New Blog

I have a special announcement to make. I have started a new blog on Blogpost.

I understand that this is a brand new change. The reason is because I needed to create a more professional one. I’m not saying that this blog on WordPress isn’t professional, though not many people agree. To be a freelance writer/filmmaker, one of course has to be mindful of what they type on their blogs and use constructive points about what they think of such and such. It’s like going for haircuts in order to look more respectable. Personally I question why recruiters/employers would be so bothered about one’s looks, but there’s nothing much wrong with “playing it safe” as long as it’s necessary.

Even though I now have a new blog, this doesn’t mean that I’ll be giving up with this site. I will be posting stuff on here every now and then. I still have yet to state what my Top movies are. Most of what I put on here is to do with viewpoints, reviews and so forth.

The other one will be to do with movies I was involved in production for and my education, kind of like a portfolio. If you are interested, have a look on this site; https://jonellison.blogspot.com.

A Warning about COVID-19

Greetings. I hope everybody’s doing fine during this hard time. I’m of course using this time to work on some important things such as writing films and uni work. For those of you who don’t know, I’m studying Creative Writing at a Master’s level at a local university. I studied a film-making course in Northampton and took a four-year hiatus in-between the two courses. I felt that this would be the right time to post this message and sort of warning.

As we all know, due to the CoronaVirus, we’ve had a massive lockdown, which means that we can’t go to social events and that we’ve been forced to stay home. Need I have to remind people of the exceptions. I make no secret that I’m having an extremely sucky time.

However, I’ve been keeping up to date with the latest statistics through The Guardian and so forth. Today’s death toll in the UK stands at 2,921 as is explained through the following link (https://covid19uk.live/?fbclid=IwAR0K7yFG-Qh3JZo1UEp6WPm4ps-bz3EyTx2_8R5iVLj8Gil9dfYr_h6tf5I). This figure is higher compared to yesterday’s which was that minus 569. It’s been constantly rising day by day and other countries i.e. Italy and the USA are in no better condition.

My point is that I feel that a lot of people are not considering the consequences and defying the guidelines. To me, it feels that people are just trying it on. It seems that they’re like “oh it’s just some stupid virus. Let’s just get wasted!” And I’m like “Hello? Have you not seen what’s happening?”. You’re not doing the public any favours.

Of course, I myself am not enjoying this lockdown one bit. I don’t particularly like having to rely on social media for chats. Call me traditional if you like, but it’s not the same as meeting people and talking to them face to face. My 30th birthday is coming up and it’s bad enough that a very special friend of mine is back in China, meaning that we can only talk through phone/social media. It’s also bad enough that I’m having to constantly shift my birthday celebration to a later date.

I’m aware that I’m not the only one who’s hating the situation. Others are too. These include those with mental health issues. Quite frankly, I can’t blame them. I don’t suffer from mental health issues myself. Those who assume that all people with autism/Asperger’s syndrome suffer from mental health problems obviously need to do their research and understand that they’re both different things. Having said that, I feel that the longer this lockdown lasts, the higher the chance that I may develop such issues and I can’t even book an appointment to see a damn psychiatrist, because of the guidelines.

I make no secret that I don’t support Boris Johnson or his fellow Tory members. Frankly, I wish they’d hurry up and help the NHS, so that the timeline for the lockdown will decrease. However, I’m hearing that Brexit is to be delayed until the crisis ends. I hope that’ll be the case. Personally, I’d like Boris to have a change of heart about the situation since many of us never support Brexit in the first place.

But the point is, at least I’m trying to go through the social-distancing process. At least I’m making an effort to follow the guidelines. None of us want this lockdown to be increased. I’m sure we’d all want to regain our freedom by the time the summer begins. But how can we when people are still defying the rules and as a result, more deaths are occurring? So please, I beg you, for your own goods, if we can stick to those rules like I’m doing (reluctantly) right now, we may have a chance of this lockdown lasting less time.

May’s Brexit disaster unreported by UK press: Britain BLOCKED from $1.7 Trillion in WTO projects

This is a very justifiable post.

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Theresa May’s kowtowing to the hard Brexiters in her party may have just cost the UK $1.7 Trillion of access to international projects after Brexit.

The U.S., New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Ukraine, Israel and Moldova have all blocked Britain’s post-Brexit entry into the World Trade Organization’s Government Procurement Agreement, a market worth $1.7 Trillion.

And while the first six big players on that list may eventually (after perhaps years of hard negotiations) give in with separate trade deals, with the last one – the small country of Moldova – it’s unlikely.

Because it’s personal.

This is because Theresa May – in an effort to look tough on immigration – made the inexplicable and utterly disastrous decision last year to deny visas to a Moldovan government delegation who wanted to visit the UK on a trade mission.

Corina Cojocaru – a government adviser to the Moldova government – and her…

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I Need A Break

Hello fellow readers.

This is Jon Ellison. I just thought I’d state that I’m planning to take a hiatus from writing reviews. These include reviews for films and music artists and Top lists. I of course realise that I may have upset some readers and for that I apologise. I do not intend to cause any offense. But everybody’s got an opinion. Even James Beradinelli and the Nostalgia Critic, some to name, have to express their opinions sometimes.

But the main reason why I’m taking a break from the reviews is because I’m going to be very busy. I have a few projects to be getting on with. This includes a family feature film and a pilot for a sitcom which I’m writing as part of an assignment for a writing related course I’m studying. I’m also working on a few video-related projects for some local companies and friends/colleagues of mine.

I won’t be giving up on this blog permanently, but for a while, I shall be finding it hard to find time to write any reviews and personal top 10/11/(insert number) lists. I may write a blog post now and then, but it’ll mostly be in relation to certain events that have occurred. If I do next write a review, what’ll come first will be one in relation to any topic that was suggested by users who have previously left comments i.e. Top 11 Personal Favourite Films. But as I say, my other works, such as my course, writing projects (i.e. scripts) and video projects will be coming first.

So remember, goodbye in this context doesn’t mean forever. It just means goodbye for a bit. Thank you for reading and especially thank you for your understanding.

Message out.

Theresa May to exempt her own husband from Brexit.

It wouldn’t surprise me that she’s excluding her family from this shenanigan.

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Theresa May’s government is planning to spend huge amounts of taxpayers’ our money exempting people who work in the city from Brexit:

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Coincidentally, Theresa May’s husband works in the city:

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So when May says Brexit means Brexit — she means for us, the plebs, not for the likes of her and her family.

Obviously …

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Theresa May’s secretive plans to replace NHS in England with private US healthcare system Kaiser Permanente

This proves that if Brexit goes ahead, it’s goodbye NHS.

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UPDATE: We now have no less than Professor Stephen Hawking expressing public concern about the threat to the NHS by Kaiser Permanente – see here.

Kaiser Permanente is a private healthcare organisation based in California.

But unlike many other private healthcare companies in the US, Kaiser provides a complete model of integrated pre-paid insurance along with healthcare which is supposedly provided free at the point of need.

This is a system much like our own NHS but with three major differences – Kaiser’s healthcare provision is much more expensive than the NHS, the healthcare provision side is run for profit and unlike the NHS its cover isn’t comprehensive – it only covers those people who are in work.

Despite that, Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt seems to love Kaiser. He and other ministers have personally visited the company at its California headquarters – several times in fact:

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The Vegan Sausage Roll Is Here To Stay

Some time ago this month, I heard the news that the UK food takeaway store, Greggs, introduced a new food product; that was a vegan sausage roll. Sometime after its introduction, I purchased a roll from a local Greggs store and it tasted nice.

The vegan sausage roll is very much like a regular sausage roll. To me, it didn’t taste any different to the non-vegan one. True that it’s actually quorn inside the roll and not actual sausage meal, but when the roll made contact with my teeth, it was like I couldn’t tell it was quorn and I guess quorn isn’t supposed to taste different to actual meat.

I know a number of friends who are vegetarians/vegans and of course I may not be a vegetarian myself. But I respect their views and motives for becoming vegetarians, so I personally welcome the arrival of the vegan sausage roll and feel that it’s a great opportunity. This is unlike one particular person; an English TV host and journalist who has caused quite a lot of trouble over the years. I of course am referring to Piers Morgan.

Through reading a news article, I noticed how much he whined and whined about the roll’s introduction, calling it Greggs’ excuse to be ‘Politically Correct (PC)’ just for the sake of being PC. Seriously, is that his problem? The next thing I hear is that another man purchases the vegan sausage roll and throws it straight in the trash can. I remember a Twitter user commenting that it was a waste and that a homeless person would’ve wanted it. I can safely call his comment justifiable.

Let me make clear that despite not being a vegetarian (maybe I might become one in the future, I don’t know), I’m grateful that Greggs is selling food that is suitable for vegans. To introduce such a food product isn’t about being PC. As a matter of fact, over the last few years, a large percentage of UK residents have turned to veganism and even Greggs is aware of that. It shows how much they care about the public and their requirements. I’m guessing the same for the fact that their an economical food store with low prices. All Piers Morgan did was make a huge fuss over nothing. He may have felt sick at one point, but to blame it on a vegan sausage roll? I may not like kidney beans, but that’s a personal taste and I don’t go round expressing my disgust like that.

One thing I’d say to Piers Morgan; I liked the sausage roll. If you don’t like it, then don’t buy and/or eat it. But whether you like it or not, it’s staying on display in Greggs. You seriously need to chill out.