Nuclear Families and the Extended Family



My reflections of a niece returning home to her birthplace and a family gathering.   




Last week thirty-two extended family members celebrated the return to the UK of one of its loved relations. Babies, great grandparents, proud parents, brothers, and sisters shared the jubilation and joy of seeing someone they love who emigrated to Queensland ten years ago. 

It was a poignant occasion. 


A mother, grandmother, aunty, and sister-in-law - The importance of family


Image - Cousins at family renuion

Everybody enjoyed the occasion.

They cared for these distant relatives. 

I think for many, it was a powerful and touching event. 

Families are important. 

After everyone left, I was left thinking, considering, and reviewing why people travelled hundreds and for some, tens of thousands of miles. 

During the darkness that night, I think I had a personal revelation, an epiphany, and redemption about the influence and power of blood ties and families. I may have neglected this in my earlier life. 

For some considerable time since urbanisation, the impact of work, careers, and jobs, lifestyle have disturbed and disrupted the concept of family. 

Roles and responsibilities have become more fluid. 

Yet, the nuclear family and through blood ties, the extended family still has significance.

Do you benefit from or support relations? 

A grand/great grandmother and mother on family relations.


Quote by a Mother, Grandmother, Aunty, and Sister-in-Law:

"I think family is very important. It is like the social glue that binds everybody together. I think the relationship you have with the different generations very important, especially as you get older it helps you stay young and in contact with new and up to date things. And I think when we have large family gatherings, it's good to see everybody that's related to you."

Are blood ties, across families important?



A grandson and lost grandfather


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360-Degree Videos and Storytelling


"I think we're moving into a dangerous

medium with virtual reality.”

           Stephen Speilberg





The 360 video medium is dangerous. It allows viewers to make choices to control their own decisions where to gaze. You do not have to follow the storyteller's or director’s gaze. 360 video technology creates new opportunities and ways of interacting.

Presence – The Key Feature

A core principle for 360 videos creators is evoking emotional responses from the spirit of the space, its vibes, and energy. It is the prompting of new sensory insights and responses to the characters or landscape in the new 360 domain.  These are not from viewing a traditional series of linear events.

Productions, stories, or features created in 360 VR need a fitting story aura to match the new possibilities of the medium.

Unlike the traditional linear photoshoots or film production recounting events, the mantra for 360, is about something illustrating new perspectives, different insights, and concepts from alternative storytelling viewpoints.




Agency To Create New Perspectives

Here the audience can construct their meaning and understanding through interacting with the 360 space. The task of the video maker or storyteller is to provide choice, opportunities, and the possibility of derivative sub-stories emerging.

What are the merits of 360 videos, VR, and AR?

By creating viewers with personal agency, producers are allowing other possibilities to emerge from the exploration of the story’s content. New frameworks are about structuring exploration of new experiences.




Storytelling Deconstruction

The deconstruction of the old storytelling formulae is the starting place. Experiences of the viewer’s presence come first with the story following their perceptions within the 360-degree video.

“It’s storytelling captured in a medium that can highlight or enhance aspects of a place, time, or event”.

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VR video allows you to experience the space with a greater percentage of realism.





360-degree videos are about immersion, presence, and new perceptions. It can be manipulated allowing viewers to be active, gaining new insights, and creating their own stories.




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Bias Propaganda Tendentious Media


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Bias Propaganda and Tendentious Media

A significant feature of today’s zeitgeist is divided contentious national identities.




Popular media communications such as newspapers, social media, and interest groups control, operate and are established only to show, endorse, and present their highly selective, compartmentalised views of the world.

The title of this speech, bias, propaganda, and tendentious media, now needs another ominous noun to elucidate the meaning of these words and their implications, indoctrination.


Identity groups



Ask yourself questions about the meaning, the influence, and power of these concepts.  

Are you aware of the processes involved?

What is the impact, effect and outcomes for you, your community, and society?

Where and how does it start?

How does this happen?

What are the strategies to counter bias, propaganda, tendentious tweets, and indoctrination?

The language and cultures of the democratic free world facilitate these concerns. For totalitarian states, these concepts are the de facto modus operandi.

Now, let’s examine the meaning of these words.


Snowflake millenial generation man jumping




Inclination or prejudice for or against one person or group, especially in a way considered to be unfair.

A concentration on or interest in one particular area or subject.


Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view.

The dissemination of propaganda as a political strategy.


Expressing or intending to promote a particular cause or point of view, especially a controversial one.


The process of teaching a person or group to accept a set of beliefs uncritically.


Online Tendentious Media




Now put these words into context by reviewing the great British tradition embedded into the fabric of the nations daily lives, the nasty and vicious morning newspapers.

Due to current online trends, this excludes millennials and the snowflake generation.

Compared to The Chinese People’s Daily, or the Russian Pravda, does The Times and The Daily Telegraph produce a balanced, independent, impartial news, views, comments, and features?


Let's dig down and look at the heritage and pedigree of established, long-serving well-known journalists: Janet Daly, Isabelle Oakenshott, Polly Toynbee,

Quentin Letts, Charles Moore, and Tim Montgomerie.

What does that say about their newspaper’s ethos, culture, and viewpoints?

What was the message of the British twentieth-century newspapers? The Daily Record, The Sketch, The Express, The Mirror, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The People, and The News of The World?

Whom did they represent? Who owned this media?

Do you like to be well-informed, have educated insights, and be knowledgeable?

Generations of post-war baby boomers have been brought up reading newspapers. Here, the reader's diet will have consisted of what?

Imagine a young person delivering newspapers in this era. While they posted and read the headlines, the leading features would immediately provide detailed insights containing bias, propaganda, and tendentious media. The reader brings their own interpretations, values, and beliefs. Are they informed?

The Newspaper business model is not sustainable today. A digital, virtual world driven by sounds, images, and video content has attracted new audiences.


Post-war baby boomers young women



Today we live in very different times? Things have evolved, and technology has led to new ways of communicating.

However, the same issues of bias, propaganda and tendentious media are still all pervasive. Interesting?

What has happened?

Today the use of online media for using, displaying and manipulating bias, propaganda, tendentious tweets, and propaganda is a well-recognised phenomenon.

The ubiquitous echo chambers of the internets social media apps have taken these issues to a higher and a new level.


Responsible media organisations have teams and systems in place to verify the authenticity of facts. They verify the accuracy and honesty of the news.

In the United States the American Press Institute, The Poynter Institute for Media Studies and other news consortiums, like the BBC in the UK, now have strong systems in place to fact check and ensure the authenticity of media.

Can you think of major incidents, events, and scenarios where this has occurred?

For example, immediately after the US president gave a speech on the proposed wall along the Mexican border, news anchors scrambled to fact-check Trump’s prime-time television address.

The Financial Times featured the real reasons for Donald Trump lies at

The president’s greatest ambitions are neither financial nor political — they’re psychological, writes Stephen Grosz

The Washington Post’s Fact Checker estimates That during the two years of his presidency, Trump has told some 7,600 lies.

Grosz’s view is that Trump may abuse the truth, so we take notice of him, think about him, become emotionally involved with him. Because he’s in no one’s heart, he wants to be in all our minds. More and more, he is convinced that his greatest ambitions are neither financial nor political — they’re psychological. He wants us never to take our eyes off him. A psychic imperialist, he aims to colonise our minds. He wants to dominate the external and internal landscape.

Moments after President Trump concluded his Oval Office remarks on border security on Tuesday, the NBC anchor Chuck Todd came on the air with a blunt assessment.

“He made a lot of dubious claims,” Mr Todd informed millions of viewers after the network’s scheduled program

The decision by major broadcast networks to carry Mr Trump’s address live set off a fierce debate over journalistic responsibility in an age of unusual mendacity (Mendacity = Untruthfulness) in politics. Anchors responded by delivering a tough-minded assessment of his nine-minute remarks, reeling off several immediate correctives to some of his misleading claims.


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What are the answers and solutions to my concerns:

  1. Supporting and using independent, high-quality media delivering in-depth, impartial reporting, g. The London Review of Books.

  2. Using news verification organisations for checking facts.

  3. Providing high standards of education for overcoming ignorance and low levels of literacy.

  4. Governments creating and enforcing laws for preventing hate, bigotry, and sectarianism.



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Family Winchester Royal Hotel Wedding



The Extended Family - An English Wedding

Societies worldwide have established marriage institutions and strong family traditions. The exact scope and nature may vary depending upon the culture.

A feature is that people begin life and stay life members in some form of family.

The exact nature of the family and wedding may vary.


We may belong to a nuclear family or an extended family that includes grandchildren such as nieces, nephews, that come from additional relatives such as sisters, brothers of the wife or husband, or their parents.

A traditional feature of weddings are the invitations to not only close friends but also the extended family kinship relationships.

The social conditions reflecting a culture’s values regulate many aspects of life and marriage. Different societies have rules and precedents about who shall live together, who can marry who, how mates are selected, and the socialisation of children.

In the west, newlyweds establish their households away from their parents.

As a social institution enmeshed into the local community, there are factors that the family perform: providing positive emotional support, affection, and regulating behaviour.




The primary socialising factor for rearing children is the family’s key responsibility. From the early protection and care, infants and children may learn expectations of behaviour. Without this intimate structure, infants are at risk socially, mentally, and physically.

Educational, religious, political, and economic organisations support the process.

Weddings and the emergence of a well-adjusted family may deliver a nurturing, caring environment that benefits children.



The Bride Winchester Royal Hotel Wedding


Future jobs, occupations, and status may reflect your family’s position in the community.

Children from a wedding follow the political, religious, and legal status of their parents.


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Universal Credit Social Housing Without Social Safety Net



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Universal Credit Social Housing Without a Social Safety Net



From Under A Cloud At Heartbreak Hill  - A social media book telling the truth about the Universal Credit crisis


Stanley Tower is a first class example of a very modern dilemma that runs riot through the heart of social housing and the lives of its dependents without anybody on the outside having the first inclination that such an anomaly even exists. I speak of an administrative structural anomaly - not this time of bricks and mortar - but of bureaucratic process and systemic organisation. Something you can't even see with the naked eye.   

There used to be two types of rental housing; private landlords for tenants who could support themselves financially and pay the rent independently - and social housing for those who could not. Social housing was open to anyone needing it and you simply joined a list or a queue to have your application dealt with on a needs basis.   

Elements of this system still exist, but there is now a third type of housing which is like a "worst of both worlds' hybrid of the other two systems. Many social housing blocks were sold off to private landlords with covenants attached. But the covenants are riddled with loopholes. The upshot is places like Stanley Tower, where a private landlord owns the entity and collects the rent and seeks to maximise profit even though the building is still the only thing between a large group of vulnerable tenants and homelessness. Only 38% of Stanley Tower residents are in employment. Some are ex-convicts who get settled here after serving their term in prison. More are of the type that I made reference to earlier.   



Universal Credit Claimant Social Housing Tenant


My own story is that upon being made redundant in 2014 and losing another job when my employer shut down in 2015, I was served an eviction notice from my private landlord on a flat I had lived in for seven years two miles down the road in the posh waterfront part of town called Salford Quays. I had no savings and no family in the area so I made a round of applications to get on the housing lists until I found my feet once more. All these failed as there is, in fact, no obligation upon housing associations to take on new applicants - despite the commonly held view that there is, in fact, such an obligation. In the nick of time, I got a flat in Stanley Tower. I responded to an ad on the local rentals website.    

I am on a benefits payment called Universal Credit 

The point is that we are social housing tenants in all but name yet we have no social protection from an unscrupulous landlord. The next step is homelessness and in my two years here I have seen numerous neighbours turned onto the street. I have seen and heard them protesting outside the building at nightfall in the winter months, huddled on the benches in the park opposite and drinking alcohol to keep warm. Making a racket in a bid to try and get arrested and thereby get a roof over their heads for the night.   

Whereas social housing tenants enjoy protection from such a fate, we do not. I have had meetings at the local Citizens Advice Bureau and at the local housing office to get professional guidance on what would happen if I fell out of favour with my landlord or they decided to serve me notice on my one-month rolling contract. Beyond a token appeal against a Section 21 eviction notice, I am advised to find a friend with a couch and a kind heart should that day come to pass.   

Don't be under any delusions about some perverse rebellious choice fuelling the rise in doorway sleepers. Check out the brochure handed out on a visit to the ironically named Housing Office.  

The general public tends to believe that the social housing system is a safety net at the bottom of the housing crisis. It is not. There is a rung lower and it has no safety net at all.  I’ve a photograph of my copy of a document that my landlord’s managing agent, Stanley Lettings, submitted to a 2016 tribunal hearing. It's the kind of information they don't like airing. I have taken the liberty of red-inking the important bit, which amounts to my landlord's own admission that it bases its rent levels here in Stanley Tower on the private professional market and ignores, as it is well within its rights to, the Local Housing Authority guidelines. And there you have it. The worst of both worlds. Legal loopholes are like waiting rooms in dental surgeries. They built it. They’re gonna use it. 



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The Universal Credit Crisis and Job Centres



When go to the Job Centre, I'm warned, like everyone else is, that if don't make my appointment within 10 minutes of the arranged time, get sanctioned. 

Sanctioned means my rent and my food is cut off for six weeks. I'm effectively potentially evicted and starving

Yet when get my letter to tell me when my appointment is, it always arrives two days after the appointment date. And if take the trouble to look at the stamping on the envelopeit's been stamped after the day of the appointment, which suggests they'redoing it on purpose. 

Now, this is happening to everybody. And it's been happening for years.


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Universal Credit The British Social Underclass By Gary Knapton A Manchester Writer



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Here is a Manchester writer advocating positive action to address the Kafkaesque deep state machinations against the sick, poor, disabled, single parents, the unemployed, and their children. The narrative captures the Zeitgeist in reflecting the findings of authoritative reports.


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Universal Credit Mental Health Report



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Mental Health and the Universal Credit System



"They advanced me through from basic psychotherapy services for mild depression through to specialist services, saying I need stronger treatment. My conditions getting worse. But when I go to the job centre, they overrule this and say, we're just going to ignore it. You've got to look for work."


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"When Job Centres send you letters insisting that you turn up at their job centres within 10minutes of a time or you'll lose your rent and your food money, which really means eviction and starvation, then the letter that comes telling you when to go to that appointment is two days late every single month and it's stamped later than it's written--so I would argue that this might be a strategic intention from the authorities to cleanse the underclass and put them onto the streets. And this has been happening for quite a long time now."

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