Peace on Earth?

So fine, I dont try to do politics too often on here, because I acknowledge that not everyone has the same ‘fairly liberal’ views as me, though its fair to say my views are pretty much in line with Jean Harlow, as much as I can tell, which is fine by me! So yes, this might be the point that rabid Trump fans should push that little red x in the top right corner, and go find something else to read!

Just to say, if needed, that all unpleasant political comments will be deleted, or not approved, depending on status, so no point insulting me as a socialist, or the type, and expecting it to show on the blog! Equally, I’d like to keep other comments tempered, so no actual insults for the other party either.

The last couple of days have seen an escalation of the nuclear arms race, on Twitter at least! Yes, we are talking about that idiot with a surname of Trump, if you had any doubt? Apart from the minor technical point that (thankfully) he isnt yet President, and in no position to make such decisions, its the announcement of it on Twitter, of all places that worries me the most! Yes, Putin is stirring things up, probably because he knew Trump would bite, and put his foot in it again, and it worked! The scary thing is all the innocent people in danger of suffering because of this, but lets face it, Trump would never let that get in the way of his ego.

Now before some jump on me as a Hilary lover, I’m not! Cant stand the woman, dont trust the woman, but at least she doesnt have the patience levels of a 5 year old before doing something. She waits, well, slightly longer than that! Equally, I can see why she lost the election, people dont trust her, and in truth, who can blame them?

But yes, at Christmas, supposedly a time of peace, and goodwill on Earth, we get this! Ah well…The only irony for me, Pence is even more scary for folk like me, given his views on LGBT folk, and Gay Conversion Therapy, and all that. Fine, I might enjoy all that electro therapy treatment, but not for the reason he believes in it!

So yes, the what I assume is not too serious talk, of independence for California would suit me fine, they might even approve working status for me then, lol! I know, I know, but I can hope! Lets just hope America can survive all this, in all honesty.

OK, video time. The song is apt, and also, given that Bowie died this year, it seems suitable. There are so many tales about the story of the recording of this, that which one is strictly true, who knows? Some of it is covered here at least

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_on_Earth/Little_Drummer_Boy

Yes, thats right, pretty much Bing Crosby’s last performance before his death! Still had it though. I’ve just taken the actual song clip, if you want to see the pre song stuff, its not hard to find.

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Is there life on…?

So fine, the EU vote didnt go the way I wanted it to, or expected it to, but anyway, regardless, I accept the result of the democratic vote, unlike more than 2 million others, who are demanding another vote, because it wasnt the result they wanted. I know, just over a million, on a vote of over 33 million, but we have to take it, that needs to be faced. I am at least, whatever I think.

Alright, fine, if I actually qualified for an Irish passport, I might have taken my chance by applying for one, just to be able to stay in Europe. Only thing is, last distant point in lineage for that is grandparents, and my last known lineage is great grandparents. Equally, if I was at an early point in my working life, I might look to move over there, and work, but seriously, at 58, its not going to happen. Its been hellishly hard finding work over here, without attempting to find work over there, so I guess I’m stuck with it.

Irony, getting a Green card to go to the US is far easier for Irish folk, than British ones, but all the same…

And no, I dont think at this point in my life, moving to a part of Europe that involves learning a whole new language is going to work with me, either! Well, unless someone can offer me a direct neural download to make me fluent in just about any language, and then you have a deal, regardless! Yes, I’d enjoy that FAR too much! 😀

Moving further afield? Well, yes, fine, I’d love to move to North America, but given my age, my talents, and everything else, its not going to happen, unless some crazy soul proposes marriage! No, I cant see that happening either! But yes, if someone wants to take a chance on me (job sponsorship, marriage, or whatever), feel free to offer.

Even further afield? Well, as far as I know, currently, all other planets, and the Moon, are pretty much out for habitation at present. If someone knows otherwise, I’ll go as human, robot, or cyborg, open to all suggestions there. Oh, and if an alien wants me to go even further afield, then feel free to come and get me, ideally in one of these!

CJ and Todd

OK, video. As I said, at present, life on other planets is out of the question, but it didnt stop Bowie mooting the subject. Live version, a bit different to the studio one

Reaching the end of the road

OK, so time wise, I did think about leaving this until tomorrow, but I promised people some pretty depressing news, so pledge kept. Yes, I know, a week ago I thought I was hitting that high, but sadly it was just an illusion.

Yes, you guessed it, that job I thought I’d got, just a con. And yes, I was so desperate for a job, that despite the wage screaming at me, as being wrong, I jumped at it. And yes, the security check, and having to pay for it, sounded fair, so I went ahead and done it. I know, bigger fool me, but I need the job!

Anyway, having got to Thursday, when I was promised contact to arrange induction, and further details, and heard nothing, I sent off an email enquiring about this. Then Friday morning, guess what, I got an email from them! But no, not a reply to mine, but the identical email to the one I’d received a week earlier. Mind, given when I’d had no reply on Thursday (all replies previously answered very promptly), I feared the worst, but this just confirmed it. So yes, I took to Google, to try and discover more, and at that point, everything unraveled big time. To cut a long story short, I’d been conned, and fallen for it.

The worst thing, I’d turned down a couple of other assessments, and interviews, because I thought I’d found a job, and then finally discovered, I hadnt. Yes, I did for a while after that contemplate just saying “Oh, blow it”, and bringing an end to it all (Yes, tried it before, many years ago, when I first discovered the whole transgender thing), but I think I’ve got past that point now, but dont quote me on that! So yes, over the weekend, I’ve got back to sending off job applications, and trying to see if I can recover the ones I turned down, so lets hope something comes of it. Not exactly full of hope (understandably), but we will see.

But yes, the biggest snag I have now, is that the money I threw away, I really couldnt afford to lose. So now, instead of having 3 weeks rent that I could scrape together, with a little bit to spare, I now have 2, and a bit more to spare, but not enough for a weeks rent! Even less so, if I have to start paying out for fares to get to job interviews, but anyway…at least getting one, might get me out of a hole, though even then, by the time I get paid… Oh, and strictly, I need some cheap furniture for here too, assuming I’m going to be here long enough to make it matter!

So yes, I’m begging, anyone in a position to help? Money, simply to keep me going, or if you have a small wardrobe, or chest of drawers, that you can get to me, to save me buying one in a charity shop, shout! Its funny, when I asked if anyone would ‘rescue me’ if I needed it, I bet most thought I was just exaggerating things. See, you were wrong!

In a perfect world, I would love to just start all over again, somewhere in the US, and try and build myself a new life, and make this one work. But this world isnt perfect, and besides, I havent got enough for the air fare for most of the US, and thats before the next rent is due on Wednesday! After that…nope!

So yes, understandably, just at this moment, I’m still pretty low. Though as Elton John said, I’m still standing, but only just! And for how much longer? Help!

Right, so now you know, at least. The video, well, I did think about the Elton John one, but given that Bowie died recently, and its a brilliant video, and its apt for how I feel…

There Was A Starman

Yes, before anyone asks, this is an addition to the normal piece, which I only wish I didnt have to write.

The first time I really came across David Bowie, was as a 14 year old, watching Top Of The Pops, on the TV. This came on, and changed my whole look at music dramatically,

Yes, probably less dramatic now, but at the start of the 70’s, it did, if not quite literally, blow your mind. Not sure if that was the start of my love of all things glam rock, but it probably played a part! The thing was, unlike most groups of that glam rock era, he changed his look, and music. But then, in 1980, in a last look back, out came ‘Ashes To Ashes’, and that famous video. Sorry, go find it, one in a blog is enough lol!

Then the next thing we know, a total change of look, and style, as ‘Lets Dance’ came out. By the mid 80’s, things started to calm down, output wise, but still he tinkered, and changed things for several years. Then, until the last couple of years, things went quiet, and then out of nowhere, a final pair of albums, the last one released on his birthday, on Friday, seemingly he knew full well by then, that was going to be it. Then a mere matter of days later, before we can rave (or otherwise) about his new album, he’s gone!

Fine, it makes me think of a lot of things, including how fickle, and short life is, and also the fact that I have to face, I’m getting older, and how much more time I’ve got, well who knows?

But today, one of the legends of pop music, of my teenage years left this planet. Fine, he hasnt in a strictly physical sense, but get the feeling his soul, and spirit is up there with Major Tom, and the Starman.

RIP, David Bowie, thanks for so much.

Inspiring fashion – a robot?

This article is actually a couple of years old, but someone posted a link to it on Facebook today, and it was certainly the first time I’d seen it, so…it might amuse some, especially me!

http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/fashion-blog/2012/feb/27/metropolis-inspires-the-fashion-world

And no, I know I dont live in one of the fashion centres of the world, but I havent seen any ladies walking down the street dressed like that! Hey, if I had, I would have been extremely jealous! In all truth, I suspect any outfits that got beyond the drawing board (or the fashion shows, where some love to shock) were very tame compared to that lol!

But hey, if any of those designers want to create an outfit just like that, and they want someone to wear it, I would most definitely volunteer! And no, sitting me in a chair, encircling me in high voltage electric rings is purely optional, though I wouldnt say no in the slightest. Hey, if you really want, you can wire me up like in that chair, but…might be a shade dangerous lol! Twist my arm though…

Hey, at my age, wearing a suit like that might be a good (or only) way for me to break into movies!

OK, fine, I’d still rather wear ‘that dress’ from Dinner At Eight, but this would seriously run it a very close second.

But yes, young ladies, out in the street, in a full robot suit, I cant see it happening just yet…sadly.

The video, well, a fairly obvious Bowie one, under the circumstances

What name on the coffee? Jean Harlow?

OK, fine, I’ll pass on the news, I didnt get the job. As seems popular at the moment, I was the bridesmaid, but would have been nice to be the bride. Still, I know the ‘old girl’ still has it in her, or almost does, anyway.

So no, sadly, back to economy class for the flight to Hollywood. Ah well, it would have been fun flying in luxury, maybe one day…?

But fine, the amusing moment, or should I say 2 amusing moments both occurred in a Starbucks, one at Leeds station, the other, by the hotel where I was being interviewed at Paddington.

If these places are busy (and both were), they ask you for a name to write on the throwaway cup, not that they check these things, but anyway… Let me add, the amount of times I buy a coffee when travelling like that is rare, because most of the time, I’m on my way to work, where I can get a free coffee so…

I know, its childish, maybe, but I’ve always wanted to do it. So when asked my name, for the guy to scribble on the cup, I said ‘Harlow’. Coolly, I would have fluttered my long eyelashes, had I got any! No, he didnt ask a first name, but I would definitely have said ‘Jean’ in that mood.

So fine, when I got to Paddington, close to where the interview was being held, I did the same thing.

I’m sure, somewhere in heaven, Jean was roaring with laughter at the time. But yes, if I get the chance again, and its somewhere they’re not doing identity checks, I will definitely do it again.

So yes, when it comes to coffee buying at least, Jean Harlow lives lol!

The video, well, its a tenuous thing. But it is Bowie, and Ronson at their best, so forgive me

Happy Birthday, David Bowie

Well alright, I’m not that big a Bowie fan that I realised that today was his 66th Birthday. I did love a lot of his 70’s and 80’s stuff, but that is a while ago now, and he hasnt been too active in recent times. Well, until today he hadnt been! I thought the idea was that you gave presents to the person whose birthday it was, but in typically Bowie style, he has to do something different lol! Yes, I switched on the computer this morning, and there was MSN homepage telling me about a new Bowie single, the first for many years.

Its not your average piece of pop, but then again, when did Bowie ever do average? Alright, if you want to be picky, Tin Machine was pretty average, but…I’m sure the new single will soon be up in full, but all I could find at the moment is part of it, so I havent posted that.

Instead, I’ve picked one of his absolute 80’s classics, as I’ve already used Starman in the past on here. Happy Birthday, Bowie, its good to have you back.

PS I apologise for the lack of recent postings on here, a combination of work, and a bit of ill health inflicting me at present, but hopefully normal service will be resumed soon, especially as I’m on holiday next week! Thats also why this is so short, will be collapsing to bed very soon.