How would it feel?

As someone definitely more into the technological side of mind control, rather than the relatively ‘tamer’ version applied through hypnosis, I’ve always wondered how it would actually feel to be mind controlled, or brainwashed, in reality. Of course, let me say, that as its all fictional, and impossible in real life, this is purely hypothetical, but…?

Strictly the mind control side of things depends on what is done to the lucky person, sorry, victim of the mind control. Some are taken over so totally that not only do they think that their new thoughts are their own, they may not even realize they’re being controlled! Of course there are others, where they know they are being controlled, but are hopeless to resist it, to any degree. And yes, you get a few where resistance does happen, for a while at least, but in the end…the inevitable happens.

But the one I’m going to look into more tonight, is the actual brainwashing stuff. Usually, thankfully in stories, if someone is brainwashed, they tend to get reprogrammed with new thoughts, so unless you’re turning them into an actual robot, or robot like machine, why not just tamper with the thoughts in the first place, rather than making all that effort? Well, I suppose if you want to create a whole new identity, or person, its easier that way, to wipe clean, then start again, but if you just want control over someone…?

But lets say you brainwash someone, or more ideally in my case, are thoroughly brainwashed, what does it feel like for the recipient? Are you literally blank minded, incapable of doing anything, or recognizing anyone around you, without being commanded to do so? Is there actually any point in brainwashing someone, and not actually reprogramming them to obey commands anyway? And if brainwashed, is it simply a blank minded state of blissfulness, or something more? You cant think surely, if your mind has been erased, or does something else kick in, to counteract that fact?

A question I’m going to ask of any hypnotist reading this, though I guess none will answer, regardless, is could you actually ‘brainwash’ a willing victim through hypnosis? I only ask because I’m curious to know what its actually like to feel like you’ve been brainwashed, even temporarily like this, just to discover what it actually feels like. And if literally brainwashed, in that way, and unable to think for themselves, could you then override the practice that the subject has to be willing to do things suggested to him. Because normally, anyone could react, and stop anything happening to them (despite fictional hypnosis stories that suggest otherwise), but if your mind has been wiped clean, in theory at least…? Hmm?

Yes, if anyone quite literally wants to show me, or let me experience it, I’d love to. Whether you then leave me as a mindless, obedient robot, hmm? 😉

Right, video time. One of those Slade songs that even if you’re old enough to remember them, unless you were a big fan like me, you probably dont know it, but you should!

At some point in our lives?

I think its fair to say that at some point in our lives, everyone gets to suffer from stress, depression, or more serious mental issues. Thankfully, for most, these are mild, and in time we get over them, but for others…? Yes, at least here in the UK, and maybe further afield, this week marks Mental Health Awareness Week. Were you aware of that?

As I say, for most people, the worst it gets is a bout of depression, or stress related to work, but for others, it can be far worse. Nervous breakdowns, or even something more severe than that, in fact. Me, in my time, I’ve suffered from depression and stress, to quite a major level, but I’m over the worst now, or at least I think I am. Trouble is, I suspect its one of those issues that just lurks, and just when you’re least expecting it, it jumps up and bites you again! Hopefully not, for me at least, but yes, there are times, when I just wonder…?

I think its fair to say that one of the reasons I wanted to write that story involving ECT did relate to my own experiences with depression, and the like. No, before you ask, I never have had that treatment, though unlike plenty, I would most definitely do so if I needed it, and hey, I might do it even before that point, given the chance. I have seen one of the old style rooms where it was done, but judging by what I’ve seen recently, care of You Tube, things have changed out of all recognition in the last 20 years, or so.

Yes, I know, its the whole thing about having your mind blasted with electricity with me, but lets not go on with that, especially as that tends to be for another purpose, when I’m playing out things in my head. But yes, I was determined to write a serious (but fictional) story on the matter when I did it, and I’m glad its done. Someone did ask me if I was planning another, but I told them no, for now at least. Not so much because I have got the whole issue off my chest, but mainly because I cant think of a fresh way to deal with it, in all honesty, without going back to the whole robot thing. I know, its been a while, but I wrote so many of those, and…

But yes, all I’m going to say is that if you see anyone, or suspect anyone is suffering from stress, or depression, and its safe to do so, go talk to them, try and help, dont just ignore them. If you cant help yourself, direct them to someone who can, thats all. But yes, dont just think Mental Health issues wont happen to you, because they just might, and there is such a thing as karma, so…

Right, video time. I know, quite literally this might not be the most suitable song for someone suffering from mental health issues, but at the same time…? Slade, definitely live!

Its that time of year

Yes, December has arrived yet again, and with it, the great fuss that is Christmas nowadays. Some of us still think about the original event that this grand shopping spree is based upon, but I’m not how many really do nowadays? Thankfully that side of events isnt a big issue for me, dont have too many people to concern myself with buying presents for. It does mean not many get sent my way, but really, I’m not complaining about that, honest I’m not.

Unlike November, my whole social life calms down in December, quite ironic really. But, the one big outing comes early in the month, on Thursday in fact. Alright, its only the works Christmas Dinner, but its my main chance to dress up this year, especially given we arent going out to dinner on Christmas Day this year, eating at home instead. So yes, as may have been noted, I’m in full flapper mode this year. Short dress that they would be proud of, though I will wear leggings underneath, as my surgically repaired knees shouldnt be inflicted on anyone. But I’ve got the wig, got the headband, and hopefully the fun too. No, no cigarette holder, no point. I’m a non smoker, and besides that, smoking rules have changed dramatically in the last 90 years lol!

I wonder if some people will recognise me, in a dark helmet bob wig, given I’ve been blonde for years, but I expect they will recognise me, all the same. And no, I have no plans to dance the night away, or drink myself silly. Two left feet, and a sensible nature will ensure on those! And yes, if and when I get any photos back of the dress, I will post something on here, I promise.

Sunday, my next chance to post anything here, I’ll let you know how it all went.

So, the classic Christmas song, as the video tonight, though not one of the 70’s look. This is as recent a performance as I can find by Slade on You Tube, and thats over 20 years old. Yes, its mimed!

I found it, and its cold!

Yes, America. Well, Rochester at least is, didnt even reach 45 today, and yet some daft soul still went to the baseball, and got frozen to the marrow. It wasnt quite so bad walking around town at least, but just sat at the stadium, eek! Yes, I found Rochester, just where I expected it to be, though with a bit of a delay last night courtesy of Jet Blue. Made it finally though, and hotel seems fine. Strangely enough, no sighting of Louise Brooks as yet, ghostly or otherwise, but fingers might be crossed. Maybe she’s just waiting for me to visit her graveside, but somehow I doubt it. Did hear a knock on the room door about 3 this morning, and a womans voice, but it didnt sound like her lol! No, I didnt investigate lol, maybe I should have done?

Yes, I’m stupid, despite the low temperatures, I still went to the baseball today. Yes, I know, and yes, I got frozen sitting there watching. It was a double header, but one game was all I could take in that weather! Rochester seemed shut on a Sunday, a surprise to someone like me, who is used to pretty much all shops being open on a Sunday at home. Hopefully more life tomorrow, and it should be warmer at least, forecast to reach 63, which will be tropical after today!

No, sadly, I didnt find anywhere advertising full Louise Brooks style makeovers in town, but maybe that place was just shut too? Somehow I doubt it exists lol, but I can hope, until tomorrow at least!

Think thats about it for now, but I’ll save the obvious video for later in the week. So settling for an oldie, that some might say have mind control connotations…

Far, far away

Well, why not, it makes for a good title, and it will be true in just over a week from now? it also gives away the song in the video, but thats old enough not to be recognised by all, I suspect?

Just a week from now, I will have left home, to start the journey to America. I know, I could do the Simon & Garfunkel song of that name, maybe I will the end of next week, or while I’m away, as its certainly what I do. Even more so, as this time I will be going on a Greyhound bus, for the first time, for the day trip to and from Buffalo. Yes, I’d rather do it by train if I had a choice, but that doesnt work schedule wise.

Oh, and no, no offers of a dinner companion as yet lol, shock horror!

Yes, the social rush is about to start, as after the week after next, I have the OMD concert in early May, and the trip to Ireland for cricket in June. Then all goes quiet until September, when it will be Kansas (somewhere, over the rainbow?), though I’m not sure of the full details on that one yet. I suspect that will be one of the matters discussed when I either see Kate when over there, or more likely, speak to her on the phone while there.

Only thing I hope for, is reasonable weather, could do with some of that. Oh, and the chance to catch up on sleep! Beyond that, some fun, and some due respect too.

The video, is only depressing in that I remember it coming out, and thats nearly 40 years ago now. Ah well… where I will be a week tomorrow

Getting in the mood

No, no Glenn Miller here, not yet at least! Maybe at some point, but…

I did consider reprising my other blog tonight, given the awful news from Connecticut today, but I dont want to repeat too often, get a reputation for being like baked beans if I do lol! 😛

So, lets take a look forward to an event happening in 11 days, to quote the song video tonight, Its Christmas! The despairing thing for me is realising this song is nearly 40 years old, someone arrange my pension lol! For me, it means a lot of things, the main religious one being watching Carols from Kings College, Cambridge, a tradition of far too many years. I am actually working a few hours Christmas Eve, when its normally shown, but its usually early evening, and I should be back by then, I hope.

Presents, well I dont get many nowadays, but equally, I dont have to buy many either! Generally I jokingly say my main present to myself is having next April’s holiday booked, and looked forward to, but as mentioned before, that wont be finalised until the New Year this time around. So maybe its the ticket for the OMD concert next May instead, yes, that was booked, and paid for today.

Work, well, I get Christmas Day off lol! Yes, back to work on Boxing Day for me. James, yes, I know, you’ll be working Christmas Day, but… And no, I have no plans at present to repeat dress wearing when the 4 of us from here go out for Christmas Dinner locally. Heels, probably, skirt and a nice blouse quite likely, but probably not a dress.

Ah, music video, so here it is