It’s been a while…

Since I wrote a blog post.

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So here’s a dog post. 🙂

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A bit of context. We were in Fort Augustus in the Highlands of Scotland, on the Caledonian Canal.

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And this is looking out onto Loch Ness from Fort Augustus which is at the southern end of the loch.

More soon (hopefully) 🤥😏😊

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Writing 101 – First Assignment

It’s time for me to write. I have 20 minutes to write anything at all as an exercise in Writing 101 by Word Press.

I’ve been very tired today. I’ve been trying to boost my energy by doing push-ups on the stairs and, my mind has gone completely blank… Squats, that’s it. I’m aiming for 20 repetitions of each exercise at a time and my goal is 100 reps every day of each exercise. Once I’ve achieved this I can them make it more difficult by using weights when I do squats and lower stairs for the push-ups until I can do them on the ground. Day at a time, girl…

What to write about now? I’d like to write short stories. I have no idea what the subject matter should be. I do have some resources such as this Writing 101 and some writing books to help me get started and then develop a style and find a creative spark. I wonder if meditation may help?

I usually think of nothing when I meditate which isn’t that often. I wonder if I could try meditating on a creative idea? For example, I was in Specsavers the other day to collect my new specs and I remembered a task in a writing course about making up a story about some people you see while out and about.

I saw an elderly couple while in Specsavers. They were both wearing baseball caps which is unusual in England, for elderly people to be wearing. I began thinking that maybe the guy was American and he had met his future wife while serving in the US Army during World War II and stationed in England before deployment to the battlefield. I could take that basic idea and create a detailed backstory.

Where did they meet, specifically? How old were they? What was his rank? What corps? What was her job? Who were their friends? Why did their initial attraction develop into marriage, which was lifelong, rather than he just going home without her? Did he or they ever go back to the USA?

What happened after the war? Where did they live? What employment did they have? Did they have children? If so, how many? What were their names? What were they like. Do they have grandchildren?

Can I spend time meditating on these questions and imagine a detailed lifestory for the two of them and any children and grandchildren?

Maybe it is time to give it a shot.

(Oooo you’re halfway there, Oh Wo! Livin’ on a prayer) 🙂

Apology or Defence?

“That’s not a proper apology! You’re just justifying yourself!”

It’s very likely that you have said those words to someone else and had them said to you too. I know I have.

What I find interesting, in a quirky kind of way, not seriously interesting, is that both “saying you are sorry and meaning it” and “justifying yourself”(or another, or an idea) are meanings that the word “apology” convey.

Around 155 AD or CE (take your pick) a man who came to be known as Justin Martyr wrote his first apology. This was a defence of Christians and Christianity, to the Roman authorities which were persecuting some Christians at the time. This defence meaning is the original meaning of apology I believe (sorry if I’m wrong about that) so it’s quite funny I think, to recall times when I’ve told someone off for defending themselves because “that’s not a proper apology!”

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Fundamentals: Day One

The primary purpose of this blog is to allow me to get things off my mind, so that I will not start ruminating. For me it is therapeutic.

The secondary aim is for me to practise writing in a disciplined way. I know I can write essays and should be able to write articles, but I am very rusty. I would like to write short story fiction and some poetry as well. Hopefully, as I progress we shall see all these genres represented here.

I gave myself a few days to settle in and write fairly regularly before I started the Word Press familiarisations and courses. Now I am confident in moving forwards I shall blog these exercises every day, circumstances permitting.

Crisis, what Crisis?

I know from some previous study of koine Greek that the New Testament is written in that the word ‘crisis’ comes from the koine Greek for ‘decision’.

Reading some of the blogs for today I was informed that the Chinese for crisis contains the added element of opportunity. This reminds of a dialogue between Varys and Petyr Baelish, two of my favourite characters from Game of Thrones. Varys speaks with fear for the realm because of the chaos of war, comparing the crisis to a pit that will bury everyone. Baelish responds with: “Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder!”

I decided to check out the dictionary before writing my post for anything I may have missed.

I found this gem.

Words that rhyme with crisis.

Isis.

Oh! The feckin' irony!

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Rewinding the Clock

Having discovered that time travel would be possible in a machine which could isolate him from gravity, Michael had built it and was now ready for his first test drive.
He checked the clock, it read 13:15 and the date was displayed as 24 July 2016. “Ten years” he muttered to himself. “That should do it.” He’d bought the apartment twelve years ago and had been the sole occupant, there would be no problems with other people when he materialised in 2006.

He set the controls to exactly ten years in the past. Nervously, he pressed the start button.

Michael found himself asphyxiating in the cold dark space which the Earth would not occupy for ten very long years.

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Journey

“Life is a journey”

I find it it hard to accept that life is a journey, unless life is bigger than the one life we tend to expect in the West. It’s not much of a journey for too many people especially those whose lives are cruelly cut short.

I find the negative belief of reincarnation mainly found in the East to be hard to accept too. The one where the ultimate aim is to stop reincarnating because it is just an endless weary cycle of differing lives does not appeal to me at all.

I was raised in an atheist or agnostic household but had an adult conversion to Christianity when aged 18. I was introduced to conservative evangelicalism and really did think I had found the Truth. I look back now with some regret because I was ignorant of theological issues at a time when they couldn’t be looked up on the Internet.

Today I have come a long way in my thinking and beliefs. I even think reincarnation may well be true and I may have experienced memories of past lives in dreams and past life drama therapy. Unlike the Eastern version though, I do not believe reincarnation is about living endless lives on a spinning wheel.

I believe those lives are a journey. This life just one stage.

Is the UK leaving Europe?

Sometimes you may hear or read that the UK is leaving Europe. We are not. Europe is a continent which the UK is part of. I am British English in Nationality and also European because Europe is a continent.

The false idea that the EU is Europe is put about by those who are pro-EU. Please understand that this is propaganda by those who wish to use words as they want to use them. To equate the EU with Europe is to insult the Swiss, the Norwegians and the Russians who live in Europe, including those who live in Moscow.

EU stands for European Union. The EU is a political project. It is not a continent as Europe is. The UK has voted to leave a political project which seeks to standardise so many things in the name of trade, which do not really need standardising. The EU project is a bureaucracy which delights in producing red tape for nations to tie themselves up in.

The UK is leaving the EU project.

The UK is not leaving Europe as we cannot find a a saw big enough to sever our islands from the mainland.

The UK is not taking an isolationist stance as some accuse us of. We are taking a globalist trade stance. We are open to trade with the world and have people migrate to us from the world, as long as they qualify to live here according to the needs we have. Being part of the EU limited our scope, made us ‘parochial’, we are now reaching out to the world.

We’re getting a new Prime Minister!

Over the weeked I told my partner and my Dad that I thought that Andrea Leadsom would not last the week, as her start of her campaign was so bad that I thought it obvious that she did not have what it takes (at least not yet) to be a Prime Minister for the UK. We are at a  crossroads politically right now because we have decided to leave the European Union and it will take at least two years to do so. Theresa May will be the Prime Minister to steer us onwards, and I am glad of this.