The impending equality referendum

My thoughts on the equality referendum, are fairly clear and straightforward, I’ll be voting yes, there is nothing that will change my mind on this… NOTHING! So please don’t waste my time and yours by trying :)

I would urge people to make their own minds up on this, don’t let a politician, religious organisation, media organisation, bigot or even me influence you.

Instead please, and I’m appealing to everyone, go out and talk to the people who this will really effect. what I mean is, if you’re not married find a married couple and ask them what their marriage means to them. Hell I’ll take care of that below. If you are married think about what you’re marriage means to you.

Next, find a gay couple (it’s not hard, they’re your friends, neighbours, family etc.) and ask them to respond to the question “what would marriage mean to you” and you will immediately understand the truth of this referendum.

  • This isn’t about children
  • This isn’t about surrogacy
  • This isn’t about adoption
  • Hell this isn’t even really about marriage

This referendum is about equal choice for everybody… Equality nothing else.


My personal thoughts on marriage

To me marriage was not something that meant a lot to me, before I got married. Two people can be in love and committed to each other without a license and a ceremony, right?

But having been married for more than 7 years now I understand more than I ever did.

  • I understand there are different levels to love and happiness.
  • I understand it gives my partner the certainty that I am committed to her.
  • I understand, it has allowed a level of trust to grow between us that I have never had with another living soul.
  • I understand, No matter what the situation we both know we’ve got each other’s back.
  • I understand marriage has allowed us to know each others strengths and weaknesses to the extent that we are both better people because of each other and our marriage.
  • I understand that the depth and breadth of Love that I share with my wife would not have been possible without marriage

Most of all, I understand that marriage is what has allowed the most amazing love of my life to grow into something far more than I ever thought possible and as I sit here typing, there are rivers of tears running down my face because I can’t find the words to express how much my marriage means to me and don’t even get me started on how much my Eleanor means to me.

The year so far

It’s been a weird start to the year, this year. It’s even weirder to talk about it like it’s a new year in April but here I am. My year hasn’t got started yet and we’re already more than a quarter the way through it.

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What am I talking about? well let me fill you in. For the first 2 months of the year i was plagued by a chest infection and a bout of bronchitis, that just would not shift. By the time that cleared a family member was ill in hospital and needless to say that caused some stress and we’re still waiting for the final all clear but early indications are excellent so that’s no longer a worry at least.

But George, what about March, I hear you say?

After a stretch of 8 years accident free, once again, someone decided to use my car as brakes at a roundabout. This left me with what the doctor’s lovingly call “Soft tissue damage” to my neck and lower back. My formerly unmolested and mechanically perfect Civic Type R EP3 is now a crashed car, so I have to make a decision to continue with my million mile project on her with all the memories of the many miles already added or do I start the hunt to find a replacement unmolested EP3? (needles in haystacks are easier found) It’s not an easy decision as there are so many memories tied into Bugzilla (not least of which is the 4200+ miles travelling of our honeymoon) I don’t honestly think I could part with her so I’ll go ahead with the repairs and have another think about it then I guess.

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Then there’s the small matter of the surgery I had 2 weeks ago. This left me with over 40 incisions in my right Leg. After almost 2 decades of not doing anything about it, I finally had my varicose veins seen too and oh how I wish I’d done it sooner. Apparently, they were the worst veins my Doctor had ever seen. That, combined with everything else that has gone on since the start of the year means what should have been a 5 day recovery period has turned into 2 weeks.

Now you would be forgiven for thinking this post was a bit of a whinge and me feeling sorry for myself but it’s not. This is the weird thing I feel more up for the challenge and motivated than I have for a long time. I might start this year a little later than the I thought I would but with everything I have planned for the rest of the year it should be a pretty awesome one overall.

More news as it develops.

Festival of Speed round up

So, I’m back from the 2014 Goodwood Festival of speed for a few days now and I’ve gathered together a load of links to stories, pictures and videos around the web. I have some photo’s and video’s of my own and hopefully I’ll get round to posting them as well soon. So without further ado here we go.

Lets start with the Festival TV coverage, beware there are days worth of viewing in it.

The Official Goodwood Festival of speed site

And now lots of links to other related stories around the web.

Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Games Vs real life
Aston Martin Concept
Why the fans Love Goodwood
The shootout that never was
Peter Does Sussex

And a series of links from the excellent F1 Fanatic

Stars in their cars
Non F1 cars
Recent F1 cars
Eighties F1
Seventies F1
Early F1
John Surtees’ F1 cars and bikes

You can click here to see a google image search for Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014

Online Education

Yup, it’s that time of year when the kids head off to college and the parents begrudgingly accept their kids as young adults. As always I’ve seen loads of advertising over the last month or so for online training/college courses and some of these are rather costly.

When I saw this video a while back it got me thinking…

Why would you pay for online training from some company you barely know of when world-renowned institutions like these are offering education for free to anyone who wants to give it a try?

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