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

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

Israel & Palestine – Full Spectrum

This photo reminds us of the Railway Children, cabin trunks and porters with barrows. In fact, it’s toning helps us to look backwards. Yet to see things only in black & white misses a great deal. Take the current stand off between Israel and the Palestinians which is peaking with the Gazza Blockade. Now here is a situation that is all too easy to see … Continue reading Israel & Palestine – Full Spectrum

Tweets of Wisdom

Over the next few weeks, new MP after callow MP will make their maiden speeches in the Commons. Yet how much will the world be changed? Precious little I’ll be bound! But it was not always so . For my continuing reading of Juliet Nicolson’s history of 1911, ‘The Perfect Summer’, has brought me to that infamous dandy, brilliant barrister and MP, FE Smith. Now … Continue reading Tweets of Wisdom

A visit to a house from the past

Today we visited the House of Tarvit near Ceres in Fife. A Georgian country house rebuilt by the Sharp family. This family were Dundee jute mill owners who had the original building pulled down and a new house designed Sir Robert Lorimer to house Fredrick Sharps’ art and furniture collection. And so each room depicts a different style from mock baronial to French 18th Century. Yet … Continue reading A visit to a house from the past