Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday Blog Hop: I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore

I echo the sentiments of Maurice Chevalier - I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore. The world is a very different and seemingly much more difficult place for young people to weave their way through nowadays than it was in the Swinging Sixties. We baby boomers were so lucky - free university education and maintenance grants funded by the State, and full employment - which meant that school-leavers and those coming out of university could find work easily and chop and change if the job didn't suit us.  Manufacturing and light engineering were predominant industries in my small hometown when I was young. That has all been scaled back - so blue-collar workers and those with low skills levels find it more difficult to access jobs. So though I can't agree with most of what Mr Trump has to say, I do agree that globalisation has brought disadvantages along with the cheap goods.

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  1. Yeah, this travel ban is something else, isn't it? I'd like to give Trump the benefit of the doubt and think that, perhaps, there was some intelligence information on incoming "baddies" that precipitated the ban, but all the negative side effects are unbearable to read about: the separated families, the students (and professors) who can't get either back to school in the US or go visit their families abroad. Plus there was an article about the hole this ban would leave in medical school enrollment here in the US. It all makes me think that the people who set this ban in motion did not stop to consider the consequences.

    I'm glad the ban was lifted. Following the news, it seems we have more to fear from our erratic leadership than from bad guys in the middle east. Or maybe this is what our Trump-hating media wants us to think. After the election, I tend to take their view on things with a rather large grain of salt.

    Anyway, my daughter showed me a picture of Obama on vacation with the caption: "Miss you, American." I think America misses him even more.

    1. Big fan of former President Obama. A decent, honourable man.

  2. That dismal weather just has to let up soon! Enjoy the jazz.

    Marilyn @

  3. I'm glued to the news too. Every day seems to have a new political disaster or obnoxious Tweet from you-know-who. Sorry about your NHS. Too bad Farage and his gang were lying when they said exiting the EU would put so many millions into the NHS. Lying -- there's a lot of that going around. It's awesome you're exercising every day. Have a great time with the girls!

  4. On the other hand, we have our ukuleles! Enjoy your weekend.

  5. Good for you for still doing the exercise - impressive! Enjoy the next week :)