Good morning and on a personal level it’s been an eventful few weeks. Kenan got a first in his degree and yesterday learnt that he’d been awarded a prize for best final year project in the Electronics and Computer Engineering field. In a couple of weeks we’ll be heading up to London for his graduation ceremony. Jafer, like most people in the education sector, is counting down to end of term and a nice few weeks break from 5-11 year olds in August. He’s down in Hastings for the weekend. Continue reading “Locked out Boogie”
For many people Kensington conjures up images of wealth. It is paired with Chelsea in the pretentiously named ‘Royal’ Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Last week Kensington was the last constituency to announce its result in the General Election. On the third count the Labour candidate was declared the winning candidate by 20 votes over the sitting Tory candidate, who lost her seat, and her job. During the week the Conservative Party declared that all former MPs who’d lost their jobs would be looked after by their party, having lost their jobs 2 years into a possible 5 year term.
But during the week North Kensington was in the news for different reasons as the fire in a tower block devoured the lives of at least 30 people and we won’t know the full number until the emergency services have made the building safe enough to properly check all the flats. There are 120 flats and there could have been as many as 500 people in Grenfell Tower when the fire started. Continue reading “Go, now!”
A late start and a lazy Sunday morning. Thursday night is still having an effect on my body clock. I’ve been taking medication to help me sleep for years but I don’t think I need them. I just need to stay awake for 36 hours and then I have a perfect nights sleep. On Thursday night I got a call from Jafer who was watching the election in a south London pub. It was nice that he wanted some information on what happens in the event of a hung Parliament although at the time I was cautious about whether the exit polls were accurate. And in the morning as I was getting ready to have a bath I managed to accidentally call my cousin Ayse and have a pleasant, but short chat. Be good to get together soon. Continue reading “In office but not in power.”
Yesterday Penny and I travelled to Eastbourne to meet Chris, a former colleague from a day centre in north London. Chris lives in York but was spending the weekend down south. It’s thanks to social media that Chris is in touch with us and yesterday morning I got a lovely message from a fellow Tolly Park student about my blogs. A fellow called Joe who I didn’t know but who I hope to get to know a little better, and this on top of a message from Claire last week. So I was having a good week until last night when the news from London Bridge came through. Our beliefs and values are being tested. Will we be strong enough to get through this period without over-reacting and succumbing to hatred and intolerance? I aim to be. Continue reading “Fear versus hope”
Monday evening and I still ache from Saturday’s exertions. The joy of ageing! As some of you may be aware I missed the last train home. This realisation was whilst I was travelling southwards on the Northern Line at 11:45 and I’d just pulled up at Angel, Islington. I’m not going to get to London Bridge, Platform 15 in 8 minutes I thought. So I considered the night train option. The one that left London Bridge just after one and arrived at Hastings just before 8 am, with hours hanging around Brighton Station in between. But wait, Jafer lives one stop away from London Bridge. So I called him and woke him up at midnight and one hour later I was in his flat.
I got to spend a little time with him discussing the election and watching a replay of Football Focus before I set off and returned home 24 hours after I’d left. Perhaps I should have booked that Travelodge after all. Continue reading “Slow moves to Pressure Drop. Or Five Go Mad in Clerkenwell”
Good morning all, the sun is out and I’m off to London later to catch up with John, Andreas, Yat and Ben. We’re coming up to 30-40 years of friendship and our last meeting was too long ago, January 2016. Friendship nourishes the soul and it’s an essential part of my battle to maintain positive mental health to stay in touch with all I know and love.
I will be thinking of my friend Robert Lucas who is on the other side of the world and perhaps we’ll have a toast to him. Continue reading “Unfulfilled potential”
Good Saturday morning to you all. Jafer is returning home later this evening and tomorrow we’ll watch Palace v Hull together. If we lose we’re at huge risk of relegation because we might have to beat Manchester United in our last game of the season at Old Trafford. But we’ve beaten Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal this season so it’s not completely beyond us. My mood this week has improved. Next week I am meeting up with Ben, Yat, John and Andreas for a few drinks and a catch up. They’re friends from my teenage years and we get together once a year and keep in touch via social media etc. the rest of the time.
My post last week generated quite a response and I am thankful for the support you expressed about my disgust about the mud slinging at the parents of a missing child. However neither the person who made the post nor their many friends who voiced support for the views they expressed have opted to have a debate with me about their opinions. Silence is their response. Continue reading “Where has the Conservative Party gone?”
A lovely sunny morning on the south coast but there’ a dark cloud following me. The results from Thursday’s local government elections confirmed what the polls were telling us. The Tories have more councilors than before and Labour and Liberal’s and Scottish Nationalists have less. The Greens and Plaid Cymru also improved their position. The losses for Labour are offset by some positives. Their candidates were elected with over 50% of the vote in the Liverpool and Manchester region without the need for second votes to be counted. That is to say you rank the candidates 1 to whatever and they first count your first preference and then eliminate the least popular candidates and disperse their second votes until someone has over half the vote. Labour also increased the number of councilors in Dundee, Doncaster, Northamptonshire and Norfolk. The good news ends there. Oh, and my local area of Castle and Braybrooke in Hastings re-elected Godfrey Daniels, a Labour candidate, in the East Sussex where the results were as follows;
Labour 1,848 58.6%
Conservative 684 21.7%
Liberal Democrat 371 11.8%
Green 252 8.0% Continue reading “A little more empathy”
A slight malfunction in my routine last night and I wake up at 5 am, and stay awake. It’s something I do every so often, go to sleep without my sleeping tablets. Not the perfect start to a weekend after what has been a busy week at work but one where progress is made towards supporting vulnerable adults into accommodation. Soon I’ll have the joy of another Universal Credit application….
The ageing process doesn’t just mean hair loss, weight gain and increasing health issues (though I’ve managed to escape 2 out of those 3). It also means you gain something important called perspective. The big story this week is the announcement of a General Election by Teresa May. I make a conscious effort to be positive, it doesn’t come easy to me but the alternative is depression, which is worse. I would like to be positive about the outcome of the forthcoming General Election. But it’s difficult. My own life story is in a small way tangled up with Jeremy Corbyn’s. I lived in his constituency. I was a party member in it and I campaigned with other members to get him elected for the first time in 1983. I’m active in a different way nowadays. I no longer knock on doors on election day trying to get the vote out. I just try and have an influence with family and friends and anyone else I come into contact with on a personal level. And I also try and do so through social media and my writing. Jeremy is not perfect and I would be suspicious of him if he were. He could be a better leader of the party. And there are members of Parliament who could have done things differently to. Divided parties are not usually successful and what will be will be with regards to June 8. Afterwards I expect Corbyn to reflect on the outcome and make a decision about how best to serve the interests of the most vulnerable members of our society. Continue reading “Hair loss and perspective”