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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Flavour - Catch You

This is a really nice track with stunning visuals
Music aide for a mo.....
How fit is Flavour..
really... I mean...really

Fine as... yes, loving this one

"If I catch you.."

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Fally Ipupa Jeudi soir - live

Fally... captivating, even when seated. Can't wait to check out the album. [Tokoos]
Its been a long wait




Saturday in London Vibes ft music by M.anifest ft Brymo - Sugar

On my mission to re-energise
This is a bit of a shortcut, as I really need to up my greens intake

Have any of you tried this?





In the main, I've found it quite helpful in the past, in giving a quick boost, as you begin to feel the results quickly.
Plus it tastes nice

Over at a crowded Westfield plus a few deals courtesy of the Body Shop; a rainy trip back home
With my 2 minute headwrap keeping the rain at bay. (Haven't tied my wrap like this in awhile)




Quick stop off at the local store, one pot of Jollof Rice, tuna and beans later.. alongside a centrally heated home (Yes, I tuned on the heating in July, It was simply too cold not too!).
...and it really is chill time.

Thumbs up, cool track

E.L - Abaa

Saturday morning sounds
Enjoy your day x



Friday, 21 July 2017

Awilo Longomba ft Tiwa Savage - Esopi Yo

This has been a very tiring week.
So a restful weekend is needed. The one thing that never fails is good music.. oh and good food.. but that's two, oh and good company.. but that's three

You know something?... there's a lot to be thankful for

Like this Naija Congo collaboration
Happy to say I've seen both perform... come back soon!...fire

TGIF!
Enjoy


Whats going on with Diane Abbott?

So Chris Evans earns over £2,000.000 per year?
Nice one Chris. I didn't even realise he was still 'at it'
So the recent furore over BBC salaries seemed to stoke fire regarding the gender pay gap.
Gap?
Of course there were a few murmours about the lack of so called 'ethnic minorities' in the upper echelons of the BBC family, but not too much so you'd notice.

The gender pay gap is old news.

What stokes my fire is the blatant racism that MP Diane Abbott continues to face. The nasty emails, the ridicule, and what appears to be a media scramble to make her look as bad as possible

Feminists are far too quiet on that issue.
For them, their issue is being paid the same as men.
As honourable and as noble as that is , Diane Abbott is facing two battles, race, and gender, with not enough women speaking up on her behalf.

Diane's current 'forgetfulness' I believe has a lot to do with the subtle ( but not so subtle) bullying she endures, and if the Feminists can't find their voice on that....
Who do they hope will have ears when they too face discrimination?

I've watched many an MP, (Boris Johnson included) splutter and blag their way through an interview, but it's not taken as seriously, in some cases it's viewed as quite humorous.
They do not face the type of onslaught that Diane Abbott has had to deal with.

She is strong, yet they are privileged.



Racism and bullying.. impact.
If you or I had to deal with what Diane Abbott has to deal with on a daily basis, I dare say we'd become a bit 'forgetful' too

Shame on these so called Feminists, who only see gender in one hue.
It seems not all women are equal in the eyes of some.

Oh the not so united, united kingdom...

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[Independant]

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Weekend Zone Pics, ft Music by Wizkid

Saturday in the park, and a trip to mums are what Saturdays are made of
TV, food, house chores, music, pretty much anything you can fit in ... you try and fit in

A chance to catch up. A chance for a little care and attention
My outfit?, made in a few hours in Kumasi by a very talented dressmaker.






I love the way Wizkid evolkes Fela. Honestly, I'm really loving this track. I rarely mention the musicians but check out the skill of the musicians behind some these tracks, right here the bass player and drummer/percussionist are on fire



Weekends.. ever increasingly special



'Sounds from the other side'. Wizkid's 1st album release since his major label deal with RCA.
Yes, I'm liking it a lot.




Wizkid





Hope you've had a lovely day, and a good evening to you x

Davido - Fall

Happy Saturday all x

Yoruba Arts Festival 2017

For Life - Runtown

Not Quite One Africa

The scrutiny of Dr Umar Johnson's qualifications is interesting.
..But perhaps a bit much.
Yet perhaps he said it best when he explained his understanding of the doubt often cast on the legitimacy of his credentials, his Phd... as being based upon the fact that he doesn't fit the profile of a typical academic in his rhetoric.
He's not wrong

He really doesn't follow the grain.

Controversial he may be but he really is an interesting and intelligent man, unafraid it appears, to tackle what many see as difficult topics.



Is nationalism a problem in our modern times?
Does nationalism simply create divisions and fuel racism?
Or can it protect people from the type of abuse which has occurred in the past?
Jamaica like most Caribbean islands, has a strong national identity. its motto being out of many one people.
A strong national identity with diverse racial and ethnic groups is something the Caribbean hasn't done too badly at.
Although colourism and its ensuing inequality remains an issue, the Caribbean Islands have managed to maintain their African culture, fuzed alongside many others.
Producing many great thinkers, and great leaders along the way.


Dr Umar often states that he's unapologetically African, and is known as the 'Prince of Pan Africanism.

Imagine. With so many divisions on the African continent, is it any wonder that Pan Africanists in the diaspora are perpetually frustrated.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Should Nigeria be restructured?

With all the talk of restructuring Nigeria , secession and Biafra, it appears that poverty, lack of opportunity and the unequal distribution of money and resources are key factors.

Some may make this a discussion about tribes( why are we so tribal?)
But ultimately, to build a strong nation, any nation, the citizens really need to identify...to feel as though they matter ( and they do)
We have seen what happens whenever conflicts become tribal or the politics of difference takes over.

The voices of dissent are getting louder. It appears to them that those in power look after themselves, family and friends first and foremost, whilst turning a blind eye to the needs of others.
It's a shame as a country like Nigeria has enough resources to serve all...and then some

The problem is greed, and perhaps a culture of distrust and dishonesty.
Neither of which are sweet ingredients for nationhood.
But would a restructure really change anything?

more love



Video Discussions on Biafra









3 ways to help to raise self esteem in others ft music by Wale ft Davido and Olamide - Fine Girl

Self esteem is something that most of us say must be owned by the individual.
Something that if lacking, an individual needs to build or strengthen for themselves. Yet children are not born with low self esteem.
And we are all connected.

Low self esteem tends to emanate from past (negative) experiences, recent experiences, socialisation, and where expectations and reality fail to meet.

In saying that, we all have a role to play
In our modern times there are many facets to low self esteem. Yet we can ( if we want to) help each other.
Together we can build, or we can destroy.

So what can we do for others each day?
Here are 3 things that spring to mind


1. Focus on the things a person does well


Everyone has something to offer, something that they do well. Whether you find value in what that is is subjective, The point is, to focus not on what you don't like, but on what you do.
Difficult? sure!,
The challenge ... is to find something. once that challenge is met, the benefits can be felt all round.

2. Practice unconditional positive regard

This can be tough.
I first leant about UPR whilst undertaking training in client centre advice and guidance. It's actually one of the key elements of a successful advice session, yet can possibly benefits every area of life if you commit to it.
Of course it's not always easy... we all have our likes and dislikes, cultural differences, moral and value systems.... but ultimately, practice makes perfect.
In truth, whether we voice our disapproval of someone or not, disapproval tends to exude through body language.
Often we say more, when we don't speak at all.


3. Expect the best

Again when you expect the best you tend to communicate differently than if you expect the worst. which is why teachers who expect students to fail or have low expectations with regards to thier pupils intelligence or ability, may find, more often than not... that their students fail.

Well that's just 3 things, of course there are more...

Cool track to chill to on a Friday night


Thursday, 6 July 2017

On Biafra. Politics is all. ft Mi Vote Na Mi Life -Emmerson Bockarie, Star Zee, Zainab Sheriff, Slim G & Steady Bongo

Biafra has been in the news alot lately




Im almost lost for words. What really is the problem?
Poverty and suffering in rich lands

Come on now....



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Emmerson.

I listened to an interview with a Sierra Leonian government minister who was incensed by Emmerson's use of the word 'rank'[politicians]
His argument was that it's not only politicians who exhibit certain 'traits.'.. and that civil society.. we all as a people, have a duty to do right by each other

He has a point.

However, those in positions of power really should be setting an example
to whom much is given, much is expected
No?
Oh yes, Emmerson remains my favourite Salone borbor.


Thursday mode



Its hot.
I hope you're all enjoying the summer
The weekend is almost upon us. Its been a very busy time of late, still... Rome wasn't built in a day and it's good to remember that.

This song is a daydreamers dream
really got to be thankful for the little things in life.
like a sweet song
sunny days.. and warm nights


Sunday, 2 July 2017

Dotman - Akube & Don Jazzy Iyanya Dr Sid - Up to Something

I'm in love with this song. (and his teeth gap)
Even Madam has been singing the chorus today.. it's so darn catchy



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Still feeling this. Great video



Holla to the leading fellas with the gap between the teeth.

Growing up I really didn't like having a gap between my teeth at all..
From time to time people tried to convince me it was cool, citing 'Madonna' as being hot and successful with the teeth gap.
Madonna? .....do they know me at all?...

I considered getting it closed.

Anyway.. years later and it really doesn't bother me ( as much)
In fact I quite like it, and funnily enough find it quite attractive in others

Go figure.

In search of President Buhari's 'smile'

How is President Buhari?
I wish him all the best and that his health improves considerably
May he have more reasons to smile , and not frown






Whilst many in the country call for his resignation based on his current inability to govern due to ill health, perhaps it would be best at this time to focus on him getting better, and not removing ( other than his family and loved ones) the one thing that may give him the inspiration he needs to get better

Nigeria's problems can never be fixed by one man alone
Never can and never will be

A Young Buhari




Saturday, 1 July 2017

Flavour- Ukwu Nwata

Can't get enough of this song
Ive had it on repeat for a few days now:)


Album titled, "Ijele - The Traveler."


Weekend WOW Factor - Happy July!

My weekends seem even busier than my weekdays!
A different kind of busy I guess

However, right now I'm 'busy' sitting, doing little, blogging, listening to music and feeling somewhat relieved that my busy day has eased and I can simply sit, chill, and enjoy the nice weather and sounds.



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'Nice day for a London March' should be the slogan of our times... we've certainly seen a few. Who would have thought that Tory Party popularity would appear to nosedive so quickly.
The currently not-so-confident Tories are in need of a make over, 'modernising' I think is the word being used.

Anyway.. who cares?
Well, as it happens.. most Londonders do seem to care, a great deal.. about each other.
When push comes to shove, Londoners do 'give-a-rats-arse' about their neighbour.

I'm not sure if I'm imagining it, but since the unpleasant events London experience over the months and weeks, I personally have had strangers smile a lot more at me on the tube.
Either it's a 'sweet gesture', or its a .. ' let me smile at this woman in case she's the type to 'kick off', at least if we've connected she won't kick off on me'... kinda smile.
I'll go with the former:)

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This song is pretty cool
Ive never heard of this artist before but I'll certainly be paying attention as of now

Nice n easy does it.



I'm spoilt for choice musically at the moment, there's so much good music abound.

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Nice lyrics Dotman
Hey! I'm waiting to hear my name appear in one of these tunes.. I hear Samantha , Nana, Diana... what gives?
I'll take Anita though... after all, it's my middle name, and for some reason everyone chose to call me Anita in Ghana

Anyway, Zimbabwe and Uganda... you're up...
Smile and enjoy :)



Another artist to watch out for is Mayorkun

Nice...



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Lord have mercy Flavour

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Mariaroza - Eddy Kenzo

E.L - Abaa

The Ashanti Kingdom

Kumasi.
Capital of the Ashanti Kingdom
Suffice to say, a visit to the Ashanti King's Palace was on the agenda.

The Ashanti Kingdom offers a fascinating history
Yaa Asantewaa..Queen Nanny (Jamaican Maroon) are just two of the strong women that spring to mind when you think about the Ashanti Kingdom
The Maroons of Jamaica, possibly the most well known of the Ashanti diaspora. Members/ Descendants of the Africa Ashanti, traded into Slavery.

The Maroons...Reknown fierce warriors.

The Ashanti King's Palace hosts a wealth of history and possesses an amazing energy.
It's amazing how one can begin to embody a spirit of royalty when in royal surroundings


never underestimate the impact of your environment





Okomfo Anokye statue in Kumasi








Click for Link to: A mixture of Periodicals on Okomfo Anikye





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Enjoyable watch

"Golden Stool" is a two-part Nigerian produced feature length film, shot on location in Ghana, West Africa Distributed by A.A. Productions and Ace Media in Ghana.

My time in Kumasi Ghana with Thrive Africa pt 1

My trip to Ghana was to spend two weeks working as a volunteer with Thrive Africa A wonderful Charity doing amazing things to support schools such as Bantama Presby Primary School...








School veranda





Thrive undertake projects such as building libraries..and several other affiliated projects including Enliven, which delivers classes for young women and mums, teaching them useful life skills such as sewing, enabling them to take care of themselves, their children and earn a living.

With some of the students at Enliven



As a project/community development worker, it was refreshing to see traditional methods of community development being used and being effective.
Increasingly, in London, in our desire to modernise community development, I have found that in many cases we seem to have left 'the community' behind. Either that, or we inadvertently drag what we consider 'a community', kicking and screaming to our new and improved reality of doing things.
Keen to measure social value yet rarely really contemplating.. the social value ..for who?
Progress is good but not always inevitable

I was able to reflect.

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Getting up at 5am each day was a joy!!.
Had me feeling, and looking like this..




This..




and this..

Everyday. :)




To rise and start ones day in a beautiful organic environment, to look out.. step out, and feel the stirring of the suns heat, is a wonderful thing.
The drive to work each day was so unlike my London comment, scenic and blessed.
No Highbury and Islington stn crush here



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By the end of my working day (which wss mid afternoon.. ) I was able to rest looking a little like this!
Don't let the mosquito net fool you , I never used it, and was bitten every single day!
Still... I took a little London house top and shower cap, just to remind me of home:)

...I think the mosquitos took note!..












Ghana is truly a beautiful place, Kumasi is stunning and the teachers at Bantama Primary School are an inspiration
West Africa, in general.. is beautiful, and I do tend to gravitate to that region above any other

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Me with Teacher Patrica.. the 1st teacher to actually reignite my love of maths. Seriously.. I thought that was long gone :)She found my fear amusing, which in turn led me to find it amusing.. and completely irrational!



My role was to support teachers in whatever way, in this case I assisted with marking students work, and took a class In careers ( more of a talk really, which I enjoyed) with the students vocally expressing their desire to become pilots. doctors, teachers and much more.
I conducted interviews with students and teachers, generally learning more about life at Bantama School.




Situated in Kumasi, Bantama Presbyterian Primary School, is currently in need of funding to assist with ....

ICT equipment...




Books, Classroom Space, a Science Lab and bathroom facilities, for the children and teachers who attend.
Support is most welcome and needed!

More details to follow...

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It would be unlike me not to include some music so here is the No1 song that played everyday several times a day throughout my stay cementing its place in my heart as one of my favourite songs that will forever remind me of my stay.

From Nigeria straight to Ghana
Hot!!




Ok.. and this one also... every day without fail
Becca & Bisa!!



Our singalong tunes :-) x

Anyone interested in getting involved, supporting the school or Thrive Africa can make contact via the website [click]

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Sona - Ginger

My track of the week.. and very good performers..
Happy Saturday x


Sunday, 14 May 2017

A look at Anxiety

The Money - Davido ft. Olamide

"You can wash up anyday.. not just on 'Mothers day'!"

Woke up this morning thinking perhaps it was mothers day again. Thought perhaps I didn't have one a few weeks or months ago, only be told I did... did I forget the cards?, and its not mothers day here but in America ( or elsewhere)

Ok...so.. dishes and cooking here I come then :)


Happy Mother's Day mums x

One Africa Music Fest - Wembley 2017



An amazing night!
back to back extravaganza, with some of the finest African artists, musicians and producers





So many highlights, including, Davido, 9ice, Tenko, P-Square, Casper ( South Africa) , Awilo Longmba ( Congo), and of course Flavour.
Phyno was outstanding, and Tiwa's performance was also very fine indeed

MP Diane Abbot showed up on stage urging the audience to 'vote labour!'
( That was a surprise :) )


Banky W made an excellent compare, and his performance.. polished!
congratulations on his recent marriage



DJ Spinall keep the vibes flowing all night with some very fine music indeed, brilliant!.

Sarkodie, proved why not only is he Ghana's no1 rapper but he's a pretty good dancer too
He's extremely talented.
..and.. cute.







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Time constraints meant that Flavour's set was cut short as was P Square..
So many artists on the bill, and a slightly late start
A little more time and more Flavour would have turned Wembley upside down, but never mind...

Worth every penny





African music packed Wembley Stadium last night..

Wonderful!

Congrats and thanks to the promoter for bringing the show to London..



I'll say this.. I just love this man's voice..
9ice..manages to make Yoruba sound so darn sexy




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Energetic performance from Tenko ( who looks about 14!)


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back in time Flavour... a nice singalong track on the night




So many to mention, but I'll leave it there for now

Happy Sunday
One Africa x.





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Monday, 8 May 2017

Busy Signal - The Reasoning

I don't know say to say about this offering from Busy Signal.
It's 'rude'.. but it works
Busy Signal... my occasional guilty pleasure. the lyrical flow on this is slick, ( even if he keeps banging on about his d***)
See what I did there?
Guess it's my time.. to rhyme
Interesting

I think it's time for bed
Good night x

Monday musings

I'm very tired this evening, I'm actually watching Masterchef ( which I Love ) on my laptop whilst laying on my bed. I hope I don't fall asleep mid-type or mid-watch!
I used a lot of energy today trying to stay warm. I'm here wishing it were possible to load the washing machine using the power of thought alone.
I'll do it... but it may take a mantra or two!

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Rockers
Singer? - Kiddus I



Possibly one of the greatest reggae films ever made, featuring some of the finest reggae musicians of the time.
I came across this clip again this evening.
Fond memory's of a film that depicted what many cite as the 'reality' of the music industry in Jamaica at the time. A humorous film and very entertaining. If you've never seen it, it's worth a watch. A young Gregory Issacs seems to steal every scene he's in.... may he continue to rest in peace.

Other great reggae themed films include 'Babylon'( UK) featuring Aswad and the mighty sound system Jah Shaka
Dancehall queen (also very entertaining) and 'Babymother' ( UK), ( soundtrack written by Ms Trilla Jenna herself) very talented lady.

Still. my top three are Rockers, Babylon and The Harder They Come
A mixture of the sociopolitical historical and cultural aspects of reggae music. Mixed with light hearted humour serious issues, and fun.

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Today was just too cold.
Seriously.

I actually have some writing to do, but rest is on the agenda

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In Conversation with.. Little Man

My 1st attempt at editing. Took me all day, but after several attempts, I ended up with this. In conversation with little man, on a bright Sunday afternoon.

Good morning x



Saturday, 6 May 2017

L.A.X - Run Away

Loving this track

Migrants Petitions and Collective Consciousness

May.
My dads birthday month. 18th actually. Missed.
Left us quite early really considering, but his last days with us were special. He had a tough time with Parkinson's so it was a relief in many ways when he had to endure it no longer


Anyway, this is not a depressing post
It's all good.

Has anyone else noticed how shiny apples are these days?
Heavily spayed or GM?.
I have an apple tree, so if we get the sun and heat, I pray it will bare real apples!

Catching up on a few missed interviews this evening, and generally chilling.
Made some lovely Jollof, tasty sauce ( I think I've mastered that now) but the rice.... hmmmm.. gotta use another rice.

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Diane Abbot will really need to 'steal' herself more than most, for many reasons.
One thing I'm not clear on is why 'anti Diane-ites' refer to her as 'anti white'.
Rubbish!.
She will openly call out bullshit, so maybe that's why.

But check this out [click]... unbelievable! ( but a little predictable)

don't go signing it now.. I'm just showing you the depth of unfavourable feeling
It appears many people still don't really understand racism
Or prefer to deny it

I have a change I'd like to make. I wonder If I can get enough signatures.
If I do it, I'll let you know, then you can all sign ... if you agree that is... or sign simply because you love me
Either way.. It's cool.

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When Londoners complain about commuting.... consider these folk..
Chale!
Libya is no easy place for African migrants
It's amazing really that Libya is almost not even seen as an African country

I'll share something funny with you, when I meet people from North Africa, they tend to describe themselves as 'other'. Sometimes 'white other', 'African other' on rare occasions, but that's often accompanied with unease. Lovely as they are, there is a serious continental north /south divide.
I should play with that more sometimes, smile and say.. oh so you're African!, greetings my brother!

I met a lovely couple recently from Uganda. Indian, Old enough to have a memory of how many 'migrated' to Britain. I got on very well with them.
Nice.





If multinationals continue to deny opportunities to local labour in favour of importing their own work forces... skills and job shortages for local people will continue.
I'm not suggesting multinationals are solely responsible for increased migration, but we cannot deny their role win the matter.
Ultimately, governments have a duty in acting in the best interests of their people.

Jobs, Education, health, sanitation, homes, SECURITY

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If we believe in the concept that 'we' create our reality.
Have you ever wondered how that plays out for those facing serious hardship?... trafficked as domestics or sex workers..?

I asked that once and was told it was a result of our collective consciousness
Weighing heavily on injustice and individualism

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Shape of You (AFROBEATS REMIX) E.L.



Back in time



Beauty and the beast - ZABZ TV

Did anyone see the new version?... ermmm, I mean.. did anyone take their CHILDREN to see the new version :)... I heard it was ok.

Ayway...It's mid week.. heehee
'BeautEE...




Critical Options ~ Les Brown

Les Brown is 72 years old..
Going strong..
An amazing story of success and achievement, considered 'mentally retarded' at school ( he wasn't) , raised by a loving adoptive mother. His story inspires many. once married to Gladys Knight ( yes that amazing singer)

There are times he simply makes me laugh.. his own laugh is infectious.
Do you know how hard it is to live with 'integrity'?
But its a beautiful thing if one can muster the courage



11 funny signs that help you to recognise an election is nigh

Why 11?
Coz it's not 10.


1. People you don't recognise, know, or barely see in your local community, may knock at your door stating that they're from a particular party, and are working hard on your behalf representing you and your needs... the conversation (should you wish to accept it), may end with the line... 'so can we count on your vote'...

Response: 'Ermmm, sure, ok!', well you promised the others so you then decide to promise them all....

2. You may be shocked to discover the Liberal Democrat party... is still functioning.. with more than one party member..



3. There will be 'gaffs'(they're only human)

4. You are reminded that for many politicians, there is rarely such a thing as a straight answer.. to a straight question

5. You will hear the phrase.. 'A country that works for everyone'... alot!

6. You may begin to wonder.. exactly who will pay the Brexit bill.... [click]





7. Some politicians may develop a new found love for holding other people's babies, talking to young people, the elderly, the un-or underemployed, and so called 'ethnic minorities'

8. You may find yourself.. despite initially feeling quite nonchalant.. with a renewed interest in politics... ( or a burning desire to switch off completely)

9. You will hear the word.. 'we' a lot, as in.. 'we need to make a difference', which will either make you feel included ( Awww) ... or... want to simply chew on your left toe nail, mumbling we??.. since when do I matter in all this!'...

10. It may be suggested that we the public have a choice between, stability or absolute chaos.
How this choice is viewed will depend on;
Whether you believe it to be a true statement in the 1st instance, and ultimately, whether you believe in a fairer tax system and stronger investment into public service, which may boil down to a debate on that age old question.. should those of us who earn more.. pay more?.

In short, your core values, morals and beliefs may begin to feel somewhat exposed.....

Fret not darlings, you're a good person and won't be exiled to 'purgatory' for having an opinion!


11. You may find yourself watching the news like this...






Yep, it's warming up folks... :)
.. and I certainly don't mean the weather...

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My eldest son made dinner... It was absolutely delicious..
Washed up an everything.!.. nice! I really appreciate that.. and shall fight the need to 'do something', in the kitchen tonight