Saturday, 24 December 2011

An Old Man's Folly.

Its been a funny year. A stressful year for many, I get the impression modern living in some ways is getting worse. Two pointers I will come back to at a later date.
    I have several friends and acquaintances who have 'problems' with their children. And I mean children  thirty years plus years of age. 'Children' who, not always their fault, who are still at home. Way beyond the age when they would have 'flown the nest' in my youth. Divorced or separated children who fly home, to that ever present refuge in times of strife. Life was never easy, is it getting worse, I wonder, or is that the perception of life through aging eyes.
    Then there are polititians, too often grubby, greedy little men (and sadly women). Who I can, normally almost avoid in unexceptional, downtown Derby. Except that, in their wisdom, the government gives a contract worth billions to Seimans, a German company with a reputation for dodgy dealing. Result, 1400 jobs in Derby Bombardier Railway Works, including that of my hard working son-in-law, plus thousands of other jobs reliant on the industry will probably vanish. A mistake, compounded by a self important, incompetent twerp. Dr Vince Cable (Whats your Doctorate in, Vince, pomposity?) Government Business Minister who announces, on a visit to Derby that he didn't realise Derby was a railway town. You disinterested, blinkered idiot, it's your job to know!
    One last word on our 'rulers'. If you ever watch Question Time live from The House of Commons, watch out for Danny Alexander. This man cannot EVER complete a session without juvenile, adolescent whispers to whoever is seated alongside him when others have centre stage. ( Usually to that cringing little ferret cum hamster Michael Gove.) By god, as a Scotsman the former would do well to remember the immortal words of Robert Burns.     
'Oh would some Power the gift to give us
To see ourselves as others see us.'
I cringe at the infantility of such people.I taught children for twenty years and their manners and good sense were far superior to many politicians.
    You will gather I find modern living often stressful plus I am obviously non too enamoured with many politicians. I promise that's my last gripe of 2011!
    But when times are particularly hard, I escape to 'Granddad's Room, an old man's folly if ever their was one!    

Folly. The condition or quality of being foolish; a lack of good sense, understanding or foresight. A costly undertaking having an absurd or ruinous outcome.
   
    Three years or so ago ago, we, my wife and I bought my daughter and son-in-laws bungalow. With it came an outbuilding used as a photographic studio. It was immaculate, ordered, clinical, businesslike; but I already knew what I had in mind for this building. (Unknown of course to my wife!) It is now a disordered assemblage, an accumulation of all things 'Granddad'. 'Granddad's Room', my bolthole, escape from the world; I hope you like it. (Not to be confused with 'Granddads Museum' through the adjoining door. I will show you round this 'Masterpiece' another time!) Incidentally, I could tell you where virtually every item in my 'bar' was obtained. Many instant reminders of days long gone. A place that keeps me at least half sane in a hard world and hard times.

(You have no idea how long shuffling these pictures around has taken.) But there you are, the joys of getting old in a technological age! Very higgledy pigeldy but they will have to do. I must get a better grip in the new year. Some hope, pass the mince pies and the wine please. Or as Arthur English used to say, 'Play the music, open the cage.') And once again, irrespective of your creed or religion, seasonal greetings and a  Happy Christmas to you all.

13 comments:

Levonne said...

Well grump old Ken, that was a good little rant and tour! Enjoy your special space and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you Sir.

Materialmom said...

Merry Christmas :)

quilterliz said...

G'day Ken. Christmas greeting from Australia, to you and your family. I hope the New Year is a safe and happy one for you. Take care. Liz...

Wrinkling Daily said...

Great little retreat you have created for yourself Ken. Maybe some day you could share the history of some of your treasures. Although I am new to your blog, I appreciate your writing and your willingness to share just what you think. Christmas in a suburb just outside of Philadelphia, is a warm and Merry one this year -hope yours is the same.

Steve said...

Merry Christmas, Ken. Love the jukebox!

whitepinapple said...

I've enjoyed reading your rants, thoughts, and wisdom this past year. Looking forward to what next year will bring. Merry Christmas.

VioletSky said...

Merry Christmas to you, Ken!
I would love a little poke around your retreat - especially at that jukebox! - though I would understand if it were sacrosanct.

Eddie Bluelights said...

I have just bought our MP a book explaining that there are two very important words in the English Language that ALL politicians seem incapable of understanding, let alone using, when relying to a question. These words are "Yes" and "No". I agree with your rant about Politicians. There is a saying that if you fail at everything in this life then you could always be a politician. The same of course applies to Bankers.

Happy Christmas, Ken ~ Eddie

Star said...

Thank you for your wonderful posts. Looking forward to more in the new year, I wish you and yours and all your readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

Shammickite said...

oooo I love the look of all the "stuff" in Grandad's Room. Bet you enjoy your time spent there. Both my sons have created Man Cave refuges in their basements, but they are not anywhere near so elaborate or interesting as Grandad's Room, but then, they are only just starting. You've had many years to perfect the collection.
May 2012 be good to you and your family, and Happy Blogging!

the fly in the web said...

People in high places must read your blog...I see Bombardier have landed a big contract!

susan said...

Looks like a really exciting place you have created there out of the clinical space..like Wrinkling Daily it would be good to have a guided tour some time..

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