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Peter Barns-Graham

Seasonal Greetings!

I hope you have a Great Christmas and New Year and I wish you all the best throughout 2022.

Today, is the 9th anniversary of our move to our present house for the purchase was completed on the 12th of the 12th in 2012, just after midday. It has proved to be a very good move, not least because we have made some good friends here. I appreciate that very much because friendship is not always easy to find. I often think of one particular occasion in my early 20s when, feeling very lonely in London, my life was uplifted just because someone smiled at me on the underground. Nothing was said, it was just a fleeting human contact, but it meant a lot to me at the time. [The fact that she was pretty and about my age certainly helped but that was not the main thing of it.] Nowadays I normally try to look friendly to everyone around me – enough to show that I accept that they are human like me but not too much as that could be viewed as creepy or intrusive. Now that I am quite elderly it is easier for me to be accepted as friendly, or at least reasonably harmless, than it was when I was a young man. It is sensible to be cautious of strangers, particularly of young adults, but that should not mean that we should appear unfriendly to them. I know that my appearance gives others only the sketchiest...

Introducing ‘Indulgences’

You may have seen reported in History of the site, and elsewhere in the site, that for several years I aspired to develop a section of this site on Social History and related matters. I scrapped that idea when it became clear that I would not have the time or energy (or talent) to do that justice. However, that left me feeling frustrated. You may also have seen that I have been frustrated by the way that certain politicians have managed to obtain support from millions of people even though, in my opinion, they really do not deserve such support. [This refers to One Day Only.] I have decided to lighten those frustrations, and give myself a means of disciplining my thoughts on a wide range of matters, by releasing INDULGENCES. For more information on that, see that page.




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One day only

In 2019 I released 2 posts that had no direct relevance to this web site: (1) ‘Save our democracy!’ (20.08.19). This raged against the way that Prime Minister Johnson tried to prorogue Parliament in order to force through the result of the disgracefully-run Brexit Referendum. I expressed my disgust at his flagrant attempt to bypass Parliament. On 11.09.19, immediately following the ruling by Scotland’s Court of Session that the PM had acted unlawfully, I added a note that made clear that I was seriously displeased by the PM’s behaviour. (2) ‘Time to move on’ (01.10.19) came after the decision on 24.09.19 by the UK Supreme Court to confirm that the PM’s decision to suspend Parliament had been unlawful. At the time it was not clear what would happen with Brexit and it was not known whether or not the PM would put his case to The People in another referendum or a General Election. My post gave some background to the EU and expressed a hope that the issue of Brexit would be resolved through a second but this time properly-held referendum, to be held separately from a General Election.

I made these posts because they related to issues that were important to me and this site was the main way I had to vent my frustrations. A lot has happened since then and I wish to update my comments. I use this post to do so but, to reduce the overall ‘political footprint’ in the site, I have removed those earlier 2...

Be well & happy!

It is always wise to count one’s blessings in a world that, with all its wonders, remains horrid to many. I have always been very grateful that I am of one of the first generations in my country not to have to go to or be involved in war. I am now also very grateful that I am of the first generation to be able to face a nasty pandemic with some comfort that it should be brought to an ‘acceptable’ level of control, hopefully all around the world, within a relatively short time. 2020 was a terrible year for many but let us hope that that leads us to have a greater appreciation of ‘normality’ when we get back to it.


I do hope that the Christmas & New Year Season goes as well for you as is possible and that 2021 is a really great year for you.