Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!
I decided a review of my bits box and all of my modelling stuff was long overdue. Time I felt to clear out the stuff that I would never ever finish or even start in the first place. In theory this was a good idea but in practice it turned out to be a little depressing. I had no idea I had accumulated so much stuff that I had forgotten about. Only recently I had thought all of my knights had been done but oh! no. Consequently this week, and by way of a change from Hasslefree and Knuckleduster, I have a Footsore Knight, one of half a dozen foot knights I aim to work on until I get bored. All rather plain and simple but that I’m afraid is where my level of interest began and ended so not very exciting.
Overall I did manage to clear out some bits and I certainly tidied things up a lot that’s for sure but on the downside, largely out of guilt, my to do pile grew even bigger. I was confronted with the inevitable choice of getting them all done or bothering only to do some. It was time to man up or be a mouse. Squeak. Yep, I put most of them back and decided to face them all another day.
Well It Made Me Laugh
The Wednesday Whinge
I’m not one to shy away from a controversial subject, truth be told I like a grown up debate on pretty much anything but lockdown is preventing me form going to the pub with my mate John and putting the world to rights. As a consequence this part of my blog is taking on the temporary role of filling this void until lockdown is eased. This week I thought I would consider the subject of bullying, specifically when is the line truly crossed?
When I was a lad at school bullying was clearly defined, if you were physically picked on or had things like your dinner money stolen you were being bullied. Pretty much everything else came under the banner of “sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me”. In short, man up was essentially the message of the day. Tough love and not great but that was the situation back then and as someone with ginger hair (its auburn son, not ginger) I had more than my fair share of verbal “banter” and one or two fights along the way. Even my teachers would single me out at times!
In fairness everyone back then got picked on for something, typically the characteristic that made them standout – glasses/four eyes, the fat kid, the tall lanky one, the ginger, the nerd, the spotty kid, etc. Like it or lump these were their distinguishing features and kids as we know can be cruel. Tabloid Cartoonists work in exactly the same way by highlighting key characteristics and then emphasising them and yet ironically that’s considered acceptable. But is it funny or cruel? Even the tough kids weren’t exempt. Generally they were considered thick but you just didn’t tell them to their face!
So, back in my youth was any of that acceptable? Certainly not by today’s standards but that was the way it was and why for some people of my generation it is hard to determine what is and what isn’t bullying in the modern world. Being beaten up is still way out of line and we have rightly moved on in recognising other forms of bullying behaviour, well in theory at least. Verbal bullying is unpleasant of course it is (I certainly never enjoyed it) as is online bullying and other forms but does it all need to be reported or just simply ignored? Social media has a lot to answer for but why not switch it off?
I’m not condoning any of this type of behaviour but I do wonder in a general sense if we are pampering a little too much to some people’s sensitivities? Some kids and adults too these days strike me as overly fragile. As I hold out little hope of bullying ever being stamped out completely I do fear for those of a weaker disposition and wonder if the subject wasn’t better deat with when I was a kid.
Give Me Five
Last week I chose my top 5 dinner guests no longer with us, this week if I have chosen my top 5 people currently alive who I would like to chat with over dinner and glass or two of wine. To provide a mix I went for a politician, comedian, sports person, actor/actress and a TV personality. I did also cheat in that I would have two evenings, the other would be just me with Jenna Coleman. It’s my blog so my rules and if I want to cheat I will! As to the five, in no particular order they are:
- Boris Johnson
- Lee Mack
- Alex Morgan
- Tom Cruise
- Amanda Holden
This week TIM has been listening to …
“Word Up!” By Korn. I do like this track but the dogs in the video are a little freaky. Can’t help but think there is a modelling conversion to be had here chaps!
This week TIM has been watching …
“Line of Duty”. With the new series due out soon I thought I would binge the first five series. Whilst each series has its own story line there is a thread that runs throughout. Am currently on series four which featured Thandie Newton. A seriously great drama in my opinion.
Money cannot buy happiness but it sure can make misery easier to live with.