I grew up in the 80’s, well when I say I grew up that means I spent th latter 80’s in high school. As well as being the most defining part of my life, it was also a time when I look back with fond memories of not knowing a single person who had a not allergy, was lactose intolerant and I definitely did not know any vegan’s let alone know what one was.

Back in those days we used to eat anything and everything, our restaurant and fast food menus were simple of full of everything that Is now regarded as unhealthy. We used to go out for dinner and not a single person would say, “do you have anything gluten, fat free and vegan”!

Oh how times have changed, we now have packets of peanuts with a warning label stating “contains nuts”, we can menu’s that cater for every type of allergy, intolerance and liking, we have people who will gladly eat a handful of peanut on the condition they are organic, growth in an ethical farm, packed in biodegradable packing and served by a person who has not touched meat beforehand.

I recently went through a patch of being brainwashed into believing I was intolerant to a few things including milk and gluten, I went out of my way to avoid both and for a while I felt pretty good about it. But the interesting thing is that once I reverted to be a normal human being, I felt no different, especially after indulging in a tub of ice cream or a round of heavily buttered toast. In fact, I have never felt better, the stress of eating what I want without reading every ingredient has without question made me a happy person.

Don’t get me wrong, I know there are many people who have genuine allergies and I fully respect that, but those who are not allergic but are intolerant I question, surely if you break out in spots, get a rash or become a miserable sneezing preacher after eating butter means you are allergic and not intolerant!

Those with allergies need to pay special attention to what they eat, we all know these allergies can be life threatening. But those will intolerances need to wake up and smell the caffeine free coffee and accept that there is a fine line between being intolerantly fashionable and downright annoying.

As I grow older, I become wiser and my sense of smell becomes stronger, bullshit now smells stronger than it did back in the 80’s!

Most of us sat my our TV’s, laptops and phones watching the US election results unravel, we watched as state after state declared the winner, we listened to TV networks making exit predictions while realising we really do not understand how the US electoral count works.

As we watched the US map turn Red, Blue & grey the one thing we expected to hear didn’t happen, and as I write this, we still have no clear 100% confirmed or accepted winner!

What we do have however is one of the most comical fiasco’s in history!

Let us put aside politics, economic strategies, international policies, race relations, health & medical care, let us put aside how the US has the highest number of COVID cases & deaths, let us put all that aside in the same way both the Democrats & Republicans alike have done.

Let us also put aside how the exiting President of United States of America has, with the help of his inept, unexperienced and arrogant family made a farce of what was once regarded as the greatest power in the world. This election has seen a rift develop not only in America but around the world, a rift caused my one orange skinned narcissistic madman.

We have witnessed countries spend millions to hide their slums rather than feed their poor just to appease his visit, the world has demonstrated and we have seen news networks ridiculed and belittled, we saw the birth of fake News!

Many Trump loving lemmings sat back and ignored his rants about building walls, banning foreigners, singling out religions, mocking the poor, disabled, underprivileged and casting his vile racist beliefs down their throats. Let us forget this is the same man who promoted grabbing women’s p##ssies, who spoke and behave inappropriately with his own daughter, and apparently had a fondness of golden showers.

Let us put aside how the President of the United States of America may have secret bank accounts in countries where his family have registered hundreds of multimillion dollar product patents while criticizing that same countries trade policies. Let us ignore the debt he is rumored to have, or alleged links to crime syndicates and global political antagonizes. Let us brush aside his endless lies, cover ups, contradictions and ignorance, and let us not even think about his personal links and promotion of far-right white supremacist groups.

Putting all that aside, let us all walk away remembering….

That a once elected leader can turn into a potential dictator hell bent on causing maximum disruption before he is forced out of office, even when he does leave with his box of sharpies he will continue to brainwash his blind followers that not only is he the true elected president but he was chosen by God to do good in an evil world.

Let us never forget that regardless who eventually will be gifted the poison challis of leading the US, they will always have an agenda that will bring nothing but unrest and unhappiness to the rest of the world.

But most of all, let us never forget that the 2020 Presidential Elections have proven one simple fact…

Democracy is dead, America the land of the free, and the Star-Spangled Banner, killed it!

My father (May Allah have mercy on him) taught me one simple rule in life, the harder you try the luckier you get!

I was lucky, I had a great start to my career, I rose through the ranks in every company I joined, I was respected, I gave respect and I delivered beyond expectations – looking back it was crazy that in literally every company and I never experienced any form of racism, well not to my face that is.

But then it all changed. After being approached by a head-hunter I soon found myself being interviewed in a hotel reception, a motorway service station and even in restaurant over dinner, all because the company wanted to keep their intent to hire me secret until they had struck a deal.

After three interviews with three members of their board of directors I was unanimously put forward for the position, my salary, company car, benefits, title all agreed but there was one last hurdle, the face to face with the CEO and majority owner of the company.

The company was based miles from my hood, it took over 4 hours to get to their office, all the way there I sang along to my favorite tunes, stopped off for a nice ploughman lunch and arrived 30 minutes early so I could compose myself and, brush my hair (yes I had hair).

As I was ushered into the boardroom, I recall thinking to myself, wow everyone is so friendly and welcoming. Sitting quietly, waiting for the CEO, sipping water and not a flinch of anticipation, not a flutter or nerves, I had this, this was my big break!

In he walked, a tall older man, grey hair, immaculately dressed, he looked every part the man I would one day aspire to be. But in a fraction of a second everything changed, he took one look at me, said “no, no, this is not right” and walked straight out leaving me sitting their bewildered and confused. A few minutes later his secretary walked in and apologized, asked me to leave and told me the agency would be in touch.

No sooner than I got in the car my car phone rang (yeah, we had phones in the car with an awesome antenna on the rear windscreen), it was a somewhat angry head-hunter. I could not understand him at first, he was angry, swearing, rambling on until he took a deep breath and told me that the CEO is a racist pig and did not realise I was not white! He didn’t want to talk to me, and he certainly did not want me on his management team.

The drive back felt like it took several days not a few hours, in fact I do not recall much about the drive, I do however recall sitting at my dining table telling my family that the interview went well but I turned it down making an excuse that the office was too far and I did not think relocating was the right thing to do.

That day did not change my life, nor did it adversely affect me, it did not make m a stronger person nor did it deter nor motivate me, it just disappointed me.

A month later I was promoted at my existing company, and from that day I just kept trying harder and got a little luckier.

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