“How can you judge a man’s life unless you have walked in his shoes”

The big story today, these crazy winds, blustery to the point of being dangerous, I did not go far but I feel all exercise is relevant. Actually, I have covered my first 1000 miles on the little bike, shipped to me on the 2nd of June 2021. Yes, I know it is only an average of around 7 miles each day, but considering some of the weather we have had, and a few weeks of downtime (under the weather) I am happy with that.

I was listening to Wade Davis today, and he said something that stuck in my head. He said

“In 9/11 Americans spent more on their lawn, than the whole tax revenue, raised by the Indian government”.

That is the power of advertising. I wonder how much of that vast sum of money was spent on “Pest Control” . Certainly, it was around this time that our small birds populations, whose survival is dependent on insects, fell off a cliff.

Davis also talked about China and how they clamped down on and free will of the people, giving Hong Kong as an example. Now I really know nothing about the everyday life of the average Chinese person in China, and maybe the freedoms we take for granted here in the west are suppressed, in China. But when I see documentaries or films from China I don’t see beggars sitting on the streets, or people sleeping rough in doorways. I have not heard how the Chinese are keeping down three jobs, yet at the end of the week, they are still unable to pay for a roof over their head, so they have to live out of their cars. I do not see the same inequality in China as I see here at home, where poverty is rampant in, what is supposed, the 6th richest country in the world.  Maybe that is the price we pay for our so-called, freedom, (for the few that can afford it) and maybe, just maybe, the people of China are happy with their lot.  

“How can you judge a man’s life unless you have walked in his shoes”

Popped into my favourite charity shop today and picked up a couple of DVDs, one I watched this afternoon, ‘The Blind Side’. The best £1.99p I have ever spent.  This is a must-see film, and even more remarkable it is based on an extraordinary true story.

Sandra Bullock gave an outstanding Oscar-winning performance as Leigh Anne Tuohy – a white, strong-minded interior designer and wife of a wealthy businessman Sean Sr. Leigh Anne is a highly intelligent and well-connected lady, who always gets her own way. Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) is a black teenager, homeless and knows only the streets of Memphis. The story is all about how both develop in this unlikely relationship.  

Burt Cotton, a friend of seventeen-year-old Michael’s father, (killed in an accident) and on whose couch mike has been sleeping, gets the Coach of Wingate Christian School to help enrol his son and Mike at the school. This is where Mike is befriended by Sean Tuohy, Junior. He is played by Jae Head and adds a lot of fun to the movie.  

What came over very strong in the storyline was the attitude of the Tuohy family to the idea of their mother taking Michael, not only into their home but under her wing, going above and beyond the call of duty to get his grades up so he could remain in school and on the football team, eventually becoming his legal guardian.   

In the end, Michael is accepted into college and says his farewells to the Tuohy family. And as the credits roll, we have information about and photographs of the real Tuohy family and Michael Oher, who went on to play in the National Football League.    

This really is my kind of movie, (paper tissues to the fore) and I’m sure it will be watched again and again – a great uplift DVD for those dull, wet and dreich days of winter, much like today.

Keep safe.

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