Swimming in another fish tank

Living in another person’s house is a bit like wearing someone else’s clothes. It’s an interesting journey of discovery – but after a while you just want your own comfortable jumper back. We have just enjoyed our first week of “airbnb”, living in someone else’s world in Vienna. We arrived at street level after a quick…

Vienna, best city in the world? It means nothing to me …

Vienna is apparently famous for its high quality of life. In a study of 127 world cities in 2005, the Economist ranked it joint-first as the world’s most liveable city. For the last seven years, Mercer has ranked Vienna top place in its annual “Quality of Living” survey of hundreds of cities around the world. The UN-Habitat classified Vienna as being the…

The Ups and (ouch) Downs of Life

What goes up, must come down. And I came down with quite a bump. An extremely painful bump. Some days we just feel better than others. This afternoon I was happy, and not for any particular reason. My wife and I had enjoyed a very nice weekend, including a fabulous time at the company ball,…

Running through my mind

I went for a run this morning through Vienna, up and down the banks of the river. The city was waking up to a beautiful sunny morning. It is always fascinating to run through a new place and watch the people – some were coming towards me, some sat on benches overlooking the river, some…

Brexit – A Failure of Leadership

Every nation needs leadership. Leadership is not about charisma or personality. In my mind, true leadership needs these seven qualities – Vision, passion, clarity, judgement, courage, integrity and humility. How did the main characters in the EU referendum pantomime measure up to these seven? This is how I scored them. Cameron 3, Corbyn 3, Farage…

The Results Recount

The results of the biopsy were inconclusive. Of the 12 samples taken, two had a shade of prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia and one had a touch of atypical small acinar proliferation.. The consultant told me this, as if I should know what this meant. Or rather that I shouldn’t – because this would have made me as clever…

The Results are In

  All over bar the shouting The results are in. I just don’t know what they are yet. It’s been really nice that people have wished me good luck, or reassured me about the odds of a good outcome. But it makes no difference to the answer. Nothing can change that. It is – as…

Optimism

Not now.  Tomorrow, We will solve these things And thinks that bother you. Not now my love. You are too young as yet To know the answer. When all the world is old my love And rubbish floats the seas And every chick a Sunday meal From battery to deep freeze. Not now.  Tomorrow We…

Despair

The shift is quick and we are not aware Than any moment now, the floor will drop And leave us grasping in the empty air. With our confusion. At once we find our friends have gone They’re out – or they don’t want to know. Our hollow empty selves are left alone. Abandoned in confusion.…

We are the dead

We are the dead, surrounded by the garbage Deafened by the cries of dying earth. Someone up there is feeling rather ill And even Lucifer can find no mirth In our destruction. The nowness has a sword of Damocles Poised, hanging over rubbish tips and litter. Increasing effluence pours into the sea. Someone perhaps up…