Thursday 25 December 2014

A Home - is where the heart is?...and some Merry Christmas tunes

Big fat zero goes out to the Argos store
As a consumer I have every right to call them out on this.
I bought some so called 'Beats by Dre for Ti.. only to find that the only thing in the box was the headphones . No wire.. cleaning cloth.. booklet.. nothing!.

This year I have had to return several items to the store as items that should have been provided.. were missing.
Once I was scuppered because I couldn't find the receipt so had to buy the same item again.

I'm not suggesting that 'someone' in the chain has itchy fingers, or an overall lack of customer care/quality assurance....but I do hope that in the new year service improves or I will be slating that store on a regular basis.

.. and I hope not as I like the store. (How can anyone not like buying something they can't even see or touch:)


Last night I watched for the 1st time ever.. 'It's a Wonderful Life'
I watched it because I've heard it spoken of as one of the great Xmas movies of all time.

Yes .. it was a good film. Quaint.
Oddly relevant in a way.

Long story short, a man wishes he had never been born. He gets his wish.. then is shown by an angel what life is like without him. he soon realized that his life mattered greatly indeed.
He had made a contribution.
He begged to go back. begged to have his life back
It may not have been 'perfect'.. but his life MATTERED

Good question at Christmas. Does my life matter, and if so why.
Who does my life matter to, and why,.
What contribution to society have I made.
Have I helped or hindered the progress or evolution of others.. or hindered

Who decides what matters anyway


Crisis at Christmas appears to have been granted occupancy of a local school.
That's really great.
What we we do without some of these Charities?
But I did feel a sense of disgust, that in London especially we should have so many people living and sleeping rough on the streets. Some people would never believe that in a country such as ours we have that problem.
We do.
People beg here too.

Ironically perhaps we also have lots of empty buildings .. properties..and disused and derelict land.
Most of the people I saw queuing for a space were male.. and sounded Polish
...our wonderfully humane and 'fair' immigration policy at work..
in case you wondered.. I am being a bit sarcastic there Sorry.. I know it's Christmas...I guess it's the Brit in me :)

A side note..I will also point out that around 70% of charity funds goes to senior managers in the way of wages.
Leaving 30% ( if your lucky) .. for the cause itself.
International NGO's are well known for this... bigger UK charities also.
Small charities less so.
Just thought you might like to know where most quite a bit of your money goes


I just watched 'Back to the Future'
Okay doc... we're in the future now.. and we still using... roads


If Jesus walked among us today.. do you think he would be treated any differently to how he was treated back then when he had lived?

The may not hang him.. ( bit barbaric) but I reckon, they'd definitely deny him recourse to public funds.. and possible homes?.. The Gutter... HMP or a Mental home?
But it really would depend on which part of the world he showed up.. his skin colour ( again) and 'his gender' :)

Maybe I'm wrong? Maybe I'm right

Yikes.. my mum just called.. "WHERE ARE YOU ALL?"
Better go




  1. It's a Wonderful Life is one of my favourite movies. It always makes me cry. Because we do matter.

    Incidentally, Back to the Future is also one of my favorite movies. We own all three on DVD and once a year I marathon watch all three of them. I have a lot of fun watching them with my kids because I was a teenager when they came out and I can tell them how things were back when I was their age. They both love the movies as well.

    I live in Canada and it saddens me that we both live in countries that have so much and yet there are people who have nothing. When it comes to charities I am very careful when I give money. I have two charities that I give to monthly. Sadly, there are only a few charities that I would give money to because so much goes to paid staff who make double or triple what I make and I make a decent wage.

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    1. Love the picture and I Hope you've had a nice Christmas Birdie!
      There's enough of everything to go round. We waste tons of food, throw away electrical.. leave buildings empty.. leave land un-occupied.. etc, and quite simply put.. can't seem to get it together.
      I love charities in essence. I don't much enjoy pointless bureaucracy, or exploitation of the poor sick or needy. Like you :)

  2. Have a wonderful Xmas with your family!

    1. Thank you Debra.. you too!
      we've enjoyed so far x

  3. I'm pleased that you watched It's A Wonderful Life. It's my favorite movie. Several years ago on Christmas Eve, Favorite Young Man took me on a little tour of our city to see the Christmas lights before we went to church. As we passed through downtown, I saw what appeared to be piles of rags. I asked FYM, What are those?

    Homeless people, he said. They're waiting for the shelter to open.

    I never forget.


    1. I hear you Janie...If I saw that - I think I'd remember it too. It's a shame really.