Pics. Of Scotland….Masks….That’s Cats For Ya’….

by Bernie Bell - 09:58 on 15 January 2023

Pics. Of Scotland….

……6th to 13th of January 2023…….  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-64210343

Jamie Ballantine…..”We thought this looked like one tree was carefully passing the moon to the other tree."

Oh yes!



I’m going to go on about the importance of wearing face masks - again.  https://theorkneynews.scot/2022/03/05/in-praise-of-continuing-to-wear-a-mask/

I’ve seen pictures of soldiers in areas experiencing conflict,  wearing masks.

I’ve seen a picture of women working in a sweatshop in Bangladesh, wearing masks – and noticed the fear in their eyes, above the masks.

Many of the Pro-Bolsonaro rioters storming the Capital still took care to wear masks.

And I also saw an image of a British High Street in the pre-Christmas shopping madness, jam-packed with people – hardly a mask to be seen.

By the by – this image illustrated a news item about how Britain isn’t going into a Recession just yet as, apparently, there has been a slight up-turn in the Economy.  That was probably caused by people going out celebrating the World Cup, and the pre-Christmas spending spree.  Does anyone seriously believe it’s because the British Economy is really recovering? 

Soon after that, hospitalization and deaths due to Covid went up again – well, well, well.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-64188177

The simplest precautions taken against Covid – such as wearing a mask indoors when among un-known people and keeping your distance – should help to reduce the risk of catching ‘flu too.  Viruses are clever… 


.....and we under-rate them at our peril.

The impression I get is that a lot of people, in a lot of places, even ding-bats who support Bolsonaro, still wear masks and are Covid Aware and Covid Cautious.

Meanwhile, I look around me and there’s hardly a mask in sight – except when I go to the hospital ….  http://www.spanglefish.com/berniesblog/blog.asp?blogid=16064  Funny that – the Medics are still wearing masks.

Meanwhile, yet another person we know has come to the conclusion that she has Long Covid, which is affecting her life and might affect her career.

Long Covid is starting to be investigated, but the Medics don’t really know how to deal with Covid, as it’s a virus, and viruses are trixy things, which change....


Meanwhile, if I get a hankering to go among people again, I consider the facts, and then follow the FACTS….


That way, I hope to keep breathing and not get any more knackered than I am.

I do feel that our house is an island in a sea of care-less madness, and we are fortunate in where we live – specifically if not generally.

Something has gone very wrong with British Society and I see it taking a long time to recover.

It’s not a good time to be young, and the years ahead won’t be a good time to be old.  And yet there’s no real reason why Britain shouldn’t be a good place to live – the money is there to care for the population – but what’s it being used for? 

I wrote this when our present Prime Minister was Chancellor of the Exchequer….

Contradictions – Part Five

The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s wife

Lives in India

So do I

I see her there, often.

We use the same laundry.


The Chancellor of the Exchequer

Handles our money

Making best use of it

In the interests of the nation


I Lie.


I suppose it could be said

That he knows how

To make best use

Of large amounts of money.


Just depends on whose money it is

And in whose interests.



BB - April 2022

And meanwhile – it keeps on raining.


That’s Cats For Ya’….

Bartholomew Barker’s Friday the 13th Fraiku….

Fraiku:  My Black Cat

“Born on Friday the 13th
he crosses humans' paths
just for fun”


Here’s one of my favourite cat poems…..

Pangur Bán

Pangur Bán and I at work,
Adepts, equals, cat and clerk:
His whole instinct is to hunt,
Mine to free the meaning pent.

More than loud acclaim, I love
Books, silence, thought, my alcove.
Happy for me, Pangur Bán
Child-plays round some mouse’s den.

Truth to tell, just being here,
Housed alone, housed together,
Adds up to its own reward:
Concentration, stealthy art.

Next thing an unwary mouse
Bares his flank: Pangur pounces.
Next thing lines that held and held
Meaning back begin to yield.

All the while, his round bright eye
Fixes on the wall, while I
Focus my less piercing gaze
On the challenge of the page.

With his unsheathed, perfect nails
Pangur springs, exults and kills.
When the longed-for, difficult
Answers come, I too exult.

So it goes. To each his own.
No vying. No vexation.
Taking pleasure, taking pains,
Kindred spirits, veterans.

Day and night, soft purr, soft pad,
Pangur Bán has learned his trade.
Day and night, my own hard work
Solves the cruxes, makes a mark.

By Anonymous

Translated by Seamus Heaney from the ninth-century Irish poem

Source: Poetry (April 2006) via Poetry Foundation


Here’s one I made earlier… https://theorkneynews.scot/2019/11/04/tectonic-plates-shifting-mebbe/


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