Pond building

I was fishing recently with a friend from work and we got talking about owning fish and owning a pond. It got me thinking about building my own pond. Surely it can’t be as hard as it looks? I set about researching how to build a pond, the does and dont’s, what plants to use, how deep to go etc.

Two weeks down the line and after long shifts at work I finally had time in the day to begin the pond. I drew a rough diagram on some scrap paper and off I went to line out the pond with some string. 

A few years back I relandscaped my garden and had a huge struggle with the amount of stones in the soil for drainage, something I didn’t think about when I had the idea for a pond!

Seeing as I had lined the pond already I thought I may as well get it done despite the millions of stones in the garden; firstly I cut back all the over grown wild plants and bushes, I even found a small bush I forgot about which I planted three years back after saving it from an edmerky persons garden. I soon dug it up again and moved it to the right of the pond area in an expanded garden bed (which I created by moving the bush there) 

Now I could finally start the digging of the pond! I raked out all of the bark which was sat on the garden floor and began the dig away at the stoney ground. This took me three days on and off to get to a stage where I could actually see some depth. There really was that much stone! I’ve been separating the big stones so I can create a rockery once the pond is finished.

I found the easiest way to get the stones up was to rake the soil up first and then spray the rocks/stones with a strong hose which loosens them to make them easier to be lifted. 

Once I had dug the first planting shelf out I found a wooden plank which at first I was annoyed about. However, this was the perfect depth for another planting shelf! As I dug past the plank it soon came to me as to why there was a plank there. I had stuck clay. At last! The end of the stone! Now I could dig out all of the clay and dig under the stone, therefore allowing the stone/mud to cave in on itself – making it easier for me to break it down to shovel into the new flower beds. 

This project is still in motion and will be updated when more work is done. 


“Lying Labour”

Coming from a working class background myself, my family have pretty much always voted Labour (Or Liberals on the odd occasion) However in recent years the tables have turned and the Conservatives have helped us out a lot more so as things stand Labour will not be getting out votes for many years to come.

This isn’t because of their excessive borrowing last time Labour were in power or leading us into an unnecessary war; it is because of their lies. I genuinely do believe the Labour party has changed but have they changed for good? I do believe they wouldn’t lead us into another war because Jeremy Corbyn simply doesn’t have it in him. Which, depending on how you look at it could be good for us or on the other hand it could be disastrous.

The manifestos of each party are expected to be released between the 8th and 10th May. But from what we know so far is that Labour are proposing to increase the minimum wage for over eighteens to ten pounds per hour. This seems like more of a bribe to me than anything. Labour are depending on young voters and are literally promising them money to vote for them. Probably something they will make a U turn on if they are miraculously voted in. They are proposing to give all primary school children free meals. Although I do agree with this I do find it hard to see how they can afford to do this and if they can why not extend this to high school children too? My high school gave some children a bursary of £10/£40 a week depending on their parents income which a lot would buy their dinner with. Free dinners would benefit high school children more in my honest opinion. They are always piping up about NHS cuts and how if they were in power they would fund it. Well Jeremy. How on earth could you afford to increase the minimum wage for everyone over the age of eighteen by £4.40 per hour, give children free food, pump millions/billions into the NHS, re-nationalise the railways costing millions/billions once again and whatever else they’re promising to spend money on.

Don’t get me wrong I would love my wage to go up. I would love to see a doctor in the same week I make an appointment, I would love to live in a country where money isn’t a problem but to spend money we need to make money. Labour have not shown how they can justify this excessive spending and I fear that we will just be voting for a party who will either ruin this country once again by borrowing or they will go against everything they have said so far.

You could argue that they will force huge companies like Costa to pay more tax etc but these companies are smart. It’s obvious they’re making billions in profit but how can we prove this? These companies will have legal ways to make their profits disappear and even if we can prove this and tax them more, they will just move to another country and we will be back to square one. Another way they could propose to scrape some money would be by taxing people earning over £100,000 per year even more than they’re getting taxed now. Fair enough, as working class people we may say “oh yeah that’s fair enough” But is it fair? Most of these people have worked all their lives building a name for themselves, establishing a future for their families and they will be taxed more for their hard work than you just because they earn more money? How would you like being taxed 30% more than me because you work hard and earn more money than me? I’m not saying people earning less than this don’t work hard but it’s not fair at all. I believe everyone should be taxed at the same rate. Even if Labour are voted in there’s no way MP’s would vote for this anyway. An MPs salary averages at about £75,000 (this figure could be more now) meaning they will also have assets which will be pushing their yearly income way over the £100,000 a year mark. Why would Mps vote to get taxed more on their own wages? As we all know. Most/every MP is out for everything they can get for themselves.

I will happily admit I am wrong if Labour can pull the biggest U turn of the century and prove me wrong and pull Billions of pounds out of mid air. But until then. Tories have my vote and Labour are liars.

Cold War(s)?

This week has been a huge week for the world. Not only did a giraffe give birth give in front of millions of people but the worlds “strongest” countries have been showing off their military might.

We will start with earlier this week. Hundreds of innocent Syrian civilians were targeted in a chemical gas attack. The USA are claiming that the Syrian Regime is to blame. However. The Russian government are defending their Syrian allies and are trying to shift the blame onto the Americans. They are comparing it to the Iraq war where George Bush claimed Saddam Hussein had “weapons of mass destruction” (WMD) to his disposal. After the Americans invaded Iraq and caused years of war and tension between the Iraqi people it was proven that Hussein, in fact did not have these WMD.
It is quite clear no one actually knows who is actually to blame for these attacks, the UK are sticking with their allies in America by blaming Syria whilst the Syrian government are denying the attack was them.
Russia have called for the UN to investigate the USA after they bombed a Syrian airbase the day after the attack.
It is understandable to see where Russia are coming from on this one. America could easily have “staged” this inhumane attack as an excuse to use such excessive military force without passing it with congress and to gain support of the people of America if they are to enter into the civil war.
However. Would the USA really do such a thing to innocent civilians?
Maybe it was a ploy to improve relations with Russia and get them to finally ditch their Middle Eastern allies. If that is the case, it has worked in a very counter productive manner. President Trump spoke out in the week quoting “Relations with Russia are at an all time low”. This comes just months after the Kremlin cheering at the news of Trump becoming President. Perhaps the presidents words are a smoke screen for a huge U turn? Who knows?

Moving on from Syria and travelling further East to Afghanistan. Another show of military force from the USA in their fight against terrorism. They dropped the largest bomb (apart from a nuclear bomb) “Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb” or “Mother of all bombs”  On old caves. Killing at least 90 Daesh soldiers. This cave system was originally created by old salt miners before the Islamic State took over the territory and littered it with land mines and bunkers. This bombing is said to have cleared the land of these obsticales and should help the Afghan army advance their efforts against the Islamic State militants.
Source – BBC NEWS

Did the US really have to use such a big bomb? One of these bombs costs the equivalent to thirteen million pounds. Out of a programme cost total of three hundred and fourteen million pounds. That’s 5% of their MOAB stockpile used on just ninety Islamic state foot soldiers. Could other, cheaper bombs not have been used? Was this America showing off their expendable arms inventory again?
Sources- BBC NEWS

After the whole Syria crisis America and Russia don’t seem to be seeing eye to eye. But as the old saying goes –  “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”.
So where do they stand on North Korea?
You’ve probably guessed it.
On the 15th April North Korea put on huge military displays, patrolling thousands of tanks, rockets, bombs and soldiers through the streets if Pyongyang. This comes literally days after President Trump called North Korea “A problem” and that the US will “Properly deal with North Korea”. It seems Trump and President Ji of China have been in frequent contact regarding North Korea and China have asked both countries to step back before it gets too far.

Why is Trump so angered with North Korea?
North Korea have been conducting numerous nuclear tests in recent times, completely ignoring UN sanctions. Kim Jong-Un has declared they have developed a nuclear missile which could reach America. In retaliation to these comments, an American war vessel has been deployed to the region. A North Korean spokesperson retaliated to Americas show of force by saying “If the United States wages reckless provocation against us, our revolutionary power will instantly counter with annihilating strike, and we will respond to full-out war with full-out war and to nuclear war with our style of nuclear strike warfare”.
Could they be telling the truth regarding being able to reach the USA with a nuclear missile? Would the US military really go to war with Korea? There is so many questions to be asked, as there always is regarding the communist nation. They are lead by a young, power crazy man who should be focusing on feeding his nation rather than destroying others.

From watching the very limited videos available on the internet of the communist nation it is crazy to think they have such a huge military presence yet there is people who don’t eat for days, even weeks. Maybe if Kim was to calm down a bit and stop showing off with his toys, the UN could/would help his country and save the poor civilians who have been left to die because of his greed.

What if anyone meant what they said?
Would there even be a war at all? Russia Vs America there would possibly be boots on the ground combat but perhaps we are passed them times now. If one leader decides to press that button it’s over. Wars can be won by deciding who has the biggest balls nowadays. It’s a scary world we live in.

What am I doing?

To be completely honest. I am not even sure myself what I am doing. I have been reading blogs more and more often recently and I’ve decided to give it a go myself. I do not know how anyone in the slightest can find me interesting but I suppose it is worth a shot.

Most blogs I see are focused on one subject or similar subjects/topics. I read some about the latest fashion and trends, some on the latest news and sports. However I don’t think I could find myself concentrating on one sole subject. As i am writing this I still don’t know how this is going to pan out and if it will even last. I suppose that’s the fun in it right? Today I could talk about the next Cold War / World War Three, yet tomorrow I could be talking about how Puma make odd football boots.