“[…] but the business of living”

From hilariously funny ‘Carl’s retirement’ story by Stuart McLean that turns dead serious like this […] There was always something to read. Something to think about. Gradually, like newspapers left out in the sun too long, all his questions faded away. […] Soon there was no time for anything but the business of living. [Secrets from the vinyl cafe] – secrets no more 🙂

“[…] but the business of living”

27.5%

Data from the Office for National Statistics showed that 27.5 per cent of all births in England and Wales in 2015 were to women who had arrived here from abroad.

Poland was the most common country of birth for mothers born outside the UK, followed by Pakistan and India. Pakistan was the most common country of birth for fathers born outside the UK, followed by Poland and India. [from The Independent]

27.5%

From Josip Brodsky (via Krystyna Janda) on a free man vs. enslaved one

A free person in an extreme situation or in an important historical moment will always blame himself. He would say: that’s me, he will ask: why did I go there? why did I do this? why? Whereas a person who’s not free will always blame others. See what’s happening today? It’s their fault. Flat tire – it’s their fault, bad roads also them, high prices – they are doing this. They, them, their – that’s how slaves think…

From Josip Brodsky (via Krystyna Janda) on a free man vs. enslaved one

“the jump from a Toys ‘R’ Us society to an Olds ‘R’ Us one ” Joseph Chamie

It’s known as the historic reversal, and it appears irreversible: Places where the old outnumber kids.

What began in 1995 in a single country, Italy, will spread to 56 nations, economies as diverse as New Zealand and Georgia, by 2030. [Joseph Chamie]

A couple of  years ago I read that sales of diapers to adults in Japan exceeded the sales of diapers to babies – sign of tomorrow is already here ….

 

“the jump from a Toys ‘R’ Us society to an Olds ‘R’ Us one ” Joseph Chamie