Wednesday, 10 August 2011

I predict a riot

Well albeit after the event(s)... I've got to be honest I've found the media coverage of the recent riots quite sickening, it's as if this younger generation has completely lost the plot of what society expects of a young person, it's almost as if a troupe of wild baboons have been let loose in the cities, while the police look on not knowing what to do next.

Personally I blame consumerism and the endless get rich quick message that has been pumping out of our TV's for years now. You've got to have this phone, or these trainers, or this jacket or this bling ….ad nauseum...

But it goes back further than that, its roots were put down years ago when schools lost the ability to punish kids for wrong doing, they lost the ability to teach them that every action has a reaction or consequence. Instead that was replaced with kids have rights too and treating them with kid gloves.... this only brought forward the "You can't touch me that's assault" and that is what has brought about this lawlessness, the knowledge that they cannot be touched, coupled with alcohol and drugs being freely available.

By sparing the rod we have ruined a whole generation who have been spoon fed by the media that the idea of the only thing you have to do to be famous is appear on TV. How vacuous is that? We have kids craving after the latest bit of technology because their friends have it, and youngsters who are about to leave school who have no idea what they want to do when they leave who's lives revolve around when they can get drunk enough to not remember what they've done or where they have been. And some who count a successful night out on how many times they have vomited....

They are storing up huge problems ahead of them regarding authority, accountability and consequences, not to mention health.

I'm old school and I have to admit I'm proud of that fact, I know the boundaries and the moral implications of any actions I may take. I honestly think we have been too soft on this generation; admittedly not all of this generation have grown up to think they are free from responsibility or do not think of others before acting. But the horrendous things I've seen on the TV do not shock me, there has been an undercurrent of this kind of lawlessness for years, a blatant disrespect for authority or elders and other people’s property, it has over the years got worse.

For instance if somebody damages your car outside your house you can't give them a damn good beating because you'll be hauled up in front of the judge and charged with assault, and therein lies the problem, accountability there is none, and they know it.... there is nothing to stop these idiotic louts from running amok, as they have been doing.

The very fabric of our society is crumbling around us, and to be honest the only way I can see a thing changing is if an iron fist is used to deter these idiots whom we as a society by the votes we have cast in the past have created.

It’s going to be a long haul

Sunday, 7 August 2011

The Summer Jollydays

Freya enjoying the sun on Aberdaron beach

Well we've had our summer camping trip up to Aberdaron on the Llyn Penisula... and I have to say we couldn't have picked a better time to go, apart from one day that was a bit misty and the odd spot of rain for the greater part of our trip camping it was brilliant weather.... The car I'm afraid didn't particularly enjoy the trip up or back mainly because it was loaded down to the suspension stops with all of our gear.... and it's suffered because we have a failed rear shock absorber... although I have a feeling that was ruined driving around Edinburgh's streets when we went up there to visit family.... I do like Edinburgh but I couldn't live there mainly because I'm a country  boy  man at heart (and Welsh... not Scottish) I like cities but only to visit, I've lived in big places before such as Leeds and for several years as well..... and I hated it ..... I'd much rather live in a village or better still out in the middle of nowhere, where you walk out of your house and all you can see are rolling hills and trees..... That said Edinburgh is a beautiful city and we had a lovely time up there visiting family and friends.....

Getting back to our visit to Wales we even went to Abersoch (or Aversock as we called it) that place is seriously full of money, mainly from England as I barely heard a Welsh accent the whole time I was there and the prices were just short of extortion, apparently Andrea knows how expensive a place is by the type of shops it has.... I can't even remember most of the names but apparently for a place to have "those" shops then it's seriously minted....

Aberdaron Beach

Being a bloke I just went by the types of car that were there, like the Overfinch Range Rover.... the one that comes with two Purdey shotguns and an endless supply of whiskey in the back of it, or the several GT3 Porches and top end Audi's flying about the place.... not to mention the Gucci sun glasses and several other designer pairs which seemed to be on practically everybody's forehead....and the odd "Oh dahling isn't it lovely" comments

Anyway so now I'm searching for the cheapest set of rear shock absorbers for a BMW touring .... it's a simple job... fortunately they can be removed through the boot and the new set installed the same way.... either way it has to be done because the car skates around a bit on corners as the tyres bounce on the road and it will only get worse, so that's a priority.....

back to the drudgery of day to day life......