Friday, 2 July 2021

Grey sky

 Does this mean that we are going to see rain today - I do hope so.   Friday is market da y here in our little town and it is the one thing I really do miss - driving down into town, parking and in the old days walking with my shopping trolley and going to the greengrocers on the market and buying beautiful fresh fruit and veg.   I know it comes to us all (if we live long eno ugh) that we are no longer capable of doing this.   Even before those days it is also market day at our Cattle Market and the Farmer and I would drive down, he would park there and I would walk the short distance into town, do my shopping, have my morning coffee with friends, walk back to his car and sit and wait.   He always went, even if he had nothing to buy or sell - good to chat with all the other farmers and get to know the lie of the land.   When we got home I would get the Friday lunch (almost always a stir-fry from our really good butchers served with a salad) while he looked at The Darlington and Stockton Times, our local paper.   The first page was always Births, Deaths and Marriages - he liked to know whether any  locals had died.

My carer is back today doing an hour's cleaning for me and today it is the sitting room.   She has just come in to say that she has taken the cushion out of my 'special' chair and has found a pair of spectacles.   They are not mine but I don't think anyone else has ever sat in my specially built up chair.   I don't recognise the specs.   Have I had a pair from the Optician and forgotten about them?   I can see very well through them.   The plot thickens.  Having had them on for five minutes now I am sure they are not mine - I can only see for a very limited time before life is blurred,

I am still enjoying watching Le Tour.   Mark Cavendish won a speed section last night - he is doing very well (It is not called a speed section but I am sure if she reads this Rachel will put us right.   It is all complicated.)

I have just been reading in the Times about a young man in his twenties, who with his    friend harrassed Professor Chris Whitty.  In spite of apologising and saying he only wanted a selfie to show his mother the young man has lost his job as a trainee Estate Agent.   The two young men had been on an anti-vaccination march and spotted Professor Whitty in the Park.   No official complaints has been made and it was obvious from viewing the footage on television that Professor Whitty is a shy and quiet person who would not take kindly to such treatment (I wouldn't either, don't know about you) but I am not sure that they are 'despicable thugs' which Boris Johnson called them.  Any thoughts?



25 comments:

Derek Faulkner said...

It's so funny you hoping it might rain. We're experiencing our second really warm and fairly sunny day today and so enjoying it but, so depressing, rain is forecast again for the next few days.
From what I've seen of the Whitty incident, I really don't think it warranted the young guy being sacked from his job.

JayCee said...

It is grey and misty here now this afternoon after a bright start, which is a nuisance as I had hung out my washing to dry this morning and it is now as damp as when I took it out of the machine.

Tasker Dunham said...

The Chris Whitty incident would never have happened in my teens or twenties. We would have been afraid to be seen even looking at him. All sense of respect has gone.

Heather said...

That young man deserves a punishment of some sort for not showing more intelligence and respect. His behaviour would hardly endear him to his employers.
No rain here either, though there has been plenty of cloud this week. Thankfully it is a bit warmer.

Librarian said...

I have absolutely no idea who Professor Whitty is, but pestering someone is certainly not something to be taken lightly; where do you draw the line?
The Case of the Mysterious Specs - a true life mystery from Weaver's bungalow! :-)

Ellen D. said...

I don't know the Chris Whitty story. I hope there is a lesson learned for those involved.
You must have had a visitor who left the specs! Your son? Yes, a mystery! like the Librarian said!

CharlotteP said...

Very silly and rude young men, but hardly 'despicable thugs'...maybe that description would fit some of our politicians better?
Cav had his 32nd stage win in the Tour yesterday, winning in the sprint at the end of the stage. He is now close to Eddy Mercx's record of 34 stage wins. Though Cav is a superb sprinter, Merckx was the ultimate all-round cyclist, and I don't think Cav is quite in his league...maybe some of you will disagree?!

Anne Brew said...

The Tour de France lady with the banner will not be sued after all; the man who put Chris Whitty in an overenthusiastic headlock will lose his job.
Both actions were silly but I don't think premeditated and probably deeply regretted by both.
I was sorry to see Boris Johnson immediately refer to the man as a thug as he was a Boris supporter he said, up until then.

The Feminine Energy said...

It's all a part of our "cancel culture" to jump to conclusions and immediately punish people without waiting to hear both sides. Reason #1,493,398,923 why I stay home! *lol* ~Andrea xoxoxo

Rachel Phillips said...

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. I suspect when Boris Johnson said that he was unaware of the exact nature of the alleged assault. Chris Whitty could have prevented all this if he had just agreed to posing for a selfie with the boys. Chris Whitty has not made any official complaint so let us hope that no more comes of it, they have apologised, and no more needs to be said. It would be good if the boy gets his job back.

Rachel Phillips said...

I bet Van-Tam would have agreed to a photo being taken.

Share my Garden said...

I'm surprised that you and the Farmer didn't eat at the cattle market on Fridays, I seem to recall that the locals thought highly of the meal that you could get there.
It must very upsetting to be accosted in public but it sounds as though there has been some over-reaction for the youth to have lost his job.

Unknown said...

If you can see the film of the incident, it looks very much that Chris Whitty was man handled and could hardly escape their clutches. It wasn't simply a request for a selfie. The men's own film shows that. Barbara

The Weaver of Grass said...

I agree Rachel about the boy getting his job back.

the veg artist said...

From the video it's clear that Chris Witty was physically forced into a selfie, and given that he's been attacked in the past I'm not surprised he was resisting. As for the young man's employers, if they feel that he has brought their company into disrepute (the terminology for the grounds under which he would have been sacked), they are within their rights to no longer have him represent their firm. Chris Witty looks very uncomfortable in the video, yet the young men still felt it appropriate to upload it onto the web. Thugs? No, but very foolish.

Anonymous said...

Had to look this up and had no idea who Chris Witty is. The video reminds me of a typical day's yard duty in schools for me! Chris Witty obviously didn't go to the kind of challenging schools I taught in, which goes without saying!

Anonymous said...

...also, I think the boy should get his job back, hopefully realising he's been an idiot. Pam..Aust.

Joanne Noragon said...

Missing market days is a sad trial.

Cro Magnon said...

I think they were 'harassing' Whitty, rather than just wanting a selfie; but any excuse in an emergency. The word you were looking for is 'sprint'.

Janie Junebug said...

I have to look up Professor Whitty. I don't know if the man deserved to lose his job since Whitty didn't want to pursue a crime report, but the man is described as grabbing Whitty. I doubt if he only wanted a selfie. As we age, we lose. I guess the alternative is dying young.

Love,
Janie

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

The papers and other media would have shown no interest whatever in a silly scuffle like that if it hadn't involved someone who happened to have been on TV.

thelma said...

I agree with John above, news is so silly nowadays. Of course poor Whitty looked surprised, so would I if a stranger started hassling me. But the world changes especially for our young, so yes the lad should get his job back and Whitty learn some charm tricks. As for BJ and his comment, I give up...

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