Wednesday, 15 February 2012

John and Rose

My wife's grandparents died a couple of weeks ago, aged 89 and within a week of each other. The funeral was today and I wrote this and read it at the service.

If I could live my life in my own home
For all my days the minimum of tears
To know that I would rarely be alone
Success and joy, then rest for many years
If I could choose to live to eighty-nine
See all with happiness and health abound
To know the one I love is always mine
Together visit all the world around
If I could choose a time to say goodbye
Ready to go, to have no fear or dread
To know my time is up, no need to try
to understand what may now be ahead
A week apart, united now above
Eternity together with my love

Wednesday, 11 January 2012


Dear My MP,

As a constituent of yours, (and I believe you serve us extremely well) I would be very interested to know your stance on the new High Speed Rail Link being proposed between London and Birmingham.

It is my view that this would be of very little benefit to anyone other than those commissioned to build it, and although I believe that investment is vital to getting the country competitive, and money spent in this country will largely move back into the economy, and back into the public purse, it strikes me as a ridiculous thing so spend such a collosal amount of money on.

Rather than speed up (marginally) the journey times between our major cities, why not pump the money into alternatives to travel which would render these journeys un-necessary or at best unprofitable, such as communications technology and the encouragement to use it?

Britain needs to remove its dependency on the business hubs, and encourage industry to move its operations into other areas. Rather than continue to rely on 5 or so main city centres, the same people could be doing the same jobs from other places with minimal impact on their productivity, and major positive impact on their personal lives and pockets.

So many issues, from season ticket prices to overcrowding to city parking and congestion/pollution would be solved by changing the mentality of business leaders from the 9-5 city centre based routine to a flexible, family oriented, location independent way of working. The technology exists to make this happen.

Yours sincerely,


Tuesday, 16 November 2010

The beetles on itunes

This blog will look rubbish as i am writing it on my iPad.

You can see how important the beetles were to apple by the fact that despite the fact that although they will add a capital letter to Reading and White, when i spell beetles correctly it insists on correcting it to beetles. You cant see that i spelled it beetles that time, no autocorrect was needed.

What amazes me is that anyone was bothered about this amazing announcement. Who was waiting for their back catalogue to be released on iTunes, as that was the only way they might hear is band? Obviously someone, as i predict that they will shoot to the top of the iTunes chart.

I decided quite a long time ago that the beetles were ok, obviously important in the grand scheme of things, but not really my bag. I therefore bought the cd of the number ones when it was a fiver, and it has been occasionally on my iPod. And i probably listened to it too. It was a long time ago. Why, after so long being unable to, are people right now downloading this music, in poor quality, being the slaves to a corporation (what happens in 10 years time when your computer has died and apple have lost all records of your transaction?)

I have a pair of shelves stuffed with CDs, and recently threw out the cassette tapes that represented my childhood in dodgy music (fuzzbox anyone?) and I've downloaded thirteen tracks in my whole life. A charity itunes only belle and sebastian album, blur's popscene, and in a futile effort, frank sidebottom's posthumous release. I don't need music that urgently, and i don't want it in a metaphysical form, in poor quality. I'll wait until it arrives, often until it is available at a price i like, and i will enjoy it when i have it.