Really this is less a blog post and more a reminder to us all of life’s fleeting glories. Of recent times we have seen ‘interventions’ from Tony Blair, Michael Heseltine and now John Major on the topic of Brexit. It is not so much the fact that I have a different view to them but more that they are wrong to try and speak as if they still owned their former “authority” when they no longer do. It may be hard for them to accept but now they are political ghosts. Continue Reading →
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 →
In my last post I did a “Baldy ramble” about upgrading some of my camera gear and although by the heading picture above it might seem that I am continuing that same theme, in fact I’m not. I will use cameras as an illustration of a basic idea, hence the picture but my primary focus is looking at the economic and political changes that seem about to break over us all and from there asking this question: Are we ready for change ?
However and whilst not going into too much detail, a video review of a particular camera that I saw today did provoke some thoughts I feel worth sharing using the camera industry as an example of how change will impact economies generally. 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 →
As a keen amateur photographer I am interested in new kit and the current/recent bi annual exhibition in Germany called Photokina is where the camera manufacturers display their current products. There are also several on line photographic sites I read and a particular favourite is Digitalrev. One of their journalists, Steve Law summarizing the current exhibition wrote an interesting article which is worth reading, if you are interested in such things:
However, it sets all kinds of thoughts in motion for me and I thought that I might share them for what this is worth… 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 →
I have below a ‘classic’ of the current genre but I will start with my basic proposition which concerns the turmoil in the global markets following the Brexit vote. At one level there are those on the “Remain” side who are saying “I told you so” but they are clearly wrong because something far more significant is happening. The Brexit vote has become more of a lightning conductor and a symbol for something far more radical which is that the whole idea of “globalisation” has probably run its course and together, the World needs to plot a totally new economic course for the future.
In this context and once the headless chickens stop panicking, Brexit may well have done the world and world peace a really big favour. Continue Reading →