Talk about Provocative…

Just seen a trailer for what looks like an excellent programme on tv.

A class in a school. They separate out the white kids from the black kids, and ask them what it means to be black/white.

Needless to say, the black kids come up with a list as long as your arm, on what it means to be black.

The white group. however…what does it mean to be white…”nothing”.

For me, that says it all in a nutshell. Being white gives you the ability to take things for granted. Same as being male. Same, frankly, as having wealth or an education. Now, we can’t do anything about the body we were born into, except to realise that we might have automatic privileges.

So if you fancy pondering something later, I can think of worse things.

It’s tempting to knock the education systems these days but when they’re doing things like this, I applaud them.

Share Your World (22 June 2020)

Monday. Just knocked off. Getting back into work mode is going quite successfully, but have not bothered looking at any job boards yet.

Anyway, what should be there to greet me as I knocked off but Melanie’s latest batch of Share Your World questions. A quick scan through has revealed that I’m probably going to be quite dull this week, but I’ll have a bash nevertheless.


Have you ever ‘dined and dashed” (i.e. eaten the meal and then run out the restaurant door without paying)?

No. Well, yes, maybe, but not knowingly. Back when I was at university, and wasn’t used to going to restaurants. A bunch of us went out to a local restaurant, enjoyed the meal, got the bill. We split it such that everybody paid their own way, and we ended up with piles of loose change on the table. There must have been a half-dozen of us.

I later found out that the trick was to put in just a bit less than your share. By the time the restaurant counted all those coins, you’d be long gone.

I almost did as a grown-up, but very different circumstances. I was with my family, we finished the meal and I asked for the bill. This guy was the rudest waiter, ages later had still not brought it over, even after I asked again. He finally brought the bill as we were walking through the door. Strasbourg. EU Parliament. Fat cats, used to treating people like shit. Little fucker. No tip.

Have you ever been in a car accident and either left the scene of the accident (providing it was a fender bender and not serious) or denied culpability for causing it when you did, (if it were minor or serious)?

No. On the one time I was at fault in an accident, I admitted it there and then. It was pretty hard to do otherwise as I’d just driven up their ass at a traffic junction. She reversed into me?

Other times, when the accident was 50:50, and when the other person claimed it was my fault, I discovered that it was easy just to come up with a form of words to shoot the other person down. Truth or lies never really came into it – I’d just say exactly what they’d said, but the opposite. In the end, it was my word against theirs, so the insurance companies called it a draw.

In accidents that weren’t my fault, I learned that the more I pushed the insurance company, the more time I had to devote to the event. As somebody who ran their own business, this itself would cost me money. So I learned to settle quickly, as long as it did not involve too much cost to me.

My wife was once taken to court by an aggrieved driver. I was surprised it went that far, but it did. My wife’s lawyer was crap, and we basically had to do all the legwork ourselves. It was easy. Whilst there had been an accident, this guy got the location wrong. Really elementary stuff. He claimed that the accident had taken place outside someone’s house. By the slimmest of chances, we knew the person who lived in the house, who was willing to testify that no accident had taken place on that day.

Having been shown to be wrong even in the location of the accident, this guy had zero credibility, and everything he said thereafter was laughed out of court. My wife (or rather, her insurance company) even got costs. We never even got as far as what actually happened.

There’s a valuable life lesson there. Your credibility is everything. Even if you come out with the most profound utterance ever, if people already think you’re an asshole, you’re going nowhere.

(Oldie which has been asked many times before)   Have you ever found a wallet or purse or some money (over $20) in the street and just taken it, thinking ‘finders keepers, losers weepers?   Or would you be ‘good’ and hand it in?  

No. I mean, the basic thing is that if you lose your wallet these days, it is a major inconvenience cancelling cards/ids and the like. I only ever lost my own wallet once but I still remember what a pita it was.

If I did find something, I’d probably try to contact the owner directly. I doubt I’d use the police. If there was nothing to identify the owner, if it was just a pile of money, then I don’t know.

What was the last thing you stole or shoplifted?   If you never ever considered doing that, tell us your secret!   🙂

Candy, as a young teen. The time I stopped was one time when a school “mate” shoplifted something – into my bag. So if we’d have been caught, I’d have been the one in the shit.

For the longest time, my dad used to scare me by saying that if I was found guilty of any crime, then he would lose his job with the government. He was only a taxman. But it was only as I got to mid-teens myself, got to know the law a bit, that I learned it was bullshit.

Fandango’s One Word Challenge (22 Junw 2020)

I was sent to the headmaster after I took my pea shooter into my algebra class.

The teacher said it was a weapon of math disruption.

for Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC), disruption.

Quiz Time (2)

How did you enjoy my quiz questions last time?

Here is the second batch that I wrote for my charity newsletter. See how you get on this time. There are a couple of UK-specific question in there, but I left them in just to confound any UK readers! As always, just for fun, answers below.

Questions
1.Complete the sequence: Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy, …
2.In what year was Margaret Thatcher first elected Prime Minister?
3.After the Good Friday Agreement, what was the pair of Martin McGuiness and Ian Paisley commonly known as, by the media?
4.In which US state is Mount Rushmore?
5.Staying in the USA, which city is The Big Easy?
6.What is the main alcoholic ingredient of a Cuba Libre cocktail?
7.If you flew for 12 hours from Heathrow, where would you likely end up? New York, Sydney, Cape Town or Madrid? (A bonus point if you said Heathrow!)
8.What did Little Jack Horner pull out?
9.We are hearing a bit about North Korea’s Kim Jong Un at the moment, but when did he become their leader?
10.Which country’s flag is this: undefined
Answers
1.Scooby Doo!
2.1979
3.The Chuckle Brothers
4.South Dakota
5.New Orleans
6.Rum
7.Cape Town. Sydney is at least 19 hours, while Madrid and New York are “just” 2½ hours and 8 hours, respectively.
8.A plum
9.December, 2011
10.Greece