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There’s much talk about whether or not the partial outlawing of the veil in France is justified or not …. well Im not going to blog about that, it’s been done and it’s old news. However this caught my beady eye in the news today ‘ Ambassador of Dubai’s marriage to a bearded lady is anulled’.

It’s truly ‘a mans world’ when he advocates the wearing of the veil and then is legally allowed to anull his marriage because he didn’t like what he got!  I can’t help but think serves him right and what an irony! The poor bride must be feeling pretty rejected although no one will recognise her anyway and how come she didn’t go to a beauty salon before her wedding? All sounds pretty illogical if you ask me….. after all it’s claimed she’s an educated woman, a physician no less and yet she didn’t de fuzz.  It leaves me to assume she actually didn’t want this marriage in the first place…..I would hazard a bet that the disappointed groom is balding, fat and certainly no Adonis himself .

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Researchers in Copenhagen claim this is what our ancient ancestors must have looked like 4,000 years ago. He’s said to have lived in Greenland, a pretty inhospitable place to live I would imagine. With a large body mass index, dry ear wax (how off putting), shovel shaped teeth ( what are they? )  and prematurely balding he didnt have a lot going for him. Hmmm …and  paints a pretty unattractive picture of life in Greenland 4,000 yrs ago. This ancient hairy or rather hairless chap lived off the land, lived in tents … in that climate ! eating seals and sea creatures. No wonder he didn’t live to a ripe old age.

In June last year Mr Ahmadinejad rigged the presidential election results in his favour blatantly ignoring the true wishes of the Iranian people. The aftermath of this injustice continues to be seen today some 8 months after. With the aid of modern technology  and thanks to the brave young Iranians who risk their very  lives in their struggle to get the footage out of a heavily censored Iran, the whole world has been a second-hand  eyewitness  to  countless examples of the  ruthless and heavy-handed response of this self-elected self nominated  ‘president’  to his opposition.

Ahmadinejad and  his equally crooked posse of bandits have so far been successful in maintaining their position as leaders in Iran ….. despite their unpopularity both inside and outside Iran, despite their flagrantly uncivilised, inhumane and excessive kickback  in response to the people’s opposition, despite their lying and game playing  over their nuclear  programme  and we have to wonder HOW they get away with it?  How do they get away with torture, rape and murder in 2010. How do they manage to consistently inveigle world leaders and get away with what are clearly time buying strategies. How does Ahmadinejad and the masterminds behind the puppet hold the world to ransom? I keep waiting for some response from Western leaders or some plan to be revealed but …. I fear I wait in vain and it’s pointless and disappointing to keep waiting. And I’ve given up hope now that the UN will take action and make a stance against all the atrocities against Human Rights.

I can’t help but feel that the western world leaders  really does not really know just who they are dealing with. That these characters are psychopathic in nature is recognised even by the ordinary man on any street in the world and goes without saying. However it seems as if the world is taking it all in its stride and that some how the people of Iran will just have to put up or sort it out themselves. How they achieve that is another question?

One of the biggest problems with the opposition movement is it’s distinct lack of leadership. Clearly none of the current ‘opposition’ leaders are up to the job. If they were, they would have succeeded to cast Ahmadinejad and his motley crew out by now.  Too late …. their moment is gone and past and it’s unlikely that another opportunity will avail its self for them. A fresh new leader is called for now but is there any one big and brave enough to take this role on? If we think about it logically Iran has only  a few choices left …..either carry on winning a few battles, with much loss of life and countless acts of cruelty by the barbaric regime  in repsonse and accept that alone it will not win the war: the people are unlikely to  overthrow this dark and deadly regime OR to accept it needs help from the West. Yes …. I think it is the only solution now.

I have one personal hot favourite for the leadership role.  He would have the backing of  Western leaders Im confident in that, he makes good sense and has the best interests of the people at heart and what a heart it is that has found forgiveness for the events of 31 years ago when his late father was rejected by the people and thrown into exile.  Reza Pahlavi has all the qualities needed to make a great leader of Iran….  if only the people  would stop, put aside their preconceived ideas  and  think about it for a moment.

YES THE NHS SUCKS …. I used to work for them so I know just how it’s run from the inside. It doesn’t take an Archbishop to tell us just how bad it really is. Having said that, I’m pleased that at last someone from a more ‘elevated ‘ position OTHER than the mere ‘users’ of the service is speaking out about it, although Im not in any way confident that it will make a scrap of difference. The system is a law unto itself now and in my opinion lost all it’s ‘caring’ and humanity some years ago. Is it too late to get some ‘caring’ back I wonder?

The Govt tells us it’s expensive to run, over used  and  under funded and that is their blanket excuse for all the problems that the NHS has become.  How can it be over used? Was it a service only intended for a few rather than everyone? Not according to the NHS who state that ‘The NHS was born out of a long-held ideal that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth. That principle remains at its core’ .

And as for under funded ‘HUH’ is all I can say! The NHS has a huge budget.! Over a hundred billion £’s  which according to the NHS website,  of which 60%  goes in staff pay. Ahah so maybe that’s the problem.  And yet the NHS staff are not exactly well paid, have little job security and poor working conditions.. and almost no support within the structure and that I know for a fact.  As an ex member of the NHS staff I can say that most of my peer colleagues worked unrecognised and un payed hours in excess of their contracts.

You might wonder why I’m an ‘ex’ member of staff  and if I have an axe to grind …. well yes I have and it’s a long story. I’d like to tell you a happy  tale  and that I found my true vocation in life or I won the lottery and didn’t need a job but suffice it to say that the NHS didn’t do much for me when I was ill. In fact I was ‘dumped’ when I was ‘ill’ of course they use a much more ‘pc’ term for it I think the word was ‘ incapable’ ,  ahhh yes ……I was too ILL and  therefore unable to do my demanding job that significantly contributed to my illness. Thats the NHS I became only too familiar with. When I’m better I might take that on….. that’s another story though.Am I bitter? I have to say the injustice of it still smarts but I see it as a new oppertunity, for what Im not sure yet.  Still working on that.

From an ex inside perspective the problem with the NHS is it concentrates too much on meeting targets and fails to get on with its job. ‘Target’ setting puts too much pressure on staff … it goes top down and eventually lands in the laps of the ground level staff who are the most valuable asset the NHS has.  The NHS  has a unique ability to create jobs which are intended to promote efficiency but in reality cause more problems than they are worth.

I suspect  things will only go from bad to worse and it’s the NHS service users who will suffer. closely followed by the ground level staff.   There is no solution to the problems with the NHS and no matter what the Govt does or says it will do, the NHS is  a sham of a service run by a network of  buddies,  ‘if your face fits’ run service that will carry on regardless.

I am left wondering what was going on for Alexander McQueen after the death of his mum. I’ve never lost a parent and I imagine it must be a terrible experience, I just don’t want to think about how devastating it must be. However killing ones self is an extreme response to something that is after all the natural order of life. Ohhhh.. I’m not with out sympathy… far from it BUT I’m surprised that Alexander McQueen took such a drastic step and ended his life and can’t help but wonder where his friends were ….his family were obviously trying to cope with the loss of their mother, if he was unstable before the loss of his mum and why some one with so much to live for killed himself?

Alexander had everything it seemed… a  successful career, fame, fortune and good health as far as I’m aware. Clearly something wasn’t right though. I wonder if his ‘twitters’ were a cry for help and I wonder if despite all his fame and success  the why the people around him didn’t recognise just how low he was feeling.

I come to the conclusion that he must have been a fragile person under the ‘designer’  label he donned  and that in the end there was no one who he felt able to reach out to.  I’m assuming much….  I know its only my take on the situ but I’m guessing he was a lonely  and troubled guy. How truly sad. And when it boils down to it, no amount of success, fame or fortune guarantees happiness in this life.

I am reminded again that though I’m relatively penniless, don’t have a promising let alone successful career and  I’m definitely not famous  that I am indeed lucky to have my friends and family to turn to when I’m in trouble, no matter how bad it gets. And that’s the point, in the end we have to reach out to those close to us and this is something Alexander wasn’t able to do.

I have the greatest sympathy for the McQueen family who are probably really struggling with Alexander’s death as well as their mothers and I hope they find some peace of mind.

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HEY ….. welcome to my blog. Unlike my other blog ‘Javane’s Kitchen’ this is a selection of random subjects that interest me. Perhaps they’ll interest you too!  In any case I’m happy you came to visit me here.

Javane