A bit of levity, fun and jokes.

A bit of levity, fun and jokes

More great funnies from Raili! These certainly made me laugh!

soulgifts – Telling Tales

 

He’s a cheat

My husband is a liar and a cheat.  He has cheated on me from the beginning and when I confront him, he denies everything.  What’s worse, everyone knows he cheats on me. It’s so humiliating.  Also, since he lost his job 14 years ago, he hasn’t even looked for a new one.  All he does all day is smoke cigars, play golf, cruise around and shoot ball with his buddies, while I work so hard to pay our bills.  Since our daughter went away to college and then got married, he doesn’t even pretend to like me, and hints that I may be a lesbian.  What should I do?

Signed:
Confused

Answer..

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Woody Guthrie Quotes – A man who was a unique individual.

Woody Guthrie Quotes – A man who was a unique individual.

Woody is one of my heroes. He stood for fairness and justice. He stood against racism and supported the poor and exploited. Woody exemplified the Protest song that gave rise to Bob Dylan and the sixties rebellion against the establishment.

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Some men rob you with a six-gun — others rob you with a fountain pen.

The bankers and the politicians who support them have robbed the whole world. The people who hold power and pull the strings, who control the inequality and war in order to create profit, rob everyone. The system is corrupt. For someone to earn in 45 minutes more than an average man can earn from all the hard work of a full year is simply wrong.

The world is filled with people who are no longer needed — and who try to make slaves of all of us — and they have their music and we have ours.

Those people who hold the power have created a system that takes from the bottom and gives to the top. The inequality is obscene. There has to be more fairness and justice.

The best way to get to know any bunch of people is to go and listen to their music.

Music is a universal language. It transcends words.

There’s several ways of saying what’s on your mind. And in states and counties where it ain’t too healthy to talk too loud, speak your mind, or even vote like you want to, folks have found other ways of getting the word around. One of the mainest ways is by singing.

Woody sung his truth – about justice and freedom – on picket lines – to the unions and people being exploited.

I hate a song that makes you think that you are not any good. I hate a song that makes you think that you are just born to lose. Bound to lose. No good to nobody. No good for nothing. Because you are too old or too young or too fat or too slim too ugly or too this or too that.

We are all human and should be treated with compassion. Racism, sexism and inequality need addressing.

Love is the only medicine I believe in.

He sound like Jose Mujica the Uruguayan President who said that the only good addiction is love.

A folk song is what’s wrong and how to fix it or it could be
who’s hungry and where their mouth is or
who’s out of work and where the job is or
who’s broke and where the money is or
who’s carrying a gun and where the peace is.

These are the songs we need more of. We need songs about real issues – there’s enough soppy love songs.

You can’t write a good song about a whorehouse unless you’ve been in one.

Woody had not only been in the whorehouses, he’d been on the road, he’d been down and out. He knew what it was like.

The words are the important thing. Don’t worry about tunes. Take a tune, sing high when they sing low, sing fast when they sing slow, and you’ve got a new tune.

The words are the important thing.

Poetry – Space

Space

 

Once there was enough space

Now we’re in competition

The planet is too small

Seems there’s no room for us all.

 

We cannot make it bigger

So we have to learn to use less

And leave sufficient

For those

We share this haven with.

There is room enough

For us all prosper

If we could only learn

To respect and share.

 

Opher – 4.1.2020

 

 

Everywhere I look there are too many people taking too much. Nature is being screwed back into a tighter and tighter corner.

8 billion is too many.

We are not alone. We share this precious jewel with many millions of other species. It’s time we started treating them with the respect they deserve. Our arrogance will be our downfall.

Poetry – Just the Truth – One Day

Just the Truth – One Day

 

One day there will just be truth –

No countries, races or power.

One day there will be equality,

Sharing – and no need to cower.

There will be no need for armies

As the world resounds with peace.

No need for conservation areas

As all wildlife will increase.

 

One day humanity will wake up

Limit its numbers and be responsible.

One day we’ll jettison arrogance,

Greed and power, and become sensible.

One day the day will come

When humanity will be one.

 

You can deny it

But all things are possible.

If they can be conceived

They just have to be believed.

 

Opher – 5.1.2020

 

 

I like to think that human beings have great qualities as well as obnoxious ones.

The idealists may be naïve but if they ruled the world it would be a beautiful place.

I like to believe that there are more of us who are good than are nasty.

I like to believe that logic will prevail.

I like to believe.

Poetry – All My Books

All My Books

 

All my books are out there.

There are things I should not have written!

Things I could have done better!

And books I should not have released!

But I have no regrets.

I gave birth to them all.

They are of me.

They are the living flesh

Peeled off my bones.

They throb.

They pulsate.

They live.

They will live long after me.

They are not perfect

But they reflect me perfectly.

 

Opher – 4.1.2020

 

 

I am constantly told that I am doing myself no favours by producing so many books. That people will not take me seriously. That publishers and potential readers will be put off when confronted with such a large number of books.

‘Better to focus on one or two and perfect them,’ I am told.

But no. The ideas come. The ideas flow. The enthusiasm builds and a new book is born.

The idea of wasting time marketing, promoting and touting is repugnant.

Yes I do want an audience and to be recognised. But I do like to write.

These books contain my essence.

Pete Smith’s Cartoons of genius – knowledge

Pete Smith’s Cartoons of genius – knowledge

 

There are no facts. Every moment is new. We experience everything for the first time. No two moments are identical.

I used this cartoon on the front of school documents prepared for Ofsted. As with the previous drawing on the education sausage machine the cartoon was never commented on.

Too often the teaching of science has been the transmission of ‘facts’ and the learning of knowledge. Science should be the investigation of the wonders of the universe to find out how it operates and celebrate it, learn from it and utilise it.

The more we investigate the greater the mysteries we unfurl. We have accumulated a wealth of knowledge but underlying it all is an even greater mystery.

Science progresses by scientists disbelieving the theories they are presented with, challenging them and coming up with superior theories to test.

Science is creative.

Science is thought-provoking.

Science is fun.

Science is illuminating, expansive and exhilarating.

There are no truths.

Poetry – The Answer – a protest at war and violence – conformity and intolerance.

Poetry – The Answer – a protest at war and violence – conformity and intolerance.

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The Answer

There are rare occasions where war is the only answer – when an evil is too great to ignore. But those times are few and far between.

Wouldn’t it be better if people talked about their dreams and beliefs, argued their case and, no matter how strongly they felt, were able to accept and get along with those whose views are different?

Yet this seems not to be the case.

Politics and religion stir up division and hatred and unleash war and violence. People are forced to comply.

War is a terrible thing. It invariably stirs up more hatred. It makes matters worse.

It is not necessary that all people agree or believe in the same thing. How many religions, professing love, peace and harmony, seek war or strictly enforced customs, to enforce their views on anyone who doubts their validity? How many countries seek to increase their power or gain wealth through war and stoke up racism, division, fear, hatred and nationalism as an excuse?

 

The Answer

Answering grievances with bombs –

Settling scores.

Defending beliefs with guns –

Instead of love.

Proving points with power,

Threats and murder.

Dividing and demeaning,

Fighting and hating,

Despising and killing,

Controlling and enforcing,

Instead of arguing our case

And allowing others to weigh it up

For themselves –

Demanding, destroying and subjugating –

In a merry-go-round

Of politics,

Religion,

Race,

Nationalism

And economic greed

Where war is always the answer.

 

Opher 30.10.2016

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Poetry – Miracles and Wonders – A poem about science and technology.

Poetry – Miracles and Wonders – A poem about science and technology.

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Presenting science to people who have not seen it before would be the same as presenting magic.

Technology harnesses the knowledge of science to create pragmatic solutions. It makes the impossible an everyday event.

How quickly we accept the wonders given to us by science and technology. They transform our lives but we no longer accept them as miracles.

Yet every day is a miracle. The universe is a wonder.

Science is unlocking understanding on an ever widening front. Its rate is incredible. The world we live in has no comparison with the world of a mere hundred years ago. That is not due to prayer it is due to science and technology.

Yet the wonders we work with are only beginning to be understood. The densest solid has a billion times more space than matter. The forces that make the world solid are still barely understood. We have learn to harness them and are beginning to unlock their secrets.

Science is only at the beginning. It thrives on secrets and mystery. Soon we will know the secrets of forever.

Miracles and Wonders

 

Walking on water –

It’s easy;

Just a question of temperature.

Performing miracles –

Simple;

Merely a case of nomenclature.

 

Everything an issue of perspective,

For all new science is wondrous.

Where religion is reprehensive,

The universe is simply lustrous.

 

Each day a miracle;

On the bridge

Over the river.

We walk on water

With wonders

To deliver.

 

Technology has a metre;

A poem of substance.

Science reveals mystery

Its understanding to enhance.

 

For the world is real,

An orgy of Quark,

Gathered in clans,

Holding hands

In atoms

In the dark.

 

We mould them,

Bolt them,

And quietly

Jolt them.

 

Linking them in bricks

In struts and girder,

Nails and wood,

Cement and solder.

 

Constructing all around us

Out of forces

We have not yet found

The sources.

 

Science adores the mystery

It is the basis of our history.

 

Opher 4.8.2015

John Cooper Clarke Quotes – The Punk Poet speaks!

John Cooper Clarke Quotes – The Punk Poet speaks!

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Nobody has quite the mouth that Dr John has. It’s an incessant stream that can bring tears. Here’s a few:

You can count on him. He’ll always let you down.

So many people that is true of.

Poverty – the one thing money can’t buy

To convey one’s mood
in seventeen syllables
is very diffic

As they used to say on Stingray, ‘Anything can happen in the next half hour’. I’ve always tried to live with that thought in mind.

With charm you’ve got to get up close to see it; style slaps you in the face.

Increasingly, I have to deal with bereavement. I could go to five funerals a week. But that many vol au vents is not good for you.

Mark E Smith Quotes

Mark E Smith Quotes

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They don’t come much more strange than the Fall. I’ve heard Mark sing half a concert while lying on a sofa in the dressing room. I’ve seen him singing behind the speakers with just the back of his head visible. He accosts his musicians, detunes instruments and generally disrupts. He is largely indecipherable. Yet the Fall have produced a body of work that is incredible. There is a Beefheart influence and a pile of riffs. The words are interesting. I don’t know where it’s coming from but it sure connects.

The thing with me, I can’t talk about my work. I find it very difficult.

Every day is great for me. I dislike rose-coloured glasses.

A lot of musicians are really hard to deal with. They aren’t as smart as me..

I used to be psychic, but I drank my way out of it.

When I was 18, the vision was to make music that didn’t exist, because everything else was so unsatisfactory.

Blue cheese contains natural amphetamines. Why are students not informed about this?

If you’re going to play it out of tune, then play it out of tune properly.

If it’s me and your granny on bongos, then it’s the Fall.