Stupidity

I was listening to a kindred spirit, Foamy the Squirrel, this evening and he had a rant about stupid people. It was the usual totally over-the-top rant but he did have a point. I’m not sure he really made it though.

Here’s the rant for those who can take his wildness.

His point was that protecting stupid people with laws enforcing safety is dumbing down the entire race. We should let Darwin’s Natural Selection operate as intended. Well, we used to do that and while it was messy, idiots only did idiotic things once.

However, I’d go further.

My car has four wheel drive. Not all the time and (to my disappointment) it does not have a big lever to engage four wheel drive. The car does it all on its own. If the front wheels start to slip, it engages the back wheel drive all on its own.

It also has an automatic gearbox which I’ve decided is an idiotic machine. It changes up the gears far later than I would. Every time, I have gritted teeth as the engine revs climb and I’m thinking ‘change up, you bastard’.

I have only once tried to teach someone to drive. She paid for lessons instead.. You either learn it in the first five minutes or I give up teaching. I can teach you microbiology and I know it can take time because there’s a lot of it and some of it is hard, but a car only has a few buttons, pedals and switches. that matter. Mine has some I might never press… and it’s automatic, you don’t even need to learn gear changes.

The sunroof button (yes, the buggers make those electric too now) isn’t likely to get a lot of use in Scotland.

But I digress.

The car has all kinds of safety features that were once only found on Volvos. It means I can drive like a dick and know I have a better than average chance of walking away from a crash that will write off the car. I don’t drive like a dick because I blew my entire car budget on this one and can’t buy another one. But I could.

When I was driving my first car, a MkII Ford Cortina I bought for £75, it had no safety features. It barely had a dashboard. The steering was so loose I’d start turning the wheel a few metres before the corner. I took all the rubber plugs out of the floor to stop the leaks filling it with water and often drove it with only the driver’s seat installed. Sometimes it was even bolted to the floor.

It was a shit heap. So I drove very carefully indeed. If that car was totalled in a crash it was very likely to total me too.

Well okay, I did make the passengers jump now and then but the Cortina had corners you could see. Not like the modern ones where you can’t see where the front or back ends are. This was a rectangle when viewed from above and the driver had sight of every corner. I drove that thing through gaps with a quarter of an inch to spare each side. I wouldn’t do that with a modern car. The wavy lines look good but you’re never sure exactly how wide or long it is.

Nowadays I am older and a much more sedate driver (CStM will not mention TruckGate at this or any other point. It happened once and it was perfectly safe!).

I once drove a Ford Focus Estate for six months with nothing but the odometer functioning on the dashboard. I drove my Commer van in the same state for rather longer. Safety? Who needs it?

But to attempt to get back to the point, Foamy’s real argument goes beyond protecting stupid people. All this safety makes the rest of us complacent. Drivers who would have been careful drivers now think ‘well, I have seatbelts, air bags, side impact bars, I’m basically in a tank and I can take risks I wouldn’t normally even consider’.

It’s not just the idiots who crash any more.

It’s the same with tools. I have an electric sander (two, now, since I got a belt sander from my parents for my birthday) and they are festooned with things to stop me sanding my fingers off. I also have old style planes and saws that I am much more careful with because they have sharp edges and no safety features. I am much more likely to damage myself with the tools that have ‘safety’ features because the safety features should protect me – but they don’t always work.

Making safety a law was a bad idea. People expect to be safe all the time now. Even the ones who bang on about being ‘close to nature’. Nature is not safe. Nature is deadly. If you really want to be close to nature, try fending off an enraged badger naked and bare-handed. You have no chance. If you get stitched back together after that one, try a grizzly bear or a tiger – although if you are being all natural, no stitches.

Those are extremes. Total danger and total safety. Not so long ago, the human race had something in between. We called it common sense.

We didn’t go out in T-shirt and shorts when it was -10C and windchill took it down to -20C. We didn’t fight tigers naked. We didn’t drive with the belief the car was going to protect us with its safety features. We treated sharp tools – workshop and kitchen – with respect. We knew how to use weapons without bemusing the enemy by killing ourselves before they had a chance to.

For the upcoming generation, all that is gone.

Now, your personal safety is someone else’s problem and you can sue them for not doing it. Eventually, people will stop selling you anything you might hurt yourself with unless you sign a disclaimer first. Many of the new generation will refuse to sign so they’ll be carving the Sunday microwave roast with a spoon.

That assumes they still have roasts, what with acrylamide and the deadly bacteria imagined to be in everything. I think they can dish out boiled cockroach with a spoon safely.

There are books about the fall of ancient civilisations. They have a common theme. They died because they went soft. Scared of change, scared of anything that might hurt them, scared of death but waiting to die.

Even in fiction, it’s how great civilisations fall. Self hatred kills every one of them.

So did you think our Western civilisation would last forever? The Victorians thought the Empire was eternal and now we have British people wanting to apologise for it! I don’t hear those people demanding the Muslims apologise for the Ottoman empire nor for anyone else’s. That’s by the by, doesn’t matter. As the Brunnen G said, we deserve to die. They believe it as much as our Lefties, the difference is that our lefties don’t think it applies to therm.

This civilisation has run its course. Oh there will be another to follow, also believing itself eternal but it will die in time too. The Soviet Union, Rome, Etrusca, Greece, Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs, all were eternal and all are gone now. Time to move on.

I’m not scared by this. We will have a few fighters left, every time. There will always be those who rise against tyranny just as there will always be tyranny. They might lose but they will always try and there will always be more coming up the line.

Everyone is human. We are the same animal. We are a pack animal with a leader who is bigger and stronger than the rest. Somehow we got to the stage where the leader is more of a total twat than the rest but it won’t last. It never does.

The times, as Bob Dylan said. they are a-changing. For the better? Hahaha! As before they are changing to get to the same.

But there will always be that rebellious streak. Always.

If there is hope, it really does lie in the proles.

 

Bombs

Now there’s a title that should boost my stats. Hello, all you secret service people. And hello to all you nutters looking for instructions on how to make bombs. I’m afraid you’re all looking in the wrong place.

The USA has just dropped one hell of a big bomb on an ISIS cave and tunnel system in Afghanistan. This particular bomb is designed to penetrate the ground and explode underneath, in the tunnels.

“What it does is basically suck out all of the oxygen and lights the air on fire,” said Bill Roggio

Well no. If it’s sucked out all the oxygen it can’t set the air afire. Setting the air afire would remove all the oxygen but the order of events is important to us insufferable pedants.

That, however, is the point of it. The blast is huge and will cause a lot of damage but its effects will extend beyond the actual blast area because it’s being funnelled along a system of tunnels. Nobody could outrun it and even if you managed to get into a side room and escape the flames, when the flames pass there’s no oxygen in the tunnel.

It’s very nasty. Being away from the blast centre is a worse way to die than being hit by the blast. The hand-wringers are out in force, as you’d expect, claiming this is an inhuman use of weaponry on ‘innocent people’.

Let’s step back from the emotions for a moment and realise that these ‘innocent people’ have been killing civilians in almost every country on the planet for years now. They don’t target fighting soldiers or politicians. No, they blow up railway stations, fly planes into office buildings and drive trucks into shoppers. They attack people who are no threat to them at all.

And the same hand-wringers always defend their actions.

So now the US has said ‘You want bombs? We’ll show you a fucking bomb’. I fall short of actual applause because it’s still killing people even if they deserve it, but I will not defend ISIS.

It is impossible to reason with zealots of any type, and ISIS are definitely zealots. It’s their way or death, that’s the choice they offer and they will not consider any kind of compromise.

It’s really not an Islam thing. It’s a zealot thing. Our tobacco control, booze control, salt control etc zealots would, if they could, bomb smoking shelters, off-licences and burger bars. They actually went so far as to create a video game where a sniper picked off smokers in the street. That’s just one step from becoming an ASH version of ISIS.

Like ISIS, ASH and other zealots have their supporters who cheer on their zealotry without actually taking part. If those supporters ever thought there would be retaliation and it would be aimed at them, they’d evaporate faster than a fart in a wind tunnel. That is something to consider if you are an ISIS supporter. Trump isn’t pissing about like all the other Western leaders. He’s not going to stop at one big bomb. He’ll go for the support base soon, if he hasn’t already started.

That’s just the way real wars work – where the people you are killing are killing you back. Real war is coming to your home town, wherever you live. You think you’re safe? Read up on your history, about what America did with the Japanese living in America during that war. It is going to happen again, you can bet on it.

So, in the total absence of any kind of compromise with ISIS, there really is no choice but to go all Crocodile Dundee on them. ‘That’s not a bomb. THIS is a bomb’.

Will it stop them? Well, the devastation caused by two nuclear bombs on Japan stopped that war at once, but then the Japanese are an intelligent and reasonable people. ISIS are not.

[One possibility, since Trump has now attacked both ISIS and Assad, is that they might join forces against him and become ASIS. Or Russia might get involved too and form ARSIS. This is what comes from trying to have a serious discussion with CStM…]

ISIS are convinced they are chosen by God and that everything they do is in the service of that God.

Really?

Nah.

They are a bunch of raving lunatics who use a particular sky pixie as an excuse to exert control over everyone else, and to excuse a campaign of carnage and death. No different to the Nazis. No different at all.

Like the Nazis, their footsoldiers come in (generally) three kinds. Mugs who believe the shit they have been told, those who don’t believe it but are just along for the violence, and those who don’t believe it but are too scared to disobey. Disobedience means death.

ISIS have killed members of their own gang, even high ranking ones, for smoking and for other trivial ‘offences’. If they are smoking then obviously they don’t believe the crap. They are just along for the violence. Those too scared to disobey will stay right in line.

ISIS, like the Nazi leadership, don’t care which sort of footsoldier you are, as long as you do as you are told. Like the Nazis, it’s an ideology and you can’t reason with an ideology.

So was Trump right to let loose the big bomb? I’m actually surprised (and somewhat relieved) he hasn’t gone for nuclear. That would be a quick finish – or would it? ISIS is all over the Middle East so he’d have to nuke it all. That would send fallout over Russia at least and probably China too. They won’t like that one bit. So then he’d have to deal with retaliation from Russia and China… No, nuclear would not be a good option.

I think he was right. ISIS will never sit at a negotiation table. They will never have peace talks and they will never surrender as long as they can cheer on a truck driver who kills a few pedestrians to atone for his life of drugs and debauchery and finally get into Heaven.

If you believe Allah welcomes you into Heaven for doing that, then Allah isn’t who you think he is and Heaven ain’t where you’re going.

I’ve said many times that Muslims are being set up to fall. They will not see it, so confident are they that their God will protect them. Yeah, like the way God protected the Jews in Nazi Germany, or Allah protected the Muslims in Spain during the Inquisition. You’re the next for rounding up, Muslims, and they won’t just come for the violent ones because nobody can tell who they are.

This is not a threat, as some Lefties will declare. I’m not rounding up anyone. It’s a warning. I don’t predict the future nor do I make it happen. I analyse and work out what is likely to happen next. It’s scientific training. It’s what I do. Many others do it too, I’m just the oaf who can’t keep it to himself.

ISIS were created by the West. Al-Qaeda were too. They were set up to paint Islam in a bad light because the Western leaders want to use you and then erase you. Not the shoppers or office workers or people on trains or buses. They are not your enemies. They are the ones those leaders want you to kill so they can keep their own people in fear, control them utterly and take away all chance of them ever rebelling.

You, Islam, are a tool of the West now. That’s why they defend you when you act like dicks. That’s why they give you special treatment – although that has started to end, have you noticed yet? Your work is nearly done and like any other tool no longer required, a tool so well used it’s just dangerous to leave lying around, it’s almost time to dispose of you.

Don’t look to Allah, look to history. Find one single example where anyone’s God ever stepped in to save his people from destruction. It has never happened. Billions have died believing they would be saved. None ever were.

I know some Muslims have tried to instigate change. Tried to root out the violent parts of the religion and keep all the good parts. Tried to start a Reformation like Christianity had, all those centuries ago. Keep trying, please, although I fear it might already be too late.

Those ‘leaders’ (we don’t like them either) will not only dispose of Islam, they will dispose of those they have trained to excuse and support the violence. I’m actually impressed by the scope of the indoctrination – many gay supporters of Islam seem to conveniently overlook the gay Arabs thrown off tall buildings to splatter on the ground below. Why? Because they were gay. No other reason.

And yet there are so many gay supporters of Islam. That indoctrination runs very deep.

Feminists support Islam while ignoring Islamic women who cry out for help.

It’s awe-inspiring, the depth of the idiocy out there. Especially among those who think themselves of superior intelligence. I can’t argue with them any more. I’ve heard enough of the abuse they call ‘winning the argument’. It’s like being mocked by a mollusc.

All of them will be gone. All of them. When it’s done,. Hitler’s ghost will sidle up to Pol Pot’s and say ‘You know, we look like rank amateurs now’.

But there will be nobody left to write about the horrors because we’ll be of three types – those who believe what they are told, those who love the violence and those who are too scared to step out of line. It’s already begun.

Oh Islam, you are not the only ones to play this game. There were many before you and there will be more after. In the past it was countries and empires and at best partial control. This time it’s global and total.

You know, Islam could stop the global world government from happening. With a reformation, an end to violence in the name of Allah and a genuinely peaceful religion, Islam could stop the plan in its tracks and win a lot of converts too. Not me, obviously. I’m Ungodly and always will be.

I don’t think they will. I’m not even sure they really want to. I mean, they’ve been promised the whole world and all I’m suggesting is peaceful coexistence. I’m sure a lot of Muslims would like that but I’m equally sure their lefty loony ‘supporters’ don’t want it. They want hate and division, they want a reason to have a violent demonstration in the wrong place about the wrong thing. To them, the place and the thing don’t matter. It’s all about the violence.

Don’t look to Islam. That’s just another religion among many. Sure, it’s the current religion the violent loonies use to excuse their actions but the IRA used Catholicism for the same thing. The Spanish Inquisition used that too, and their tortures were legendary. It’s going to keep happening.

What’s different this time is that the One World lunatics have got hold of it. They are running the show. Not Islam. not Isis, they are just stooges and they don’t know it and won’t believe it if you tell them. So don’t bother.

If there really are any Muslims who want to keep their faith alive against the torrent of abuse that’s coming your way, best of luck. I really hope you make it through. I really do.

A world of different people is good in my view. I don’t want a monoclonal human race like the ‘Diversity’ crowd are aiming for. A world of different beliefs and different thoughts and different opinions is, in evolutionary terms, a world more likely to survive. A monoculture is the fast lane to oblivion.

Islamic Caliphate crazy bastards might want to look into the biological implications of their doctrines.

Your Leftie loonie supporters will only inhibit your chances of survival.

The laws that aren’t

Many people regard the saying ‘the customer is always right’ as if it’s a law. It’s not. It’s company policy at Marks and Spencer. It applies to no other business, anywhere, unless the business chooses to implement it.

I wouldn’t recommend it. It attracts the most arrogant, self-righteous, pompous bastards to your shop where they know they can behave like spoiled brats and be pandered to. It also wrecks staff morale because if the customer is always right, then by extension the staff member they are arguing with is always wrong. High staff turnover and eternal training costs are the natural consequence.

It’s not a law, no matter how many people think it is. Any other shop can tell you to piss off and never return and there is not a damn thing you can do about it.

Via @Dick_Puddlecote on Twitter, it seems there is a non-law that says nonsmokers can’t be sold Electrofags. Oh, some bunch of self-important Public Health arseholes spent a lot of time and taxpayer’s money ‘secret shopping’ in vape shops. Will they sell it to us if we don’t smoke?

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It’s a vape shop. The only customers who go inside are ones who want to buy an Electrofag. So the shopkeeper doesn’t ask if they already smoke. Indeed, they are not allowed to sell Electrofag as a stop-smoking aid so asking if the customer smokes could be seen as a violation of that rule. They are only required to check the customer is over 18. Electrofag sellers have always done that. There was never any need to force them to do it.

This ridiculous farce is no different to a vegan group secret shopping in a butcher’s and then getting all uppity because the butcher will sell meat to vegans. The butcher will sell meat to anyone who wants it. It’s a meat shop. If you don’t want meat, don’t go in there.

I’ve never been inside a New Look shop. They sell women’s clothes. I don’t want any. Should I go in and buy something then call the newspapers because they sold a bra to a man? It’s really no different to what Public Health have just done.

In all the years I’ve been smoking, I have never once been asked if I’m a smoker or non-smoker when buying baccy. Can we expect ASH and Public Health to raid Tesco and Morrison’s next, because they went in and asked for a pack of cigarettes and the retailer neglected to ask if they smoked? I think the retail response would be ‘if they don’t want to smoke them, why did they want to buy them?’

Every smoker once bought his or her first pack of cigarettes (in my case it was cigars) and every vaper once bought their first Electrofag. So now some people want to skip the smoking part and go straight to Electrofag. Well why not? Would Public Health really prefer them to start on tobacco and then switch to steam?

Honestly. Politicians listen to what these people say, you know. Unquestioningly. It’s seriously time to apply a minimum IQ to anyone wanting to stand for election because we are being led by utter cretins.

As for the medics, well, I have no faith at all in modern medicine. They used to employ intelligent medics but no longer, it seems. Now all you need to become a medic is the ability to absorb indoctrination and to shut down the analytical part of your mind in order to qualify. Where we once had medics, we now have drones. They just think what they are told to think and they diagnose based on personal prejudice rather than medicine.

If only the medics and politicians could see all the parasites stuck to them. ASH serves no purpose beyond being a new Smoker Inquisition. All the lifestyle dictators in the NHS are the reason it’s always short of medical staff and medicines. Get the parasites out, get proper doctors and nurses in, and we’ll have a damn good health service again.

Physicians, heal thyselves.

Now we are told that crisps are evil. Full of deadly things like fat and salt and… acrylamide.

Oh there’s no law on acrylamide content. There are guidelines but not a law. As for crisps, well, is there anyone out there who thinks crisps are health food? They are a snack. A small snack, a fraction of a potato in a bag. There might be a lot of fat and salt and other crap as a proportion of the weight of crisps in a bag, but the total weight really isn’t very much. Diluted by one human body, even a small one, it amounts to bugger all.

This is the same game as ‘there are 600 deadly chemicals in a cigarette’. A typical cigarette contains 0.6g of tobacco. Ignore the fact that most of it is cellulose (it’s made of leaves, I feel I have to point that out considering the level of intelligence we have to deal with in government and medicine these days) and let’s pretend it’s 0.6g of just the deadly chemicals.

Let’s also pretend there is no ash residue and nothing at all comes off as smoke.

That gives us 0.006g of each deadly chemical. The reality is far, far smaller than that. Scared? I’m not. I’m more scared of diesel fumes on a busy street – and I’m not that scared of those either. Okay, that’s partly because I live on a farm at least 11 miles from a town of any size, but I don’t feel the need to cover my face when visiting the town.

I don’t often eat crisps but when I do, I don;t worry about the salt and fat content. I’m not going to worry about acrylamide in crisps because I like the crispy bits on the outside of roast meat. I know there will be many daft sods out there who will be scared. Including every single politician and medic.

The crisp story doesn’t scare me at all because when you change the percentages into real quantities eaten, they amount to… bugger all. Just like the deadly stuff in smoke. Just like the evil thickening agent (no, idiots, it’s NOT antifreeze) that’s food grade and found in yogurts and loads of other things.

Yet again, the news is up in arms over the breaking of a law that isn’t. The idea behind it all, of course, is to make it law. The general zombie population won’t even notice because they already thought it was a law.

And, once vape shops have to check if you’re a smoker before they sell you Electrofag, Tesco will have to check if you’re a smoker before they sell you any tobacco. Having watched how these evil bastards work for decades, their next logical step isn’t hard to work out.

Then you won’t be able to buy drink unless you can prove you’re a drinker… and so on. They can’t stop us so they’ll kill us off by attrition. Nonsmokers will never be able to take up smoking or vaping, nondrinkers will never be able to buy booze. I know, I can feel the shrugs now. If you don’t smoke and/or drink now, why would you?

I’m not talking about you. I’m talking about those currently growing up who might be looking forward to turning 18 so they can try these things. In the future the only way they’ll get to try them will be to buy totally unregulated stuff from criminal gangs.

Won’t happen? Public Health and ASH and the rest of the nannies will tell you it won’t happen.

Like it didn’t happen when heroin and cocaine were made illegal…

Basically, in the future, all your kids are fucked. You think the Righteous care?

They’re doing it on purpose.

The Hollow Bunnies are coming

The eBook versions are now available. The Kindle book had some typos so there’s an updated version in the works. It’s uploaded and should be available soon. The one on Smashwords is the up to date version, and the print book had all the corrections in place before submission. I can fix errors in eBooks just by uploading a new interior but once it’s printed, it’s fixed. So the print book was the one that had to be right first time.

The print version has to be reviewed before release. That’s simply to check it will print correctly. Hopefully it will be done by tomorrow. It’s a little shorter (and therefore a little cheaper) than the first one.

Okay, I think I can take a couple of days off now and then go for some easy ones – as in, ones I don’t have to write anything for.

Now it’s time for a rest. And a drink…

Done!

The second Underdog Anthology is ready to roll. I expect to load it up tomorrow, once I’m certain the formatting is all correct. Here’s a contents list –

Foreword

Mark Ellott 
Myffanwy and the Egg
Easter 1916
Morning Cloud and the Spanish Angels
Gridlock
Death and the Life Heareafter

Stephen W. Duffy     
Changed Upon the Blue Guitar
Doth Close Behind Him Tread

Roo B Doo
Morning Run
The Inchoate Egg

Justin Sunshine
The Journey Chosen

H K Hillman
The Night of the Hollow Bunnies

Afterword

 

153 pages this time. All the stories are Easter themed, with the usual mix of genres. Just the one story from me, although it does occupy 20 pages of the book and features Dr. Dume, one of the Blackthorn family and Romulus Crowe. It was a tough one to write, they all had their own ideas about where the story should go.

The order is simply the order in which the stories arrived. I’m last because I was the one holding things up – that story was torn from my very soul, word by word.

Tales the Hollow Bunnies Tell is finished. Next up is a biography of a Dutch artist and a novel. The biography shouldn’t take too much time. You can’t really edit a true story.

The next Underdog Anthology will be Halloween, and this year it will be ready on time. I’m getting the hang of this…

 

Normal service will resume soon.

Teaser time 🙂

 

The contents page for the second Underdog Anthology, ‘Tales the Hollow Bunnies Tell’…

 

Mark Ellott
Myffanwy and the Egg
Easter 1916
Morning Cloud and the Spanish Angels
Gridlock
Death and the Life Heareafter

Stephen W. Duffy
Changed upon the Blue Guitar
Doth Close Behind Him Tread

Roo B Doo
Morning Run
The Inchoate Egg

Justin Sunshine
The Journey Chosen

H K Hillman
The Night of the Hollow Bunnies

 

A couple of last minute entries in there but they don’t need much editing. I’ll have full access to my office (and email) again on Thursday and that will be the Big Push to the finish line. Not as dramatic as it sounds, really. I have most of the book in format and assembled, I just need to get the authors to quickly check for blunders in formatting. The book will be out in time to get it for Easter.

Father is recovering well, and will soon be back to his normal determined curmudgeonly self. They leave on Thursday so he has no time to rebuild dry stone walls outside or try to paint the 10-foot-high walls in the other rooms. I already decorated the room they’re in so he wouldn’t be tempted.

He did a fantastic job on the greenhouse, and if he’d still been fifty I think the house would have had a full internal remodelling job by now.

Anyway, the book. No more Easter stories please, there’s no time to fit in any more. Start thiking up Halloween shorts. If there are enough summer themed ideas I’d do a summer anthology but I might not be in it. Summer horror is a tough one.

Since I have email restrictions while I have visitors, I’ll put some minor contact points here.

Stephen, I need an ‘about the author’ bit from you. It can be a couple of lines or a full page and it doesn’t have to be true 😉

Justin, I’ve edited your story (didn’t need much work, as usual) and the edited version along with the author contract will come back to you by the weekend.

Roobee, likewise, your second story will be edited within 24 hours and the author contract is heading your way.

I think I have to set up a backup office in one of the other rooms. It’s nice to be visited but being separated from the main machine is restrictive. I need to set up a mirror machine.

Still, I got most of the book work done before the visit so it’s not a big deal.

Okay, better get back to it.

Intermission

I did say things might be quiet around here for a bit and this is indeed the case.

My parents are still here. Yesterday my father was taken ill. Turns out it’s just an infection but at his age we had to get him checked out by a doctor, just to be on the safe side. So on Sunday night (yeah, a bad time to get ill) we phoned the NHS line and got an appointment at a local small hospital.

Local, as in only about 20 miles away. Still, the good part about a small hospital in a small town is that on Sunday night, the emergency room is really quiet. We didn’t have to wait long. Dad now has antibiotics to add to his other medications and is getting better quickly.

He has, wisely, spent the day in bed. However, since the guest room is also my office where the desktop computer sits, I haven’t been able to access email for two days. Hopefully tomorrow he’ll be up and about again but if not he’ll have to put up with me deleting spam and looking for at least one email that actually matters.

If you have sent me email and you’re waiting for an answer, please be patient.

The book is assembling still, I took the precaution of copying all the files relating to the current book to my laptop so I’m not reliant on the office for that. Just for email.

It’s possible that this whole situation was exacerbated on Sunday when I came back to find him trying to move the patio slabs with a crowbar. They are the old kind, not the modern small and slim ones. He’s nearly 80 but won’t accept defeat.

That, I suspect, runs in the family…