Gets tedious don’ it? Well so Hank Williams Jr wrote years ago, and as a country singer he knew what he was talking about. Mind you that title (and its lyrics) were pretty mild compared to some C&W songs like: I Changed Her Oil, She Changed My Life; I Don’t Know Whether To Kill Myself Or Go Bowling; I Fell In A Pile Of You And Got Love All Over Me; I Flushed You From The Toilets Of My Heart; I Keep Forgettin’ I Forgot About You; I Wanna Whip Your Cow etc. Google ‘funny Country and Western song titles’, there are loads.
Life throws up some funny occurrences, some are funny in the humourous sense and some in the funny peculiar sense. We all deal them in our own way, rightly or (sometimes in someone else’s eyes) wrongly but nonetheless we deal with them, or not. Life is never straightforward or follows a straight furrow, there’s always something to throw you off track. The curved ball, the unexpected occurrence, the object from left field. You name it, it happens. So how do you cope with things that don’t quite go according to how you think they should go? Financial impropriety, emotional upset, illness, accident, career change, the usual triumvirate: birth; marriage; death, they can all happen at one or the same time. This is where strength of character comes in, some of us have it, some don’t, some act on the problem, others prevaricate often for good or imagined reasons. Most of us don’t do the right thing at the right time and that is a human trait. The animal kingdom have got it right, all their action and reaction is instinct, with some intelligence thrown in to show they have it, and to keep us guessing.
Watching David Attenborough the other night reminded me of a video I saw where two cats appeared to be ‘talking’ to each other while looking out of a window. There was a statement from one to the other (even turning its head) in response from the other and vice versa. It looked to all intents and purposes that they were having a cat conversation, although of course we mere humans can’t understand it. Going back to ‘Life Stories’, Attenborough’s latest TV series, there were African plains dogs and hyenas having a right old ding-ding fighting over kills and their carcasses. The dogs chased and killed Wildebeests, chewed lumps off them (while still alive) and the hyenas tried to scavenge the remainder, sometimes while the dogs were still at it. It caused huge and ugly fights, but more importantly, there was conversations between the animals. They seem to warn their mates off when an attack was imminent, and have a group discussion when they were going to attack. Again, we humans can’t understand what they were saying, just like would consider our speech a foreign tongue. So do animals have a ‘language’? Are there different dialects? Yes I know Dr Doolittle investigated this long ago, but it still may be possibility. Dolphins and some species of whale, both mammals, do ‘speak’, and many eminent scientists over the years have tried to determine what they say, and have made +some guesses at their conversations, but they are only guesses, and I bet if the dolphins could talk ‘human’ they’d be laughing up their sleeves (if they had any) at our attempts to decipher what they were saying. It will forever be a mystery.
So the politicians now think the majority are interested in the outcome of the general election in May 2015. No doubt it will be very interesting in as much as UKIP might be calling the shots, but personally I don’t think so. Let me explain why. The natural government of this country is conservative (with a small ‘c’). That’s not to decry Labour or the Lib Dems, but UKIP seem to think they have the upper hand. Not yet they don’t. It will take many years and more elections before UKIP are anywhere near being contenders to actually form a government, and even most dyed-in-the-wool Tories wouldn’t ever vote for the likes of Farage and co, mainly because they’re a one-trick pony and too near to Conservative policies, with only a fag paper between them. It will be interesting in May 15 to see how the scrap develops, but whatever the result, the outcome will still be the same: useless politicians who know nowt about nowt and make momentous decisions affecting millions. Not a good scenario, which ever party it is.