‘There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast’

What is the Winter Solstice? Why should you care? This is not a Scroogey anti-commercial diatribe on the materialism of Christmas, you can work out your own feelings on that. But I think the Earth deserves some credit and due attention sometimes. And this day is a very special day for that. While most people are either hung over or rushing hither and thither buying up ill thought out stuff they don't need with money they don't really have, it is important to remember that today is also the Winter Solstice. Without it, pretty much all of the traditions we have at this time of year wouldn't even exist. The Winter Solstice unlike many made up religious events at this time of year is an actual thing because it is tangible and based on scientific fact. It really is the longest night and shortest day. You can feel it for sure. This year is even more ...

‘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 ...

‘Please Sir, Can I Have Some More’?

By Monday, February 6, 2012 0 Permalink

So the UK is in debt to the tune of £1 trillion. To tell you the truth I am not even sure I know how to express that in figures. It's definitely quite a lot though. 64% of the GDP in fact. Apparently it has been worse; 180% of GDP. But that was in the 1940s when there was a world war going on. Britain often likes to point out when matters were worse, (usually governments favour the 'let's blame the previous administration' approach). They also relish  in pointing to countries in a worse situation. This arrogance is a little hard to swallow now however when in actual fact Britain is in a similar, or even worse position than many of these countries previously condemned. To put it into context, Italy's national debt is about 120% and the USA's is 100% when I last checked. Not so clever now are you Britain? ...