Before the Battle of Trafalgar, Nelson wrote this prayer:
the great God, whom I worship, grant to my country and for the benefit
of Europe in general, a great and glorious victory: and may no
misconduct, in any one, tarnish it: and may humanity after victory be
the predominant feature in the British fleet.
This country has a great history. Let's help it to have an even greater future.
Friday, 24 June 2016
Tuesday, 21 June 2016
Saturday, 18 June 2016
I know that you will all wish to join me in expressing heartfelt condolences to Jo Cox's family and friends. Murder can never be condoned, but the murder of a Member of Parliament going about her lawful business of representing her constituents is especially shocking, and is an attack on the parliamentary democracy that means so much to us all.
On Wednesday evening, along with my good friend, Jim Carver MEP, I took part in an excellent BBC Hereford and Worcester debate against Mark Garnier MP and Emma Reynolds MP. Despite our strongly differing views, the debate was conducted in a friendly, civilised fashion. That is the British way, and long may it remain so.
I well recall my horror at learning, on 29 January 2000, that my then MP, Nigel Jones had been attacked with a samurai sword in his constituency office in Cheltenham - an attack in which Andrew Pennington, a Liberal Democrat Councillor was murdered.
Yesterday evening I reminisced with Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP about the horrific attempt to wipe out the Prime Minister and much of her cabinet at the Grand Hotel, Brighton in October 1984. Margaret Thatcher then famously said to John Sergeant, "The Conference will go on. The conference will go on, as usual." That was, surely, the correct response, and one that, after a judicious pause for reflection, we should follow next week as we focus, in sombre and serious mien, on the momentous referendum ahead.
The Freedom Association
Saturday, 11 June 2016
Friday, 20 May 2016
Thursday, 19 May 2016
Saturday, 14 May 2016
He's not dead, yet, although finding this grave scared him a little. No! Scared him a lot.
A trip down memory lane and a stroll into history. On location, the Lancashire village of Downham, where "Whistle Down the Wind" was filmed before release in 1961.
Monday, 2 May 2016
Meet the BLOWJANGLES performing in Clitheroe on Saturday. The shame is my sound recording on my cheap camera does not do them justice.
They call themselves a street band and bring a vibrant, all family friendly beat and foot tapping experience to even the most pernickity of music connoisseurs.
Despite the Arctic Weather, all the bands were great and I will definitely be returning next year. It has put me in the mood to rethink Colne, later on in in Summer, if it ever arrives. When small towns can put on such great events, it is to my chagrin that I have avoided them since Gt Uncle Norman lived in Church, all those years ago.
Well done, Lancashire and Clitheroe.
Wednesday, 27 April 2016
No doubt St Peter will have the scribes rewriting QR&R's for Jim's satisfaction.