Thank God for AC/DC and Amazon Prime

Well, what a year…I’ve been working from home since March 12th 2020. My car (company vehicle) is currently doing 8 months to the gallon. Apart from a holiday in the summer in Applethwaite near Keswick (where I never left that house) I’ve not been anywhere apart from local 1km doggy walks.

If it wasn’t for Bells whisky (other whiskies are available) and AC/DC (other bands are available)

😂😂😂

I might have gone insane!!!

P.s do Amazon Prime do liver transplants? Asking for a friend…

The Smiths

I’m sure it was about 1984. Maybe on the John Peel show, I first heard The Smiths. I rushed to The Eldon Centre and HMV to buy the album the next day.

I was a naive not very well travelled Mackem. Fit meant you could run the 100 metres in less than 11 seconds. Wally Range was an estate that thickos lived.,,

I saw The Smiths twice at Newcastle Mayfair, well, once really, punk hadn’t ‘officially’ finished so spitting was the order of the day…On my second concert someone spat at Morrissey . He said if anyone spits again he’ll leave the stage. 0.002 seconds later. Yep…you’ve guessed it…

I then moved to Bolton and worked in Manchester in 1988. I eventually got my head around the vocabulary – fit had nothing to do with your bench pressing ability.

The poetry of Morrissey sings to me. I know it’s not for everyone.

I’ll never stop admiring and liking him…

Music

Stick to your principles

Many years ago a person that reported to me said that she was being sexually harassed by my Manager. I reported that fact, completely objectively to HR. Unsurprisingly, given his ‘power’ I was made redundant 4 weeks later. I immediately submitted an ET1. Luckily my wife is an HR Director so guided me through the process. I wouldn’t retract my statements therefore that was that particular ‘career’ over…I lost my job, my report kept her dignity. Eventually after 18 months and a lot of stress, a settlement was reached. Don’t trust any HR (I know, I live with one) – it’s all subterfuge, lies, propaganda and ‘Smiling Assassins’. I stuck to my principles. I always will. You sometimes lose in the material world, however in your moral world. You win. And you can’t buy that.

A Few Quotes I like

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread.

John Muir

Ada McGrath: What a death! What a chance! What a surprise! My will has chosen life! Still it has had me spooked and many others besides!

The Piano

Christopher McCandless: Some people feel like they don’t deserve love. They walk away quietly into empty spaces, trying to close the gaps of the past.

Into The Wild

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality, nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit.” – Christopher McCandless

Into The Wild

“The more you live in the present moment the more the fear of death disappears”

Sam Harris

2020 Reading List

George Orwell – 1984

Andrew Chaiken – A Man On The Moon – The Voyages Of The Apollo Astronauts

Ant Middleton – The Fear Bubble

Douglas Murray – The Strange Death Of Europe

Douglas Murray – The Madness Of Crowds

Charles Bukowski – Ham On Rye

Charles Bukowski – Factotum

Charles Bukowski – Post Office

Charles Bukowski – Women

Viktor E. Frankl – Man’s Search For Meaning

Eckhart Tolle – A New Earth

Napoleon Hill – Think And Grow Rich

Richard Carlson – Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer – The Power Of Intention

Eckhart Tolle – The Power Of Now

Esther and Jerry Hicks – Ask And It Is Given