Charley Speakes

Quietly shouting in a world of noise – exposing a nerve.

On our way to hell in a handcart

Interesting times we are living in. Day four since the referendum and it seems we are in a boat without a captain and no oars.

David Cameron has resigned, Boris and Michael weren’t in the House of Commons today, George finally made an appearance.

Meanwhile the world does feel a little more comfortable – everyone has gone back to blaming Jeremy for everything, it feels a little more secure now at least. Continue reading “On our way to hell in a handcart”

Hilary Benn your timing sucks.

So Hilary Benn decided to stage a coup?

Have they not seen the results of the referendum? Have they not seen that the conservative party is effectively leaderless and shredding itself into pulled pork?  Maybe they haven’t seen the Sky news clip explaining one of the main reasons why people have voted out?

A lot of commentators have said the vote out was about immigration.  But from what can be seen it’s more than that, its people throughout the country – with the exception of London – making a protest vote against the political elite.  They (to my mind) have confused what has been caused by this government’s push of austerity and what has been caused by the UK belonging to the EU.   Continue reading “Hilary Benn your timing sucks.”

Hate seeping into Britain

Rewind to the 70s; and as a society in Britain we were a pretty narrow-minded society. A quick look at the TV then; Mind your language, Benny Hill, On the Buses, the types of programmes that poked fun at foreigners, women and homosexuality were the most popular on TV. Of course if you were one of those people, Continue reading “Hate seeping into Britain”

How Facebook costs 2 weeks holiday!

Anyone who spends much time on the computer is aware how easy it is to fanny around instead of doing what you are supposed to.

I just had a very worrying calculation.  I probably spend 20 minutes in the morning looking on Facebook and twitter, same again at lunch and the same again in the evening. This is a very conservative figure. Continue reading “How Facebook costs 2 weeks holiday!”

Qualifications -Why do they matter so much? Part 2

Arriving mid 30s with just one GCSE makes for an interesting time of it.

Changing the rules

I entered into a profession that accepted me with the skills I had, not the qualifications I had. Until one day my boss called me in and said a new ruling had been introduced and that now all employees had to have a certain level of education to remain, otherwise I would not have a job in the next few years and she was very sorry about this.  I really enjoyed my job at the time, so bit the bullet and went and got me the further qualification as well as a master’s degree. Continue reading “Qualifications -Why do they matter so much? Part 2”

Qualifications – Why do they matter so much?

I left school at 16 with a few CSEs.  I hated school with a passion, I had wanted to be a hairdresser since I was 4 and I didn’t need to stay on at school for that.  This was back during the 70s. I did not know one single person who went to University, not one. A couple of kids at school went to college, about five.

I started work in an office. I did the office junior thing, and worked hard, and got promoted.

Here’s a thing.

  • In 1970 about 50,000 graduated
  • in 1980 about 90,000 graduated
  • 2011 about 350,000 graduated!
  • and 2015 about 450,000!

Continue reading “Qualifications – Why do they matter so much?”

Selfies? Seriously why?

selfie glassI’m not quite sure when selfies became the thing. I know ten years ago a selfie was – well probably best not to go there. But taking a photo of yourself was just seen as totally vain. Not that we didn’t do it of course, but there was some kind of embarrassment about it.  Now… look on almost any instagram page and there are streams of exactly the same person posing in nearly always the same pose (because that’s their best pose).  One of my friends always Continue reading “Selfies? Seriously why?”

Selfies and Glasses


Bloody glasses – bloody selfies.

At a certain age — the need for glasses kicks in. In my case it was when I was about 16. I have always be quite naffed off about this. On the one hand they can look cute, they also give you something to hide behind, but as your eyes get worse, life gets more difficult!  Now maybe it’s natures way of being kind.  You get showered, dried off, dressed, hair done and then in a super happy mood go to put your face on.  Out comes the magnifying mirror and FFS!  Where the hell did that hair come from? When did those lines appear, how the Continue reading “Selfies and Glasses”

The First Steps

So you have to start somewhere – this is it.  Question! Do I walk away now and have a cup of something, or do I persevere and get the hang of this new theme? Think I’ll stick around for a bit, though not sure it’s going to be very productive, what with the batteries
running out, the light fading, the batteries on the camera dead, and my stomach making weird noises. But here are some words to play with at least.

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