Rapidly running out of displacement activities (eight different e-mail addresses harvested and organised, access to http://warriet.com/ re-established [thanks to the very helpful Scott at http://www.mister.net/] not that I have done anything to the site although http://kompozer.net/ might be worth the effort of learning how to use, a whole range of different operating systems downloaded and tested but still not getting down to anything useful).
Tracking the fall out from yesterday’s spending review http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/special_reports/spending_review/ & http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11595441 makes for rather dismal reading: what is missing so far is that nobody has mentioned the fact that the Condems seem hell-bent on dragging us into double dip recession, perhaps we are entering a Darwinian phase of economics where the poor die even younger thus removing themselves sooner from the business model. Grrr, this is not what my parents and millions of others fought for but as a baby-boomer I do feel somewhat responsible for the mess we are heading into. Learning how to survive the new regime (and sharing survival tips and hints) will become my main activity except of course thereby proving myself fit for work whatever the doctors might say, tricky one that. It will be interesting to see what picture the various social statistics say in ten years’ time. Several life times ago, although not a mathematician or statistician I used to read the Department of Employment Gazette” which supplied enough comprehensible data to see what happened,was happening and likely to happen. Or maybe it’s a consequence of listening to the Home Service for more than fifty years? Whatever, need supplies so popping round the corner to http://www.qype.co.uk/place/340909-M-J-Upshall-Frome to get energy drinks, milk, food and cigarettes. Of late, such an expedition is the only time I venture forth, the only time I have contact with the real world. This agoraphobia is weird and not easily understood, it’s not as if I am scared of or anxious about anything, have been living here long enough to be on first name terms with most of my neighbours. Typical October weather the man just said and yes it is chilliest so far out side but inside is warm because I have allowed myself an early heating switch-on. Still not getting the hang of this blogging business, off for a while to eat something. Done but still haven’t found a one-click way of gathering all my Facebook and Twitter conversations into WordPress… Are we going back to 1968 with CRS thugs bashing people on the streets of France?
Tired of screens, time for some radio methinks. At least the Home Service is almost always broadcasting something worth listening to. Just found this http://www.copyblogger.com/magnificent-copy/: written for a US market of course but, hey, who says the English have the monopoly on the English language [factoid – most of the US population thinks that English originated in the USA (invented by Thomas Jefferson in 1776), within a couple of decades they’ll probably be thinking the same of Spanish].
Chilly Saturday night in Frome but this autumn day has been greatly enlivened by an unexpected flying family visit all three of them looking well!
A day later after another Seroquel sleep although I was woken up in the small hours by some sort of high-spirited domestic happening underneath the window. Must have gone back to sleep OK despite the adrenaline rush or whatever it is that took me from deep sleep to almost fully awake in nanoseconds. ‘Tis another bright sunny autumn day, have enough supplies to mean I don’t need to go out at all today although Sunday evening is time to put out my recycling, why is it called that? Presorted rubbish would be a more accurate term, wish I had the technology to be able leave a transponder of some kind in order to satellite track the eventual destination of my rubbish. I think that Mendip District Council are quite good in this respect but since so many of its services are contracted out to private definitely for profit companies it can be hard to tell what actually happens. For that matter, what does Mendip District Council actually do? Most of the significant services (e.g. rubbish collection, housing, benefit payment) that were once provided by the District Council’s own workforce have been out-sourced to private companies. Wouldn’t it be wonderfully ironic if the current ConDem regime forces unitarianism (nothing to do with religion – I mean the process of creating a unitary authority such as that happening next door in Wiltshire) [Wiltshire is worth a blog all of its own, I suspect that it was told it was going unitary in a an attempt by central government to address the endemic corruption that has existed for all my life, West Wilts was so bad that some of its officials even went to gaol] onto Somerset so that the more strategic powers go up to Somerset County Council and the day to day stuff is devolved down to local administrations such as Frome Town Council or Wells City Council. The question was asked by an expensive but psephologically doubtful opinion poll (presented as if it were a referendum) organised by Mendip District Council; strangely enough the decision to maintain the status quo was made before all the results were in but that’s OK since it turns out that the six figure exercise was just a consultation.
Enough local politics, time to focus on what I need to do today, really exciting stuff like put out my recycling and send off my application for a garage, to put my name down for one in the block of six round the back. I don’t need a garage per se but I am sure that Cadbury, the trusty Civic, would appreciate the shelter. Applying more as a point of principle than need – one of my neighbours has told me that another neighbour (who does not have a car) is trying to get one for her daughter’s use. Apparently said daughter owns two houses (with garages and parking) and a fleet of vehicles including the camper van that spends most of its time parked by the garages. Am I being mean? Maybe but this is social housing the allocation of which is supposed to be according to need and I do believe that Flourish Homes resource should go to those most in need. Don’t know what the rent will be (rumour has it the garages are to be refurbished and even given power and water) and whether I would be able to afford it but there is a principle here somewhere and it would be good to have somewhere to leave the car if I have to SORN it for a while. Foc – writing is not easy when I keep letting form triumph over content, not even sure that the hyper-links I have carefully added here will survive the copy and paste into WordPress.
Hooray! one of life’s little victories – the fonts may be randomised but at least the links have transited OK, time to do something real world for a bit..
Okey dokey, the subdomain http://psr2010.warriet.com/ exists, Komposer installed and slightly understood, it’s a start. All I have to do now is track the more intelligent of the rapidly multiplying articles about the housing benefit changes and see if I can present an intelligent or at least best guess synopsis of what lies ahead. It’s not just the tenants who will be affected, the changes will also surely impact the often Daily Mail subscribing buy-to-let part of the housing market (health warning – commentary on the buy-to-let gang may provoke a certain amount of Schadenfreude), will probably also impact the general housing market and slow down or even stop the hitherto relentless increase in house prices. Unexpected visit from Lynne and Dizzy who have helped me with two loads of washing so I’ll less justification for getting out from under the duvet tomorrow out the next day. Using the laundry room can be a complicated process as the facility can be well used and there seems to be a complicated protocol for using the two washing machines and the tumble dryer. Briefly, use any machine that’s empty, press the start button and note the finish time, 30 minutes for the dryer anything up to 60 minutes for a washing machine. Noting the time is critical because if you’re not there, another service user (supposed to be a tenant but in reality whoever has a copy of the key that accesses the laundry room) will have emptied the machine and put your wet or almost dry clothes in a pile somewhere, sometimes in a heap, sometimes carefully paired, folded and tidied. To be fair, most other users seem to respect others’ clothes and treat them as they would their own. I guess because it’s mists of time traditional, Monday can be the busiest day but there is no easily discernible pattern. I have tiptoed there in the middle of the night only to find another serial insomniac hoping for three empty machines. I guess it’s one way of meeting the neighbours, this is quite a settled community which achieves the ideal of applied housing, that is to say a complete mix of age, generation and employment that accurately reflects Frome demographics. Mixed communities are good, anywhere that is dominated by a single socio-economic group, struggles to be a community. Struggling to write anything, off to find a clever way to auto-feed Facebook, Twitter, SMS et al into a single blog. Not found yet, still chasing the grail of single keystroke, that no piece of information need to be entered more than once, easily distracted at the moment, http://www.arcadiaspectacular.com/ just posted on Facebook.