The Musings Advent Calendar 2019

Yes it is that time of year again and we count down the days to Christmas with our all new Musings Advent Calendar 2019 (May contain apples and is made in a factory containing nuts). Newest image is at the top. The public art in the images for 12, 11 and 10 December was photographed in Bristol.

14 December 2019

13 December 2019

12 December 2019

11 December 2019

10 December 2019

09 December 2019

08 December 2019

07 December 2019

06 December 2019

05 December 2019

04 December 2019

03 December 2019

02 December 2019

1 December 2019

 

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Updated: 14/12/2019 — 07:25

X Marks The Spot

Today is election day in the UK, and this election will turn out to be a very contentious one. It will make or break the future of the UK and will have serious ramifications for the well being of this country and the rest of Europe.   

Who to vote for? Realistically it is down to either the ruling Conservatives, or the bit champing Labour party. Both are seriously flawed and the latter even more so. The fact that the leader has a Marxist leaning is detrimental to everybody if he does come into power. The Tories too have their faults, but it is really down to choosing between a rock and a hard place.  

The Houses of Parliament

The biggest issue is Brexit; and this is really what triggered the election in the first place. The end game of that decision is now nigh, it needs to be concluded as the uncertainty of the future is detrimental to the economy. 

The one difference between this election and a general election in South Africa is that in the UK there is always the chance that a different ruling party can come into power, whereas in South Africa every election is a foregone conclusion; it is just the percentage lead that changes. 

Tonight I will go cast my X, I have not decided who to vote for, but I do know who not to vote for. 

By the weekend  we could have a new government and a new direction, but it will always rest uneasy as far as I am concerned. Fake news and voter manipulation is already affecting how people will vote, and we all know who to thank for that. 

Update 14/12/2019.

The votes are more or less all in. Boris has been given a mandate to do his thing. Labour has shed votes like crazy and once again the people have spoken.  Its all over bar the autopsy and name calling and blaming.. 

Poll results as at 07.14, 14/12/2019:

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Updated: 14/12/2019 — 07:18

Remembering HMS Repulse and HMS Prince of Wales

Amongst the long list of ships lost during the two World Wars are two battleships that were literally sent to their doom on this day in 1941.  The sinking of HMS Repulse and HMS Prince of Wales is well documented and I won’t repeat all that is written about them, suffice to say a better account of the battle may be read at the relevant Wikipedia page. Technically HMS Repulse was a battlecruiser, and if anything even more vulnerable to air attack due to the bad design. 

Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum

Many of the survivors of the sinking would become prisoners of war in the subsequent battles that put South East Asia into Japanese hands, they too would loose their lives as a result of their captivity.

HMS Prince of Wales. 1/1250 scale (Atlas Editions)

The loss of these two ships was yet another nail in the coffin for the big gun ship, and a display of how vulnerable they were to air attack.

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