Saturday, 11 June 2022

Unconscious Mutterings


Welcome to South Manchester on a cloudy, windy but warm day. Today we are on the edge of a tropical storm that has headed north after presumably causing havoc somewhere else. Thankfully it missed the UK and the only side-effect as it dissipates are some fairly strong winds. There will be no rain today which is a bonus.

Shall we dive into some Sunday Stealing chicanery?

I say ... and you think ... ?

Hurry! ::

Fifteen years ago I would be the one saying “Hurry” if I’m honest because I hate being late for anything. These days I still hate being late but I have slowed down to a more leisurely pace of life. It’s not just about getting old; it’s about trying to enjoy life. 

When somebody tells me to hurry up, I will judge the situation and decide whether it is worth it or not. I am definitely less likely to comply these days – or ask somebody to hurry up.

Dumb ::

There are so many dumb people in the world that I despair – I really do. In days gone by I have ranted mercilessly at the stupidity of some people who say and do stupid things without thinking about the consequences. 

By the way I am not talking about people who simply don’t understand difficult things. I have a lot of patience when dealing with people through work who aren’t technical and struggle to understand the concepts of the work I do. I usually tell these people that there is no such thing as a stupid question. 

I would be in a similar situation if somebody was trying to teach me about quantum physics; I wouldn’t have a bloody clue.

But what I am talking about are people who think that the Earth is flat, or people who still think there is no need for gun control after yet another mass killing in an American school.

Fudge ::

I love fudge. Yum! That’s all I need to say.

Sturdy ::

I have a sturdy house made of brick – and thank goodness I do on a windy day like today.

Printing ::

I used to do a lot of printing at work; documents, program listings and all manner of tree-destroying nonsense. These days in the office I rarely print anything. Everything is electronic – even signing documents. I have a printer at home and I only need that now for printing and signing important personal stuff – and that is rare. 

Even concert tickets don’t need to be printed any more. Mrs PM and I are going to see the new Jurassic World movie this afternoon and my tickets are on my phone – which is great. We can even check in for flights now without the need to print out things.

It’s a good thing and is yet another small step for combatting climate change.

Itch ::

June is hay fever season for me and thankfully it is improving year after year so these days I don’t have to take any medication for it. When I was younger, this allergy used to make me itch in places that I thought it was impossible to itch. My eyes were red raw and itched so much I felt like plucking them out. And my nose – how can the inside of your nose itch so much? 

I was a mess; streaming eyes, snot running from my nose like a waterfall, constant sneezing (once so much that my nose started to bleed) and a constant terrible itch up each nostril and around my eyes.

Thank goodness that this has largely disappeared now – one of the benefits of getting older. 

I still itch occasionally but it is well within my tolerance levels.

Creaks ::

My knees creak sometimes. I never expected that to happen. I walk a lot (an average of about 8000 steps a day) and sometimes I hear and feel creaks. No pain yet (thankfully) but I guess this is one of the bad things about getting old.

Paste ::

The word “paste” goes along with the word "cut". I write documents and move things around by cutting them and then pasting them somewhere else. 

I haven’t used real paste for decades – and that was to put up wallpaper – a really horrible chore. I pay somebody to do it now in about 5% of the time it takes me (and they do a much better job).

Waste of time ::

Listening to any words spoken by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the clown prince of scarecrows. Every word that he utters is a lie and total bullshit. I’ve heard him speak and I won’t get any of that time back.

Let down ::

I try not to let people down; as a rule I hate doing so and even when I have to I feel terribly guilty and try my best to make it up to them.

Cancellation ::

There have been a lot of people in the UK suffering from flight cancellations and as a result have had their entire holidays ruined. 

Next weekend we are jetting off to Spain – my first foreign trip for over two and a half years. If anything gets cancelled I will be livid. I am praying that I can get there. No doubt you will find out soon enough because if my flights are cancelled there will be a very irate ranting blog post about it.

Suspect ::

I suspect that Boris Johnson has never told the truth.I may be wrong about that actually because when asked his name he usually gets that right – or does he? His real full name is Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson – I mean – come on – de Pfeffel? 

Fireplace ::

I have had to buy a fireguard in order to stop Star(dust), the smaller of our two cats, from climbing up the chimney. In winter, she sat watching the fire with a puzzled look on her face and then actually tried to swipe the flames with her paw. She can’t do that now. Ziggy, the other cat, has more sense and has never been as daft as Star(dust).

Spring ::

Spring is almost over in the UK and summer starts very soon. Officially this is in ten days but the weather is pretty good at the moment – warm and pleasant (with the odd bit of rain). July and August are usually the hottest months in rainy old Manchester.

Commute ::

I’ve been working from home during the pandemic with the odd trip to the office but starting next week we have been told that we have to go back into the office for two days a week. I actually achieve more when I am working from home because I get fewer interruptions and I can pick and choose who I talk to. 

I like the guys I work with and it will be good to see more of them but my work rate will go down – that’s for sure.

Places ::

I am going abroad at least three times this year (hopefully). The first place is Estepona in the south of Spain – I’ve never been there before. In July we are going to Brussels and Bruges in Belgium. I have only ever been through Belgium on a train and I am looking forward to sampling some of that wonderful Belgian beer and also Belgian chocolate. Finally in September we are going to Zante in Greece. There may also be a university reunion in Amsterdam too – that needs to be arranged depending on when my mate can get across from America.

Fraud ::

I am so wary of fraud and it pays to be totally paranoid. We are constantly getting warnings about this at work, and a lot of it is common sense. Be very careful and trust nobody – you will probably not suffer from fraud if you take that approach.

Adoption ::

I don’t know anybody who is adopted – apart from my two cats.

Election ::

Somehow Boris the Clown is still in power despite lying about breaking the law during lockdown (if you don’t know about this look up Partygate to get all of the gory details). I wish there was an election right now because maybe then we can finally get rid of this Worzel Gummidge lookalike.

Moving day ::

I don’t ever plan to move house again. Of course, circumstances might change, for example if I were to win the lottery and buy a huge house somewhere, but I am happy to stay where I am and not have to go through the pain of moving house.


jeremy north said...

Yes, yes, yes yes etc...
The sooner that lying bas***d is kicked out of number 10 the better. The real problem is that this country is infected with people wh think he's not a n ar***ole

Elephant's Child said...

An interesting collection - and series of responses.
I am thrilled for you that you are finally going overseas again. You must be looking forward to that immensely.

Bev Sykes said...

I can see why Boris Johnson and Donald Trump got along so well.

Lori said...

Why does Boris always look like he just got out of bed. I mean, he really wants his hair to look that way?
My answers are so short. You did a great job answering! BTW...I am a teacher in one of those American schools you talked about. Scary stuff. So is Kwizgiver. Loved your answers! Have a great day!

Lisa said...

As always, I enjoy visiting and reading your answers! I, too, am a tad worried about flight cancellations. We have some pretty important flights in the next few weeks.

Roger Owen Green said...

My condolences re your PM.

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Jeremy,

I don't understand why he is so popular. I think it's less so after Partygate but there are still 59% of Tory MPs who think he is worth holding onto.

I just don't get it.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi EC,

I can't wait - travel problems permitting. No doubt I shall report.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Bev,

Trump and our scarecrow did apparently get on well but I think even that was a sham. Before he was elected PM Boris Johnson used to have a real go at Donald Trump - but then again they are both serial liars so you wouldn't know their true feelings for one another.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Lori,

It's disgraceful. He is an embarrassment. His hair style is used to make him seem human and he purposefully messes it up before an interview. It's the image he likes to portray - the lovable buffoon who everybody likes.

And some people fall for it.

Not me.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Lisa,

For us it's partly the after effects of the pandemic and also Brexit. But I won't go into that. Hopefully we'll be fine.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Roger,

He's an absolute lying pratt, mate.




CountryDew said...

You took your time with these answers. Good for you! I dashed them off quickly because I did them in a hurry this morning. Sorry about your PM. I don't read much good about him.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Hope you get a PM with more humanity next election.

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi CD,

There is nothing good to read about the scarecrow/clown hybrid. I despair every time I see the idiot.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Su-sieee,

So do I Susie, so do i!