Week Without Blogging

I’m taking a week off to focus on some council stuff and other bits and pieces, like sorting my house out.

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Year of the Snake

Dealing with writers block I decided to ask my daughter Marianna what I should blog about, and she said I should write about snakes, I still didn’t know what to write, so I decided to look up my Chinese hororscope, having been born in the year of the snake.

In Chinese culture, the Snake is the most enigmatic animal among the twelve zodiac animals. People born in a year of the Snake are supposed to be the most intuitive.

Snakes tend to act according to their own judgments, even while remaining the most private and reticent. They are determined to accomplish their goals and hate to fail.

Snakes represent the symbol of wisdom. They are intelligent and wise. They are good at communication but say little. Snakes are usually regarded as great thinkers.

Snakes are materialistic and love keeping up with the Joneses. They love to posses the best of everything, but they have no patience for shopping.

Snake people prefer to work alone, therefore they are easily stressed. If they seem unusually stressed, it is best to allow them their own space and time to return to normal.

Snakes prefer living a peaceful life, and they do not like a noisy environment. Snakes become easily stressed when their lives aren’t calm or in order. Therefore, a manageable workload would be good for them rather than a challenging schedule.

Snakes need to spend lots of time to relax themselves. It’s necessary to take vacations at the proper time. People should pay attention to the health of Snake people, especially senior members in the family.

Some of that sounds like utter bollocks, some is eerily accurate, but I suppose thats the point of a good horoscope

Minimum Alcohol Pricing: The Return of the Pub Trade?

In whats being described as a move to curb excessive drinking the Welsh Government has announced plans to introduce a minimum price per unit of alcohol, with the price being set at £0.50 per unit, which would see things like a pint of Carling having to be priced at at least £1.15, and a 440ML can at a minimum of a £1, and your double Jack and Coke will have to cost a £1. Good luck finding those sorts of prices on a night out (if you do, share the knowledge) . However, what this policy is aimed at is to cut out the binge drinking that cheaper prices in the supermarkets lead to, I mean, whats the point in going out when you can get over 30 cans for £20, save yourself cab fare and control the music?

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But with the new policy what we could see is a resurgence of pub drinking, over the past few years, thanks to the smoking ban, and cheaper supermarket prices pubs have suffered, but if it now becomes only marginally cheaper to drink at home, will we see more people returning to pubs and clubs? Maybe. A quick survey of the pubs and clubs I frequent show that very few prices would actually be affected, (the only one drink that I found that would increase was absinthe on sale for £1, which was more to do with getting rid of the bottle than a clever promotion).

So if the policy is enacted and even the cheapest of spirits in supermarkets go up in price (a 750ml 40% spirit would have to cost a minimum of £16 regardless of quality) Welsh pubs may begin to see an upturn in trade, as it only becomes marginally more expensive to go out (not factoring in taxi’s, kebabs, outfits, entry fees and the high cost of dignity).

A Tribute To Muslim Soldiers

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I just saw one of those really vile facebook posts about how the poppies used by the British Legion to commemorate the sacrifices made by our troops offends Muslims. This is a consignment of  geriatric shoe makers (or a load of old cobblers). Why on Earth would Muslims be offended at a tribute to those who fell in World War One and Two?

Over Two and a Half Million Muslim troops fought for the allied nations during World War One, not to mention the near 3 million Muslims who fought for the ottoman empire during the same conflict. To say nothing of the 2.5 million Muslims who fought on behalf of the British Empire alone during World War Two.

In this day and age, I feel that the main war that we should be waging is the war against hatred, intolerance and bigotry. Why in the 21st century are people still trying to foster hatred based on someones religion? We live in a wide world full of beauty and spirituality, I just don’t understand why anyone would attack that, or would even want to.

So to the Muslim Troops who served, in any and all conflicts, you have my thanks, and to the Muslims who still serve our armed forces to this day, I salute you. Thank you.

 

The Pull List September 2018

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This is the post where I share what comics I’ve purchased throughout the month, here are Septembers:

  1. Doctor Who The Crimson Hand
  2. Doctor Who Chains of Olympus
  3. Judge Dredd The Cursed Earth Uncensored
  4. The Legend of Zelda Ocarina Of Time Part One
  5. The Legend of Zelda Ocarina Of Time Part Two
  6. The Legend of Zelda Ocarina Of Time Part Majora’s Mask
  7. The Ballad of Halo Jones Volume Three

As you can see, its been a pretty slow month comic wise, so I’ve mostly been playing catch up with all the 2000AD lot from the two months previous, I still have almost 50 graphic novels to read, which makes up something like 20 years of Judge Dredd and Slaine on its own.