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Isle of Wight: Alien monolith or Art stunt?

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Nestled on Compton beach on the beautiful Isle of wight a strange Monolith has appeared. Art sculpture? Sent by aliens ( fans of Artur C Clarkes a space odyssey will see the connection!) or a huge media hype ?

A  small but steady stream of people have been braving the cold misty beach this morning , the echoing sound of the ebb and flow of the waves a constant reminder that the moon controls the sea which is reflected in the beautifully stark erection. Maybe this is a hint to celestials or beings from another planet?

Down from the car park at the top of the cliff you descend rickety wooden steps and the excitement and mystery does catch at the imagination. People are clearly excited and overjoyed at the discovery on their island. Just 1oo yards from the base fo the steps the three sided monolith stands its base in three wooden legs buried into the sane and built up with boulders and sand hinting at a very human involvement.

One witness said because there are so few people here I feel like I could have discovered this myself before the world had a chance to claim it.

Ms Debbie Reilly   said ‘ I found it a little underwhelming to be honest, I so wanted it to be Aliens!’

Armed with an EMF meter hoping to find evidence there was nothing registering.

It feels  cool, gleaming ,reflective mirror glass sides are beautiful and stark in the natural surroundings.

It might not be other worldly but it is simply mysterious, magical  and a little special .

I'm a slightly deranged middle aged widow, living in the Cotswolds with two fabulously funny little dogs. A mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Determined to survive by writing to remember, to forget and to cope with grief. the memory of my husband supporting me, guiding me and probably laughing at me if there is a ‘somewhere’

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Edinburgh the happiest city in the UK

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A Smart Survey survey revealed that the happiest city in the UK is Edinburgh. The reasons are the quality of life, the high salaries, the average working hours per week and the beauty of the city.

Two seaside towns follow in second and third place: Bournemouth and Brighton.

In fourth place we find Southend and in fifth Bristol. Followed by Colchester and then Glasgow in eighth place.

In ninth place we have both Liverpool and Manchester and in tenth Milton Keynes.

London is in thirteenth place, takes points for the average high salaries but loses some for the many hours of average work per week.

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A virtual visit with augmented reality to the Met in New York

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Get your mobile and visit this website to experience something quite special, even if stuck at home.  This is not your typical virtual exhibition but an example of what happens when technology meets art. 

The project is called The Met Unframed and will take you across a series of digital galleries with works of art coming to live with augmented reality. There are 12 digital galleries and over 40 works of art all from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

 

You will works by contemporary artists but also a Chinese mural that is over 700 years old and the Egyptian Temple of Dendur.  There are also games and interactive experiences that are also meant to teach you more about art while you are having fun. 

The experience is free online but only for a month, therefore don’t waste any time and go and try it. 

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One million pensioners over 75 refuse to pay TV licence fee

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Since 31st July 2020, pensioners over 75 years were served with notice, that their exemption from the BBC licence fee had come to an end. The Government was no longer prepared to subsidise this, so the cost now fell on the Corporation. People approaching the age of 75 are required to continue the annual payment of £157.50,  so for many, what would have been a welcome saving has vanished.
 
2.7 million over 75s have complied and renewed payment of the fee. Only the poorest pensioners, claiming pension credit, can claim exemption. 750.000 pensioners, receiving this extra state benefit have done so.However, not all pensioners ineligible for pension credit are wealthy. Indeed many face a choice between heating and eating, so finding the money for the licence fee has caused hardship. They dig into their pockets because the TV is often their main form of companionship. The radio of course is free, but nonetheless only a minority would  choose to live without the  visual medium of television. 
 
Taking this into consideration, it is no surprise to learn that there are 1million over 75 year old “refuseniks” This has led to a £160 million deficit  in BBC finances. What to do in this impasse?
This is a brave stance by the pensioners, as non payment of the licence fee is actually a criminal offence! Apart from  log jamming the magistrate’s courts, the BBC faces a difficult task in recovering the money by civil means.
 Newspaper coverage of bailiffs hassling pensioners would make for very bad publicity, so we can only watch this space!

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