BIKERS – THEYRE DANGEROUS, AREN’T THEY?
I hear from time to time that motor bikes are dangerous. The truth is that riding a motorbike can be hazardous, but it is my opinion that it is not the bikers themselves, it’s other road users in the vast majority of biking related incidents on the roads. Here’s how: I passed my motorbike test in the mid 80’s while serving as a Royal Air Force police Officer. The course was a 2 week intense...
Dinosaurs v PC Brigade
The remake of The Dam Busters film is causing a bit of a stir in certain parts. The film, as you will probably be aware is about a black Labrador that committed suicide on the eve of a minor flying mission. At least, that’s my impression based on the opinion of certain members of a military group I’m in discussion with on FB. The reality is that the film is about a daring mission to...
I’ve decided to take a few days off twitter. At first, I didn’t know why I felt like I needed to, but looking back through my time line, it soon became apparent. I love twitter, it’s fun, anarchic, friendly & supportive. Somewhere we can speak the truth. My time line, however, was becoming more & more of a support seeking mechanism. I have wonderful people in difficult...
I’ve been a Spurs fan as long as I can remember. I started supporting them because a school bully told me to. He then did his usual trick & changed teams when another team won some trophy. I didn’t. I stood my ground, because I had seen the glory that is Tottenham Hotspur. I am a glory hunter, of that I cannot deny, but not the sort that we see with those clubs who bring in...
No More Hate
As a Spurs fan, I’ve had a lifetime of people making anti-Semitic comments about my team, the fans & myself, even though i have no Jewish background. Spurs fans, rightly so, decry those using anti-Semitic terms at matches & some of the disgraceful West Ham fans today were among he worst racist people I have ever had the displeasure to see & hear. Uneducated yobs who think its ok...
Golf & The Environment
Just watching the documentary “You’ve been Trumped” about Donald Trump’s planned golf complex in Aberdeenshire. It’s a huge talking point up there, as I’ve heard folk talk about it many times during my pilgrimages to Scotland. The main talk is about the jobs it will create. I’ve played many golf courses near the coast & I have absolutely no doubt...
Not a man
Today, I have been on a course to update me on aspects of Domestic Abuse and the impact it has upon the victim. It’s a complex and difficult topic, one that I learned about at an age far too young to realise what it was. My father was a Domestic Abuse perpetrator when I was a baby. I was removed from my parents because of it and placed in the care of extended family. Years later, I was...
Today, I got my first pair of glasses. Age is catching up & my lens in my eyes, especially my right eye, aren’t so flexible. I quite like my glasses. They’re Oakleys that make me look a bit younger & loads more intelligent than I really am. I expect I’ll eventually get to feel like they’re a part of me, but right now, they’re a mix of being an exciting new...
A Mile 4 Autism
A while ago, a lovely lady on my Twitter timeline started an extraordinary project to raise awareness & money for Autism support. I love such projects & always admire those who take time to inform people like me, you know, those who are a little ignorant of such things that don’t directly affect me. Through Charlotte’s blog & through 2 of my team in my new workplace,...
Dear Mr Levy. I have supported Spurs since Steve Perryman moved up to the first team. I support them because of the history & style of play we always display. Harry Redknapp knew our past, built our present & had plans for the future of this legendary team. We have played football with a swiftness of feet, deftness of touches, some of the best movement witnessed in England for decades...
Respect is a given and not earned, in my opinion. We should respect others, until they do something serious enough to lose our respect. I can lose someone’s respect easily. We all can. Then and only then, should we have to earn it back. Everyone has experiences, skills, knowledge & memories of things others can only imagine. We are all special. I worked for 22 years in the military. I...
It's hard to let go
Sometimes, it’s real hard to let go, but like returning a wild animal to its natural habitat, it is the best thing we can do. So long free spirt x
Today, I learned that an old friend from an online News and Current Affairs forum was admitted to a hospice. It came as no surprise to be honest, as he has been suffering with terminal cancer now for some time. I went back to the old forum and rejoined in a bid to have a few last words with Dave, before it was too late. Alas, it was. As I registered, so did a new user called...
The Challenge Continues
Six Down, Eight to go Although I was disappointed not to be able to play Royal Birkdale in January, I managed to book to play there at the end of March and also got in at Lytham & St Ann’s, the venue of this years Open. It has long been a dream of mine to play all 14 courses that have hosted the greatest golf competition in the world. The Open. The courses are: St Andrews, Carnoustie,...
Five down, nine to go
Anyone who knows me will know that I am passionate about the fine game of golf. I only started playing in the early 90s, but I’m hooked. So hooked that I have a bucket list solely to do with golf that I’ve yet to complete. About 8 years ago, I played the most famous golf course in the world, the home of golf; St Andrews Old course. That in itself was a tick off the bucket list and a...
Birmingham Tweet Up
We will remember them
This is the story of a WW1 hero printed in a 1950s edition of a local newspaper in Gainsborough. A Private who saved the life of his Lieutenant. It is written by the man he saved and who outlived his saviour. The private was a real hero. He was my Grandfather. I so miss him. INCREDIBLE DARING OF A CORRINGHAM SOLDIER RECALLED 50 YEARS LATER Here still to “tell the tale” of an incredible...
Some times, you’ve just got to move forward. It’s no use telling someone “I told you so”, it’s time to bury the hatchet and move on. This week has been one of those weeks. I’ve had total confirmation that I was right & others were wrong. It was life affecting. It caused me to take the left turn at the fork in the path of life, when I really wanted to take...
This weekend saw a small and informal reunion of a few RAF mates. Social networking has opened up the possibilities of arranging such meetings at short notice. A quick tweet, followed by a status change on facebook and then a quick text, saw 13 ex-colleagues from a small, specialist Unit got together in a small market town in Nottinghamshire for old time’s sake. It’s strange, that...
The sad sight of a deprived area of London in flames caused sensation last night. So far I have heard so many varying reasons for it. The most probable one was that some who attended the protest at Tottenham police station became agitated and started a minor scuffle and those on the edges of the community decided to take advantage. I’ve heard people bringing politics in to it, some...
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you...– Mark Twain
Arse about Face
Without using Google, can you remember the name of the soldiers killed in the Hyde Park bombing? I doubt it. Very few will, unless they were serving with them or they are family. Many will know the name of Sefton, the horse that survived the horrors of the same bombs. It is a sad indictment that we forget the humans in that tragedy, but remember an animal. Last week, a real hero died in...