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To Son, Love Father
To Son, Love Father is an attempt to give advice I should have been given when much younger. I was read poems by Robbie Burns as the key advice for life, much of which was useful, but not quite specific enough for the sixties and seventies. I did remember to ‘conceal myself as well I could from critical dissection’, but was not so good at that age of ‘gently scanning my brother man, still gentler sister women.’ Some of this advice is of course specific to the age we live in now, but most is not. As a starting Physics teacher we didn’t have an internet or even computers. Having been in business brought home ‘the best laid schemes of mice and men’ as the ‘promised joy’ evaporated. So it’s good luck to sons and daughters, and ‘may prudence, fortitude and truth, erect your brow undaunting.’
Knowledge Tinted Glasses
Knowledge Tinted Glasses is really about faith; how it comes about and on what it is based. Nearly everyone has faith, be it faith in Science, faith in religion or just faith in people, and this book explores the origins of faith and belief.
Much of the content of this book explores hard concepts and hard questions, like how does randomness affect you and why God? Knowledge Tinted Glasses provokes thought and encourages questions. Should an alien God be compassionate to humans, and if so, why? Readers are not led to an obvious conclusion. Atheism is not dismissed as a lame option. There is no happy ending, just a point at which it is time to contemplate your own beliefs, and consider where explanation slides into invention and vice-versa. This book includes both Science and religion, and helps with what you can believe and what you choose to believe.
The numbers used in Knowledge Tinted Glasses are to put things in perspective, and the values of the numbers included in this book, will often illustrate different points to different people, depending upon what you believe. The number of religious people in the world means that religion has to be treated with respect. It is highly unlikely that the numbers will make you feel important; indeed for some they might create insecurity. Information is not always enlightening and sometimes obscene.
Lastly Knowledge Tinted Glasses is a short but important shared journey for those reading with an open mind. For those reading with a closed mind, sit up while you read, as at least then, you will burn more calories.
No Green Car Nation
No Green Car Nation is a book that sorts fact from fiction in many areas concerning cars. It covers electric and hybrid cars, and takes a global view on the damage cars do to the environment. It explains much of the misleading advertising surrounding cars and the attempt to hide their true environmental impact. Progress is not always progress when it comes to the environment.
Cry After Sunset
Cry After Sunset explores the damaged relationship between a clever daughter and her father. It is also perhaps a bit cynical about the honesty of politics but in a light hearted manner. It is a play easily performed by a small drama group in a school, or a dramatic society, as it only has two characters, and the female role is of equal standing. It is based on crossword clues and is fictitious, but drawn from many similar observations.
The Penultimate Mourning
The Penultimate Mourning is a difficult father and son story. It is my story and was written after my father had passed away. The beginning of the story is long after the dominoes began to fall, and not long before they finish, and at the point when both could see the last one.
Salute Before Dinner
Salute Before Dinner is the true, final encounter, between two old ex-servicemen who have run out of time; my uncle and my father. It is truly amazing how this meeting came to be, and if nothing else, it needed to be recorded.
Should I Still Dance
Should I Still Dance, is about the period of my life immediately after having an accident that gave me brain damage. I spent time in a trauma unit in France and then time in a secure dementia ward in England. Once home, I had to set what would have seemed trivial goals, before I left to go on holiday. There is however a funny side.
The Bright Gold Tornado
The Bright Gold Tornado, is about my fathers not always well thought through inventiveness. It also touches on my difficult relationship with him. The Tornado was supposed to be the solution for this particular eleven year old, but as I was sinking, I wasn’t so sure.