It ain’t always easy when you’re wheezy

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Saying goodbye to Gerald Angell, son of a brother of my Dad’s mother.
He died of complications from a lung disease contracted through working in dirty nooks of offices and factories, maintaining telecoms equipment as a post office engineer.
He’d developed a little catch phrase for those last 10 years when perhaps he couldn’t do what others were doing.
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Beyond his family, his deepest love was deep sea fishing – he and he brother-in-law had a boat in Aberystwyth.
The funeral – as always – a time for fond memories, favourite songs and a poem read beautifully by his cousin, talking to Gerald’s wife Do.
“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.”

Line of Duty series 4

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Another excellent series (broadcast on BBC tv).
The theme of this series was (institutional) sexism, kinda reinforced by public criticism of Thandie Newton’s performance as a bit reserved when that was the nature of the character she was playing.
Other characteristics of the series remains –
– masking what’s really going on until the finale; so even though it’s always about the fight against highly organised crime, viewers seem to forget;
– AC12, the anti-corruption unit, around which the series is based, again continue to not be good enough in their duties;
– compelling witness interview scenes;
– hands always get hurt.
As in other drama series there are bits that seem implausible (e.g. main characters back at work very quickly after suffering very serious injuries) and plenty has been left unresolved for another series.

Their finest

A celebration of cinema and when Britain and its empire stood alone against the Nazis.
A reminder of the sexist nature of the world of work.
An entertainment.

And how the screenwriters must have enjoyed writing a screenplay where the screenwriter is the hero in a war film.
(No doubt learning from journalists who make themselves the hero in a political story.)
One bigger quibble – the female lead makes strides for women and without any real reason, falls for the boss at work (having fallen previously for an artist who didn’t champion her) without any kind of narratve to suggest there had been real warmth.  Surely the screenwriters should have spotted that.

Jeremy’s ten pledges

They are:
1 – Full Employment – a publicly-owned National Investment Bank and regional banks will back up £500bn of investment across energy, transport and housing.
2 – A Secure Homes Guarantee – over a million new homes in five years will be built, with at least half a million council homes, through its public investment strategy.
3 – Security at work – people will have stronger employment rights “from day one in a job”, an end to “exploitative zero hours contracts” and the creation of new sectoral collective bargaining rights.
4 – A secure NHS and social care – an end to any NHS services being outsourced to private health providers.
5 – A National Education Service – universal childcare to give all children a good start in life, allowing greater sharing of caring responsibilities and removing barriers to women participating in the labour market.
6 – Action to secure our environment – an expansion of green industries, using the National Investment Bank to invest in public and community-owned renewable energy.
7 – Put the public back into our economy – people will have “a real say in their local communities with increased local and regional democracy”.
8 – Cut inequality in income and wealth – the tax system will become “more progressive” so higher earners are “fairly taxed” and people on lower incomes will have their pay boosted through a higher minimum wage of £10 an hour.
9 – Action to secure an equal society – Labour will take action to tackle violence against women and girls, racism and discrimination on the basis of faith, and secure real equality for LGBT and disabled people.
10 – Peace and justice at the heart of foreign policy – human rights and social justice will be built into trade policy, while international treaty obligations on nuclear disarmament will be honoured as it encourages others to do the same.
Precis by inews.

On membership of the EU, Labour respects the outcome of the referendum, but has six tests for any deal negotiated.