There is a back-handed wish associated with the Chinese: may you live in interesting times. That can be how it currently feels in global affairs these days so I started this as a means of dealing with the disquiet that the ongoing upheaval is causing. Since then, other nicer things are being added so I might overhaul things in time. It is god to release oneself from life’s stresses and strains too.
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 around the world so we have to hope that things calm down in coming years after all the disruption. Maybe the realities of unrealisable hopes and wild reckless promises will dampen things in time.
The above 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. Things will not be fast moving as my pace of authorship is more akin to that of a magazine like Delayed Gratification than more immediate responses typical of round the clock news or social media. Things may get political so I thought it best to keep 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. There is growing collection of songs and poems here too since they reflect on themes that are in themselves more universal and often give sense of the times in which they were written.