It’s forty years since I started my Fine Art degree. I’ve changed a lot in that time but I still paint and enjoy art. I’m trying to make a living at art which isn’t easy, but at least I’m trying.
The world has changed too. 40 years ago we had a female prime minister?! But we didn’t have food banks, we hadn’t had the collapse of the banks we hadn’t had partial privatisation of our health service. But it all started then. Politics is mad. People vote for making things worse for themselves. I think I shall keep calm and carry on painting.
Now I can say that I stood as a candidate in the local UK elections. I came to the contest late and didn’t get my literature until three weeks ago. I have walked around and knocked on a lot of doors. Talked to people about environmental and educational issues. I have talked about bus routes and accommodation and housing. I did not make promises because I was and still am an ordinary citizen. I did not arrack my competitors but put forward my parties policies instead. In fact it seemed to be a very fair election. I am sad I wasn’t elected. I did come third out of five. I hope the person who was elected can improve and help the lives of the residents and have congratulated them. Normal life may now resume.
What a week! I’m in the midst of campaigning in the local elections. I won’t go into details or mention the party I’m standing for. I don’t want to get into a political ramble here.
It’s just been mad. I’ve hardly been home. I haven’t had time to blog. My legs feel like they are about to drop off because I’ve done so much walking. My back is aching from jarring it coming down some steep steps. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’ve spoken to lots of people and met some really interesting characters. I want to help with their problems and try and make a difference. The only problem is politics has become a real antagonism to some people. With everything going on nationally it is having an effect locally.
So life is busy at the moment. But I hope to try and fit blogging back in again soon.
Here are two murals in Stoke Town centre (or Stoke-upon-Trent) one of the six towns that make up Stoke-on-Trent.
The market is mostly held inside this building with food stalls including fish and meat. Clothes stalls and all sorts of other merchandise.
Several years ago (almost 40) the old market burnt down. I remember sitting in a friends garden and seeing the plume of black smoke flowing high up into the sky. The cause? An electrical fault. The site was cleared but the local Labour Party fought for it to be rebuilt and a few years later the new market rose on a part of the site near the old market hall. There followed a library and council buildings. Nowadays the market is less busy. More shops are closing in the town. Cuts to local government are affecting the jobs in the town and city. Services have been slashed because of austerity measures bought in after the 2010 general election. The cuts really bit when the local administration went over to a Conservative and independent coalition.
Maybe one day things will improve. In the meantime it’s good to see the vibrant murals on the market building.
I don’t want to bother you with politics. But (and there always is one), my country is about to go through Brexit, which is, British exit from the European Union.
We are lucky here, we can get food from around the world, we can afford to buy it, unlike some places that have been exploited and kept down. But for how long?
If we want strawberries from Egypt or other countries we don’t currently struggle to get them. There are pan European trade agreements which allow their movement across the continent. But without them things might find it more difficult. Perhaps they could sail through the Mediterranean around the bay of biscay and up the Channel… By which time they may not be as fresh and that’s without any storms. Or they could come by airfreight but there may be more checks at Borders..
I know its not happened yet but I wish we could see the results of this strange decision and how it will affect us.
I don’t know if anyone out there is interested in this?
Our government just lost a vote by a massive margin. Our Prime Minister has failed to get her argument accepted and the country does not know what is going to happen.the vote was 202 for her and 432 against her. There must be a chance we can ditch it and start trying to improve the situation. I think we have got to realise how patronising other countries must think we are. We seem to think everything is about us. Shouting loudly at foreigners and treating people who want to come here with contempt.
Not everyone feels like that. Some of us want to embrace Europe and the rest of the world as part of the human family.
I just hope we can get the mess sorted out. We need to care more about people and less about money and greed.