‘He has sat on the fence so long that the iron has entered his soul’

By Sunday, January 27, 2013 0 Permalink

Good old Lloyd George.... I have tried to resist commenting on the latest instalment of the never ending dramatic saga that is Britain in the EU but you know what... it matters way too much, and the largely anti-EU media cannot be the sole commentators on this important matter. So here it is, our Leader's highly anticipated speech on Britain in the EU. It is not my wish to over analyse or dissect the speech. You can read all the weird and wonderful commentary on that yourself. I would just prefer to direct you to some different opinions and thoughts. So, while I would say it was no doubt eloquently put and well delivered, I have never heard anything quite so vague from an incumbent Prime Minister.  Even Tony Blair occasionally presented his actual real opinion and vision. Am I missing something or did Cameron manage to actually deliver a speech which sat entirely on ...

‘Judge a Book By Its Cover’

By Tuesday, January 22, 2013 1 Permalink

You will notice I omitted the word 'Never' here because I am actually talking about books and not being at all tricky by discussing the nuances of basing a judgement on someone's character. My love for reading has been a life long deep passion and as such it can wax and wane depending on mood and circumstance. Over the last few years I have been deeply troubled by my reading mojo somewhat disappearing altogether at times. I suppose if I were to delve deeper I would find this is a result from, albeit unsurprising, sporadic mild depression but I wouldn't know for sure because I tend to steer clear of labels and medications. When I am absorbed by books I can keep three on the go, and plough through them with voracity, but lately I have just been grateful to get back into reading at all. Part of this is down to the ...

‘Let It Snow’

By Friday, January 18, 2013 0 Permalink

Snow in Britain seems to cause untold mayhem and chaos but the reality is it can be deeply calming even in an urban environment. Despite the warnings, numerous cancellations, the hectic confusion, delays on transport and reported problems, I had a very calm day where everything for me went not only to plan, but turned out even better than on a normal day. It has reminded me of some words I was sent once by the boyfriend when he went skiing. It isn't clever or poetic. In fact at the time it seemed a bit whimsical for him and I not being much of the romantic bent thought it a little soppy, but actually, it's rather nice to think of today. There's something very calming about a snow-covered vista. While many colours are lost, those that remain seem enhanced by the purity of the light reflected off it. With so much snow, many things take ...

‘Disillusioned at Dissolution’

By Thursday, January 17, 2013 0 Permalink

So, it seems to me that every time I sit down to compose a new blog post lately on what I deem is interesting or relevant, something happens in the world that I feel compelled to comment on as it is shaping our rapidly changing culture.  But this does get in the way of my system (and yes, it may seem arbitrary but it is actually a carefully organised system)! Coincidentally, I was going to write about why customer service has all but disappeared in much of the UK, how the dependence on the internet has killed off individualism and how people have no concept of value for money, partly inspired by two dismal retail experiences I had in an HMV store and a Nails Inc. concession. Then along comes news that HMV is going into administration and Tesco is selling horse meat. Two not entirely unconnected issues. Clearly the impetus for ...