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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Just imagine!

In a couple of weeks or so the big day arrives......See original imageWhether I'll reach it or not is maybe open to debate, but it seems like just a couple of days ago it was the 50th!
Even a Marquis has his date with the Grand Reaper, some time or other!
fast cars racing concept illustration Sometimes, after a whole year 2016 of illnesses ranging from head to big toe, I think it is maybe time to say quietly 'adieu'.
Only problem with that is that I still have so many things left to do just to make sure my compagnon is taken care of, well installed and generally OK......this means having dealings withImage result for Administrations Health,  Tax, Bank, Insurances and a whole bunch of other things.
Image result for AdministrationsGenerally they always present a problem somewhere but have to be done and redone.
Languages also are a problem, French is not so difficult, but you must either go out and about or listen/watch French TV/Radio then it will slowly come....Image result for french language pictures

It is kind of necessary!
Back in time without PC's and mod-coms, it was all somehow easier, nowadays people SMS or type, the spoken language is only used if you know you will understand!
Insurances are something else - normally a minimum of 2 years for it to be fully effective so will I make it? Well - 1 of them is ok already, and my will is made, We've got the Taxes on the way, the health as well, just have to keep on going for as long as possible to get the other things done.
I'm not in a great hurry to depart, but when life becomes so difficult and hard to support, somehow one accepts the inevitable.

Image result for Afterlife   I'm surprised I've reached this far, quite frankly, so a few years more would arrange matters....!
I guess that's why I probably won't get them!

Well - THAT'S LIFE........!  Image result for Life 





Thursday, September 22, 2016

Easy life......?

No - not easy, not even for a Marquis!

( traduction to English by Google traductions - sorry!)

Subject: Can not connect SFR Box
SFR Customer Service box and fiber
TSA 73917
62978 ARRAS CEDEX 9

(By registered mail) circa September 28, 2016.

Your customer reference: 1-NR0DHL

Hello Mr / Ms,

After my adventures that day I decided that I want to withdraw the offer I received recement to switch to another box, the Box 'Plus'.
My reasons are very simple, I can not install - instructions are not clear - I am not French, yet I believe speak your language not bad, but your advisers (after a few hours on the phone) speak too fast with bad reception, and can not help me.
The promises made to remember someone able to speak English were not obliged person reminded me.
Of course, if you can direct me to the expert to come to my house with the cables etc required even pay, I will be happy to accept your offer, if not, I prefer to withdraw the offer without having validated and go 2 (!!) Cases / Boxes I received and stay with the Box I had that time and walking.

The problems are easy to arrange my apartment -without the turn of the Box - it is not possible to install the box to the wall phone jack and TV decoder at the same time using only the supplied cables, as you specified.
The supplied cables are too short, it is also unclear what cable goes into which socket of the box!

I had to re-install the old box / Box and it works without problems for now.

Seems there I need a cable about 4/5 meters for TV decoder - the one delivered is barely 1 meter, and of course the assistance of a specialist, as I said -even pay.
I hope you understand my situation and you can answer me as soon as possible

Thank you!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Reflections

See original image Just coming up to this age and not wearing it terribly well, you get to reflecting about the past events. The future doesn't really have any place, except for certain things.
I thought that I would republish my article as follows with some additions and regarding my current 
Currently my main preoccupation is the future of my current companion, Tina.
See original imageTo finally get her 'Carte Vitale' (an insurance card for the French National Health System) - this is taking a long time!
To get a better and working 'top up' insurance for her and to try to get her walking more often, look after her health better and learn the French language well enough to communicate urgent matters or even just have fun speaking the language of Molière..........
For myself, whilst not clinging desperately to life, I would like a few years together with her, normal years with visits, friends, restaurants and all the rest..... who knows......maybe?
My article, already published some years ago, represents a true diary and is the following(this will also be published in FRENCH, GERMAN using Google translation for simplicity) and published on the appropriate Weblogs:
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Mrs Kathleen Mitchell-Odell


Diary of a death by 

(The following account has been published, finally, by me, after long reflection. Since I have no idea what may happen in the future to my papers and manuscripts, and since the safest place is where nobody can change them, i.e. published, here they are! I feel also, that they may be of interest to Kate’s family. It has certainly been difficult to transcript pages dealing with an event one would prefer to forget, but can’t)

The reader is under no obligation whatsoever to read this diary, and does so having understood, or at least having read, my reasons for open publication on this site. 

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Diary of a Death.

Forenote:

Mrs Kathleen Mitchell was born in March 1947,in Keighley, Yorkshire, and trained as a State Registered Nurse at Guys Hospital, London, in the 1960’s.
In 1968 she married Mr I.W. Mitchell, who is the author of this diary.
They lived, and worked, in various European countries, until her death in March of 1993, from cancer.
Mr Mitchell is still alive at the date of this publication (2005) and has been living in the South of France since the death of his wife.
During the year 1992 up until her death in March 1993 my wife suffered from intestinal cancer, and was operated no fewer than 8 times during the period February 1992 and January 1993, inside 10 months.
The failures of the surgeons, particularly at Lorrach, Germany, are only briefly mentioned, suffice to say that the very first operation was disastrous, spreading rather than destroying the cancer.
These notes or “diary entries” are a reminder to me and to others that modern medicine is still often in the hands of people, with all the faults appertaining – pride and belief of their infallibility . Not only Lorrach and the University Hospital Freiburg in Germany are responsable for the eventual death of my wife, but the whole system, corrupted often by over-zealous surgeons, jealous of their positions, and by drug companies – the modern day gangsters of the entire world.
These notes accompany my wife from her return from the University Hospital, Freiburg, Germany, up to her death in the Hospital at Lorrach, Germany.
It has long been my intention to publish these little notes, together with one or two articles from my wife, but for too long I have stared at the book, instead of writing in it!
If there are critical remarks, even scathing comments, that is because they are merited by those concerned, and I have never hid my opinions of things and people in this life.
All “medical” or “ semi-medical” references/opinions are those given by medical/surgical personnel, in my presence.

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30th January 1993: Lorrach,Germany.
Returned from Freiburg this morning. Ambulance trip not the most comfortable, but supportable. On arrival, the urine catheter was taken out immediately, due to a bladder infection caused by the same, and because of the pains associated. Pains increased due to a distended bowel not due to the cancer.
To try to distract a little, I took in TV,radio, musical discs,magazines, newspapers, writing paper etc., as well as some food and drink articles, allowed by the doctors, but not available in the hospital. The fact that they allow all these things, and have moved Kate to single room (normally occupied by 3 people) are not encouraging signs.
The Doctors finally advised against her coming home at this particular stage, because they preferred to try and “stabilise” her condition first.
The morphine dosage is up to 200mg. I don’t really know what this all means, but I accept the obvious fact that the higher the dose, the more pain Kate must be suffering, but equally the more dependence on the drug. I know that she, as a highly qualified nurse is equally aware of all these facts, but she doesn’t talk of it, and I don’t feel it will help if I bring up the subjects.
For the moment, breathing is OK, just the occasional use of oxygen.She sleeps badly, nonetheless, and is extremely tired and “used”.
Sunday 31st January1993
Temperature has risen overnight to 39c and then redescended to 38.2c- otherwise no change. Kate talked about having a “jolt”(?)
1st February 93
Kate slept a little. Took some drops in the night against her fever.They made her feel sick, and there was quite a bit of vomitingand nausea. A “down” day. Started taking daily newspaper in, to try to renew interest. The biggest problem is still eating.Nothing goes down permanently.
Today was declared “final solution” day by the German Doctors here, a request for instructions regarding sedation was made. Who should take this decision – I can’t, and I’m not sure that Kate can. I suggested that the only thing to do was to follow her (Kate’s) instructions, so long as we could understand them, and that the minimum of sedation would be that to stop any physical suffering.
A bad day.
2 Feb 93
Slept a little, but I see that Kate is suffering physically and mentally. We finally got a longish period of time with Doktor Berger, and the decision was taken that from today, Vallium will be given, and the high calory drip food is to be stopped, in an attempt to get Kate to nourish herself from the diat in liquids (and milk puddings like semolina etc).
Immediately after the first administration of Vallium, I noticed a decided improvement, but this is the nature of the drug, which kills the pain, and puts the patient in a sort of “high”. She is certainly more peaceful and rested, but still so very tired and used.
The medical and nursing care is better, due to the fact that they are doing something for their ex-colleague.
3 Feb 93
Kate in very good form. A good night’s sleep, only problem today are that the slight pressure pains on the stomach are getting worse. Vallium and Morphine doses at the same level.Kate broached the subject of “funeral” and so we talked about that and other similar things.We watched a TV film together and Kate slept in.
4 Feb 1993
Kate in good form again, her bag or “beutel” which is there to catch the excrement, is working in fine form (which means the healthy intestine left inside her is working, and isn’t blocked by any cancerous growth) and like two kids, we watch this bag filling up, and congratulate each other! The drug dosage is still at the same level, as I understand it, Morphine at 240 (whatever that means) plus Vallium. Kate is eating a little, and expressed a desire for some water “Perrier zest” which I went out to get.
5 Feb 93
No change – still in good form. The stomach shows strange “coloured wrinkles”-this may be the first signs of further problems.
6 Feb 93
Moral dropped. “Eye wandering” and almost depressive tears. She has every right to react so, having been so incredibly brave. A diat expert is due to come on Monday.
On leaving the hospital, I found that some friendly person had stolen my bicycle.
Sunday 7th February 1993
No change, except that she asked for the morphine to be raised from 240 to 260. Vallium stays the same. These figures mean nothing to me, but as the professional nurse that she is, Kate is aware of their significance, and I asked the Doctor privately, if he thought it was a good thing that she was informed of the doses given. As he said, it was Kate herself who suggested what dose should be given!
Same day – evening – Morphine dosage up to 300! Otherwise – no change, in fact quite cheerful.
8th Feb 93
Kate slept long, and very soundly. On awaking, she was a little confused, as though a good sleep had let her forget everything. She was sick only once, possibly due to adapting to her new diat. This worried her slightly, and when I left to do the shopping , she had a slight fever, and was very warm, but then so was I!
PM – same day – Fever gone temperature down to 36.6c. All these little triumphs we have to hold on to. She is very sleepy, due to possibly too high morphine dose, when the pains go down, the morphine makes you sleepy.Kate described her state of health as “quite well!”Frankly, such courage is remarkable.
9 Feb 93
No change – still quite sleepy. Temperature is normal, but she has “cold sweats” from time to time.The doctors say these are due to the medicaments, and that blood counts and other tests are excellent. I try to get this information over to Kate, and she seems pleased.
PM – same day – Very bad. Back onto oxygen, due to a vein canal tube falling out and the morphine running onto the bed, and not into the vein. Kate was asleep at the time, and must have turned awkwardly or something.At the moment she is in extreme pain, and a new tube has been installed, and the morphine is flowing. This will subdue the pain, but is a bad setback – to reality maybe – for Kate and myself, for now we know what happens when the drugs are stopped. She is drowsy but restless, with cold sweats, still on oxygen and still uneasy.The vein drip is ok now, but a new artery drip is being put in today.
Weds 10 Feb 93
Arterial drip has been done, and Kate is in a much better condition.Vallium doses stays the same, but we know how depend she is on the drugs now.She is still tired, but cheerful, and less oxygen is needed.
Thursday 11 February 1993: This is a big day. A new summit meeting is set up with the Doctors. Vallium and Morphine doses are to be raised to 20ml and 360ml respectively.Kate was very depressed after this visit, and cried a little, but said that her body and mind were not yet ready to die. I wish I could take her place, but I can’t, and all I can hope is that when my time comes, that I am as cheerful and brave as my wife, Kate.
She has decided to try the higher drug doses, and let them increase them as necessary, instead of the alternative – a spinal nerve closure, which would effectively take all sensation (pain or otherwise) from her, from the waist downwards. In the afternoon, she had obviously chewed it all over in her mind, and seemed to be back to normal cheerfulness.
12 Feb 93
Kate slept heavily, there is no change, but she is in good spirits. She feels sick quite often, and when she vomits, the odour and colour is the same as diahorrea (indicating not very good things) on top of which, her bag is not filling anymore, and her stomach is very swollen.Cortison and anti-nausea treatment is being given.She complains of pains in the upper thorax, and pressure, Temperature 37.4c
13 Feb 93
Slept very solidly and seemed to be in good cheer.Slightly different attitude, as though she is coming to terms with destiny.Her stomach is becoming very problematic, and the bag is still not filling, for a second day.The result is that she is still feeling and being sick.
PM: No change apparent.The stomach appears to be empty, because although still nauseaus feelings, no passage of vomit has been made.
Kate shed a few tears, because she was unable to eat anything, and she wanted so hard to please me. We had a little laugh about it afterwards, and we ordered ourselves cups of tea! (Coffee is not allowed, of course, and quite frankly the tea is so weak, it is hardly recognizable, but with the cheerful atmosphere it brought, it seemed to be champagne.
Her strength is going rapidly, but her willforce is unbelievable.
14 February 1993: St Valentine’s Day.
Kate hadn’t slept too well, but was quite cheerful. I hope my little gift and Valentines card helped a little. No chocolates of course, this year, but I promised them double in the next year, and we both had a giggle about it. Don’t know how or why, but the situation and the nearing departure of Kate, seems to have now been assumed by both of us, and it simply isn’t a subject. We both know what implications are involved when we breach any particular subject, particularly of the future, but we still do so. No future kills quicker.
Not really an event for Valentine’s Day, but an event of note – the “bag” suddenly started working and filling again, after 3 days. This cheered her (and me) up a lot. She still feels sick now and then, but according to the Doctors this is probably due to the morphine.
PM: Took in some lemon sorbet, and an Orchidee, the sorbet melts and passes nicely, soothing the throat with the coolness.Kate was cheerful, but at the same time talked in a sad voice.
15 Feb 93
No change. The bag is now going like mad, filling over and over again. Kate jokes that I may have found the solution, and a great medicine, for bowel cancer – Lemon Sorbet! She was able to eat a little more at breakfast time and at lunch. She was quite cheered by this fact.
16th Feb 93
Slight rectal and stomach pains have appeared. Morphine dose is up to 400
Eating seems to be better or “easier” for her, but otherwise little or indeed no change. This afternoon the morphine dose is to be increased against the pain. Vallium has stayed at 20mg’s. I’m told by the Doctors this is “normal” because the Valium is given basically to “buck-up” psychologically, and this didn’t seem to be necessary. Higher doses would result in a quicker and more permanent and deeper state of “drowsiness/sleep”.
17 Feb 93
No change – no treatment – day passed calmly.
18 Feb 93
She didn’t sleep too well, and looks drawn and tired and weary. I get the feeling she has made her decisions.
PM: Pains returned. Morphine up from 400 to 500, Valium increased, and coming through very quickly. She is extremely tired, and things are looking very bad.
At this time, this publication will be stopped. The remainder will be published at a later time.
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(I would like to recall to the reader that they are NOT obliged to read this diary, that they do so having understood that I publish it only after a long period of reflection, and only because I have no idea what may happen to my papers and documents in the future. I feel that these notes may be of interest to Kate’s family, or friends – and maybe even to people suffering in a similar manner, to let them know that there are many others out there in the same situation).

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These are the facts and my wife still occupies a part of my life. I have a companion, in Tina, with whom I can talk to about the subject, for that I am thankful.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Healthy....not for me!

See original imageLet me tell you a story from the health front.
Some time back it was decided in France that everybody had to have a 'top-up' health insurance, to cover what the National system doesn't pay. Workers would have it payed for by the employer, pensioners would pay themselves, or ask the Caisse Maladie (health authorities) for assistance to pay it depending on the level of their pension.
Good idea one would think, but there are so many black sheep that the idea has become a nightmare.
Everybody is allowed one only so as not to make being ill a Profession, but the companies (all private) don't care about the law!
You can sign up by phone, e-mail, in writing - whatever. There are also what one calls 'Courtiers' (salespersons basically) who get a percentage each month from the incomings. They will promise anything, charge the maximum and generally do little.
I signed up with a thing called Henner Mutuelle, and suddenly found myself with 5 other ones, all demanding money!
Why?
Well the 'courtier' had apparantly sold his book of customers to all the Companies who would buy it, and disappeared (to the Bahamas probably). The companies who had bought the books just went on and opened accounts for the people in the book!
Thus - I got 5 different ones and after 8 months or more, I'm still fighting to get rid of nasty letters, demands for money and threats of legal action.
One actually refunded me and cancelled the policy, Henner is still going, a thing called MMC is wriggling around to find any sort of excuse to http://www.seresta.fr/continue.........others I replied to by e-mail and have heard nothing from them since.
Good Lord - these things are supposed to help you get well.....personally they are making me sick. The situation led to anxiety attacks See original image - more medecines on top of those for the heart condition and the stomach ulcers........great stuff!
Now I'm probably addicted to a thing called Seresta (http://www.seresta.fr/) and will eventually face another fight to come off it!
I guess this is another example of big business riding roughshod over everybody they can.
My advice is simple
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Well - we're almost at the end of the 7th month of 2016, not a happy year to date health wise for me.
Between Hospital (Cardiac ongoing and new stomach ulcer problems) have kept me to my bed - in hospital or at home.
Just the little matter of a stubborn influenza/cold, probably picked up in the hospital (as Tina did too) complicated things.
      I can tell you that 7 months lying on the sofa with occasional outings to the hospital are not the ideal way to pass the time.
It's slow, very slow, but I think I'm slowly getting better. Day daily there are periods where I'm not too good but they are getting fewer.
I must mention the function of Tina Concetta Marzocca, my companion.
She has been fantastic, even through the period she was ill herself.
Even during the period I had no appetite at all (stomach ulcers mainly) she shopped and cooked daily.
I tried to eat what I could but digestion was, still is, rather difficult.
The things I like or love like meat, cheese etc are not really in right now.
I even got as far as trying baby food!See original image  Some was actually quite nice, anything else had to be really overcooked or in purée form.
A nice bloody steak - no way, my liver as I like it, just 10 seconds each side, nope!
Tina also made use of the times I was in hospital to attack the things she wanted to do like heavier curtains to block the late evening sunshine - no good for my Migraine - and lots of things on the walls. It all looks really nice.
Without doubt I could not have managed at all without her, she's also my nurse and pill preparer ( around 14 pills daily over three mealtimes). Even our Doctor was impressed by her prowess!

Without doubt it would not have been possible without her aid.

My Migraine came back (reflected light induced called 'Migraine Aura' ) making it impossible to watch TV or even a PC screen. I listened to my little radio with earphones that Tina had bought for me! The only distraction!

Now I'm slowly on the mend but touching wood daily that we can start going out so Tina can take her photos - get the 'study' sorted out (it's an absolute mess) find all the things we can't find.... live normally for hopefully a good long time!
Right now, with cough, pflegm, runny nose and all, I have to go outside and try to break down all the cardboard boxes to get them in the car and off to the tip...
so I'll say bye-bye for right now.......



Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Due to ongoing poor health I am obliged to suspend my Blogging activities.
A bientôt!

All my other blogs are suspended too.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Hallucination stories.......or....Hospital Adventures?

 Just 4 years ago, I had the misfortune to be diagnosed as 'ripe for a byepass' then for the 'installation of a defibulater' and had to pass time (a lot of time) on the operating room theatre table!
On each occasion, after the surgical intervention, I suffered what I'm not sure to call......nightmares, hallucinations, delusions or whatever.
I have decided to try and get down onto paper some of these experiences whilst I can recall them. This link goes to an excellent article which talks about it.........
http://www.steadyhealth.com/articles/Drug_abuse_side_effects__Hallucinations_a62.html
The episodes are divided as followed, roughly:
In hospital......Outside hospital.....'PC bugs'....'war of the ants' .... and others......
In Hospital:

As I recall, after my surgical bypass, I recall hearing a voice - completely normal - saying 'ok mr Mitchell, time to wake up now - it's all over.....' and at that time, I did wake up, but not for long, then I drifted back into that stupor of post-operative drowsiness and sleep.
Whether I was asleep or not, I recall that the first episode was this............... Just hazy figures standing around or wandering about.
I couldn't figure it out!
These images came back frequently over the whole period and although not particularly scary, they were 'disturbing' because of their nature...........
 When they came, I always found myself in a sort of room with the view outside, through a large window, and surrounded by people who seemed to run the whole setup.....
It looked like the Bridge of the Starship Enterprise.....or a painting from Lowry! 

 These scenes came up regularly duing my hallucinations.


From there it went to the story of some kind of 'arab uprising' in Montpellier (where I was) and the Hospital was surrounded nightly by hundreds of arabs......no police, no security. All I could see was an immense crowd of Arab people who gathered outside the hospital
 agitated and irate - Why, I didn't know with a court scene depicting Western 'unacceptabilities' I couldn't understand why no forces of law and order were present!
From this court we passed to another one, this time one where a couple were being judged for keeping 'pc bugs' at home! These bugs were ill, and the owners spent all their time weeping in court, whilst the bugs slowly died like melting snowflakes till nothing was left.....I almost felt sorry for them!Image result for melting snowflakes
I simply couldn't understand it all!
I seemed to have periods awake, and take note of what was going on around me.
This led to some bad nightmares with Nurses who would attach me to the bed to 'make me stay calm'. Weak heart needed calmness they said, but not their type!Image result for bad nursesInvariably each episode ended by me having to ring the bell and somebody else would come.
2 nurses who worked permanent nights were the worst. When I saw them turn up, I knew - no sleep tonight! The worst was when they decided I needed a 'special' to calm me Image result for multi coloured medicamentsI'd never seen such a medecine....shape - colour.....all wrong - I was sure THIS was my last day/night, but I took it anyway and I woke up the next day as well!
It must be recalled that at the time I was very seriously ill and I need some time now to make a 'total recall'. There were many,many happenings - imagined or otherwise - but I need time to get some details right before continuing this ongoing story.
Until next time.......bye.
Image result for ants at war'Ants at war' was my next nightmare!
I was simply lying on my bed when certain signs started which I recognized as being the start of an 'episode'.....
Sure enough suddenly millions, literally millions, of ants appeared.
On the one side they were led by a sort of 'general'- not an ant -the other side seemed to have no leader, and I figured out that it was me who had to be responsible for 'tactics etc of warfare' for one part of the ants there were hundreds of thousands of ants on both sides, at the beginning which rapidly reduced in number.
As I found out, the 'General' of the other side was actally a whole collection of people and the whole thing was a sort of 'game' rather of a gambling nature, where people spent money to buy more ants, or foot soldiers when needed...After one particularly vicious 'battle' we found ourselves with few 'troops' and a lot of players looking in the window laughing at us!
After a large conference, we found the means to purchase some extremely 'mean' ants and turn the table!
Image result for killer antsThe laughs disappeared!
There were many 'episodes', too many, and effectively I was dead 3 or 4 times.......These things exhaust you but I suppose they prepare you in some way for your 'ultimate journey'.......
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Sunday, November 09, 2014

The other side......

 When the Central Committee member had one vodka too many, nobody imagined what far reaching consequences this would have - for the world!
http://www.history.com/topics/cold-war/berlin-wall
Of course, today, as we celebrate the opening of the Berlin wall, we have a tendency to forget there are still quite a few still 'UNOPENED' - http://socks-studio.com/2013/04/14/peace-lines-a-selection-of-walls-dividing-regions/
Mainly religious or political in reason, they are, nonetheless, dividers between peoples.
I spent 2 periods of duty in the West City, one of my jobs being to drive around this wall for 'security' reasons, and this, I assure you, did NOT exist..... There was an enormormous amount of 'grafitti', but outside the central area, mainly wooded, which we had to patrol, there was nothing but trees - overgrown areas and posters warning people they were 'leaving West Berlin Territory'- uninteresting for the Tourists and in fact uninteresting for us too, because even if somebody did get over the wall here, there was nothing we could do to help them. We were not allowed to cross that invisible line. We circulated in our Landrovers and submitted 'reports - that was it! 
On my final visit to the City, as a civilian, I was able to profit from the Western part as a vibrating World Metropole, and loved it!
 modern, historically profound, and world history making 
I worked at Berlin Tegel  which gave me access to the world as whole, although the 'road corridor' was still in place with its blockages and tricks, by air it was fine.......
 and the world entirely was opened to us! Often we stayed in Berlin for holidays, because we had everything and then more 'in place' - From Golf courses to World food (including French baguettes flown in daily.......) Opera houses, theatres cafes and thousands of bars of all types!
Buses - called 'Grosse Gelbes'  trams, trains' 'U-bahn' 'Underground' and even e-cars!
Why should we want to go elsewhere, although now and then we did......!