We just finished watching all three episodes of this show. Never heard of it until we saw the ‘promotions’ on Britbox.
Glad we did.
Quite the show. Very dramatic. I guess it could even be classed as a psychological thriller. Very clever. Lots of twists. Very good.
Recommend it highly. Hope there are other episodes. Would definitely watch.
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Nope, nope — I am fine, thank you. I became a full citizen, with unrestricted right-of-residence in 1983. But, to be fair, that does have a bearing on why I am NOT happy with this, ‘you must score at least 70-points to qualify’, post-Brexit immigration policy.
I was all in favor of Brexit — as was well known. Part of my rationale was to stop any ‘riff-raff’ from Europe having automatic rights to live and work in my beloved Britain.
So, I, in general, aren’t totally opposed to a MERIT-BASED immigration policy. I got my Green Card on merit — possessing skills not (then) readily available in the U.S.
My GRIPE has to do with my British Commonwealth.
This immigration policy makes NO exceptions for those from the Commonwealth. That is BLOODY WRONG.
In the old days, and I am now talkings the 1950s, 60s & 70s, the British immigration policy was heavily weighed in favor of us from the Commonwealth. And that is how it should be. IF you love and play cricket you get preferential treatment. Period.
I have an easy fix. Keep the 70-point system, but automatically give anyone from the Commonwealth 20-points, right-up-front. I will be OK with that.
What do YOU think?
‘Vera’ (Detective Show) — Unjustifiable Bias Towards Interracial Couples Is Starting To Ruin The Show!
We (and by that I mean all of us in the household) LOVE the show. ‘Vera’ has become one of our FAVORITE British shows. Just do a quick search (here) for my rave blog posts.
The show has always made a point of showing a varied cast — with non-whites in every episode. That is GOOD. And I appreciate that MY Britain is very multiracial. Love the trouble they have gone to be inclusive.
I also have no issues whatsoever with INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIPS & MARRIAGES.
Let’s face it. I, literally, have SKIN in the game. Every relationship and marriage I have had has been interracial. So, I have NO problem with them. But, at the same time I do not want anyone demeaning them — and, of course, NOT taking the mickey out of them! And it has come to that with ‘Vera’ Season 10. Four episodes so far, and EVERY ONE has had an interracial couple. That is TOO MUCH. That is too in your face. I am no longer amused.
Yes, I looked up the stats. Interracial marriages, though on the rise (as it should be), still accounts for less than 10%. Way, way, way lower than in the U.S.
The show’s obsession is misplaced.
Well, this was bothering I. It genuinely was. It was getting in the way. I had to write this. SMILE.
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Though a reluctant ex-pat (for way too many decades) Brexit is dear to I. I never wanted my GREAT Britain (in which I had lived very contentedly since 1969) to join the E.U. As I explained in my earlier post of today, I wanted GREAT Britain to put MY COMMONWEALTH first and foremost. Commonwealth first. All other countries well below those of the Commonwealth. That is how it used to be. I am the proud & patriotic product of the British Commonwealth. I will not betray my roots and values.
I wanted to mark the occasion.
6pm Eastern was perfect. I was in front of our big TV at 5:58pm to celebrate. Made sure Teischan was with I. She understands Brexit. It was good.
I am GLAD. A relief.
But, I fully appreciate that the heavy lifting starts as of now.
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Unlike many I am NOT a new Brexiter. I was always against MY beloved GREAT Britain joining the E.U. I wanted ‘Brexit‘ way back 44-years AGO in 1975. Yes, 1975 — 44-years ago. I proudly voted ‘NO’ in that 1st ‘Brexit’ referendum in 1975. I was among the 20% who wanted to leave at that juncture. But, WE, obviously, were RIGHT. It took the others 40-years to realize what we already knew.
I, for very obvious reasons, is a ‘Commonwealthist’. I want union, I want trade deals, I want mutual aid, I want ‘open’ borders — BUT with OUR GLORIOUS and proud British Commonwealth, first & foremost. Unlike, say Poland, we never, especially in 1973, needed a new trading block. We had the Commonwealth. We still do.
So, that has always been my primary rationale. British Commonwealth, first & foremost WITH GREAT BRITAIN always at the top. Never, first among equals.
Brexit is a good thing. Yes, I appreciate that we now have many hurdles ahead of us. That does scare I. I do NOT want GREAT Britain broken up! I want us united and standing firm with OUR Commonwealth.
I like open-borders BUT do NOT agree that being part of the EU is good for my Britain. I would rather have controlled immigration from Africa than from Ukraine. All immigrants to Britain must understand how to play cricket! That should be the criteria.
Boris Johnson is going to be GOOD FOR I. The UK Sterling Pound will be stronger which means that the two pensions I get from the UK will be slightly higher. It is not much so the increase will be marginal. But, better than a kick in the teeth. Boris will also be good for the stock market.
But, Boris scares I. So, I will have to keep an eye on him. Let’s start with Brexit. Lets see if he can make it happen.
For NOW I am happy.
Since my knee surgery nearly a year ago I have become an expert on walking sticks — given that I now ALWAYS use one when I am out walking/hiking or running. Yes, I pick it up and hold it in my arms (as I would do a cricket bat) when I am running.
I have come to appreciate the benefits of using a walking stick — both in terms of reducing stress on my ‘damaged’ knee and giving me increased mobility. Prior to acquiring this stic, a week ago, in Rockland, Maine, I had seven, wooden walking sticks. I had three prior to my accident — which I had never used. The rest were post-surgery acquisitions. Initially I didn’t know what to look for and what I would enjoy using. Now I know.
It has to be light (given the 2-hours a day I spend with one). Heavy ones just detract and distract from the walking/hiking. I also insist on having a horizontal handle. That is how you transfer weight off your body onto the stick. That is what helps your knees. That transference of weight.
I saw this gaff at a consignment store. I knew, at once, what it was. I tried it out as a walking stick. I was amazed. Exactly the right height for I and the hook makes a nice handle — it is actually quite comfortable with gloves. It had a $22 sticker. There was NO WAY I was going to pay $22 for that — antique or no antique. I got it for $5. Yes, $5. A $17 a mark-down. SMILE. That was basically it. SMILE. Yes, the manager was a female and my wife accused me of ‘charming her’. What can I say. I smile.
I got the gaff for a specific purpose.
I walk late at night — whether I am at home or travelling. At home all I have to contend with is wildlife and not much of that around. Not so when I walk, 10:30 to 11:30 at night, in built up areas. You never know who you are going to meet. I don’t carry a gun. I am BRITISH. SMILE. Enough said. My nightstick — and that is very British.
‘Vera’ has become one of our FAVORITE British shows — with ‘Downton‘ & ‘Shetland‘ the only others in that very top echelon. Teischan loves the show. She is re-watching all of the earlier seasons and I think she has watched some of the episodes more than twice — already.
She was so happy that there is a Season 10. I am glad too.
We watched the first half of episode 1 today. We didn’t notice any obvious changes from the last two seasons. The same main characters and they don’t seem to have aged or changed. They are sticking, faithfully, to the tried, tested and proven formula. Nothing wrong with that. We love it like that. Can’t comment on the story as yet since we haven’t seen all of it. So far, so good. The usual twists and surprises.
Well, just wanted to make sure you knew that ‘Vera’ was BACK.
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