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An Octogenarian in the modern world

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NEWS? BELIEF? YOU MUST BE JOKING!

October 14, 2019

A television channel is advertising a programme about Fake News. I wonder how they will define it along the spectrum that runs from Deliberate Lies through Selection to Honest Error and Ignorance. And what, if anything, can be believed? This I-thing that I own offers stories “Chosen by the Apple news editors”. So I am […]

RAGE AGAINST CHOICE

September 19, 2019

Today’s chosen subject for octogenarian rage is CHOICE. I am frustrated by the multiplicity of similar products displayed on supermarket shelves. There may be as many as twelve versions of what is essentially the same formulation, distinguished only by brand names and slightly different packaging. It is all so wasteful! Behind each brand is a […]

BORIS, BREXIT AND EUROPE

September 13, 2019

I have become very frustrated  by the attempts to stop Boris getting us out of the EU on October 31st. To prevent my anger impeding logical thought, I used Google to find out what he EU is really all about. I found little that I did not know before. It all started with the laudable […]

IF YOU THINK YOU CAN DO IT, THEN YOU CAN DO IT.

August 13, 2019

I read those inspirational words in a book. Do they apply to octogenarians? Well, there are two ways to walk to the village from here. You can walk all the way on the road and you will be safe. Vehicles are used to avoiding pedestrians and if you look a bit tired somebody will always […]

WHAT HAPPENED TODAY?

August 12, 2019

One of my advisers on blogging said that it could be compared to writing a diary. Well, something happened to me this very day (11th October 2019) which I would like to mention, and it connects with my last post in which I told the world a little about myself I went   to church this […]

WHO IS THIS AOM? (Angry Old Man)

August 11, 2019

Learning about blogs is quite hard! I have found that I must include some pictures (videos are beyond me at present) and that it does no harm to identify myself. So let’s start with my Great Grandfather, John Elgood, who founded a brewery at Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, England, about 1860 Here is a picture. If […]

MORE RAGE (ref Dylan Thomas poem)

August 7, 2019

It is great fun to realise that, in venting my octogenarian spleen against the things I hate, I am following the advice of the poet who  wrote “Rage, Rage against the dying of the light”. (Advice to old men.) How I loathe the concept of “marketing”. It is all about presenting the thing to be […]

‘RAGE , RAGE AGAINST THE DYING OF THE LIGHT’.

August 6, 2019

Dylan Thomas offers two alternatives responses to growing old. One can “Go gentle into that Goodnight’ or one can RAGE. Perhaps ones attitude changes as the end of the road gets, nearer, but right now I am all for raging. Rage against what? range against who? My present target is the appalling rate of change […]

OUT OF TOUCH! DOES IT MATTER?

August 5, 2019

Does matter that I am out of touch with the modern world? True? False? Matter to Me? Matter to anybody? We are all out of touch to some degree. There are people around who know nothing beyond sex, alcohol, and football. It does not seem to worry them. There are also people around whose views […]

BOOKS, SEX AND MARRIAGE.

August 4, 2019

Another thing I would like to say after my return to digital life is about books. I read a lot, and have just finished “Marrying the Mistress” by Joanna Trollope. A good book, but I find the way she and some other writers portray the world very disturbing.  Is the modern cavalier attitude to love, marriage […]