Bad day, worse night.

It all started when a couple of Ospreys (of the US mil type) flew over heading towards Donna Nook Ranges.

Anyway FEELING the heavy beat of two sets of heavy blades, I had started to get twitchy before I even saw the pair on formation.

Can’t you lot make anything that flies quietly? Jeez!

SWMBO was intrigued by them as she usually is with aircraft but I knew what was coming and I definitely wasn’t a happy bunny by then. Sure enough, half a dozen strafing runs later, way up the coast (thank you wind), and the 50 cal brrrrr was raising what hair I’ve still got off the back of my neck. SWMBO hadn’t heard a thing which is weird because she’s usually got ears like an owl. Then to cap it all the sods flew back over us.

I sort of knew why I was upset as being on the receiving end of 50 cal from (not so) friendly fire does tend to leave an impression. As for the heavy beat of rotors, that’s also not my favorite tune of all times.

Only after 30 plus years you would have thought I’d grown out of that by now.

And so to bed having been less than charming the whole day.
Luckily SWMBO knows these mood swings and why.
So she instinctively gives me the space I need when I need it.
Got to love a good keeper haven’t you.

Anyway, you know what it’s like watching YouTube when they are previewing films, snippet after snippet after snippet, until it all rolls into a confused mess? That was my night. Confusing, disjointed, and a mess of bad memories.

Add waking up to daylight (I thought).
So I get out of bed and draw the curtains to a well-lit yard.
Only its not the sun, it’s the Spring Moon. WTH!!!
The clock saying 2 am and way too much for me to cope with so back to bed I goes and I slip the headphones on to ‘Autumn Colors’ by Peder Helland.
Out in seconds I’d guess to awake 6 hours later on the rush to get out for an appointment. Only one tiny problem thereafter. I’m shattered before I even get started.

So a little lower next time boys.
The #60 slingshot and a handful of nice shiny 1/2 inch nuts will be in my pocket all ready for you. Look at it as payback for wrecking my karma.


Hot air which will achieve little and destroy the good.

TREATMENT of veterans with mental health issues was branded a “scandal” yesterday by a damning Commons report. MPs said that despite improvements “there is no doubt some serving personnel, veterans and their families who need mental health care are still being completely failed by the system”.

I would applaud them but behind their rhetoric is a few worrying details.

I say that because they are talking about making a £300 million ‘center of excellence’ near Nottingham.

There is no quick fix for an injured mind despite what MP’s want.
That and they once again picked a stupid ‘strategic location’, and I suppose they will travel around the country in a little bus sweeping up the ill?

Because that’s the only way that will reach some of the long-term sufferers.

Besides for some it’s a HUGE jump to even ask for help without then having to face some giant medical machine churning through them like so much meat!
Peer help can work and smaller, quieter, more private and sensitive to their distress charities, work. All the NHS does is prescribe mind numbing meds, pat you on the head, and say come back in 6 months.

I know that, been there, done that, and finally kicked the doctors into touch after telling his mightiness precisely where to put his pills.
Somewhere the sun don’t ever shine!

But there is a new wrinkle to consider,
This report also called on ministers to make charities work together in the provision of supplementary mental health care.

“Making them work together”?
OMG, If they aren’t broken, don’t fix them.
All that stupid idea is looking at is funding.
The biggest names will swallow up the lions share of any central funding, and the smaller, sometimes more successful ones, will just disappear. How so?

That’s always the plan of government, formalize everything.
In the main it just fk’s up things that work because the next step is to set minimum qualifications, training, certification, and BANG! The ways that were working will be lost as some charities, with their own ‘specialization’ and  ‘different’ but very effective ways to help sufferers will be forced to shut down.

I can cite the nurses shortage as proof of that because of formalizing things.
Now they all need a degree to nurse and acquire massive debt from getting one.
No wonder recruiting bombed and some of the long-term serving nurses who were REALLY GOOD AT THEIR JOBS just left.

PTSD, combat stress, or stress run wild, is a terrible thing for suffers.
What they need is help, local help, not having to travel hundreds of miles to a ‘center of excellence’ that will categorize them, open a set play book at their categories page and pound them back into what the medics think is ‘normal’.

Seven Service Men.

At least four former Royal Marines are suspected to have committed suicide in the past four weeks in a new PTSD ­scandal. A further three former soldiers have taken their own lives since the beginning of April. 

The disclosure comes after new figures from the Ministry of Defence reveal more than 5,000 Armed Services members were diagnosed with a mental health problem last year. The MoD also revealed that 24 soldiers who joined the military under the age of 18 were medically discharged (chucked out) with mental health problems in 2016-17.

Meanwhile the official MOD statement was:-
A MOD spokeswoman said: “While rates of mental disorder are slightly lower in the military than in the general population, we are committed to providing troops and veterans with the care they deserve. We have increased spending on mental health to £22 million a year and continue to tackle any perceived stigma around talking about mental health issues. Last year we launched a partnership with the Royal Foundation, to improve training and education on mental health, and this year we have set up a 24/7 Military Mental Health Helpline for service personnel and their families to call in times of crisis.”

Which sounds like the usual PC Bull Crap to me.

In or out, and if the forces find you suffering from PTSD you are usually chucked out before the ink is dry on your medical discharge papers.
Apart from these PC sound bites, the MOD does nothing to help.
Help is usually left to a few good military charities with the NHS doing even less than the MOD.
Less than nothing, is that even possible?

Oh yeah, big time.