Special needs people

It appears that some have been offended by literature ridiculing our children (or anybody else’s) who for one reason or another are not ‘mainstream.’

Please allow me to set the record straight.

I want you to open and read stupid e-mails,  I want you to laugh at those less fortunate than yourselves, I want you to laugh at jokes in the pub,  I want in any way possible to remind all of you that ‘there but for the grace of God go I”

The denigration and classification as ‘non-PC’ burns my arse, please, read them, laugh at the jokes,  and then let your conscience lead you.

We were not offended !
The day that we can’t talk about it, is the day that we have lost the fight.

Riding for the Disabled

Inspired by Bravo’s recent comment on Ike’s post:

I’m sure most of you have heard of this splendid organisation. Before I became involved some years ago, I must confess that I regarded the combination of the unpredictable equine and the mentally and/or physically disabled to be a recipe for disaster. Continue reading “Riding for the Disabled”

Heathrow Airport – you might have heard of it

I’ve just booked myself a ticket back home because I have to take care of some legal stuff.  I’d been trying to do it through the British Embassy in Beijing but because of the increased levels of bureaucracy I worked out it was cheaper to fly back to the UK to take care of it than to take multiple trips to the capital.  The latest wheeze from the boys behind the bulletproof glass was I needed my birth certificate which had to be requested from the UK, and could take anywhere between 4 to 6 weeks and even then, given the amount of pilfering that goes on in our mail room, there was little chance of it finally reaching me.
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Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy theories. Well, conspiracies do happen, of that there is no doubt, but do we really believe that the moon landing was a gigantic hoax, or that there is proof of Obama’s illegibility to be President of the United States?

I’m not suggesting that we should not have  a healthy scepticism with regard to media information but KISS may also a good idea. If it looks like a duck……

Historians for example, legitimately use conspiracy theories. This is often due to incomplete evidence, or suggestive facts. They are generally presented as theories, however, and do not claim to be the truth. New evidence, for example is welcomed and theories are re-examined in the light of such discoveries.

Paranoid conspiracy theories, however, are a totally different animal. In the minds of  believers there is nothing that can be presented that can ever convince them that they are mistaken in their belief. Logic and reason are useless because any evidence to suggest they are wrong is dismissed. Retrospective analysis, or ain’t  hindsight a wonderful thing, is employed and events are interpreted to match the theory. Any evidence which points to any other conclusion is resolutely ignored.

Well I have to admit that I enjoy reading conspiracy theories and some sound very convincing but I cannot help but feel paranoid conspiracy theories are a prime example of irrational thinking.

Who’s the Second Class Citizen?

Most of us have been brought up in a Judeo Christian tradition, where the bible has been used to shape our way of thinking and culture. The following verses have had a huge influence on the way the two genders have been treated, and are expected to behave:

Genesis, 2

v. 21:
And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

v.22:
And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

v.23:
And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

And the rest, as they say, is history. But there’s more, read on …

Hitler and no WWII?

Posing with a smile is not something you may associate with Adolph Hitler but this picture sent a train of thought running in my mind.

Before Hitler began on his territorial ambitions to rule Europe,  if not the world, it was a well documented fact that anyone not fitting into the Aryan idea of racial perfection was probably destined for an appointment with a death chamber, Jews, Gypsies, Homosexuals, severley disabled were being put to death as a matter of routine. But then he started on his plan to dominate Europe and came to a sticky end in 1945,  with Germany in ruins and the third Reich crushed in its own rubble. So what if he had not invaded Poland, backed down at the last minute and went back to his own brand of ethnic cleansing within his own borders. Would  ‘we’  have intervened to save the Jews and the others or would we have just put it down to ‘It’s their business, let them get on with it’?

Incognito

On holiday, as at parties or here, I don’t really want to talk about what I do for a living.
So, when I was asked on the first evening of my recent holiday, I explained that I had been trying to think of an alias, something that would not appeal to people so they wouldn’t want to talk shop.
I thought pest controller might fit the bill.
The conversation diverted and we talked of more interesting things. Then it was time for an early night.
A couple of days later, I was walking beside Our Glorious Leader, as one of our group dubbed him, when he asked me if I had any advice to offer about getting rid of moles.
For a moment I was completely at sea, and then the penny dropped.
Presumably, someone had half overheard my conversation and believed that was my profession.
So if you meet someone just back from holidaying with a ratcatcher in Sicily, you’ll know it was me!
Next time, I’m going to be a debt collector.

A suggestion to the DnMyT owners

If I have offended anyone by using the word  ‘owners’, I apologise but you all know what I mean. Mrsoldmovie and I have been watching a programme on the old BBC of E called ‘Bombay Railway’ and it has inspired us to visit India next year to celebrate our 65th birthdays. She said to me, ‘apart from using ‘trip advisor’ where can we get the lowdown on tours to the sub continent, that may reflect ‘Bombay Railway’?

And do you know what?  I thought of you lot. Any suggestions of tour companies that you can recommend or ways that we can do it would go down a treat.

And my suggestion to the ‘owners’ is this: There is a lot of collective wisdom on this site, can we have a separate ‘bit’ where we can ask questions and get answers without it falling of the bottom of the page, if you get my drift. We all have different skill sets and thereby can help each other. Take my query as an example, who is to say that there is not an expert travel agent amongst us who knows exactly what I’m looking for? The possibilities are endless, why not share our skills together? Oh, and by the way, is there any way you can indicate how many contributors are ‘on line’ at any one time rather than just re-clicking ‘DnMyT’ in the vain hope that you may get a response?