Thursday, 29 January 2015

Entertaining angels?

Hi again,

A few mornings ago I peeked out of the curtains and noticed that there was a very hard frost on the scene in front of me. Everything was tinged with white ice crystals glistening in the morning sun.
Anybody  that knows me knows that I hate the cold weather and I wonder why humans don't hibernate. Realising that I had to take the dog for his morning walk I dreaded the thought of going out into the cold.

When I ventured to the local common I started to notice the frost on the gorse bushes, the crunching of my feet on the frozen grass, and the birds singing above my head, and it made me realise that although I had a negative first impression, I actually saw the scene in a different light and appreciated the beauty of it.
I pondered the thought that first impressions can sometimes be wrong and if we look at things at another angle we can sometimes get a different opinion.

My thoughts then wandered to people that we meet.
How often do we gain an immediate negative opinion of someone on our first impression? Perhaps the way they dress, their manner, their looks?

The Christian Bible mentions that when we meet people we could be entertaining angels without knowing it. I am sure that angels don't only appear in suits and therefore our snap judgements can be wrong.

If we were to look under the surface of the people we meet we would probably find someone with the same thoughts, feelings and passions as ourselves.
Should that make us think twice next time?

(You can email me on - with an 'a')

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Toleration and acceptance...

Hi all,
Time to be a bit more serious I think.

All of us were appalled at the recent events in Paris and Belgium where terrorists mowed people down in the name of their religion.

The terrorists are fanatics, the dictionary definition of which is someone who is 'a holder of extreme or irrational enthusiasms or beliefs, especially in religion or politics'. It's important to remember that they are not representative of Islam, have a distorted interpretation of the Koran and do not represent the majority of peace loving Moslems.

I am a Christian but I can stand with Moslems and any peaceful person of belief, to allow them to practice their faith unhindered.

In the 1990s I carried out a contract in Karachi, Pakistan. The two Pakistanis I was working with were of different faiths. John was Christian and Eunice was Moslem. We worked together well, discussed religion on several occasions and at the end of the contract we were good friends. There was no animosity and a great respect for each others point of view.
In my working life in the broadcast installations industry I met all kinds of people who were of varying levels of faith, but the best discussions I have had were with an atheist. On vary rare occasions did I receive any kind of ridicule for my faith, although I am prepared to receive this for what I believe.

All of us are human, regardless of colour and creed and equal in the sight of God, whether Queen or Pauper, and to turn against another human for any reason is to turn against ourselves.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Tell me of your 'experience'....

Hi again,

In my walk through life there are a few things that irritate me. I am an easy going chap, I think, and I don't get irritated that easily. But I have noticed in recent years that everything has become an 'experience'. Have you noticed it?

Going to the shop they ask you to complete a survey about your 'shopping experience', I went to the dentist the other day and they asked for feedback on my 'dental experience'. 
I was at the dentists, for goodness sake, where some woman I hardly know wants to pull my head with a pair of pliers! How is that an experience? 

Traipsing round a shop pushing a filled trolley trying to avoid elderly people, small children and women who seem to be on another planet IS NOT AN EXPERIENCE! It's hell!

Which makes me wonder what the levels of euphoria are. Would boredom or excruciating be at the bottom do you think?

And another thing where has this term 'in store' come from?
Everything is 'in store' now. 'See our latest offer in store', the adverts say. Is this another influence from over the pond eating away at our established way of life?

When I was at school (which admittedly was a while ago) Miss Burge always put a 'the' in between these two with threat of the ruler if we failed. When was this dropped?
Suppose we drop the word 'the' completely. Then maybe later 'and' can go, we don't need it.....

And don't get me going on tradition! 
Maybe that's for another time. Watch this space.

(If you can't respond try my email.)

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

An old feller rambling his thoughts

Hi all,
Well here I am with my very first blog. 
I hope over the coming months that the stuff I put on here is interesting to someone, and that you will have a laugh, gasp, or maybe a cry with me as I share my observations (as long as it's not my wallet!).

I am just an ordinary chap who is a bit past his sell-by date, having experienced most of what life throws at us all. Not as much as some but maybe more than others.

Some people will probably think I am a grumpy old git but I hope that others will see that this is tinged with grains of truth.

All of the posts are my observations and are not intended to offend anyone, and if they do I apologise in advance.

Look forward to posting soon!