The State of the Nation
It is not ususally my practice to make social/political comments on this blog nor do i want commnts back because I will not enter into any dialogue. You take it or leave it. In the general humdrum of life it is easy to get wrapped up in our personal 'stuff and not see what is going on around us. When I look around me I see people on the streets. I see people needing to go to food banks . I see people struggling to make ends meet becuse they don't recceive a decent living wage. I see an NHS in dire straits. A train system in chaos since privitization. Detaining people who have contributed on a nonsense. A chaotic brexit process causing a brain drain and companies wanting to move elsewhere. A government trying to gain non democratic powers yet even now shows it's incompetence.
The list is endless
However at least even if we don't always have the opportunity to influence the major process at least to take time to look around us to see how we influence around us.
There are organisations such as St Mungos www.mungos.org/ you might want to consider a doation.
if your budget allows.
Take a look at 'What's happening on the vegetable plot. Don't forget to click 'more' to see the rest.
There are now new pages on this blog. By clicking on the pages link on the right hand side (half way down) you will find a variety of articles.
Page 1 Provides a brief introduction to the editor and an article by the editor on fish keeping
Paul has kindly allowed me to reprint articles from his website however I recommend going to see the full range of interesting articles. See address below.
Yet again the versatile Paul Brecher has surprised us with a Brand New Article called the Anomaly of The Meridians . As I found this article so fascinating I have created a new page 2a where you can find this most extraordinary article Paul runs a variety of courses and you only need go to his website: www.taiji.net
On Page 3 there is an article by Paul Brecher. my Teacher, which is an introduction to the martial art of Pa Kua Chang.
A new article by Paul Brecher has been added to page 3 The Wooden Man Form. For more information on this please contact Paul.
For those wanting a different perspective an article on food and Traditional Chinese Medicine has been added. If you go to Paul's site you can now find new additions to purchase books on Martial Arts, Traditional Chinese Medicine
These have been reprinted by kind Permission of the author. These articles and more can be found on his website: www.taiji.net You will also find information about his classes.
Paul also teaches a no nonsense methods of dealing with difficult violent situations. For more information look at this website.
I have just added a link to The Pau Chui , Cannon fist performed by Paul brecher
Paul brecher has also published a number of books. Two of these can be found on page 3. Go to his website for more details and to see a great deal of fascinating material.
The following link:
The link above is an explanation of the origins of taiji from Wutang 700 years ago..
This will give a 'taster'.
Paul's classes are stimulating and hard work an a way to really 'get to know who you are'. Paul will ask you what you want and even if newcomers ask for the mellower aspects it is inevitable that they gradually opt for the more intriguing aspects. Together with that there is great comradeship in the class and a desire to assist people to enjoy the 'voyage of discovery'. Paul has also introduced his perception of Wing Chun
Page 5: Contains articles by the blog author. The latest is: The secrets of Drip irrigation.
I have added a new page showing some of the paintings of Matan Peles , a resident of a community for adults with learning difficulties on Kibbutz mahanayim, Upper Gailee, Israel.
I recommend looking at these photos which can be purchased online. Every painting purchased is more support for the community. You can see more of his paintings on their url: www.Yahadbagalil.org.il The site is in Hebrew but there is a translate button on the right hand side.
Under this article there is an article explaining The Israeli Kibbutz
Page 7 contains
an article by Morris Solovitz taken (by kind permission) from his blog: The Bilateralist. which discusses recent and historical events in Israel.
A variety of articles are posted on my blog they do not necessarily reflect the blog author's view
Page 8 There is an explanation of the Shaw Trust, a Horticultural Project for Adult with learning difficulties.
A brand new page has been added 'Poems by Mark Shuck' . Anyone who has been troubled by squirrels in the garden will surely relate to the first in a series.
More articles wanted on a variety of subjects. I hold the right to refuse articles I consider
inappropriate and likely to cause offence.
Go to the following link to watch my neices Tanya and Lauren Seifert performing a beautiful performance of pole dancing