Plastic In Our Water.

Hi,

Right now scientists and experts are testing our rivers in the biggest plastic survey in the UK. Just last year, up to half a million plastic particles per square metre were found in the River Tame – we can’t let our rivers become plastic waterways.

Will you sign the petition to tell government to protect our air, soil and the rivers that connect us in the upcoming Environment Bill?

Petition: https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/rivers-share

Thanks

Immigration Red Flags, Article 13, & Petitions To Sign & Share.

Please don’t forget about Article 13! Watch the video at the end of this entry!!!

Lately I’ve been mentally drafting an entry about citizenship in an open world. There are so many contradicting laws that makes no sense especially in combination with facilitated mass movements of people. It is indeed a very interesting topic for many reasons:

  1. Just because a government is generous enough to give you legal permission to be in a territory doesn’t mean that the locals will.
  2. Assuming that immigration laws make sense is naive since a number of measures are carried out in an attempt to create an image of governmental efficiency.
  3. Assuming that a territory will be more welcoming towards geographical neighbours also fly in the face of incredibly generous offers directed towards non-bordering territories. A territory might be legally more hostile towards people next door.

Just when I had all of this in the back of my mind I came across The Windrush Scandal that perfectly illustrates my point:

  1. You are allowed entry into a territory that theoretically isn’t yours through claims of ancestry.
  2. You are told by governing forces that you are legally allowed to stay.
  3. All of a sudden you find that your status has been revoked several years even decades after you were welcomed into the territory and that you are all of a sudden being treated as an illegal immigrant.
  4. The digital revolution has wrecked havoc on the old system of file-keeping. So if you were born before 2000 you might struggle to get hold of school records and other “evidence,” because you were born before mainstream digitalisation. When I was little my name was just added in my parent’s passports, you had to have your own passport once you were a teen or something along those lines, so government bureaucracy and technological changes can easily land you in a grey area.

Did anyone say an open world? Think again. This is a topic worthy of a giga entry because the issue puts into question a myriad of things that we just assume in today’s digitally and commercially open world.

Once again:

  1. Just because a piece of paper grants you legal access doesn’t mean that you and your family will actually be safe – because there will always be many layers of “borders” – and if locals are pissed off and unhappy they might create their own border-control “service,” which you probably do not want to deal with, ever.
  2. An authority might change its mind about you or the ethnic demographic that you belong to regardless of whether or not you actually represent a threat as an individual or as part of a generalised group. You might just end up being targeted so that the government can look busy.

If the Windrush scandal illustrated anything it is how dangerous the illusion of an open world actually is. You might be safe in terms of residency for 40 years only to wake up one day to find out that you’ve been labeled an “illegal immigrant” and that you are on your way to a detention facility.

Here are some petitions to share about a more peaceful issue: the environment.

Fracking

Whaling

Plastic Pollution

Exotic Zoo Animals

Trophy Hunting

Detained Whales

Dog Fighting

 

 

 

High Quality Boots For The Win!

Today I finally got myself new Timberland boots!

I’ve had the orange ones for 5 years and have been using them constantly. I can certainly testify that Timberland boots can take a serious beating!

I used them until they were completely worn out. If you look closely you can spot a hole in the orange boot to the left. They literally started taking in water, so they had to be replaced!

I highly recommend investing in a pair. They are waterproof, warm, have a good quality sole and are perfect for Northern European weather conditions, long walks, uneven terrain and mud.

When I got my very first pair of Timberlands I did not know that they also came in black. The new ones look really cool in my opinion and I cannot wait to start using them!

I’m a huge fan of proper boots! 

Getting wellies is a bad idea in comparison since they don’t shield you from the cold. With proper footwear you can keep on going until your legs cannot take it anymore!

Trust me! I walk for miles in horrible weather conditions!

They are also very easy to take off when going thru airport security due to the design. Trust me on this! You can wear them without tying them as you walk out of security before fastening them properly, which can also be done surprisingly quickly!

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Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

A good while back I linked to a series of articles where it was said that the U.K. coastal boarder is incredibly weak enabling human trafficking. I listed this article along a great deal of others that described defence weaknesses not only in the UK but also in Norway.

Enter Sajid Javid who as Home Secretary in the UK is sorting out said issue. Upon his appointment there were people on the right who saw this as suspect, I even came across a story, or a theory, that England was now getting closer to becoming a “Caliphate“ due to the position of Home Secretary going to Javid. This is interesting considering that people with the same heritage and lineage betray each other all the time which is something that once again crossed my mind when I saw a ridiculous viral video clip of a White American shouting at another White American due to his Trump t-shirt. The embarrassing “interaction“ was witnessed by a quiet Afro-American bystander who was probably wondering what on earth he found himself in the middle of. I haven’t encountered any English Millennials helping out in the village where I live, for example, in fact it’s only me and I’m not ethnically English….

I would highly recommend reading this book about Norwegian War Criminals: Norway’s Worst Nazis by Bernt Rougthvedt. Of course this doesn’t nullify racism between groups, which I’ve described before, I just think it is most important to point out that things are always multifaceted and not nearly as straightforward and simple as many think. As pointed out in my book review above: German expansionist nationalism was explicitly just that, which is why there was no genuine room for Norwegian nationalists who thought that they could somehow cut a deal with Hitler. The torture and hideous treatment of fellow Norwegians described in the book is not uniquely Norwegian either since there is nothing new about civil-wars and internal issues within a Nation.

After Javid’s latest actions there should be no doubt where is loyalty is, sadly he now appears to be in the receiving end of accusations of racism since he is doing his job. Having access to England is a great, great privilege. He is very right in pointing out that illegal immigrants/asylum seekers pass a great many “safe territories“ before they attempt to enter the UK. It’s good to see that these type of issues are sorted out since they cause a lot of problems long-term unless resolved!

You would think that all of the critics in the media who published the articles that I linked to describing UK’s challenges would now be happy that something is happening.  Here is the Twitter of the UK Home Secretary: Javid on Twitter.

A work of love – restoring our Victorian flat, at a stately home, in the Cotswolds.

We are selling our Cotswolds apartment! It can now be yours! Check it out & share!

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Three years ago, today,  I arrived at Brockhampton Park for a two-day visit. Somehow, I never left. I fell in love with this place the moment I saw it. But then again, who wouldn’t?

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This old, stately home, was converted to flats, some decades ago, after being used as a headquarter for a company for years. But long before that, it was the private home of several families, most notably Mr Rhodes, who built the wing we live in, the bridge and the lake, in addition to the summer house.  Originally, this was a much smaller country house, but over the centuries, new parts have been added. Nowadays it has 20 flats, communal halls and 12 acres of communal gardens, which includes a private little lake.

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The main staircase in the hallway was built in 1905, just like the wing we live in.

583818E1-BFCB-42EB-B40D-A30FE4698880Fast forward to 8 months after I arrived, and…

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