For Mr Donald Trump.
For Mr Donald Trump.
Short film as part of the Pictures Don’t Move project on vimeo, a Warship docked at Yoker in Glasgow, HMS Dragon.[vimeo https://vimeo.com/43304841 w=300 h=270]
Something in my heart makes me refuse to wear a red poppy at this time of year. It could be a number of things and I hope to bring them to the surface through this blogpost. I should make it clear firstly that I am eternally grateful, as many others are for the sacrifices made by those in the armed forces who were brave enough and were prepared to give their lives to protect their country. This post is not a opportunity for me to “have a go at people who serve their country” it is a possibility to look at the options we have to honour and remember them in a different way.
From the BBC website, we can see the history of the wearing of the poppy and why it has become the way we honour the the sacrifices made in past wars. These scarlet corn poppies (popaver rhoeas) grow naturally in conditions of disturbed earth throughout Western Europe. The destruction brought by the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th Century transformed bare land into fields of blood red poppies, growing around the bodies of the fallen soldiers. Canadian surgeon John McCrae first mentioned the poppy in his poem In Flanders Fields in 1915 to and it since became a lasting memorial symbol to the fallen.
Its understood from the British Legion website that the money raised from the poppy appeal provides ways for commemorating those who are no longer with us and can provide for the families left behind when those who serve in the front line do not return. Very sad.
The main issues I have fall into the following:
I apologise in advance for the boring title of this blog post and hope to keep it short.
No surprise that the beer and cigarettes are up slightly again. However the 50% tax that those lucky (unlucky) enough to earn more than £150’000 will need to pay did give me a wee smile and a sense of justice at last.
The other notable change was the thing about cars. What is stopping you now buying a 2nd hand car for £500 owning it for a year (I think thats the time you must own it) and scraping it, getting £2000 and buying a new one for about £3000, thus costing only £1500.