Posted in Updates on Thursday 10th June 2004 at 10:47pm

Hey, thanks everyone who sent abusive mail after yesterday's rant about the Flag of St. George. Most entertaining.

Here is a far more interesting, and to recent correspondents, probably even more infuriating article from a fellow flag fan published in today's Guardian newspaper.



Posted in Updates on Wednesday 9th June 2004 at 11:28pm

This is the Cross of St. George, the National Flag of England:

Cross of St. George

For some reason, it has become associated over the years with the extremist right, with racial superiority and frankly, with little to do with the modern, multicultural England in which I live.

It is therefore, encouraging to see it rise again (albeit due to a football tournament) as a symbol of Englishness. I think most English people are big enough to shoulder the burden of history, and to be aware that the actions of our government or armed forces have not always been pristine. The simple fact is, I'm English. Its taken me an awfully long time to be proud of that - and before they are levelled I must point out that the accusations of racism I have weathered have more than tested me - they've cost me a career and several years of my sanity after all!

The point of this rant? Well - I was moved to write to the BBC about this today too. Why do people adorn their car, desk or home with the Cross of St George augmented with the word "England" emblazoned across it? Its like writing the word "Car" on the side of your Volvo estate, or shaving "Haircut" into the back of your "Hoxton Fin! Let the flag quietly make its own statement, its almost indecent to turn it into a sports club emblem. I'm not asking for this kind of treatment or anything nearly like it!

There is, after all, nothing wrong with being English. Now, about that National Anthem...


Posted in Updates on Tuesday 1st June 2004 at 9:17pm

Went to see my nephew this evening. In the couple of weeks since I last saw him he has grown a great deal. Still seems unbelievable that its only five weeks since the desperate panic around his birth. He seems to be a contented little fellow too, quietly sleeping through the raucous attempts of my entire family to wake him up!

Arrived at Highbridge & Burnham to find my train home cancelled due to a failed unit. Suspect it may have been the ailing 143611 from yesterday, as the weekday evening service is usually the preserve of these units. Pleasant evening to wait around and relax, following an initially frustrating exchange of calls with Wessex Trains. Later, they became much more helpful, and about an hour later (but still 45 minutes before the next train) a large green coach appeared. I was the only passenger from Highbridge to Weston, so I chatted to the driver - who has a rather nice little business doing tours around the UK and Europe which he enjoys so much he doesn't want to retire!

Ordered a couple of books to get me up to speed before The Literary London Conference, although how I will find time to read them at the height of the appeals season is debatable!

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Posted in Updates on Friday 28th May 2004 at 10:29pm

This week has flown by. Work has been hectic, but largely positive. I'm seeing progress on almost all sides right now, and generally the newly reconstituted team seems to be working well together. As appeal season approaches, I think we're doing pretty well in terms of staying on top of things too - a major improvement on last year, when chaos reigned!

After some minor drama and rather unusual (for me) sunburn at the start of the week, I settled into trying get stuff done. Another fruitful and encouraging meeting with colleagues from our software suppliers, and a really positive talk with someone who has pretty much taken back control of some aspects of life on Thursday, which made me feel happier about my lot too as a side-effect!

Today I noted that the programme for the Literary London Conference in July has been published. Lots of interest there. Lots to get through before that of course! So, for this Bank Holiday I'm planning some haulage, and hopefully a chance to see my nephew.



I've had a home on the web for more years than I care to remember, and a few kind souls persuade me it's worth persisting with keeping it updated. This current incarnation of the site is centred around the blog posts which began back in 1999 as 'the daylog' and continued through my travels and tribulations during the following years.

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