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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.Such5)

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Saturday 30thJune 2018

JUNE 2018
ON THE EU, SEE MOVING ON

GENERAL AND COMMENTARY INDEX
THE EU QUESTION
and MOVING ON

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 the Tories took too long to get round to doing so. Neither presented a state of competent argument.
We would have had a perfectly harmonious relationship with the EU had France not panicked over the greater empire and commonwealth that we created, for which reason they denied us earlier entry and ensured the rationality and logic we would have brought was excluded from the EU's basic structure, leading them away from proper objectives.

Saturday 30th June 2018
THE MONTH TO DATE

From supplemented Facebook comments.

Extraordinary that the month has passed and only two web posts in that month, although much interaction has taken place on Facebook, showing an interactiveness for which I do not have time to follow through on here, especially as I am still encountering around 5,000 visits a month on my expressed views, which currently are not necessarily views on Brexit.

Summer days, as childhood remembers. A quietude of soul and body, in unity with a wholesome world of peace and contentment and a sense that time is eternal. Age knows that is folly, fear increases as one realises the ever gathering shortness of life ahead and one realises how much more one could have done in the time since... but what value those undefined moments when one paused 'to be', as I do now, contented with eternity. "Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present..." Eliot, Burnt Norton, Four Quartets.
      That last line is particularly apt. Aggravated by my perpetual tiredness the month has been preoccupied in making good a diverse family gathering at a favourite haunt of mine over half a century, Pendley Manor. For half that time I was involved in diverse roles with its annual open air Shakespeare Festival, during the early part of which it was essentially still a family home.
      Being a family gathering the event covered a wide range of ages and a mixing of people who had not met for quite some time, literally at both ends of the 'age of life' scale, remembering those, too young, no longer with us, although personally known to me since, through meetings with friends graced with the skill of mediumship.

All missing the point. Nothing rational about not controlling your immigration, managing your resources to meet the unknown instead of your known population when you have already recognised you cannot cope with the people you were letting in originally, the Commonwealth you created. The EU is rationally making the same irrational mistake religion made, directly defying the Flexibility, Adaptability and Malleability essential to keep up with the reality of continually changing Life.

Thursday 28thJune 2018
It highlights one of the most serious failings of the American system. The judiciary should never be selected upon a single input.

Which is why history is so very important a subject to be taught as an essential part of basic education. We must not forget, nor must we ever fail to be involved in everyday national living, the mistake our political elite made in failing to ask our views on the EU at the time instead of forty years after the event! Even "professionals" fail to be involved, as Cameron exemplified in seriously expecting the country to say "yes" when its mood was clearly "no"!

We interact erratically which may explain why I so easily forget but I'm sorry if it seems I do. When I remind myself of your background, as your quoted article reminds me, I admire the travails you overcome so very well outwardly.

Give or take a mile I'm 100 miles inland and have woken to a sea mist! Is mist depressing? No! See it in context: autumn mists open a season of colourful change; spring mists herald approaching summer, while a sea mist heralds another hot day... in due course.
Somewhat exhausted. A superb weekend of excellent weather and marvellous friends across a diverse family grouping, some of whom have not met for yonks; immediately followed by the first of a succession of necessary dental appointments (ow!); then another lunch with former work colleagues at Apothecaries Hall in London, preceded with a quick visit to Selfridges, much changed since I last visited, as had Oxford Street, much calmer, easier and more pleasant for walking. I must perambulate London as I used to do quite regularly but when it is cooler.
Underground still too hot (central line) and going about things differently than usual I inadvertently emerged at Cannon Street when it should have been Blackfriars so a taxi grab was necessary, finally arriving in time for a glass of champagne before going in to lunch. By departure time, not bothered by precise timing as I had taken an open ticket, I was shattered and had to take a taxi home from Berkhamsted station, normally a walk along the canal towpath.
Now it is a matter of gathering resources and taking check on much accumulated outstanding matters. Cheers all. Wishing you a good day.

Tuesday 26thJune 2018
Great sympathy for you. Why on earth is everyone so fascinated with a football match in a foreign field in the middle of an excellent British summer, with Eastbourne, Queen's, Wimbledon on, cream teas of strawberries topped off with champagne!?

Absolutely lovely set of minutiae that caught your attention. Thanks for sharing. A lovely day and many personally said they thought the after-noon a success. Not my usual role, I shall have to think of another excuse. As you say, a very British after-noon of which we more read about in period novels than actually experience. For me it was a mix of diverse memories over many years through being so long involved in Pendley's http://www.pendleyshakespearefestival.co.uk/whats-on. Highly recommended as is a stay over on the night, something of which some of my family availed themselves on this family event. Today, Tuesday, back to reality… dentist this after-noon!

Saturday 24thJune 2018
Morning world! Tottering on success! The sun shines, potentially over warm (we can never get everything right in this country!). Yesterday, superb after-noon/evening with some family members. More arrive in a couple of hours and even more an hour or so later. Those already here intending to revisit their old home (Great Berkhamsted) this morning. Reluctantly chose not to join them, mustn't overload myself but ensure I am "with it" for at least two or three hours this after-noon as we gather for a cream tea in the conservatory, now called "The Peacock Lounge". Only one peacock to chat with last night. I had a friend who had white peacocks on his lawns, I think they make a more beautiful fan than the fans of the more conventional Indian blue but beyond those two types there is in fact quite a wide variety of peacock variation believed to be due to current safety of living--white attracts predators so that and other colours bred out over time but now breeding in again.

Thursday 21stJune 2018
Unintentionally achieving more than he dreamed. The world is trade orientated, where is its soul? Is it not time to put social mores ahead of money? Then, from whence the money to achieve? Is not the Mexican problem the European problem 100 years ago, from whence came France's gift: the Statue of Liberty in tribute? Why not South America? What is Russia doing but manipulating for is own self-aggrandisement, certainly not to aid communities.
So, how did this supposedly successful businessman not see the rudimentary signs ahead? Did he not see ahead the management implications? Does his "reversal" actually re-unite those he has so wilfully separated? Where is his, or his country's basic understanding of personnel management? It seems he and his entire belief system has collapsed without explanation!

He has brought to the world's attention that the world is NOT handling life at the present moment in any rational manner.

We have to deal with reality. A majority of Americans supported him, he is representative of his country we have to deal with him just as we have to deal with the murderers of 56 people so far this year on the streets of London. We are not dealing with the reality that so many are unhappy in their own country, causing the immigration problems with which we are having to deal and in which we are generally failing. Perhaps a solid silence would be most noticeable and effective?

Monday 20thJune 2018
Men in a palaver inter-relating with and about women! Hadley Freeman reported in The Guardian [Wednesday 20th June 2018] A lawyer, Nick ‘Mr Loophole’ Freeman, brought the noble Freeman name into disrepute last weekend when he tweeted: “While this is totally unacceptable conduct, if women assumed some responsibility for their attire, they would not be in jeopardy.”
                  This point was so absurd even Freeman’s daughter, Sophie, replied to her father to tell him that this was “one of the top 3 stupidest comments you’ve ever made.” Nick then replied, wrongly: “it’s most stupid, not stupidest”. And that, Nick, goes into your top four.”

Hope springs eternal! No reason, no rationality, no logic. Vague background tiredness, not fatigue. Just meandered my own way through the day and feel as if I have achieved something and actually done a day's work. Fascinating. See how tomorrow greets me!

A momentary pause. We all, in our different ways, have trials and tribulations, major and minor: the consequence of colliding with life's realities, sometimes for no reason but the vagaries of pure chance, why else are some dying too soon, despite so many advances in medication and then prolonged arguments as to how to gain "clearance to use"?
Yet regulations are imposed with good intent promoted by past disasters. Cool, calm rationality must prevail and is Trump's current immigration policy no more than a businessman's cold logic with statistics? His contrary ways do shake a decrepit system that needs shaking root and branch.
Another practical logistic would be to go in with guns and run those countries from whom immigrants flee to bring rational stability at source? The EU and Middle East, organise those countries rationally to be economically viable and provide basic social norms, rather than the complex arguments over arms trading. Where is the backing for the UN? Russia has used its initiative as once did the British, hence their Empire which they had the wit to turn into a Commonwealth which they then decided to reject and embrace a centralised authoritarian European diktat. Not an ounce of sense or sensibility anywhere!

Am I just waking up to life? I've always been a late morning man due to being involved in the theatre from a young age. Now, in old age, I am experiencing sleeping disorders due to erratic bouts of fatigue and am often up early. This morning, failing to sleep I got up around 05:00 and discovered two neighbours driving off in their cars, presumably to work! Every other house still gave the appearance of being asleep. Of course I am used to shift workings, being factory orientated but mercifully rarely involved myself in "unsocial" working hours, if anything is nowadays "unsocial". Perhaps it is my current health that asks how can one manage these things and still be fit for work?

Men have always been backward in their wilful thrusting of themselves forward.

Description: ohnny Flynn and Jessie Buckley in Beast

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Flynn: Can making audiences uncomfortable be a healthy thing?
Definitely. I think we’re waking up, as a race, to uncomfortable truths about ourselves. We’ve been kind of rolling along in this bubble, needing soporific entertainment to ease us along, and suddenly we’ve woken up to all these things that have exploded in ourselves: realisations about the lack of equality between men and women, or the way we’ve dealt with difficult decisions in the last two years. We all have these shades in our nature: it’s a spectrum within all of us. So I think that’s a clever form of storytelling at the moment, where you’ve been lulled into a sense of agreeing with something, because we need to have those sides of ourselves questioned.

Saturday 16thJune 2018
'morning world! A slight respite. Monumental weekend looming, organised but flexible in outcome seems to be coming together! Following on that week, I'm in London for a major Wellcome retiree's luncheon in Apothecaries' Hall. In front of all an emergency dental appointment this Monday after-noon. Been holding off in a give and take relationship with my dentist but I don't think its simple drill work. If not, its an out job and that could be an hospital job, it is a central support to my upper denture. Means my first complete double set, which means two lower teeth have to come out to make it worth while fitting a lower denture for the first time. Hell and damned inconvenience for several weeks ahead!
As I remarked to my brother-in-law, sharing a coffee in Tring high street a little while back and discussing preparations for my potential incapacity (standard preparations we should all make and keep updated) "There's no question I'm gradually falling to pieces!"

Friday 15thJune 2018
Morning world, one P Such Esq reporting in! Managing to stay afloat despite storms, perhaps stabilising before launching forth on another tack in defiance of other people's wilful provocations. The sun shines, the sky is blue, hay fever vaguely under control and I'm in a Very High Pollen count area, thought I had grown out of it, apparently not, this year! Plough on--ridiculous, wrong time of year, just as the broadcasters, in the middle of a cricketing summer, preceding Ascot and Wimbledon are preoccupied with a football match abroad, extraordinary!
over that time, time will tell but society is not going t he right way.

Saturday 9th June 2018
Alexander Armstrong on Classic fm thinks his two hour stint has gone quickly. For me the whole morning has dissipated in a moment. One of my most enjoyable Trooping the Colour broadcasts on a lovely not too warm day, though more than warm enough for the troops!
            So, a bite of lunch, oven clean, left too long and delayed because I use strong stuff whose can is littered with warnings for which purpose I delayed until I had acquired a decent face mask, which I now cannot find, so determined I wrap a tea towel round my nose and mouth! Job done for now but should have been done earlier but I’m getting there.
            Momentary pause: review, consolidation? My fatigue has lasted the longest I have known but not as long as some sufferers have reported. Not sure if I’m “on my way” but certainly experiencing a lift at the moment. Friends are suffering too, struggling with their own chronic health situations but currently wilfully aggravated by plain stupidity or bone idleness of others well paid for the jobs they are not doing. However, we do not know if they are not struggling with their own problems.
            Three are suffering with their own problems (in the same location) wilfully created by BT through an unusual situation but one with which BT should be well aware in that area. I too have suffered from BT, which prompted me to early join such weird institutions as “screaming.net” of which, for reasons now forgotten I became disembodied, perhaps due to using the services of two servers holding my various web pages. Fortunately, I am a belt and braces man and the English server cannot now make up its mind as to whether it is easily.net or easily.co.uk. Its incompetence has driven me up the wall and lost me my email facility.
            Fortunately I used it simply for a holding facility, apart from email. At the time of being on the town council and guiding the council and various charities in statistics the early days of the internet, my bulk demand made it worthwhile transferring to the States. Now, they are adding charges for using pound sterling and their rates have gone up, so is it was cost-effective as it was? Certainly when seen in the light of the time wasting effort Easily is causing me. The managerial incompetence matches that of Northern Rail! That is not a statement of biased chagrin. Current Google stats place them at the bottom of 10 while Hostpapa, an uninspiring name, is top. So far interactions have been very encouraging but… Easily persists in its incompetence.  
            Ah well, other complex factors with which I am dealing are coming to a head. There are glimmers of light. Knowing others are worse off gives a certain solace in feeling gratitude for one’s current ills, remembering I have experienced worse, that is life. It all builds to that confidence with which we leave this life and enter the next! Enough said for now. A new month, a new page change and another month archived. Perhaps I will soon be able to return to my family history work?

From a local pastor's email sermon. "Jesus’ family goes beyond blood relatives. Jesus' family is an open family with the door wide open for all of us. Yes, as individuals, we bring dysfunction and disharmony to the door with us - whether we think we do or not - but we can be assured that, in accepting God's grace-filled invitation and welcome, we will be asked in. And then we will be joining God's universal movement for the whole of creation: from fragmentation and conflict to unity and harmony - the greatest pilgrimage of all."

In my terms, that is acknowledging the universality of spirit and dismissing the divisions of religion.

The moment one ponders 'mood' one disappears into a labyrinth of similarities each with their own explanation. Psychology will list negatives but where are the positives? Psychology cannot be without biochemistry, which relates to physiology, so do we conclude that 'mood' derives from the mechanics of biochemistry?
Certainly, in my exploration and personal experience of 'fatigue' diverse emotions can be associated with various 'moods' so, are we really talking about our bodies being the cauldron in which diverse biochemical reactions take place; are stirred with what by whom to what purpose? Is the spoon our will, the stirrer our soul?
I quote from Stanford's introduction to Emotion. "In recent years, however, emotions have once again become the focus of vigorous interest in philosophy, as well as in other branches of cognitive science."
So, am I merely skirting the lakeside whose depths have already been well plumbed? Interesting.

Intelligence beginning to creep in. Many religions are overdue for a complete restock of their thinking.

Monday 4th June 2018
Kevin Cook Especially on canal tow paths, designed for walkers and horses I have been appalled at the stupidity of Parliament that withdrew the requirement of bicycles to have bells. We are encouraging the elderly who are increasingly hard of hearing to keep fit and the sudden awareness of a bicycle over-taking or coming up behind one unheard is frightening. There is a conflict on cycle protection from cars encouraging cycling on paths all the more reason to require a bell as advance warning.

Sunday 3rdJune 2018
Good morning world. Bright sunshine. On Classic fm, commiserations for those up early, preparing for exams. A Galway version of "Home Away" instilled a wistfulness in me bordering on melancholy, taking me back to childhood and placing me in a schoolboy memory cloud, recalling my own school days, exam agonies, my street, the people in it; the sun shining early in the morning; the shadows; the complete homeliness and extraordinary contentment. I have been fortunate in my childhood, parents, neighbours. It was a very happy period of time and place.

Saturday 2nd June 2018
http://www.autism.org.uk/professionals/autism-friendly-award/your-transport-stories.aspx

Friday 1st June 2018
JUNE! Almost halfway through the year and only just appreciating summer. Frightening the speed with which life passes on.

So, we start the day by failing to start! EDF once more failing to understand their purpose is to render service but can't any more than rail companies can supply trains at all let alone on time! Happened to need the toilet at just after 05:00 when the power was lost again. This time it did not take out the main switch so I knew it was off for almost an entire hour. Time clocks have to be reset, just as they were supposed to switch in their various operations but fortunately early enough that one can start one's day more or less as one intended. There is no question this country is really falling to pieces after forty years of the damned EU.

 

PREVIOUS MONTHS 
It was Labour's socialism that determined acceptance of the EU's diktats without argument because it took away their accountability for what they knew the country would not accept. All that is happening now is the rational debate Labour were not capable of holding.

PARLIAMENTARY WORK AHEAD

Boundary clarification. How many seats and what preferred size of constituency population?

Proportional representation. Which system?

House of Lords? Should it be elected or appointed and upon what classification? Originally based on the realities of the day: Spiritual; Legal; Defence; land ownership; hereditary entitlement.

Today? Spiritual but across the faiths (define), including pure secularism/humanitarianism (all appointed/elected by their respective churches); Legal, as is; Political (variable by proven worth, such as past ministers or retired professional senior civil servants and limited party nominations); representatives of Capital, Financial Services, Labour (all either retired or active, appointed or elected by their respective accredited bodies); Education (ditto precedents stated); Health (ditto); Other?

The whole re-viewable by a statutory committee reporting with recommendations to parliament on a ten yearly basis to cover relevance of classifications in the then current world. Modus operandi as at present.

 
 
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