Monday, October 02, 2017

Hopefully the week will get better

I slept badly last night. I woke up at about 3am with back pain and normally I would just go back to sleep. After getting up for a short time and going back to bed, I still could not sleep. For the first time in my life I took Panadol for the back pain and it eventually worked. Still, I could not sleep. I played on the computer for a bit from 4.30 am and then it was nearly time to get up at 5.45.

I kept playing on the computer. I listened to the 6am news on the radio and then the current affairs radio programme AM.  Terrible business by the police in Spain, possible terrorist murders in both Montreal and Marseille. I told you I did not like the feeling in Marseille.

On the way to work I stopped off at a shop and was given the wrong product. The work coffee machine mangled my cardboard coffee cup and my coffee went down the drain and I had to buy another. It was rubbish day at work.

So cheery to come home to my loved one who had devotedly cooked a very ordinary chicken curry in the slow cooker. He is such a good cook and knows his stuff by instinct. I don't know why he tries these lousy recipes from the innernet.

Then I see so many killed by a rapid fire weapon in the US. Jesus Christ US lawmakers. Can't you look across your border to the north and see how Canada controls guns and few people are killed by guns. You don't need a gun to protect yourself if no one else has a gun.

I don't suppose any significant gun control is going to happen in the US under Trump. It will take a tough leader with rhetorical skills, so that discounts Trump.

27 comments:

  1. A bad start to the week but at least you can make it sound funny. My daughter and family are going to US for a holiday and are booked into that hotel in 4 days time. Gives me the creeps.

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    1. Diane, I wonder if after a massacre like that, that it will be relatively safe for a good while. I hope so.

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  2. How can a moral nation tolerate guns in public hands? As inevitable as the Las Vegas massacre was, I cannot breathe when thinking of all the school massacres in the USA. They were beyond human belief :(

    Hopefully everyone we all know survived, Andrew.

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    1. Joe, if those school massacres didn't change much, I don't know what will.

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  3. Shame about having a bad start to the week, but can't go wrong with that chicken curry.

    Shocking about the US shootings.

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    1. Blogoratti, the curry was just a bit blander than usual.

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  4. Hey Andrew, So sorry you've had a rough night and day. Hope the next 24 hours are as good as the past 24 were bad.
    Gun control is an unbelievably hot button over here. I've been pro gun control for years. I've finally gotten to the spot I would happily compromise. If they would just get the military guns off the streets and do rigorous background and health checks, I would be satisfied. You have a much better chance of surviving someone with a rifle than a machine gun.

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    1. Thanks Sandra. Slowly things are changing in small increments for you. Your fall back position is a step in the process of getting guns out of the hands of people who don't need them.

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  5. Things can only get better surely Andrew! Don't start me off about #45 he has no skills of any sort.. never has had it turns out. I can't wait for the day I wake up to hear the nightmare is over and the world saved from WWlll..

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    1. Grace, you just wonder what he is going to blurt out next. Dangerous.

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  6. I am so sorry about the start to your day/week. I suspect that a painkiller with ibuprofen (like Advil) would have helped your poor back more because of its anti-inflammatory properties).
    Hopefully the week will get much better.
    I am pretty certain you are right about the gun-control issue. I am even (a teensy bit) grateful for John Howard a politician of ours who I have very little time for on this issue.

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    1. EC, I have been taking that but stopped a week ago when things seemed much better. I only took Panadol the night before. My back is not too bad now. Yes, one of the few good things Howard did. Another was finishing the railway line to Darwin.

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  7. There's not much I can say except I'm glad I live in Australia - my sympathy coming your way over back pain. Have you aeen a chiropractor or physiotherapist- could be a help for your arthritis ~ Cathy

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    1. Cathy, it is a back injury, bulging disc pressing on sciatic nerve, and yes, I have seen a physiotherapist a few times. Thanks.

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  8. For Heaven's sake! Is Trump going to get blamed for this latest senseless massacre in the US, too? How come he gets blamed for everything! Obama didn't do anything about gun control, nor did those who went before him! Gimme a break...and give Trump a break!!

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    1. Lee, (I hope I am not sounding aggressively sounding already), what good has Trump done? What are his good plans for the US? I have a vague memory that Obama did get some minor gun reforms through, but you may well call me wrong on that. I don't disagree that the great black hope in the US failed to get through what he wanted to do, and nor does it seem Trump will. I don't think anyone is blaming Trump, the powerless megalomaniac that he is. He is supposedly the most powerful person in the world, yet thankfully his extremism has being strangled by the government and the public service. I expect that rather suits his purpose. He can continue to Tweet his extreme thoughts, but never really have to follow up on them, as he cannot.

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  9. One can almost accept that US citizens have the right to own a handgun for defense reasons, but for some ex-accountant to be able to purchase such a huge armoury (and ammo) without being on some danger list, is unbelievable. Once again, the US should look to the rest of the world for guidance.

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    1. Cro, I can't even almost accept that. The only reason anyone in the US needs a gun to protect themselves is because other people have guns. Guns should be left to professionals who need them and farmers up to a point. No normal person needs to pack weapons. The US does not have to look at the world, just north to Canada.

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  10. I saw some of that hoo-ha in Spain on the news, people trying to vote and policemen grabbing them any way they could and throwing them down the stairs etc. The most shameful thing I've seen in weeks. What a mess.

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    1. River, we adored Barcelona, the main city of the Catalonians. I am normally very sceptical about places wanting to get away from there main country, but in this case, I might be for it. It is a rich area, quite different to the rest of Spain, an area treated badly in the past and perhaps still. Well, if the way the poll was treated, definitely badly treated. But I am a long way from there and I only saw the place through tourist eyes. I agree with you though. On the face of it, it looked bad for Spain.

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  11. The US will never learn, too many people standing up for their 'rights' of which they actually have no clue.

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    1. Fen, the citizens of the US need to stand up for the rights to live in harmony in a peaceable country. We see extremes of wealth here in Australia, but it nothing like what it is in the US, Britain and Europe, well less so in Europe.

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  12. I know it is ridiculous that they don't get it! Or don't care, after all, Trump just allowed mentally ill people to buy guns.

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    1. Jackie, is that true about Trump. I can understand that people want guns to protect themselves from guns, but if no one can have a gun, apart from hard core criminals that will always find a way, then there is no threat and no need for a gun. I suppose I am not telling you anything you don't know.

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  13. Insanity in Las Vegas. The guy had like 49 guns plus tannerite, which is actually made in Oregon. It explodes when hit by bullets, to the delight of the gun nuts here. It can blow apart a car. Why we allow this and then regulate to hell other things not as harmful, well its a testament to bought and paid for politicians. The NRA owns them.

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    1. Tannerite? I've not heard of it and sounds like an ideal suicide terrorist weapon. I suppose behind the NRA is profit for arms makers.

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