CONTAMINATION: COMPLAIN OR COMPLY

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS REMIND POPULATIONS ACROSS THE WORLD TO CONTINUE TO REMAIN AT HOME EVEN AS EASTER SUNSHINE TEMPTS SOME TO LEAVE.  RESTRICTION OF MOVEMENT AND SOCIAL CONTACT IS CURRENTLY THE ONLY MEASURE TO PROTECT AGAINST VIRAL CONTAMINATION.

Faced with whether to complain or comply with the enforced limitation, we might pause to remember the story of Eyam, a Saxon village in Derbyshire, England ,where seventeenth century villagers set the gold standard for personal sacrifice. Villagers in the Peak District National Park are currently outraged that a steady stream of visitors have ignored government warnings to stay at home to tackle the coronavirus outbreak. Walkers saunter through the picturesque village, which is home to about 1,000 people, perhaps oblivious to its history as ‘the plague village’. Continue reading

Never Take Sweets From Strangers

TRICK OR TREAT?

How strange that on one specific night of the year, during the hours of darkness, we  allow our children to dress up in costumes which make them unrecognisable, encouraging them to knock on the doors of strangers, often without parental supervision, to  ask for sweets. The ‘trick or treating”   of Halloween is perceived as harmless fun, an opportunity to engage in shared community activities with little or no perception of the potential dangers. Today many US States have passed legislation to ensure that registered pedophiles remain in their homes during Halloween when they are not allowed to give candy to children. New York’s  “Halloween: Zero Tolerance”  law allows state investigators to make unannounced home visits, curfew checks, and phone calls to enforce the laws. In most states violation may incur a felony charge punishable by up to three years in prison. Just as we would not allow our children to venture out alone and unprotected in every day life, we should not invite the attention of those whose motives and intentions may be questionable – whether they reside in this world or another. Continue reading

BREXIT TO BACKSTOP – Preserving the Status Quo

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THE POLITICAL QUAGMIRE NOW CHALLENGING LEADERS OF THE  EU AND THE  UK, DEMONSTRATES THE HISTORICAL CONSEQUENCE OF CONTROLLING A COUNTRY FOR THE ECONOMIC EXPLOITATION OF THE NATIVE PEOPLE AND THEIR LAND.

The Partition of Ireland  in 1921 created the invisible border which divides rivers, fields and houses, only the road signs written in English or Gaelic remind you that it separates one nation but two countries and two cultures. An estimated 30,000 people pass through 300 crossings daily. Current negotiations threaten much more than a return to border controls and Custom checks, the pending withdrawal of the UK from the EU threatens the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 which ensured power sharing by Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  Brexit negotiators intent on securing binding agreements acceptable to all, are mindful of border sensitivities and the sectarian divisions which the Good Friday Agreement largely resolved. Continue reading