If anyone gets the title reference I will be extremely surprised and pleased.
The Hearse is dangling by a thread. The MOT’s up in a couple of weeks and the repairs made necessary by the low fuel/contaminated diesel incident will be extensive and more money that the vehicle is worth. Can’t sell it without the repairs, at a market the engine tone in front of the auctioneer and bidders will condemn it to the unpopular and unsold paddock afterwards. I’ll have to fix it or scrap it, and that’s really going to hurt.
But, why make the damned thing so fragile in the first place? I’ll tell you why, it’s the same as everything else. every product you buy out there, maximum performance within the guarantee period followed by instant obsolescence.
The oldest car I’ve ever had was from ’71, it was a gloss green rocket that went twice around the clock with chrome trim everywhere and I could take it apart and rebuild it with a standard toolkit. Progress is apparently to make things unfix-able and that makes me seethe. The argument that it’s cheaper to replace something is both true and the wrongest thing in the world.
I hate the tag of consumer that’s attached to us all, we pay taxes, we contribute to society, we’re citizens. Calling us consumers is an insult, it degrades us to the position refrigirator lights, waiting for someone clever to come along and open the door to make us useful. The government, media and business all see as as consumers, not people, just a resource to float themselves upon.
Never mind the tanker drivers going on strike, we should all go on strike. One day where none of us goes into a shop to buy anything, and I mean anything, not a newspaper or roll for lunch never mind a flat screen HD TV or a leather sofa. Could you imagine the reaction?
You can riot in the street all you want and you’ll achieve nothing, but taking away their income is the biggest gun you could hold to the head of the bastards who think we’re all idiots.
And another thing, see this incident where the chopper pilot stopped off at the butchers to pick up some stuff on his way? That pilots actions are something that’s gone on in the Highlands and Islands for as long as there’s been transport and communication, steam train drivers would keep parcels in the cab for out of the way places between stations, buses and boats did the same, people would do the same to help each other out.
Does society have to be so rigid that any step left or right from the manual that’s been written to control us must be punished? I didn’t vote for that, what happened to our humanity and our spirit, I know mine is still alive or I wouldn’t be hammering this keyboard with clenched fists right now (it’s making spelling a bitch too), is it just that the po-faced bastards that have manoeuvred themselves into authority that are the soulless scumbags?
Some days you can see the blue between the clouds and all is well with the world, sometimes you can too easily see that it’s wrong and you just want to tear it all down and destroy.
Today is a destroy day.