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Michael Trigg

The opinion of a 77-year-old white male

An image of Jacinda Ardern, the New Zealand Prime Minister.
An image of Jacinda Ardern, the New Zealand Prime Minister.
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If any people have the right to gloat over the way they handled COVID 19 it is New Zealanders led by a youthful, female prime minister.

But the country’s PM didn’t gloat over the successful suppression of COVID 19 unless you call doing a happy dance, gloating.


Are you ready for a major disruption in your life? We weren't!

An image of an electrical substation.
An image of an electrical substation.
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At 3:00 AM on Sunday, our power went out. We didn't discover this until we got up on Sunday morning. No coffee, no internet, no hot water, no elevator, no Netflix! Apart from one flashlight and some candles, we were not prepared, even though our local government makes public service announcements on a regular basis advising citizens to have an emergency pack ready. We always made a note of it in our list of things to do. It never got done.

Luckily, we had running water and a…


Or does what you write define you?

An image of a pen lying on a piece of paper on which is written the beginnings of a poem.
An image of a pen lying on a piece of paper on which is written the beginnings of a poem.
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If I’m like most writers, ideas spring to mind

at the most inopportune time

I’m in the shower, or I’m driving,

or in the checkout at the local mart

They come unexpected like a fart

Who controls my thoughts? Not me. Someone unseen

Someone who, has never been

Where I have been

Someone who resides inside my head

It is said

My psychiatrists are in the know

Who can explain what it all means

To me, and others

The dull-witted and the slow

Experiences over time

Helped often by wine

If thoughts are…


Many areas of the world have too much, many others, not enough.

An image of a hand dipping fingers in water.
An image of a hand dipping fingers in water.
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Ex-President Donald Trump criticized water conservation efforts as not only a waste of time but unnecessary. Trump argued in his usual misinformed manner for the deregulation of water usage and blamed US water shortages on people flushing their toilets too often. He claimed there is plenty of water around. “It comes down. It’s called rain, ” he is quoted as saying.

This statement is as ridiculous if not more so than his solution to wildfires: “Rake the forests.

Water on planet earth is a finite resource. The rain…


An accident of birth, I swear!

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No one on this planet to the best of my knowledge has a choice in being born or into what colored skin they are born. However, we all have a choice in how we live our lives and how we treat others, with some exceptions.

The exceptions are people born with disabling mental or physical diseases or who have developed mental disorders as children or adults. There are probably a few others but the point of my post is that all human beings with a functioning brain and the ability to know right from…


The vagaries of the English language and other strange things.

Bored and have some time on your hands? Might want to consider the following, all of which are really of little importance.

If poison passes its expiration date, is it more poisonous or is it no longer poisonous?

Which letter is silent in the word “Scent,” the S or the C?

Do twins ever realize that at least one of them is unplanned?

Why is the letter W, in English, called double U? Shouldn’t it be called double V?

Maybe oxygen is slowly killing you and it just takes 75–100…


Children seem to have a natural gravitation towards music.

An image of a child playing a toy xylophone.
An image of a child playing a toy xylophone.
Image By: Jalleke Ootegahm, Unsplash

Music is wonderfully human.

I have two grandchildren, one aged almost three and the other 2 years and a bit. Both children, from the time they could hold their heads up, displayed an innate sense of rhythm, particularly when the music being played had a certain cadence. Both children though enjoy different beats and tempos which is interesting. Seems they each have different musical taste.

Often, when looking after either child, the radio is playing in the background with a variety of talk and music interspersed. Now and then a music track is played that catches the attention of one…


Have you been scammed? Taken to the cleaners by fake phone calls or emails? Join the growing crowd.

An image of a person at a laptop with the message “ Fraud Alert” showing on the screen.
An image of a person at a laptop with the message “ Fraud Alert” showing on the screen.
Image By: Pixabay

Throughout human history, there have always been evil and heartless humans who have preyed on the weak, the defenseless, and the gullible.

The advent of the internet has opened the floodgates for scammers, scumbags, and other heartless bastards who prey on gullible people, particularly the elderly, the infirm and the naive. They are in the same class of perpetrators as pedophiles and those who commit violent crime; the lowest of the low!

Every day in the newspapers, there are stories of fraud ranging from internet phishing scammers who use fake email addresses to elicit personal information from victims to impersonating…


Ageism is a real issue in today’s young-oriented society.

An image of an elderly couple sitting on a bench.
An image of an elderly couple sitting on a bench.
Image By: Dale Staton, Unsplash

Some examples of ageism include:

  • Losing a job because of your age.
  • Being refused interest-free credit.
  • Being refused a new credit card.
  • Being denied auto insurance, or travel insurance.
  • Receiving a lower quality of service in a shop or restaurant because of the organization’s attitude to older people.

There are many more but you get my drift. Ageism is the stereotyping, the prejudice, and discrimination against people on the basis of their age. It is a widespread and insidious practice, more so in western countries, that has harmful effects on the health, both mental and physical of older adults.

For…


Are you guilty of them from time to time?

An image of a weasel.
An image of a weasel.
Where’s Those Weasel Words? Image By: Brent Jones, Unsplash

What are weasel words? According to Wikipedia, a weasel word is; “ an informal term for a word or words or phrases aimed at creating an impression that something specific and meaningful has been said, when in fact only a vague or ambiguous claim has been communicated.”

Politicians, elected officials, and civil servants are famous for this. An example of a “weasel” statement is the answer to a question from a reporter.

Does the government plan on calling a snap election in the spring?”

Answer by the politician: “This government has always promised to be forthright with the electorate. Our…

Michael Trigg

Since 2012, I have been business consulting and writing through my own agency Handshake Business Consultants. Fiction books, business plans, blogging, articles.

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