The Age of Instant Indignation

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 →

2016 For Me Was…

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 →

Change Yes But Are We Ready

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 →

Letting Go and Moving On

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 →

Unrealistic Expectations

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:

http://www.digitalrev.com/article/photokina-2016-is-this-as-good-as-it-gets

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 →

Where To Next ?

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 →

New Directions

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 →

More Than Lazy Journalism

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 →

A Weekend for Play

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 →

Just Too Much Noise

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 →