I suppose being 71 and having had to clear up the ‘past’ after both my Parents died, has a lot to do with it as I contemplate my sons having to do the same on my death, I find that I am quite consciously “tidying up after myself” these days. Part of this has been a journey into my relatively recent past as I am reviewing and largely deleting, thousands of photographs I have taken since I moved from London to Somerset some 13 years ago. Continue Reading →
It hardly seems to matter these days what the cause is but at the press of a Twitter feed, an instant rent a crowd will turn up to protest loudly and passionately about something, anything, we seem to be living in an age of total intolerance. On the other hand I wonder whether these mindless displays of passion have more to do with a society where individuals are becoming more not less isolated by this age of so called ‘social media’. Continue Reading →
Once again at breakneck speed we approach the ending of yet another year, time certainly seems to accelerate as you get older, it seems to me but that may be more an awareness of me “running out of time !” than time itself. Although there are still ‘news stories’ floating around, even the media are heading for the Christmas break and sloppy reporting makes most of their current output rather like ‘fake news’ so I will take the odd side swipe. However, my main purpose is to look at the past year from a rather more personal perspective. Continue Reading →
Perhaps the most interesting thing concerning Brexit, votes in the Commons on the Brexit timetable and the case at the Supreme Court is just how totally irrelevant it all is to our immediate future as too is ‘globalisation’. Although all the “middle class and better educated” cling onto the idea that somehow the EU and Globalisation are essential benefits to their ways of life in truth they are being total Luddites in their thinking.
Or if you prefer, they are suffering from the same lack of imagination that saw all the guns at Singapore pointing out to sea when the Japanese, being rather unsporting, attacked from the land side which it being the ‘Panto Season’, is definitely a case of “Look behind you white liberal idiots !” Continue Reading →
I suppose it all goes back to my childhood and growing up in post war Britain during the 1950 when there was still rationing on some things, we may have been on the winning side but materially were hardly any better off than other countries in Europe. The point was that it certainly wasn’t a consumer society as it is today, any ‘resources’ you got back then because they were hard to come by, you tended to look after and imperceptibly deep inside you, the lessons of then tend to stay with you throughout your life. Continue Reading →
For all the gloom and doom peddled by the “Remainers” prior to the EU Referendum, the sky has not fallen in following Brexit, our women and children have not been sold into slavery, famine, pestilence and war do not stalk the land – Oh Bugger I hear them say. It is only the Guardian and Independent who still seize upon any negative story to do with Brexit, even The Economist has finally stopped banging on endlessly about how wrong the result was.
On top of this, our Olympic athletes have surpassed all expectations in terms of their haul of Olympic Medals, well done to the whole team including all their support personnel, a just stunning effort all round. However, as Summer splutters towards its close, it is time to consider where we of UK plc go next and the steps we need to take. Continue Reading →
Sometimes in life I can buzz around in this way or that in an apparently totally haphazard fashion getting absolutely nowhere and making no progress in any particular direction. I have been doing this quite a lot in recent times however I also trust to whatever it is that drives me during these periods of my life and therefore just treat it as a “process” of some kind that needs to happen, it sorts itself out in the end. Continue Reading →
The header is a picture I took last Saturday of the Red Arrows (of course), from the beach at Weston Super Mare. Each year for Armed Forces Day the Town put on an air display and quite a number of other features in and around a show arena they set up. The problem faced by every event organiser is the English weather, unpredictable to say the least and even with a lot of “brightening up” the picture stills shows a very grey sky !
I am particularly fond of the Weston event as it comes at the start of the air show season which really kicks in during July and offers me a rather special opportunity. Continue Reading →
Whilst I expect that it is as much to do with my age as with anything else, but for me I find that many web sites I visit frequently along with much of the email I get regularly contains far too much irrelevant (to me), information and even where the topic/subject is of interest to me, is frankly boring. Now I could just leave it at that, accept that I’m just an old fart and move on but that really isn’t my way once something attracts my attention, I need to both look at it and play with the idea.
The result is this post because when I stood back from the issue, several things came into focus and not all of them good, what to me may be mildly annoying is in fact a sign of economic distress. Continue Reading →
It is some years since I worked regularly so at the age of 70 it is a time to clear away the past to prevent your children having to do it after you have passed on, to be frank I seem to spend a lot of time recently ‘disposing’ of stuff no longer needed. Yesterday I was going through some folders of past years accounts, shredding the contents and as I ploughed through the years 2000/01/02 several things caught my eye and started a chain of thought which I will share in this post. Continue Reading →