Refugees

You would have to be a very hard person not to be moved by the picture of the little boy who drowned. The photo has moved a lot of people around the world. The people who took money from his family have been arrested and will, hopefully, face many years in jail.

We all know that people are leaving Syria and neighbouring countries to get away from the threat of ISIL. But amongst these genuine refugees are those who are taking advantage of what they think is a quick way to get into Europe. So there are many Pakistanis, mainly young men, who are mingling with the refugees in the hope of getting to Europe without the proper protocol. The authorities are faced with the question of whether to spend the vast amount of time and money needed to sort out the fake from the real, or to just accept them all regardless.

These fake refugees are putting the lives and well-being of the genuine people at risk. We’ve all seen the refugees being given food and clothing as they have none – but some of this is going to people who are migrants not refugees. These scoundrels are taking food that is badly needed by people – often children – who fled a war-torn country.

Someone said to me that this is human nature – to take advantage. I say that we all know right from wrong and this is very wrong. These people should be ashamed of themselves putting these vulnerable people at risk. They are no better than these monsters who are overcrowding unbalanced boats.

Then there is the question of the root cause of the matter. Should the military of Western countries be used to wipe ISIL off the map? Many people would say yes because of the atrocities they are committing. But wouldn’t this be against our own fundamental rights of ‘freedom of speech’, ‘freedom to worship how we choose’, ‘freedom to believe in what we choose’? Where do we draw the line between ‘freedom’ and ‘going to far’?

Many Muslims in this country say that ISIL propaganda is not true Islam. Indeed there are Islamic countries that are fighting the ISIL threat. There are many people, both Muslim and non-Muslim, who are having their freedom took away. There are people being sold into sexual slavery or murdered because they won’t convert to ISIL ideology, and this includes Muslims. People are terrified that their children will be taken so they are choosing to flee their homes on overcrowded boats in the hope that someone in the West will help them.

Which brings up another question. Is it really a matter of religion for ISIL, or is it more about power and money? Power over people using fear and manipulation. Making money from selling children into sexual slavery. We are living in the 21st century. We know that we are all connected, all living on one planet, breathing the same air, eating the same foods. We should not be allowing this type of horrendous activity. We should all be standing up against it and if that means blowing ISIL off the map then so be it. No one should have to live in this type of fear.

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Scotland Part 2

I’m just getting back into normality now. Supermarket food and pollution. I do get some organic veg delivered as well, which is a bit more of a healthy option.

While in Scotland we ate at a few tea shops. The food was fresh from the farmers markets and cakes were homemade. The establishments were clean and fresh. Here’s the view from the back of Boothy’s in Braemar…

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You can sit on the balcony looking at this beautiful scene while eating the best homemade bakewell tart ever!

Braemar is where the Highland Games take place in August. Lots of big Scottish men in kilts tossing cabers. Men in kilts look very smart. Can’t put my finger on why but they also look sexy. I did see some men in kilts but definitely not enough!

Here’s a member of the Highland Cattle clan…

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Also known as Shaggy Cow, Cuddly Cow or Teddy Cow. I’m told that when it comes to humans this cow knows exactly where to stick it’s horns for maximum damage = Clever Cow.

Fort August at Loch Ness is a lovely town too. You can watch the canal locks being opened to allow the boats through from and to Loch Ness. And you can get a lovely cruise on the Loch. We had a lovely young Scotsman giving us a talk on the sonar they used on the boat and the variety of fish in the Loch. His jokes were appreciated by our little English group, but were completely lost on the Chinese tourists that were on the boat.

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We ate in a fish and chip shop that could easily have been transplanted from the Midlands. Frozen, cheap food that was second rate, and toilets that stunk. It wasn’t run by anyone remotely British, and it was a bit of let down from other places we had entered. Unfortunately the first tea shop we had gone to was completely full so we ended up looking for a table elsewhere. Advice: If you are going up to Fort August and want to eat, see if you can book a table in one of the local (Scottish) run establishments.

I would definitely recommend Scotland. Not sure if they want loads of Sassenachs descending on them though!


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