Tuesday, March 09, 2021

GROUNDHOG DAY AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN....AS THE SAYING GOES....AND GOES.....

 








 

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair...”  

 

I’m sure Charles Dickens wouldn’t mind my use of his words. The quote is, of course, the opening paragraph of Dickens’ historical novel, “A Tale of Two Cities”. In the rare case you’re unaware the novel is set in London and Paris, covering the years 1775-1792.  The masterpiece was originally published in 1859.

“Epoch” means a particular period of history...a period of time marked by distinctive features, noteworthy events, changed conditions, etc; a point of time distinguished by a particular event, or state of affairs. 

The meaning behind Dickens’ phrase points out the major conflict between family and love; hatred and oppression; good and evil; light and darkness; wisdom and folly; of a time of despair and suffering on the one hand; of joy and hope on the other; a time of chaos, conflicts, and of happiness; a time of extreme opposites.

Any bells ringing?  Do you feel there is something familiar about the quote? The bells are ringing loudly and clearly as far as I am concerned.  I can hear them clanging away...surely you can, too.   

It sounds like Quasimodo, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, is working overtime. Esméralda must be busily running up and down the stairs bringing him mugs of hot coffee to help keep up his energy.   

Quasimodo began being busy at bell ringing a couple of decades before the tale of two cities began to unfold.  Once he got the hang of it, he couldn’t stop.  He really was in the swing of things.

Dickens’ words, to my way of thinking, could be used in the context of today’s crazy, mixed-up world...and this is 2021, not the 1850s, nor the 1700s! Dickens’ sentiments, even so long after he penned his perceptive insights, remain applicable and, no doubt, will continue... ad infinitum.... 

Have humans learned nothing in the intervening years?  I’m afraid you and I know the answer.

To make matters even messier, we now have the out of control “woke” mob.  This current craze is an irritating use of the verb. I wish the “woke” mob would wake up to themselves. 

I also wish the “cancel culture” would get cancelled. Negativity is allowed too much say these days.  It’s time to boycott both the “woke” mob, and the “ccs”.  (Not the CC’s corn chips...let’s leave them be, for God’s sake!) 

Add the gender-neutral idiots who suggested banning the term “breastfeeding”....turning it into “chest feeding”  Instead of “breast milk”....their suggestion is...”human milk”...or “breast/chest milk” or “milk from the feeding mother or parent”.   What???????

Other changes include replacing the use of the word “woman” with the phrase “woman or person”, and the term “father” with “parent”, “co-parent” or “second biological parent”, depending on the circumstances.

It has also been suggested changing the term “mother” to “gestational” or “birthing parent” and using “non-gestational” or “non-birthing parent” instead of “father”.

Some have even gone as far as declaring boy should not be referred to as “boy”...and girl as “girl”!

Surely (not Shirley) this is political correctness gone mad...totally insane!

(Oh! Look!  I have one strand of hair left on my head!)

Who comes up with all this nonsense?  Do they go to university to get a degree in “Nonsensical Behaviour”?  

The “Extinction Rebellion” wastes-of-time and space are another group of pains in the...well, you know where.  Do they study, at the expense of others, which adhesives are the best to use when sticking one’s body to bitumen, and/or concrete? 

I wish they’d become extinct, or get jobs useful to the community instead of disrupting the lives of others trying to go peacefully about their business.

Appropriately a few weeks ago the Extinction Rebellion idiots protested while dressed as zombies, I’m sure they were too stupid to realise how right on the button they were!

It’s time we supported, got behind the PPs....Positive Persons; of the CCs...Commonsense Concepts.  

Maybe I think too much...over-think things.  Thoughts just keep chip, chip, chipping away. Perhaps I should stick to reading “Garfield” and “Hagar, the Horrible”.

 

Chicken Soup with Corn Chips/Tortillas: Heat 2tbs olive oil in heavy-based saucepan; add 1 finely-chopped large onion, 1tsp minced garlic and 2 seeded, finely-chopped jalapenos Sauté until onions are soft. Add 1tbs chilli powder, 1tsp paprika, 1tsp cumin, 1tsp dried oregano, 410g crushed tomatoes, 3 skinless, boneless chicken thighs diced into bite –sized pieces, 4c chicken stock, 1c corn kernels,. 1tbs lime juice, and 1tsp salt.  Bring this to a boil; simmer 15mins.Add 410g drained can of black beans; simmer 3 more minutes. Serve hot topped with corn chips and your favourite toppings...sour cream/lime juice, and/or guacamole or tomato salsa, for example.

Beef Nachos: Preheat oven 180C/160C fan-forced. Heat 1tbs olive oil in large frying pan over med-high heat. Add 3/4 of large, finely-diced red onion. Cook, stirring, 5mins or until softened. Add 500g beef mince. Cook, stirring break up lumps, 8-10mins or until browned all over. Add 2tsp Mexican seasoning. Cook 1min. Stir in 410g canned tomato and 420g, rinsed, drained red kidney beans. Reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring, for 5mins. Remove from heat. Arrange 175g corn chips in a 6cm deep, 10-cup capacity round ovenproof dish. Spoon over mince mixture; sprinkle with 1/2c grated tasty cheese. Bake 10mins or until heated through and cheese has melted. To serve, top nachos with 1 chopped tomato, remaining chopped onion, guacamole, sour cream and coriander.

Baked Chicken Nachos: Line large sheet pan with foil.  Spread 1 bag of Corn Chips over it in a thin layer, making sure there aren’t any super thick areas of chips. Sprinkle 240g shredded sharp tasty cheddar over the corn chips.  Then evenly top them with 1c rinsed, well-drained black beans, 1c well-drained corn kernels, 1 chopped medium capsicum, and 2c shredded BBQ chicken; spread another 240g shredded tasty cheddar over top. Place in preheated 218C oven; bake for 10-15mins or until they are heated through and the cheese on top is just starting to brown. Remove from oven; top with your choice of guacamole, salsa, sour cream, and fresh chopped coriander. Serve immediately. 

 

 





 


21 comments:

  1. Dickens' words have never lost relevance.
    Yes, we live in a mad world, in a reality of despair caused by the nonsense that surrounds us. The only refuge is to Nature and good food (your recipes, for instance).

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    1. G'day, DUTA...Repetition is something humans have perfected, it seems. How wonderful it would be, though, if humans would delete repeating bad behaviours. Dickens said it well...

      Thanks for coming by, DUTA...take good care. :)

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  2. How in the world did you form this rant. What a mix of then and now.

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    1. My mind works in mysterious ways, Annie...and sometimes it works over-time! There is a lot of fodder around for me to feed upon. :)

      Take good care...thanks for coming by. :)

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  3. Some folks go to extremes, for sure.
    As always, enjoyed your clever post.

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    1. Hey there, Sandra. I'm glad you enjoyed my rambling on. Take good care...thanks for coming by. :)

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  4. I agree all the political correctness has gone way beyond its boundaries and needs to be stopped, even reversed immediately. We are fast heading towards a world where no one dares speak for fear of offending someone else and there will be no laughing anymore because we can't tell jokes in case someone somewhere will get offended. I'm not liking the way the world is going at all.
    I remember reading A Tale of Two Cities, but it has been a very long while and maybe I should track down a copy and read it again. My favourite Charles Dickens book was Great Expectations.

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    1. G'day, River....Yep! Political correctness is out of control, that is for sure. It's ridiculous. I'm with you...I'm not liking the way the world is going....so many "precious" people who believe they, and only they are right in what they sprout, trying to dictate to others.

      "Great Expectations"...a great book. I should dig the books out again, too...including "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".

      Thanks for coming by...take good care. :)

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  5. Great words from Dickens and a very good post, thank you.

    Take care Lee, my good wishes.

    All the best Jan

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    1. You're welcome, Jan....thanks for coming by...take good care. I hope all is well with you and your loved ones up your way. :)

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  6. Human nature never changes. Some of us learn some wisdom, some do not, that's the difference.

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    1. Hi, messymimi...commonsense has gone out the window these days. I hope the wind changes and blows it back in again!

      Thanks for coming by...take good care. :)

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  7. lol I see you starting to write about ‘woke’ and then read the very same words coming out of my mouth.....i wish (they) would wake up to themselves!
    I read Dickens many years ago when my mind could understand his writings (meaning of his words) I’m needing a bit of a challenge so might try again this year
    Thanks for all your recent comments Lee - I’ve been lax in replying. I do appreciate your visits so thank you for popping in.

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    1. G'day, Cathy. I should read Dickens again, too. It's a long time since I have. His writings played a big role in my childhood and teenage years...then I moved onto other writers.

      Don't worry yourself about not replying, Cathy. You've had a lot on your mind of late. I hope you're doing okay...keep your chin up...take good care. Thanks for coming by. :)

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  8. Your quote is, of course, one of the best known of book openings. It's also one of the most 'transferable' from ten to almost every 'now' through the decades since the time to which it referred.

    It's only a few weeks ago that I even learned what 'woke' meant. I think many things needed to change but the change has now become silly and almost change for the sake of change and, even worse, change for pure mischief. Some of the quotes you have used (most of which I confess I'd never heard) are just plain silly.

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    1. G'day Graham...Things are going over-board...I wish they'd sink to the bottom and stay there. I'm fed-up with all the stupidity.

      Thanks for coming by...take good care. :)

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  9. I'm a bit late to the party but thought I should tell you to check the packaging on your shampoo for your one remaining hair. I heard some manufacturers are removing the word 'normal' from all their products because they don't want anyone to feel left out. It's getting so it's almost bad to be normal, I reckon.

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    1. Oh! Yes! I read about that stupidity...the removal of "normal" from hair products, yesterday, Pauline. I lost my last strand! I yanked it out! :)

      How bloody ridiculous! There is always another idiot, it appears, to come up with another idiotic brain-fart!

      It's good to hear from you...I was getting a little concerned...and was hoping all was okay over your way. Take good care. Thanks for coming by. :)

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  10. You sure said it, Lee, things are going WAY overboard. I cannot stand all this nonsense about changing things for "correctness" from the names of sports teams, cars, food products, and on and on. It is becoming so ridiculous and seems some people have way too much time on their hands.I enjoyed the recipes in this post especially since we made our own chicken nachos just last week and this weekend chicken soup without nachos...but there's always next time!

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    1. Hi Beatrice...Yes. everything and everyone seem to be going overboard...it gets more ridiculous by the day. And there seems there is no end to it...more and more each day.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the recipes. I hope all is well with you and your loved ones...take good care...thanks for coming by. :)

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