Hi there, before we go an further I want to say it’s not me who thinks I’m crazy it’s other people. I hope and believe that’s not bad crazy, its just that I may say some crazy things, so don’t be offended. I’ve been writing blogs for a few years now, but really just for my own amusement, and to get stuff off my chest. Only yesterday I went to group meditation and our teacher agreed with me that writing helped to clear my mind and be ready to meditate. So whilst I’ve accused myself of rambling in the past, it’s been for a good reason “MY PEACE”. First of all before we start on this journey I think it would be good to know a little about your companion, (that’s me):
The Crazy Brit (OK the pictures a bit old, but I still have that shirt)
And this is my only tattoo (naughty but nice)
I describe myself as a “Christian Buddhist” on Facebook (haven’t we all got Facebook nowadays). Saying this is a religion is in itself a misnomer ‘cos I don’t accept Buddhism is a religion, and I think even “The Buddha” would agree (but we can discuss that later).
I was born a Christian, so it gets a little complicated and is too long a story as to how I found Buddhism. So today is by means of my introduction and will become my one and only blog (sighs of relief). Here I will re-post not only past blogs, (that I consider worthwhile), but all of my future posts. So enjoy and smile (do you know it takes fewer muscles to smile than frown). If you don’t enjoy reading these then just stop. All I would ask from you, in return for me “opening my soul” is for you tell me what YOU think because it’s only with your comments (good or bad) that I know what everyone wants. So please fill in the comments box below and any special requests you make will be answered, but no candid nude photos of me, sorry ladies, (but there’s no point making a big thing out of a little thing like that).
Today has been a great day, and I continue to learn a lot about this magical island and my village of (No I’m not saying were I live because I don’t want this peaceful village overrun by all you cheapskates). In my previous life working in Texas, the job I had was in Marketing and Public Relations, that’s where I picked up all of the tricks of manipulation and one of the reasons I left, (perhaps I’ll write about that experience in another post). But one of the things I learned was that even though I spent a lot of $s advertising on TV, Cinema, Billboards, Radio, Facebook, Direct mail etc etc. the most effective form of advertising above all else (and with no cost) was and is word of mouth (people talking). Recently I’ve experienced the benefit of talking, apart from the people I’ve been talking to being locals, one of the other bonuses (apart from one or two guys) is that all of the these people have been attractive females, (a big bonus for the Crazy Brit). But wait guys like I said to Marica at Ta’Pinu pharmacy “why is it that all the attractive females here are all accounted for” yep sadly for me they are (I hear sniggers in the background tut tut). Hell I may be crazy, but I’ve still got some fire in my belly! even though it may need kindling. Anyway today I went to see my attractive doctor (yep she’s married), and Marica (who’s engaged) told me about a fab place in Gozo to buy my tea, and what a little gem it was. Vini-e-Capricci is in the Gozitano Agricultural village and it’s packed with wonderful goodies, chocolate, the best teas, coffee, wines and lots of other things, and all in a nice relaxing setting. You’ll see what I mean when you click the link (but please come back here)
What Marica did by telling me about Vini Capricci was not only help a poor crazy Brit, but it helped ‘Abraham Said’ develop his already thriving business (I hope I get a discount from Abraham when I next call in for this plug hint hint). I also realised that I could buy top quality products cheaper than I could anywhere (yep and you guessed it, I’d just placed an order in the UK over the internet for tea). I was so impressed with what they had in tea that I’m considering fulfilling a long held ambition of opening a tea shop. I almost opened a tea shop in Texas called The Crazy Brit (go figure). Over there I’d not only found the location, but I persuaded the mayor of the city (Keller), to do my ribbon cutting. In fact The Crazy Brit tea shop concept is still open on my Facebook, so I may use some of the ideas I came up with there for my tea shop if and when I open one here (if I can be bothered to get from behind my desk and do some real work). Unfortunately my now ex, in Texas has either kept or sold my collection of teapots and she refuses to enter into communication, although maybe if and when she reads this she will “reconsider her position” (name n shame).
But now the name for the Gozo tea shop.
I actually own the domain for TeaZme (no it’s not me launching a porn site, as was suggested in the US) It represents Tea Zen and Me, and is a place where customers can go and have either tea in a formal English tea shop setting, or go into the other room and enjoy the relaxation of herbal teas in a relaxed meditation area.
my “special” teapot
Fortunately I did manage to bring with me one of the dozens of teapots I used to own, and that is my “special” little Chinese pot, that I only use for my special teas. I’ve plenty of other ideas and plans which I’m not telling anyone as I know with some of you lot someone will pinch ’em.So, just by talking I’ve found out a lot today.
Ray (who describes himself as a grumpy old git), has been messaging me through expat.com, and he gave me some great advice on opening a bank account. I was able to walk straight in and start the process without any problems, (and you’ll see the problems I’ve had when I re-post SMILING) which will be incorporated into this blog, along with all the others, so everyone can keep track, not that I’m expecting anyone to want to, but it helps focus me, (and I do admit I can be a bit random at times).
My Texas location
However, apart from the entertainment factor of my sharp, clever, but crazy wit (such modesty), I hope my posts will help anyone embarking on a new life, just as I have. I haven’t “retired” that sounds like I’ve been put out to grass. So remember, it helps to keep talking, but it also helps to keep reading and smiling. There’s a lot more writing to follow, but I’m sure you can only take so much of my ramblings at any one time. So I’ll say goodbye for now, and hope you’ll “come up and see me sometime” (as Mae West said)….PEACE & Love x
If you are anything like me you will question the truth of anything that goes against what we regard as ‘normal’. I prefer not to take anything on face value and suggest to anyone reading this post that you do the same. I bought this book in 2016 shortly after arriving at my new home in Gozo, I lost track of the book after loaning it out but only yesterday had it returned so decided to further my research into this fascinating story.
Cain, John (1931-1985)
A British spiritual healer. Born on April 21, 1931 in Eastham, Wirral, England, he manifested healing ability at the age of six, when he used to stroke his mother’s forehead to relieve her attacks of migraine. After his twenty-first birthday, he joined the Royal Ordnance Corp of the British army as a physical training instructor; he also acquired a reputation for his skill in massage and manipulation. He left the army in 1952, worked in the shipyard at Birkenhead, then worked at window cleaning, logging, and site demolition.
In 1956 he started his own business as a blacksmith and became financially successful, employing 30 people and driving a Rolls Royce. In the same year, he married. Haunted by the thought that he was born to heal, he lost interest in the business. One morning, his anxieties were dispelled by an ecstatic mood of peace, and he heard the voice of his dead father saying, “Do not worry; born to heal, Dad.” In 1972 Cain became a full-time spiritual healer, treating a wide variety of disabilities. These included arthritis, diabetes, paralysis, hardening of the arteries, cervical spondilitis, and malignant growths.
Cain was an unconventional healer. He appeared to put people into an altered state of consciousness during which there seemed to be spontaneous improvement. Sometimes sufferers from muscular problems got up and danced; others performed what appeared to be yoga exercises. Cain believed spirit guides controlled his healing, and these were identified independently by other psychic mediums. Although Cain sometimes physically touched people, a great many of his cures were effected without any direct contact. He occasionally practiced absent healing.
Cain was investigated by parapsychologists and performed healing under laboratory conditions. He was tested by Japanese researchers in Tokyo in 1976, and also by Prof. John Taylor in London. In spite of Taylor’s skepticism about paranormal phenomena, his findings on Cain’s healing powers were positive. Cain also demonstrated successful healing sessions in Canada at Vancouver and Winnipeg.
Cain died in September 28, 1985, only a few days after publisher Peter Bander had approached him to discuss a second edition of the book Heal, My Son! He was one of the most celebrated British healers, whose talents were widely endorsed.
How we are related
I walked into an event being run by Philip a visitor from the UK and he said someone called J.C is watching over you! We had a bit of banter my initials J.C my dads were initials J.C. When I got home I contacted my big sister in the UK and told her about the night. Oh she said you won’t remember Dad seeing him and sleeping with his picture under his pillow, it caused an argument between him and mum (he was doing as told by John Cain to help him get over a recent death in the family).
There are many unexplained things in this world I try to approach this and everyone of them with an open mind. I’d appreciate your comments below even just one word.
On the way to building a Gravatar app, we noticed that taking pictures of ourselves to update our Gravatars was something we only wanted to do every month or so, but then we started taking selfies and sharing them with each other and that became a daily and very fun habit. So our Gravatar app morphed into a Selfies app, and it’s now ready for the world to play with! You can read more about the app here. We hope you become one of the first brave souls to try it out, and let us know what you think.
What a few weeks this has been, I have just had my first
good nights sleep after 5 nights with none. I will briefly explain. I have
ongoing issues with PayPal who appear to be unable to fix my account I have
money in the account but need to close it as I am told by them I have to reopen
the account in Malta (but after hours trying to fix this including email, chat
line and phone calls) I am still without control. Now this is not my problem
but theirs its now costing me money (I wonder if I will get compensation?) we
My little car has been busy, its not very well with an
electronic fault my garage is waiting for the part, the car moved like a
kangaroo and cuts out at the worst time like leaving the Gozo ferry, nevertheless
I am doing my customization to spruce it up and already its looking very good
thanks to House of Kolor.
My airBnb guests had serious health problems and I’ve been
to Malta and back several time to help them, but as they say “God helps those
who help themselves). My Guru (teacher) Prabhu Darma Yasa is in Malta and
despite several attempts once again I’ve been unable to meet him, he goes back
to Bali soon.
Lots of other strange things have been happening which would
take too long to explain, as John Lennon says Strange days Indeed.
I recently received a post on Facebook from a friend reminding everyone that 16th October 2017 was the anniversary of the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder. It’s a date we should all remember because if ever there was evidence of the truth she wrote about corruption here in Malta her murder was clearly a red flag.
I doubt there is a country in the world where corruption isn’t happening whether it be government, police, corporate or whatever. I’ve experienced it everywhere I’ve been, from the US, Europe, the Middle East and far East. But Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder went beyond anything I’ve ever witnessed.
We should start with freedom of speech or press freedom. In a world saturated by “fake news” we start to doubt what we read and hear, the people who perpetrate this are in effect trying to control our minds, but that’s only a part of the story. Here in Malta the corrupt officials that this brave woman exposed decided that she was getting to be a nuisance, someone put a bomb under her car to silence her. People in government exposed by her have not acted as citizens should expect of their leaders, and turning a blind eye will only encourage more of these atrocities. Responding to her family’s enquiry as to progress in the police investigation, police responded trivialising it saying they couldn’t give a running commentary on the investigation. This happens to be he name of her blog (running commentary) to me this demonstrates the contempt police have for anyone who expects answers.
Now I’m not suggesting all politicians are involved indeed I know and have spoken to some excellent and honest ones. I love the Maltese islands, its my home! But has it become the first Mafia state?
Is Malta run by puppets of the Mafia? Unlikely you may say, too far-fetched, well think about it. Sicily our nearest neighbour is recognised as being the heartland of Mafia activities, the Italian government continues their fight to try and stamp out their stranglehold. In the American Mafia when a Mafia Don has to hide where do they go Sicily. So, what happens when Mafia gets under fire in Sicily? They come to the Maltese islands to escape the spotlight or taking an obvious step further the politicians here are mere puppet fronts for them.
Malta has suffered enough through history through invasion by other countries going back hundreds of years including the ottoman empire the the most recent attempt was by Germany in WW2. It has always been a strategically important place for trade whether it be legitimate or criminal.
DRUGS When Welshman Daniel Holmes was found growing 5 cannabis for his own use he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. 10 years! (He was recently released after serving 8 years). Marijuana has been legalised completely for recreational use in two countries so far, and in many US states and other countries for medical use (as it supposedly it has here), but to my knowledge no evidence that its actually been prescribed is available. Perhaps the people in power here want the trade to be kept under their control as it’s a source of even more money. Many studies have shown that marijuana is more effective in treating certain conditions than the pharmaceuticals given to us from our Doctors. Here in Gozo its rumoured that a local man grows marijuana and openly sells it untouched by the authorities as he’s either protected or the attitude is well because he’s local its OK for him to behave that way. Frenc’tal Gharb a local healer who people came from far and wide for treatment used marijuana to ease the illnesses of his patients. No, he didn’t say politicians and the church, but talk to the older generation who were around in his time and they all acknowledge that he did. Is Malta an “easy route” for the passage of harmful opioid drugs from other counties like cocaine and heroin and then on into Europe? Certainly, again this could be an excellent opportunity for the Mafia to exploit Malta.
But the list goes on.Money laundering, Corporate tax evasion, Human trafficking….
Human exploitation, its an accepted fact that many “foreigners” are exploited here by being paid very low wages. Soon just as almost the entire population of Gozo was captured by the Moors hundreds of years ago and sold into slavery the doors could then be opened for one of the worlds most evil trades “human slave trafficking” in fact evidence shows its already happening in Malta
Sadly corruption is endemic here. Go to Gozo for example and try paying with a bank card or cheque in many places, sorry the sign say’s “cash only” (Hey if the President himself is leading by his example isn’t it only to be expected that some of his followers are going to do the same thing). I know many will dismiss my thoughts as crazy, misguided, manipulative or even the raving of a lunatic. But who is being manipulated and controlled here? The government or the citizens, and who is doing this bullying manipulation.
Do we want to be controlled like sheep, do we turn a blind eye to what is happening around us and allow this murder to go unpunished and acceptable? Or as one old Maltese lady said to me about Daphne Caruana Galizia, when I said how sad it was, sliding her finger across her throat saying “she deserved it because she talked too much” I’ve experienced myself what I call the Gozo Mafia and my attorney agreed with the comment I made during a legal case I was fighting. This situation impacts the entire population and if it isn’t checked soon it may be too late. Think about the future, think about your children, do you want them living amongst these conditions?
I’m a amateur at this blogging business but there are others with better resources who will continue the pressure for action and hopefully encourage you to do the same, let your voice be heard.
WHY? Because he invented the internet without which we wouldn’t be connected in our world. So to Facebook, yesterday I decided to give Facebook a rest I’m always on it so today I did other stuff, but turning on the TV and there he is being questioned by the EU in Brussels.
Zuckerberg started Facebook when he was in college and was a way he thought would be cool to connect everyone there. Well it has certainly achieved that, he’s made billions just like Bill Gates reputedly the richest many in the world (actually on checking he’s the 2nd richest).
Tim Berners-Lee I’m sure has a modest bank account and I’m sure is quite happy with his lot. So tonight enough from me at least this kept me off Facebook.