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    To Mask or Not to Mask?

     Posted in Anger Level 3 & Public Information & Thoughts on Things... at 12:19 on Monday, July 12th, 2021 by Mr. Rant

    In case you don’t live in the England, and the likely-hood is that if you are reading this you do, there are some changes on the horizon next week which could potentially change the direction of the pandemic. The changes that are being considered by England’s Government essentially handover the responsibility to protect others to the individual, rather than making it policy and law to wear a mask in a public place. Now, there is a balance here that needs to be struck, however there is a statistical and medical evidence that proves the link between transmission of viruses and wearing a mask.

    Wearing a mask doesn’t just protect you, in-fact, the protection for others is what the wearing of a mask does.

    So what will you do when the so-called Freedom Day comes? Will you protect others or will you be selfish and not wear a mask because it removes your freedom of choice? In my opinion, if wearing a mask makes you feel like you are loosing your freedom of choice, then you really need to examine your life choices because protecting others should be at the top of your list as a human and a citizen.

    I will continue to wear my mask and social distance because even the slightest thought of harming someone else is abhorrent.

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    2021 (Yearly posts now?)

     Posted in Thoughts on Things... at 10:24 on Monday, February 22nd, 2021 by Mr. Rant

    So once again this website had slipped my mind, the only rembrance I’ve had is the the monthly payments for hosting and the domain renewal emails dripping through.

    I really do need to write more. But alas 2020. What the fuck happened there?

    A virus. That’s what happened. A big, fucking, nasty, people killing virus.

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock, it’s likely that you have heard the headlines or seen loved ones get ill, and if you haven’t been touched by it, you have been very very lucky.

    The scary numbers have been there for us all to see, it’s touched every part of the globe and although we have vaccines to combat the virus we are still far from being safe.

    Each individual must play their part. This is a group effort, a humanitarian effort and working together is vital, and in turn each government MUST ensure that other countries have the equal benefit from a vaccine.

    I feel this is the most challenging task.

    A vaccine war has been started and it sets a dangerous precedent. We have already seen a battle between pharma and governments and that is worrying.

    We are a human society and we would do well to remember that.

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    2020, what a gasser.

     Posted in Public Information at 19:30 on Sunday, May 10th, 2020 by Mr. Rant

    It’s been a hell of a couple of months.

    Life has changed dramatically worldwide for millions of people.

    Life has ended for over a hundred-thousand people.

    Life is fragile for over 7 billion people.

    Dominic ‘shitting’ Raab has been on the telly. Let’s just let that sink in for a second.

    I can only speak for the UK as it’s where I am but the public has been told to socially isolate (I hate the phrase) and that’s the correct thing to do. British people like their liberty, yes we bang on about fighting wars for it but this is not just about you, me or anyone else. It’s about us all, and the many, many people who have died due to Covid 19.

    We owe it to them to stick to what we’re being asked to do. The UK government was slow on the uptake and we do have a higher death rate when compared to other countries. However, I strongly believe that drawing comparisons between countries is not wise, mainly because it’s not a fucking game, whether you have a high death rate or not, right now it’s not the time to be focusing on that. Lets stop the transmission and review this later.

    This is literally life and death.

    Stay the fuck at home.

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    Well… It’s been a while…

     Posted in Our Past at 13:14 on Sunday, February 16th, 2020 by Mr. Rant

    So, it’s been almost 6 years until I last put finger to keyboard on this website. Those 6 years have been life changing and this blog didn’t really have a place in my thoughts for all that time. I had fallen out of love with writing and was finding it very difficult to write so simply stopped.

    That was until this weekend.

    I decided to see if I could get the site back online and lo and behold with a server change and some restoration The Rantastic was back.

    I am under no delusion that any one will be reading but I always found it to be cathartic to write and it’s always helped my get my mind back on track. I begin to wonder if that is what has been missing in my life for a while now.

    Let’s do something fun and list what I want out of this site. I want to ensure that I get it back to the old days and actually make the time for my thoughts to be written down in a coherent fashion. But. There is some housekeeping to do.

    Firstly, let’s get our SSL Certs in a row and make this site secure, and yes I know we’re only just back online and this will require some moderate downtime but it needs doing.

    Secondly, we’re looking a bit 1999 so I will do some sprucing up on the design work.

    Thirdly a commitment to write at least once a month to begin with. I feel like that’s a first good step back into blogging. Oh go that sounds so last decade or even the one before… We’re really showing our age here kids.

    So settle back and watch the changes roll in, this website has been around in some form since 2007. Yes, 2007! 13 years in and it’s still the same load of inane crap it always was/

    Welcome back Mr. Rant. You lucky bastards.

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    Guess what… It’s raining…

     Posted in Gripes & Annoyances & Public Information at 23:01 on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 by Mr. Rant

    Global warming.

    More like global wetness or global sogginess.  The past three weeks have seen the wettest on record for the UK, we’ve had strong wind (not just after the sprouts), heavy rain, and trees frequently being blown over, so if you haven’t been blown to oblivion yet, let’s hope it is coming to an end soon.  It doesn’t look like it is.  I think we need to, however just calm down a little about the recent semi-extreme weather.

    Let me explain, indulge me for a moment.

    As a human, living in England, we have a tendency to over estimate the effect of weather on us.  It’s not that we over exaggerate the weather, we just don’t seem to be able to cope with it.  We seem to have this inability to cope when we have a storm or rather unexpected deluges which admittedly have led to me starting to build an ark, but alas, has it really been that bad?

    It has for some, some poor fellows have had all they own washed away.  Now, you’d think that they would be in receipt of some form of benefit or help from the government.  No.  They have had nothing, and yet we send over millions of pounds worth of aid to far away civilisations to help them after a natural disaster. Lets not start to imagine that I am trying to play down the awful things that have happened around the world, but I would like to see some help for people here, after all they are in need of some aid too.

    I often close these posts with a question and yet again I am going to do it.  Should we now, give some aid to those who need it here?

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    A Christmas Message for 2013

     Posted in Thoughts on Things... at 22:20 on Monday, December 30th, 2013 by Mr. Rant

    Now the snow is gone (not that we had any) and the Christmas season has come to end, and to be honest I’m glad.  This year the “season of goodwill” (appropriately in inverted commas — as it really isn’t) started even earlier than in other years, and lets be honest I was sick of it by a week in.

    It has seemed like a none christmas this year, and in fact it seems to have been even more commercial, not that I am one to propagate the season’s real meaning, being an atheist and all that kind of makes that a none starter.

    I would however like to see some kind of goodwill to all men.

    The world is in turmoil, as is evident or will be to you if you take five minutes to invest your mind in some informational gathering from a news outlet.  I suggest we look at what sort of aid we should be offering to those in need,  and think very hard in fact, as to be honest, lavishly splashing around money isn’t going to sort the issue and each situation will inevitably end up at its own starting point.  Thus beginning the cycle and starting the whole process again, and the worry is, that those in need will have to come cap in hand for another injection of cash to move things forward.

    These are of course, the things that keep me awake at night*.  I do however have genuine concern at the turn the human race is taking over, lets say in the past forty years.  We are a selfish society, each day we are out for our own aims, be they monetary, goal driven or simply to get one over on someone.

    Let me state, unequivocally that, I do not have a problem with anyone bettering themselves or working hard to reach a goal that they want to achieve, this in itself is human nature and is a helpful thing to society, after all we would not have; electricity, the motor care, anything to do with America** if it weren’t for those simple humans striving to do something more with their lives.

    We could however take a note from their books that on the whole most of those people who invented/discovered something amazing** didn’t take their discovery for granted and actively used their new found knowledge for the betterment of society.  This isn’t often the case these days, and most ‘inventors’ are after a patent so that they can reap the rewards for the discovery in monetary value.

    I hope that we can ebb the flow of negative tendencies in humanity and hope that we can one day live in harmony, but alas that isn’t going to happen is it?

    Throughout history we have fought each other (this is beginning to sound like a novel), we have attacked one another, over land, resources, or even skin colour so that we can raise a flag and say that we are the best.  Worrying, but alas, each one of us is just a small cog in a much larger, much more aggressive and potentially deadly machine.

    So maybe in 2014, you should just make a small gesture just to improve the life of the man/woman/child next to you, and make their life just that bit better.

    *They don’t keep me awake at night.

    **Tongue in check, not entirely true, often not true at all.

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