Category Archives: Disappointment

To Live or Not to Live

“For your benefit, learn from our tragedy.
It is not a written law that the next victims must be Jews.
It can also be other people. “

Simon Wiesenthal,  1908 –  2005
Jewish Austrian Holocaust survivor, Nazi Huter and writer

I woke up this morning to be greeted by this post from another of my sisters of choice Joss Burnell.

Please read it and then answer the question did you know of this Resolution in the UN?  I certainly didn’t, and I wondered which other Nations voted along with the US.  Well, then I went onto this from The Independent and listened to Heather Neuart attempting to justify the US’ position. My next question is can this ever be justified?

And Ms Neuart’s justification “We voted against that resolution because of broader concerns about the resolution’s approach to condemning the death penalty in all circumstances; and, it called for the abolition of the death penalty altogether,”  And of course, the death penalty is still in force in many States.

And the answer to my question as to which other Nations voted with the US

“Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa, Togo, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Albania, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Slovenia, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, Panama, Paraguay, Venezuela, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland and the U.K. supported the resolution. Botswana, Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, China, India, Iraq, Japan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates joined the U.S. in opposing it.

Kenya, Nigeria, Tunisia, Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea and Cuba abstained”

So many, far too many, joined the US in the vote opposing this, and as we can see 7 countries abstained.

As Joss says in her post “Killing people is OKAY. That’s what this vote says. I don’t like how you live, so it’s alright with me, for you to be killed”  Can we really sit back and be quiet about this?

And, what did we learn from the Holocaust and the evil that perpetrated this or these acts?  I suggest the answer is nothing at all.

I think it’s time for us to stand up and be counted.  We here in New Zealand can have no input in the affairs of the US or the other countries who voted in this evil way, but we can lobby our own elected officials to make sure that we do all we can to overturn this vote (if in fact, that is at all possible).

And if my post offends you then I am sorry.  Sorry that our values and morals do not coincide.

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. ”
Elie Wiesel –  Romanian-born American Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor.r 1928 –  2016,

And yet another quote –

So here endeth yet another rant.

Trouble with WordPress

Today has been one of those days.

First, I lost a blog post that had been published, it attracted at least one comment.  So I redid that post.

Then my site theme was lost and I have spent the last several hours trying to reinvent what I had.  But I don’t know where that has all gone either.

What did I do to WordPress I wonder?  But I do know that several others had strange happenings on WordPress today.

So let’s hope tomorrow is a better day for WordPress.





Easter 2014

So far this hasn’t been a particularly Happy Easter here.

Fire at storage unit

Following the fire in the storage units last week we checked the cartons for damage, smoke and water, and took the worst of them away to deal with the contents either by drying or by tossing out. On Friday with my daughter and her two sons, we revisited the new storage unit with the intention of allowing her to remove the outdoor furniture and other things she wanted for her new house.

What confronted us then was a whole lot of soggy cardboard cartons piled on top of each other in a haphazard way. When the movers installed the goods into the lockup we asked that any wet cartons be placed to the front so that we could easily access them. The cartons they put in the front were those we moved early this week. But on second looking there were probably 20 more cartons that were sodden.

We moved some of these; my daughter and her sons cleared everything out of the unit and repacked it so that we could at least see what was there. Then thoroughly exhausted we repaired to her house to unload the things they wanted and for a much-needed rest before all going out to dinner.

Saturday found us back at the storage facility, this time without my daughter but with her sons, with the intention of repacking the soaked boxes. What a thoroughly nasty job that was.

I was fairly lucky in that I only lost two beds and mattresses, some clothes and shoes whereas others lost everything.



The good news is that the arsonist was caught fairly quickly and has been charged with setting the fire. But this doesn’t help all those who have lost so much.

So today, Easter Sunday, we are having a quiet day at home, albeit still washing things recovered and tomorrow we will go to the facility for the final time, taking those things still to be stored until we return from Europe at the end of July.

“Everything is funny, if you can laugh at it.”
― Lewis Carroll




















I missed my daily post by SEVEN minutes today and so I have missed out on a blog a day.

Crying baby

Will be back tomorrow with another.