Enoch was wrong

Enoch Powell was correct in that mass immigration would take place in Britain. The negatives consequences of this is where he was wrong. 

Some say that ‘history will teach us nothing’ that’s bollocks. You drop a brick on your foot you know it hurts. The books and material from that we learn and gain knowledge are due to testing that which is true and that which turns out to be a fallacy.

Some argue that they predict a bleak picture for the future. Powell envisioned that in less than a generation ‘the black man’ would ‘rule the country’. Race riots would facilitate a new generation where the white working man would no longer feel he is My dominant.

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My question would first ask why he thought ‘the black man’ would want or need to procure ‘the whip hand’. Such a cultural shift in racial demography is not only extreme he argues that the people coming into and staying will continue but the behaviour of those who have entered the country is to have such a profound effect on society that the power of those who call themselves British to be rescinded to migrants.

Those people will not only want to come into Britain to live and work but consume and dominate those who are native to the country. A sanctioned invasion. He goes on to argue that if those in power continue to allow mass immigration those people regardless of their origin will want to control not only fellow immigrants but an entire population.

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I was the only white man in my class of eight in a West Indian run college. I spent three years living and learning in a culture utterly alien to my own. It not only made me examine my own cultural practices and beliefs but gave me an enormous appreciation of the history of the people who were invited here to work after the second world war. They didn’t come over here to ‘take over’ or ‘denominate’ they knew who they were in society and how they contributed.

In the late 1980s, I remember Enoch Powell as being a controversial figure – his predictions of race wars and rivers of blood were inaccurate and false. The only people who want these wars to occur are the racists themselves. Then their misguided beliefs in their own minds can be justified. It is those who have a warped way of thinking about a society who look for a way to vindicate their hateful rhetoric.

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Joan Hickson

Growing up not having the internet or even the possibility of buying loads of DVDs I asked my mother what could I watch that was good.

One of those Saturdays as a bored teenager in the 1980s I would have asked my mother for a solution to it. What should I do? ‘How about watching this programme?’ She suggested.

Mother was fond of crime mystery dramas. Whodunnits. Nothing too gory or sacrificial, but a mysterious death, that turned out to be an unsuspected lynching. She liked those sort of things and so I resided myself to watching “Murder at the Vicarage” that was first transmitted in 1989. I was only a teenager and wasn’t too fond watching dull dramas with old ladies and other dull things.

How wrong I was at the time to dismiss such a thing. Joan Hickson had me hooked from the moment I saw her playing the elderly sleuth Miss Marple a marvellous creation of the writer Agatha Christie.

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Even in her 80s, Joan Hickson brought a brilliant calm and shrewd approach to the role of Miss Marple. She seemed to take to the role effortlessly. There was a steely connection to the character yet a soothing reassurance that truth and justice where ever she may go will eventually prevail.

I would have loved to have met her I am sure that she could have told a tale or two about the goings-on in the show business world. Meeting all those interesting and eccentric people.

 

top ten albums

Top ten albums on facebook. No reason sharing just doing it for fun.

1. Very – Pet Shop Boys

My gorgeous friend Jeremy has asked me to post 10 favourite albums in 10 days. My first album is very poignant as I took it to a Christmas party in Oxford at one our lecturers houses and Jeremy was there in ‘94. So every time I hear about the album and songs I remember the Christmas party.

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2. Stronger – Cliff Richard

I have a history of not caring what people think about my music collection. From Bros to Kids from Fame Madama Butterly to Choral Evensong. Cliff has been a big part of my music. I got this album on vinyl in ‘89. A prolific turning point in my life. This is a time when Stock Aiken and Waterman were riding high in the charts with Kylie and various other artists. Cliff want some of that sound and here in this album. Features one of my ALL time favourite songs “Lean on you”.

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3. Nothing like the Sun – Sting

I got this album when it was released in 1987. I can’t remember why I bought it as it was my first album by Sting. Wasn’t that much a fan of the Police and previous albums. But this album is amazing. It was nothing like I heard before. Sister Moon a great song.

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4. Communion – Years and Years

To a more recent album and I became a fan of this group by watching a documentary about homophobia present by the singer. It’s electro pop and I love it. Camp and fun.

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5. An Aching and a Longing – Martyn Joseph

This album rounded off a wonderful year 1989. It was a live album but very unique in that it captured the essence of a live performance.

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6. Go West Young Man – Michael W. Smith

I played and played this album in 1990. It’s unique as it comes from a Christian Rock genre which is generally hated in the UK. I loved it as it was a crossover album into mainstream. Contains one of my top 10 songs – Place in this World.

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7. Press to Play – Paul McCartney

I was desperately in love with someone who would never love me back. I played and played this album. It was the music that provided a soundtrack for a lovesick teenager.

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8. Purpose – Justin Bieber – making the transition from annoying bratty kid singer to adult star isn’t easy. It’s having everyone watching you grow up and seeing every mistake you do. This album is great. Its growing up but being decent pop.

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9. Dangerous – Michael Jackson

You can tell he spent a lot of money in the production of this album. I remember when Black or White was released and it had its showing on Top of the Pops. He couldn’t better this album.

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10. Older – George Michael

This album got me through a tough time in the years following its release. Only after a new of years did you realise that George was in mourning for a loved one. The song track Jesus to Child in 2018 still helps me through powerful emotions realising you can love and with in the blink of an eye that which you though would be with your forever has gone.

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honourable mentions

I predict 1990 – Steve Taylor

Got the Christian communities knickers in a twist with this album from 1987. Theological College didn’t like me playing it. Tough. Look into it’s theme and subjects.

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Madonna – Confessions on a dance floor

Fantastic pop album from the queen of pop.

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My experiences in teaching – 1

Never really talked about my time in teaching at great length. The experiences were partly good others you wouldn’t actually believe. 

The first week was one of the most remarkable in my life. I was fresh out of university and ready to take on the world. Although the world wasn’t quite what I was prepared. I wasn’t given any training for what I was about to face.

Setting up the lesson and getting all the resources in place. Ready to accept the year 11s (the oldest pupils in the school – 15-16-year-olds) I had some good lessons with some other pupils in the school although this was going to be like any other.

It was like a whirlwind. Two people fighting each other, screaming obscenities, before I could even open my mouth one violently pushed another through a glass door. The screaming continued and I sent for other members of staff to calm the situation. It was at least on a par with bedlam.

These pupils had never met me before. Never set foot in my classroom. It was my first introduction. They soon calmed down once the room had been flooded with staff and both of the pupils taken away.

How do you plan for something like that? How do you anticipate that there is going to be trouble? The technique of discerning and defusing I had to learn pretty sharpish in this school. Not something I had ever trained or professionally prepared.

I could continue. Out of the ten years in education, this would not be the most ridiculous life-threatening situation to experience.

 

job

So I didn’t get the job I wanted. So what now? What do I do?

I am only ever angry at one person and that’s myself. If something is wrong I will try and put it right. I think that’s a good way of working and trying to see what could be setbacks as learning curves/processes and all that speak.

So after the last interview, I took on board to do more research about the company I was potentially going to employed. I took on board their feedback. Turns out the feedback that I had put in place was utterly useless and futile – a waste of time and not needed. So what do I do next? Take on board that I get from THIS interview and then fail again?

One piece feedback I did receive was: “Why not try read blogs or start one of your own” It made me a laugh a lot. How about teaching your mother’s mother to suck on an egg?

Holy Week – Easter Day

The most important day in the Christian calendar is here. Jesus has risen from the dead.

I remember a number of years ago I went to watch the sun rise over the northeast sea at South Shields and it was stunningly beautiful. If there is ever a thing that should be placed on your ‘to do list’ I highly recommend watching the sunrise.

For some Christians, they too will get up on Easter morning very early and watch the sunrise to remember the resurrection of Jesus.

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The crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus is the focal point of their religious belief. Life has meaning. God has raised up Jesus so death has been conquered and people will again be joined with him in heaven.

Our cynical world doesn’t believe in miracles or events that really have no explanation. But for the Christian believer, it is putting their trust and faith in God which is the vital part of Christianity. It is not about having all the answers to every question but trusting that God has a plan for everyone and if you trust in him.

 

Holy Week – Easter Sunday

There seems a tradition now where people go about there business and don’t regard easter Saturday of any importance. 

In the Anglican (Church of England) tradition according to the Book of Common Prayer, Saturday before Easter day is called Easter Even. It is a time in some Christian traditions where they remember when Jesus descended into hell. Jesus pardons those who are righteous and raises them up to the heavens. It was distinguished in some thought from the hell of the damned. Those who do not have salvation.

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This is named as a limbo or a place where people wait for the time when they judged. It is a solemn time for Christians as they remember that Jesus has died. He has been placed in a tomb.

Jesus was wrapped in a burial cloth and it’s no coincidence that he was wrapped with incense and myrrh. If we think back to the gifts to Jesus at his birth in the nativity – gold, frankincense and myrrh it is a referral to this time where he has been put to death and laid in a tomb.

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Jesus has given his life for others.

John 15:13 ‘Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’