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Monday, February 13, 2017

Old Friends - just like bookends......

Play whilst reading......https://youtu.be/BPTOY8FrvNw
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Now and then it's interesting.
You get an idea to try and contact people you were and maybe still are, friends with, but have lost all contact.Image result for Contact today
How.....?
Well, this is where, for me the Internet and Google search is so useful.
Old e-mail adresses are sometimes updatable, or you can contact a distant relation of the person you are looking for.
Even things like Facebook are usable - through a search, and although that 'old friend' will have changed in appearance, sometimes enormously, if you have a little imagination you can still see your 'old contact' somewhere in there!Image result for Contact today
From a certain age, when you have had no contact for many years, it can be very difficult, and sometimes very sad - you must accept that the old friend - is no more.
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All I hope is that my voice from the past and occasional contacts give as much pleasure as I get from receiving theirs.
In the same way, just walking, as I now very occasionally do, to the village, on Market days, I know I'm going to bump into someone who says something along the lines of 'Hey - hello there, long time no see, how are you?'
If they add 'you're looking good', then that bumps my morale up no end, even if I'm frantically trying to place the face and thinking - who the dickens is he/she?Image result for Who was that?
They have obviously recognized me, even if I sometimes have trouble doing so - looking in the mirror!
Of course, one is polite and returns the compliment, then you go on your way scratching your head, and still wondering who that was.......
On odd occasions, you see someone and think ' I know them from somewhere'- and you can see they are thinking the same thing, but the placement doesn't come, so you both go on your way with just a little nod....no wink!Image result for Know them from somewhere
Sometime or other, could be minutes, hours, days, weeks or even months, and you suddenly think 'Oh yes - that was ..........!'
Of course the moment has passed.
I do envy those people who seem to have total recall both of names, times, events - there aren't many of them, but they do exist.Image result for Know them from somewhere
Memory loss is not simply an age question - younger people suffer as well, and it is difficult trying to talk to someone much younger than yourself who you recall, but who obviously doesn't recall you.
At one time, when I was much more active on the Internet, I recall being stared at - often - by people I did most certainly not know!
Image result for Know them from somewhereI recall one particular occasion when a man pulled his forelock and said 'Bonjour, Mr le Duc......'!
I did not know him from Adam, but he had obviously been on this very blog - so all I could say was ' Bonjour, but actually it's Mr. le Marquis, I haven't beeen promoted yet!'Image result for iwmpop
He laughed, I laughed - the ice was broken and we both knew where we were.
Sometimes, these old contacts are - like the Simon & Garfunkel song says....'Old friends, old friends - sitting on Park Benches like bookends', and beleive me, those 'bookends' are important - nowadays more than ever, so the next time it happens to you, just smile and say something.
It doesn't cost you anything, and is unpayable anyway.......

Here's the text: 
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/simongarfunkel/oldfriends.html

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Ping Pong......

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ping......pong....... ping.......pong......
It's becoming clearer and clearer on a daily basis, WHY the newly elected American President, Mr Donald Trump has managed - in his lifetime - to be declared Bankrupt on various occasions.
It seems that the position of a 'President' (of a company) is not to be compared to that of a Country.
A Company President tends to deal with his own Companies affairs, takes his own decisions, reaps the rewards or takes the consequences.
The President of a Country, on the other hand, has decisions to take on a variety of subjects completely different, the one from the other, and all that on a much larger scale. For this reason the President of a Country has 'advisors' in great numbers many more than the President of a Company.
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Bankrupt? I've heard that word before....doesn't mean a lot - Hell, Ah'm da President!
Should the President of a Company make serious mistakes, run the Company into ruin, then he can, and will, be declared Bankrupt. Often this President is also banned for a period of time or indeed for life from practicing as a Company President.
Why the self declared 'greatest power in the World' declared an often Bankrupt person as their President is questionable, and that's not what I am here to discuss.
I'm more here to discuss the facts that not all the 'Declared Bankrupts' never come back, and never make a successfull comeback as well, but - somebody has to give them the chance to do so,
In this particular case, the American people are that 'somebody'.
Cheating here, rigging there, rumours here, false facts there, lies here, truth there - it all doesn't matter.
The rules of the game are the same, and must be obeyed and held to......or changed!
If they are to be changed, then generally there are even stricter rules to be regarded and complied with.
In this case it is rather different.
In this case, not only are we dealing with one Countries own decision, but equally- how that decision can, and will, affect the whole World.
Individuals who have never heard of this Person - ever, are likely to never hear of him, but be affected by the decisions they make.
This is entitled 'Ping Pong' because that is exactly what it is.
One side hits the ball - the other hits it back......and so on, until one of them doesn't obey the rules of the game, in which case he is punished.
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and - ain't that the truth......
The big difference in this case is that so long as the ball is being exchanged, nothing else is being done.
I presume the American people felt the need to have a new President, apart from respecting the rules of the game, because they wanted things to be done, in one direction or another.
A mere 14 days later things ARE being done......A ping Pong ball is going back and forwards!
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What would you say?

Yes - I could go on at great length, but until this ping pong match is over, there seems to be little point.