Painting the future

  The artist opened her paint box, dampened her brush and started. Before her was a handsome half-timbered house complete with moat and gatehouse. She worked on in that hot summer’s day. The picture developed but did not show the many visitors who trooped passed. She disliked their intrusion with garish tops and shorts into this piece of Tudor history. Then she sighted an old … Continue reading Painting the future

The Tree

The tree remembered being planted in the churchyard those many summers ago. For he saw the young daughter of the squire slipping in a copy of that new book on ‘Pride and Prejudice’ to wile away the long sermon. This blissful rural scene was oblivious to the battles being fought on land and sea to fence in the tyrant Napoleon. The tree brought to mind the … Continue reading The Tree

A “Kodak” Moment!!

    Kodak dominated the photographic scene for over 100 years. Almost everyone used their films and the phrase “a Kodak moment” meaning a photo opportunity was well known. What happened since then has become a story of failure and missed opportunities ending with Kodak filing for bankruptcy in 2012. Kodak had not kept up with digital technology.   Yet it was a Kodak engineer, … Continue reading A “Kodak” Moment!!

Going backwards with Starbucks

As I sat in the Starbucks today I had a sudden realisation. For a quick glance around confirmed that I was the only ‘leisure’ coffee drinker in the place. Since in this coffee house outside the Metro Centre in Newcastle, the customers were all surrounded by laptops, netbooks and phones. Business meetings predominated but singletons tapped furiously on keyboards surrounded by A4 pads creating undoubtedly … Continue reading Going backwards with Starbucks

Locomotion–changed the World

It is not everyday, we see something that has genuinely changed the world. But today I did and it is called Locomotion. Nowadays, it looks distinctly ‘old hat’ yet as Pete Waterman explains, when it was first seen in action it must have been as exciting and frightening as the Space Shuttle. Nevertheless, when its inventor George Stephenson let loose this contraption on the unsuspecting … Continue reading Locomotion–changed the World

Street Preaching – effective?

Originally posted on The Pondering Alchemist:
Well these are my highly critical observations about street preaching, at least from within New Zealand. People Type A attempt to preach on the streets to People Type B. People Type A are different people to People Type B. Too different. When Type A speak, Type B struggle to understand what they are harping on about. Type A conform… Continue reading Street Preaching – effective?

The one age of man

Having spent the day involved with a youth leadership day, I suddenly realised something and it is this. With growing years, what is important is not the gathering of further facts, wider wisdom or specific techniques. It is a gradual dawning of how systems, groups and individuals work. For if time teaches anything at all, it is the sense of how to do tasks, how … Continue reading The one age of man