There is a wish associated with the Chinese: may you live in interesting times. Sometimes,this can be a good way but it does not feel like that with the political instability that besets the U.K. at the moment. It is for that reason that I am trying to sooth disquiet by penning some thoughts. Memories of better times may appear too so it is not all doom and gloom. Hopefully, the uncertainty will subside with the U.K. still largely intact after any threatened upheaval.
Any life has its mix of good moments and not so good ones, those times that lift your spirits and those that dispirit you. The release provided by the 1997 British General Election was one of those just as its 2015 counterpart felt like the latter with its portents of public spending cuts and an E.U. exit. 2016 has been a year of populist revolt across a variety of countries so we have to hope that things calm down in coming years after all the disruption.
That is the background to what you will find here. Rather than blighting the sunnier sections of the website with such matters, I have decided to collect essays on such things here. Not all will be glum for brighter episodes from my two decades of living in the U.K. will be recalled too. Nevertheless, such subjects are political in nature and I realise that not everyone coming to the website may relish such things and that is another reason for keeping them in their own little corner.
Listings of news portals, mainly national and local newspaper websites, have been moved here from the Travel Jottings section where they sat uneasily with what is there. Other pieces coming there to join them include a piece commenting on the state of the British media landscape as well as reminisces about the Scottish Parliament from an observer's point of view.
What follows those should be created anew here and I hope those acts will be therapeutic in a "Dear Diary" sort of way. Of course, this still is the web so some consideration is required in an age of self publication. That means that any writing will be done in a considered way but that should be enough for a little reflective unbottling of any angst, which is far better than not doing it at all.