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,