Bob's Bulletin: Issue 1, November 27, 2011

Cheers!

Diogenes at work
Diogenes at work

A few titbits from the British Social Scene

BOB’S BULLETIN. Number 1.

*The Travelers Return *Loss of Britain’s Harbor Seals

*The Rich get much Richer *“Sorry” is…sorry!

*Strikes and the minimum wage in Britain.

* UK retailers whine “the weather is too good!”

In order to keep my hand in and in fear of being forgotten like yesterday’s news, I have decided to attempt to publish a hub every week or ten days which will contain bits and pieces; thoughts and feelings, which may be of interest to some of the people I have “met” over the last 2 1/2 years. It may be excerpts and my take on them from the news or anything at all that grabs my attention and you might not hear about elsewhere. For example….

Nov 20 ‘11. After Basildon council spent 10 millions pounds and weeks of work by police, fire officers and bailiffs, etc., finally ejecting the poor souls on the traveler’s site which I - and half the world’s journos - wrote about, some twenty caravans have used various means to sneak back onto the site where they were welcomed by those who could not be legally cast forth.

Now what? Will the idiots that be spend another fool’s fortune to remove them again, or will they pretend to have not seen it?

As the nation (UK) is consumed with greater woes that whether a few gypsies should be allowed to live on a dump no one wanted, they may get away with it…hallelujah!

Mystery of dead seals: The UK has - or had - the largest amounts of Harbor Seals in Europe. Their population has fallen by a staggering 84% in the last 10 years. Thousands of dead seals had been turning up with circular gashes from the head - in a spiral pattern - to their tails. It wasn’t difficult to conclude the awful wounds had been caused by large ship’s propellers - but why so many?

Now experts believe the huge bow screws for turning container ships and ferries, etc., in many harbors, have a pitch sound close to the mating call of the female seal…and the mainly male casualties had been rushing headlong into the deadly screws…for a deadly screw! The slaughter continues as scientists are wondering just how to address the problem before Harbor Seals are no more in British waters.

The Rich get much Richer! No wonder half the world’s nations have demonstrations objecting to capitalist greed.

Twenty years ago, the CEO’s and other top brass of the Fortune 500 companies in the UK received a relatively modest remuneration of 10 times the average wage. In 2011, the disparity is nearly 80 times average wage! They are killing the goose that laid the golden egg, and the sooner the better.

I’m Sorry!“ Do the letters and sound of a word determine its effect, or is it the meaning itself? People tell me that to succeed in life, you need a zippy, memorable name. Like Chris Rock, for example, the US comedian. Evidently “Bob” is the anathema to success. It is my name and perhaps this is why success has mainly eluded me.

But what I really wanted to speak about are words in English that end in “-orry.” There’s only three of them that occur to me, and they should all be abolished from the language.

Yes, “Lorry” is the slimy English word for the more manly Truck. “Worry” is what we all waste too much time doing. And “Sorry,” that is the worst of all. It allows politicians, bankers and other assorted scum to lie, cheat and steal and expect a “Sorry” to those they have hurt and offended to buy them immediate forgiveness.

Don’t do it in the first place then you won’t need to trot out this hypocritical, meaningless “sorry.”

England Poised for Strikes. As we wait for the government and the teacher’s union to reach an agreement before this Wednesday deadline, we need to reflect of the horror which was the condition of British working classes before the advent of unions.

Britain had slavery just a couple of hundred years ago and babies were “sold” to the owners of coal mines, etc., for their working life. They could even have iron rings fastened around their necks in the case of disobedience. Up till some time later, young boys were indentured to chimney sweeps because their tiny frames were the only ones to fit up chimneys. Ill health from the soot soon lead to early death. It took until 1999 before a minimum wage was introduced in the UK!!! Before that, employers could and did take advantage of women, minors and foreigners, paying them whatever they could get away with.

Britain’s labor force has only just escaped the middle ages, thanks to the unions. Think of this when you are inconveniences by strikes.

Be it this way or that way, the British will complain about it! Now the retailers here are complaining that the weather this year so far has been “too mild” causing the dearth in profits. I suppose this means they can’t sell the piles of Chinese cold weather coats, etc., they have on the racks. It will probably freeze here over Christmas so they will be happy? Don’t hold the line; then they will be whingeing that the cold has kept the shoppers indoors…probably because they didn’t buy any overpriced coats!

One thing we can rely on this year is that the government and councils has ensured we have a mountain of sand and salt to treat the roads for winter 2011. Of course, being prepared like this will ensure it stays mild!

Diogenes w/e November 27/11

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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

Bob, Glad to see you drop in on occasion and let us know what is going on. It is interesting that even oceans between countries don't change things very much. I guess things will never change. From reading your work, I know you were very happy living in Mexico. I'm curious why you don't consider returning to Mexico and enjoying life in the sun? From what I hear, the weather in the UK is not exactly paradise.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I like this idea, Bob! Looking forward to next week's edition.


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Hillbilly Zen 4 years ago from Kentucky

Making New Year's resolutions early, Bob? Even though there's no way your writing could ever be considered outdated, I'm tickled to death that you're going to publish at least once a week. Woohoo! "See" you next week! Voted this one up and interesting, btw.


diogenes 4 years ago

Old Poolman

Will

Hillbilly

Glad you liked this. I will try and improve the next bulletin. Semms just about all we write about has been said before anyway.

Take care....Bob


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cathylynn99 4 years ago from northeastern US

so sad about the harbor seals. hope you allow me the use of sorry. sorry to hear of it. glad they've figured uot why. hopefully, curative action follows - perhaps a masking noise.

i like sorry for those inevitable times when miscommunication happens. i agee with you totally that sorry taken as the easy way out is, well, sorry.


writeronline 4 years ago

Great idea, diogenes! No point in denying that journalistic lust for the jugular.. And it's not like you'll have trouble finding things to comment on; sometimes I think the world's already in the handbasket and we're hurtling down to Hades.

Still, it'd be fun to hear the pollies and the privileged mouthing their platitudinous "sorry"s to the big boss down there. Their more honest, but never spoken in public, attitude to the plight of others,"Go to hell", might yet come back to haunt them.

Keep stoking the flames,Bob.

PS: If Bob's not considered a strong enough name, forget 'Bob's Bulletin'; make it 'Robert's Rant'. lol


diogenes 4 years ago

Ha! Robert's rant. Well, I didn't want to rant really, but can the beast change its spots? Good name...why does everyone get on my case about the name "Bob." A lady friend said it reminded her of a rubber duckie bobbing in the bath. That's enough to finish the world's Bobs.

I saw you excellent reply on the Psyche story and also added one..Rubber Duckie


diogenes 4 years ago

Hi Cathylynne - where ya been? Yes, sorry is a useful word on an everyday basis, I should have given it that accolade, thanks for doing it for me. I really meant it to apply to those who use it continuously to avoid paying for their greed and manipulation.

Have you been writing? If so, I'm not getting notified I'll check my preferences...Rx


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Christopher Price 4 years ago from Vermont, USA

Bob-

This a fine idea, a good way to keep your hand in it when there is a lull in the major inspiration department. This way you friends and fans will not be devoid of your periodic epistles.

About those unfortunate seals: Has anyone suggested that the ships that ply the same waters as the seals should broadcast an underwater recording of a feeding pod of Orcas, or the cries of a seal in distress, such as when it is locked in the jaws of a great white? Playing the recording only in the near shore or harbor waters wouldn't bother Killer Whales or Seals in open water.

Then again, I remember it would take more than a dangerous sound, such as her mother's footsteps on the stairs, to dissuade me from seeking sanctuary in her daughter's embrace.

CP


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Hello, hello, 4 years ago from London, UK

Bob, this is a lovely udead of writing a bulletin becaue you always have something interesting to say. Now regarding the minimum wages was a great idea and incentive for youngsters to start working. But the first thing these devils done was to reduce the minimum wages. My son works for a big international company but was reduce straightway from £7.20 to £6.50. Again they played into their buddy's pocket. not only with ignoring the screams about the golden handshakes, bonnuses and golden pensions. At the same time petrol rose from £1,00 to £1,35. Again playing into their pockets. While I am listening to the budget they did nothing about both points. Petrol prices are nothing but billions of profits into their friends' pocket who then support them in their next election. Oh well, I better get off my soapbox. Take care, Bob.


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Very interesting post, dio and a fascinating read. For example, I had also read recently, that part of a turning mechanism in ships had a pitch that was similar to the mating call of seals. I hope they find a remedy for this travesty soon.

I look forward to reading future editions.


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

Bob, is the picture your "Mug shot" both coffee mug and facial shaved "Mug" LOL.

I got in on these bulletins from the center [#2] to 3 and decided to go back to the first.

I found the bit on the Seals, I think we refer to those in the harbors Sea Lions, but then that may be a different bit of the same type mammal that I saw on the edges of the sea walls near San Diego California, years back. I find it sad that in the simplicity of changing the sound they have not moved toward getting it done to cease the useless slaughter and wonder if it is happening in other harbors around the globe. I harvest animals and they are controlled by population, I am able to back up my harvest with over populated animals that would face winter starvation due to man overpopulation in the habitat. Perhaps we are controlling the wrong animal? Less humans would allow the rest of the animals to keep their habitat and it could be argued that the animals would take better care of their habitat and work harder as well.

You have found and produced a unique style here with the "Bulletins" I find them quite enjoyable, thank you,

Dusty


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quester.ltd 4 years ago

Have been absent myself for a while - just came calling to check on my barrel dweller - like the new look - and weight!

on to the next two

q

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