Friday Links

Happy Friday!

This week I resigned from my temp job because I have a new, permanent job that starts on 31st May. Which is just perfect timing, as I’m running out of money to supplement temping wages and I don’t like temping, you can’t really start anything worthwhile. So a new job, a new commute on a different tube line and new things to learn starting next week, I’m terrible with change so it’s going to be an interesting couple of months!

Since last Friday, I’ve posted Sunday Music, Monday Miscellany, and an update on the allotment

Other people’s blogs:

Valonia wrote about how plans on the allotment change.  And who doesn’t want a mini fruit orchard?

Sharon’s alliums are flowering. I aspire to be as good at growing things as Sharon is!

Here are this week’s links…

My parents and ‘middle Ireland’ could decide Ireland’s abortion vote. There’s some huge change happening in Ireland right now..

It’s okay to enjoy the royal wedding. Constitutional monarchies are great. Seriously? Prince Charles IS politically engaged, he interferes all the sodding time and he’s not even king, this is a justification to make Americans feel better. I can’t write a better reply to it it than this, It’s not Harry and Meghan. It’s the monarchy I oppose

A monarchy establishes inherited privilege at the heart of government and embeds patronage at the centre of power. The royals are a class act. And that’s the problem. I’m not a very passionate republican – many things bother me more than the monarchy. But as principles go it is unwavering. We have a class problem in Britain and the monarchy exemplifies it……

I am a republican and a humanist. Indeed, I am a republican because I am a humanist. I wish the individuals well and the institution ill.

What do migraines really feel like? They aren’t headaches, this week I had a headache for the whole of Monday and a considerable chunk of Tuesday but I went to work and had a normal day, I didn’t really enjoy it but I could do it. But I have some of these symptoms and it’s not fun.

Caring for a child when their parents can’t? The state takes you for a mug. I’m really not sure about this. I have a problem with the idea that I would need paying to look after the children in my family. I pray daily for the safety of my family but if anything was to happen to my brother or sister-in-law, I would move to Bedfordshire and look after my nephews. It wouldn’t be my first choice, not least because of what would have had to have happened for that to be necessary, but it also wouldn’t be a question and it might mean that money was tight but that’s what you do.  It wouldn’t be a favour I was doing for Social Services, it would be my duty. It’s not unreasonable to ask relatives to care for the children of the family and I don’t think that it’s something that they should expect pay for. I’m also really tired of Louise Tickle’s bias against Social Services. Social workers are not demons, they are for the most part dedicated people doing a job no one wants to do, under huge pressure with limited resources and it’s time for some balance.

Why is M&S in such trouble? Because they stopped doing what they do well. M&S linen trousers cost £25 and last one summer, their linen shirts cost £25 and even when they are 3 sizes larger than I actually need, gape at the chest. I wear a lot of long drapey cardigans, the ones in M&S cost £20 to £30 and the ones in Primark cost £8, the important part of this is that the ones in Primark wear and wash better. The sizing in M&S is all over the place and the quality has diminished but the prices have not. This year every bloody thing has a high round neck, a statement bloody sleeve or is a terrible colour. I’m 45, I grew up with M&S I’m inclined to start there but it’s really hard to find stuff that I want wear that fits/suits me in M&S. They’ve forgotten their audience AND downgraded their quality, that why their in trouble. It’s not the internet, its the stuff they’re selling…

The Curse of Summer 2018….ripped jeans tanlines

Thanks! Any other advice? Yes. You could also try wearing jeans that don’t have any holes in them.

But holes are cool. No, they’re not. They’re cool on teenagers and pop stars. You’re an adult with three children and a comfortable job in middle management. Whenever you wear ripped jeans, you look like someone who has recently been cut out of the wreckage of a car accident.

The Lesson of Eric Greitens, and the Navy SEALs Who Tried to Warn Us. Stuff like this helps me understand the US more, but it’s a worry.

How Americans got ‘the sesh’ completely wrong. Mmm…I think millennials have it wrong too. Isn’t it when you go for one and it goes a bit bigger and the next thing you know it’s 3am and you’ve probably eaten a kebab (on the night bus home no less) and you get home for 2 hours sleep, a shower and a change of clothes and into the office you go.

Patrick Melrose captures heroin addiction perfectly – it brought my memories flooding back. This is worth reading…

You May Never Have Things Under Control, But You Can Have a Pajama Set So true, this is why I have an extensive pyjama collection. And Americans, what have you done with the y in pyjamas?

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