Critical: Let’s Get Critical

via Daily Prompt: Critical

As I grow older I find myself critical of many more things than I used  to. I’ve never been a great fan of change unless it is a change that I have chosen to make myself but now there are so many things that I don’t like that people would probably say I’m a grumpy old lady. Well I don’t really care. I think one of the advantages of getting older is that I don’t feel that I have to apologise for my beliefs all the time but I try not to be rude so I often find myself biting my tongue when I want to say something.

So what am I critical of? Here are just a few items on my rant list.

    • Governments  and businesses who put profits ahead of people and punish you just for being poor.
    • Most modern architecture, and I am not shy about sharing my dislike of ugly buildings with anyone.
    • Greedy developers demolishing lovely old homes and building multi storey apartments or filling our waterfront spaces with ugly buildings where there used to be public spaces.
    • Films that are all action and no plot. Especially remakes that don’t get the point of the original film. eg “The Italian Job” .
    • Bad remakes of TV shows I used to like.
    • TV reality shows. You know I hate them, that’s not a secret.
    •  So called fitness shows where the participants are made to do ridiculous things like hauling planes and are humiliated in front of others. See above.

Steve Willis, Michelle Bridges (17599676481)

  • Pop music made after about 1995, but that is probably a generational thing. Mum didn’t like our generation’s music either.
  • People who can’t speak a sentence without a four letter word in it. I’m not saying I never swear but it’s so much more common now and it is ugly.
  • Barbie dolls that are all coloured plastic and no proper clothing. Barbie is a fashion doll! She’s supposed to have clothes.
  • Making Doctor Who a woman. We already know that Time Lords can be women why does The Doctor have to be one?
  •  The idea of making James Bond a woman. I never liked the franchise anyway as I don’t like the character but I don’t want to see a female version of him. That’s just silly and Fleming would be spinning in his  grave.
  • People who let their children run around and pull things of shelves in shops  and then don’t tidy up after them.
  • Restaurants that serve you a gigantic plate with practically no food on it. I like food to look attractive but I want to eat it not exhibit it.
  • People who ignore their companions in favour of their phones. A phone won’t cry over you when you are dead people.

Bangalore Wikipedian on phone 5 closeup

I could  go on but I won’t. There are lots of terrible things happening in the world that I am angry about and critical of the people who let them happen or make them happen. These are some of life’s lesser annoyances compared to those.


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. Wow this is just about a rant. I agree with it all and now I don’t have to do one except to add that I’m sick of how soft people are these days and the lack of freedom of speech in case you offend someone.I think people should have good manners and think before they speak but they should be able to offer constructive critisism. I hope I spelled that right. I would love to add something about left wingers and their stupid ideas messing with not only adults but children’s heads but I would probably get thrown off Word Press for it so I won’t.


  2. I was just reading over this again when I saw something that made me laugh. “Let’s get Critical” You could sing that to the ONJ song “Lets get Physical” You could have a lot of people jumping about waving fingers and holding up banners. Ok I know, people don’t often get my humour. I guess it’s because nobody sees things in pictures the way I do in my head. Sorry for that one.


  3. You know what I cannot handle: many novels written after 1960. No matter how good they are, there is always an obligatory rape or grisly description of a murder. Agatha Christie was so careful not to make her stories graphic. You could enjoy the fantasy. I was recently at a play in Ashland Oregon’s Shakespeare Festival and they made Hotspur in Henry IV a woman. I mean, that was absolutely ridiculous. Talk about going too far. It did not work. They had Julius Caesar played by a woman a few years ago. In that case, it was sort of okay because of the skill of the actor.

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    • I didn’t think about books but you are right. Many of today’s bestsellers are full of violence and bad language. I too prefer older books. I’ve enjoyed some modern novels such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo but did not enjoy the violent parts and sort of skipped over them. Casting women in men’s roles seems like excessive political correctness.

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  4. I don’t think it’s bad to be critical. I usually get better along with people who are sometimes critical, and less so with people that always see things through rose-colored glasses. I find that very ignorant and naive. There are good things and bad things around us, and everyone can have a personal opinion about these things.

    I agree with many of your points, especially….

    – Governments and businesses, yeah lots of negative things come to my mind when I think about both.

    – Modern architecture. To be honest, I love modern architecture. But like you, I just dislike it if modern architecture replaces old or historic architecture, or if modern is placed into a historic district (oh, I think we both had this topic often in our photo posts).

    – Pure action films. No thanks, I agree… if there is zero plot, it’s not for me. If I see 10 minutes long explosion scenes, car chases, fights or whatever, I probably turn the TV off.

    – TV stuff. I would probably agree with your points. But I can’t argue, mainly because I hate 85% of what is shown in TV anyway.

    – Smartphone zombies (yeah, I think the name fits). I like my smartphone but sometimes I get the impression that everyone else is 24/7 addicted to these devices. A month ago I saw a guy looking at his smartphone, crossing the street while the traffic signal was still red… fortunately it was a street with low traffic and no cars in sight. Tons of examples when I think about smartphones.

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