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I was steam-rollered, jackbooted and literally forced into …

… having to accept against my will a ‘condensing boiler‘ most certainly against my wishes and remember its me that foots the bill (for in this case something i did not want) ie a replacement central heating boiler of the newer ‘condensing type’. This would be say eight years ago and cost me £1,700 GBP.

When the young man left after totting up I’m guessing £700 for ten hours labour (which is more than double any hourly rate I have ever charged never mind pocketed as a wage, in fact three times the amount on invoicable monies alone) …. I was left with gaping holes to fill and particularly with no immersion heater for instant hot water and the facility to air our clothing etc in the aptly named ‘airing cupboard on the upstairs bedroom level! Its particularly jarring to me we lost the immersion heater upstairs.

In winter it kept upstairs warm too, taking the edge off the cold. maybe indicating an inefficiency, but appreciated and of course now lost.

Point of this post and something that i only realised yesterday is that the super-duper pile of crap called the condensing boiler is in fact now seeming itself as out of date and backward when with the modern push to eliminating gas fired boilers now elevates the long uninstalled immersion heater I reckon as looking so much more attractive (its electric not the now shamed gas) and attractive to the ‘powers that be’ the authorities and the bright bunnies running around oh so desperate to install the latest. I wish them well in their Spanish villas and three car families and unfettered consumerism fuelled by decades of insisting on the installation of gas fired condensing boilers at very juicy hourly rates, certainly not a lifestyle of mine. In actual fact i hope they fall flat on their face and i look forward to once again having an immersion heater in the airing cupboard.

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‘ol Woodenhead …

I’m sorry to be saying this, yet I’m sure many millions of people are saying this also but recalling Bidens disastrous speech a couple of weeks ago on insisting to honour trumps ‘arrangement’ to back out of Afghanistan and specifically stating he did not want any more US service personnel to lose life (ie last occurred three years ago) … this will as I’ve stated already go down in infamy, it will echo for a century or more as totally a stupid move, as totally woodenheaded; of course assuming as if we were to be an extant species for so long a time period in the years ahead.

Lets face it, so much of what trump pushed for and was mostly unseen from general view for example to promote his ‘trash-crackpot-take’ on any or all situations ie environment, equal rights, healthcare, etc etc ….. we can see there can not have been anything trump couldn’t keep his grubby hands away from; yet I’m assuming the Biden administration has over-turned a great deal of the trumpian destruction, so why and so why has Biden pressed ahead with the insane withdrawal from Afghanistan?

The great obstacle appears to be in it not being easy to over-turn the trumpian envoys disastrous ‘Art of the Deal’ secret meeting/s with the Taliban which means I’m assuming Biden has to honour the pot of crap negotiated by an imbecile called trump or more likely his whoever representative, which I increasingly wonder was greenhorn Jared, but of course it was whoever flew out there ‘and did the business’. Now on bbc radio news yesterday and today we hear as how little or nothing was extracted for Western advantage but it was all a complete giveaway to the Taliban!! I’m surprised they didn’t give ’em all goodie bags stuffed with ammunition and codes and cyphers and other such advantages.

But Biden is not trump, or hopefully should not be.

So could we assume mayhem and future decades of turmoil in the Middle East exist now because of a hardly educated over advantaged low IQ son of a crook called Jared? This indeed has the hallmark of trumpian callous unthinking ineptitude and shallow gloss, wrong man for the wrong job, but looks okay for the camera.

The Taliban got it all, the West retained nothing. This is blasphemous in its stupidity, an influencing and intelligence platform cast to the wind.

Why are our so-called leaders so poor?

So who is the greater woodenhead here below, one obviously made of wood and another, taking an utterly woodenheaded direction …

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A Tale of two Countries.

Its staggering that a mere twenty quid is now being taken away, when seemingly half the country have converted themselves to ‘limited company’ and openly brag how little tax they pay. If that is the case they do not deserve the fruits of tax contribution ie hospitals, medical care, the legal system, etc.

I’m proud of the tax I pay, its a measure of my success. Pity Google and Amazon didn’t feel the same. Another loophole is the downright fiddle of the Chinese selling on ebay from a UK despatch point, charging VAT but as with a couple of duff recent purchases I’m having to send the returned item to China. This stinks! Means another ten or thirty quid down the drain.

Its hard to fathom at the Exchequer the Chancellor wandering around demanding the supplementary twenty quid is abolished. How mean and petty in the extreme, the poorer we are the more valuable a twenty quid note becomes. After covid, isolation, struggling, loss possibly of friends or loved ones the last thing the poor need is a kick in the teeth.

I personally for forty years have been of ‘sole trader status’ and am quite happy to pay my tax. Luckily in later life I am not poor, but in earlier decades the tax bill was always a burden, even when income was extremely modest. But one cuts ones cloth to suit ones purse and hence always muddled through. Now that I’m successful in later life in some ways I’m hardly interested, I do my best but the energy of early and middle life has gone, bereavement didn’t help either. I crave time to settle down with books, take notes, to learn, or to work in my garden but this life of mine hardly allows it. Cooking takes up time too, and all laundry by hand through choice, if it was good enough for my ancestors its good enough for me and anyway it really annoyed me the electric washer spent ages spinning laundry that I could as easily wring by hand and get onto the line in five minutes … job done!

For the poor and needy that withdrawl of £20 is tragic, contrast that with the horrendous expense of something like HS2 …a facility surely in these days of electronic communications is hardly needed, to hell with HS2 …. what we need is lorry drivers! Why with HS2 do they need to ‘save an hour’ on a journey … make me laugh please …. so what, the traveller can have a coffee n whatever once arrived? No-one in the arguament mentions anything of freight, we know it is all road bound. There is no valid arguament for HS2.