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North Lincs
United Kingdom

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Posted - 27/07/2011 :  20:08:08  Show Profile Send Krazus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hiya, to have a good old chin wag about an entirely different subject.

I am wondering what everyone else here thinks of the British society we currently live in and is it really that bad? if you use other decades or even centuries has a comparison, is it better, worse or about the same?

I am referring to inter culture clashes? The youth and the stigma attached? The leadership of the country? The violence? and indeed the world at large really?

Are the chavs and hoodies any better or worse than the punks? the rockers? the teddy boys?

Is the influx of eastern European immigrants better or worse than their counterparts at the end of WW II or the years after as they fled to escape communism? Or the influx in the 50's of India/ Pakistan/ Caribbean families from the shrinking empire and beyond?
What has 60 yrs shown us?

Is it me or does each period of government receive approx the same amount of 'bad' press and detractors as all the previous ones?

Is the violence and crime worse? or is it reported more frequently and instantly now?

Is there as many abductions, rapes and such now, as before? The child abuse and other terrible things reported now? was there as much previously as there is reported today? I think yes, seeing some accounts of WWII evacuee children from the cities to the country and the ordeal they were put through (Not all of them). And of the people coming forwards in their 40's and 50's to openly share their ordeals in the hands of the state care system when they were children?

So what do you all think? is the bleak picture portrayed in the media really worse than any other era?

if your looking at the stars, you will miss the manholes


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Posted - 29/08/2011 :  16:01:56  Show Profile  Visit Kale's Homepage Send Kale a Private Message  Reply with Quote

A good friend of my sent the following to me via e-mail... no truer words me thinks ... enjoy

An Obituary printed in the London Times - Interesting and, sadly, rather true . . .

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
- Why the early bird gets the worm;
- Life isn't always fair;
- and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers: I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame, and I'm A Victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, congratulations. If not, join the majority and do nothing . . .

Kale's New Book Poems from the Heart - out now

We don't grow old from too much laughing... we grow old because we stop!

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North Lincs
United Kingdom

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Posted - 30/08/2011 :  13:12:16  Show Profile Send Krazus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Aye Kale, that was well put, I do wonder if we are turning a corner. The lefty wishy washy do gooder who seems to advocate all the wrong things, might have had their day?

When you look back at the history of the UK, there seems to be peaks and troughs of decadance and purity, where the people slide from two very different stand points on a lot of issues. depending on your views, depends on which you think are the peaks and which are the troughs.

if your looking at the stars, you will miss the manholes
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Chris Green

United Kingdom

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Posted - 16/09/2012 :  16:33:07  Show Profile  Visit Chris Green's Homepage Send Chris Green a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The social world is roughly the same over the centuries, all that changes is the environment and the faces.

Concerning violence based on a per head of population calculation then the levels are much lower nowadays than in past centuries.

The chnge is in the news media and their insistence on reporting every act of violence.

There is also a small number of people who are violent in order to get their names in the news.

Chris Green

Service before self

'A Poppy in My Buttonhole' available now SEE:

My next book will be "The Crcodile Chronicles" and is projected to be launched 2015 or a quarter past eight in time for Christmas.
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