Mei-An’s First Sports Day (18.7.2017)

 

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We are very proud of our eldest daughter – Mei-An – who first went to school when she was just four years old – and who today – as a confident five year old – excelled in her first Sports Day! When you look back at this Mei-An – know that we love you so much!

 

 

 

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London’s Acid Attacks – A Typical Rightwing Offensive

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About ten years ago, myself and my partner Gee were walking through New Malden – an area known for its high density affluent South Koreans – situated between Sutton and Kingston-Upon-Thames in South-West London. We got to know about this community through our children, who mixed with South Korean children at local schools. New Malden is clean and tidy, with the (primarily ‘Christian’) South Korean community linked to the car industry. These families are wealthy and are allowed to ‘temporarily’ enter the UK for work, whilst signing away their right to the British Benefit System, and free medical treatment through the NHS. When their contracts are finished, generally speaking, these families return to South Korea. I am told that there are around 10,000 South Koreans living in and around New Malden, and that this is the largest population of South Koreans outside of Korea. Gee and myself were walking down the road hand-in-hand at about 7pm in the winter months, when a car slowed down, and a young White man wearing a balaclava leant out of the window with a gun in his hand – pointing it a us. Before I could react, the trigger was pulled and a jet of liquid (which turned-out to be water) hit me in the eyes, and my partner across her upper-body. The car then sped-off before we could take-down the registration number. We think that we were mistakenly targeted as a mixed-ethnicity couple of English-Korean origination – and that White racists were ‘practising’ a new type of deadly racist attack – but at this point using only water instead of acid.

Having studied and actively opposed fascist movements for years – I know that the more sophisticated offensives against internationalism and inter-community friendships are perfected over-time, so as to enhance their fearful effectiveness and terrorist impact upon sociey. Last night, two White thugs used a motorbike and acid to attack a number of people in Hackney and Islington that they thought were ‘Muslim’. These victims of the most worst type of racism were not hit with water – but rather with an acid that burnt into their eyes and face. These attacks have been quite intensive of late, in London, but I suspect that they have been happening everywhere at a low intensity for years. The White racist groups that perpetuate this kind of fascist crime are comprised of White middle class over-lords who live in opulence somewhere in leafy Surrey or Kent – but the fascist foot soldiers that carry-out the orders are generally ignorant working class men and women, who lack self=respect and a basic education, and who are easily led down the wrong path of criminal activity. It is these ignorant foot soldiers that carry-out these illegal and murderous acid attacks, and whom are sometimes shot dead by armed police, or arrested, charged, found guilty and eventually sent to prison. Fascism has absolutely nothing to offer the oppressed working class. The international working class is comprised of all the oppressed peoples in the world, and it is exactly this diverse working class that must unite against fascism and its inherent racism! Hatred as a political policy, is an attack on us all! This is why we as workers must oppose all types of fascism, and protect one another from racist terrorism!

Mei-An’s Graduation from Red Class (10.7.2017)

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In the scorching sunshine – the parents of around 30 children queued-up outside the ‘Red Gate’ that leads to ‘Red Class’ of the Reception Year. It only seems like yesterday that we all took our 4 year old children to look round the school in Cheam – but today, with nearly one academic year completed, all the children have turned ‘5’ and have developed beyond recognition! Cheam Park Farm is an ‘academy’ today, but unlike most other academies in different parts of the UK, it has retained its earlier educational efficiency. Hopefully, in the future, these academies will revert to being ‘Schools’ under full ‘State’ control and out of the hands of the private businesses that currently ‘monetarise’ our children’s education. However, the staff at Cheam Park Farm have been disciplined but compassionate, and as a consequence, my 5 year old daughter – Mei-An – can now read and write, hold civilised conversations, and apply herself to problem solving and working-out basic science. As both myself and Gee – my partner – are Socialists, we are determined that our children will grow-up ‘free’ of tyranny and oppression, be good human-beings, and progress science and society!

Mei-An Grad cert

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Re-Enacting a Classic Chinese Poster!

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When China freed herself from Western imperialist aggression in 1949, Mao Zedong and the Communist Party of China (CPC) embarked upon a radical transformation of Chinese society, seeking to eradicate the ignorance of feudalism and the oppression and violence associated with class oppression. This meant experimentation in many new ways of organisation agriculture and sharing food. Contrary to the lies still printed in the Western media, life improved immeasurably once the forces of Western capitalism were thrown-out of China, and the Chinese people stood-up for themselves! The above poster was generated in 1983 and is entitled ‘The Big Water Melon’ (created by Zheng Xuexin), and is designed to portray how affluent China has become, and how healthy Chinese children are today! We think our youngest daughter – Kai-Lin – looks remarkably like the baby in this picture – so we went to the supermarket and purchased a water melon for an attempted ‘re-enactment’. The following pictures are the result:

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London: Gay Pride (8.7.2017)

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A few years ago, me and Gee – with a young Mei-An – took part in the Gay Pride Parade through London, marching with the UNITE Bus. This year, with our new daughter – Kai-lin – we decided to attend all the activities happening all around the Parade. The whole of London was filled with the Rainbow Flag and unbridled love!  London was brought to an absolute stand-still and all went very well.

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My Letter to London Mayor Sadiq Khan – Lower the Price of a TravelCard! (5.7.2017)

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MAYOR OF LONDON

Dear London Mayor

Every year the cost of the TravelCard has been rising (prior to your time in Office). It is so costly now, that it means many ordinary people cannot afford to purchase and travel with it across London. This is true in both its ‘Peak’ and ‘Off-Peak’ formats. It would be a simple act to cut the cost of a TravelCard by yourself – an act that would have far-reaching effect deep into the Working Class heartlands of London. The former London Labour Mayor Ken Livingston did this to much popularity and acclaim – whilst the Tory Mayor of London Boris Johnson, set about unleashing the forces of unbridled corporate greed throughout Transport for London  (TFL).  As matters now stand, the cost of the TravelCard is beginning to undermine the principle that the cost of travelling is ‘collectively’ shared by the population of London – thereby bringing down the cost of each journey for every individual involved in travelling though the TFL system. This ‘collective’ approach that underlies the principle of the TravelCard has been the very reason for its success amongst both the rich and poor. As a ‘Labour’ Mayor, I would respectfully request that the well-being of the travelling public be considered, and the price of a TravelCard lowered to undo some of the previous Tory damage inflicted on TFL!

Kind Regards

Adrian Chan-Wyles

An Atheist God (Email: 5.7.2017)

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Dear A
As far as I am aware – Christians meditate all the time! They meditate and contemplate God’s unquestioning love and mercy as shown through the life of Jesus and his disciples (and the saints). Of course, it does depend upon the type of Christian – the C of E for instance, often focuses upon political power and money in much the same way as the Roman Catholics – but my Christian monastic friends are busy trying to empty themselves of ego so as to become a purified vessel to receive God’s grace – which may or may not happen – they tell me! Anyway, the bible seems to say that what is good for man is not good for God – meaning personal sacrifice is on the agenda. I have Christians friends who are atheist because they do not believe in the church definition of a god.  The god they realise is far greater. Every so often I also meet an old Christian abbot who likes to sit with me in the garden and discuss Marx and Buddha. he agrees with both narratives. If that is not a gong-an, I don’t now what is!  One thing is for certain, the rubbish the church spills out to the laity is certainly not worthy of the god they worship, nor the sincerity of those who attend. As I am unburdened by belief, I see through the schemes and scenarios concocted by those who would control us. Although not a Christian in much the same way as I am not a Buddhist – there is a certain something holding everything together. Of course, it could well be the lack of structure.
With Metra
Adrian
PS: Off to the Ukrainian Embassy later – to give some fascists a kicking!

Kirkaldy Testing Museum – London (2.7.2017)

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Kirkaldy Testing Museum

We arrived on the Tube – one form of modern technology – as a means to take our children to the Kirkaldy Testing Museum in Southwark, London. This is the home of a magnificent and still functioning Victorian era, scientific measuring machine, which was designed by Scotsman David Kirkaldy (1820-1897) and eventually stationed in a purpose-built London factory (the site of the museum today). In fact, Kirkaldy entitled his device ‘Universal Testing Machine’ (weighing 116 tons), which although premised upon leverage, pulleys and weights, was actually water-powered.  Any substance could be put under a pulling or pushing pressure to see how much poundage it could take before ‘snapping’. In the case of wrought iron, this was very important for buildings, bridges and other structures that were reliant upon iron -girders for their stability and correct functionality.  One of the volunteers – Roz Currie – helped Mei-An use a similar but much smaller machine (made in 1926) which usually tested the strength of parachute cords. Mei-An tested a piece of nylon-type string used to wrap packages sent through the post. the string snapped at 200 lbs of pressure! David Kirkaldy’s motto was: ‘Fact not opinion.’

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Kingston Upon Thames: The King’s Coronation Stone (29.6.2017)

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In the 10th century CE – Kingston Upon Thames was the place for Anglo-Saxon Kings to be crowned. At least seven were crowned on this stone which used to reside in a local church – but which is now situated outside Kingston’s Guildhall.

King Edward the Elder – 900

King Athelstan – 925

King Edmund – 940

King Edred – 946

King Edwy – 956

King Edward the Martyr – 975

Ethelred the Unready – 979

King Athelstan is particularly famous for marching out of his country of ‘Mercia’ and successfully invading and defeating all the different ‘countries’ that existed in the British Isles (including Scotland, Wales, Northumbria, Danelaw, Wessex and Cornwall) – making him the first King of a ‘United Kingdom’.

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King Edward the Elder – 900

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King Athelstan – 925

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King Edmund – 940

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King Edred – 946

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King Edwy – 956

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King Edward the Martyr – 975

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Ethelred the Unready – 979

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Sutton: Stone Bird Statues – Beech Tree Place (London)

 

Beech Tree Place was built in the 1950’s (when Sutton was still part of Surrey), and today consists of 20 self-contained flats, designed as a ‘Sheltered Housing’ complex for people 60 years and over. Beech Tree Place is a cul-de-sac just off St Nicholas Way- not far from Sutton High Street. What is unusual, is that there are two large stone statues of birds sat on plinths attached to the walls of two flats. I could not find any information about these two statues regarding interesting architecture in the Sutton area. My partner – Gee – thinks they are probably birds of prey – possibly falcons.

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The official Sutton Council PDF reads in-part:

‘Beechtree Place was built in the early 1950’s. It consists of 20 flats. There are 3 separate blocks each gated for additional security. The first block No’s 5-8 are two bedroom flats with one main entry door; they have a back door, which leads through to a communal garden.
The remaining flats are on the ground or 1st floor, of these, 5 are studio flats. All the properties have single glazed windows, wellfitted kitchens and storage heating. All have access to gardens and an outdoor drying area.

Beechtree Place is situated in a very convenient position at the back of Sutton High Street. The Borough Civic Offices are 5 minutes away, as are buses. Doctors, chemists and supermarkets are all within easy walking distance. Beechtree Place shares a community hall, which is situated at Thomas Wall Close, Robin Hood Lane (5 minutes away).

All dwellings are fitted with a Community Alarm System, with twoway speech module, that enables you to summon assistance, and speak to the two Sheltered Housing Officers, or the Call Centre.’

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