I thought I’d tell you a ghost story today. My sister told me this so it must be right! In 1626 Francis Bacon, who was a English writer and early scientist amongst other things, did an early experiment in the refridgeration of food. He decided to stuff a chicken (obviously a dead one) with snow to see if he could find a way to prolong the shelf life of meat. The end result of this was that he caught pneumonia and died.
But it isn’t his ghost that haunts Highgate Village; he’s supposed to haunt somewhere else, I forget where now. It is actually the ghost of the half frozen chicken that is supposed to haunt Highgate Village. Now I can’t imagine that the ghost of a half-frozen chicken would be that scary but you never know!
Done a few more pages on my numerology book. Haven’t been reading most of my library books and have realised that I don’t like at least two of them so will probably be taking them back unread. I use the library as a testing ground for books and authors I don’t normally read and sometimes I find great new things and sometimes I don’t.
Haven’t put any new work out and am still spending too much time on Facebook.
Got some very sad news from my mother today. She e-mailed me to say that her cat Littley had to be put down. The poor thing had cancer, she had two huge tumours, one in her throat and one in her tummy. She will be much missed.
Gary and I went to see Django Unchained today. We both enjoyed it but if you don’t like violence and gore I would advise you to avoid this film. It’s a typical Tarantino film in that there is a lot of violence, mostly, but not all of it is quite stylised. It is extremely graphic on the horrors of slavery; the most horrific moment is when it shows a runaway slave being torn to pieces by a pack of dogs.
I was glad I wore my hat because I just pulled the brim down over my eyes so I couldn’t see that bit. It was too much even for me! Leonardo Di Caprio is a right bastard in it! And if anything, Samuel L. Jackson is worse! I though Jamie Fox’s performance in the title role was almost too understated but that’s just my opinion.
I hate fox hunting because I think it is unbelieveably cruel! I can understand that if someone is a poultry farmer and a fox gets into their hen house then they might have to shoot it to save the lives of their hens. But if they must kill it, then do it with a quick clean shot. To tear a panic striken animal to pieces with a pack of dogs is an act of barbarity that should not be allowed in the twenty-first century.
Some people will say it’s traditional but that is a pathetic argument. It’s the same argument they used to try and justify slavery. If it was traditional to be a peodophile, then would that make it okay to be one? Of course not! Just because something is traditional doesn’t make it right.
And there are those who will say it is a sport. No; tennis, football and rugby are sports. Ripping wild animals to pieces with dogs is not sport; it a an act of gross brutality.
I had to share this video because I think it is really special! And it chimes with what I call my big bit/little bit theory. What I mean is that if you separate your rubbish for recycling then you’re doing a little bit to help make the world a better place and it’s easy to think that that little bit doesn’t matter but if everyone in the whole world does that one little bit then it becomes a great big bit.
I think we have to remember that it’s hard for one person to do a lot but collectively we can change the world. It’s the small acts of kindness, the little meaningful things we do that really can create change. The cynics we say that things are getting worse and there’s nothing we can do about it. But I think that as long as people do small things to make the world a better place not just for the environment for the people who live on this Earth then things will get better.
And when we help others and the planet, we are helping ourselves. By improving things around us we improve as people and that can only be a good thing. You don’t have to try to change the world on your own but collectively we can and do move mountains.
Just had an e-mail today from The Guardian newspaper about a competition they’re running to find the best essayists. The theme of the competition is ‘Protest’. They want people to write an essay about any protest they took part in, whether locally or nationally. They want you to explain in 5,000 words why you took part, what you did and all about the human stories behind your protest. If you’re interested, here’s the link http://www.guardianshorts.co.uk/component/mad4joomla/essay-competition?CMP=