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Charlton Park needs a performance space

Work recently began on the construction of the skatepark I mentioned a few months ago. It's coming along nicely, and over coffees at the cafe I've watched it slowly being turned from a patch of grass into something which promises to be pretty awesome. Yet, the other day, I was struck by a thought: there is still something missing from Charlton Park. What it needs now, to complement the skatepark, is some sort of performance space, a modern version of an old-fashioned bandstand. That way, plays could be put on and concerts could be held; people could enjoy a bit of open air theatre - Shakespeare, perhaps - or chill out to some Mozart. Local musicians like Lyn could perform there, or we could bring bands in. Where this area would be positioned I'm not sure - up near Charlton House maybe - but this seems a pretty cool idea to me, and I think I'll suggest it to others. Sitting there enjoying some good music as the sun sets on a warm summer's day would be lovely.


[Edited Today at 13:00:04 - addad a bit]

One shouldn't let politics get in the way of building a friendship

Something really cool happened yesterday which I want to record as an example to others. After posting yesterday's blog entry, I went back to facebook. The debate thread I was adding to was still getting replies, but things were getting increasingly heated and I was getting more and more angry. My fellow responders didn't seem to be listening to what I was saying, and in my fury I was getting increasingly arrogant and wild. I went too far, saying things I perhaps ought not have. Things got so bad, and I was getting so frustrated, that I decided to contact one of them directly: maybe I could defuse the situation, calm things down and explain where I was coming from. But that just made things worse: I could not make him see the utter folly of leaving the EU, and I was getting more and more pissed off.

It reached a point where my heart was pounding in my chest so hard and fast I could feel it. My typing was becoming more and more erratic; at one point my caps lock got stuck on. This lead the guy to ask, quite understandably, whether I had taken any drugs. In desperation I showed him my blog entry.

At that point things suddenly changed. He read my entry and said he understood. From then on the tone of our discourse altered completely: things calmed down, and we began to chat. He said he understood my frustrations, suggesting that I tried to calm down. He took the time to explain where he was coming from: far from being ignorant, he was a businessman who had travelled extensively throughout Europe, and had heard arguments from both sides. He also told me about his friend's daughter, who had had cerebral palsy but had passed away in her teens.

We continued our chat, off and on, throughout the afternoon and into the evening. It became clear that he was not a monster, an idiot or a bigot. Of course, whenever the EU issue cropped up, we still disagreed. He just didn't see the coming disaster which to the rest of us is now so clear. But, by the end of the day, rather than take issue with such positions, I just let it slide - after all, one shouldn't let politics get in the way of building a friendship.

I think this could be an example for the rest of us. The country is being torn apart by this; every day, the folly of last year's vote becomes clear - currently it's the Irish border issue. Yet that is no reason for forty-eight percent of the country to hate fifty-two percent of it. He was right: we need to come together, stop hating or resenting eachother, and start chatting again.

Daniel Craig confirms he will play Bond again

After all that huffing and puffing this morning, I suddenly feel much better. I just saw this story. After months of speculation among fans, Daniel Craig has confirmed he will play James Bond for the fifth time. 007 fanboy that I am, that has made my day; I'm still hoping he'll at least equal Connery and Moore's seven. He is the greatest bond -- the character as his creator intended, to whom nobody does it better. And who could forget Craig's appearance in the most awesome Bond moment of them all?

Fury

My anger issues are currently worse than ever. In fact they are getting frightening. Whenever I read the politics news or go on a Facebook page and see something I disagree with, I just erupt into a white hot fury. It's usually something to do with trump or brexit. Every morning I read of another stupidity which makes my blood boil: either Trump has said something, or Farage has wound me up with his arrogance. I know I can't do anything about it, so then I go on to a Facebook forum to vent my anger, but the responses I get only make matters worse. I get so angry that, for a few moments, I cannot control my body; I shake with rage, wanting with all my heart to tear the subject of my anger apart. It is truly frightening.

I know it's related to my cerebral palsy: the damage to my brain also affected the system which regulates emotions. I also note that they pass pretty quickly. As I said on Monday however, the problem is, everyone else is getting furious too, and they don't have my excuse. In the uk, one side is angry at the other for voting to completely screw the country, and the other side are getting increasingly defensive about their 'victory'. In america, tensions are reaching fever pitch, stirred up by the moron they currently call their president. I now see the intense anger I feel in the eyes of others, only with them it does not go away after a few seconds: the fury stays and builds. If they do indeed feel the uncontrollable fury I feel, then this is a situation we should all be very, very worried about. That is a degree of rage nobody should feel, yet stirred up by fools like trump and farage, emotions are getting so intense that I now fear where this will all lead.


[Edited 16/08/2017 at 14:54:32 - added link]
[Edited 16/08/2017 at 20:02:00 - added link]

'Why Liberals are Wrong about Trump'

Sorry but I just have to send you here today. I just came across an article entitled 'Why Liberals are Wrong about Trump'. That sort of thing usually really gets me going, but I thought I'd give it the benefit of the doubt and read it. I clicked on the link, and what I found was awesome.

Scone, anyone?