Monday Musings…17th October 2022…Tomato soup thrown over a Van Gogh Painting and that’s for starters!

Welcome to Monday Musings…Monday Musings is where normally I share some things that have thrilled me, made me think or smile or even have a mini-rant but generally it is my happy place and I hope yours is…October is HERE…Halloween is coming…It’s National Cookbook Month plus it’s Chocolate Lovers Week, National Baking Week, and National Rice Week…

It’s now time to have look at what caught my eye last week…

Sausages supposedly started being called bangers in Britain during the First World War. Meat was scarce and rationed so the meat was padded out with fillers including water hence when heated everything expanded rapidly making the sausage explode open when cooked…Hence “Bangers” were born!

Now we get down to the nitty-gritty as they say…hang on to your hats!

I came from a country that has freedom of speech…there are certain acts that have been going on over the last couple of years that worry me not so much about what Just Stop Oil protesters are protesting about but how they express their views…in the last week tomato soup was thrown over Van Gogh’s painting, people superglued their faces to a wall, an Aston Martin showroom was sprayed with orange paint, vegans emptied cartons of milk on the floor of a supermarket…and now proters have climbed the QE2 bridge in London and disrupted traffic into the city…

Do these people think this is the way to get sympathy not only from politicians but from Joe Public…I just think there are other ways to express your disagreements than throwing milk and tomato sauce and supergluing oneself to walls and floors…What is the world coming to…I can see free speech becoming a thing of the past and then what happens?

I am not saying I don’t have the same concerns but is this really the way forward?

41 thoughts on “Monday Musings…17th October 2022…Tomato soup thrown over a Van Gogh Painting and that’s for starters!

  1. CarolCooks2 Post author

    Absolutely , Sally it makes a mockery of the right to protest and they will be the first to complain if those laws are changed because of their extreme behaviours…the public will turn against them especially if lives are lost or they are prevented from getting to their workplace…None of this behaviour bodes well .

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  2. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

    I don’t consider this free speech as that implies reasoned argument. This is anarchy and because of their actions on the bridge someone died because an ambulance could not get through to a car crash. This is hive behaviour and as such is orchestrated and I agree with you Carol. I would also like to know what jobs, those who are not students are doing, that allows them so much time off to glue themselves to pieces of art, and if they are students then they should be in class. If they are on benefits and being paid by the taxpayer’s money then I personally would be seriously considering their right to it. The public is turning against them and instead of focusing on making the necessary changes to how we conserve energy and find solutions for the future, they are making a mockery of the seriousness of the matter. We all have a right to protest but this is not the way to get the message across.

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  4. Chel Owens

    I read through your post and the comments. The problem is that I don’t think ‘someone’ is behind this (unless you look to religious answers, of course); the danger is that some few are taking confusion, fear, and reactivity and channeling it haphazardly for their means. I see those seeking power throwing away the future by manipulating people’s good feelings in order to gain their support (monetarily and literally).

    Shortsighted and selfish behavior is not what’s best for the environment. Vandalism and mean acts are not what’s best for positive change.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Maybe Chel…I agree with all you say but still think someone is pulling the strings..I could be wrong but someone is leading and coordinating all of this mayhem and wanton vandalism…

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I agree absolutely, Robbie it shocked me…in fact, it scares me too as people are getting more extreme with their protests where it all ends doesn’t bear thinking about …

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      1. Liz Gauffreau

        Upon reflection, I think part of the problem is that these “protesters” aren’t willing to acknowledge how complex these problems are, nor are they willing to put the time into actually educating themselves about the means to effect positive change.

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      2. CarolCooks2 Post author

        You make a good point , Liz but I do think that they are led into believing it is the correct course of action when really its just vandalism in the name of their cause and not likely to solve or resolve the problem they are campaigning to change…

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      3. Liz Gauffreau

        If they’re led by other people or organizations to believe that, they should have asked for verifiable and valid supporting evidence first. (Sorry for the mini-rant. Once a critical thinking teacher, always a critical thinking teacher.)

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      4. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Don’t apologise, Liz..you would think that they would most don’t they blindly follow we see that in( elections… And if a celebrity endorses something its gospel.. When we know it isn’t…

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  5. marianbeaman

    Throwing soup at a Van Gogh painting is the wrong way to go about protesting. On Wednesday’s blog I will post a short video of the Van Gogh Exhibition in our city, an immersive experience.

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  6. tidalscribe.com

    I don’t get what soup and sunflowers have to do with anything, rather amused that security don’t seem to have responded very quickly!
    The bridge? I would never do that because I am terrified of heights; for a moment I thought at least they are not in anyone’s way, but of course the emergency services are not allowed to just ignore such situations, whether they are protesting or threatening to commit suicide.
    But there is one thing the protesters say which is true, most people are not worrying about the planet, still flying on holiday and driving everywhere – and of course we can’t just stop doing everything and return to living in caves. We just need an intelligent conversation on how to share our resources more fairly and invest in green energy.

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  7. Jacqui Murray

    I don’t get it. Their beliefs shouldn’t be at the price of others’ beliefs (like art lovers and mothers who need milk for children). My belief in freedom of speech grows every years, but not at others’ expense. Glad you put a spotlight on this.

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  8. beetleypete

    Those people have alienated public opinion in the worst way possible. Instead of bringing sensible opposition to climate change issues, they come across as childish and spoilt. They do nothing constructive at all, in my opinion.
    (And they probably travel to the protests by car too.)
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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  9. Alethea Kehas

    One does wonder how they came up with such an extreme idea to throw soup on a work of art. I think we can tend our planet and still honor beauty in the form of art…the two are not mutually exclusive.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Absolutely, Alethea its a crazy way of thinking listening to that girl and she is a girl does she not realise how wrong an example she was giving plus if she/they gets a criminal record that stays for ever.

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  10. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen

    These actions are all disgusting, and completely without effect other than to draw contempt for the cause they say they are supporting. I’m sure all these people use their share of fossil fuels in just about every aspect of their daily lives, and I don’t have any idea why trying to destroy a beautiful painting or wasting milk or any other food is going to have anything but a negative effect.
    This isn’t free speech, it is vandalism.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I agree, Dorothy I just don’t understand their mindset…my son thinks they are brainwashed at their universities..myself I would love to know who is really behind these organisations and why…

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      1. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen

        I’ve had that same thought, what is the real purpose. I can’t imagine any rational person, no matter how strong the cause, saying to themselves “I think I’ll destroy a priceless piece of historic art, wear my t-shirt, and everyone will decide to stop eating meat.”

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