I’m sitting watching Michael Portillo ride the trains of Viet Nam. He’s arrived in Hanoi and is showing viewers the bunker below the Metropole Hotel and telling of the 1,000 people killed in the US bombing of Hanoi. Only a 1,000? We’ve already had the stats that more people in the US have died … Continue reading Death and Glory.
Well I can’t complain. I’m still Covid-19 free as far as I know. I’m out for my walk with Harry daily and I’m seeing neighbours albeit at a distance. No further health issues. Toby is fine though the surgery now closed for all but emergencies & I need to order pet medication on line. … Continue reading Ten days on.
I’ve just been out for a walk with the delightful Harry. All is quiet. It feels like a Sunday. Only two others seen walking (in the distance) and a few cars but strange, really strange. Walking back through the housing estate. Cars in the drive, no children playing (though I suspect that won’t last!). … Continue reading Coronavirus 1
Last night I attended the BBC Radio Scotland hustings in Dingwall and came out absolutely sure how to vote. The decision who to vote for this time was actually quite simple in the end. Though I know some of my friends will be shocked! Firstly I will vote only for people with a strong connection … Continue reading My voteDecember 2019
UK delegates at Berlin Training 2018 (including me!) This week I’m focussing on presentations I will be doing for the Climate Reality Project’s 24 hours of Reality - Truth in Action. Usually at this time of year the organisation has a 24 hour telethon to raise awareness of the climate crisis. This year they … Continue reading 24 hours of Reality – Truth In Action 20th Nov 2019
Is anyone else just feeling exhausted. Climate change, Brexit, uncertainty generally. It’s a wonder we haven’t all gone mad by now. Tonight I headed off for my sound bath. Unfortunately we were double booked and the Pilates class got in first. Hey Ho! The fact that that is my response rather than my usual rant … Continue reading It’s been a while!
Don’t panic folks! This isn’t going to be too heavy, just some musings after the final send off for a friend committed to the service of others. A new experience last Thursday! I attended a Quaker memorial service for John Malcolm Melling, a lovely man I’ve known for over 15 years. I was a … Continue reading Transformational Leadership! John Malcolm Melling & John Chisholm Cole.
I am so pleased to be able to report this following a debate at The Highland Council today. It's the first time since I left that I really wanted to be in the chamber to contribute. The good news is that many councillors did contribute and contribute passionately and well. What started off as a … Continue reading Climate and Ecological Emergency Declared By Highland Council
To start with the health warning #politicsklaxon #Brexit It’s been a quiet winter, quite clement for the north of Scotland where the rhythms of life have continued largely unaffected by much of the great affairs of state. I’ve done my best not to get unduly drawn into the ongoing Brexit debate arguing that, while it … Continue reading Circles (circles of influence, circles of concern, & circles of Hell)
Well I’ve been thinking about blogging for a while but the stumbling block has always been what to call it. Clever titles, linking to FB & Tw seamlessly and making sure that there was not something of a similar title (and not necessarily salubrious content) always defeated me. So I went back to first principles … Continue reading Why ‘Jean’s (sometimes inconvenient) Blog’?