‘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 ...

‘The Meaning of Monty Python’

(warning-  this post features gratuitous Python references) Last night I was lucky enough to be at the O2 Arena to watch the Monty Python Reunion show and once the pain in my face had subsided from smiling and giggling, it has left me with a deep sense of satisfaction and happiness. Also, a huge sense of relief, as although I'd been eagerly anticipating the show, I was concerned that maybe trying to recapture something of the past would end awkwardly and they may somehow tarnish their reputation. It most definitely did not and if anything it reinforces the idea that nostalgia is not misty eyed longing for the past because it was better, it is bringing the best of what you loved into the present moment and relishing in that simple joy. Especially if that was childlike mischief. I'm not one prone to nostalgia, hyperbole or fangirl behaviour so my praise is entirely ...

‘Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the Politicians’

By Sunday, July 14, 2013 0 Permalink

MPs need a pay rise for the sake of true democracy. That's right, you read correctly, and no I am not playing devil's advocate. In fact this is just what I suggested in previous posts. Prussia propounds and everyone else listens! As per the report from IPSA it has been recommended that MPs take a pay increase of around 9%. I wouldn't normally suggest you read lengthy parliamentary reports, but in this case, seeing the virulent backlash in recent days, I would recommend that you do in order to understand better. If it really is unpalatable then please read at least the foreword which make a very succinct and compelling argument in favour of the rise. So, the report makes some very interesting points and suggestions which seen in the wider context are extremely sensible and forward thinking. Suggestions on second incomes, retirement packages and those all controversial expenses are all well set out and necessary for ...

‘The Whicker Legend’

By Friday, July 12, 2013 0 Permalink

No ingenious comments, no deep analysis. Simply have to say RIP Alan Whicker, who died today. Legendary journalist and all round gentleman. Always chic, wearing a suit and tie; ever ready with a witty remark delivered in his classy and cool manner, and all the time keeping the audience enthralled with his exciting adventures. They definitely do not make them like him anymore. 'Whicker's World' was one of my favourite TV shows when I was a little girl. My parents enjoyed mocking me for it. When familiar things from my childhood disappear, it makes me feel a pang of sadness for my invisible roots. But they also force me to recall fond memories and revisit things I have long forgotten. His shows whetted my appetite for travel and made me want to experience the world and all the strange things in it. And he certainly encountered some odd stuff! Perhaps also, he was one of the first men I looked ...