London: Visiting Westminster Bridge days after Terrorist Attack

I visited Westminster Bridge last Sunday to pay tribute those who had died and reflect.

My own brother was there the day before, taking a photo of Big Ben as he does photography, so it came close for me too.

I thought it was going to be a bit eerie going up, but actually it was not. There were few police in the tube station and a handful of police outside chatting. I did see a police officer with a dog go past the station.

Generally things seemed to be ‘back to normal’, the bridge was totally packed with tourists, even the bagpiper was back again. The only people who weren’t there, were the Three Lady criminals who regularly con tourists in the area for large sums of money.

I did see motorists on Westminster Bridge driving with a handheld phone, despite the risk of getting 6 points on their licence. Now their behaviour, could also mow down people.

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Parliament Square

 

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“He was not a Muslim, he was a Monster”

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PC Keith Palmer was a Charlton Athletic football fan

Incidently, it was nice hearing from people round the world supporting London and sending in their own thoughts  over social media and having all the lights lit up round the world at various attractions was great. Thanks to everyone who made a stand against  terrorism.

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Mother’s Day at the Remembrance Gardens, Rotherhithe

I popped into the Remembrance Gardens near Southwark Park this afternoon. It is one of my favourite spots when I need a bit of quiet and reflection and going there on Mother’s Day adds another poignant aspect to it.

It is a very pretty little garden, particularly in spring, with lots of memorials, flowers and pretty seats and even an ornamental pond with some koi fish. By the pond are a few memorials to some  men who loved fishing and there are photos of them with their large catches. I wonder what their story was. They seemed to have died before their time. In fact, there were a lot of premature deaths which seemed to be a bit of a feature here. Perhaps they died earlier due to cancer,  drugs, heart disease, suicide and recent wars? You can imagine a lot of children who have been bereaved early in their life with so any middle-aged deaths.

There were some middle-aged people bringing along their children paying their respects and talking along some  Mother’s Day flowers to their mothers who are no longer around but their family still thinks of them.

I noticed perhaps some elderly mothers visiting their children’s memorials, people who no longer could give them flowers and cards for Mother’s Day. A lot of mothers have lost their children.

Towards the end of my visit,  I spotted a memorial dedicated to Jade Goody, who died young on Mother’s Day after suffering from cervical cancer. It had a large yellow card with ‘Queen for a Day’. It was quite a simple gesture, for someone who was a popular Bermondsey local figure who raised a lot of awareness for women’s cancer.

I am not going to colour my hair anymore – Going Silver with Pride

As I am middle aged, my brunette hair is starting to go slightly ‘salt and pepper’. On seeing this, most women because of ‘pressure’ would normally try and colour it up, but I now think, why should we be ashamed of going silver? It is normal. We should be proud that we have lived long enough to have these sparkly hairs?

Yes, I think it is great to go ‘natural’. We’re not stuffing ourselves with chemicals that could risk all sorts of cancers.So, not only am I going to shampoo my hair with toxic products from shops, I am not going to colour my hair either. I love the sense of rebellion against consumeristic society, and nasty organisations that are trying to sell us this toxic stuff.

Colouring your hair in middle age seems to be  a very old fashioned thing to me.It also shows peope have self-esteem issues. Sometimes it makes people look much older and the hair looks horribly flat, frizzy and dry.  It also feels fake. I now much rather grow old ‘gracefully’. Harsh colours look wrong on our skin as we get older. Even then, there are lot of young people who have some gray hair, so it is not necessary an ‘old age’ sign.  I want my hair to be more healthy, and I want to ‘be authentic’. I want to save loads of money too.

I am seeing  a lot of people online look fantastically stylish with silver hair now, and they look far more comfortable and confident too. They are embracing their silve. Some women are even growing it when society says ‘we should not’. Good for them.

I am really looking forward to this journey of discovery.  I am already bored of my brunette hair. Bring on the  silver hair on and all the  uber chic hair styles.

 

 

March 2017: UK Motorists driving with mobile phones risk losing licence (and job)

From 1 March, new laws came into force targeting feral motorists risking other people’s lives. Motorists will  now be given an instant six points as opposed to three points which it used to be, and £200 fine instead of £100.Overseas motorists will have to pay their fine immediately.

New motorists, and those who already have several motoring offences will be hardest hit. In the UK, the number of penalty points a motorist can have is 12, though there are some exceptions.

Despite a vigorous awareness campaign, many motorists in the UK are continuing to drive with a mobile phone to check their social media and text.  Already the crackdown has caught many , some of whom have  now lost their licence instantly and will need to re-take their tests, which will be time consuming and expensive for them, and a nuisance to their relatives.

Some professional drivers have also been caught which has harmed their career and prospects. The Times said that a news reporter who was going to report on the story about motorists driving with mobile phones, was actually caught by police driving with one. You cannot make this up!

Some of the rules:

  • It Is illegal to use a handheld mobile when driving. This includes using your phone to follow a map, read a text or check social media. This applies even if you’re stopped at traffic lights, queuing in traffic or if the engine is running.
  • Motorists are allowed to use hands-free phones – but must not press any buttons on their phone to make calls.
  • You can only use a handheld phone if you are safely parked or need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it’s unsafe or impractical to stop.
  • If you’re caught using a handheld phone while driving, you’ll get 6 penalty points on your licence
  • Drivers will get a fine of £200.
  • Points on your licence will result in higher insurance costs.
  • There is a 6-point limit set in the first two years after passing your test, so the 6 points from a mobile phone offence will mean you will lose your licence.
  • New motorists who lose their licence will need to reapply for a provisional licence and retake both theory and practical driving tests.
  • Using hands free (e.g. for navigation) is not illegal. However, if this distracts you and affects your ability to drive safely, you can still be prosecuted by the police.

Source: Think

Many people think these laws are still too soft, and I would agree as I think all motorists who drive with a mobile should have an instant ban and ideally their  car should be crushed to stop them still driving, but I would say years later, we will be able to gather statistics and can take a look at it again. If there is still no improvement, obviously tougher laws must be taken.

As 1 in 24 of us are sociopaths, the laws will bound tougher in years to come.