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Having had a particularly bad year on a personal level, I was advised to take up a hobby to concentrate in times when needed. It was preferably an activity which one had to solely hopefully absorb my mind shutting everything out.

Many years ago as a child and teenager I liked painting so thought I’d give that a try. I decided to experiment with the medium of acrylic paints, partly due to cost, and partly of its flexibility in the type of work that could be produced.

Having eventually finished my first one in getting on 40 years, here is the result.

The title is not only for the depiction of the picture, but also the end result. Still!… although somewhat dissatisfied, it could be worse I suppose.


A Bit Rough



Saw this on Facebook.

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The irony of quoting words such as ‘subordinate’ and ‘colonial possessions’ make me suggest a wider history is read with a bit more if a perspective attitude.

 Lets not forget we’ve had the same monarch since 1603 and there was also a Union Act at that time, although not of the full type there was eventually to be in 1707. There were many reasons on both sides for the Act of Union 1707 to be agreed …not least Scotland was broke!

Up to 50% of money circulating in that country was either lost or tied up in the disaster of the Scottish Darien Company which independent Scotland set about with such astounding ignorance and lack of forethought as to the reactions of the Spanish and English having their areas of influence and trade encroached upon. And don’t go blaming the English for their blockade .. it was a time of empire building and you were attempting nothing any different than England, Spain, and France etc. were … so don’t go there!
You blew it! … and Scotland would have done exactly the same as those two countries did. Rightly or wrongly by 21st century values, but at that time everybody was at it. 

There is often the North Sea Oil argument brought up … how England took most of the revenue from that. That conveniently brushes aside the £billions invested in Scotland prior to the oil being extracted in the first place!

Even back in 1707 we coughed up nearly £400,000, of which nearly 60% was used as compensation for that failed attempt at …. yes … a subordinate quasi-colonial possession.

 I’m not saying it’s okay … I’d preferred if my vote of remain was a success. I also respect Scotland and like the place and I’m perfectly happy and respect your decision if you ever vote to become independent. However, I get fed up with the ‘whoa its me’ … ‘ya English bastards took all our oil and all that’ … ‘Us Scots are wonderful we’re not to blame for anything’ attitude. It’s bullshit! … you had a chance to go independent and guess what? … as with the Darien fiasco, you blew it again! … You wanted to stay with the Bitch Mother of Parliament at Westminster so stop whining!

Either do something about it this time around  or lets just get on FFS!


However you celebrate, or don’t, depending on your preference/religion, nevertheless I hope you have a good day.

 I don’t care where you’re from, your colour, religion or anything else, you all out there who go about their daily lives meaning no harm to any others, you deserve peace and harmony

Sport picture of the day: Chelsea’s John Terry is a top hat in California

This Guardian Newspaper reader would like to apologise for the misprint in this article. What it should have said was ….

 ‘John Terry is a top twat in California’

HMRC cleaners in Merseyside to strike in battle over pay

The phrase “don’t do as I do … do as I say” comes to mind 

On Tuesday and Wednesday 26th/27th April will see Junior doctors’ withdraw cover from emergency care areas for the first time in the NHS’s 68-year history.

By the very nature of the profession of staff and doctors’ in the NHS, I am confident in stating this is the last thing they wanted to do.

We can be grateful for one thing from the The Secretary of State for Health … and that is he isn’t Foreign Secretary because we could well be facing a global conflict or diplomatic disaster of incalculable proportions if this same attitude was applied by him in that sphere of operations.

Jeremy Hunt’s ideological intransigence on this issue has been without question the most pig headed, dogmatic and unbelievably short sighted piece of industrial relations and negotiation.

Even a ‘stop gap’ solution of pilot schemes operating the new contract before universal roll out offered by a cross party group of MP’s with backing from the BMA has been dismissed by him as “opportunism”

This charge coming from a Minister who has been heavily critical of doctors’ and their BMA union for not sitting down enough at the table to discuss this issue  – which by the way they were prepared to do if there were new significant and possibly more agreeable proposals on offer – there were not.

Whatever happens, I anticipate the only legacy left by Jeremy Hunt after this is all over will be his name forever tarnished as the ‘NHS Despot’ preceded by the first letter in his surname changed appropriately.