May 30, 2017

A rational vote can mean we all win

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:43 pm by aleksan

It is a very unfair world and the systems we live him mainly serve the rich and powerful. It has been like this for time immemorial, and many have tried to change it, improve it and make it fairer. To some extent they have succeeded, but only to some extent. The process goes on and each generation plays a part. We now have more democracy, more people educated, and less wars. But the struggle goes on with new challenges – population rises, climate change, and artificial intelligence taking away jobs. We vote again soon but information and fake news are hard to separate. Politicians are not perfect, but mostly are honest and trying to do the best job they can. What matters now is to take part and vote, and hope our votes make a difference even a small difference. But let’s not get swayed by emotion, biased views, lies and deception. We must take a rational view and do what we feel is best for our families and communities, and for the world generally. There are no easy answers but let reason rule and set aside anger and fear. Then we will all win.

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May 24, 2017

Evil and Good

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:29 pm by aleksan

Something that is not fake news and is despicable – ISIS celebrating the Manchester attack. If anything can be described as Evil it is the behaviour of those people…..Curses upon them, and may they burn in Hell. In contrast it is heart warming to see the kindness of the people of Manchester and the professionalism of the Emergency Services – Love and Bessings to them all xxx

May 18, 2017

The Old Man is snoring…

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:59 am by aleksan

It’s raining It’s pouring – the Old Man is snoring. When we sung that as kids I never for a moment imagined that the apocryphal Old Man might one day be…me!

May 14, 2017

The contentment of letting go as we grow older

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:46 pm by aleksan

I shall be 73 next Birthday which feels me with wonder. When you are young you take older people for granted and don’t expect them to be so active and energetic. You know that even when the weather is hot they will need a pullover. But now that I have got to that stage these things are hard to accept at first and we fight against them trying to cling on to our younger selves for as long as possible and to control events at home and outside. But letting go does get easier once you realise new limitations in energy and mobility, and you become not just resigned, but more practical, letting others take control and enjoying the quiet moments and a chance to read more, and strive less. I am fortunate in having good friends, a supportive wife and family – and a dog who is ageing along with me. We both have shorter walks and enjoy more sleeps than we used to. It’s not so bad bring older once you let go and live in the present – in fact according to some research us Oldies are happier than any other age group.

May 12, 2017

Angels and Demons in Politics?  Or just people trying to do a difficult job?

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:51 pm by aleksan

I am moved to write again on this difficult subject of Angels and Demons in the political arena. Of course the election has resulted in hopes and fears, loves and hates – we humans are emotional rather than rational beings, but is worth developing our critical faculties at times like an election and not go in for cheering or booing too much. Generally speaking there are policies I like more than others in each political party, and there are qualities I am attracted to in the various leaders, and personality traits that I don’t particularly like in each of the Leaders and their Team members. But I sincerely believe that the majority on all sides are kind considerate people doing a hard job and wanting the best for people generally in this country. For this reason I pride myself on being a floating voter intent on discovering somehow the best way forward in this mire of information, propaganda and lies. I don’t regard my Labour or Tory friends as better, kinder or more intelligent because of their political affiliations, but I do dislike the nasty personalised attacks or witch hunts on party leaders, fuelled by the media, and boosted by a lack of political judgement and intelligence, and bare faced emotional bias. No,I do not support silly petitions demanding the immediate sacking of Laura Kuenssberg, by lefties who think she is biased against them, because she is an excellent journalist who asks challenging questions to all sides, sometimes upsetting the prejudiced. Nor do I despair of Jeremy Corbyn, an honest and clever man with great ideas and sincerity. And I think Theresa May is a practical clever leader too, and I wish them both well. They are neither Angels or Demons, just people trying to do a very difficult job at a difficult time. Someone once said that the Human dilemma is that we are halfway between the Angels and the Animals – let us try to look up to the understanding Angels when it comes to Politics rather than blindingly be chased into the fold by scary media dogs like frightened sheep.

May 6, 2017

Leadership in context – why people are voting Tory now

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:45 am by aleksan

When a ship is cruising in calm waters the Captain can come down from the Bridge and talk to the crew, listening to their views. But in bad weather, when the ship is near dangerous rocks the Captain is on the Bridge barking orders that must be instantly obeyed for everyone’s sake. Leadership must be appropriate to context. In the same way a child will do well not because of how strict or liberal the parents are – but how consistent they are. The main reason marriages fail is because of money – but interestingly not because of too little money or too much but because the partners have inconsistent views of how to manage their financial affairs. Politics is similar – people don’t vote for the Party with the most moral ideals, or who promise the earth – but for politicians who are strong and consistent in leadership and who can be trusted to be consistent. This is why we are getting many more people voting Tory – not because of their morality, or ideology, but because people feel safe in an otherwise dangerous and rapidly changing world. The Captain should be on the Bridge.

May 4, 2017

Golden Anniversary small ship cruise in the Mediterranean with Noble Caledonia

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:26 am by aleksan

I am writing this high up in the sky somewhere halfway between Napoli and London. Penny and I have had nearly 2 weeks of memorable Golden Wedding Anniversary vacation on the sea – visiting Crete, Kefalonia, Corfu, The Greek Peloponnese, Sicily and Naples. It has been sunny and warm most of the time, and our fellow passengers have been an inspiration. Often Academic and even a touch eccentric, and sometimes elderly and tried by life in many ways, we have found them great company and heros in so many ways. Looking forward to reading the books and papers they have written and maybe keeping in touch if possible. Penny has been thrilled by the Gardens and Spring flowers, and indeed a highlight for me was discovering beautiful wild red tulips on the top of a mountain. I have also loved the cafe life, foreign culture and the archaeology – of course Knossos and Herculanium. Where to go for our 60th Diamond Anniversary? Well, we have 10 years to think about that! For now I just want to get home and see my dog and the horses….