RAMPAGING POPULARISM is founded and based on the insecurity of the few attacking the freedom of the many in the name of saving society. In many ways far right and far left ideologies don’t differ. Control is cleverly cloaked in freedom’s underwear.

Poland – a minority declare that their cities are LGBT free zones. That’s their 18th century mentality in the 21st. They need and have very short memories about the prejudice, atrocities and discrimination their nation suffered at the hands of outside aggressors. They would be shocked at the number of their straight citizens who enjoy a little rainbow action now and then. Some straight men like to rally against gays – the queenie, camp ones especially but aren’t strangers to a little rainbowness. But what of the people in those towns and cities who don’t object. Or those who are. What life is offered to them. And once your town is gay free – who is next. Because people with those ideologies always have space to add more hate to their list. Hate is taught to young children – yes – but for older children and adults – it is a choice.

Poland. Brazil. Tanzania. Uganda.

But then some countries show their light, lack of prejudice and attempt to make their country a home land for all their people. Regardless of or in spite of. ….

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Botswana face legal issues not experienced by non-LGBT citizens. Both female and male same-sex sexual acts have been legal in Botswana since 11 June 2019 after a unanimous ruling by the High Court of Botswana.


“The most important thing is we’ve put on everything but bigotry”

Ed Sullivan – American television host in the 60’s.



In some parts of Machu Picchu, they stop you using a selfie stick. How wonderful. A world wide ban is needed. They stop you because someone fell over the edge of one of the terraces. Natural selection at work. I watched people struggle to pose, one woman on the verge of a fall still stayed focused on her pose. “Here’s my photo. I travelled all this way to get a photo of me showing off my hair, nails and shoes. Shame about this old ruin behind me. Can you see ME?”


Maybe some people are busier. Maybe some people thrive on the assumed importance of being busy. No air quotes please. There is no less time now than in any other century. There’s always been 24 hours in a day. Give or take. I have a microwave and in less than 10 minutes I can prepare a meal and a hot drink. That means I have more time and can be less busy. But the system combined with guilt and clever marketing tell me – fill that time and be worthwhile. A super mum. A good person. Guilt and internalised pressure win. Well, not with me. Another coffee and lemon torta provide the answer. Time to be. Or to daydream. A win, win. For me and the coffee shop!!


To live is to choose.

But to choose well,

You must know who you are

and what you stand for,

where you want to go

and why you want to get there.


Kofi Atta Annan was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006.


Keith Stewart – from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. A qualified TEFL teacher, Murder She Wrote and Colombo aficionado. A Spanish music and Motown fan.

27th DECEMBER 2019 BLOG #59


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