FOWC with Fandango: Power

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This is power
Said to be only steam
Belching day and night
No way a dream
They say for the good of all
Is it good, does it enthral.
They had an open day
You could go and mount
One brought a machine
for Geiger to count
He was stopped at the door
This was not allowed
Was this a problem?
Do you get a shroud
Take a ride in a jet
You are now in the sky
Above the clouds the mist is seen
You do not have to try
It is  not so bad
Important for our juice
Perhaps it’s radioactive
But all has its use

FOWC with Fandango: Power

Daily Prompt: Fight The Power

Tell us about a time when you fought authority and took a stand against “the man.” Did you win?

Dagenham

The story of my life, I do not do authority, I am the authority. Not that I would take chances on an English road. That is a mystery and I would not touch a car in England. It all began when my friend asked me if I wanted to drive, because automatically I wanted to climb into the driver’s seat. They not only drive on the wrong side of the road in England, but the cars are made the other way round. I do not think I would ever be able to shift gears with my left hand, although I basically only drive automatic. Even my feet have forgotten to co-operate in changing gears. This particular crossroad was just around the corner from where my dad is now living.

To return to following the rules, rules are not my thing, I make them. I basically question everything. I remember when I left school at the age of 18 and had been working at least three months. The British government had been deducting my tax from my wages, according to the good old English system, and then I get a form to fill out. I have to take this form to my old school and get the signature of the head mistress to prove that I have left the school and am now working. Sorry, but this is pure officialdom. I pay the taxes that the government take from my wages and now they ask me to visit my old school to prove that they are doing it correctly. Needless to say I wrote on the form with a few sharp words, asking if they were still in possession of their senses and had no intention of visiting my old school. That was the last place I wanted to revisit, and I am sure they no longer wanted me there. I heard no more and life continued.

Life in Switzerland is according to a rule book, but me not being originally Swiss, I just ignore most of the rules and for something I have Mr. Swiss. Only last week I had a funny card put through the door from the lady opposite. She has now planted her new herb garden. It looks OK, although the design reminds me more of a snake pit than a garden, various large stones hollowbricks filled with earth. To continue, she had a problem with my felines. Of course, fresh earth: it was an invitation to dig, bury the recycling process and take possession. I showed my felines the scribbles on the card, they even looked at it, but decided to take a sleep and it was ignored (I think they can only read meow). In the meanwhile, probably because she did not receive an answer from the felines, she has planted a sort of a feline repellent siren which makes a whistling noise, only to be detected by the sensitive ears of a cat. I think it works and even I hear it sometimes. Needless to say contact between us and the neighbour is now at a minimum and even her herbal plants are growing.

We had a neighbour once (he has now moved on) that found a millimeter scratch on his car and because he parked on the space next to ours in the underground garage he accused us wrongfully of making the scratch. The scratch was easily removed with a cloth and we bought his parking place, which he was renting. It suited us as it was next to ours and my parking abilities are now risk free, as I have the choice of two places to park, although Mr. Swiss still says I park to much towards the right. I did not stand my “man”, I am just another opinion and we are still tied on this one.

Life is full of rules, but they are to break to your own interpretation. In a place where we once lived, I got a parking ticket for parking in front of my own garage. I went immediately to the police, found the policeman who wrongly gave me this ticket. Whilst he was explaining that I was in the wrong and this was not allowed according to local Kantonal Swiss law, he cancelled the parking ticket. I proved my point, so did he, but I was not really listening.

When I reflect on the situation, I am basically a law abiding citizen according to my own rules. Now and again I might drive a few kilometres to fast according to the speed limit (although driving 40 instead of 30 kmh is perhaps a bit over the limit). Mr. Swiss is now slowly giving up telling me to put my foot on the break. He just said he will not pay the fine if I am driving. The car is registered in his name, so we will cross that bridge when it comes.

So I have now completed another Daily Prompt according to my rules. I got a message from the WordPress people that they will be redesigning their Daily Post page and ask for a few suggestions from me. I just said that as far as I was concerned everying is OK and why mend it when it is not broken: another strike against authority. If I am not here tomorrow you know why.

Daily Prompt: Fight The Power

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Daily Prompt: You’ve Got the Power

You have the power to enact a single law. What would it be?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us RULES.

Motorway Solothurn-Biel

Switzerland loves making laws; it is a pastime of every local government. We have a fantastic system of voting yes and no for every little thing. The official signature-collecting forms are available. Fill in your name, place of registration and when enough signatures are collected, just  bring them to the local authorities. Stand in a prominent place in town, or in your village and capture the attention of the people. They just have to sign and register the place where their papers are deposited. One fine Sunday morning  everyone in the area will be invited to vote yes or no. You can even vote by post. Not only on a local basis, but being a Federation, something like the states, it can also be done for national decisions. Of course the political parties can be against or for the issue, but every citizen has a write to say yes or no.

Did you know the Swiss have an army? Surprising, but it is true. Every ablebodied male has to serve the recruit school for about three months and afterwards an annual service of three weeks is required, sometimes four according to how important you are. Generally you have fulfilled your duty when approaching the age of 30 and you can forget it. There is naturally more to be explained, but I just wanted to mention this, because signatures were once collected to abolish the national service in Switzerland. It was a voting issue and to the surprise of the government, more than a third of the Swiss population decided it would be a good idea to accept the disposal of the Swiss army. So you see, what a hypothesis might be in WordPress, can even become reality in Switzerland. Naturally we still have our army, although a few changes have been made.

Now to the facts: what would my law be? If you look at the photo you will see two stickers on the window of our car on the right-hand side, as we drive along the motorway from Solothurn to Biel. The bottom symbol is the permission to drive on the private road in our village which surrounds our local castle. This is quite handy for us as it is a shortcut, avoiding a portion of the main road. The other sticker is the one I am talking about. Every person in Switzerland that wants to drive on our super expensive motorway system, known as “autobahn” must pay for this motorway sticker.

Since 1985 the Swiss motorway users  pay an annual amount. The first years the cost was CHF 30.00 per year and since it has increased to CHF 40.00 per year. Now our super government, who seem to be in dire straits with their financial situation, have decided enough is enough and it will now be increased to CHF100.00 per year. Being a democratic federation, signatures have already been collected against this “I had a dream” idea and all being well, the Swiss citizen will be able to vote pro or contra. What the outcome will be is anyone’s guess. That we actually have a motorway tax is the Swiss citizens to thank. Some bright spark decided it would be a good idea, it was put to the vote and guess what, we all said yes. It is the curse of every tourist entering Switzerland. At the border his car is examined. Does he already have the sticky label on his window? If not he is obliged to pay his CHF 40.00 at the border already before entering our land of banks and financial advantages.

The labels are made in such a way that if you want to remove it for sticking on a new car, it will fall into four neat pieces and it is not able to be re-used. OK, there are many garage owners that know with a little hot air and care. It can be removed in one piece (but do not tell anyone – this is a Swiss citizen secret).

So here it is, the law I will make is ABOLISH THE MOTORWAY LABELS.

Yes, I have said it at the risk of losing my Swiss nationality, having my personal car number taken away and perhaps even being penalised with a heavy fine.

Daily Prompt: You’ve Got the Power