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Winter’s Gibbet, Northumberland

Strangely post on January 27th, 2011
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Always worth a visit! Especially on a cold, foggy morning!

Winter’s Gibbet, Elsdon, Northumberland, England, Uk in England

And here is a picture from several years ago on one of my visits.
Winter's Gibbet, Elsdon, Northumberland

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All Healthcare is Temporary in America

Healthcare Woes

NHS LogoLying sick in bed this morning listening to a Radio 5 phone-in about the “state” of our Accident & Emergency (A&E) healthcare system here in the UK, I was struck by the failure of the radio show’s producers to engender the expected flurry of tales of woe and poor service.

Happy and Immaculate Professionalism

Far from the engineered curses that the show had hoped to produce – instead, a host of people took the time to phone in and praise the excellent service, waiting times, courtesy and professionalism that they had witnessed, sometimes under conditions of the utmost duress (e.g. during the accident black-spot due to falls on the winter ice).

Proposed Cutbacks

We are now all primed for cutbacks in services in the UK to pay for the banks’ greed.  However, all parties promise to protect the NHS’s frontline services.

The UK spends less on healthcare per capita than the USA.  This is not in doubt.  In fact, the USA spends more per person than any other country.

But now, consider this news article from Philadelphia in Pennsylvania.  See how front-line healthcare staff are treated in the USA and consider the service you are likely to receive from such a system?

Link: Temple hospital, striking workers reach accord

Obama’s Broken Temple Problem

Philadelphia Nurses Strike

Philadelphia Nurses Strike

The nurses at the Temple Hospital in Philadelphia have been on strike since March 31st.  This much is clear.

However, in contrast to the UK (and most of Europe), all the staff appear to be on fixed term contracts which had expired last SeptemberIn the UK, if you are good enough and pass all the tests, you get a job and keep your job (unless you need to move or progress in your career, say), to serve your local community.  As new techniques arrive, you pass more tests etc.  You build up your skills as part of a team.

In the USA, they appear to sack all staff from nurses downwards when their contracts are up, then replace all the staff with temporary staff!  This means that,

Most healthcare USA Workers are temporary…

The trouble is that all the right-wing forces at work there seem to believe that this is a good system and actually mock our NHS with comments like, “have you seen their teeth?”.  This is Obama’s problem with his efforts at healthcare reform.  The real truth is shielded from those in work and with private healthcare insurance, and they are a vociferous lot!

Healthcare?

The real truth is a warning:   Do Not Fall Sick Near Temple Hospital…. After all, what sort of care could one expect from a hospital staffed like that?  No matter how personally caring the staff are, there is no communication, no camraderie, no continuity, no honour.

In the dog eat dog world of America, it’s the last man standing who wins;  but what’s the point of being in a club of one?

Patriotic Battle

In fact, I have to question the sanity of anyone who would fight to defend a country (or it’s overseas interests) that treats it’s own citizens in pain with contempt and it’s caring profession with worthless indifference.

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It Was a Way Out of The Crawling Chaos for Joy Division…

Golden Syrup

Lyles Lion Logo

Lyles Lion Logo

Years ago, when I was a lad, my mum used to make us all porridge for breakfast in winter.  On the top, I’d spiral a big dollop of Lyle’s Golden Syrup and then, while eating the porridge, I’d read the tin.

Yes!  There was a different flapjack recipe every time!

But also, as a constant reference point, next to a prostrate, flies-ridden lion, were the words;

‘Out of the strong came forth sweetness’

– which puzzled me immensely as a child.

Guardian

Perhaps Paul Lester in yesterday’s Guardian Online was thinking the same about Joy Division!  In an article about a new band called ‘Detachments’, is a phrase (remarkably similar to one he made last June), which said;

…it was a way out of the crawling chaos for Joy Division after their singer’s suicide; a design for a new life.

Factory Slips

I see a Freudian slip going on here, or a desperate bit of journalese as a way to stick all the old Factory Records acts together.  Either way, it gives me another chance to point this out!

It also gives me a chance to mirror, the Lyles Golden Syrup phrase and Lester’s continuing co-joining of Crawling Chaos & Joy Division in the same sentence.  I wonder if Paul Lester had syrup on his porridge?  Hmmm.  Out of the strong came forth…

I’m leaning towards Freud.  Because as you know, Freud said;

there are no slips!

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UK Parliament – a Crisis for Europe?

MP Expenses and Privileges Scandal

Let’s make one thing absolutely clear:

Apart from 635 MPs and the somewhat fewer UK MEPs, NOT ONE PERSON IN BRITAIN THINKS ANY DIFFERENTLY FROM ME! ***

Guillotine

Guillotine

We all think that they’re all a bunch of spivving crooks who’ve let everyone down.  To compound the felony, they will even get paid until they die for their corrupt practices!

No-one will get censured, no-one imprisoned.

A soldier with 22 years service phoned up to say he gets £535 as resettlement allowance for training etc to ease his transition to ‘civvy street’.  MP Moran will get £35,000 for her bent 12 years’ resettlement.

The Future?

The imminent Euro elections will have great ramifications and create great strife in the short term.  The situation with MEP expenses and pensions is well documented and even worse.

When the UK starts to pull from Europe, which it undoubtedly will becuase who will vote for a ‘normal’ party?… the Euro states will really start to worry.  Within their hearts they know that they really need the UK in rather than out of Europe.  For a host of reasons.

To ensure the UK participates, they will have to change their MEP gravy train and all the other practices, which will be “a good thing”.  The Mafia will have to be controlled and waste cut right back.  It won’t just be to acquiess to the UK – the EU citizens, millions of whom will be unemployed and listless, they won’t take the obvious discrepancies in elected representatives’ T&Cs compared to their own.  News travels around now.  Fast.

France had a revolution to get rid of such a problem.  Heads really did roll….  Their groups of various vested interests make their point now and again, like fishermen and lorry drivers.

Wacky Baccy JacquiCommunism is a fine thing but when no-one at any level is removable for incompetence or corruption, then the lid of the kettle will eventually blow off…

Reason

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Winter's Gibbet, Northumberland

That’s how it is in the UK now.

What we want is MPs disenfranchised both materially and monetarily.  Same for privileged business and financial management.

We want them locked up if they’ve been corrupt or done an illegality comparable to one in the ‘outside world’ from their normal environment.

  • It’s the continual payment for failure that’s the problem.
  • It’s a complete lack of any normal moral code that’s the problem.
  • It’s a divorce from the reality of the lives of ordinary people that’s the problem.
  • It’s the one rule for them and one rule for us that’s the problem.

Not one real person in the UK right now thinks any differently to this!  I’m one man in a club of 60 million! They are just 635 and they’d better watch it.

Jacqui Smith and Hoon as well as Alistair Darling are the latest.  They’ve lined their pockets at the public expense.  It’s no good looking sad and pained and saying sorry now.

Fuck them.

***BBC IPSOS MORI poll released this morning This poll result, released this morning reveals that over half the population think MPs are actually corrupt, not, just a little bit untruthful!

This is staggerring and obviously not as much as my inflated sentiment.

However, from checking every radio & TV phone-in, every news article and hoi-poloi comment, the other half never ever stick their head up to defend the rotten bunch!

Says it all really…

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Winter Always Turns to Spring

Strangely post on March 23rd, 2009
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