Thursday Thoughts

Quiet days and nights this week, as Phil is on night shift, so I am alone at night while he is at work, and alone all day being quiet as a mouse while he sleeps. I get a lot of thinking done. Not that I don’t think at other times, just more so for longer periods of time. I read the newspaper every day, and watch the news, it’s impossible to not think about what’s happening in the world, impossible not to be horrified, impossible not to feel hopeless or bereft too sometimes. The speed at which Trump is upturning everything President Obama did is mind boggling, his obsession with the numbers attending his inauguration is inexplicable to a normal brain, his lies are heart breaking. And I’m not even American. Today I heard the entire senior staff of the state dept resigned en mass. Along with all this stuff I watched 2 TV programmes that did my brain in even more, ‘President Obama in his own words’, how that man was thwarted over gun control background checks, and the affordable care act. I cannot comprehend the stupidity, the lack of compassion, but then, I’m not American. I also watched a BBC drama from 2015 called “The Eichmann Show”, a film telling the true-life story of how the trial of one of the Second World War’s most notorious Nazis, Adolf Eichmann, was brought to a global audience. I can only recommend it, brilliant acting, sometimes harrowing, but felt so important to see. In 1961 former Nazi Adolf Eichmann is captured by Israeli agents and put on trial. American television producer Milton Fruchtman fervently believes that the trial with its witness accounts of Nazi atrocities should be televised to show the world the evils of the Holocaust and to combat any resurgence of Nazism and joins forces with black-listed director Leo Hurwitz. Despite death threats, reluctance to cooperate from several networks and even resistance from the Israeli prime minister David Ben-Gurion, who fears a ‘show trial’, the pair persist and move their cameras into the court-room. Edited daily and shown in some three dozen countries the ‘Eichmann Show’ becomes the first ever global television documentary. At the end of the programme the real Milton Fruchtman back in 1961 addresses the camera,

“For each of us who has ever felt that god created us better than any other human being has stood on the threshold where Eichmann once stood, and each of us who has allowed the shape of someone’s nose, or the colour of their skin, or the manner in which they worship their god, to poison our feelings towards them, have known the loss of reason that led Eichmann to his madness, for this was how it all began, with those who did these things”

46 years on and this still is relevant today. We should be way beyond this. The programme is still available on the BBC i-player and just needs to be seen.

Today my quiet time was mostly reading a novel set in our country in the time of King Edward 2nd and his lover, a most evil man called Hugh Despenser. I know Henry 8th or Elizabeth 1st is probably the most popular history for people, but this period in our history is fascinating and just as awesomely awful. The cat has been my constant companion. I sit at the table to read, and she lies down in front of the iPad and snuggles up into the curve of my arms and sleeps mostly. She is going down hill now, the tumour is taking her a little bit at a time. She can no longer miaow for some reason, just croaks, and I can feel a lump in her neck so presume a secondary tumour may be causing that. But she can still eat, loads. She eats loads because she is sick twice a day and the other end is liquid 3 or 4 times a day, so she must be eating to try and compensate for losing the nutrients at both ends. She is still agile and can easy jump up onto the kitchen bench, she still adores Phil and sits on him anytime she can, makes do with me when he isn’t here. No sign of discomfort or pain, still chipper when we get up in the morning or come home from work, and I marvel at that, all this stuff going on inside her yet she’s still OK in herself. But it won’t be long I fear, we watch her like hawks, she won’t be allowed to suffer. It’s a painful love for us to feel.

I like to listen to Spotify or the radio when I’m at my computer, and the iMac internal speakers are OK, but our house is one of serious hi-fi equipment, and Phil has populate our rooms with Bowers & Wilkins speakers, I have a B&W zeppelin for my iPod, so the iMac sound is disappointing. Last week I found on eBay a pair of B&W speakers specifically made for laptop/destops, they are expensive of course, but these were half the price as they didn’t come with a power adapter. So we got them, and ordered a power adapter for £15, and it all arrived today, so I have them all set up, and my ears are happy, beautiful sound reproduction.

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Thoughtful post…A lot of us I think are thinking similar thoughts…And thanks for the update on Skye…Hope you are getting over that flu…

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    1. Yep all mended now 🙂 Thanks Clare

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  2. beetleypete says:

    I too spend a lot of time alone, when Julie is at work. I spend much of it thinking, as I do when walking the dog. After all those years of the hurly-burly of work, and the cacophony of sound in London, I relish the peace. Perhaps that’s why I rarely play music these days, and never when on the computer.

    I have seen The Eichmann Show, and you are right to praise it.

    Sorry to hear about Skye fading. At least she has enjoyed a very good life, in loving company.
    But that won’t make losing her any easier, I am all too aware of that.

    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. I love music, and reading, one can leave the vagaries of the real world behind for a while 😊 cheers Pete

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  3. Jay says:

    I wonder if I’ll be able to watch that film from over here. Sounds interesting. Also very sad that something like that can resonate so soundly today.

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    1. I hope you can Jay, it’s an amazing piece of work.

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  4. kmSalvatore says:

    I haven’t seen anything about the show/documentary yet Fraggy I’ll b watching though. I cant even explain in words how terrified I am, of the things that are happening and might happen. Dave continually says don’t worry, well enough said!!
    I’m glad you have the sound you were looking for .Dave got me something to hook up to my ipad (for my music) and its not 1/2 bad. its a JBL. I always have my music on:) I guess for the same reasons:)
    sounds like you are all better?
    well .. trying had to catch up to everything and every one..ive canceled my trip for feb.. I just got way to homesick 🙂 ok, catch ya later. glad you all better.

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    1. Thanks Mrs.O didn’t realise you were off again in February! But not now obvs. Don’t think I’d want to go away without Phil 😊 though he’d probably have a blast lol.

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      1. kmSalvatore says:

        So u let me know about this new”group” thingy ok ?
        Dave told me to go, but I was just so homesick for him and the felines and my own home the thought of jumping on a plane again was not very appealing to me at all

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      2. will catch you on messenger 🙂

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  5. Francis.R. says:

    Once in a chat room to my horror a Canadian girl started to talk praising Adolf Hitler, and she is half Mexican, and the rest of the persons were from countries as Mexico or similar and they were praising him. It was sad and funny because I read his book and in some part it says Latinos (I am native fortunately) are the proof of inferior races. It’s devastating to find persons that hide their racism and hate with the disguise of admiration of a man that was the result of sad contexts. About Eichmann I am not sure if in that time I had seen the trial as I think that could be a way to humiliate a human being. Is truth that he is responsible of cruel things but I think that precisely should be reason to don’t act the same. Also he was kidnapped from Argentina, what once again don’t give me sympathies to the government (what has nothing to do with their laborious people) I say that because in our countries US had a long history to intervine and do as they want without care of our laws or sovereignty, supporting dictators that were opposed to the URSS in those times,

    I am always a bit sad about Trump, as I have wonderful friends there. It seems the population that was relegated in the inside is the one that voted for him as a way to make feel their voice. In any case I have hope in that the good people of US, and I think they are majority, are going to be attentive to any injustice the government could do. There are people (like the president Trump perhaps) that thinks US is the country number one because its military, but I think it’s because they are quite good persons, decent and with values we al want to have, as the right to be happy. So that’s it, despite the dark news media likes to publish to sell more I have faith in US citizens.

    I am also quite serious about hi-fi, and I’d love to have a M-1, if I am not wrong that’s the model of the iconic Bower & Wilkins, speaker. Half the price is a pretty good deal. By now I cannot afford one but when chances get I’d love to try one. ^^

    Did you try or find Catsure Senior? I know the feeling when our mates have suffering, I wish to know better. There are some forums dedicated to that. Take care so much, fragglerocking. Kind regards : )

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    1. I checked out catsure Francis, it is cheap in dollars but very expensive in English pounds! She has taken to eating salmon! Also not cheap but easy to buy than sending to USA!

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      1. Francis.R. says:

        I am afraid of so, I don’t understand why things in dollars seems to be translated with the same numbers in euros and pounds 😦

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