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Do we live in a toxic environment? #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. I must admit that sometimes I over-think things. It was my birthday this week and I got a lot of messages on Facebook wishing me ‘happy birthday’. I try to be polite and so that meant saying, ‘thank you’ over 200 times. I became acutely aware of who my supporters were and who was missing from that list. Some of the missing ones are very nice to my face but perhaps harbour petty grievances. We do live in a toxic environment in the 21st century and it is because petty jealousies relating to personal status creates hidden divisions in our society. We need to support each other more.

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Arts Festival

I took this picture yesterday afternoon and it might give you a clue to what I have planned this year. I spotted this rat in the yard and managed to photograph it breaking the ice on the bird bath and he started eating it. I used a single focus point on the rat and a very shallow depth of field giving a nice bokeh (blur) in the background. You can see his whiskers against the background and it is a very sharp image. I intend to photograph random people in the street like this for the arts festival. I have to insure my equipment this year and so if I’m asked to take photographs I might just ask for expenses towards the cost this year. I’m in favour of support and kindness but some people take advantage.

Toxic environment?

The air we breathe these days carries hidden pollutants. That’s why I am opposing the concrete sleeper factory which would add silica to the increasing mix of hydrocarbons that we have to breathe in daily. Words can be toxic too. Another poor soul brought the M6 to a standstill this week by threatening to jump from a bridge. Sometimes, the psychological toxins are too much to bear for some people and death can be seen as a way out. It might have been a cry for help but it still shows how desperate some vulnerable people have become. These toxins poison the mind and there is no shortage of people all too ready to put the poison down. A single bad word can have a widespread effect. Always remember that you can add to that toxic environment simply by opening your mouth.


On a brighter note, I might take some photographs today. I still have what I think is a trapped nerve or muscle weaknesses affecting my mobility. I do have a long lens though so I can get some interesting shots without even getting out of my warm car. I have one or two ideas for shots and I might venture out in the cold for those!


I am trying to trust my instincts more just lately. I don’t warm to people easily. I have realised that there are a few people I seem to trust from the outset. Other people make me I feel the need to be guarded until I know them better. I get the distinct impression my initial evaluation tends to be accurate, however. Of course, some of our instincts are quite primitive and a throwback to when we lived in caves and our knuckles dragged on the ground. We still have Neanderthals in our society whose vocabulary is made up of mostly 4-letter words. I think in the 21st-century we should rise above such Neanderthal behaviour which now appears childish. We can, however, be aware of the instincts that aid our judgement and enable us to react instantly in a dangerous situation.

That’s all for today. If you would like to follow my blog just enter your email address at the top of the sidebar or follow me on Twitter for links to the latest posts. You can also find those links on my Facebook page. I’ll end with some pictures…

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