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The media in this country seem to have developed an unhealthy intolerance towards the Christians of this country.  Normally like most Christians I’m too tolerant to confront this but I’ve now had enough.  Tim Farron resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats because he was hounded by the media regarding his views on homosexuality.  It’s typical of the media who seem hell bent on marginalising anyone who doesn’t like the idea of homosexual practices.  Whether or not the bible says it’s a sin doesn’t really matter, if you have a personal view then it’s your business.  I’m old-fashioned enough to still think that your sexual behaviour is your private business.  I don’t introduce myself as a heterosexual (it’s not anyone else’s business) but I’ve frequently had people get the phrase ‘I’m homosexual’  (ok they use the word ‘gay’ which I refuse to accept), within the first five minutes of meeting them.  Get this – I don’t care – you don’t shock me and it’s irrelevant to me.

Back to Tim, he refused to say whether he considered homosexual sex a sin because it was his personal view not anything to do with his politics.  Let’s not forget the Liberal Democrats were in the government that legalised same sex marriage (not in .either parties manifesto!).  The media have a dual fixation with homosexuality and the Muslim religion, if you disagree with them on either you are publicly shamed as being prejudiced.  Isn’t their attitude just as prejudiced?

We are increasingly becoming persecuted and marginalised if we express any opinion which goes against that of the media.  A mainly London based elitist group of people who unfortunately have far too much power to break up society instead of aiming at a cohesive whole.  It seems to me that the media is the only part of British society that has free speech.

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I’ve just rediscovered this blog, wonderful now I can write about my thoughts and post pics of what I’m up to.  Maybe it will be daily, maybe it will be infrequent but I’ve promised myself I will make some sort of contribution.

Why is the BBC hell bent on sending us into a war against Syria? This civil war has claimed thousands of lives already but we should not go to war. Killing never solved any kind of problem, it just leads to more killing. But both media and government seem so gungho on the subject. Yes it does seem as if chemical weapons were used BUT WHO USED THEM? It seems crazy to me that Assad would order their use as he would have known that world reaction would be one of horror. As Lord Own said this morning we do not know which side used them and until we do we should keep up pressure for a stop to the fighting on all sides. I am horrified at the way the BBC are reporting this story, it seems they want another Iraq to report on.

Slightly concerned that we had post delivered for our neighbour but none for us, I wondered if someone else had ours.  When I phoned Royal Mail to complain a very nice lady asked for my postcode and house number then asked if I was Jennifer Collier and checked she had my phone number correct on their system, they did but we are ex-directory so where did she get the info from?  It makes me wonder just how much information is held by organisations.  A few years ago I was too ill to go and vote in the local elections and we received a letter from one of the councillors asking why we hadn’t voted and added that no one on our street had voted either.  They check off your name and add the number of the ballot paper you are issued, so much for secrecy!

We are watching the third Ashes Test match today, fourth day in Manchester, the weather forecast isn’t good and this Test has turned into a tactical battle rather than the exciting (even for me!) previous matches.  I don’t normally go in for watching cricket but with my other half at home for most of this summer I don’t really have much option as the TV is on in the room where I do most of my artwork.  Still the 20 20 matches have been interesting and just maybe it’s yet another sport to watch though my first love will always be football.  It’s been a good year for sport with the Olympics last year carrying on the interest to women’s football, tennis, cycling and even rugby.  My other half says we pay for the extra Sky sports channels so we may as well get our monies worth!  With the new BT Sports channels up and running the next few months look interesting.  So it looks as if I will have something to watch with all this sport, recorded programmes, on demand TV and catch-up TV for the days when the pain makes movement too difficult.  Of course it also means there isn’t much time for housework!!

I’m just starting out on my blog adventure so bear with me.

The last couple of years have been ones of drastic change in my life but I’m not going to bore anyone by going through them here.  Suffice it to say I’m coming to terms with my new life and hopefully will be able to do some of the things I’ve always wanted to but never had the time.

I’m interested in what’s going on in the world around me, I don’t think I’ve every got past the stage where I want to make a difference and believe it’s still possible for an individual to change the world (is that good or just silly?).  After all though we are all individuals with our own agenda if enough individuals with similar agendas get together change must follow.

I love art, doing it not just looking, and tend to have somewhat old-fashioned ideas of what should be called art, be it painting, sculpture or any kind of mixed media.  Theatre is great, in the last few years I’ve enjoyed a variety of forms from  Shakespeare to the Hairy Bikers.  My musical tastes are just as varied, I can easily sit and enjoy a Verdi opera or a ‘pop’ concert.  I guess I don’t really fit into any particular box.  In politics I can veer from fairly radical to downright conservative, it all depends on the issue.  Women’s place in the world, environmental issues, hatred of violence and just plain fed-up with the ‘politically correct’ way this country of my is run are all things that tend to get me agitated.

My family life is important to me, it should be important to everyone but that doesn’t seem to be the case these days.  I have a couple of dogs, one eleven years old and the other just a puppy.  Other than that I live a pretty ordinary life.