the garden is carbon and water and not much more 

The climate is changing, the climate is changed. Trust is broken and lies are repeated so often that they become the unquestioned truth. 

CO2 as a cause for global warming – just one example – correlation is not causation. 

Al Gore’s ‘Inconvenient truth’ never gets revisited to see what predictions came true. I’ve revisited it just as I followed the research into ‘Climategate’, the fraud which was accepted and still is accepted and which states that ‘we’ are responsible. 

It does matter that fraud is the basis of the attention now paid to issues of climate even though that fraud results in renewable energy replacing fossil fuels. 

Our children march in the streets, are fearful of the future. It’s an evil scam. 

A co- founder of Greenpeace, Dr Patrick Moore, who left the organisation when it became deranged speaks clearly.

 

Looking for James 

He disappeared. Who? James Corbett. 

Youtube is both ruthless and relentless. Putting it down to algorithms misses the point that the algorithms are written by humans, humans with an agenda. If it were otherwise no-one would disappear. 

Much as I found Trump a woeful specimen of humanity, ‘freedom of speech’ should have stopped facebook, twitter and whoever from implementing a ban. 

Anger rises and subsides and I watch the process within myself. There’s so much going on and all of it divisive - not just on a human level - but I’m not powerless and have a voice. 

Do I rant? Is this platform just a soapbox? Closer to the truth may be the image of standing on a mountain, pissing into the wind. Other than that, I speak quietly – that’s what musing implies. 

James Corbett is a meticulous researcher and been an invaluable source of information. I’ve made his reports part of my life for many years. 

I have a few songs on youtube and have my playlists of other videos I’ve found of interest. Youtube’s algorithms don’t give me my subscriptions in any clear fashion so I searched for The Corbett Report only to find that his channel is gone. He knew it was coming and moved elsewhere – bitchute being one such platform. 

This is now a common experience for anyone who questions. 

This is totalitarian control – the smiling face of ‘democracy decayed.’ 

There's the possibility of renewal from decay.

I don't use social media, don't have a smartphone but I can embed videos of interest here.

James Corbett is found on Internet Archive, Bitchute and other platforms however, for some unknown reason, I can't embed them here, on the Bandzoogle platform.

Perhaps this will work.

https://www.corbettreport.com/lessonslearned/

 

Demolition of a world view 

Demolition of 9/11. 

It was audacious. Osama Bin Laden denied any responsibility for the events of 9/11 – ‘as he would’ you might add. 

But would he? The temptation to claim responsibility would be immense – strike at the heart of America. 

The White House or Wall Street would make more sense as targets. 

So the U.S.A. intelligence services called it a ‘failure of intelligence’ while George Bush claimed that no-one could have foreseen such an event yet Bin Laden’s intelligence was so great that the very day in which the whole of the air force is engaged in war games and unable to distinguish between real events and war games is the very day in which his plans came to fruition. 

It was audacious – we need some Patsies to blame and the bearded hijackers fit the bill. 

Pilots of the type of planes used on the Twin Towers state that even a ‘top gun’ pilot would have great difficulty hitting such a target yet these terrorists who barely managed to get a licence to fly a Cessna did the job perfectly. 

None of these real queries gets any attention, quite the contrary, the attention is directed to a relentless regurgitation of the official story in which NO questions are asked. 

I ask them – can’t help but look clearly at such a defining event. 

Who do I ask them of? 

I’d be asking Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. 

Enough of that for now. 

A cool Spring morning here and the apparatus needed for Orwell’s 1984 dystopian reality is in place and actively pursued in Australia. Without Covid this would not have been possible. 

Contact tracing and QR codes rule everyday transactions. Lock downs continue, almost three months in our area. Those considered essential workers and who therefore need be vaccinated have spread to include – just about everyone. 

Truly biblical in nature if participation in society now depends upon one being vaccinated. 

I have responsibilities which require proof of vaccination but have every sympathy for those who resist the almost hysterical entreaties to get vaccinated. 

I recoil from the government telling me that ‘privileges’ will start to be reinstated when some vaccinated percentage figure is reached. They’re not privilege, they’re the freedoms that the ‘social contract’ in a democracy give – freedom of thought and expression, freedom of movement. 

Covid is not the plague, serious though it be. The bodies are not piled up, dead in the street. If they were then it would require lockdowns – this is about control. 

Contact tracing and QR codes are probably here to stay and may well end up being the least of our worries. 

I’ve been regaining some health by working in the garden in which there are now raised garden beds amidst the Treeferns, daffodils, bluebells and the like. 

The beds are occupied by more flowers and vegetable seedlings – nourishment to the eye, spirit and body.

who the hell is N.I.S.T. and what the hell happened to Building 7 

You won't hear much about  Building 7 - it doesn't fit the narrative. It did get a brief mention on a puff piece called 'Under Investigation' which aired here the other day.

To be fair, Building 7 was mentioned as were 'Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth'

The exchange went along these lines.

'What about the 'Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth' and their claim that Building 7 was a controlled demolition?'

The 'expert' responded with an incredulous look and the statement, ' It would take weeks to set up a controlled demolition.'

That's where that exchange ended. So much for probing questions.

This is the latest from 'Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth' who don't engage in conspiracy theories' but do confine themselves to physics and to the evidence.

 

"A group of eight family members who lost children, parents, siblings, and spouses on 9/11 filed a lawsuit today against the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The lawsuit alleges that NIST violated federal law in its denial of a request for correction calling on the agency to throw out the conclusions of its 2008 report on the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7. 

The eight family members were joined by 10 structural engineers and architects and by Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. All three groups of plaintiffs were signatories to the original request for correction, which identified eight ways that NIST’s fire-based scenario for the collapse of Building 7 was both physically impossible and inconsistent with the available evidence. 

The goal of the lawsuit is to obtain a court order that forces NIST to perform new analyses and to develop a new “probable collapse sequence” that is physically possible and consistent with the available evidence. The plaintiffs argue that the only such scenario is a controlled demolition of the building."

In August 2020, NIST issued its initial decision denying the request for correction. Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth decried the decision as a “blatant avoidance of the arguments and facts contained in the request.” Following the group’s subsequent appeal in September 2020, NIST took until June 2021 to issue a final decision — seven months longer than the agency usually takes to respond to such appeals. 

The lawsuit alleges that NIST’s denial of the request for correction is arbitrary, capricious, and contrary to law because the agency’s responses to the arguments in the request are irrational, evasive, and unsubstantive. 

“We submitted hundreds of pages of documents showing that their story for how Building 7 collapsed is totally bogus,” said Bob McIlvaine, whose son Bobby died in the World Trade Center — and who was slated to appear in the excised 30 minutes of Spike Lee’s NYC Epicenters 9/11 → 2021½. “NIST failed to give any meaningful response because their report is false and they know it.” 

Matt Campbell, a UK citizen whose brother, Geoff Campbell, died in the attacks and whose family last month applied for a new inquest into Geoff’s death, said after the filing, “It is deeply troubling that NIST continues to mislead the public about what really happened. Anyone who watches the collapse of Building 7 with an open mind can see it’s a controlled demolition. It’s difficult to comprehend that this is even a debate and that so many people are complicit in preventing the truth from coming out.” 

Chief among the counts in the lawsuit is NIST’s admitted omission of a key structural feature from its computer model — coupled with the agency’s “irrational” explanation for leaving it out. The plaintiffs argue that including the structural feature would prevent the initiating failure in NIST’s collapse scenario from taking place. They have asked NIST to rerun its analysis with the structural feature added, but NIST has refused to do so. 

The plaintiffs also take aim at NIST’s refusal to study a piece of melted steel recovered from Building 7 and at the agency’s refusal to interview witnesses who reported explosions. These included Gigi Stone Woods, a reporter for NY1 whose videotaped account of an “incredibly loud explosion” surfaced last year and who in January confirmed her story to Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. 

NY1 reporter Gigi Stone Woods on September 11, 2001: “All of a sudden, a loud, incredibly loud explosion.” 

Key Documents 

Lawsuit Complaint (September 7, 2021) 

Request for Correction (April 15, 2020) 

NIST’s Initial Decision (August 28, 2020) 

Appeal (September 28, 2020) 

Supplement (December 7, 2020) 

NIST’s Final Decision (June 30, 2021)

 

There will be little mention of Building 7. It's inconvenient.

birds of the garden and ode for joy 

I'm happy to say that the 'flash mob' and their 'Ode to Joy' moved me to tears. There were many years when nothing moved me to tears. There's something quite wonderful about such events.

The 'birds of the garden' needs no words.

oh yes ... youtube 'age restricts' me again. No matter. 

Frost sparkles in the morning sun, no wind to speak of and the last few wheelbarrows of soil are waiting to be moved from one end of the garden to the other. 

The sun moves back from its most northerly aspect as the days get slightly longer and my eyes deceive me. It’s the world which moves. 

Self evident? Not at all. 

“We have differing world views.” Does it matter? It matters if one’s world view then prompts aggressive action. 

It’s everywhere on display with ‘Islamic State’ mentalities driving political outcomes, totalitarian States and all with differing world views to me. 

Whether the Universe is electric makes no obvious difference to everyday life but in today’s world where ‘climate change’ scenarios steer political and business life and, as yet, the International Panel on Climate Change doesn’t take into account the effect of the medium to long term cycles of the sun then it really does matter. 

The world view I grew up with included, as a backdrop of sorts, evolution over aeons with little change apart from the odd asteroid – This is the idea of Uniformitarianism  … as defined by Wikipedia : 

“Uniformitarianism, also known as the Doctrine of Uniformity or the Uniformitarian Principle, is the assumption that the same natural laws and processes that operate in our present-day scientific observations have always operated in the universe in the past and apply everywhere in the universe.” 

This is an assumption and nothing more but it was enthusiastically adopted in the 1800’s and remains so today. It’s cosy and safe and so much part of the backdrop to life that it's not noticed.

This view sat alongside a biblical world view which may or may not have had a literal Garden of Eden and perhaps encompassed some thousands of years. It also sat well, in an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ manner, with Darwin’s ideas. 

That world view which perhaps I vaguely held was sharply changed by Velikovsky who presented evidence of a catastrophic past as detailed in his Worlds in Collision, Earth in Upheaval and other works. 

And yet he’s not taught in schools. 

I get the local weather by looking out of the window. When it comes to climate and change I look further afield and don’t blindly accept the pap I’m fed. It’s not hard to check. I did so with temperatures in Australia. 

‘Suspicious Observers’ do a five minute daily update on the sun, its cycles, space weather and more. A Universe which is electric – which is what the evidence shows – changes all the climate models used by the IPCC which is doing its best to terrify the world with what is essentially a lie. 

Those teaching that the Earth is flat don’t take kindly to being told otherwise. 

Anyway, just musing … I wasn’t aware that I had a ‘world view’ until it became obvious due to…. difference. 

Fragments of a shattered mirror in which, like Alice being told by the White Queen about believing impossible things…… 

Alice laughed. `There's no use trying,' she said `one can't believe impossible things.' 

`I daresay you haven't had much practice,' said the Queen. `When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.’ 

I don’t recall much dwelling by the Church of my childhood on the Book of Revelations but the ‘bit about the beast’ came to mind when Bankcard appeared years ago and the triple ‘b’ was seen as ‘666’ – the number of the beast. 

Gave me cause to wonder why ANYONE would take such a mark if that scripture were well known. 

“16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 

17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 

18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” 

Well … I don’t know about the ‘numbers’ but in light of the pandemic and the moves to make vaccinations mandated for many occupations, there is an ‘or else’ implied … ‘or else’ one cannot participate … however I don’t think ‘heaven and hell’ come into it … it’s more a flat statement of fact, via scripture, about the circumstances in which we all now live. 

Just one way of looking at things but, no doubt, part of an ‘end times’ Christian view for some. 

And then there’s the twenty year anniversary of 9/11 coming up this September and the lie – exposed by the four year study into the collapse of Building 7 but completely ignored by the main stream media – continues to be regurgitated and a whole generation knows no other story. 

The magnitude of 9/11 is immense, rippled out into the destruction of whole societies and changed the world. 

Is it worth another look ... do my eyes deceive me?

no - eyes are o.k. and the evidence is sound.

 

moving with the seasons 

“Count your blessings.” is an odd expression, a bit discordant with an almost miserly aspect but it comes to mind and I know what it means. 

I’m not living through flood or fire although the fires came close and the floods occurred further down the hill and threw plans into disarray and so it’s been since Christmas last and continues. 

Mid winter here which is early August and for me, since March, our national lockdown has been complicated by the need for two operations, and ‘thanks be’ for a National Health system which has continued to work while skirting the plague. 

The sun shines, my eye has clarity, my body feels fine, there’s work to do in the garden and while war continues on so many fronts, I don’t need to only focus on that. 

The joy of the Olympics, the reminder that political entities don’t stand on the podium, that this is reserved for individual effort and sublime performance. Any ‘basking in the reflected national glory’ is real enough, the competition, the disasters and the triumphs but it’s a human being on the podium regardless of country nomination. 

Joy looks the same on any face and any race – the triumph of the human spirit. 

How wonderful to see the skate boarding where the competitors take delight in their ‘opponents’ good runs. Remarkable. 

It’s been a tonic to my spirit and I’m not alone in finding the Olympics inspiring. 

Thank you Tokyo, thank you Japan.

across time 

It was a few years ago when I did some research into ‘ancient’ British history – Welsh history in particular. 

I was going back to the valleys for a first visit in over fifty years. Why wouldn’t I want a road map? 

As a child growing up in Wales I wasn’t aware of the ‘Welsh Not.’  We spoke English. The ‘Welsh not’ disappeared as a punishment used in schools sometime around the late 1800’s – not that long ago. 

“The Welsh Not, was traditionally a piece of wood, with the initials W.N carved into it. It was attached to a piece of string. 

If a child in school was caught speaking Welsh (usually their first language) they had to wear the Welsh Not around their neck. 

They could get rid of the Not, but only if they were to overhear another child speaking Welsh, and were encouraged to tell tales on them. Thus, the Not was transferred. 

At the end of the day, the child left wearing the Not, would get caned. This was also the case for the child left wearing it at the end of the week.” 

This way of somewhat forced assimilation is a familiar story to many minority cultures and my only point in mentioning it is to draw attention to what is hidden or ignored in the writing of history. 

The printing press was forbidden in Wales until 1718, many reasons but nonetheless forbidden. I didn’t learn that in childhood. 

King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, dragons, giants and more were part of an enchanted childhood imagination and were discarded as ‘real’ along with Santa Claus. 

And yet … Arthur comes up in Welsh history as real person, Grandson of Tewdrig, son of Meurig and father of Morgan, all of them Kings within what is now South Wales. 

The Llandaff Charters detail gifts of land from King to Church, of who gave what to who, how much, the witnesses – all detailed in the church records. 

‘Don’t shoot the messenger.’ comes to mind. Who pointed me towards the Llandaff Charters was the remarkable Alan Wilson who, along with Baram Blackett, has done remarkable research and been ignored and vilified  without anyone actually contradicting his work. 

There’s a great deal at stake in keeping Arthur as a ‘legendary’ and commercial useful entity based in England. 

Be that as it may, a lovely story follows which, of course, is true regardless of culture.

"Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the 
monarch of a neighbouring kingdom. The monarch could have 
killed him but was moved by Arthur's youth and ideals. So, 
the monarch offered him his freedom, as long as he could 
answer a very difficult question. Arthur would have a year 
to figure out the answer and, if after a year, he still had 
no answer, he would be put to death. 


The question?...What do women really want? Such a 
question would perplex even the most knowledgeable man, and 
to young Arthur, it seemed an impossible query. But, since 
it was better than death, he accepted the monarch's 
proposition to have an answer by year's end. 
He returned to his kingdom and began to poll 
everyone: the princess, the priests, the wise men and even 
the court jester. He spoke with everyone, but no one could 
give him a satisfactory answer. 


Many people advised him to consult the old witch, for 
only she would have the answer. 
But the price would be high; as the witch was famous 
throughout the kingdom for the exorbitant prices she 
charged. 


The last day of the year arrived and Arthur had no 
choice but to talk to the witch. She agreed to answer the 
question, but he would have to agree to her price first. 
The old witch wanted to marry Sir Lancelot, the most 
noble of the Knights of the Round Table and Arthur's closest 
friend! 


Young Arthur was horrified. She was hunchbacked and 
hideous, had only one tooth, smelled like sewage, made 
obscene noises, etc. He had never encountered such a 
repugnant creature in all his life. 


He refused to force his friend to marry her and endure 
such a terrible burden; but Lancelot, learning of the 
proposal, spoke with Arthur. 


He said nothing was too big of a sacrifice compared to 
Arthur's life and the preservation of the Round Table. 
Hence, a wedding was proclaimed and the witch answered 
Arthur's question thus: 


What a woman really wants, she answered....is to be in 
charge of her own life. 


Everyone in the kingdom instantly knew that the witch 
had uttered a great truth and that Arthur's life would be 
spared. 


And so it was, the neighbouring monarch granted Arthur 
his freedom and Lancelot and the witch had a wonderful 
wedding. 


The honeymoon hour approached and Lancelot, steeling 
himself for a horrific experience, entered the bedroom. But, 
what a sight awaited him. The most beautiful woman he had 
ever seen lay before him on the bed. The astounded Lancelot 
asked what had happened? 


The beauty replied that since he had been so kind to 
her when she appeared as a witch, she would henceforth, be 
her horrible deformed self only half the time and the 
beautiful maiden the other half. 


Which would he prefer? Beautiful during the day....or 
night? 

Lancelot pondered the predicament. During the day, a 
beautiful woman to show off to his friends, but at night, in 
the privacy of his castle, an old witch? Or, would he prefer 
having a hideous witch during the day, but by night, a 
beautiful woman for him to enjoy wondrous intimate moments? 

Noble Lancelot said that he would allow HER to make 
the choice herself. 


Upon hearing this, she announced that she would be 
beautiful all the time because he had respected her enough 
to let her be in charge of her own life. 

.......... the moral to this story? 

If you don't let a woman have her own way.... 
Things are going to get ugly .

Looking for a problem that doesn’t exist.  

As if there weren’t real issues to deal with on a daily basis, the morning news tells me that a Professor in France claims that white bread is racist. Thankfully, the French immediately mock this nonsense. 

Ah – White privilege. There’s very little white privilege evident in my life. I still managed to get beaten and abused just as happens everywhere to every race, colour and creed. 

I don’t think in terms of class but if I did then my working life has mainly been that of a serf, a peasant and, quite often, an ‘untouchable.’ 

Essential jobs but who wants to do them. I did them with intelligence, flexibility and effort and did them well.   

White privilege? Not if you’re poor. I’ve had choices and I suppose that could be seen as privilege. Living in a democracy, creaky though it be, is still the only viable option compared to the other societal systems all of which lead to the total control model. 

The construction industry here reflects our crumbling society just as it does in China, the U.S., the U.K. and elsewhere -  skyscrapers fall apart, concrete crumbles and flammable covers are placed on the outside of buildings. No privilege but the one of corrupt practice thriving within all societies. 

“… almost as though it never happened.” There’s a lot left out in history which governments of all persuasions would prefer to keep that way. 

China doesn’t want to be bullied and won’t tolerate it. No sanctimonious criticism welcome. 

‘Good on yer, China’ – rhyming slang - ‘China’ goes with ‘plate’ which rhymes with ‘mate’ and is a term of endearment - and no blame to China to remember a history where Britain’s opium wars fueled slavery in China while allowing fragile democracies elsewhere. Some would call that ‘white privilege’ but is it that simple? Just as a ‘whitewash’ indicates a cover up, an elite exists everywhere and it’s  they who prosper regardless of skin colour. The great mass of people are cannon fodder. 

Tiananmen Square gets forgotten – it’s inconvenient truth. Equally so for the sad tale of the USS Liberty which has a yearly memorial and is largely forgotten … never heard of it? …. Israel attacks an American ship, absolutely determined to sink the ship and kill the survivors. If that weren’t treacherous enough, Lyndon Johnson is happy to indulge Israel. Shameful enough and like Tiananmen, to be ‘better forgotten.’ 

9/11 and ‘Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth’ continue their quest for corrections to the N.I.S.T report – only to be denied. More inconvenient truths of far greater consequence to the whole world than Tiananmen Square. 

This doesn’t make Tiananmen any the less a terrible event but finger pointing about human rights sounds a bit hollow coming from the Land of the Free with their own dismal record of interference wherever and whenever they’ve seen their business and political interests threatened. 

‘Confessions of an economic hitman’ – lurid title but makes clear the machinations of the U.S. throughout South American countries. 

‘Still an’ all’ - Hooray for Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tibet all of whom the Communist Party would engulf. Reality check – these countries don’t welcome invasion any more than you do. The Party isn’t China and depends upon the people and not the other way round. 

It’s hard to get through to an Emperor. 

The N.I.S.T. Report, much like the recent UFO disclosure report to the American Congress, … is so incomplete as to be rubbish. Talk about holding the public in contempt. 

Conspiracies and ‘dirty deeds’ have never ceased and most would  remain hidden if not for the internet. 

9/11 was an inside job … not a conspiracy theory but an inevitable conclusion, as the evidence leads for those who care to look. 

Latest email from ‘Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth’ … these are credentialed people in their fields with far better things to do than look for a problem which doesn’t exist - and to do so for twenty years. 

     NIST issues blatantly unresponsive — and unlawful —         decision on WTC 7 request 

One day before the July 1 deadline that AE911Truth gave NIST to issue its final decision on our “request for correction” to its report on Building 7 or else face legal action, NIST responded with a blatantly unresponsive — and unlawful — denial of our request.

NIST’s cursory five-page decision boils down to one paragraph, in which NIST baldly asserts that AE911Truth’s approach “has many differences” from NIST’s and that “[d]ue to these differences, the resulting outcomes . . . do not have an impact on the findings and recommendations of NIST’s Final Report….” 

We invite you to read NIST’s final decision as well as the preliminary analysis of our attorney in this effort, Mick Harrison (who is also litigation director of the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry). Other documents related to the request can be found at AE911Truth.org/nist. 

…. Raising questions about problems which DO exist.

 

kidney stones are no fun -that's all this is about. 

Strange times in a six month long, intensely painful chapter of my life. At three score and ten one expects health issues, some self inflicted, others not. 

 Covid wreaks havoc and economies stagger while drought, flood and a whole gamut of earth and solar changes play out regardless of human intervention. 

It’s against this background that kidney stones made their presence felt. A year after Covid arrived and ‘Thank God’ that I live in a country where a small tax on earnings pays for a national health system. Couldn’t afford to live otherwise. 

What I didn’t know before my kidney stones were lasered. 

 I’d thought that the full operation would happen at once. It’s not made clear that the first operation is to insert a stent and that’s it for perhaps months if you’re a public rather than a private patient. 

The three months or so in which I had the stent inserted have been the most difficult and physically painful period of my life. 

This actually is a common experience. 

 I’d given up all exercise by the end of the second month because of blood in my urine, the frequency of need to urinate, the ongoing pain in urination upon which pain killers had little effect and a broken sleep pattern – usually an hour or so at a time. 

Private insurance does apparently allow for the whole operation to take place at one time – stent inserted, stones lasered and removed, new stent put in and, basically, all finished with ten days later with the second stent removed. 

In an odd synchronicity, I was due to meet family at Uluru on the very day my stones were lasered. The text message I got on the day before the operation to let me know time of arrival at the hospital was preceded by a text message from Jetstar letting me know that I should be boarding through Gate 12. 

Can’t make this stuff up. Big Rock missed, small stones lasered and two painted pebbles, on the mantelpiece, given on my birthday by the loving grandkids. 

I have a roof over my head. This makes me wealthy ‘beyond compare’ relative to the mass of humanity now and over our ancestral time on Earth. Hot water on demand, instant fire, a sewage system … I don’t count on it to continue but do count myself blessed to live in Australia. 

I’ve managed to arrive at seventy with little more than a broken bone to deal with – an irritation, an inconvenience but not much more. A few other problems which would have killed me a hundred years ago but – ‘modern medicine’ extends the lifespan. 

I now have an awareness of just how much physical pain people around me deal with on an everyday basis. 

Now I can garden again – the joy of movement, of flexibility returned.