Faster, Higher, Stronger

The Tokyo Olympics are finally over, the closing ceremony completed. ‘Unprecedented’, well-worn recently with news related to climate change and Covid-19, has continued to have copious use. We’ve seen empty stadiums, appreciated the mental ill-health of athletes, and been astounded by the efforts and achievements of many… In 1894 Pierre de Coubertin launched the OlympicContinue reading “Faster, Higher, Stronger”

Part of the Bigger Picture

A tourist has claimed the ninth sighting of the Loch Ness Monster this year: ‘Colin Veacock scanned the water with his binoculars and said he spotted something around 2ft high and up to 12ft long.’ Apparently Gary Campbell is the ‘keeper of the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register…. The experience was that Colin sawContinue reading “Part of the Bigger Picture”

Sea Monsters and Fire Buckets

On the Lowestoft prom is a telescope looking out to sea. Beneath it says in big letters: ‘Can you see the sea?’ Then in smaller letters beneath: ‘Monster’. By adding a word the meaning changes! When I was a boy my chemistry teacher, Oily Wakefield, used to say ‘Go and sit on the fire…(dramatic pause)…Continue reading “Sea Monsters and Fire Buckets”

Turning Away Or Facing Up

No more turning awayFrom the weak and the wearyNo more turning away from the coldness insideJust a world that we all must shareIt’s not enough just to stand and stareIs it only a dream that there’ll beNo more turning away? Chris often sends me random songs. I hadn’t met Pink Floyd’s ‘On the Turning Away’Continue reading “Turning Away Or Facing Up”

Those Who Aren’t Like Me

One of the good things about the TV coverage of the Olympics has been the interviews with family and friends back in Britain – medal winning athletes are seen as ordinary people like us. Last night it was gymnast Max Whitlock. At his gymnastics club in Basildon children, teenagers and adults, ordinary people from allContinue reading “Those Who Aren’t Like Me”

Handkerchiefs and Tissues

You can tell you’re getting old when you start sentences with, ‘In my day…’ or ‘When I was a boy/girl…’ or ‘Do you remember when…’, and you compare today with something from your past. The sentence then continues with something about phones, television programmes, music, the price of things, schools, clothes and fashion, food, computers,Continue reading “Handkerchiefs and Tissues”