Wobbling the right muscles and jangling outdated British culture

I have been walking like a cross between John Thaw and John Wayne today after having strained muscles right the way down my right hand-side trying to get my new bike on its centre-stand. I struggled to even pass various bits and pieces from the front car seat to baby boy sat behind me because of all the twinges (the usual back seat demands…..Mummy I’m thirsty, Mummy I’m hungry….I can’t find my toy car aaahhh!). Of all muscles, my right hand side is not the place that needs ‘work’. What will it take to pull muscles in my thighs and buttocks? That’s the bit that really needs some tightening, as emphasised when I ran to the bank (to pay in a cheque) while my husband sat on double yellows …. Running is a great way of focusing attention on the wobbly bits because they can’t help but wobble. I am not a runner, so wonder if I started, would my wobbly bits eventually Wobble off? It’s worth a try…

Daughter is at a sleepover today at a friend’s gorgeous house…..however they are camping in the garden. Her Husband makes his money selling billion dollar floating gin palaces, so they have lots of nice stuff. They are Canadian, so they are friendly and talk to us and are happy for our daughter to socialise with theirs. (apologies to any wealthy British families I am about to offend by this statement, but…..) I have yet to meet a wealthy British family who are happy to socialise with a family whose joint income is less than a child’s private school bill. But Canadians (and many other nationalities for that matter) are completely unaware of our ridiculous class system and, as a result, do not uphold the unofficial screening process before commencing friendship (house, car, schooling, accent). 

Us Brits could learn a lot from other countries, Nigel Farage take note.

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Passionate about Health & Education (and feidup with the deficit)

Missed a blog post last night because I was trying to finish off my part-time work before I embark on a new full-time job, so another £1 in the Unicef pot.

I just spent an hour or so of my life watching Paxman’s interview with both Miliband and Cameron. I will be voting Labour in the elections so I found myself rooting for Ed and hoping Cameron’s rhetoric would be dismissed. While I believe Paxman gave Ed a far tougher ride than David, I believe Ed came across as genuinely passionate about making lives better in Britain, whereas David was tired, staid and maybe a bit too relaxed considering all his promises made at the last election were not met, in fact with some of them he did the complete opposite.

But aside from the EU, immigration and the bloomin deficit (I’m sure it’s always been there but it’s the new buzzword in the press and a good way for Tories to sugar up the bitter medicine of public sector cuts) I think that Labour’s pledge to protect spending in health and education is absolutely right. The Tories offer no such protection and that is not good enough.

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The power of 1

My hubby and I (every time I begin a blog post in this way I feel like the Queen) were invited to our neighbour’s for a meal. This is a rare occurrence for us as we don’t consider ourselves to be the ‘dinner party type’ and tend to give off that vibe. It turned out to be really good, despite the age gap of the other neighbour’s who joined us. We got back late so hence the lack of blog post (£1 in the pot to UNICEF).

However, the conversation did stray onto politics and the older couple proudly announced they would be voting UKIP. I had my concerns when a few headlines from The Daily Mail were mentioned.

I have seen UKIP double decker buses twice in this area but nothing from The other parties. We live in a ‘blue’ area and the power of our vote is virtually useless. It is worrying that I feel like the minority wanting to shake my fist at the UKIP bus.

I said to my husband, ‘If UKIP get in we are getting out’. He asks, ‘But where would we go? I didn’t have a clue because at our age it is so difficult to move to another country. So after a while I opted for the Outer Hebrides, because at least up there Government would be diluted.

Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that……

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Red, green or in-between?

Last night I suddenly decided to put in the effort to sort my politics out.

Last time I voted Lib Dem and felt very let down when they sided with the Tories – I have lost all faith in them as a result.

I voted Green for the European elections, so I had a look on their website detailing a comprehensive manifesto and their policies shape a society pretty close to my ideal (with me on a good day – speeding and fast cars being my vice). Here, here to discouraging the pointless ownership of SUVs, commencing academic education at 6 instead of 5, abolishing SATS and too many tests and removing charitable status from private schools. Everything under their wildlife, farming and rural sections put a smile on my face but the biggest hit has got to be the fact that this party is the only one serious about protecting our world from further destruction and preserving what we have left for future generations. They are bold policies that would make a significant difference to the lives, well-being and environment of so many and would finally bring this country into the modern age – whereas at the moment it feels we are going backwards held back by a population dominated by the politics of the out-dated post-war baby boomers – I am being ageist. However, it seems to be predominantly the older generation that keep the bloody Tories in power.

I have emailed Labour, having reviewed their website, to say that 3 headlines per department does not a manifesto make – the site reads like a newspaper and I, like a lot of hesitant potential labour voters, have an attention span that is longer than 3 tabloid style headlines and a temperance that finds opening paragraphs bashing Cameron very annoying. I dont give a monkeys what Cameron says/said – what do Labour stand for – what are the policies IN DETAIL? We dont want political puff.

I also emailed the Greens to say if I gave them my vote and the votes went toward a coalition – who would they partner with? I do not want to chuck another vote away this time round and unwittingly keep the backwards blues in.

As for UKIP – if they come to power it will be brilliant for the UK population and local wildlife – everyone will have fled in fear of a society that resembles Biff’s 1985 in Back to the Future 2….gulp….maybe that’s what the baby boomers really want?

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