Hooray, peg has just been pulled out (felt weird and a little painful) so have to sit still for a while hence opportunity for blog writing. Although I’m very pleased to have peg removed I mustn’t forget that it kept me alive for a while. Have to wait until Wednesday or even Thursday for first proper bath in many months, as someone who can wallow in a bath for quite some time I wonder how long my next bath will last? Apparently the hole in my abdomen and stomach will close fairly quickly, sometimes only 20 minutes, it certainly feels weird having this hole into my inner being.
Throat sore overnight and this morning, Kate suspects it’s down to Saturday’s alcohol, me to talking and socialising for such a long time, the truth probably lies somewhere between the two! Hair growing back everywhere, I’m intrigued as to what it will look like.
New cooker about to be delivered and hopefully fitted, I’m always a little sad at the demise of something that’s been in my life for a while (even my peg) and the old cooker has been an integral part of many memorable occasions. I’m sure the new one will also do so, it also has a large wok cooking ring which I will use for paellas as well. Our ground floor is changing rapidly and drastically, poor Grace is struggling as she finds change difficult.
Great that Al Murray, the pub landlord, will be standing in South Thanet in opposition to the grinning gargoyle. He is almost the perfect foil to the gargoyle’s phony man of the people act. He says: ““It seems to me that the UK is ready for a bloke waving a pint around offering common sense solutions.” There’s also a real pub landlord who’s also called Nigel (Askew) representing Bez’s (of Happy Monday fame) Reality party. There’s some debate about these characters, and probably others, splitting the anti-ukipper vote (whatever that is), but hopefully what they will do is show up the gargoyle and co for what they really are and maybe even stimulate some proper debate in the area. Hopefully it will be very entertaining having a real clown (Al Murray) mocking the gargoyle.
In the more real world it really is shocking to read about Oxfam’s report predicting that the richest 1% will have more than 50% of the world’s wealth by next year on current trends, wealth really is flooding ‘up’. Are you still ” intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich,” mr mandelson, are you comfortable bearing some responsibility for allowing such inequality to come to pass? I know there was an addendum about them paying their taxes but we now know how the kleptos and their tax position has developed. No matter what the kleptos, the BBs and their astroeconomic apologists say and claim the corollary of some getting richer is that others get poorer.
As well as Oxfam’s report the Joseph Rowntree Foundation have just published research that 40% of British families are ‘too poor to play a part in society’, in other words they can only just afford the very basics of life. The tories bang on about improving employment numbers and a reviving economy but it is the case that for far too many people life is precarious and not sweet. Still, Nobo at Davos will sort it all out.
So atos have pulled out of their contract to assess whether benefit claimants are fit to work as their reputation has taken a hammering. An American company maximus have taken over, and I’m sure they’ll run things in a far more humane way hahahahahahaha. I think we need a company that assesses whether government ministers and others like beardy branson are fit to run things that involve public money. I’d volunteer to do the assessments.
- phalanstere in every town?
Keep on keeping on, love Duncan.