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Life everlasting…Evige liv

Been thinking….as you do, about the meaning of life, the hereafter, eternal life and the like.

It suddenly struck me that the ancients might have been on to something with their belief in a life after death, but perhaps, not as we think of it.

Most of the ancient civilisations built monuments to themselves and buried their dead, in many cases, in elaborate tombs very often containing the occupants worldly goods and riches.

Archaeologists and the like tend to believe that our forefathers believed they would need these artefacts in the “next life”.

Perhaps not. Perhaps they knew something we are only just learning. Just being known to someone who comes after you is giving you eternal life isn’t it?

So perhaps our forefathers were actually symbolically just saying to future generations, “hi, this is who I am and what I did, remember me”, after all we now know about the lives of many of the Egyptian Pharaohs from their tombs and Stelae, we know of Celtic kings from their massive mounds, of Greek and Roman heroes from their poetry and buildings and perhaps taking a liberty, even Jesus said “do this in remembrance of me”, is that what he really meant by life everlasting?

Is everlasting life, just being remembered? After all, we want our children and grandchildren to remember us don’t we?

Tenker mye om dagen …. som man gjør, om meningen med livet, det hinsidige, det evige liv og lignende.
Det slo meg plutselig at de gamle kan ha vært inne på noe med sin tro på et liv etter døden, men kanskje ikke slik vi tenker på det.
De fleste av de gamle sivilisasjoner bygde monumenter til seg selv og begravet sine døde, i mange tilfeller, i forseggjorte graver, veldig ofte med vedkommendes jordisk gods og rikdom.
Arkeologer og lignende ha en tendens til å tro at våre forfedre trodde de ville trenge disse gjenstandene i det “neste liv”.
Kanskje ikke.

Kanskje de visste noe vi er akkurat i ferd med å lære nå. Det å bli kjent med noen som kom før oss er å gi vedkommende et evig liv, er det ikke?

Så kanskje våre forfedre faktisk symbolsk bare sier til fremtidige generasjoner, “Hei, dette er hvem jeg er og hva jeg gjorde, husk meg”, slik vi nå huske livet til mange av de egyptiske faraoene fra sine graver og Stelae, slik vi kjenner til keltiske og Skandinaviske konger fra sine massive gravhauger, til greske og romerske helter fra sin poesi og bygninger og hvis jeg kan ta en frihet, til Jesus som sa “Gjør dette til minne om meg”, er dette det han egentlig mente med evig liv?

Er evig liv, bare å bli husket? Tross alt, vi ønske at våre barn og barnebarn skal huske oss ikke sant?

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Who are we really?

I’m not an advocate for or against immigration, at least the extreme view, but I am for controlled immigration and then mainly for those in real need not just the economic immigrants seeking the fabled streets of gold to be found in Europe.

Many Britons who claim they want to keep British ideals and the British way of life probably haven’t really thought through exactly who “we Britons” really are.

There was once this green and pleasant land placed out in the Atlantic, shrouded in sea mist and mystery. A land thought to be of giants, a land thought to be populated by descendants of Troy or Atlantis, a land made safe from invaders by a barrier of tumultuous water. And everybody wanted go there, it was the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow where everything was perfect.

And then the first asylum seekers arrived about 800.000-900.000 years ago, they came from all over Northern Europe. This green and pleasant land had no name it wasn’t necessary, and they farmed the land in peace and tranquillity for thousands of years. More asylum seekers arrived, from lands we now call Spain and France and the language developed and we spoke with one another and we were landsmen and farmers and hunters.

And then the Romans came along, these people from all over the Empire and they told us we were Britons and conquered us and gave us laws and order and culture. And we were still farmers and hunters and we assimilated with them and we changed, these people from all over the known world.

Other peoples heard about this rich and green and pleasant land of farmers and hunters, the Angles and the Saxons and the Frisian and the Franks, from Germany and The Netherlands and farmed and hunted and we assimilated with these new neighbours as well and we changed.

And still more wanted to be part of this green and pleasant land and become part of the rich tapestry of Briton. The Danes, the Norwegians the Swedes arrived and we assimilated them as well, and we changed, in this green and pleasant land.

And yet more came to savour our green and pleasant land, the Norman’s came and they conquered us and ruled us but we eventually assimilated them as well, and we changed.

And so it goes on, they come, we absorb and assimilate and we change.

So who are we really?

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Lights bulbs saving the environment…..not

I was reading an article today in a Norwegian magazine about lighting, in particular, room lighting.

It then told the reader about the various types of light bulb one could purchase to achieve the desired lighting effect. Not one of these light bulbs was under £12,- each!

That started me thinking once again about our simple minded politicians who with an income far in excess of the national averages make decisions without understanding the effect they are going to have on Mr & Ms Average in society.

So, somebody whispers in the ear of the Euro and national MP’s light bulbs are bad for the climate. Well, they do use electricity, don’t they, so without too much consideration to the consequences on you and I they ban production of incandescent light bulbs. What they didn’t think about was what should replace them. In fact light bulb manufacturers were caught unawares and had to go into high gear to find and alternative. The first results were those dreadful things that made a room look like a morgue.

What these wonderful members of the various parliaments didn’t bother to look into are the consequences of their actions. First of all, yes we use a little less energy to illuminate our homes now, but the manufacturers use more energy producing them. And then there is the cost, to you and I of electricity which the power companies have cynically increased to cover the cost of less usage and of course to make sure the share holders still get their share. We, as individuals are in fact still using the same amount of electricity as we have done the last few years because of all our little electric gadgets and which one of our grey suited leaders doesn’t have an Ipad or Mobile or TV or washing machine or fridge or whatever. Then there is the health aspect. Research is now showing that our wonderful new and improved light bulbs are emitting high levels of ultraviolet radiation which can burn our skin, initiate cell death and cause skin cancer.

So here we all are, paying more for light bulbs than we ever did before, despite being told they last longer, something I haven’t experienced as true. Being subjected to harmful UV rays and paying higher electric bills despite being conned into thinking we would be making great savings at the same time as helping our ecological problems. By the way, and here’s the crux of my argument, did you know, the volcanic eruption in Iceland, since its first spewing of volcanic ash did, in just FOUR DAYS, NEGATE EVERY SINGLE EFFORT you and I have made in the past five years to control CO² emissions on our planet* – all of us. And MP’s are worried about light bulbs!

Why do we as citizens just sit back and allow people who know no more about the various topics they are making decisions on; to do so; without first consulting us and allowing us, to understand the consequences.

I’m as guilty as most, I just sit back and allow them to do it but why?

I’m just asking

(*Read Ian Rutherford Plimer an Australian geologist, professor emeritus of earth sciences at the University of Melbourne, professor of mining geology at the University of Adelaide, and the director of multiple mineral exploration and mining companies. He has published 130 scientific papers, six books and edited the Encyclopaedia of Geology.)

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Found this poem today. Thought I’d like to share it with you all:-

Desiderata – Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

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Bubbles

Bubbles; have you ever wondered who put them there? Been thinking a lot about Bubbles lately. There in half the food we eat, not all, just half, well perhaps not even half, but some. Some cheeses have bubbles, some chocolate has bubbles some mineral water has bubbles. Are they there to make the food taste better or save space or make it look bigger than it is? How do they put the bubbles in, that’s what I want to know! Is there a little man who stands over the vat of hot chocolate for example with a long straw blowing bubbles into the chocolate before it hardens? Does he do it for the cheese as well? Working double shifts as a chocolate and cheese bubbler. Or do they buy the bubbles in bulk and pour them into the nearly finished product? But where do they buy them from? I’ve heard of bubble gum manufacturers, do they make them? What about Champagne, who puts the bubbles in that? What are bubble made of? Can’t say that I can taste them in cheese or chocolate. I can feel them in Champagne and mineral water but can I taste them? Don’t think so. So what are they for really?

Just asking

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Bureauprats

We blame politicians for what is wrong with the country but are they really to blame? I don’t think so, in fact I think they are being duped just as badly as we the general population are, problem is as I see it most of them are so naïve they don’t see it.

 So who is to blame? Well in my opinion it’s the bureaucrats, those grey faceless leaches, creeping and crawling around the corridors of Whitehall sucking the life out of everything they come over.

 Bureaucrats, where do they come from exactly? As far as I can see they originated in Byzantium around 300 AD when the Byzantium emperors castrated young boys and took them into service, their job, keep people busy while the emperor enjoyed his harem. Becoming very fat and lazy and very rich in the process. And they continue to this day as castrato.

 Then petty little French courtiers under Louis XIV made an art out of it by creating the now famous mincing and bowing and that now well known refined nasal drawl of the over class. They created the much needed ante room, and the ante ante room, and the ante ante ante room to protect their King from reality and they created that much needed room for dressing the King with the ever attendant noblemen and that private of all private rooms the privy, with attendant courtiers and a physician of course, to check the smell and texture of the resultant outcome, because yes, even the rich and privileged have bodily functions, believe it or not. They created layer upon layer of civil servants to create and administer those much needed diplomatic and much loved rituals we are all so proud of.

But it was the British who perfected it. The British who during the last part of the 19th century created that wonderful adage “The status quo”. These wonderful fellows from Harrow, Eton and Winchester who; nothing better to do with their lives entered into the civil service for the benefit of King and their own pockets, hrmm I mean country. These wonderfully gifted young men who saw a bob or two could be earned by promoting railways or coal mines or steel works but saw no need for useless expenditure on the poor and needy, after all no income to be had there. These idealistic fellows who saw that a war here and there would put a bit of brass into the pockets of their friends and relations and would keep the poor and needy quiet for a year or two whilst dying on the battlefield. These stout hearted men who at the great risk of losing a place on the London dinner circuit frittered away fortunes of the countries money on necessities like statues of their own kind; built by friends of course and medals and titles.

And now, like true descendants of this inimitable breed of parasite, no I mean human beings, they block, for the good of the country of course, modernisation and new thinking, they whisper in the ears of our naïve politicians, “oh no we cant do that minister, it would lead to most undesirable consequences”. “We must keep the proletariat down you know minister, wouldn’t do to let them get above their station, they could actually demand equality you know”. “Minister the CEO of this or that International conglomerate really doesn’t need that new legislation it would play havoc on his share holders, don’t you know and just think of what it would to to his workforce he would have to pay them a fair wage and where will that lead to, more lay offs and more unnecessary expense?” “Before you know it the plebs will want a functioning NHS or Schooling or an Ambulance service or Fire service, nothing but expenditure minister and then how will we be able to give you your a salary increase minister?”

YES MINISTER. The answer must be maybe and that’s definite!

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My sixties

My sixties.

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