No what? … November

Remember, remember the 5th of November…. in these days resorting to gunpowder seems an inadequate if all-too-common ‘solution’ to political diffferences. Perhaps, when we build our bonfires and let off our fireworks tomorrow, we’ll spare a thought for all those who have been sacrificed to political prejudice over many centuries.
I was moved by Dan Snow tracing his great great grandfather’s part in the disaster which was the first world war, in a programme last night.  He clearly felt pretty bad about the connection and was disappointed in his ancestor – a man responsible for so many deaths. We are all connected to our past in some way or other, but we are not responsible for what our forebears did. Dan felt he wanted to say sorry – well, be sorry Dan, but do not allow yourself to carry any blame.
The news is full of the American Presidential election – soon it will all be history and we’ll be getting on with our lives.  Another news story concerns the Iranian politician who, whoops, had a forged doctorate from ‘London Oxford University’ – and riddled with spelling errors.  He’d been lecturing in university for some time – without even a first degree.  I wonder, did the students notice? If he wasn’t spotted as a fraud maybe he deserved the qualification… or maybe the others did not deserve theirs!
It is chilling to think of the qualifications (or lack of them) of many influential people in the world.  Whose fingers are hovering over the nuclear buttons the world over? and how educated are the owners thereof? What sort of education do you need to hold such a position anyway?
The world is quite obviously flat… or immortal, or nearing its end, depending on your viewpoint.  Well, in places it is pretty beautiful anyway, even if mankind has done its best to spoil things.
But before I get too depressing, can I assure those of you who care that the ironing is done and the watercolour painting has been great fun recently.  I’m even enjoying my book.
Since I write this having spent the best part of an hour in the dentist’s chair earlier today, it all goes to show that there is more to enjoy than there is to worry about in this world… not that the media would recognise this!
Have fun at your bonfire and be careful with the sparklers!

About apthomas

I love books, reading, writing, baking, chocolate, painting, sewing, people and fairtrade - not necessarily in that order. I am a lazy gardener - who loves the garden, and a lazy housewife who likes the place to be warm and welcoming. I live in beautiful Somerset. I am enslaved by Sherpa-the-cat. Saturday mornings find me 'playing shop' in the Honey Pot - a second hand bookshop, run from my garage, where along with the books you'll find fun, friendship and refreshments - all in a good cause.
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