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By Mirror Mirror
Anyone seen it?
I quite like Billy Connolly. Just about funny enough as a comedian but in particular I like the travelogue programmes he makes. I find them interesting and informative, Billy comes across as a humble and empathetic narrator and presenter and they are set to good music.
I binge watched all 3 episodes of the Great American Trail recently. It’s about places in the North East of the US to which Scots emigrated, how the Scottish culture lives on and some of the success and problems these areas experience today.
Despite some of these areas probably qualifying as ‘rust belt’ (Virginia coal mining communities) it doesn’t take long before Connolly shows his political colours with a few digs at Trump and a bit of praise for Obama’s past ‘glories’.
I found it interesting that right at the start, BC talked of how important our culture is to us, how it really is in our DNA and how it defines us, yet it wasn’t long before he was speaking disapprovingly about how the US now limits immigration.
Either he or the producers clearly haven’t put 2&2 together to realise that if culture is so important, you can’t jeopardise it by allowing mass immigration of the sort we see today. Back in the day of Ellis Island America was a land of immigrants but maybe these were a different kind of immigrant, ones who wanted to work and to integrate and had something to contribute.
I would really like to have a chat with Mr Connolly to see what he really thinks about all this.
Sunday morning musings over - off to see about some breakfast.
By Frank Hovis
This is something that when I have raised it in RL, gets general blank looks and lack of comprehension.
Not because my friends are thick, not at all as I always associate with clever people as they are more interesting, but because they don't understand why I would want to do this.
Most people see life as a linear progression (school, college, work, retirement, maybe the odd gap year amongst that) but I have always viewed it as being a series of discrete blocks where you come to an end of one and then you jump to another.
Each of these blocks has its merits and downsides. College was skint but rewarding; my peak job was rewarding in terms of achievement and also materially but was running me into the ground, current job is coming to an end and is fun but very much within my capabilites,
I am "retiring" soon but I see this as jumping onto another block. In say five years time I might want to go back to college for a few years (which would be the third time), do a junior job which is new to me, or even go back to a job similar to my current one. They're all blocks so I pick the one I most want to jump onto at the time. This necessarily involves repetition or as I term it "going again".
All the blocks have been between three and six and half years.
Does anyone else view life throiugh this block filter or is it a linear prgression for everyone as has always been the case whenever I've raised this in RL?
If you're baffled by this then I can tell you that you're in the very big majority!
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