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Issue 9

Choosing the right candidate in the forthcoming US Presidential election will be a crucial decision for the whole world.

Vote for me!
12  July 2020
No, vote for me!

In the last issue, I introduced the idea of a separate 'Trump Grump', so here it is, all packaged into one section.

I thought we should start off with wise observations from the world's favourite beagle, Snoopy.

It is often the way of the world that great leaders emerge in times of crisis. Apparently, though, the crisis that is COVID 19 has been the exception to prove the rule. With a couple of notable exceptions, the lack of intelligent and effective leadership has been globally staggering. The so-called 'greatest nation on earth', has become a laughing stock, its reputation diminished perhaps irretrievably. The succession of blunders and lamentable decisions taken by its President have taken the country to new depths, and the spiral dive continues. The general population of America's response and understanding of COVID 19, can perhaps be best illustrated in the picture below.


In the meantime, what is Trump up to? Releasing convicted felons who have covered for him; seeking to promote drugs produced by a company in which he has financial interests; protecting drug patents to produce C19 cures for US consumption only...there is no shame in this man.


As a street scrapper, he likes picking fights with everyone, especially the Chinese. This is frightening. Can you imagine a global conflict, a World War 3, with this man prosecuting it? We would all perish! Thankfully, China has a few tricks up its sleeve, so hopefully we will be able to avoid a global meltdown (to go with the global pandemic and the global recession).

All life as we know it seems to have boiled down to one big Coronacoaster ride, the definition of which is:
Even the democratic process seems to be coming under increasing threat -
and worrying about the end of democracy.
Now having got all that off my chest, I will make my escape plans for when Seal Team 6 is sent in to take care of this troublesome blogger!

🦠  Discrimination, in all its unpleasant forms, is taking a leading position on all news fronts these days. It is manifest under various banners, including racism, sexism, ageism, body shapeism,  and so it goes on.


Emotions have become over- charged, so maybe it's time to stand back for a moment, take a deep breath and chill out. 


In this context, the following questions have been asked of the music industry:

  • Was Cilla Black?

  • Was Barry White?

  • Was Marvin Gay?

Its just that Stevie Wonders! 

And its not just humans who think about this question of colour...

And particularly close to my own heart nowadays, ageism...
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The best things about the 'good old days' were that I wasn't good and I wasn't old!
Of course, there is a downside with getting older which relates to control and the senses:
I was in a grocery shop the other day and being rather gassy, let out an SBD (silent but deadly, for those that can remember the codes at school). Feeling rather embarrassed, I said to my wife, "I've just done a silent fart; what shall I do?"
Unsympathetically she replied, "Put new batteries in your hearing aid."
Life is short everybody; smile while you still have teeth.
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🦠  The designs of facemarks have been changing as the the need for this important accessory has become increasingly apparent to most of the world.
But whatever your vocation and whatever type of mask you choose, please dispose of them with care and consideration.
🦠  Naturally, COVID 19 occupies the bulk of the news. People ask questions for which there are generally no answers...
...while others simply speculate.
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🦠  Finally, an announcement from the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, before Parliament takes off for the summer recess and leaves the country to fend for itself.
Do you remember how children start off so young and innocent? Here's mummy's little helper (look at their smiles)...
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...but then the terrible teens kick in and they become so uncontrollable. 
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Marriage then follows...
...but when it does, it often ends in tears. 
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'Children! No phones on the table!'.tiff
...keep testing them regularly...
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...and finally, do also make sure they understand Geography, especially how it pertains to WOMEN and MEN.
 Geography of a woman:
Between 18 and 22, a woman is like Africa - half discovered, half wild, fertile and naturally beautiful!
Between 23 and 30, a woman is like Europe - well-developed and open to trade.
Between 31 and 35, a woman is like Spain - very hot, relaxed, and convinced of her own beauty.
Between 36 and 40, a woman is like Greece and gently aging, but still warm and desirable.
From 41 to 50, a woman is like Great Britain, with a glorious and all-conquering past.
51 to 60 sees a woman being like Israel - she has been through many battles, doesn't make the same mistakes twice, and takes care of business!
Between 61 and 70, a woman is like Canada - cool, self-serving, but open to meeting new people and,
After 70, she becomes like Tibet - wildly beautiful, with a mysterious past and the wisdom of adventurous spirit with a thirst for spiritual knowledge.
Geography of a man:
Between 1 and 80, a man is like Iran - ruled by a couple nuts!

Stepping on the scales this morning (I don't know why I do it; it's always sad to see the state that this once fine, six- pack sporting, hunk of a man has become), a message displayed instead of the weight. "One person at a time," it said. "Please remember to use social distancing." So do I start a diet? Well, yes, but perhaps from tomorrow!

Mind you, the dog has been helping where he can...

...and here's a naughty little food quiz for you:
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I just love this last one...
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That's it for another 'Coronagrump'. I hope you didn't find elements of it too risqué, but the thing is, if we take life too seriously at the moment, we'll all go round the bend!
Take care and stay safe
The only thing you can do is raise them as best you can, strictly but lovingly....

STOP PRESS: Before you go, these 2 items of news just in...

Click on the whale to catch the latest review in the South China Morning Post
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Not quite what what Louis Armstrong had in mind, but relevant for today's woes... press the 'play' button to enjoy
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