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Imagine…

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Been watching a DVD tribute to John Lennon. Watching all the old footage of the concerts and the fashions etc really made me surprisingly homesick for ‘the old days.

Quite sad really… time has flown on and like a lot of ‘older people’ I recall the days of my youth with some affection and regret for things not done. I think I’m hitting shades of Maslow’s ‘hierarchy of needs’ and the self actualisation factor is causing me some questions.

I’ve always maintained that under most circumstances, if not all, there is nothing any of us should be ashamed of in the way we live our lives. All of us are the sum of our interaction with others combined with our inherited characteristics. Essentially this is a guilt mitigating strategy in that it tries to absolve you of any blame in the wya your life has developed.

Of course, looked at from the most positive perspective it means that whatever the end result of our lives may be, it means we arrived there having done the best we could with the choices we were presented through our lives.

Now whilst this is really useful absolution strategy (and I feel 100% accurate representation of the facts as we know them) this does rather open the door to being used as an excuse for all sorts of excesses that in the extreme case it validates a a total breakdown in law and order… so has its limitations 🙂

Trouble is I don’t have a full explanation of just *why* we shouldn’t run around causinf mahyem and living a life of excess and debauchery…

… and there I stop. Don’t ask me how I got onto this topic ‘cos I have no idea. Maybe the depression got to me again 🙂

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July 21, 2006 at 12:55 am

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On a theme

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We had some really sad news from the UK today. Seems my mothers oldest friend is seriously ill and unlikely to last overnight. She has kidney failure, pneumonia and a number of other ailments.

She and my mother have known each other for over 80 years. They were children in school together, They grew up in the same town and have lived near… within a mile of… each other for most of that time. Mavis even introduced my father to my mother and she and her then husband-to-be chaperoned them on their first dates. There is a lot of history in their relationship.
We all know death is inevitable, but even when you’ve had a good life and can see it coming it’s hard to accept. I’ve had the occasional pain in my left arm and can often feel my heart ‘grinding’ in my chest so am more than aware of my own mortality. Yes I accept what comes, I have no choice, and I’m as curious about the possibility of another stage on the adventure as anyone, but I’m really not in any hurry to find out for certain.

Stilll… for Mavis… we keep our fingers crossed and hope her passing is as easy and gentle as it can be and that the family come to terms with the flow of existence as it washes one of their own away into eternity.

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July 17, 2006 at 12:45 am

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The oldies part 2??

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My parents as you may remember, came over last year for Xmas and stayed until Easter before leaving for home and the warmth of the UK summer.

They are are now suggesting coming back *this* year for the same deal… a six month stint – if they can manage it. And there’s the run as Shakespeare was wont to say. There’s no saying they can manage it.

Seems the old lady has deteriorated badly since returning home and since the Oz government already turned down a request for a visa extension it is a moot point currently if they will allow her to return as a tourist for another visit.

All we can do is wait and see of course but the possibility of their arrival makes long term planning a tad difficult. Add to their possible arrival the suggestion by my eldest daughter that she, her two kids and her boyfriend will be trying to come over as well to stay over Christmas and New year and you might be able see the edges of panic beginning to ripple around the fringes of my psyche.

Now throw the daughter being pregnant and intending to arrive a month before the birth
… and how do I feel? 🙂
If it all comes off… there could be at least 11 of us here. If we have any foster kids here too then all I can say is that Xmas is going to be a *very* ‘interesting’ time.

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July 17, 2006 at 12:37 am

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Next Week

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Next week will be the big push… again. All the web sites are in dire need of some serious work and the labour intensive nature of the auto-surf business (plus the sickness etc) made it impossible to concentrate on areas that in retrospect might well have produced more income that I was hoping for with the other avenues.

, as I said in the last note… better late never. All I need are some patience and some skills… neither of which I’m noted for possessing… esp. the former.

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July 17, 2006 at 12:28 am

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Moneymaking

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Hmmm… the collapse in the price of gold led to the demise of many of the sites I was involved with resulting in my losing great chunks of income. Had I more experience I might well have weathered the storm better but I didn’t, and I didn’t.

However, as with all things, you live and learn. I’m much more aware of what’s happening now and whilst returns are way down on the projections, profits *are* coming in just the same. It’ll be a few weeks… maybe months… before I recoup my losses but recoup I will.

In the meantime, it’s just a hard slog 🙂

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July 17, 2006 at 12:22 am

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Israel overreacts.

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The blatant overreaction of Israel to the abduction of one of its solders comes as no surprise. The tact approval of the USA is hardly a surprise either. Both parties are pushing for all out war in the Middle-East between the supporters of the USA and ‘the others’, mainly Syria and Iran.

USA has been itching for an excuse to invade one or both countries and they clearly think this escalation will perhaps provide they excuse they need to avoid international approbation.

way they can’t lose. If the other Arab nations don’t intervene to aid their weakest cousin, then Hezbollah, the legal government of Palestine, will be blown to pieces. If they *do* intervene they risk an invasion by the only superpower left on earth with the firepower to raze them to the ground.
While this suits the yanks it does *not* suit the rest of us who will be waiting for the next round of terrorist bombs to go off in retaliation for this attack as yet another wave of dispossessed youth fights back the only way it can.

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July 17, 2006 at 12:19 am

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Depression stinks.

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I hate being depressed. Makes a mess of everything you do. relationships suffer, your general day to day life suffers. Long term prospects suffer…. not matter which part of your life you look at its affected. And then there’s the effect it has on those around you… and knowing you’re disturbing *their* lives just makes things worse of course.

Bit of a pig really.

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July 17, 2006 at 12:09 am

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