This week has been pretty significant for me. I finished my job two days ago and am now floating in space to the next space station in free motion. These ‘space stations’ have paid for my accommodation and car and secured my family. This limbo is something I’m not used to, the only constant is time to the next ‘station’ – that’s only 3 weeks away. I’ve never been jobless before. I am now… not claiming benefits or anything, because I don’t need to. But I will, fucking right – I’ve never been out of work and I served 22 years in the Army. That was my choice, I admit and I didn’t have to do it, but I’ve also paid 22 years worth of Income Tax. Not sure why I’m justifying my right to any sort of benefit.
Margaret Thatcher died last week as well. I saw an old army colleague carry her coffin. It seems ironic I used to give him the nickname ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’. He cut an impressive edge to the display and pomp of the ceremony. He should be proud to have been chosen out of the (now dwindling) 80,000 Army personnel. What I want to know is, why was it so expensive? I’ve been told of figures of £10m. Why 10 million? That’s a lot of cash. Who’s going to benefit from this cash? Can we see the productivity of this cash now? Might as well have chucked it away or burnt it. I mean no disrespect to the ‘Iron Lady’, but what good did the £10m do her? Did she plan to pay for the whole funeral, like the rest of the population? I gather some may been incurred, but £10m.. Come on… In the current financial climate, when we’re trying to fix the country’s deficit (whatever the fuck that means) by imposing austerity measures we find the government cutting funds to Non-governmental educational bodies like OU and cutting benefits to families that actually do need it most. They make all the cuts, shutting down factories that employ disadvantaged people etc and then fork out £10m for a corpse to be burnt and there was even a proposal to buy the queen huge fucking liner – she had the common sense to turn the idiotic notion down.
Back to Maggie. What did she do in the 1980s. She stopped the fucking milk! I remember queuing up for those little bottles when I was 7. Can’t believe it. She stopped our milk. Despite a lot of opposition she sent the British Forces umpteen thousand miles south to kick a load of Argies from a rock full of Penguins, Sheep and British settlers. Three years later she began to close fossil fuel mines all over the country. Whole societies came crumbling down, people naturally migrate to places of work and when the mines went, so did the people. The only common bond here was a lack of work for those that stayed. I remember seeing whole estates being boarded up where I used to live with my grandparents. Boarded up after being vacated. A lot more people began to sniff glue. It was more noticeable in the mid 1980s.
But like they say, you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs. Societies like these were the eggs, but what the fuck was or is the Omelette? Was there some utopia on the horizon; a world of renewable energy? Not sure where she got the notion of shutting down mines, but these societies (that were bastions of dreams, memories and some legends) have been reforming for thousands of years. It is no surprise that this would happen. I see now, even in the streets of Rugby, in the midlands some people are withdrawn into their ‘spaces’, their own worlds. Talking into their mini Ipods and smart phones and tablets; it’s only the older generation I see who frequent the Market on a Saturday morning and chatter, squabble and hark out their prices. If we look at the generations of people as stratum in a layer of bedrock, you’ll see changes in the colour, when things happened in that timeline. Trends and attitudes, some blending like the colours of rainbows or accents of languages. I find that the UK follows the USA. In 2010 whilst in New York, there were many people locked in their own frantic world, talking to the space in front of them. Seemingly disconnected conversations with ghosts. In the UK I see that the average ‘joe’ on the street is doing it now. A bit like a zombie epidemic.
So… I’ve gone from an Iron Lady, an Omelette, Renewable Energy to a Zombie epidemic. Fuck me.
I got lost somewhere. What the fuck was I talking about?
That dude in Boston. I heard a former School colleague on the radio talk about the surviving brother. She said he was a good man and was nearly in tears. She questioned the logic of how someone could be so different. The gist of it was, she still thinks he’s a good man inside, but wonders why he did what he did. The mother claimed it to be an FBI cover up. If the FBI did do the bombing, the question is, why a Boston Marathon? What purpose? Conspiracy theories abound with every tragedy from The Falklands War, Moon Landings, 9/11, Iraq Invasion etc etc… the question is… Okay, so if these were done on purpose, planned or fakes, why? What was the real reason? Conspiracy theorists need to start looking at both sides of the story and become ambivalent, unbiased or else you begin to look a little crazy. I don’t believe there’s an organisation called Al Qaeda – I think that’s just bullshit – ease of reference to any crazy group who wants to martyr themselves. Moon landings probably did happen – the US could have bluffed it and let the USSR do the whole thing themselves and that would have fucked them over financially. 9/11 – by some covert US black ops… Don’t think so. We’re all human at the end of the day and to have 2.5k deaths on our conscience is likely to drive you a little mad. It’s likely to leak out to the press as well. Iraq Invasion? Shite intelligence, though Saddam did have weapons of Mass Destruction – he had blister agent. We’ve got that shit as well, so has the US – why doesn’t somebody come and invade us for a change. The French did the UK successfully just under 1000 years ago. Lady Di is a favourite of mine – she was bumped off by the Queen because she was with some Arab, didn’t want Arab blood in the family. Insane bullshit.