands – don’t you see that?

These youngsters who have been taking their aggression out on violent video games now find the extremist sites on the net and are encouraged either to go and join them in the middle east or to be “martyrs” here.

Each time there is an attack, the news comes to a standstill and all cameras turn to the latest attack, then they are told “Look how famous you are, look how you are serving the cause”

For those who have been marginalised by those who hate all foreigners and the distrust engendered by the news reports, this is their chance to strike back and so it continues.

Incidentally, for those who want to blame all Muslims – don’t, it’s Ramadan and this forbids fighting – so these people aren’t even true Muslims any more than those causing the hate crimes are true Christians.

So, stop sensationalising these acts, treat them as you used to treat the IRA attacks – my local IRA attack in Maidstone didn’t merit more than 30 seconds on the news!

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Posted by: madkentdragon | March 23, 2017

March 22nd

I’m writing this not so much to jump on the bandwagon – not my style, but it occurred to me that we tend to take our safety for granted.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s no bad thing but last Saturday my hairdresser, who is Hungarian, was chatting to me about wanting to take her daughter to the Science Museum but was too scared because of “the terrorists”. I reassured her and said it was most unlikely and that her daughter was more likely to trip up a kerb and break her arm than be blown up by terrorists – and now this!

I still think that we are safer here than in most countries and the fact that the gun laws are so strict that this idiot couldn’t get hold of a gun – could you imagine the carnage that having a gun could have caused?

OK, perhaps I was getting too complacent, I was in the vicinity of the Hare & Hounds, Maidstone, bomb in 1975 – my windows shook and it was worrying, but that was then & this is now!

Do I give in – no I won’t this is England – fair enough there are idiots and terrorists about who are happy to take a life, but we will recover. We came back from the 2005 attacks which was so much worse than this.

I feel that the press tend to dwell on it too much, they make it sound worse than it was. I agree that it was bad, but it was only one man in a car with murderous intent and fortunately not that many were hurt.

I admire the people who went to help and I regret every death and injury, but more people have been lost in train accidents. By giving this incident over the top publicity, we are publicising the aims of people who want us to feel afraid.

Don’t let this happen – I will mourn the deaths and feel sorry for the injured, but I will also applaud those, like the MP Tobias Ellwood who went to the aid of those injured. But London still stands and people will continue to go to work no matter what and England is not afraid!

And we have some of the bravest policemen in the world!

 

Posted by: madkentdragon | January 2, 2017

No Resolutions!

We’ve all done it, made all these wonderful New Year’s Resolutions – to be thinner, richer, more sober, travel further – you know the score.

Why? You do realise that all those things that you resolved to do – you know those things that made you feel so happy and positive when you made them, will depress you and possibly make you feel worthless when you fail.

So why make them in the first place?

You wanted to lose weight a few months ago, didn’t you? OK Christmas added another couple of pounds and you feel like the numbers on the scale are plastered on your forehead – but why didn’t you start losing weight when you first realised it – and not wait until the new year?

Let’s face it – if you’d lost half a stone in the three months before Christmas, those two pounds wouldn’t be so much of a problem!

I know I can’t shout as I’m badly over-weight and I acknowledge it – losing weight is essential and yes, I did start losing it earlier in the year and being diabetic meant that not many mince pies etc. passed my lips – but the birds got fat.

Do I care, no not really – I just get nagged by my nurse – ha ha!

I’m me – who am I trying to impress with these resolutions – certainly not you – no disrespect intended, but you don’t know me from Adam – or Eve; no I would be trying to build up my own self-worth and for what purpose – to destroy it when I fail?

Instead I’m just me, no resolutions – certainly there are things that need improving in my life – but not just after the high and enjoyment of Christmas – that would depress me.

So why don’t you just be you? You are unique and special, if you must improve yourself do it but in a way that doesn’t change who you are, because that doesn’t need changing.

After all those skinny re-shaped by photo shop models aren’t real with every blemish eradicated and immovable foreheads caused by Botox.

Be real, be you, don’t change; look at yourself with a more positive attitude and things will get better without the need for useless resolutions.

Posted by: madkentdragon | November 29, 2016

Rail V Unions, What about the Commuters?

Rail strikes to the left of me, rail strikes to the right of me, so I’m going to hire some coaches!

The local firms here offer luxurious transport – no standing, free newspapers and coffee to help you start your day.

Let’s face it, I’m going to make a fortune whilst Southern Rail and all the unions slog it out – and hopefully keep the passengers, if and when they finally slog it out or stare each other into extinction.

On the coaches, everyone gets a seat and will not have their toes stamped on in the stampede to find that one non-existent seat and then stand squashed together like sardines all the way to town.

Yes, I’m going to make my fortune and those poor pawns stuck in the middle – otherwise known as passengers, won’t have to worry about losing their jobs or (as I’ve heard a couple of times) move!

Now the underground is going on strike – all the unions are worried about loss of jobs, but so are the commuters, I’ve heard them say so before you say that they aren’t. In the meantime, my pipe-dream will make me rich!

It’s about time the whole disastrous rail system is reorganised, whether it’s nationalised is not for me to say – but it was just as bad then – I know as I commuted in the 1960s and remember strikes from those times; but it just cannot continue the way it is.

Finally, both sides need to consider who will be sued when some poor commuter dies of hypothermia because they’ve frozen to death in these winter conditions waiting for that non-existent train!

Posted by: madkentdragon | August 11, 2016

No Love Lost in Labour

So Labour has claim and counter claim in the courts, what on earth for? It certainly isn’t showing them as a unified party – even the unions are choosing opposite sides!

This isn’t portraying the party in a good light to the floating voter, is it?

Now I don’t care whether you’re Labour, Lib-Dem or even the Monster Raving Loony Party, I hope that you will agree with my opinion that every government needs a unified opposition as a counter-balance.

I don’t even care, for this example, which party is in power, but the opposition party is there to stop or moderate the more extreme acts proposed by the governing party.

You may not want to admit it, but the Lib-Dems did this whilst serving in the coalition – it’s obvious by what came out from the government once they were gone – that this did happen. So although the opposition was there, it had some of its job done for them.

Now we really do need a coherent opposition – not a bunch of in-fighting politicians. Even if you have a break away party – it’s happened before – let’s get this thing sorted before parliament returns. You may find it necessary to form an opposition coalition if there is a break away, just do it!

Come on children stop squabbling over the best apple on the tree, shake hands and play nicely – even if you sort out your leadership battle by “eenie, meenie, miney mo”!

By the way, I’m a floater – so I don’t care who is the leader – but I do care to have a well formed opposition.

Posted by: madkentdragon | May 27, 2016

Dear Boris and Dave

As you can tell – unless you’re from another planet – this is a whinge about the referendum.

I and most of the people I know are really fed up with this scare mongering.

You know what I mean – shock, horror if we leave the moon will fall – OK Chicken Little – if you say so.

If we stay, we can build a wall round Britain to keep everyone out – have a look at the Romans and how they built and maintained Hadrian’s Wall.

I want plain actual facts please. Facts like how much will we save/lose by staying in/going out and the facts and figures to prove it.

I want proven facts – not speculation – on what will happen if we stay/leave.

Where are these, please – because all we are getting is oration after oration on the (what was it called) – oh yes “Shock and Awe”!

Do you realise you have burnt our ears so much that we are only cherry picking what we listen to, and that is often down to personalities?

Yes, you have both shouted so much that a lot of people will vote on the person they like, or is in favour on that day.

I know how I’m going to vote, but that is – as it should be – between me and my postal vote.

So come on lads, give us REAL FACTS AND FIGURES – not speculation!

Posted by: madkentdragon | May 2, 2016

Hitler was a Good Propagandist, but not a Zionist

I’m really fed up with this Zionist versus anti-Semitism rubbish that’s going around. Let’s get a few facts straight shall we?

To call all Jews Zionists is the same as calling all British BNP – or whatever their latest incarnation is – to do this is a racial generalisation.

Now the claim that Hitler was a Zionist – forgive me whilst I burst out laughing! The swastika on the Zionist medal is as good a piece of propaganda as the swastika stamped on the back of some Royal British Legion badges – yes there are some like that.

The Legion badges resulted because of an initiative by WWI veterans travelling to Germany to meet with German WWI veterans they had all heard rumours of war and they hoped that if they combined against it, then perhaps it wouldn’t happen.

They were rather naïve as Hitler feted them, and being the prime propagandist he was, used it for his own advantage, I presume the Zionist badge probably suffered the same fate.

Hitler was no Zionist – he hated the Jews and did everything he could to make them uncomfortable in their own country, he just wanted them out!

After Hitler took power, he needed someone to blame for the hyperinflation and financial woes, so he blamed the small population of Jews. He hated them and wanted them out of his country, to persuade them to leave, in 1933 they were prohibited from any job in the civil service and he encouraged ordinary employers not to employ them.

This resulted in some emigrating, but to many it was a phase that would probably pass; more left in 1935 when they were stripped of their citizenship and it was the most stubborn, elderly and those who could not afford the fare to leave who were left.

Of those who left twelve thousand were Polish, four thousand were let in, the other eight thousand were left at the border in poor refugee camps – sound familiar. Of course when Hitler invaded Poland they were not safe any way.

They continued to live in the Jewish Quarters in each city, but then in 1938 came Kristallnacht which literally translated as “Night of the broken glass”. Encouraged by the SS, the German public attacked all Jewish property and with the shouted “Jews out to Palestine” destroyed all things Jewish and many Jews.

Retreating to the Jewish Quarter, the people thought they were safe, even if they had to live in the slums and poorer properties. These where the ghettos where the Jews tried to keep law and order, many still thought it would soon be over. After all concentration camps were for slave labour in the shape of political prisoners, Russian captives and “deviants”.

Well, they were right for a while, but as those pesky Jews were still in the country and weren’t f Aryan descent, they had to go – so they got rounded up – fittest first into the camps.

Of course if you became ill or broken because of the heavy labour, you could be killed. But the main extermination started in 1941, the extermination camps were founded to rid the country of all slaves who were considered unable to work – but the Jews formed the greatest proportion and were sent without medical examination to be killed.

I’m not going to recount all that happened next – you can look this up yourselves, but I really, really don’t think Hitler was a Zionist.

Posted by: madkentdragon | March 12, 2016

To a Grandson or Daughter from a Silver Surfer

 

From A Silver Surfer

 

Dear Grandson,

I know you giggle when you see me peer a little closer to the computer screen and my finger hovers a little too long over a button.

Be patient with me, you see you grew up with these wonderful things, learned them at school and probably played games on a computer before you were old enough to go to school.

When I went to school all I had was pen or pencil and paper, we didn’t have computers, Xboxes, mobile phones that seem to do so much and neither did we have computers.

I remember buying a calculator for your father and his brothers and watching them play about with them – making the word “ESSO” and other words which were a bit naughty when they turned them upside down.

I think your Dad and Uncles were about 11 or 12 when the first ZX computer came in and then they had an Atari – but this was more of a games machine. When they started work, they soon learned to use a computer; but when I started work we only had an adding machine that you cranked with a handle on the side – oh and a typewriter that didn’t have a spell checker!

So when you see me poking at the keyboard with one finger, remember I am learning what you knew from a very young age, in fact my generation have seen the world change a lot and it takes time to get used to it.

But, dear Grandson, remember this – your generation are using wonderful machines that were invented by clever people from my generation who only used pen and paper!

Love

Granny

 

Posted by: madkentdragon | January 16, 2016

No Fixed Date for Easter

I read with mounting incredulity that Easter is to be a fixed date and I found I had to write this:

I don’t often write about religion as I find it is so easily mis-read and misunderstood, but this trying to fix a date for Easter is so wrong. This will turn it back into the pagan festival that it is named after Eastre (which gives us Oestrogen) with the obvious fertility symbols we all know and love – the Easter Egg and the Easter Bunny.

According to the Bible, Easter is linked to the Passover, with Jesus as the ultimate Passover Lamb of God and should therefore be linked to this date. Why it was ever moved many years ago, I don’t know – but wonder if there was an anti-Semitism bias to it.

Please reinstate Easter in accordance with the Bible.

Posted by: madkentdragon | December 10, 2015

Make Of This What You Will …

Make of this what you will – it’s personal but may help others. No it’s nothing to do with my heart – am starting to get impatient over that – but what will be will be. Although as I’m on Warfarin, it’s a no Brussels Christmas – something to do with vitamin K so I’m told.

I have just donated over 500 books to a local charity – yes 500!

Why? Well I’ve finally realised that I don’t need them, it’s taken me 13 years to realise that.

It all started when I moved in with my now ex-husband, you see I brought my books with me in a little old fashioned book case. Within a year he had given it away, wasn’t sure why then – but I’ve come to the conclusion it was because it took my attention from him; he just about managed not to get too jealous about the babies, but books and magazines were definitely out. Newspapers were allowed, but he had to read it first.

As time progressed, I learned how to cope – you put the book down as soon as he walked into the room and sighed when he realised you had a few and they got sold at the local boot fair.

Yes, you’ve guessed it – when I ventured out into the world by myself, I started buying and reading books, lots of books and I couldn’t bear to part with them. A friend gave me a pile of Mills & Boon and I didn’t mind giving them away because my taste was mysteries and detective stories and did I enjoy reading them!

But something’s changed – make of it what you will – I’ve just given every tome away, well I’ve kept the one that my son James wrote and the one that’s got a short story written by me, a small book of poetry and my Bible; oh and the couple I’ve just bought. I promise I won’t keep them.

You see, this was an act of defiance which is now pointless – who do I have to prove anything to? I’m content with my life – well apart from my heart – so I’m just going to be me, hope you will be too.

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