UBUNTU I am because of who we all are.
Supporting the 2012 Olympic Legacy—I WILL be positive and endeavour to maintain the Olympians' love of life and its challenges
MALALA—a statement of the failure of religion:
religion that fails to pro-actively promote the absolute equality of male and female is fundamentally immoral and unfit for decent society.
There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:26-28)
Diversity within unity and change over time is the reality of Creation. Peter Such, poet and writer (1943–)
Neither praise nor shoot the messenger: the message is all.


Peter Such

Peter Such

A view of Great Berkhamsted from Cooper's fields. 

Peter Such lives in Great Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England
Formerly working in printing and publishing Peter Such is currently an occasional writer on diverse issues, as the mood takes him.
He has regularly put his views to the test of public opinion, which is how he twice ended up as mayor of his home town.
 He also stood for The Referendum Party in the UK General Election of 1997.

www.petersuch.org www.petersuch.com
Also on Twitter as Peewit2 (he doesn't take it seriously) and on Facebook as himself (Peter.Such.5)

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Last published: Monday, February 29, 2016 17:32
FEBRUARY 2016
GENERAL AND COMMENTARY INDEX
NEVER FORGET
It was Labour and the Lib/Dems that denied us the political vote that turned commercial agreements on trade into political authoritarian diktat. As Churchill said "Trust the British people". Labour refused to do so and with the LibDems Labour STILL refuses to do so, hence our present mess.

We would have had a perfectly harmonious relationship with the EU had they done so, for the British people would have demanded the basic common sense that is our inherent nature before agreeing anything but clearly neither Labour nor the LibDems possess the necessary courage—or is that self arrogance, or fear of contrary opinion?

[Author's note for "WHENEVER"! "Whenever" happened a little while back. It has been an interesting experience realising how much is continually changing around one without one really being aware. One does not, cannot grab at every new excitement, if only because there are other factors that tie-in with the system changes with which other software developers may not yet be up-to-date. It was an interesting exercise being without a computer in a computerised age.
      My Apple had turned into a lemon sooner than I had thought and it was not the screen but a gizmo inside for which Apple did not have a test, other than to replace what appeared to be wrong to then discover the problem was elsewhere! However, three working days into the fortnight Apple would have needed, plus the extra week they wanted to book my machine in to look at it, my "local" engineer had it sorted, which time included waiting for the replacement part, to then not need it and put my old screen back in.
      For anyone for whom Hemel Hempstead/Watford (WD4 8ST) is a drivable distance I can highly recommend Flame Ltd who are fully authorised Apple engineers. Not only can I recommend them from direct personal experience but I was recommended to them by Deetv who spoke of them volubly.
      In the mean time a lot of catching up has been entailed as a result of getting my old Apple updated with a new hard drive, something which Apple shop was not prepared to provide (they only have parts for machines up to five years old). 
     I am now back to having a spare machine behind me, which is a great relief but it now means I will have to  familiarise myself with internet "cloud" working. I've always worked by using my hard disk as my working area for WIP and maintaining my actual data on satellite disks, meaning my data is always available from any machine. With internet working the problem is adapting from capital investment and preparation for, as opposed to continual revenue expenditure, on which it is less easy to keep a handle.
Having WIP on either "current" machine, I don't need clouds!]


Friday 26th February 2016 [after-noon]
AN OVERALL REVIEW
is basically where we are at. Definitions within a language, never mind across 20+ are difficult enough. Couple definitions with the diversity of life's experiences over the intervening years and you have a surefire recipe for complete confusion.
     As may be guessed, this blog is a mix of almost daily diary; thinking aloud on forefront issues; and decluttering a lifetime of memories, which may have a positive conclusion.

Wednesday 24th February 2016 [after-noon]
BEGINNING TO GET GOING AGAIN
I often quote comparison with religion with its entrenched belief Creation was a "once off", not a state of continual development in which we are still immersed but the increasing rapidity of change is beginning to get up my snout—religion's fault, of course! If it had not been for that entrenched view that "things do not change", in which I was brought up, I would not be so out of kilter with the speed with which so much is so suddenly "old hat".
      This morning should have been quite simple. A trip down the road, collect a couple of disks and get on with using them. I won't weary the reader with the details, suffice it to say that it was not quite that simple and three times the length of time expected has evaporated, but I am moving on. What comes as an incredible but pleasing experience is that I am using two new disks whose individual sizes represent a ninth of the volume of the disks they are intended to replace.
      Essentially, I use my MacBook Pro as my 'working area', keeping my data and its backup on two separate satellite disks.  A WIP [Work In Progress] file holds that data I need to take with me. Now I can take the actual disk with me, like a bar of chocolate! It also means my next replacement machine need not be so expensive, as I can reduce the working area I need, as so much rationalises around 'modern living'. Perhaps it is the extent to which I have been in my little mouse hole, preoccupied with my own needs that has caused me to be more oblivious of the outside world than I had realised.

Tuesday 23rd February 2016 [late morning]
BEGINNING TO GET GOING AGAIN
My problems of late have been more nuisance and irritation than serious and not as costly as first thought. Essentially, I have been thrown into a state of chaos, through helping a relative out of a problem and then I ran into the reason why I try to cover for emergencies, because I then needed that reserve I had given away as things started going wrong!
      However, I seem to be digging out from under to find we are nearly a sixth of our way through the year and this was expected to be a fully occupied year anyway! However, tightness of time may encourage tightness of action and greater prose precision, no bad thing.

Tuesday 23rd February 2016 [early morning]
NOW WE ARE TALKING SERIOUSLY
Discussions on the EU debate are on my new EU_IN_OUT page from yesterday.

Sunday 21st February 2016
WORDS, WORDS, WORDS!
The PM has not yet learned that words need to be collected together into sentences, from which paragraphs lead the way to a constructive story. Unfortunately, his story is no more than a preamble to a conclusion, arrived at through a morass of wholly unprovable facts, accepted with the facileness of a commercial product announcement designed for the waste bin.
      He has asked for nothing, achieved less and regards this as an achievement! It is understandable.   Twenty years ago the Conservative party faced the question of a referendum on the issue, "should the European Economic Union become a political entity?" The reason for a referendum was because the purpose behind such a question was a United States of Europe. So, where the EU now wishes to go is precisely where it has always been intending to go for the last twenty years. Suddenly, people are beginning to wake up. What is happening now is what everyone, who knew what they were talking about because they insisted on being involved then, knew would happen: hence the Referendum party, for which I stood as a parliamentary candidate in Hemel Hempstead twenty years ago.
      It was the Labour party that agreed to accept this inevitability without a referendum specifically because we, the people, would probably refuse to accept it. Consequently, we have always been negatively disposed towards the EU because the Labour party forced it upon us in direct defiance of Churchill's maxim, "Trust the British people". The Labour party does not trust the British people because they distrust down to earth common sense, continually proven by persistent disruptive trades unionism.
     The Labour party is the political representation of the trades unions whose sole motivation is why something should not happen. Last year's pointless and irrelevant tube strikes demonstrate that mentality is still there. Better educated people, of a nonpractical industrial background, then climbed on the Labour party's shoulders, giving us the NHS and trying to knock some political sense into the belligerents who declined the opportunities offered, scrambling Labour's social argument into a platform on to which university twits, without any industrial background at all, climbed to prance their self-glorification: hence the Iraq war and our present international upset.
      Even now, the Labour party is clammering for "workers' rights" but not a single word is mentioned of their responsibilities, to ensure the lower waged can get to work on time, so they can earn to keep their families together; or key health workers can get to their duties, instead of walking, or paying for taxis they cannot afford because trades unionists have stopped running transport having decided to hold a strike, which act of indolence they describe as "industrial action".
      The first place one starts in society, if one is fortunate to be brought up by responsible parents, is personal accountability. From there spreads the realisation of what society is about. From there develops the questioning mind and if one has parents of an enlightened education one learns why one has inherited presumed prejudices and then one questions as to whether or not those prejudices of one's parents and the background into which one has been raised need changing.
     So, Corbyn's correct starting point is "workers' responsibilities", not "rights"... and who are the workers? All of us, because we all need the mechanism by which we can live our lives and manage our resources—and that is a "social contract". How does a "social contract" gain authority?
      To keep things simple, our present social contract is as a nation—the United Kingdom, created through argument over history.  A nation that contributed to winning two world wars and creating a nature of government that is respected and emulated around the world.
      What Cameron is actually proposing is that this nation should give up its historical achievements and submit its people to the arbitrary diktat of hobbledy hois, gathered from societies the United Kingdom has several times defeated in war, because they chose to oppose what this country stands up for; nations whose attempts at empire building never matched that of the United Kingdom; nations who cannot agree amongst themselves today, cannot employ a joint plan for handling the present crisis they wilfully created through creating the Euro and Schengen which  they now realise they need to counter; while the UK built a Commonwealth of 54 nation states, trades with the world (or would if the EU was not so small time insular) and Labour and Cameron agree that to submit to this shambles is a logical and beneficial gain! That, simply is what it is all about!

Saturday 20th February 2016
EARLY DAYS
I refer you to Gove's comment which, for the moment, will do.

Saturday 13th February 2016
A FULSOME CATCHING UP
In some ways, it is reassuring to have to have so much to do, when one hears of so many elderly people complaining of being lonely and suffering empty lives.  Also, my health problems are more nuisance than debilitating but are warnings of potential future problems, so I am in a rush to get as much done as I believe I have a need to do, to justify my existence on this earth in this plane and time. I seem, somehow, to have had an underlying belief of leisurely going about my business. From where it derives I have no idea, my intellect is certainly not such as to justify my demand for running my entire life in my own way and time, without external interruptions such as earning a living!
      So, now, for the moment, having got myself 'technically set up' again, I have mountains of mundane everyday with which to contend, before getting back to my creative writing and planning. Is it the slowing up that comes with age, or possibly in my case ill health, or is it the need to force myself to manage myself better. Is being 72 old?
      The local paper highlights necessary economy measures in health and policing across three towns and two counties. In "not keeping up", to what extent is one simply exempting oneself from the community and not making one's contribution or just simply saying, "so far and no further"? Having been born here and ended up as the town's first citizen, quite independent of any political party's influence, have I done enough to justify my existence and is it too much ego to say "there are things I want to have done before I go and I must get on with them", too selfish a view?

ON WIDER ISSUES
The Conservatives
Making a Real Hash on All Fronts
A stalwart declares Maggie would "Stay In". Another stalwart but waving evidence declares she would say "NO". My proclivity too. Late, as usual, by twenty years when the point was first put, resulting in the Referendum Party at that election, the Tories now decide to ask the people, proclaiming they are for "IN" when the facts declare the obvious choice is "OUT". Typical Tories. In the mean time we have had practical experience of the EU so the electorate really does know what it is talking about—and the EU has had a chance to show it doesn't!
      A fortnight after I write a letter to my MP (a Treasury Minister) telling him Osborne must be upfront with the electorate and say taxes will have to increase in order to pay for the NHS we all want, theguardian’s front page warns of tax rises due to general market turmoil. At the same time, on various news discussion programs on TV, we are told we are a rich country and have money. Where? We are billions in debt and are not solvent! That is no excuse for diminishing further the aid provided for those in need (provided "in need" is properly and realistically defined). Taxes must go up.
     theguardian's opinion is that "We don't need scare stories to make a case for the EU". Rather odd. I thought the scare stories were because someone had told Cameron he could lose his argument. theguardian admits Lord Powell's claim that Thatcher would have voted for in as at least "dubious". It has since been factually proven wrong. It acknowledges that the idea that Calais camps would come to England is impractical nonsense, we obviously would not allow it, unless due to Tory relaxation on planning laws, admitting again their inadequacy.
      Opinion than rambles on to admit the EU's failings for which support in this country is fading: "there is weary acceptance, no love;  it is solely economics (which is when we were asked and rightly said "YES");  it is bureaucratic, costly, meddling, slothful and undemocratic. Apparently we view it this way because were are an island nation! What twaddle, it is because we are an island nation that we ruled ninety per cent of the earth, a quarter of the world's population and are a global entity because our focus is world wide. The EU is only preoccupied with twenty-eight nations in private diktat not open government.
      theguardian Opinion then produces three countries that made a hash of their exit and claims we would make the same hash, on what basis? The Labour party supposedly represents the trades unions whose sole purpose in life is to stop things happening, when the public do want them to happen—the hassle over industrial changes in Fleet street and affecting the mining industry, which the trades unions opposed and the world has accepted as inevitable.
      So, a few university twits charge in to take over the Labour party, make a hash of it so a true socialist takes over, who correctly represents the party for what it is to find the party claims not to be what he thinks it is, while he, opposing the EU when it did not matter, claims now to be for the EU when it does matter that we get out! Interesting.
      However, Opinion rightly declares "Don't believe the NHS is unaffordable." Neena Modi (President of the Royal College of Pædiatrics and Child Health) highlights the appalling damage done by the last coalition government in its Health and Social Care Act (2012), which lost the "provide or secure" universal healthcare provision to any "Tom Dick or Harry" (secondarily changed to "any qualified" provider). Hence the cluttered mishmash of 853 independent organisations; 400 local authorities, 209 clinical commissioning groups on which administration costs are being heaped with no efficacy on providing their core purpose, a cost-effective NHS. She concludes that what is needed is the re-establishment of the secretary of state's legal duty to the NHS in England: protecting the NHS from competition law and marketing, returning it to the basic ethics of its foundation—equality and efficiency.

 

Sunday 7th February 2016
A WHOLESOME MIX OF ‘THIS AND THAT’ WHILE ‘IN EXILE’! Part 2: the Old School Tie
Overdue for a haircut I drop in on my old school to collect a book (saves postage as its heavy). It’s been published to celebrate this year being the 475th celebration of the school’s founding.
     As an Old Boy I was of course supportive and having flicked through the book, looking at the pictures, occasionally being drawn to parts of the text, I arrived at the Appendices but mistook the page. I thought I was looking at a list of the participating subscribers who had financed the guarantee the book would be published. I could not understand why there was a seeming page number in italics by my name and similarly against all the others. I realised I was not on the page “Subscribers List” but on a page “Index of Names”. Eh!?
     Glancing through I had not taken that much notice of the black and white photos. There, on the designated page, was the following caption to a modern black and white photo. “The first Founder’s Day of the Collegiate School in November 1996 – from left, Berkhamsted Mayor Cllr Peter Such, The Rt Revd Christopher Herbert, Bishop of St Albans, Dr Chadwick and chair of Governors Peter Williamson.”
     So, I had “made it”, in a book that included such people as Clementine Hozier, later Churchill; Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (a near contemporary of mine); Lady Soames (Churchill’s daughter) and a variety of royal guests for various opening or celebratory functions, including Anthony Hopkins, who had managed to get Yehudi Menuhin for a speech day. 
      Dr Chadwick is a theologian and author of a book on co-education; her father was a renowned theologian, an uncle an historian and both were heads of Oxbridge colleges, an appropriate background to manage the amalgamation of two distinguished establishments separated only by gender. Three heads from both institutions had written fulsome histories and several had been priests.
     Peter Williamson was another near contemporary of mine but a little younger. He had become a county court judge via the solicitor route (judges normally derive from the barrister route) and had been President of the Law Society.
     I thought how proud my father would have been; thought of my late sister and the way her part of the two combined schools had developed. It brought back memories of my time at the school; how so much had changed in the process of time but how much was exactly the same—the ethos, the communal attitude; the sense of personal involvement and leadership; the fun and togetherness, all of which emotions tied in with the mix of nostalgia in which I was fully steeped, as I am in the process of looking through my family archives, trying to bring together a memento of what was relevant to me in my story on family life.
     A collision of diverse times, viewed retrospectively, yet also relived in their own times and contexts: an extraordinary mix of emotions tumbling over one another, like water in a mill race. I experienced the practicality of Eliot’s passage in Four Quartets, specifically ‘Burnt Norton’: “Time present and time past are both perhaps present in time future, and time future contained in time past.”

Saturday 6th February 2016
A WHOLESOME MIX OF ‘THIS AND THAT’ WHILE ‘IN EXILE’! — Part 1: the Mac, written in Word while the machine is in for repair [the “spare” does not have Dreamweaver]
A dull, grey day, somewhat mild, the trees’ still naked branches enable a wide, clear view down the valley and I am extraordinarily invigorated from yesterday’s flood of emotions. I have cause to be grateful for the simple things in life, which can be so beneficial in their sheer simplicity.
      This is a time of “nothing going right” on almost every front on which I am engaged, yet I remain calm and collected, if somewhat irritated. Why? The old school tie!
      I regaled a friend in the States with the details but will not bore here, as much is not for a wider dissemination than family and close friends.
      In sequence, I am just going through some admin hassle due to a double failure of two Apples! I have already made comment on Apple producing lemons, like Rolls-Royce does sometimes and raising the question, can anything be relied upon as once upon a time it used to be? At least, we thought that, but was that due to shortness of news diversity, both in terms of immediacy and the freedom of communication; or was that due to less knowledge generally and less desire to ask questions; or, because ‘my time’ included the aftermath of six years of war, during which it was stringently applied that “walls have ears”?
      Be that as it may, my shopping included the latest issue of MacFormat, a major source of Apple news and I find the ‘old fogie’ is more ‘with it’ than he might have thought he was. February’s edition explored ‘El Capitan’, Apple’s latest operating software and asked ‘How Reliable is your MacBook?’.
      Between 2010 and 2015 the failure rate of the MacBook Pro (both of my machines are MacBook Pros) was 9%, which the magazine (Alex Blake, the article writer) heralded as an achievement! The nearest Windows laptop was the Gateway NV range, which had 13% failures. This is unsatisfactory.  We should not be having failures at all.
      This raises the question as to whether this country really is ‘going down the plughole’ and if so I would attribute that to the EU, which has been nothing but one disaster after another.  Yes, I know, Apple is an American company, which is doubtless why America is anxious to join the EU, the same reason Labour tied in the UK involving legal jurisdiction, instead of the simple independent economics on which we originally voted, without asking the people, because the EU was dafter than Labour were and Labour would not look so stupid by comparison! In short, both Labour and now it seems America are anxious to join the band of second rate also rans in order to bury their increasing discard of standards and quality of performance.
      My scenario has always been to know my emergency procedures and where relevant maintain a backup. Most people think of this in terms of their software but I believe in the principle across the board, originally expressed as “belt and braces”. I bought my second computer while the first one was still operational, if somewhat restricted. Even when I bought my first Apple, it was at the time when MS-DOS had just become available on Apple, so I still had two computers on one machine and I may run the software version of MS-DOS on the new one that has just gone haywire.
      Unfortunately, that double system was on the Mac that lost its hard disk but after seven years and I had  planned for its replacement. Now, my second Apple has gone away for an extended time and “no!” it is not possible to operate in a technological age without a computer, I am totally thrown!
      So, I borrow an iMac from a friend (Deetv.com) but it needs a closing cover to the battery compartment socket of the remote keyboard. Apparently,  Apple treat the whole keyboard as a unit but having been directed to Flame, an independent but fully registered Apple engineer with several staff to cover contingencies, they reckoned they could do something simply.  Just in case, I took my old Apple. Apple would not replace after five years but Flame could and a new disk gave me an outlived but operational spare computer but once more I had to get used to updating and sorting out from square one—I had not realised the extent to which I had indeed got into a habit and relied upon history being immediately and instantaneously available.
      I then discover that Apple has so many machines in for repair it cannot book me in for a week, in order to take my machine in to be fixed on warranty.  That does not mean all machines already in are warranty jobs and many machines may be more than three years old (Apple’s extended warranty period, which I always take out) but Flame can at least get things going “now”, so a week is gained and I have a usable computer. Revving it up to El Capitan it is, as Flame had warned me it would be, slow—it took three hours to download El Capitan and install. Took me back to early days with MS-DOS and inputting some forty 3.5” disks for a full Office installation but at least it was automatic and the line link held! We have indeed moved on.
      As a printer I recall early discussions about the potential of computers and we simply did not understand the point of setting interminable URLs and printing them in directories for those who had installed “these things as toys”, as we saw them!
      One thing I will not do is duplicate my Dreamweaver program because of cost so, for the moment, this site is devoid of published articles which are being composed on Word for some future mass update.   

Friday 5th February 2016
The UN starting the drift of UK's exit from the EU: both entities employ lay persons to waffle "authoritatively" on matters in which they lack experience and knowledge and are proud to tell the world uninhibitedly.

Monday 1st February 2016 [first thing]
VERY MIXED FRUIT!
This morning I head to Flame, primarily to see if they can take over the warranty service my Apple needs. Apple's situation at Watford seems to go from bad to worse. They require an entire week for my first booking last Saturday. Then they will need a fortnight to repair! Hopefully an independent but authorised Apple engineer can sort it all for me much sooner. It is an interesting comparison with some NHS matters with which I am dealing on my "NHS experiences" page (above) which remains, for the moment, unpublished—I have these mechanical matters with which to attend as my immediate priority. How things progress remains to be seen.

 

 It is Labour's socialism that brought the financial crisis from which we are still trying to escape, possibly necessitating an income tax rise in 2015. Why pay fat cat bankers interest as Labour wants, rather than pay our way and earn our living?