Archive for January, 2019

Let’s face it, age comes to us all.

January 12, 2019

If we were to believe the newspapers and magazines these days, especially after the New Year, we would believe that all we had to do was to eat the right things, exercise and use our brains and we would be immortal.

Sad to say, we all know that this is not true. No one is immortal; age comes to all of us. Even Andy Murray, the star of Wimbledon, has had to admit that his body is aging and that he would be wise to stop punishing himself with high powered tennis matches that cause him hip pain. It is time for him to face up to his physical limitations and enjoy the life he has with his family.

This is something that could benefit us all. No matter how much we exercise, diet and use our brains, we cannot stop the process of aging. Instead of exhorting us to change our lives drastically, we should be encouraged to accept our bodies as they are.

We should all take note of the twinges that we feel as we age and react only to these. If our back starts to trouble us, then and only then, should we start to take measures to alleviate the symptoms. If people do not do the exercises that they have been given by their physiotherapists as part of their therapy for alleviating back pain, they know the pain will only get worse. With the right exercises, back pain can be managed and sufferers can live with the symptoms, continue to walk upright and enjoy a full life for a very long time. I know someone who has managed to do this for over twenty years.

Then, of course, we can all name people who have taken on board all the suggestions newspapers and magazines have thrown at them and have died, some a very premature death. I witnessed a close friend of mine frantically doing all he crosswords he could on a daily basis but it made no difference; he still succumbed to dementia at a very early age.

What we should all do is to accept that our bodies will let us down, and that we can maintain a happy, healthy lifestyle that we can enjoy if we address our specific problems, not try to follow some stringent routine a stranger has suggested. If we love a Mediterranean diet, learning a new language and exercising, then we should do these things, but if we hate them, we should try a little but not give up on what we most enjoy.

Life is to be lived and enjoyed. It should never be a test of endurance and suffering.


It is time to focus on what is really needed.  

January 5, 2019

We live in a back to front society. In so many cases those in power think of an outcome first and ignore the impact caused when they push forward their bright ideas. Time and again, the powers that be react with knee-jerk actions that we all know will have no staying power, nor achieve what is intended. It seems more important for our politicians to be seen to be doing something, rather than doing what is needed even though it may upset their friends in high places.

I agree that these are sweeping statements that do not apply to every situation. However, many of us will agree there is some credence for this belief.

It has been reported recently that an urgent review has been ordered to close a loophole that is allowing a killer claim legal aid while on the run. Any thoughtful governing body when first setting up the conditions for applying for legal aid should have thought of this first, surely.

It has also been reported that the UK is handing over £1.5 billion to some of the world’s most corrupt countries. We have been assured that these sweeteners are needed for the people in these countries are suffering. However, there is also a well-known phrase – advising us not to cast our ‘pearls before swine.’ Giving money to some corrupt governments means that the well-intentioned funds do not go to the poor, but to the already well-heeled people in power. It is time to call their bluff. Our government should offer to hand it over to the people in the country directly in the form of food, clothing and water and sewage systems, cutting through the bureaucracy that normally lets the money disappear. After all, if a government is not corrupt, it would welcome this offer gladly.

It is regularly reported that our government does not have enough money to support our defence, health or educational systems. If the government has billions to give to other countries surely it must have first satisfied itself that it HAS allocated enough funds to keep its own citizens safe and healthy?

Time and again it is reported that people still have to sleep on our streets and beg for a living in our country. Often a council will have to pay private landlords over the odds to house some of the neediest people. Why not house these people in the properties known to have been empty for years? If a property owner will not or cannot renovate such properties, why don’t councils do so and arrange for the owners to pay back the costs of renovation?

It is time our government cut through its waffle and developed the backbone needed to focus on what really should be done.