Malcolm’s musings

Hearing And Understanding

I’ve discovered various stages in the hearing process I hear… sounds are made… I know someone’s speaking I listen… I’m aware of what’s said – I can repeat the words I understand… there’s meaning… the words make sense I perceive… I recognise context, body language, implications I respond… I reply, change my attitude, act orContinue reading “Hearing And Understanding”

You Must Do Better

Doctors are told that they must do better. Health Secretary Sajid Javid will create a public league table of performance. ‘More data and transparency’ will apparently drive up standards across the country. Reflecting on teachers I’ve worked with… on conversations with police officers, doctors, nurses and other public servants. Committed to their work they striveContinue reading “You Must Do Better”

Lifestyle Choices

We’re surrounded by ‘Lifestyle Choices’ that we make… If I do this, have that, think this way… then I will feel fulfilled, be happier, stay healthy…. Sometimes it’s about exercise… …I enjoy hearing from friends who continue to leave their warm beds early in the morning and swim in the cold North Sea. I enjoyContinue reading “Lifestyle Choices”

Building Walls

Jo and Allan (daughter and son-in-law), have a new wall built at the front of their house. It looks good. Grandson Zak says: ‘Why has our house turned into a castle?’ Paul Simon in ‘I am a Rock’ says: I’ve built wallsA fortress, steep and mightyThat none may penetrateI have no need of friendshipFriendship causesContinue reading “Building Walls”

Truth & Trust

Yesterday it was announced that Maria Ressa has been awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize – the first person from the Philippines to receive it. She was awarded the Prize jointly with Russian Dmitry Muratov for ‘their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.’ Ressa has courageouslyContinue reading “Truth & Trust”

Lewis, Isaac & Matthew

I spent yesterday with our family. The day’s summed up by three quotations: ‘Twas brillig, and the slithy tovesDid gyre and gimble in the wabe:All mimsy were the borogoves,And the mome raths outgrabe… We remembered Lewis Carroll’s ‘Jabberwocky’ from ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’. Complete nonsense! I’m very happy talking nonsense much of the time;Continue reading “Lewis, Isaac & Matthew”


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