Who am I?

An individual, of no great importance, who is unable to see the natural world as a place for competition. I catch fish, watch birds, derive immense pleasure from simply looking at butterflies, moths, bumble-bees, etc - without the need for rules! I am Dylan and this is my blog - if my opinions offend? Don't bother logging on again - simple!


Friday 6 December 2019

Exciting times

Under no circumstances is that post title to be misconstrued as a reference to the General Election! I've almost given up the will to live, such is the level of deceit being peddled by all of our leading political figures. No, my excitement is due to being accepted as a member of a local angling syndicate. As is the norm, in 2019, carp dominate this particular two lake complex but there are also decent stocks of tench, bream and pike, hence my interest. Roach and perch are also present so there's plenty of opportunities for me to explore. My membership has been confirmed, via a phone call, and I just await an email to set me on my latest adventure - I need a printed copy to comply with syndicate rules until my official membership card arrives.
Benno, Luke, Tom Bradbury (remember him?) and I are pike fishing the RMC in the morning, so there should be something to blog about when I get home. In the mean time, take a moment to think about this farcical election. Do any of the candidates, in your ward, actually represent what you think? In Dumpton we've only had one leaflet delivered - by the Lib Dems - and that was pushed into the post box not handed to me on the doorstep. It would appear to me that the only option left is to go to the polling station, on 12th Dec, and spoil a ballot paper. At least, having made the effort, you are fully entitled to voice an opinion. The whole lot of them are a disgrace and a sad reflection of what our proud democracy has now become - a bloody sham! Fishing in the morning - I'm off to bed. Toodle-pip.


  1. Hi Dyl, yes, spoil a ballot paper. Words are the usual way, but how about sticking a set of appropriate images into where the X should go?

    Give those counting the votes something to laugh at.

    1. Ric,
      We've only got four candidates in South Thanet - thus my ballot options are rather restricted. I have no ability to start doing pictures thus, it must be a single letter in each box. Quite a few ideas have crossed my mind - LIES, LIAR, CRAP, NONE, SHIT, TOSH and, ultimately< CU*T! It's not about making a vote counter smile - just a signal to those in power, that there are a huge number of voters who are hugely disenfranchised?

  2. Not vote by all means, if you don't feel any candidate offers you any hope for the future - but travelling all the way to the polling station just to deface a ballot paper seems odd to me.

    1. Hi Derek,
      My thinking is this. If I make the effort to visit the polling station and deface a ballot paper, I have registered an opinion. If I can't be arsed, then I have no right to complain? Politics in 2019 is a very sad reflection on the UK in which I've been privileged to have grown up in.
      All the best - Dyl