|WEREN'T WE CLEVER? - all that ventilation.|
|WEREN'T WE MALAY WOMEN BRAVE? - but not so against the 'buaya darat'|
Most of such illustrations and narratives convey the message of the superiority of the Caucasian masters. This patronizing attitude is still alive and well today, albeit a little muted. Modern writers like Anthony Burgess, Paul Theroux and quintessential WOGS like Naipaul do carry on with the tradition of contemptuous writing about the coloured people, especially the Malays. There's a great deal of political and pecuniary capital to be made with this genre of writing.
Sadly our own people, so often enamoured with such authors, fail to notice the lip-curling derision of these wordsmiths.
However, since the great financial collapse of 2008, we can begin to see cracks in the make-up of the West. It is a picture of the chickens coming home to roost - of hard times and dark days.
Since we got back in January I can't help but notice these changes from the roost in my room.
Pot - Hole Britain
Repair work going on as seen from my window
When our late friend Frank was Clerk of Works at the City Council he specialized in Health and Safety. It was his job to ensure that there were two men at work whenever a ladder was being used. While the first man is up the ladder the second must be holding it down.
Well, this is the BT man at work, all by himself.
ANY OLD IRON? Or The 'Karung Guni' Man
Over twenty five years of living in this first-world country, and it is the first time I'm seeing this! You can tell he's coming every morning when you hear the musical call from his lorry. He keeps on trying. He never gives up. I have more respect for him and his mate than the elites running this country.
Growing Old in Leicester
This old couple turn up every Wednesday morning after the bin-men have emptied the bins. They drag the bins to their special vehicle, give them a thorough wash and then pull them back to their rightful place. You can see how the wife is bent over doing her task. Why oh why should they, at this age, have to do this? I can't begin to think how many bins they clean up each day, how much dragging and pulling and how sore they must feel at the end of each working day. And in this economic climate, how much longer will this indefatigable pair be able to survive?
And wait... There's even more light on the horizon. There's the Wedding of Prince William and Katherine Middleton on 29 April. We can all have a party. There's hope for all the Cinderellas and Ugly Ducklings and Paupers in this nation.