Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Los' Beard


Ragamuffin Soul Carlos Whittaker's beard or no beard dilemma was an instant source of inspiration, and got me to coming up with this funky little rhyme:

"Go with the fuzz, cuz.
It's not that it's weird, without the beard.
It's just that the stubble can keep you outta trouble."

...instant inspiration from your question, Los.

Thank you, and goodnight!

TAGGED: Five Things



As I’ve been tagged by the Headphonaught, I really have to respond, so here goes with my 5 things:

1. As a little kid, I used to drag a piece of string behind me, calling my imaginary dog “ Come on, Patch!

2. My attempt to go back to University as a mature student to study Ethnomusicology was well and truly scuppered by a train wreck of a performance audition on the trombone

3. I once tried to learn Japanese from a set of audio tapes, but it all came to a complete halt when the car the tapes were in was torched after having been broken into.

4. My Uncle was a US Marine who went to Vietnam and never got out alive.

5. I used to play in a Blues Brothers tribute band called the (Roland) Booze Brothers

I don't know if the following folks read my blog, or would be up for responding, but my 5 to tag would be:

Anita
Carlos
Fernando (He's done one already)
Scott
Ubertech
Maria

GTD


We had our Company “bash” at The Roxy Bar & Screen on Friday, and each of us were given a book as a little present.

Having been introduced to the concept of Getting Things Done and the whole Life Hacking thing, through the blogs of Ubertech, and Scott Hodge, I finally got my own copy of Dave Allen’s GTD book, which I hope to start reading over the Christmas break.

Hope to learn some good stuff.

If all of this means nothing to you, check out some of the links

Thursday, December 14, 2006

The Singing Company



I've stumbled across a little ideosyncratic gem thanks to Jeremy Watt (who I don't know).

The Singing Company are a Salvation Army worship group using old skool songs, with a new twist.

I've only heard a coupla snippets but it sounds really interesting, and worth further investigation.

Kinda like the knowing retro styling too

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Brian Orme



Lately, I've started to read another new blog, which I can recommend.

Brian Orme is an associate pastor at Community Church near Dayton, Ohio and his blog roll shares a number of names with mine.

Tony Morgan
Scott Hodge
Andrew Jones

On top of that, one of his boys shares his name with my boy Noah.

One to watch!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Forever Young


Hat tip - once again - to Pernell for reminding me about the phenomenal folks of the Young At Heart Chorus

I first became aware of the Chorus when I saw a snippet of an amazing octogenarian performance of The Clash's "Should I Stay Or Should I Go?"

English TV have being airing a show about the Chorus just this week, and parts of it are hugely moving. One of their members had passed away on the day they were due to perform at a prison.

They decided to play the gig, and sang "Forever Young" as a tribute to their friend - arms ourstretched. It was beautiful, and left the listening prisoners & staff in tears. Gotta say, that's how it affected me too.

Inspirational!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Seperated at birth?





Does anyone else recognize the similarity between my good buddy, and Managing Director of S,P&S, Trevor Caffull and the hip celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal?

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Introducing the SupperClub

CAUTION: Sally Army-centric post on the way:

..I stumbled across this really interesting site this morning.

Here's how they describe themselves:

"The SupperClub is a gathering for theologically thinking Salvationists eager to share new ideas, provocative research, decent food and good times. The club will gather Salvationists for food and theological discourse, facilitate theological reflection and discussion for a 21st Century Salvation Army and promote innovative thinking around the broad range of issues effecting Salvation Army theology and mission."

The SupperClub is hosted and organised by Gordon Cotterill, Adam Knuckey (secretary), Katie Newton, Stuart Watson, Russell Rook (chair and of Director of ALOVE) and Matt White.


My guess is we're gonna be hearing a lot from these folks!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Fernando





Big thanks to Fernando Gros, who has very kindly given this blog a mention in his post Sharing More Than Just The Love…

Fernando says of "johnnylaird" .... "Keeps sending me off towards a lot of fresh new blogs (and conversations) I wouldn’t have found otherwise and for that I’m very grateful."

Thanks to you, too, Fernando!

Maria's in the house!




Premier Christian Radio Breakfast show co-presenter, Maria Toth has a blog In His Hands which is pretty insightful.

I'm more than happy to give Maria a "shout out" on my blog cause she's visited here at least a couple of times already.

Check Maria's blog out - gives you food for thought.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!


...to all my American family & friends.

It's good to stop & think of all things that God has given us.

We are truly blessed.

Have a peaceful weekend.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Trippin'




Thanks to the wonderful www, I've been following a couple of my favo(u)rite bloggers, Carlos Whittaker & the Headphonaught, as they're bouncing around the world in different directions, catching a flavo(u)r of another place.

Los & his wife Heather are in South Korean as part of their bid to collect their new son, Losiah and the Headphonaught is in Philadelphia on business, and taking in all the new sights, sounds & smells whenever he gets a free minute.

It's amazing too that another one of the guys I read regularly, Scott Hodge, was able to talk online with Carlos in-flight due to the Free High Speed WiFi on Korean Air. The future is here!

Travel safe guys, and thanks for sharing your experiences.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Alive!



It's good to head that widely read highly caffeinated blogging Pastor, Scott Hodge is very much alive

Seems like a bit of misunderstanding, miscommunication and crossed wires sent a message bouncing around that he'd passed away, which of course was a massive shock to him!

Check out Scott's blog for the complete story.

It's a great reminder to take a deep breath, and check the facts before forming an opinion, and passing it on. In this case, though, every one did it out of the best intention.

Thanks for all the good stuff on your blog, Scott.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Figures & Numbers



I've never liked numbers - I prefer people. Numbers confuse me: always have and probably always will, so when I saw this quote from Walt Disney on Mark O'Brien's blog it perked me up no end ;-)


“I found out that the people who live with figures as a rule, it’s a postmortem, it’s never ahead. It’s always what happened.” — Walt Disney

Anything that shows me & my phobia in a good light, and even makes me feel superior has gotta be good! ;-)


Mark O'Brien is Senior Pastor of Warnbro Community Church in Western Australia

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Whatsoever things...


Janet has been sharing the words of Phillipians 4 with me over the last couple of days. Let me share them with you, as transcribed in Eugene Peterson's "Message"

I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

...from Phillipians 4, The Message

If you've never heard of Eugene Peterson, why not check out this interview with Bono

Friday, November 10, 2006

Beaches





There are days when the daily commute to the office is quite a strain, and it's on those days when moving to somewhere staggeringly beautiful & remote is very appealing.

So, knowing I am where I am, I occasionally pop over to this site to see some pics of some amazing beaches....and almost unbelievably, they're in Scotland.

...one can dream... :-)

For us, this is church




Pernell Goodyear of the Freeway continues to inspire:


His latest post is titled "Coffee House As Community Commons, Music & Art Space, Funky Cafe" and outlines something of their current up-to-date story - and it's a really exciting one.

Here's just one paragraph:


"New Lifestyle Choices

It may seem small and insignificant, but we took donations for the local food bank as the cover charge to get in to the concert last night. We encourage very diverse people [particularly those who are vulnerable people] to have a space and journey with others. We recycle... and we have taken measures to cut down on waste. We welcome everyone. We always promote fair trade products, organic choices and friendships, healthy food, ecologically wise decisions, etc. whenever we can.

The combination of deep community, music, art, and urban renewal is a powerful one. We will continue to strive as a community to live differently. To treat people better. To subvert systems that oppress and hold back. To become wiser consumers of goods and services... and to not consume relationships. Basically, to live out the gospel.

Conclusion

For us, this is church.
"


I've watched Pernell & the FRWY from afar for a good couple of years now, and I continue to be hugely impressed by his passion, and heart for this project.
He & his family have committed to this - big time.

Reminds me of that passage from John 1: 14

"The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood"

You are in my prayers, Pernell.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Been through the desert...




There's something amazingly beautiful about the desert, and this place just adds to the appeal.

A little hat tip to Randy Bohlender for reminding me about Dwell in this post


Here's what he says:

"Dwell is a gorgeous magazine - incredibly well produced. Not only does it look killer setting there on the coffee table - it gets you thinking thoughts like "heck, yeah, a family of six can live in a treehouse...". I dig Dwell."

...and so do I, Randy - so do I!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The UberTech Branches Out






The UberTech has started a new blog, which promises to contain lots of his usual idiosyncratic mix of stuff about Getting Things Done, faith, Moleskine and breakfast cereal.

I would highly recommend you pass by, and say that I said "hi"

Peace & Blessings

J :-)

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Monday, November 06, 2006

TARTAN ARMY RECRUITS


I’m so proud to present a pic of Mia & Noah wearing their matching Scotland T-shirts.

Those who know me best know – that despite my English accent – I’m a proud Scot, so am duty bound to pass on that pride & heritage to my lovely kids.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Monday, October 30, 2006

resonance

I attend a lot of meetings as part of my role at Church, and to be honest...somewhat unusually...I kinda enjoy them.

However, I do feel some resonance with this quote from Henri Nouwen

“More and more, the desire grows in me simply to walk around, greet people, enter their homes, sit on their doorsteps, play ball, throw water, and be known as someone who wants to live with them. It is a privilege to have the time to practice this simple ministry of presence. Still, it is not as simple as it seems. My own desire to be useful, to do something significant, or to be part of some impressive project is so strong that soon my time is taken up by meetings, conferences, study groups, and workshops that prevent me from walking the streets.

It is difficult not to have plans, not to organize people around an urgent cause, and not to feel that you are working directly for social progress. But I wonder more and more if the first thing shouldn’t be to know people by name, to eat and drink with them, to listen to their stories and tell your own, and to let them know with words, handshakes, and hugs that you do not simply like them, but truly love them.”

Henri Nouwen

Noah's One!




This weekend we celebrated Noah's first birthday.

I hope I can always be the best Dad I can be for him...and his sister, Mia.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Family Man


I've slowly started to include pics of Jan & the kids to this blog, so it only seems fair that includes a picture of me.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

2 Posts 1 Week


It's not often that anyone in my circle of blogging buddies gets a 2 posts in a week, but I just have to flag up Lard's entry into the world of the Moleskine.

Creative genius behind Lardmonkey & Larddesigns, Lard is a talented wee fellah!

I should be on commission for this kind of exposure.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

FRWY


It's great to see some national (Canadian) recognition for the ministry of Pernell Goodyear at The Freeway in Hamilton, ON.The Freeway is a missional church community and coffee house located in Hamilton, Ontario

There's a great piece in Salvationist.ca - a Canadian magazine published by The Salvation Army which tells their story.

I've watched what's being going on there from a distance for some time, and Pernell is a cool guy worth listening too.

Read the article here

Monday, October 23, 2006

Carbonara 4 Lard & Becks


What a great weekend.

Jan & I spent Friday night at our place with Lloyd & Becky, just chillin’, eating, sharing stories about our kids & exploring the outer edges of geekdom during our meandering late night conversations. L&B are seriously good people, and we loved having them round. Cooked my favourite dish (to cook) - dairy-product fueled carbonara. We gotta do it again soon, guys!

We are blessed with some awesome friends.

On Sunday evening at CafĂ© Church we had a visit from The Salvation Army’s Korean Corps in London, based in Wimbledon. Top evening: it was good to spend some time with our Korean brothers & sisters, who had brought along their Singing Group & traditional Percussion Ensemble.

Mia & Noah nearly jumped out of their skins when the Percussion Ensemble started off their piece, but by the end of it Noah was clapping away like a good ‘un.

I’m hoping this new relationship between our two Churches can really flourish.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

My beauties



My wonderful kids make Jan & I so happy.

We are so blessed.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

ROCKHARBOR




I've been increasingly intrigued & inspired by this sentence I read on the ROCKHARBOR site:


"The rush for this adventurous community was in getting to be the Church – not just attend it. It was clear church was experienced best when we were in living it, not simply watching it happen. ROCKHARBOR had been marked by a heart of passionate involvement.

In the midst of this movement, we began to recognize the importance of having chances to serve and sacrifice for everyone that walked through our doors. It became clear that our young church shined when everyone had a part to play.
....

Today, this is still true of our growing church – ministry belongs in the hands of our people. But more than ever before, God is aiming us outward – in investing the best we bring beyond ourselves to a world that desperately needs to see His love and life on display. The call is clear – to give ourselves away. To be challenged and changed by investing our best outward. To believe that the more we risk, the more we are transformed to be like Jesus."


It's a lesson for all involved in Church life

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Janet



She's my love, my rock, wonderful mother to my beautiful kids, my source of inspiration, my life partner...I love you, Baby!

Monday, October 16, 2006

Dreams for my kids



Lard posed a question as part of his regular Thursday Thought post:

"Whatever it is you do for a living. Whatever age you might be, do you still have a dream?"

Some of my dreams were for and with my kids:

to live to 100 with Janet
to walk my little girl Mia down the aisle
to go to the game with my son
to retire to Hawaii
to watch Scotland win the World Cup
to have time to wake up & smell the coffee
to see my Saviour’s face


J :-)

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Can't resist



In a week when pride seemed to be restored to Scottish football...a loss against the highly rated Ukrainian side notwithstanding, it was so delicious to see the England keeper cast in the role of numpty against Croatia last night!

Oh what joy!

...makes up for all those years of abuse suffered because of so-called Scottish keeper deficiencies

Ziggy & SpongeBob




Now we're talking!!

The BIG news is that David Bowie is going to be a guest on "SpongeBob SquarePants," playing a character called Lord Royal Highness in a show that will air sometime in 2007.

Both of these guys - David Bowie & SpongeBob - are highly lauded figures in our house, especially SpongeBob now that Mia & Noah pretty much rule the remote control any time before 7.30 PM.

Check out CNN's report here

Monday, October 02, 2006

Tall Skinny Kiwi Rides Again!



Andrew Jones - uberblogger, Emergent type, well travelled pilgrim took a blog fast in September, but is now back with avengeance now that we're in October.

TSK is one of the most consistant & creative bloggers out there, so definitely worth reading. He's a true citizen of the world..and beyond, having lived in the following countries:

17 years in New Zealand
10 years in USA
7 years in Australia
3 years in Czech Republic
3 years in UK
1 year in Latin America
3 months in Canada
2 months in Asia

Read & learn

Friday, September 29, 2006

Johnny Laird "meets" Johnnie Laird


There can't be many bloggers who have resisted the tempation to find "themselves" on the web by googling: I guess it's that whole parallel universe thing that hooks you...thinking you might not be the only you on the planet.

Well, I uncovered another Johnny Laird, all be it with another spelling.(Johnnie)

We each have very different lives! I had my usual 1 and a ½ hour slog around the M25 in the car to arrive at the office for a days work – I didn’t see a single bear or goat all the way!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Endless harmless fun


...if you're bored, and want to have some harmless fun, check out this little game

Waltz Wisdom


The Leadership Team at Granger Community Church , IN, USA are really worth watching out for.

Tony, Tim and Mark are frequent bloggers who never fail to inspire.

Mark Waltz posted something really interesting recently called "My Friend Is Trying To Save Me" which kinda stopped me in my tracks


"I love it when people come to Jesus, and because they understand how much they matter to God, suddenly their perspective on people around them changes, too. For the first time in their lives they see people differently, they see that people really matter. They matter to God. They matter as treasures God created. They matter to that person who's just discovered God's grace.

It's disappointing though, when followers of Christ begin to see their friends as walking targets, a bull's eye target to faith-wrestle to their knees, so they can be "saved"."


Read on here:

Thanks, guys, for all your good stuff, and making me really take time to think.

Monday, September 25, 2006

He's a funny la'


I simply can't not make a reference to Kevin's awesome blog on the perils & joys of collecting on behalf of The Salvation Army.

As Kevin says "if you are not a Sally then this will not make any sense, but if you are, here is some guidance."

My changing world…




Yet another great entry on Headphonaught’s blog has set me thinking. They usually do:

‘Naught happened to mention that he “Had a picnic on the front... porkpies... rolls... houmous... prawns... cheese... you know what I mean... the kind of food your folks would pull together for picnics... except maybe the houmous... unless your folks were really cool! Had a picnic on the front... porkpies... rolls... houmous... prawns... cheese... you know what I mean... the kind of food your folks would pull together for picnics... except maybe the houmous... unless your folks were really cool!”

Food seems completely different now to the kinda stuff I ate when I was a kid. It used to be a sort a fatty wasteland mostly composed of various combinations of pies, chips & bread. I can vaguely remember pizza coming on the scene in our house, but it would barely be recognized as pizza today.

Things like houmous, chorizo, bagels, sushi, olives, the myriad of pasta & coffee variants and any number of other of today’s run of the mill stuff weren’t even on the radar.

So, if the food’s changed, how much more so the world.

I was chatting with someone a good deal older than me a few weeks back, and we got into talking about “Al-Qaeda”, who they confused with “Aljazeera”. When I explained that Aljazeera was a kind of Arabic CNN I stopped short. “ “You know what CNN is, don’t you.?” “Err…..no” came the reply.

Sometimes the pace of change is so rapid, those of us who kinda keep up – or at least try our best to - should remember that there are many who just get lost in the wake of change.

Thanks, ‘Naught once again for making me think.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Geetar Double Whammy





Today I found a couple of cool bits online that I want to share with you:

Firstly, why not bounce over to Carlos Whittaker at Raggamuffin Soul.

Carlos is the Worship & Arts Pastor at Sandals Church in Riverside, CA, and blogs here about his stolen guitars. The cool part is you - yes, YOU! - get to vote on the colour of his new replacement.

Go ahead: you know you want to.

Vote here

BTW, you should check out the Sandals site anyway.

SECONDLY.....I found this great piece of guitartistry on one of Carlos's buddy's blog:

Thanks, Brian, for introducing me to Erik Mongrain

Friday, September 15, 2006

Sneaks





Now, I've always been a sucker for eye-catching sneaks, so these things really caught my eye.

I'd love to see them up close. Kinda freaky! I think I like them

Vox Veniae


Yesterday I was rapidly bouncing around the blogosphere & googling away like crazy when I happened to stumble into Vox Veniae a new Church in Austin, TX. As it happened, they really only kicked off in their present form this week, September 10th, so I figured it would be interesting to watch their progress, and add them to my prayers.

A little bit of online detective work threw up something that drew me in even further. Their lead Pastor, Gideon Tsang has a couple of kids who share their names with my boy, Noah Joseph.

Man, the web makes the world such a small place!

Guys - you have my support. I'm gonna enjoy observing your journey.

I like this, which comes straight from their site:

"We dream of grace to make Austin a more grace filled city
We dream of grace to care for those of us in need
We dream of grace imposed in the face of social injustice

We dream of grace expressed through art and music
We dream of grace unleashed through our talents and passions

We dream of grace to be a part of Christ's death and resurrection
We dream of grace to be redeemed from our destructive human condition
We dream of grace to live in the way of Christ
We dream of grace permeating friendships, marriages and families

We dream of experiencing grace through
racial, cultural and socio-economic diversity
We dream of experiencing grace through the greater global church

We dream of grace to hear & become the voice of Jesus"

Monday, September 11, 2006

Buildings

I've always loved beautiful buildings.

When I was a little kid I harboured ambitions to be an architect, before someone - I don't remember who it was - blew those ambitions out of the water by saying "you need to be really good at maths to be an architect". I used to have books filled with scribblings of my kiddie house designs and stuff, but I HATED maths!

Well, it never happened, but I never fell out of love with beautiful buildings.

...just found this great site with awesome pics of some great modern places.

Have a look - you won't be disappointed.

What can be said?




Romans 8

31-39


So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn't hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn't gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God's chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ's love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:

They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We're sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.

None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I'm absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.

The Message

Friday, September 08, 2006

Noah's Walking: The boy done good!




I don't have a picture of the actual event, but this one's close. (even though his eye's look like he's been on the razz!) My wee man has taken his first steps unaided! What a great surprise when I got home from work last night to see him wobbling over to greet me. I'm a proud Dad!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

ubertech:GGTD



I stumbled across this site through Scott Hodge's blog:

GGTD - Geek's Guide to Getting Things done

There's a lot of good stuff from the mysteriously named Uber Tech, who describles himself as an "E_Preacher and Information Technologist"in the area of productivity, life hacking & all that good stuff. I've got a feeling this is a blog I'm gonna visit over & over.

Loadsa good links to more of the same too...definitely worth a browse.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Scotland 6 Faroe Islands O


How fantastic is it to read a result that starts "Scotland 6.....". I don't really care that it was against minnows like the Faroe Islands: I'll take that. Possibly the best margin I can actually remember.

We arra peepul! :-))

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Fantasy Festival

Thanks - once again - to Headphonaught for some lovely bloggin' stuff.

The 'Naught suggests the following game:

"OK... here's a game to play... Fantasy Festival :: 8 artists / bands - only one can return from the dead. Who & why?"

Here's mine....(and this counts for today only & in no particular order)

Santana: Saw them in the 80s, Saw them in the 00s - brilliant both times.

Julie Fowlis- was completed captivated by her band, Dochas, on a track on a compilation album I picked up in FOPP a few months back, so now I'm keen to find out more.

Ry Cooder: Mr Electic Electric - pure genius.

Bill Frisell: Long time jazzy fave.

MUSE: They had completely passed me by, but saw them on TV at Reading, and was seriously impressed.

k d Lang - sings so beautifully, it makes you wanna cry

U2 : Do I REALLY need to explain? ;-)

Stevie Wonder: Playing the old stuff

The passed away one: This was the hardest - there are so many, but I'd probably have to go for Bassist Numero Uno, Jaco Pastorius

The wheels on the bus...


This is just really an excuse to share another picture of my wonderful kids.

I thank God for them everyday...every time I see them they just make me beam!

Friday, August 25, 2006

Cloudy


No doubt you've all seen this before, but here's mine...

If you want to see a Word Cloud of your blog, you can do it here

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Thank You for the cross




Jesus Christ, I think upon Your sacrifice
You became nothing, poured out to death
Many times I've wondered at Your gift of life
And I'm in that place once again
I'm in that place once again

And once again I look upon the cross where You died

I'm humbled by Your mercy and I'm broken inside
Once again I thank You
Once again I pour out my life


Now You are exalted to the highest place
King of the heavens, where one day I'll bow
But for now, I marvel at Your saving grace
And I'm full of praise once again
I'm full of praise once again

Thank You for the cross
Thank You for the cross
Thank You for the cross, my Friend

©1995 Kingsway's Thankyou Music
Words and Music by Matt Redman

Darrin is blogging


I mentioned that Darrin Reeves was about to start blogging, and now the day has arrived. He's a clever, creative chappy, so expect lots of good stuff. In fact his first post is so good, he's gonna struggle to maintain his own high standards. Look out for depth & wit in equal measure.

Welcome to the blogosphere, D!

Immigration Nation



Kudos to The Independent for spotlighting one of the hot political footballs of the moment....in a positive way.

For my money - and it's an opinion not everyone will share - the UK is all the richer for it's successive waves of immigrants over many centuries. In all areas of life, our little island is enhanced by the wonderful diversity of our people - ALL of our people.

When we're slipping into a nightmare scenario when people are being thrown off planes, forbidden from enjoying The London Eye , and having to tolerate a seemingly less welcoming environment we would do well to remind ourselves that we are a hugely mixed crowd, with roots entwined & tangled from a myriad of different places over many generations.

Love All, Serve All!