Our week ending Easter Sunday 4 April 2021

Public holidays make for a very chilled vibe. Now the children are ODing on chocolate, I guess it’s one one day when this is par for the course.

I made 3 batches of Hot cross buns this week. Always so much better than the shop bought ones. Domi has suggested brushing them with butter before piping on the crosses and she used self raising flour in the crosses which made them stand up a bit. I may make another batch to try her suggestions
I still don’t know if I should have recycled this mug without bothering to fire it. I don’t like that the handle is higher than the rim of the mug. I decided to let it be fired and will glaze, hope it’s not a total waste of time
3rd time lucky, first time I made ramekins they were too small, next time they were too big. This time they are Momma bear just right. I am smitten with this new glaze at Brooks pottery studio
Side view of the blue drippy glaze on my pottery ramekins
Sadly all of the shop bought marshmallow Easter eggs contain egg, Acacia made these so that Fjord could enjoy the tradition without allergic reaction
Little miss high days and holidays made us each an Easter Card
Tradition has it that Cliff always gets something frog related from the children, Acacia drew this for him
The Easter Bunny still visits our garden despite the children being 13 and 10

Life is filled with many good things which I am so grateful for, still during these times I experience waves of horror almost daily, usually when I lie down at night. These panic attacks stem from a deep feeling of unease, it’s not just all the changes, it’s a profound sense that something is very seriously amiss. I really believe that humans are made with a built in sense which warns us of danger and there are red lights and sirens jangling in my head. I think we all know that we are under threat we’re just interpreting those signals in different ways as we try to make sense of current circumstances and avoid peril.

This week I got an e-mail from Biznews, the cancel killers took down a video which they posted, this is an extract from the mail

“We’ve been inundated with messages from the BizNews community since last night’s removal of actuary Nick Hudson’s presentation to our conference. The explanation from YouTube is the video “is a violation of our Community Guidelines.” (see above)

YouTube’s notice warns if we again violated theit rules again, BizNews TV will be suspended for a week. To avoid disruption to our community (there are 18k subscribers to the BizNews TV YouTube channel) we took down Part 2 of the presentation where Nick engages in a Q&A with conference delegates.

Despite seeing evidence about growing censorship on social media, YouTube’s action did surprise us. First, the video had over 500 000 views since being posted last weekend. Also, thousands of those viewers took time to comment – most giving the thumbs up: 20 000 “likes” outnumbering “dislikes” by 100-1.

We were also comfortable with the veracity of Nick’s information. PANDA, a group of actuaries, financial and medical professionals who question Statist narratives on the pandemic, spent considerable time ahead of the conference double checking the data. Including And “nit picking” by all members of the organisation’s esteemed globally sourced Scientific Advisory Board.

We have no fight with YouTube, which obviously has every right to decide whether to publish (or not) material uploaded to its platform. Also, our understanding is YouTube has a blanket agreement with the World Health Organisation, of which PANDA has been critical, so someone in Geneva probably didn’t like Hudson said.

However, be lieve our community has the right to see all sides of arguments, especially one that has so massively disrupted livelihoods and economies. Others feel the same way and both Parts One and Two have been downloaded by many private citizens and subsequently uploaded to other platforms.

From our side, we’ve also created a BizNews TV channel on Vimeo where you’ll find both videos – here’s the link: https://vimeo.com/user127880409.

The audio-only files are also available on BizNews Radio as per –

Nick Hudson’s keynote presentation:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/0nmyK6fXroujWW0se9hGie

iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/za/podcast/ugly-truth-about-covid-19-lockdowns-nick-hudson-co/id1441394221?i=1000514863137

And Part Two – the Q&A with Nick Hudson:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/0hLrmVL7xcGjCd4tlHd33D

iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/za/podcast/ugly-truth-about-covid-19-lockdowns-part-2-nick-hudson/id1441394221?i=1000515306305

I watched the Vimeo link and found it very sane and informative, it also gave me a sense of peace that not every one is swallowing the blatant propaganda of these times.

I’m trying to use a daily scripture reading app every day. This week this one stood out : John 13:12-17
So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. ” I have tried to hold this message very close. The song below is one which Domi loved as a child and she was still playing Psalty in her car when we were together in Canada last month.


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  1. Your hot cross buns look so good. I made some for the first time, but didn’t pack them like you have. Recipe didn’t say and thought like everything else don’t let them touch 😉.
    Also this recipe only has currents and sultanas, which I prefer than raisins. I broke tradition and committed the sin of making a batch with choc chips thinking my son would eat them, he doesn’t eat hot cross buns. They were ghastly and fit for the bin. Tastes like Nutella on bread disgustingly ghastly.
    We still only get hot cross buns at Easter and I wouldn’t eat them any other time of the year, but they do mess with tradition and make all sorts of flavours now.

    Your daughter is so artistic, those cards are amazing for a 10 year old.

    I have never heard of BizNews. I only listen to motivational stuff on Youtube, I don’t “watch” I plug in earphones and listen when I clean the house, unless it’s a recipe.

    I have found since deleting Twitter, the only Social media I had, I have felt better within myself. I spend that time reading and doing crosswords. I read quite intense and traumatic true stories mainly, but still don’t have that feeling of doom and dread when going down those terrible dark holes on Social media.

    Throughout mankind there have been pandemics and wars and global depression’s, there just wasn’t Social Media where every ignorant person had an opinion. This too shall pass and whatever happens happens and we can only really control how we react to it, in all honesty. I can’t deny that it is because I am living in a country where the pandemic is pretty much controlled, but yea, those opinions from obnoxious ignorant people made my blood boil, not to mention the anti-vaxers and their photoshopped fake news. If it wasn’t for vaccines they would all be crippled with polio or their bloodline would have been killed off at the first very pandemic 😉

    • Hi Dianne, I was tempted to make choc chip hot cross buns but decided to stick with the traditional ones. I fiddle with the ratios of sultanas and raisins depending on what I have in the cupboard.
      Good idea to listen to stuff while doing other chores. You are so right social media robs us of happiness I no longer look at Twitter, Instagram or FB but keep an eye on news mostly via a news channel on Telegram, they post links to top stories around the world. I do find it troubling that those who are wary of the CV vaccines are being branded as nutty anti vaxers, there seems to be a deliberate campaign to label anyone who raises questions as a kookie tin foil hatter. This massive effort to stifle any news which isn’t cheer leading the jab with pom poms makes me even more wary. None of these jabs are yet FDA approved and they are still in the experimental phase. The halting of the one due to blood clotting issues in many countries is evidence that there are still many unknowns, and long term side effects are yet undiscovered.

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