Politician , Pinocchio ??


Long, long time ago, when I was in school, some of us were invited to meet the local Mayor and some of the politicians.

After we were interviewed for 10 minutes by one of his staff, I was chosen to go into the Mayor’s offices and speak to her and her deputy.

We chatted for a while, then the deputy said something about the time etc. So, the Mayor brought things to close by saying that there would always be room at the Town Hall for bright, young people. Had I thought about a career in politics?

When I replied in the negative, she asked why.

I said I know I’m only young, but from what I’d seen and read, politicians will say and do anything to get into power, and once in, will say and do anything to stay there.

I was soon hustled out the door.

Fifty years on, and I’m sad to say that my opinion has not changed. That either means that I am stuck in a rut, or the state of politics and politicians is exactly the same.

I believe I know which it is.

Peace and love,





No offence…….just saying…..

Hi, this is a moan.

There used to be an oft-used saying :

“I don’t mean to be funny, but………………….”

this would be followed by words that were indeed not funny, but hurtful.

Thank goodness, this phrase seems to have gone out of fashion, but it

appears to have morphed into two others,  the first is :

“No offence…….”  : this seems to be used before or after words that are again

hurtful or upsetting. People seem to use this phrase as a ‘Get out of jail free card’

as if merely by stating it makes everything excusable. Well, IT DOESN’T !

the second phrase is just as short, and bad :

“Just saying……..”  usually used after more hurtful, upsetting, thoughtless words,

again it’s used as a magic oil on troubled waters. And again, IT DOESN’T WORK !

It’s just another lazy way of trying to excuse appalling bad manners and rudeness.


So, if you use, or are thinking of using, these phrases to say rude or hurtful words,




Blue Bloods – brilliant but…….

I absolutely love the TV series Blue Bloods.

From the beginning, it has had great stories, both procedurally and emotionally. The cast are great, especially the key characters, there is always a profound goodness that runs through the whole thing.

In fact, I could give it a 100% rating except for one small thing issue……….

It seems that every week, the whole family sit around a table for a family meal. Now, this is fabulous, as it gives out a vibe of togetherness and good old-fashioned values.

But…….unless I’m missing something, there never appears to be a police or security presence outside the house. So why isn’t there a criminal who can attack the house, or simply blow it up?

With all the data out there nowadays, surely it wouldn’t take a mastermind to find out where F.X. Reagan lives. Even if there were a number of them, it wouldn’t take long to wrinkle him out. Plus, surely someone could just follow him? He has to go home sometime.

But that’s it. My only beef. Apart from that, it is a class act, well written, acted and presented. Love it. May it continue for a long time.

If only someone could explain to me……….