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UBUNTU I am because of who we all are.
Supporting the 2012 Olympic Legacy—I WILL be positive and endeavour to maintain the Olympians' love of life and its challenges
MALALA—a statement of the failure of religion:
religion that fails to pro-actively promote the absolute equality of male and female is fundamentally immoral and unfit for decent society.
There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:26-28)
Diversity within unity and change over time is the reality of Creation. Peter Such, poet and writer (1943–)
Neither praise nor shoot the messenger: the message is all.


Peter Such

Peter Such

A view of Great Berkhamsted from Cooper's fields

Peter Such lives in Great Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England.
Formerly working in printing and publishing Peter Such is currently an occasional writer on diverse issues, as the mood takes him.
He has regularly put his views to the test of public opinion, which is how he twice ended up as mayor of his home town.
 He also stood for The Referendum Party in the UK General Election of 1997.

www.petersuch.org www.petersuch.com
Also on Twitter as Peewit2 (he doesn't take it seriously) and on Facebook as himself (Peter.Such5)

FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS CURRENT BLOG ANNOTATIONS/OTHER REFERENCES

LAST PUBLISHED
Friday 9th November 2018

NOVEMBER 2018
ON THE EU, SEE MOVING ON

GENERAL AND COMMENTARY INDEX
THE EU QUESTION
and MOVING ON

NEVER FORGET
It was Labour and the Lib/Dems that denied us the political vote that turned commercial agreements on trade into political authoritarian diktat. As  Churchill said "Trust the British people". Labour refused to do so and the Tories took too long to get round to doing so. Neither presented a state of competent argument.
We would have had a perfectly harmonious relationship with the EU had France not panicked over the greater empire and commonwealth that we created, for which reason they denied us earlier entry and ensured the rationality and logic we would have brought was excluded from the EU's basic structure, leading them away from proper objectives.

Vagaries will arise from time to time due to a variety of program upgrades that take awhile to interact.

Friday 9th November 2018
A day of high contrasts of emotion. In the middle of discussing technical details with the double-glazing contractors I am rung by my cousin, to be told of an emotive family death, which is still in the process of being disseminated through the family. Not untimely but specifically unexpected. Apparently it was a dignified passing over in his own time. One is suddenly thrown out of kilter with one's thought processing. Contradictions collide and new horizons open up where such views should not be seen. My own life unfolded in the historical way I am deliberately avoiding in the family history I am working on, as I thought through my interactions with him and consequently interactions with other family members and friends around him at those times. He was a valued critic on whose future criticism I was looking forward.
           I suspect it is over-excited imagination but I already sense temperature changes in different areas of my home. The hallway (front door), stairs and bathroom have been double-glazed. I expected some difference but expected to have to look for it! Everything is a tight fit and I thought I had locked myself out but it was all to do with door closer tightness. I have to get into a different habit to make sure I do not lock mysef out by just closing the door!
          Then I intended to familiarise myself with those aspects of my new car that weren't the same as previously but never got round to it. I was reluctant to let go of my previous brilliant orange and black but the combination of screen camera, plus my decisions to attend to minor scratches at my cost, maintaining the purity of my insurance record, meant the garage were happy to arrange a transfer of cars and for the ease of convenience by default, I agreed. I am so far happy!
              The resultant clean area where the fitters had worked emphasised the appalling state in which I live and made me realise I must think far earlier than I had been of having in professional cleaners on a regular basis. Decision on tne front door and first stge of double-glazing was correct and I was feeling on a high.
             However, the inside of the front door made my decision to have interior woodwork and ceiling two variants of light grey now seemed questionable, the door and surrounds being a clear, brilliant white. There is an advantage to moving slowly, in pace with the time and not getting myself too soon over-excited! Pause for thought. I was also more able to assess what was really involved with moving things around as required. I was feeling very dispirited... and then there was Fred's death. New car with which to enjoy gaining familiarity; excitement of progressing with redecoration and admiring my new front door, coupled with fear of resultant chaos during redecoration filled me with the slough of despond.

Wednesday 7th November 2018
REVOLUTIONARY DAYS
The film Peterloo is released in the time of celebrating the defeat and execution of the gunpowder plotters; the centenary of the end of the First World war; while similar turmoil today rages verbally throughout the realm because of Brexit. The country has moved on considerably but remains entrenched in archaic notions.
          Berkhamsted’s History society post on Facebook this week quotes “Fireworks in the street...‘Six Northchurch lads, Frederick Geary [killed at Gallipoli, 2 May 1915, age 22], Robert Graham, George Bignell, Leonard Maynard, Arthur Hozier, and William Howlett were, on the evidence of P.S. Perry, ordered to pay 1s.1d. each in costs, for letting off fireworks in the main thoroughfare, at Northchurch, just in front of Major Granville's house, on Sunday evening just as people were going to church." (Bucks Herald, 7 Nov 1908). On entering his pew, Major Granville always handed his top hat to his wife, who entered first. She placed the hat upside down in a niche in the wall, which must originally have been meant for holy water. (Beorcham, Berkhamsted Review, Sep 1963).’
I made this comment. “An interesting historical aside but implies an established hierarchical social structure which is quite outrageous and may be why the fireworks were let off where they were.”
That is the uniqueness of this country: hierarchical staidness with social flexibility. The turmoil is little different, age for age: Protestant/Catholic, Brexit/ Remain, except in modern times it is Remain that is revolutionary and Brexit the establishment. For a fuller debate see http://www.petersuch.com/MOVING_ON.html and http://www.petersuch.com/EU_IN_OUT.html.

THE UNDERCURRENTS
I open November by concluding October! Much debate and alternative views were expressed in my awareness on Facebook. With Trump rampaging, it is appropriate to quote Jefferson, “I prefer a dangerous freedom to peaceful slavery,” as an apt motto for these murky times.

Sunday 4th November 2018
As always, re-logging into Apple proves troublesome but so far that is all that has gone wrong and there is no immediate need but to see how we go. So I wrote then, but then discovered Microsoft was not “with it” and I have resisted going cloud, so turn to Apple’s Pages I’ve never used, transferring Office as a fleet of solo programs when I first embraced Apple. My switch was partly a major change with Microsoft enhanced by my electricity company’s inability to maintain consistency of power, so I made the complete switch as laptop’s had the battery backup to “plough on regardless”.
           I don’t like the principle of cloud. Independence without eternal subscription is my view but I can then try working directly in Quark. It’s over heavy for simple things but I intend to publish so it saves transferring, just work in “the vernacular”! I’ve just moved over to Mojave, from which I had previously held back awaiting some other software to catch up (Quark and Dreamweaver but forgot about Microsoft’s Office). I’m happy to upgrade the first two further which means a major upgrade on Quark but worth it. Times they are exciting again. I’ve been doddering on through the summer heat completely knocked out and achieving nothing, then suddenly "everything is happening".
Moving on, memories of 5.25" disks and running 2, one carrying the program and the other holding 1.2Mb of editable data, with more than ten minute periods on the telephone line threatening disconnection at any moment. Such memories flashed through my mind as I plunged through the headache of upgrading.
            Incredibly, it all came down in about ten minutes but then took three-quarters-of-an-hour to work itself through my computer as everything readjusted. I am now paying the price of casualness. I have never enjoyed spending money and so plan ahead reasonably well, making due provision but suddenly everything hits me and I'm into paying out large sums!
Car replacement; double-glazing hallway and bathroom windows and new front door; prior to redecorating hall and bathroom; prior to laying new hall/stair/bathroom carpet. The enormity of clearance for work-space hits home! I'm exhausted... and I'm only thinking about it! [Today, 7/11, garage confirms date for new car and double-glazers want to cause disruption twenty-four hours later!]

Wednesday 2nd November 2018
Ah well, curtains drawn just after 17:00. I like to watch the light fade, before shutting myself off from the world. As I shopped over lunchtime I nearly went off for a walk over Ashridge but decided to get on with matters in hand, mundane though they were. I made a mental note that we were now entering that winter period when I try to be out only between 09:00 and 16:00—daylight hours! Persevering with irritations I suddenly find things beginning to dissolve or fade in importance. As usual "perseverance" will win out but several controversial discussions on Facebook indicate we are in a period of fundamental social change!

Fox-hunting
A little over-simplistic but I am not adverse to your view. We are perhaps at a point when we have to seriously review our status in the world. Can we pull back from being the species that caused total disaster?
           Your understanding of natural ecosystems leaves a lot to be desired. Culling is the absolute opposite of a natural system. In nature, population size is controlled by access to food and predation. When a population grows too large for the ecosystem to support it, that population will naturally reduce accordingly. There is zero need for human intervention. Humans are a reality, so clearly to interact to counter them would surely be contradictory to your idea of a “natural ecosystem”?
           With fox hunting, what we're talking about is agricultural 'pest' control, not ecosystem management. Foxes are hunted because farmers don't like wildlife and drunk toffs enjoy animal cruelty.
           Legal loopholes currently allow blood sports to continue under the guise of trail hunting, say campaigners. Labour wants to change that.
Labour continues as muddled as usual, claiming they support the working class and now they want to put that working class out of work! The countryside employs many rural people in maintaining diverse countryside pursuits. They are muddling a perfectly valid argument, akin to that woman being photographed with a shot deer, creating its own muddled outcry. Yes, the photo was inappropriate but the reality of the need to cull is a natural reality. All of nature contests with one another for food, which entails killing one another. Reality!
In that case what’s the need for “hunting with hounds” then ? Doesn’t employ that many people that I’m aware of. It’s a barbaric “sport” for the toffs, keep it barred!
On the "niceties" you have a valid argument but are choosing to ignore the reality of wild life, which does precisely that for need. The dogs are trained, arguably beyond a "natural" inclination and there is a wide argument regarding human species’ interaction with the other animal species on this planet.
            As a FOX I’d like to chase the Hunters with a pack of dog's....see how they like being torn to bits.....
Deal with reality, you are not a fox and therefore have responsibility to address the argument with sense, presumably you have either no sense or you have no argument?
What a patronising portrayal of working class people, paid to service the barbaric pursuits of the wealthy. Fox hunting is not a cull, it’s a barbaric sport, a fun way to trample across the countryside, yelling and destroying, dressed up in ridiculous costume. 
Get over yourself, as the ‘working classes’ would say. It’s barbaric and pointless, as are the people who do it and that’s a working class opinion.
            I am surprised you have such contempt for "the working classes". Such a classification is Labour orientated, which remains stuck in the class consciousness of its foundation, from which it refuses to grow up. The idea that there are "landed gentry" riding roughshod is archaic: such people are most likely to be bankers or merchants masquerading as "squires" for their personal egos. In this age we are all working class and those that can live off hereditary indulgence usually have a greater sense of worth out of public necessity.
            Hunting dress is rational: the neckerchief is to bind a broken arm (remember a fall can be miles from immediate modern help) and the rest of the dress derives likewise from pure practicality.
On the "niceties" you have a valid argument but are choosing to ignore the reality of wild life which does precisely that for need. The dogs are trained arguably beyond a "natural" inclination and there is a wide argument regarding human species interaction with the other animal species on this planet.

Tuesday 30th October 2018
After-noon all. No frost this morning but it seems a colder day than yesterday, is it, or am I coming down with a cold... or my background problem is giving me another dig when, whatever the actual temperature, however well wrapped up, one still feels cold!? I have a relative who suffers like that but the way it affects me fluctuates more widely.

 "Accepting nothing at face value" is a basic philosophy.

Monday 29th October 2018
Electricians arrived to look closely at the street lamp outside my door. They were messing around up an elevated platform for some twenty minutes. It now does not work. It did before they arrived!
“What is a nation? Should it be defined by race and class? It’s a fairly modern concept, the discussion around actively cultivating a national identity came from Europe in the c18th. French c19th historian, Ernest Renan, believed that a nation is "a daily referendum", and that nations are based as much on what the people jointly forget, as what they remember.
            Renan was concerned by the frequent confusion between the idea of nationhood and of racial or linguistic groupings. This confusion, he said, can produce "the gravest errors".
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_Is_a_Nation%3F”
           From the Cambridge Dictionary: “a country, especially when thought of as a large group of people living in one area with their own government, language, traditions, etc..” Perhaps it is my age but I look back to my believed source and ahead to my perceived destination, both representing perceived universality. Nations and global concepts are minute parts of the factual universe containing diversity in harmonious juxtaposition. A state of continual change through time, one might call it "awakening awareness" which comfortably encompasses difference within diversity.
1. Get the structure right. 2. It was the EU that rejected us and we stupidly persisted and then ensured we would always be outvoted, instead of putting a stop as deGaulle had used against us. Now, with typical EU perversity, they don't want us to leave but have no intention of changing their ways, making the same mistake religion made: authority versus reality; life/creation is a state of continual change over time—Flexibility, Adaptability, Malleability.

Sunday 28th October 2018
Found a fellow poet, so thought I would share her personal post.

“I'm in two minds about posting my poem, but maybe it will give hope and joy to someone who also experiences Clinical Depression; remember, we are not alone. God is a very present help in trouble and has promised never to leave us, never to forsake us!

Imagine your life as one black hole;
would you sell your soul
to remedy the pain, the hollow in your heart?
would peace settle into your life
freeing you from sorrow and strife?

When all is darkness, no light in sight,
would you seek help from
People on earth or from God above?
The Scriptures teach us He is love.

I know what I would do, I'd run
into God's arms open wide for me,
as undeserving as I might be.
I would tell Him my plight, though
it would not be news to Him.

He knows the end from the
beginning, ordained every day
before the creation of the world.
I know I did not get a say, but
He is the Potter and I am the clay.

He would listen to my plea, open
my eyes that I may see the wonder
of His might,
would freely offer me His grace, and
help me discover the amazing sight,
the pain He endured for my sins.

And all I could do is embrace
His love, keep running the race.
There would still be black holes
inside the times of light, yet I would
know and love Him as my
Saviour and Lord, winning the fight.
Marianne Krout

An extraordinary time. Season's change in reality; clocks go back; budget on Monday because the Chancellor's superstitious about Hallowe'en. I thought the modern world did not entertain superstition! We go forward and then we don't, things do and do not change. Interesting but that is the depth and diversity of society, different parts of it update in their own ways and time.

Excellent response. Thank you, regarding interference with Arms preparations for next year. Remember, additional costs caused by delays are met by taxpayers' money (including mine!) hence my involvement. However, like rail strikes it is an individual group determining their view over-rides anyone else's, hence my interest, concern and involvement.
           Yes, but what have rail strikes got to do with this Quaker arms trade movement we are building? The costs to individual passengers who can only earn their crusts and protect their children by using the railways according to their schedules, which strikes wilfully upset without providing alternative transport.
           As an aside, the privatised railways are expensive for the tax payer's purse anyway (approx 4.5bn annually). You seem to have made an outsider judgement about campaigners against arms trading. If you knew us better you would know that we are well read, dedicated campaigners, with strong rationale, legal weighting.
“Saudi is buying our management expertise” no. This is how we sell arms, by talking about management expertise, defence security personnel and strategic vision. It’s linguistic masking of something far more grave.
You are within your rights to share what you wish, of course. We are a small group, working hard in our spare time to grow a movement, creating copy, comms channels and offering training and networking to bring people together. I can understand that you may not agree, or see things as we do.
           It just seems so curious to me that you would critique what we are doing by conflating us with current rail strikes. The point you are missing, as I wrote earlier, that the strikes wilfully personally affect families and children and their earning capacities or responsibilities. That is what any disruption causes and so personal demonstrations, even as groups should bear in mind other people’s trauma that you choose to incur for your purposes.

Brrr! It has indeed turned cold! Waitrose shopping was indeed a wintry affair, fortunately I timed things well, people were filling up the car park as I exited. Cup of tea and settling down. I'm IN for the weekend!

Lord Hain abused his parliamentary privilege. Time was not relevant to the issue.

Isolation
Italian girl of about 13 years of age on the bus was just asking “what are Friends for?” She was very matter of factly wondering to her friends what the point of making friends is, as her family are unsure if they’ll be able to stay in the UK because of Brexit ( so she said). So they will be moving after Christmas. She said this was supposed to be their last move, as a family, to the UK Now they will travel to Switzerland, Germany... She pointed out that making new friends when your future is unsettled is hard. Difficult to leave a life behind and start again.
I hate that young people are so affected by what’s going on. Life changing, life shaping political upheaval.
           These are strange times to witness.

Comments
I can only imagine how disheartened this girl may feel at the knowledge that she and her family may have to leave the country due to unfortunate circumstances.
It shouldn't be an issue, however anti Brexit legislature may make it, or make it appear a problem, to cause alarm to substantiate another referendum.

I think what I heard is a family who feel unwelcome. Unwelcome enough that they will relocate. I also know nothing of their business or skills. On face value, the girl being well dressed and confident, well spoken and travelled, in an affluent London suburb, it could be assumed her family have economic reasons because of Brexit too.

But being unwelcome is a reality, even if the law says differently. One of my good friends went back to France because they too felt unwelcome after Brexit. They experienced hate speech towards them for the first time in their time as an adult living in the UK So they returned to France.

We see the impact of popular belief in the negative sense too, for example the popular belief that it’s ‘too easy’ to migrate to the UK and people come here for an easy life. The truth is it’s now quite hard to enter the UK legally to live and work, there is a high income bar and family are not permitted unless they meet strict criteria. Yet, this popular notion prevails. 

These popular views shape society. There is the legality and factuality but also the climate. And of course, politics exists in both these spheres. They are both important to address.

Yup. Several friends from mainland Europe (whose nationality I never gave thought to before 2016) are making plans to leave the UK; or at least getting themselves ready to do so. A few have gone. For all, the central issue is feeling unwelcome. One Dutch friend who has worked in the UK for decades had a note pinned to her door telling her to leave (she's gone). But more commonly, just a feeling that the UK is not the country they thought they knew.

Our relations with the EU have been disastrous from the start due to the EU's refusal to have us from the start. We, stupidly persisted and failed to act positively from the beginning with what was already a broken record, broken by the EU!

Hi everyone Graceful Beauty and Clips of Tring were broken in to last night and quite a few things were taken like tip jars tills laptops and iPads and a few sentimental things that can not be replaced. Very sad that us small business owners are working very hard to earn a living and scumbags do things like this. If anyone saw or heard anything please let us know. Be wary everyone this seems to be becoming a common occurrence in Tring sadly.
This makes me so sad. I know how hard small business owners have to work to succeed. It's beginning to look as though all businesses will have to install metal shutters for use at night since this just keeps happening. You're right. We do need our local police station to be kept in use. Small businesses are important and deserve to feel secure. I'm gutted for you, hun.

A charity shop and others in Berkhamsted have similarly suffered. We have to address the state of our society and ask some fundamental questions.

Saturday 3rd November 2018
Much has taken place since Friday 26th October requiring extensive editing, so I am closing October and will write the rest by using it to open November. So I wrote earlier today. More tidying up was needed than I had envisaged!

PREVIOUS MONTHS 
It was Labour's socialism that determined acceptance of the EU's diktats without argument because it took away their accountability for what they knew the country would not accept. All that is happening now is the rational debate Labour were not capable of holding.

PARLIAMENTARY WORK AHEAD

Boundary clarification. How many seats and what preferred size of constituency population?

Proportional representation. Which system?

House of Lords? Should it be elected or appointed and upon what classification? Originally based on the realities of the day: Spiritual; Legal; Defence; land ownership; hereditary entitlement.

Today? Spiritual but across the faiths (define), including pure secularism/humanitarianism (all appointed/elected by their respective churches); Legal, as is; Political (variable by proven worth, such as past ministers or retired professional senior civil servants and limited party nominations); representatives of Capital, Financial Services, Labour (all either retired or active, appointed or elected by their respective accredited bodies); Education (ditto precedents stated); Health (ditto); Other?

The whole re-viewable by a statutory committee reporting with recommendations to parliament on a ten yearly basis to cover relevance of classifications in the then current world. Modus operandi as at present.

 
 
WORKING NOTES