Upsets me

George Cox's Shoe Factory front

A different pair of shoes

I think I dislike change. Whenever a proposal to change something comes along, I have a tendency to cast a negative eye in the direction of said change and I do certainly try to resist the idea. In the vast majority of cases, I do actually end up liking the change. In the most part, [...]

Coffee cup with a plastic lid.  Why?

Starbucks, you need to change

Dear Starbucks, You need to look at one of your franchised stores. Their behaviour is wasteful and wrong. I went into your coffee shop and asked for a white chocolate mocha, and stated loudly that I wanted to drink in. The barista picked up a takeaway cup and asked for my name. “Ohh no, to [...]

Me. How could anyone not see those shorts?

Nearly hit on a zebra

I am not usually a pedestrian. I often leave the house and become a passenger in a motorcar, and maybe later a train, or more probably I mount my bicycle. Today with the rain on and off I thought I would walk the short distance I needed to go. Using a car would be sinful [...]

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Road traffic collision

Yesterday I was in a nasty crash. Coming along Northampton Road before it becomes Oxford Street, I approached a car in front of me. It hit the brakes, indicated left and made a left manoeuvre. Despite hitting my brakes, there wasn’t enough time for me to stop. The time between her indicating and turning was [...]

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Shootings

I comment on many current affairs but often shy away from commenting on killings. Perhaps this is down to me briefly mourning in a personal way and absorbing the plethora of facts, knowledge and subsequent opinions that soon emerge. However, two recent acts of terrorism on Jo Cox MP earlier today and the massacre early [...]

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World Ocean Day!

Today is World Ocean Day. A huge amount of waste plastic ends up in our oceans with estimates of between “eight and 13 billion tonnes” (Evening Standard 2016). Let’s reduce our consumption of plastic. I used to be terrible and now strive to be better. We grow up in a society where convenience is king, [...]

Pollution at St. Pancras

Air pollution

It’s killing you. Two of my interests are the protection of our environment and cycling so one particular topic that pops up on my radar time and time again is that of air pollution. A year ago I went on a protest against the wider issue of climate change entitled “Time to Act“.   It [...]

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Road safety

I will use this blog post as a pointer to a new static area on my site under Musings & Ideas called “Road Safety“. On 29th January, on my way to the gym I noticed this just over a mile from home. How? The police would have conducted interviews with those involved and if necessary [...]

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Don’t Bomb Syria!

Today a vote will occur in the House of Commons about whether Britain should bomb Syria. I say. Don’t Bomb Syria. On Saturday I attended a protest in Whitehall and listened to impassioned pleas for the government to for an air strike campaign not to happen. David Cameron has called on his MPs, and others [...]

A photo I took.  Van left it late.  Why not go back around and get in to the correct lane.  Imagine if the Aldi was going a bit faster and the van couldn't pick up enough speed.  Crash.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Today is the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. This nearly directly impacts everybody. If not a direct link, an indirect connection can soon be made. In the United Kingdom, on average everyday 5 people die on our roads. This is a mind boggling statistic. Imagine if 5 people were killed in a [...]