Wars will be wars

Wars will be wars Sitting on the comfort and warmth of my little roof terrace this morning, far from any conflict or gunfire it is difficult to relate. I could pontificate about the futility of it all as yesterday 32 billion pounds was allocated by our government to replace the Trident fleet of submarines.... Read more »
July 19, 2016

Miles from Moscow

Miles from Moscow It wasn’t really in the plan when I walked out of work over two weeks ago to drive to Moscow. I have driven through Moscow many times in my life….just not the Russian one. There is a little village near to where I stayed after I started driving that shares... Read more »
July 17, 2016

Escape

Escape On a whim we decided to drive 460 miles to the South coast. My dear wife had been informed at the last minute that she would be on holiday this week. So, not being the types to waste an opportunity we looked for where the the sun was to be... Read more »
July 9, 2016

Emerging

Emerging Navigating this world can be a tricky business at times. I mean, how many different types of bacon do I need to choose from? Smoked, unsmoked, oak smoked, cured, dry cured, rind less, ¬†medallions, and a 100 other options in one supermarket. All of that before I even get to... Read more »
July 2, 2016

Celebrate the small

Celebrate the small For most of you 4:56am B.S.T will have passed by without any fuss. The majority of non shift workers will still have been soundly sleeping in this time zone. Travelling East around the globe the world of business and commerce will increasingly have been in full flow. As my day... Read more »
June 30, 2016

A fence or offence.

A fence or offence. Razor wire is a funny thing, not funny haha obviously. There are not many anecdotes which include Razor wire in the telling that have us in the correct kind of stitches. I don’t recall Razor wire anywhere when I was a child. The closest thing we had to it was... Read more »
June 28, 2016

Every hair numbered

Every hair numbered Male pattern baldness would be preferable. To what you may ask? Well, on both sides of the Atlantic ocean at the moment we have a storm of pathetic proportions, where two potential leaders are being judged on their ability to govern by reason (and I use that word ironically) of... Read more »
June 26, 2016

The circle of life

The circle of life Not the Lion king. I like that over the years animated movies haven’t shied away from certain realities. I suppose that because many of these stories are expanded versions of nursery rhymes and folk tales, there is that element of darkness present. Jack and Jill is said to based on... Read more »
June 24, 2016

A choice well made

A choice well made This was one of those days that your heart swells.   I was going to call this thlump, but I thought better of it (lump in throat). Rewind to last weekend when my daughter was telling us about her final days as a junior scholar. Thursday had been scheduled as... Read more »
June 23, 2016

The tulips will die.

The tulips will die. But life will continue. The darkness of 8 inches of cold earth entombed the bulb beneath the elements that continued to rage. Morning and evening unwaveringly go on day after day as the days turn into weeks, the weeks into months. Halloween, Christmas, New Year, Valentines and Easter came and... Read more »
June 19, 2016

When life smells like a dead seal!

When life smells like a dead seal! Fair warning……this may be gross.   One of the benefits of youth is being endowed with a sense of unbounded enthusiasm. Those who know me now may find it hard to believe that I was ever enthusiastic about anything, but as a 7 year old, moving 250 miles away from... Read more »
June 16, 2016

You have got to make it a good day.

You have got to make it a good day. It’s 5:30 am and he is ridiculously cheerful as he passes with a “mornin mate.” He doesn’t need to add the ‘good’ to it because that is his default anyway. I am reading a book at the moment that my wife gave to me. She had been saying that she... Read more »
June 15, 2016

Unshockable

Unshockable   One madman Two guns 103 victims 206 parents Two politicians electioneering Plenty fingers pointing Associations defending Countless opinions 0... Read more »
June 12, 2016

When a murder is good

When a murder is good This post is an update on the observations of last night. Last night was a great departure from the weather of the previous four weeks. There has been an unprecedented period of settled calm, warm and dry conditions. It has only rained once overnight in all of those days, this... Read more »
June 10, 2016

Squeaky toy bird

Squeaky toy bird Sometimes I think that I am in a Doctor Dolittle movie. Honestly. I used to go walking in the woods near our home and would return listing the wildlife that I had encountered. Friends who also frequented these same woods could spend a considerable time there and see nothing. I... Read more »
June 9, 2016

Integrity

Integrity   Just because I said it doesn’t mean that I intended to do it! This once sought after trait is very difficult to locate in the world which we now occupy. It used to be said that a man’s word was his bond but sadly this is seldom now the... Read more »
June 8, 2016

What can you do?

What can you do? DO WHAT YOU CAN! Yes the shouty capitals were intentional. I do frequently need to retype whole paragraphs because I haven’t noticed caps lock was on, (such is my verbosity when in full flow) but not this time. A study was published today that I have been following for about... Read more »
June 7, 2016

Blisters

Blisters Real men don’t wear gloves! Actually, they do. When I first left school the emphasis placed upon protective equipment was pretty scant. We were issued with safety boots and coveralls, everything else was pretty much optional. All of the men seemed to smoke heavily whilst doing most things. Even the... Read more »
June 6, 2016

There will never be another you

There will never be another you   A recent study has suggested that if you quote a recent study in your article then it immediately gives it more gravitas. My problem with all of these studies is that somewhere somebody is highly invested in supporting an outcome that is quotable. In the nineteenth century during the... Read more »
June 4, 2016

A blissful end.

A blissful end.   There are only perhaps 3 hours of daylight left of this day. Given that is after 7pm that is pretty acceptable. In the balmy Caribbean it would be dark already, that was something of a revelation the first time I visited, it was light and then without much warning... Read more »
June 3, 2016

Caramel machiato

Caramel machiato Every so often there comes together a combination of things that are very near perfect. I wrote last week about my search for a new chair that culminated in a successful acquisition. On that same shopping trip and in that self same store my daughter made an outstanding discovery. I... Read more »
June 2, 2016

Arrested development

Arrested development   Why are we so afraid to stop? We listen to the relentless pressure of life that comes at us in wave after wave, telling us to be fitter, smarter, richer, happier, or thinner. To aim for promotion, our destiny, bigger car and house, fancier holidays, nicer clothes or watches.... Read more »
May 31, 2016

It’s still good

It’s still good   Perhaps it was a self fulfilling prophecy as my friend suggested. It was increasingly apparent from the growing patch in the corner of our bathroom that there was a problem somewhere above. I had scrutinised it from below and concluded that something was seriously amiss with one of the... Read more »
May 30, 2016

But you can’t wear a chair

But you can’t wear a chair   One of the great blessings of the home we live in is ample space. When we first walked up those gloomy stairs 13 years ago into the unknown we had no real idea of what awaited us. If you have been involved in a house build or a renovation... Read more »
May 28, 2016

Open

Open With the transition from cold to spring warmth and progression into approaching summer it feels like there is a new awakening. This is undoubtedly true in our garden, we have a pot of tulips that were all growing steadily together until one shot up from the pack like an Apology... Read more »
May 24, 2016

Empowerment

Empowerment In every leadership situation of life we have basically two choices, ¬†empowerment or despotic control. Having experienced both throughout my short existence on this planet I am in no doubt about which of the two is preferable. Early on in our experience as parents we took the decision that we... Read more »
May 22, 2016

Don’t sink the boat when you lose hope.

Don’t sink the boat when you lose hope.   So….here goes! Two weeks ago I went into work to be met with the news that a colleague of mine had decided to sink his boat. It is not my place to analyse this particular situation, I did not know him well enough to pass comment in any way.... Read more »
May 19, 2016

Special powers

Special powers   It’s funny (to me at least) how some advertising slogans lodge in your memory. In the early eighties Martini ran a campaign on TV which featured a roller booted waitress with huge hair and small skirt delivering drinks. She swished through the streets to a group of yuppies with... Read more »
May 17, 2016

It’s all about………

It’s all about………   Perched atop the sixth step I have nothing more to add to this day. That isn’t strictly true as it is only mid afternoon, but as far as my contractual obligation is concerned there are 65 minutes to go with no more tasks to be completed. After a weekend... Read more »
May 16, 2016

Sowing for your future

Sowing for your future Today marked the start of something that I have wanted to do for a long time. When I was a teenager my friends dad had a big old Victorian greenhouse in his garden. It was one of those old imposing structures with heavy wooden framing and central heating to keep... Read more »
May 15, 2016

Nothings gonna stop us

Nothings gonna stop us Suddenly it’s 1987 again! Drifting across the silence of my workplace before the buzz of productivity begins comes the the strains of possibility. The breakfast show hosts have ceased from their inane yabbering for a few minutes as this golden oldie flashes my mind back to a moment in time.... Read more »
May 12, 2016

Neighbours

Neighbours   Living where we do there are no shortage of noise sources. In the thirteen years that we have resided here our neighbours have changed only once on either side. With the exception of a four week period two years ago they have remained totally silent to us. The property... Read more »
May 10, 2016

Solar wages

Solar wages   There is something quietly pleasing about being paid whilst the sun gently warms your bones. I always liked the idea of sitting on a dock selling boat tours or showing properties in the Caribbean or St Moritz. The positive benefits of vitamin d have long been known to improve... Read more »
May 9, 2016

Foot off the brakes!

Foot off the brakes!   You may remember Baz Luhrmann advising us to “look after your knees because you will miss them when they are gone.” He was quoting from the well known speech to graduating college students. There are many things that we don’t miss until they are gone, among them for me... Read more »
May 8, 2016

People

People   I love our house at the close of a sunny day. It is slightly hazy now but there is enough sunlight to cast a very pleasing shadow all along the western side of our building. Right about now all across our nation in every town and city there will... Read more »
May 6, 2016

A short walk through history

A short walk through history   Being confronted with a find like this in Olympic year forces some little retrospection. Ever since buying our house the rear yard has been an ongoing challenge. In the first three weeks of ownership we got a weed whacker and cleared a path through the resident jungle that allowed... Read more »
May 5, 2016

Twenty one days

Twenty one days   In some ways it doesn’t seem like that long since I beat a retreat from my place of employment. On the other hand it feels like a million years ago. 30 240 minutes ago, 504 hours, 21 days. In the grand scheme of things it isn’t a lot, if... Read more »
April 25, 2016

What is the point?

What is the point? Well for me today it literally was pointing By that I don’t mean that my finger was extended in the direction of something interesting, it was the repairing of the mortar joints of my earlier brick work. Last year was the first time that I had ever attempted to build... Read more »
April 21, 2016

Badly drawn boy

Badly drawn boy I suppose for no other reason than research I ought to have listened to some of the music produced by this band. However, the title has absolutely no link to them other than as a collection of words. My thoughts for today are more to do with the idea that... Read more »
April 20, 2016

What is normal anyway?

What is normal anyway?   Normality is such a subjective concept that it is next to impossible to legislate one single bench mark to measure against. For the last two weeks my own personal idea of what normal is has been thrown up in the air. A conversation with my doctor exposed the danger... Read more »
April 19, 2016

White blank page

That has been the extent of my thoughts in the last coupleof weeks. On a normal week I would produce two or three of these posts and they are read (somewhat bizarrely) by all of you. Apologies for the lack of anything recently but my brain is not functioning correctly.... Read more »
April 10, 2016

Cotton head

Cotton head   Where do you come from, where did you go, where did you come from Cotton head Joe. I well remember the twanging annoyance of this quirky party song from my early working days, it has since followed me around to countless childrens parties and juvenile gatherings where desperate adults... Read more »
April 5, 2016

A river runs through it.

A river runs through it.   I think that was one of the slowest movies I ever sat through. However, that was 15 years ago and it popped into my head for no good reason today. With it came the thought that this phrase has followed me around for many years. I have spoken a... Read more »
March 29, 2016

Dying young

Dying young   Having splattered chilli all over the microwave tonight it was my responsibility to clean it. This microwave has been with me longer than I have known my wife. I should know by now that you need to cover food when inserting it in to the zappy box! It would... Read more »
March 23, 2016

Endurance

Endurance   Whenever I hear that word there pops into my mind one thought, “just keep swimming!” For years after first watching Finding Nemo and even to this day if our kids are finding a long walk a bit arduous we will find this phrase escaping our lips. No further explanation... Read more »
March 21, 2016

Get a grip!!

Get a grip!!   Am I simply depressed, or do I have depression? This is is a thought that has been bouncing around for a couple of weeks in my head. The answer is yes and yes. Only, some days it is no and yes. What do I mean by that? Well to... Read more »
March 20, 2016

Mindless

Mindless You wouldn’t imagine that getting to work with your lunch bag would be a difficult task. For the last four years the routine has been the same. Collect back pack from utility room, insert fruit and snacks, add freshly made sandwiches and phone charger, collect lunch from fridge add mayo... Read more »
March 17, 2016

What goes up…

What goes up… Some people call me the space cowboy, some call me the…….let’s not finish that, neither is true and it’s just me that calls me the space cowboy. I would love to say that I am rising, phoenix like, from the ashes of a dark couple of days but the truth... Read more »
March 15, 2016

It’s not over

It’s not over   …..til the fat lady sings. If only everything were that simple, but life is not an opera, I am grateful for that on so many different levels that I won’t go in to. Things come to an end for all kinds of reasons, there is a danger at both... Read more »
March 9, 2016

Do it again!

Do it again!   As an on off trumpet player (currently off) I understand only too well the value of repetition. No matter which instrument you decided to play there is no shortcut cut to proficiency, the repeated strumming, picking, blowing or drumming is an inescapable essential in the bid to rise above... Read more »
March 8, 2016