Is that the correct salutation for today? Now is the Solstice today or tomorrow... my calendar says today but people are gathering for tomorrow morning at Stonehenge... Whatever the point of this post is actually that we are half way through 2012!!! Holy Mother - where's the time going.
2012 - Jubilee year - yep we've done that, flotillas, concerts, services, flypasts etc. Happy 60th your majesty. Time was I'd have been spitting about the need to remove the monarchy and let true democracy reign but I've mellowed with age also I like that the Prime Minister still answers to the Queen, I know it is all a bit phoney in that if the monarch did refuse to sign a new statute we'd be in a right constitutional conundrum but I like it that the senior elected official in this country is put in their place a bit. I like the continuity of the monarchy and that we don't have to endure presidential elections with a collection of candidates who no doubt would always make me look for the "none of the above" option.
2012 - the year of the Olympics. If I'm to believe the bombardment I'm getting as a person who works in London through the week and commutes in on a line through Stratford (the major centre for the venues) frankly there is no point trying to get anywhere in the weeks the games are on. This strikes me as madness - London deals with approx 750,000 commuting into London every day, that doesn't include the number of Londoners moving about as well. Surely we can cope... can't we? We'll look chuffing daft if we don't. My cynical head tells me I'll be walking to work across deserted streets and pavements as most of London seems to be going into some kind of suspended animation then. I will keep you updated on this here blog.
Oh yes - little matter of my impending sense of doom, sorry I mean 50th birthday up in October.
My daughter has finished school completely now - yes she is an adult - of sorts. Good lord... how time disappears.
Today in London is hot and sunny with a light breeze (I sound like the BBC weather summary now) which is a good mark for the solstice. From here on in it is downhill on the downslope of 2012. Now didn't some people predict the end of the world or something? No point worrying about that is there - like the Euro Crisis which I think is only a crisis because the reporters keep telling us it is a crisis. Bail out Spanish banks - markets open and go up. Good, markets should reflect the long term view of the stability/security of the economy, sector or company depending where you cut through the figures. But by lunchtime it's all gone to hell in a handcart and the gains are being wiped off the market again. I'm lost, are these people mature adults? The things were done, you said good at 8am but by lunchtime you think it is all rubbish again? Why should anyone listen to you? Of course they get their bonus and fat cheques and don't consider the poor git who retires on Friday who has just seen the income he thought he had with his pension tumble just because of the day the annuity was bought. I tell you folks the end of the world as in the end of all this nonsense wouldn't be a bad thing. Can we create an alternative economy alongside the current one, let them play their games out whilst the rest of the sensible souls, i.e. not politicians or bankers just get on with life until we get it to a point where we can say to them "You happy to carry on playing over there?" - "Good see ya". I don't have that answer just think there has to be a better way than the current madness.