Stating the bleeding obvious…..

Now it’s Winter here in the UK. It’s the 30th of November. It gets cold in winter. It has been known to snow, you know that white powdery stuff that reduces the nation to a gibbering panic every time it falls.

That doesn’t stop the news channels and online portals reporting that snow has fallen in eastern parts of the UK today. WOWEE! Whatever next. Extraordinary happenings. It’s cold and it’s snowed. Get over it people.

Well at least it stops us thinking about Royal Weddings or the insane dribbling of Donald J. Trump for a while. Pick a non news story and make it into something newsworthy.

In future days, I can foresee some similar earth shattering headlines, for example:-

THE WORLD IS ROUND

NIGHT FOLLOWS DAY

YOU CAN WALK BY PUTTING ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER…

and other such patently obvious things that appeals to people’s sense of the trivial and unimportant.

Rant over…

Allen Brooks xx

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Sky News….


In London, until this afternoon, it was a glorious autumn day with warm, mellow sunshine and light breezes.

The remnants of storm Ophelia are making their presence felt here too. The sun went a rather peculiar orangey colour, rather than yellow, the clouds scudded across, the winds blew a lot stronger and then the sky seemed to fall in around 4 pm this afternoon.

This of course sent people into their usual witticisms, saying the apocalypse is coming and that Donald J. Trump has launched an attack on whatever country has offended him. It went very, very dark, and no one knew why.

But the good old Met Office here in the U.K. has variously attributed the strange sky colour to Saharan dust and forest fire debris being blown in from Spain and Portugal. The winds are from a southerly track and of sufficient strength to frighten people into thinking the end of days was imminent. There’s always a reason behind most things, and we can all go back to normal now.

Allen Brooks xx

Living, learning and laughing….

Hi. I like to think I have a decent vocabulary and a reasonable command of the English language. But yesterday a new follower of my blog introduced me to a brand new word. Pulchritudinious. Yes, exactly. Before yesterday I didn’t have a clue what it means.

That’s where the great internet comes into play. I looked it up. It means something of beauty or vivaciousness. Clearly not me then! But I must thank the new follower for increasing my vocabulary by one.

Onto something completely different now. I’ve never been one for American humour, until today. I’ve been watching clips of the long running satirical show, Saturday Night Live, on You Tube.

I’ve been laughing my head off at the brilliant parodying of all the American political heavy hitters, Donald Trump, Sean Spicer amongst others. Alec Baldwin is simply brilliant as The Donald. 

The hand gestures, pouting, the catchphrases and the workings of the Trump mind are all perfect. 

Not only that, Kate McKinnon is superb as Hillary Clinton, and the very funny Weekend Update starring the sassy Cecily Strong also demands attention.

 Some of the writing is very, very on point, and I found myself enjoying every side splitting moment of it. I wasn’t sold on American humour, but I am now.

It’s been a quiet Tuesday. Not a lot going on really. But I feel reasonably ok. Gladly settle for that. Laughter is always good medicine.

Allen Brooks xx

Unspeakable Evil and Wickedness…

America today saw an act of such depravity that it’s difficult to comprehend. 58 people are dead and over 500 injured when a lone gunman fired at a crowd at a Las Vegas concert.

The news agencies were looking for a terrorist angle, but the authorities are certain that the said gunman, Stephen Paddock, has no connection to any radicalisation of any kind. Mr. Paddock turned a gun on himself, so we will never know the motives behind this appalling act. But that won’t stop people speculating as to any possible motive.

It’s difficult to know what else to write or to say. When anything like this happens, words fail me. We live in a very uncertain world, that has a lot of nasty people within it. If our leaders would be more responsible and calmer, then maybe the public would take their lead. But the language and behaviour of those in charge of us can rub off on others. This is partly the reason these acts happen. 

Sheer evil….no other phrase is apposite at this time.

Allen Brooks xx

My Dad is bigger than your Dad…

Or I’ll get my brother onto you. If it weren’t a situation with far reaching repercussions, we all would be laughing at the nonsense being spouted by Donald J. Trump and Kim Jong-Un. It’s like two children in a playground, squabbling over a football or a bag of sweets. Except that children don’t have powerful weapons of mass destruction at their disposal.

To be honest, it’s becoming a little bit tiresome and extremely boring to listen to two grown men acting like this. My considered opinion is that the insults will continue unabated, because neither man is game enough to translate words into actions. The consequences of making the first, and wrong move in this high stakes game of chess is something we are all watching closely. But the noises off are simply pathetic and do neither man, or country, any credit at all. 

But of course, these are men that are supposed to be leading us. Leading us into…goodness knows where. Watch this space. 

Allen Brooks xx

World News….

During the two week break, there’s been lots going on in the world. Those two narcissists, Donald J. Trump and K.J. Un, have been antagonising one another over North Korea’s nuclear weapons testing. Thankfully, nothing has happened yet. Let’s hope that continues to be the case and the madness and futility of war is not approached. 

Also, the weather is in the headlines, in the USA and the Caribbean. Hurricane Harvey hit the southern states of the US the other week and now Hurricane Irma has totally ravaged some, if not all, the islands in the Caribbean with terrible scenes of destruction. If anyone takes the power of Mother Nature lightly, just look at the news. Florida is in the path of Irma this weekend and we wait and we wonder what will happen next. 

If that is only the hors d’oeuvre, then Hurricane Jose is gearing up in the Gulf of Mexico. All I can say is that any moans and groans I have about the weather in the U.K., pales into insignificance compared to what the folks are going through several thousand miles away. 

Wherever you are, stay safe

Allen Brooks xx

Narcissistic Personality Disorder…

  
Narcissism. Named after Narcissus, the God who saw his reflection in water and revelled in the afterglow of the image. Otherwise known as people who love themselves and are faithful to themselves each and every day, by the attention they receive in the public eye. 

Look at the two figures above and tell me whether they are narcissistic? I know what I think. 

Allen Brooks xx