Labouring Crime

Posted by Anthony North on July 14, 2013

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Guru Tony says … Brit kids expected to learn fractions & study programming at age 5? Childhood was such a brief blip in the history of my country.
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THE CRIME POST
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THIEF: He was too good a thief.
Police by the dozen tried to catch him.
Finally caught, they got back what was
stolen. Their reputation.
***
There’s a smell about
Crime done, cops lost, victim hurt
A stench of despair
***
CONTRACT: He’d survived 4 murder
attempts in a week. Someone was after
him. He caught him when his killer went
for his rival. Taking a contract out
on himself had flushed him out.

BONES: Revenge is sweet. He hated me &
wanted to pull me to pieces bone by
bone. I hid. That was 50 yrs ago & now,
home, I dig up his grave. Revenge
IS sweet.

MICROPEDIE IN 55 WORDS
Alien Abduction – ET invites you for a prod. Similar to fairy abduction, vampire attack … Continuing cultural story of our fears.
Abnormal – nonsense. Suggests a norm, which is a tag placed on those who don’t conform to an elite’s view of itself.
Aardvark – strange creature. Few know what it is, what it does. Only know its habitat. Encyclopedia, page 1.


Blogger Bard says:

LETTER: The letter was anonymous but
made it clear his wife was having an
affair. A jealous type, he killed her
that night. If only he’d read next
door’s address.
***
ELECT: They blamed the rain. Only 1
turned out to vote. Only 1 to vote FOR.
She couldn’t vote for herself. The
people had spoken. She was elected.
***
GLOW: The glow came from below. He
suspected treasure and began to dig,
only to be disappointed. If only
he’d realised the treasure was
the glow itself.

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78 Comments

  1. Anand (@anand_su) said on July 14, 2013

    Its sad that kids lose their time to play. :(

    Fractions are never fun.

  2. Anthony North said on July 14, 2013

    Hi Anand, yes, educators expect too much of kids nowadays – and rarely provide a rounded education, anyway.

  3. Poet Laundry said on July 14, 2013

    ha…’Thief’ is clever! Nice work Anthony.

  4. Anthony North said on July 14, 2013

    Hi Poet Laundry, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

  5. Mary said on July 14, 2013

    Hmmm, is that really what is happening in the UK?? Are you being asked to pay to go to the doctor now? For years some in our country have been speaking glowingly about how it works in OTHER countries. I have never been sold on socialized medicine. What the government administrates it generally screws up….LOL. Our healthcare system is adopting Obamacare, but I am not sure what it will do truly. It will not affect me nor many; and my insurance premiums continue to rise. I don’t know what the answer is, but it seems no one has yet discovered the perfect solution.

  6. brian miller said on July 14, 2013

    oo so you buried him in the garden perhaps to fertilize the flowers? pretty clever as well taking out a hit to draw him out…

  7. Liz Rice-Sosne said on July 14, 2013

    Ah – thank you for the tips i.e. scroll down. You are quite right about illness and medicine. It is very much the same here in the USA. I have been well most of my life and ill now 6 months out of 12 for the last 4 years. I feel quite helpless and depressed when in the middle of it.

  8. Hazel said on July 14, 2013

    Those things at 5? That is really advanced. Or too rushed up….

  9. Anthony North said on July 14, 2013

    Hi Mary, no, it’s a suggestion. Hopefully it will never get off the ground. My personal experience with our system has been good – apart from a general medical failure to deal with M.E. If there is a problem, it has been constant political tampering over the last 30 yrs to try to introduce privatisation. If left alone I think it works.

  10. Anthony North said on July 14, 2013

    Hi Brian, I think I’m getting too involved in these crime scams :-)

    Hi Liz, I’m a long term M.E. sufferer so I know what you mean.

    Hi Hazel, yes, very true.

  11. Grace said on July 14, 2013

    Another awesome post ~ My favorite parts are Crime and Blogger Bard ~ The glow was a treasure – brilliant share ~

  12. dsnake1 said on July 14, 2013

    thanks for those bites of Brit news. interesting stuff.

    BONES : it’s chilly, but funny.

    LETTER : what a wicked twist.

  13. sherry blue sky said on July 14, 2013

    “a stench of despair” – the way I feel every time I watch the news on tv!

  14. Audrey Howitt said on July 14, 2013

    I loved contract–its the lawyer in me I suppose–and the dark side of me as well!

  15. Anthony North said on July 14, 2013

    Hi Grace, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi dsnake1, many thanks. I do like doing twisty tales.

    Hi Sherry Blue Sky, I know what you mean.

    Hi Audrey, thank you. Glad you liked it.

  16. Jim said on July 14, 2013

    :) Funny, Anthony ~~ If my math is correct, she DID VOTE FOR HERSELF.
    Haha,
    ..

  17. Leslie Moon said on July 14, 2013

    Anthony I always learn more by reading your weekly “news” than reading the paper.
    California is an excellent test case of what not to do in education – 5-7 years of age the educational standards are at the top of the nation by 18 they are scraping the bottom of the standards barrel – The moral: let kids be kids

    cheers – let’s drink to a system where the doctors (and pharma) get richer and the people get sicker

  18. kaykuala said on July 14, 2013

    ELECT: What a twist of fate! Nicely Anthony!

    Hank

  19. Madeleine Begun Kane said on July 14, 2013

    I especially liked Letter and Glow.

  20. Pat said on July 14, 2013

    Re: elect…We often have an abysmal turnout at elections, especially in the years that are not presidential election years….apathy and laziness are the culprits. Good for the woman who was elected even though she couldn’t vote for herself. I’ve never hear of a rule like that before.

  21. Judy Sheldon-Walker said on July 14, 2013

    She deserved to win.

  22. Karen S. said on July 14, 2013

    Such cleverness today, and I learned along the way. It is heartbreaking when children aren’t able to enjoy their childhood.

  23. Anthony North said on July 14, 2013

    Hi Jim, yep, she could well have.

    Hi Leslie, many thanks. Yes, I agree.

    Hi Hank, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Madeleine, thank you. Very kind.

  24. Anthony North said on July 14, 2013

    Hi Pat, thanks for that. Mindst you, i place apathy on the fact that, basically, all main parties now have the same agenda – in the UK, at least.

    Hi Judy, many thanks for that.

    Hi Karen, thank you. It certainly is.

  25. Helen said on July 15, 2013

    The treasure – the glow itself. If folks realized that, there might be a few more happy people.

  26. Anthony North said on July 15, 2013

    Hi Helen, yes, indeed.

  27. Roger Green said on July 16, 2013

    So what is ‘normal’ ANYWAY?

  28. Leslie said on July 16, 2013

    I’m awfully glad you have National Insurance! When hubby ended up in hospital whilst working over there, we were concerned as to who would pay the bill which ended up to be over 9000 UK pounds! Turned out he had been paying into NI as he was there on a heritage working visa. Whew!

  29. Reader Wil said on July 16, 2013

    An aardvark? Yes, come to think of it : I haven’t seen one either and don’t know what it looks like.
    Interesting post as usual, Anthony! Thank you and have a great summer’s week .
    Wil, ABCW Team.

  30. Anthony North said on July 16, 2013

    Hi Roger, exactly.

    Hi Leslie, yes, it certainly has its uses.

    Hi Reader Wil, thanks for that. You, too.

  31. Nanka said on July 16, 2013

    Yes here too in my country childhood is a blink of the eye!! Alien Abduction and Abnormal both great but Hehehe!! Aardvark on page 1 is fine thinking!! :D The thief is the best crime story I have read so far!! Smiles ;)

  32. Anthony North said on July 16, 2013

    Hi Nanka, many thanks for those kind words.

  33. Mary said on July 16, 2013

    Yikes, programming and fractions at age 5? Seems WAY premature for me…….

  34. Anthony North said on July 16, 2013

    Hi Mary, yes, far too early.

  35. Claudia said on July 16, 2013

    sometimes i wonder where our healthcare systems go and our school systems as well…ugh…

  36. brian miller said on July 16, 2013

    ah mistaken the glow for something more and failing to see the beauty in it…smiles…i like that…

    and the vote one, ha…blame the rain all you want, maybe there are quality issues…smiles.

  37. Tony said on July 16, 2013

    Thought-provoking as always, Anthony. If people here in the UK think that education and health services are expensive, they should see the cost of not having them. It might make them think again.

  38. Pamelasayers said on July 16, 2013

    Bones and Letter made me smile, Anthony. So, true on a doctor’s salary and big pharm pay.

    Pamela

  39. Kay L. Davies said on July 16, 2013

    I’m just guessing from a time-raddled memory here, Anthony, and I’m thinking an aardvark eats ants, and has more armour than an anteater.
    An excellent post all ’round, and I downloaded your free e-book, plus sent it to my best friend and her daughter, both of whom are much more intelligent than I am.
    K

  40. Anthony North said on July 16, 2013

    Hi Claudia, it’s certainly an enigma.

    Hi Brian, thanks for that. And yes, quality issues.

    Hi Tony, a very good point.

    Hi Pamela, many thanks. glad you liked them.

    Hi Kay, thank you, and I hope you all enjoy the eBook.

  41. Rajesh said on July 17, 2013

    I liked that “Crime Post”.

  42. kelvin s.m. said on July 17, 2013

    …it’s hard when the one being stolen was the reputation earned almost all his/her life… & oh..that ‘Letter’ post was shocking & short & outstanding… so sad when one can’t control his emotion/s to burst before taking any actions in which at the end he’ll regret… i feel sorry for the innocent wife though… enjoyed this as always… thanks sir… smiles…

  43. Anthony North said on July 17, 2013

    Hi Rajesh, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Kelvin, many thanks for those kind words.

  44. Alice Audrey said on July 18, 2013

    And here I was horrified to discover they were teaching my children statistical analysis in 3rd grade. Fractions before they have a grip on numbers? Par for the course.

  45. Adelle Laudan said on July 18, 2013

    I, Detective is going to be my bedtime read for tonight. I’m sure I’ll love it. You’re such a clever man. Happy T13!

  46. CountryDew said on July 18, 2013

    You have a lot going on.

  47. Anthony North said on July 18, 2013

    Hi Alice, Indeed. They’ve forgotten how to let kids be kids, me thinks.

    Hi Adelle, many thanks for that, and I hope you enjoy it.

    Hi Country Dew, luckily they’re all short, though ;-)

  48. Hazel said on July 18, 2013

    If only jealousy could count 1-100 before exploding!

  49. Talon said on July 18, 2013

    So sad how children have now become mini-adults. I miss seeing kids that have that childhood magic!

  50. Heather L said on July 18, 2013

    Fractions at age five? I still haven’t mastered them, never mind trying to learn them in kindergarten. Our society just gets crazier and crazier.

  51. Anthony North said on July 18, 2013

    Hi Hazel, yes, it would stop a lot of trouble.

    Hi Talon, yes, so do I. It’s a tragedy.

    Hi Heather, it does indeed.

  52. Nanka said on July 19, 2013

    The tragedy of errors in the “Letter”!! My heart just sunk there!!
    “Elect” just shows the importance of exercising franchise …excellent lessons and “Glow” similar to the goose that laid a golden egg!! Brilliant the trio!!

  53. Suzy said on July 19, 2013

    Quite sad that childhood is just snatched away like that.

    Dropping by from the ABC Wed linkup

  54. Ramesh Sood said on July 19, 2013

    I enjoyed all the writes…thanks Anthony sir for such a treat…

    http://rameshsood.blogspot.in/2013/07/wet-spots-of-rain-drops.html

    RS

  55. brian miller said on July 19, 2013

    ha. you def have to watch stepping on the police reputation, they dont take well to that…smiles…got a feeling they better keep an eye on him though…

  56. magicalmysticalteacher said on July 19, 2013

    The stench of despair is one of the most noisome of odors!

    Barbs of Loneliness

  57. Anthony North said on July 19, 2013

    Hi Nanka, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Suzy, it is indeed.

    Hi Brian, yep, they certainly had.

  58. Anthony North said on July 19, 2013

    Hi Ramesh, many thanks. Glad you liked them.

    Hi Magical Mystical Teacher, it is indeed.

  59. G-Man said on July 19, 2013

    Tony…?
    You believe that Alien Abduction is a cultural myth? I’m very surprised at that. A Sci-Fi buff such as yourself…
    Loved your meme responses as always.
    Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

  60. hedgewitch said on July 19, 2013

    Read all of these with many a smile, but the last one truly was my favorite–it segues very well with my glowworms, too. So many things try to bury that light.

  61. gautami tripathy said on July 19, 2013

    Your posts are nuggets of Info!

    in the shadows, let it be

  62. Karen, Something Written said on July 19, 2013

    Another terrific post to ponder. I love Glow, very clever.

  63. Reading Pleasure said on July 19, 2013

    The smell of crime is a powerfully pungent one which carries far indeed

  64. Alice Audrey said on July 19, 2013

    A policeman’s reputation is almost as important to the policeman as an accountant’s to the accountant.

  65. Anthony North said on July 19, 2013

    Hi G-Man, I don’t deny something strange happens, I’m talking more of our cultural perception affecting what is experienced.

    Hi Hedgewitch, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Gautami, many thanks for that.

  66. Anthony North said on July 19, 2013

    Hi Karen, many thanks. Glad you liked it.

    Hi Reading Pleasure, so very true.

    Hi Alice, yes, they certainly feel it badly.

  67. Margaret said on July 19, 2013

    The “glow” IS the treasure. Loved that.

  68. ninotaziz said on July 19, 2013

    Let kids be kids, and thieves be thieves, Anthony?

    Bones and Letter went SO well together!

    I enjoyed my visit, as always.

  69. Anthony North said on July 19, 2013

    Hi Margaret, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Ninotaziz, thank you. Very kind.

  70. WabiSabi said on July 19, 2013

    The treasure was the glow itself! Indeed!:)

  71. Grandma`s Goulash said on July 20, 2013

    An apt comment, but how sad that voter apathy is so common.

  72. Anthony North said on July 21, 2013

    Hi Wabi Sabi, many thanks for that.

    Hi Grandma, yes, it is indeed.

  73. Spectra Ghostseeker said on July 21, 2013

    RE: Friday Flash 55 and contemplating what my last words will be: something clever like “would you idiots turn off that blinding white light and let me sleep?”
    I’ve worked night shifts for many years and find myself sometimes wishing that the sun had a pull cord and the neighbors’ kids had an off switch.

  74. Anthony North said on July 21, 2013

    Hi Spectra Ghostseeker, many thanks for that.

  75. Helen said on November 26, 2013

    You have been missing from blog land for some time … hope everything in your world is good.

  76. Anthony North said on November 27, 2013

    Hi Helen, thanks for asking. Initially I stopped blogging to try to use my limited time available to increase my ebook downloads, but have also been ill for a while with a resurgence of my M.E. Though I think I’ve levelled out now and should soon start to recover. When I’ll get back to blogging, though, I don’t know at this stage.

  77. Other Mary said on January 11, 2014

    What a blogger smorgasbord‎ you serve up Anthony. All the little bits make for a very fast-paced read. You’re a very prolific writer!

  78. Anthony North said on January 11, 2014

    Hi Other Mary, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

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