Best series I have watched on BritBox,
& I have watched a LOT!
Amazing. It would have been an amazing story IF it had been invented. But, that this is ALL TRUE & it happened makes it just so, so, riveting.
Towards the end I was riveted. Time be damned. I had to watch. I had to know what happened.
I can’t recommend this any higher than saying it is BLINKING BRILLIANT. Wow. I am still moved. Yes, I gather there is even a book now. But, alas, I know how it ends.
Please try & watch. You will thank me. Of that, I am sure. SMILE.
I was AMAZED then touch to see these U.K. demonstrations on TV.
I am so proud of you.
If only we could get Boris to say some meaningful words. But, I understand why it is BEST if he stays silent.
Things are not good. It is a sad situation.
Thank YOU for the support. I truly appreciate it.
As a (full (with right-of-residency)) British citizen, of long standing, & one heck of a British Patriot, I feel quite strongly about who should & should not be getting British citizenship — as the above post will amply testify.
I strongly believe that, as it was in the 1950s, 1960s & 1970s, those from the British Commonwealth — as I was — should be given priority & precedence when it comes to being granted British citizenship.
From that standpoint, I empathize with my (semi-)Brits in Hong Kong. I would like you to get citizenship & have the option of fleeing Hong Kong.
I like Hong Kong. I have visited twice. I like the Chinese — and of that there can never be any doubt or debate.
I am TORN.
Hong Kong was NEVER a British Commonwealth nation. Yes, I know that that wasn’t their fault per se. So, technically, they don’t meet my #1 criteria. I can overlook that. Bit of a technicality. They were pseudo Commonwealth. I will acknowledge that.
But, here is my real concern & fear.
Hong Kong is NOT A TRUE cricket playing country!
There is more genuine cricket in Afghanistan than there is in Hong Kong!
I do NOT expect everyone applying for British citizenship to be a current — or former — cricket player. Heavens no. I am NOT that unreasonable.
But, I would like them to LIKE cricket!
I can even make an exception to that. I just expect them to come from a country where cricket is a major sport.
That is fair. Very fair.
Think about it.
As far as I am concerned cricket is what differentiates us (from the rest of the world) & also unites us.
I have been a long-term subscriber to this Facebook page:
I no longer get daily posts from them, BUT today I lucked out to get the post (way up top) about Anna Alma-Tadema. Wow. I was mesmerized. Spellbound. It looked like a high-resolution photograph. I still can’t believe it is a painting. Wow.
I had to share it with you. And I am.
Quite the lady. A suffragette as well.
Appears that her father, a knighted ‘Sir’, was quite famous too.
She reminded me of her … from November.
‘Scott & Bailey’ (Detective Series) On ‘Britbox’ ( & YouTube) — Another Winner; Very Clever Interwoven Plot Lines.
We have been engrossed & entranced. We just finished watching all 6 episodes of Season 1.
Very clever. Interwoven plot lines — two underlying that ran through all six episodes, and then one new plot/story, involving a murder, for each episode. You get caught up in that per episode plot and forget that it is all part of a bigger picture — one in this case involving a serial killer. Very well done.
We liked it. Did not realize, till I was looking at BritBox on my PC, that there are other Seasons. That makes me happy.
It is also available on YouTube. That is good for some of you. I am glad.
Highly recommend. Good, British detective/crime series. You will enjoy it IF you like that genre — as we do.
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Not just my wife.
This is SPECIFIC to this 1 incident
New Hampshire Red Cross.
This does NOT apply to the Red Cross as a whole.
My wife is a Red Cross blood donor. During this COVID-19 pandemic she has been trying to do her bit by giving blood (as often as she can).
She had two appointments cancelled. We understand. In each case, however, she received an e-mail the day before telling her of the cancellation.
She was all excited when she got today’s appointment — though it was on a Saturday, in Wakefield. Wakefield is a 50-minute drive, one-way. But, she was fine with that.
She tends to have a low iron count, so she for the last week she was doing all these things the Red Cross tells her she should eat: like eating bowl fulls of Cheerios, taking more multivitamins, drinking even more water etc. etc.
She was checking her e-mails for cancellations. NOTHING.
She checked again this morning. NOTHING.
We left around noon for the 1pm appointment in Wakefield.
We get there. The parking lot is EMPTY. Nobody there.
She calls the Red Cross. It is 1pm. They CONFIRM she has a 1pm appointment in Wakefield.
The building we are at — standing outside — happens to also house the Wakefield Police. I tell my wife to talk to the police. They won’t let her come in. She has to talk through an intercom. They make some calls. They said that others had called too. They eventually tell her that it is CANCELLED. It is now 1:30pm.
She is very upset. She is close to tears. I am glad I went — and I did so hoping to walk around Lovell Lake while she gave blood.
She is very upset. (Did I already say that?)
We come home. We have wasted OVER 2 hours.
She calls the Red Cross again. She gets an Arizona call center.
They initially CONFIRM that she still has a 1pm appointment. It is now past 2pm. Then they check another system and says: “Ooops! Sorry. It was cancelled this morning!”
She then gets the above cancellation e-mail. It is time-stamped 2:36pm — for what WAS a 1pm appointment.
NOT BLOODY GOOD.
She is very upset. Ruined her whole day.
Yes, we understand that in the scheme of things, this is relatively minor.
But, it would have been so easy to avoid it.
At best they would have had 60 appointments — BUT, I doubt that. It was probably under 40.
If they sent that gentleman an e-mail at 9:33am they could have sent my wife one too in that time period.
Somebody at New Hampshire Red Cross should explain. Somebody at New Hampshire Red Cross should be …
And in case YOU are wondering why I do not donate blood.
They don’t WANT MY BLOOD. Not good enough. I used to give blood, here & in the U.K. And NO, I do NOT have ANY infections. My blood is GOOD. They just don’t want it.
Have a guess. It is because I am British. I kid you bloody NOT. Go check. They will not accept blood from anyone who has any connection with Britain.
Try and remember. Remember? Mad Bloody Cow!
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.