‘Evolution not Revolution’

Party politics is dead. Long live party politics. With parliament dissolved and only a week to go until the election, the UK is in political limbo. Take a good look. This is the last time politics will operate this way. This isn’t because everything is broken or we’re witnessing end times, but because we’re living in a rapidly evolving era of great change. Also notice how things are absolutely ticking by, the same as they always do, because the more things change the more they seem to hark back to what they were before. Evolution can be funny like that. Voters have more choice than ever, yet paradoxically, less choice, as party lines blur. Future generations may hold our present system, as a relic of how government was based not on a spiritual or ethical foundation, but on resistance and division. One obstacle in the way of political evolution is parliament itself, agreed by those on the in ...

‘From Sadness to Serenity’

Some people experience few if any bereavements in their lives, I really have had plenty of practice at it now and while still by no means an expert have learnt enough to be able to offer some helpful thoughts. Last month my friend Aubrey died. He was 91 and for the last 3 years the Puppy and I have been visiting him at the nursing home he lived in. I feel nothing but deep calm about the whole situation and I will explain why. Nothing I write will do him, or our friendship justice but I'll have a go. This post is mainly about who he was, because he deserves the attention, but also about how I have learnt the truth of the maxim If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change About six months after Mama died to take my mind off things I became a therapy ...

‘Anyone who can only think of one way to spell a word lacks imagination’

By Saturday, July 6, 2013 0 Permalink

Naughty Mark Twain... One should not encourage incorrect spelling. This matter has recently become my bête noire, and something I did a few days ago is further proof. I corrected someone's caption and subsequent comments on a photo sharing app. So, you know the type of thing, inane banter or the sharing of in depth personal information back and forth between strangers who either type badly or are illiterate. Or both. Adults who use American teen speak, and would abbreviate the word 'so', if it were it possible. The word in question has no American alternative and had been mispelt each time someone made the comment, perpetuating the error, and it was beginning to make me twitch with annoyance every time I scrolled down! So I added the correct form. In capitals. No one seemed to mind or mention it. They probably just wondered why I had written the word in a different form. It all seems so ...

‘Technology Has Exceeded Humanity’

By Monday, January 7, 2013 0 Permalink

As Einstein was supposed to have said.... When I recently visited the nursing home I visit with the Puppy, one of the ladies we used to have a giggle with had died. RIP Beth. I don't think she had any friends or family. We used to chat about Rita Hayworth, Humphrey Bogart and other glamorous old movie stars, and despite being 90 odd she used to tell me as I said goodbye that her mum was coming to visit that week. I think like many dementia sufferers, she was harking back to a very specific and happier time in her past, in her case boarding school. I used to wink and smile and tell her to have fun. Death is a fact of life, one I'm sadly used to,  but it does make you wonder why so many people waste so much of their valuable time these days. What does Beth have to do ...