Friday 5th August 2022

Morning

Up 08 15. Difficult dreams. Congestion; cough.

Agreed to meet friends out for coffee and decided take breakfast out as cupboard bare in that respect. Watched Redline TV production on contribution of Labour left to its own defeat inc what described as ‘defeat’ of Momentum as a democratic force.

Went to bathroom and dressed.

Met friends for coffee (courtesy me) at Boston Tea Party in lower Lansdown. Caught up.

Breakfast : croissant; coffee; water.

Walked on to meet friend for catch up and picnic lunch. Visited Sydney Gardens, inspecting newly renovated gardens, buildings, and what seemed to be antique, iron public toilet building (not plumbed). Friend had ceased operating as ordered; landlord now demonstrably lying (and libeling friend) in writing in attempt to avoid any responsibility, liability, knowledge. Par for course.

Afternoon

Lunch : herb frittata; prosecco (courtesy friend).

Friend invited me consider whether needed anything that going to let go and whether wished do car boot sale which said would consider. Sore throat for which friend offered tonic.

Tea : black tea; water (courtesy friend).

Quite fatigued on arrival studio. Online. Over 50c in Iraq, Iran yesterday. Sunak filmed telling leadership electors that had reversed funding formulas in Treasury to benefit home counties at expense of deprived, inner city areas. Did work requested by Chair Bathnes Green Party, making notes in diary.

Evening

Supper : chicken livers, onion, spinach in tomato sauce with pita.

Spoke friend.

Online before turning in.

Thursday 4th August 2022

Morning

Up 08 10. Congestion; sore throat.

Breakfast : orange juice; coffee; muesli (dairy milk). Thames Head apparently moved 2 miles downstream. Amazon staff striking at Tilbury. Reported 16m facing famine in Yemen.

Went bathroom, showered and dressed.

Met friend for coffee at Loft (courtesy me). Recommended I ask for tests following COVID-19; he knows case permanently on medication as result. He felt opposition to government missing in action. I asked how would know if it was there. His view that opposition parties need form alliance nationally and/or locally and that I am well positioned to instigate locally. Told him of my experience going back decade or more and said would send him information that might be of interest inc NUPES in France, German government, Compass website as well as think about stuff. Remain of view that, at very least, policy programme of alliances needs to be good enough, and other misgivings. Also discussed dangers of leaving matters to designated experts, using professional and academic economists as case in point.

Walked on to meet friend for elevenses at Pavilion Cafe in Victoria Park.

Elevenses : carrot and ginger cake; ginger beer (courtesy friend).

Caught up and briefly discussed item party business concerning me (she is Chair).

Afternoon

Skipped lunch as ran later than planned, managing reach Northgate House by 14 00.

Attended appointment with new EA (Seetec Pluss). Met EA, introducing self and situation. EA showed me her record of my applications since joining Restart, and saying had committed to 5 a week. Felt vulnerable though had expected as much. Said I spoke to WC frequently and regularly; EA said she did so too which I confirmed I knew. Proposition was that I should work 37.5 hours a week doing applications. I said not realistic if object finding and doing applications well and sustainably. Explained work possibly employment or self employment/enterprise and loose ends as regards SP (Marketing workshop; wellbeing action). Wellbeing assessment seemed dropped off system/radar. Opted for Managing Stress and Anxiety course amongst those offered. Said mental state seemed a little improved of late, that winter had been difficult, and mental furniture moved about a bit and would see proof or not over next weeks. Agreed orally on 3 applications which EA recorded as 3-5 on Action Plan, printing and asking me sign. Noticed poster above her desk with message about empowering people; the relations and manners are teacher/manager/authority and subordinate; on the wall as approached reception area and exit to sign out as usual is hand-drawn table of targets and progress for the staff.

Bit dazed following three meetings on the trot, and the latter, so walked to Parade Bridge to enjoy view before returning studio via Waitrose where bought frozen spinach, reduced chicken livers, pita bread.

Tea : black tea.

Wrote to colleague on party business and friend regarding alliances. Arriva (buses) staff into third week of strike.action. 1000+ pledges now to form human chain around parliament in autumn regarding Assange case. Annoyed at viewing same clip repeatedly as person appearing in it has liked or retweeted others’ posts of same (lack self-awareness?).

Siesta.

Evening

Supper : chicken livers, onion, and spinach in tomato sauce with pita.

Online before turning in.

Wednesday 3rd August 2022

Morning

Up 08 30. Difficult dreams. Congested; sore throat; cough.

Breakfast : orange juice; coffee; muesli (dairy milk). Heatwave due France this week again. Flooding in US. President Higgins (Ireland) : ‘Housing and the basic needs of society should never have been left to the marketplace.’ Speaker Pelosi barely coherent in Taiwan speech.

Did dishes and went bathroom.

Published TNS.

Elevenses : coffee. Bath Trades Union Council event featuring RMT organisers 18 August. Voted for Elections Coordinator (GPEx) on strength of statements, videos, and odd remark on Twitter feed.

Continued publishing TNS.

Went to Waitrose for food. Somewhat light headed. Brief conversation with friends of yore parked on single yellow in electric SUV. I remarked upon Conservative Party leadership campaign saying made little difference who prevailed and said encouraged that working class seemed be waking up to its power. ‘You always think revolution is round the corner.’ This is not so; it is true though that I have argued a revolution in institutional and physical architecture is required and personally tried to get people to do something to make it happen, many of whom have declined to date. ‘I prefer Sunak,” he said. Staff member in Waitrose said she hated Bath : too many tourists. Saw former neighbour on way back to studio who said it had only been two months or so that she had felt normal self following COVID-19 infection in 2020.

Afternoon

Lunch : tortilla; guacamole.

Siesta.

Continued publishing TNS. Off to Waitrose again for another packet tortilla as insufficient left over from lunch.

Evening

Supper : tortilla; guacamole; ice cream. Footage Christians for Climate Action outside Lambeth Palace (I presume) during annual Lambeth Conference. People apparently started posting new energy bills online for public consumption : e.g. £1667.94 pcm (British Gas).

Felt out of sorts – possibly food related.

Online before turning in.

Tuesday 2nd August 2022

Morning

Up 08 00. Congestion; cough.

Breakfast : orange juice; coffee; muesli (dairy milk). Footage Australian Senator pledging allegiance to ‘colonising Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’.

Spoke friend.

Went bathroom, showered. Shower curtain rig collapsed so re-erected.

Elevenses : coffee.

Looked through some University of Bath Careers Service online resources as suggested, accepting appointment for next Monday.

Afternoon

Went to Waitrose buying tortelloni. Passed by acquaintance sitting on street who seemed say had not made it to Stonehenge for solstice, apparently having woken up on the bus back in Bath following a round trip.

Lunch : tortelloni; salad.

Siesta.

Tea : trifle; black tea. Read Netpol briefing on new classification politically active (e.g. ‘aggravated activists’, surveillance, harassment etc). Voted for Chair in GPEx Elections. Sore throat.

Published TNS.

Evening

Supper : tortelloni; salad; trifle.

Published TNS.

Spoke friend.

Online before turning in.

Monday 1st August 2022

Morning

Up 07 45. Congested.

Breakfast : orange juice; coffee; muesli (dairy milk). CWU members striking today. Photograph of what claimed be 6000 year old tree online. Aviation fuel pipeline being built between Southampton and London Heathrow by ExxonMobil. Footage flooding India and Oman.

Went to bathroom, showered and dressed.

Attended 10 00 appointment with University of Bath Careers Service officer at Virgil Building, the former police station on Manvers Street. Reintroduced self after meeting prior lockdown (2020), updating her on situation and requesting input on information resources (jobs profiles, specification of skills etc) and possible contacts. Made notes and left after 20 minute slot ended, agreeing would return for longer appointment after initial research.

Bought coffee in Waitrose en route home. Slog home.

Elevenses : coffee. Spoke friend. Cough.

Sent weekly report to EA and WC.

Shopped in Saisburys and Waitrose for pizza and salad. Occurred to me that could stage TESAHIW exhibition in Green Park Station using the 8 columns accessible notwithstanding the ongoing works. Spoke Security Guard who asked me – I think in good faith – whether COVID-19 created by ‘aliens’ : he had seen something on social media. Said important have political culture where proper public deliberation etc rather than what have. Question sat oddly with his evident appreciation that those in power in his country origin were not working in interest of most citizens. Voted for Deputy Leader after inspecting online resources in GPEW Executive elections (GPEx) which opened today.

Afternoon

Lunch : pizza; salad. Paid rent.

Siesta.

Tea : black tea.

Published TNS.

Evening

Supper : pizza; salad.

Online before turning in.

Statement w/c 1st August 2022

Health & Beauty

Male; 48 years old; (H) 1.90 m; (W) 95 kg. Possibly neurologically diverse (unassessed).

Moderate anxiety; moderate depression.

Monitoring possible digestive and urological issues following GP visit (not thought pathological); sundry other issues.

Home

Tenant (shorthold assured tenancy) of unfurnished 30m2 studio apartment in Bath (UK) at £19.83 per square meter.

Neither building nor studio well appointed or maintained.

Livelihood

Universal Credit claimant registered on RESTART programme with SEETEC PLUSS via DWP office in Bath as ‘ungainfully self-employed’ (journalism; media production; education).

Fellow of The Schumacher Institute.

Monthly disposable income : £929.91 Universal Credit : £929.91. Patreon : £0. Other : £0.

Current account balance : £1320.51; Cash balance : £1.37 ; Savings : £01; Debt £0.

All balances shown as at 1st August 2022; (1) Trivial holdings (< £5,000) in two private pension schemes not accessible before become eligible for retirement.

Politics

Member of Green Party of England and Wales.

Relations

Single.

Parents (North West England); godparents (South West England; France); brother, sister-in-law, niece (North West England).

Sunday 31st July 2022

Morning

Up 08 30. Difficult dreams. Congestion; cough.

Breakfast : lemon juice and water; muesli (dairy milk). Merseyside Pensioners Association and Labour Party member expelled following incident with LOTO. FBI raided members African People’s Socialist Party in US. Women’s Euro 2022 Final today : England v Germany.

Thought about life and future.

Elevenses : coffee.

Went to Morrisons and then Waitrose for food and beer, visiting charity shops for glassware. Interested in pair wine glasses but £20 on enquiring, not £10 as thought; invited to make offer – presumably more than £10 – as ‘they’ve been around a while.’ Waitrose staff member said beer was loss leader when I said was less dear than at Morrisons by small margin.

Afternoon

Lunch : papadams with pickle; beer; vegetable curry with rice.

Siesta.

Tea : peach; black tea.

Continued thinking about life and future. Cannabis smoke in studio. Don’t Pay UK stated 15,000 activists signed up across country.

Evening

Supper : papadams with pickle; beer; vegetable curry with rice.

Continued thinking, going for walk to Millennium Green Community Garden and on to Lansdown Cemetary to watch sunset. Returned home to find footage online England winning European Championship.

Spoke to friend briefly before turning in.

Saturday 30th July 2022

Morning

Up 09 00. Congestion. Spoke friend who had received phone call from new Managing Agent telling her to cease business operations on site – ongoing a decade or more – immediately.

Breakfast : orange juice; tiramisu; coffee. ASLEF members striking.

Decongestion effort, listening to Prof Therborn on Jacobin YouTube site (interrupted periodically by groin care ads). Did dishes and spoke friend.

Elevenses : coffee.

Online. Leaked correspondence regarding packing Lords. Attorney General said to have banned state lawyers from instructing policymakers that proposed changes unlawful.

Went to Waitrose for food.

Afternoon

Lunch : greek salad; pita bread.

Siesta.

Tea : black tea.

Published TNS listening to Jacobin production on German history. Cough; congestion.

Evening

Supper : greek salad; pita bread. Congestion; fatigue.

Online before turning in.

Friday 29th July 2022

Morning

Up 08 15. Difficult dreams and waking thoughts. Congestion; sore throat.

Breakfast : orange juice; muesli (dairy milk); coffee. Ecotricity Bill through : £16.77. CWU members striking today at BT/Openreach. Heatwave forecast in France and possibly UK next week. House Speaker Pelosi planning visit Taiwan apparently.

Spoke friend.Went bathroom, did dishes, and showered.

Elevenses : coffee. Regarding energy and other prices/profits/wage distribution, Jeremy Corbyn wrote, ‘If you are a CEO ….. I ain’t your mate.’ Recalled meetings of former LOTO or rather ‘People’s Chancellor’ with likes of HSBC etc ahead of 2019 General Election which sat ill with me at time.

Friend called inviting me for walk : spent few hours in Botanical Gardens together before visiting Waitrose for food. Nurse remarked upon fact tests had been sent to friend gratis saying was not policy and – with a smile – that could sell on eBay. ‘Like the NHS,’ I said, thanking her for her work. Passed by touring Food Festival, largely unattended, charging £12 per head for admission on the day. As said previously, BathNES Council levies fee for mere consideration of events on its estate catering for such fare.

Afternoon

Lunch : steak; fries; salad.

Siesta.

Tea : coffee; tiramisu. Wildcat strike reported in Bury in North West England.

Fatigued. Read a little.

Evening

Supper : steak; fries; salad.

Online before turning in.

Thursday 28th July 2022

Morning

Up 07 15. Congestion; cough.

Breakfast : orange juice; muesli (dairy milk). Earth Overshoot Day.

Booked appointment with University of Bath Careers Service.

Spoke friend.

Did recycling and refuse, encountering neighbour. She was frustrated at road resurfacing on Camden Road which crosses Camden Row and therefore corralled cars for past week or so. Also spoke about her vaults’ likely inadequacy as road support. I said answer was modal shift to walking, cycling, public transport; she criticised e-Scooters (I am not a particular fan) which led me to point out how consisted much less stuff than car and less dangerous to boot (‘Which would you rather be hit by?’ I asked) : unmoved (‘You’d know about it if you were hit by an e-scooter’ or something close).

Attended meeting with WC at Pinesgate. Discussed health and fact seemed a fortnight from normal functioning. Said had booked appointment with University Careers Service. Made appointment to see colleague (holiday cover). Changed when got in and hung clothes to air/dry.

Elevenses : coffee. Earth First critique of Extinction Rebellion and call for meeting in South West for those interested. Sense that rooted organising in what is required to build power (workplaces and residential communities).

Brought bins in and took and submitted meter readings, judging that bill would be close to zero with absence and estimated basis last two.bills. Went to town visiting charity shops for glassware and Waitrose for food.

Afternoon

Lunch : minestrone soup and bread. Groin grooming ad interrupted music playing on YouTube.

Siesta. Struggled to wake up when alarm sounded.

Tea : black tea.

Published TNS.

Evening

Supper : minestrone soup; bread.

Spoke friend.

Online before turning in.