The prodigal son... what is going on in the minds?

This isn't a religious post

It is however an expansion on the parable recorded as one of Jesus teachings. 

The other day whilst driving around, this parable came to me as something to ponder in relation to my own journey... how does it resonate with you?

If you remember the story, a merchant with two sons. The younger decided he wanted to go off and make his fortune and so asked the father for 1/2 his inheritance and off he went. Things didn't go too well for the younger son... lots of drinking... women, wine and song. After a while the young lad was starving and scratching around for just enough food to eat and it dawned on him that the workers on his fathers estate faired better than he was doing. He decided to return to his father, and ask if he could work on the estate with the other 'hands'. He would at least not want for food and a place to stay.

The father was so overjoyed at his sons return (presumed dead) that he killed one of the calfs and organised a party to…

Summer on the bike!

This year back in early May...

I decided that I would get my bike serviced and try and see how it might work reducing the car usage back to the absolute minimum.

So I committed to myself to using pedal power as opposed to fossil fuel for June / July and August to see how things might go. The spin off benefits of course obviously exercise for one... a daily bike ride (or collection of short ones) of 2 or 3 miles plus the odd longer one thrown in will give me a good cardio workout and also useful for the larger leg muscle groups.

Many of us have bikes which we rarely use and I was no different I think the last time I rode a bike in earnest was maybe 3 years ago and even then only very sporadically never getting really back into it properly.

So 2 and a half weeks in how is it going?
Well I'm really enjoying it. A daily visit to my mums at the moment is being substituted with a bike ride whenever possible, the long days means I can really do the journey after 9pm which is great as I can…

How is your mum doing - Part 2 (mum`s perspective)

The other week I wrote a blog about "How is your mum doing?" ... this is a second piece about the same subject.

This time we are to look at the situation from the mothers (elderly persons) point of view... how does she feel in the situation of being a much more frail version of her former self?

I have no doubt that in almost every case the person who needs to be cared for is desperately unhappy with their dependency on other other people. Pride, dignity, often a life of significance and status in their networks now reduced to incontinence, double handed plastic drinking cups, zimmer frames and having to be washed and cleaned by others.

Have heard the saying 'It takes a village to bring up a child"? ... Here's another one... "it takes a village to look after an old person"... with young children the parents have youth on their side and if they are fortunate family close by to support and assist... when it comes to old people... it seems to them... we a…

Why I'm not voting in the 2017 election

A long time ago an idea was created to control the masses.

They called this democracy. A great idea at the time.

Provide people with a 'pseudo' element of being able to influence how they were governed. Fabulous idea.... and so a predecessor of our modern day democracy was born.

The reality however is that this isn't democracy at all. I have often heard people say. You must vote... people died to provide you with the ability to vote. To be a part of deciding who will govern our country.

Why must I vote?
I am sorry to break this to you... the people who govern our country have not been the people who sit in parliament, nor have they been the prime ministers of old... this election will be no different. We see in this election for the first time in a while, two more polarised candidates (Conservative / Labour) than we have for many a year... however in the Ted Heath / Michael Foot days this was normal. We have just forgotten (or we weren't born).

Sorry... but since the anno…

Beware - Fake News... but it is plausible...

LEAKED Documents from the government office (not really)

And so Theresa May was summoned to appear before a committee consisting of all the large corporations in London who have been behind the conservatives (and Tony Blair)... back in March 2017

Spokesman: Good morning Theresa, thanks for coming. We want you to call a snap election.

Theresa May: Why? we are doing fine, I'm just getting my feet under the table and we are way ahead in the polls

Spokesman: I can't tell you everything Theresa but let us just say it is essential you call a general election

Theresa May: Possibly it would be a good thing, I can get that. Consolidate my position as elected, strengthen the support for our policies. Give Brexit more authority.

Spokesman: Just one more thing Theresa... we want you to lose the election... and... we don't want it too look too obvious either.

Theresa May: What? Why on earth would I want to call an election and then lose it? You must explain!

Spokesman: OK... I have been autho…

Time to get the bike out!

Funny how people and things pop up in your life... or is it?

Back at Christmas I made a decision that during 2017 I wasn't going to drive around as much and that more time was to be spent in SW Herts. This was brought about by a combination of things.

Supporting and helping with my motherMy +Link4Growth district is +Link4Growth SW Herts and I want to grow the success we have on supporting and growing local community ... check out the community hub hereI want to work with local entrepreneurs and build a rock solid local business support network... so that we all win through collaboration and working together.I want to spend more time developing local things I am involved in such as Table TennisI want to drive less, up my game on fitness levels and use my time more effectivelySpend more time doing things I am passionate aboutThrough transitioning Link4Growth to an Association, providing the space and oxygen for it to expand into its full potential So now 1/2 way through the year and m…

Using 21st century tools with a 20th century mindset

It's been an interesting few weeks talking to micro business owners about their businesses.

As per a guest blog written for Link4Growth one of the biggest challenges for micro businesses is not meeting new people but actually getting unbiased advice and guidance about how to develop their endeavour.

As a micro business owner getting our message out to those that could benefit from what we have to offer is a major challenge. So the phenomena I am about to describe is totally understandable....
A huge number of startup businesses are initiated by those leaving the corporate world and who are looking for a change in direction (many in the 40+ age group)The largest growth in Facebook usage is the 40+ demographic... with money to spend and new businessesSocial Media is seen as a low cost advertising and marketing platform to 'sell' and 'advertise'We have grown up in a world that believes if you throw enough marketing at things, some will stick and business will be done T…