I was at a meeting at our local RNLI station in Union Hall a few months ago. We were counting the cash from the annual fundraising collection in and around Skibbereen. Whilst we were waiting to get started I was nosing around, as I do – curiosity being one of my core values, and cameContinue reading “Lessons Learned from the RNLI”
Sometimes we (well me definitely) get up ourselves and think that the world, or even the universe revolves around us. At those times I try to remember the words of astronaut Jim Lovell who 50 years and a 12 days ago was privileged to see our world as it “rose”. The photograph “Earthrise”, taken byContinue reading “Jim Lovell’s Perspective”
Today (weather permitting) will see a great sportsman applauded on and off the pitch at the Oval when England face India in the fifth and final test of the series. I remember Alastair Cook being plucked from the relative obscurity of an ECB Academy tour of the West Indies in February 2006 to fly outContinue reading “Sam’s gone and now Cook retires.”
“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.” George Bernard Shaw.
“I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one’s business on earth, like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in his courtship. I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind” George Bernard Shaw
“There is currently pressure on academics to demonstrate the immediate impact of their research on society. It is perhaps worth reflecting that impact is not easily measurable on short time scales. Hawking’s was truly blue-sky research – and yet it has fascinated millions, attracting many into scientific careers. His academic legacy is not just theContinue reading “impact is not easily measurable on short time scales”
I grew up listening to my parents talk of the legends that lit up the austerity of post-war Britain, two names that stood out because of the sheer magnitude of their achievements were Edmund Hillary and Roger Bannister. The latter died last weekend and is of course remembered for running the mile in less thanContinue reading “Roger Bannister RIP”
I somehow managed to miss out on tickets for the forthcoming Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers gigs, they were on my musical bucket list and will have to remain there. It was with great sadness that I read of the death of Walter Becker. The tributes will flow from those who are far more entitled to commentContinue reading “Walter Becker RIP”
“If A is success in life, then A = x + y + z. Work is x, play is y, and z is keeping your mouth shut.” Albert Einstein.
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Arthur Ashe