Giving up

The stumble to the tipping point. The smouldering before the flames.

That is the most frustrating and interesting of times. The period when the human race has its unknown glories. That is where all the great ideas and changes that never came to be live. The ones that needed one last effort that someone couldn’t choose to give.

It’s the easiest time to give up – the easiest time to ask yourself if it is worth the effort, the time, the irrecoverable energy.

The will that you had to expend has taken you this far. Would it have taken you to a more useful or better place elsewhere? It is the time of questions, doubt and sleepless nights. Of frustration, anger and disillusion.

All of our lives are haunted by the dawns that we couldn’t quite hold on for. Where we couldn’t quite make the distance. That’s part of being human.

The other part is knowing when to hold on against all odds. To hold onto hope, trust and faith. To fight one more battle that seems lost – because it is worth fighting.

That’s where progress is made.

How to pick when to walk away? It’s nearly impossible. Maybe the only way to tell is to know in your heart that there are some things you’d never turn your back on.

Maybe that’s the only test that matters. Maybe it’s the only thing that matters.

Face forward and hope. Or turn away and face into something else instead.

Superquick thoughts on #indyref

What constitutes freedom in a democracy?
Does splitting politicians into ‘ours’ and ‘yours’ make them any less likely to lie?
We tend to place more emphasis on what is happening now and discount the future? That must make voting in an  informed fashion really tough for everyone
We’ve evolved over thousands of years but when it gets to important decisions we still shout and hit each other. Sad
When did the UK’s only town become ‘Westminster’?
Should I hope for the best result for Scotland or the UK? Can it be both?
Are nationalities really that important these days? Does my mongrel status mean I care less?
How can the level of debate be so good over coffee/a pint and bad in the media? What can we learn from that?
Not knowing when oil will run out? Seems a bit worrying…
My uncle is Welsh, lives in Scotland, considering voting ‘Yes’ . No idea how that works. Anyone?
If it will happen anyway does it matter if it happens now. Or as oil running out becomes more of an immediate issue is this the one chance to get it done? Is oil the ultimate comfort blanket or a distraction from a debate about identity?
Is a country a principle, a collective, an economic power or all of them?

Hope it goes smoothly. Whatever happens I’m glad to have so many Scots neighbours and friends.

If you are voting then I’m sorry the political debate looked like this…

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A special #FF

I know people can be a bit cynical about #FF on Twitter (where people recommend people to follow on a Friday) but saying thanks once in a while is a good habit…So this is special as it isn’t on Friday, it isn’t via Twitter and it was written 3 weeks ago and I forgot to post it.

So thanks to the following people for recent things. If you don’t know why you are being thanked  – then you are doing some helpful stuff naturally. If I’ve overlooked someone then i) sorry ii) I’m all too human, cut me some slack…

  • Kate GL
  • Simon Heath
  • Julie D
  • Sukh Pabial
  • David James
  • Angela Atkins
  • David Bell
  • Alison Chisnell
  • Phil Willcox
  • Amanda Sterling
  • Perry Timms
  • David Bell
  • David Goddin
  • Doug Shaw
  • Tim Scott
  • Gem Reucroft
  • Steve Browne
  • Trish McFarlane
  • Mervyn Dinnen
  • Neil Morrison
  • Steve Toft

There is no such thing as new – Leeisms and recruitment

I just typed those immortal words in a twitter exchange with Andy Jacobs. It immediately gave me flashbacks to my time at university when a fellow student uttered such ridiculous statements that a dedicated website to capture his wisdom.

I won’t give the full name of the individual involved – but the statements came to be known as Leeisms. Some of the best are featured below. I hope the odd one makes you smile.

This has nothing to do with HR – or maybe it is an example of how your student years don’t get left behind you in the way they once did.

Names have been adjusted to protect the guilty/innocent.

  • To Chris: Your hair looks long, have you had it cut?
  • French is the official language of England.
  • X didn’t dump me, I just cried
  • Speaking of the media’s pursual of Glenn Hoddle: It can’t be a witch hunt, he’s not a witch.
  • Pluto isn’t the furthest planet from the Sun, Jupiter is. Jupiter is so big that it reaches beyond Pluto.
  • I’ve seen this Simpson’s episode, it’s an old one….or maybe it’s a new one. It’s either an old one or a new one.
  • Deep down I’m cleverer than you all
  • In answer to the question ‘Which country has the largest population: the UK, Australia, China or Russia?’, Lee proclaimed ‘Australia, it’s got to be, it’s bigger than all the others.’
  • In answer to the question ‘What is the capital of Russia?’, Lee said ‘Africa.
  • Bob Dylan just covered The Byrds.
  • There’s no such word as new.
  • Fashion doesn’t exist.
  • You can’t make predictions. Nirvana will be the biggest band in the world in 20 years time.
  • It’s illegal to have an odd-numbered house next to an even-numbered house.
  • Change happens at the beginning and end of transitions – never in the middle.
  • A friend phoned Lee and told him he’d been engaged for ages Lee said, ‘Have I, who to?'”;
  • Is the solar eclipse tomorrow morning or tomorrow night?
  • Was the Catholic Church formed BC or AD?
  • I didn’t plagiarise, I copied from a really obscure book.
  • Linda McCartney – Was that John Lennon’s wife?
  • Nobody came before the Beatles
  • Beethoven and Tchaikovsky formed the world’s first supergroup
  • I don’t like Maths because it’s too subjective, I prefer History.
  • Hey guys, I’ve just been watching this TV programme and magic’s not real!!
  • Football’s really repetitive, motor racing is much better.
  • Those £2 lottery scratchcards are really complicated, I mucked up the first one and had to buy another.
  • Scratchcards are a rip-off, there’s only a 1-in-6 chance of winning. I bought 5 and gave up.”;
  • They keep Indian takeaways warm by pouring hot oil on them.
  • I’m not stupid, it’s just stupid when I say something stupid and I don’t mean to be stupid ‘cos that would be stupid and that’s what’s stupid.
  • Children see everything as if they are underwater until the age of three.
  • My girlfriend is a cross between Britney Spears and Gwyneth Paltrow, but nicer, and younger

Why are some in bold italics? Because I’m waiting for the day they pop up as quote of the day on LinkedIn