Friday, August 26, 2011

Mannheim, Germany


I cannot recall if I mentioned here that we were going too Germany on holiday. This it's our seventh night away. It has been most enjoyable. We will be home on Tuesday.

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Monday, August 15, 2011


Pussy at her second show. She was placed second to my friend Sarah's girl.

Mary Grace was placed 3rd today. Her lowest placement since she has started showing.

It was a very good day and I enjoyed it very much.

Saturday, August 13, 2011


Thursday, August 11, 2011



Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Tuesday, August 09, 2011


The sweater is first on it's side but it is rectified.


The fires in London are truly shocking. The rioting broke out near our flat, John had a sleepless night but there is nothing to target around our flat. The shopping area has all been pulled down. Nothing was near him except for the sirens and helicopters. Our Home Sec is a hard faced hypocrite. On tv , hard faced, depersonalizing the rioters,speaking crap, the look of disgust for those 'below' her palpable.

More on the Home Sec-she now says she is fully supportive of equal rights for homosexuals, now she is in power, yet she voted AGAINST every measure that aimed at ending the inequality we experience. She isn't the only one who has grown a different face because the PM wants them too. But to sneer the way she is, refusing to acknowledge that the youngsters rioting and looting and generally losing all boundaries are people. the more she and others de-personalize them the less likely it is that any good will come of it. What do we want? vengeance or peace?

We as a society have produced this situation. We have produced the ghettos. We have allowed babies to be born into poverty, born into gang culture. When one has been brought up in this culture, one is brought up in a way of THINKING. The same as we all have. The only difference between them and us is THINKING.

They grow believing the rest of society is the enemy. The 'rest of society' does nothing to disavow them of this because we sneer at them, don't even see them as human.

They see us with our good jobs, fancy cars, fancy tv's, computers etc and there they are with none of these things and no hope of getting it the 'legitimate' way.

Then they see the 'haves' getting away with financial crime. The haves having their taxes cut whilst the poorest among us are having their benefits cut.

I have lived in such areas for over 20 years. I KNOW how different the thinking is. I also know how not different to me and you these people are. I have also seen babies dragged up to become as criminal in their behaviour as those around them because it is NORMAL in their society. The moral landscape is totally different.

I just saw the most disgraceful interview between a BBC reporter and Darcus Howe, a prominent Black Briton. She was trying her best to paint him badly, asking shameful questions with shameful veiled accusations. HE brought her up short on it and shamed her by asking that she showed an old man some respect. Good on him!

Anyway back to the point of this comment: if we continue to de-personalize others, if we continue to deny the affects of child abuse, then what we have seen these last few nights will happen again and will get worse. It will be PEOPLE set upon, not goods and shops.

If it is morally and ethically correct to view our fellows with positive regard then we must do so regardless of their behaviour. A person does not stop being human when they do something we do not like.

I never de-personalized my abusers. They are very much people. I think if I had not seen them as such I would not have recovered. I do not view the men who sexually abused me as monsters but as men who did monstrous things to me. My father is still a man and still my father despite his monstrous behaviour toward me. I don't view as less than human. I don't view my mother and other women involved in my abuse as monsters either.

By viewing any of these people as less than human would harm ME and would let them off the hook because if they are not human we cannot hold them to the same standards as we do human beings. We cannot expect of them the same things we expect of a well balanced human being.

By this de-humanizing we also think we let ourselves off the hook: we don't have to take responsibility at all for others, for the way we allow society to destroy the lives of the young and the poor and uneducated.

What is more we can ignore the fact that society colludes in the abuse of children. despite the outward rage and disgust shown by people, child abuse happens right under our nose because we are either actively involved in it or because we do not want to see or we actively encourage it, such as the emotional and mental abuse of children done by religion and faith schools.

It could be argued the the people who truly are inhuman are those who are doing the judging and condemning and de-humanizing of fellow human beings.

Abuse and being de-humanized causes huge rage. Some of us quash that rage down with sex, drugs, food. Others take that rage out on ourselves by cutting and other forms of self harm.

Rage eventually does what rage does: it rages and we are experiencing this explosion of rage right now.

Monday, August 08, 2011


Saturday, August 06, 2011


Friday, August 05, 2011


The videos do not download to your computer. They stream from You Tube. If you have trouble and want to view them then go to You Tube and look up Knitman57 and you will see all my videos there.

HD is a problem for many in that their computers can't view it or their connection is not fast enough, hence I will NOT do HD videos again.



I am going to return to using my DVD camera, not the webcam as this is weird too in it's lack of synchronisation.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Quicky In HD


Tuesday, August 02, 2011



It is now very warm here, about 28c and very sticky. The weatherman says it is not going to last though and it will be cool and wet by Thursday. It certainly must be warm because I am not wearing any base layers. Instead I am wearing one of those long shirt type garments that Asian men wear.

For the last couple of days I have been loading my CD collection onto my Mac Book Pro and then onto my iPod. I imagine it is going to take the rest of the week!

Pussy had to have her baby canine teeth taken out and the vet showed me the teeth and told me that they would never have come out on their own. The roots were about a centimetre and a half long! It did not prevent her eating her dinner as usual!

Fin was also castrated yesterday and he is looking for a good home. He is a beautifully tempered boy and a very well made boy but his head is too broad and his nose too short. Not what one wants in a Lhasa Apso. He is going to make whoever buys him a wonderful pet.

Monday, August 01, 2011


Summer is here but only for a couple of days according to the weatherman. It has been 28°C here today and it is very sticky.

John bought me a Mac Book Pro at the weekend. It has the new Intel 7 chip. It is a beautiful machine.

Physically my weekend was not good. I had a lot of trouble with pain and with my balance and I was not fit enough to bathe the dogs ready for the show on Sunday. I could not have attended the show anyway!

I am busy putting all of my music collection onto my iPod again. This takes a long time. I do find it absolutely amazing that I can put my whole record collection on such a small object as an iPod. This time I am using Apple Lossless Encoding. It certainly does make a difference in the hearing.

I have a dog show to attend on the 13th of this month, hopefully. Then John and I are going away to Germany. After we were burgled when we were away in Budapest two and a half years ago I stopped telling people that we were going away but I realise that that is completely silly because it soon becomes obvious that I'm not around! I only have to not write on Facebook for several hours before somebody asks if I am okay!

Anyway, I cannot think of anything else to say.