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A Nasty accident on the Kings Road Chelsea Today. All the Ambulance and police services were there in moments. The outcome of the fast and rapid response units, I do not know. All I do know is all services were on site and doing their job within minutes. Photo's below, the air ambulance.. As I write I can hear the air ambulance taking off. An "in the moment" event 14:15 GMT.







November 24 2007

DonInLondon - ‘Day In The Life’ Life On the Inside

Inside Out - As life affords and consequences follow..

Prison

I went to prison yesterday to go to a fellowship meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. Me doing the chair which is sharing my experience strength and hope. I was not on my own, I had an old hand to help me with what to do. He just said be yourself, which I was, and the rest went as it may. Wherever people are with their lives its better with a sober head. And it may seem strange to go to a gaol and meet people working the programme of AA.

As is often commented prisons don’t work, I heard it again today and said with great passion and with a certainty which is born in experience. I have respect for anyone who gets to realise what works and what does not, wherever they may be. It does not mean I share all their sentiments. I just know why it is so. I can reason, for many, prison does not work to deter certain behaviour and consequences. Indeed a spell in prison can be a life saver rather than being out in the world and heading for an early death. Or worse living in more degrading circumstances than prison offers.

A Harsh World

When living in freedom is worse than living in prison. Imprisoned we can be, in our own world on the outside I realise than for many this world is just plain harsh. What we offer in the way of community, society and civilised living leaves many dislocated and on the fringes. Great numbers are disadvantaged, great numbers dwell and live in conditions we might never expect or realise until we have lived them.

So in the prison, it is never like we see second hand on TV or film. Sure we know there are bars. Its what we see when we meet and listen with care to how people get to be where they are.

Consequences

Our laws are clear, yet the extent to which we see those in privileged positions bend them, live another day in freedom and also the risks of getting away with things can make all our laws seem worthless when living outside society.

Barbaric

What is barbaric, that people risk their liberty? Or that people don’t care so much about the consequences until they are real.

I don’ t know the answers to these questions or feel in a position to judge one way or another.

The Law and Judges

It takes years to become a Judge I guess, to know the law and to practice and implement it. Lawmakers we all are as we vote and make our decisions through those who represent us.

Judges know one part of the practice of punishment, that is to deal the sentence they can. And make sure those who break the law are punished.

And I still wonder if prison is the right way. Or is it just part of redemption.
Some people cannot be in society because of their outlook and their crimes I am certain of that, habitual and chronic criminal behaviour, hate crimes and everything about terror.

Society

We do not know always, how people find themselves criminals, we may understand it, and be appalled by it, yet for me now I question how we help those who can be helped, who can have a future and who can redeem themselves. I know society tries and maybe my one visit prompts me to want to help those who are inclined to change. How best to do this?

I guess I need seek guidance from those who do this, and if my efforts to share a life, free, to live a straightforward and productive life, then I can enquire further. I am not a "do gooder." I see there is good to be done. And indeed my efforts may be marginal and truly just a very small part to help with a massive problem, a small contribution can be very worthwhile.

But For the Grace of God

How we turn out in society is often about the opportunities we have. I can see how people fall into bad ways. We humans are just skin deep civilised, there is much we can learn and much always to do.

And I do have deep reflections, deeper understanding. And clearly a lot to learn always about our human condition.




24th November 2006

Today

Seems like the world is full of assassins of one sort or another. Looking at the BBC history and the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby, a Russian spy died yesterday and the murders in Baghdad, the biggest slaughter of all this week we know of. And of course Africa where so many die every day. it’s a bad week indeed.

For so called civilised societies we are really not doing very well. Wherever we endeavour to put right the wrongs of the past, so much bilge comes up to choke democracy and choke any form of freedom. Old scores and new ideas. Old hates and no reconciliation. Colonial blunders and money makers rub their hands.

If there is no reason for economic or geo political divides, what reasons would there be for wars and assassins, have we learned so little? Or is it the nature of the world to enable such self destructive force as humanity to destroy, and we humans really only have skin deep civilisation?

It all depends on where we are and what we do. For all those still blood letting the price is as horrid and tragic as those who are dead. For the dead the pain maybe over, for the living yet more as old scores and new ideas foster more and more challenge to the status quo and what we are all about.

Justice

Is as blind as always as mankind fumbles with higher purpose and divine notions. There seems little appeasement or forgiveness about.

Civilisation

Where assassins roam and cause terror and havoc. And Iraq, reeling from impossible dreams of two world leaders who had no foresight or understanding of what forces they let go as soon as they went away from International law and sanctions. The gloves off and every form of resentment is played out over and over. What folly? What stupidity let this happen, and all for the sake of doctrine and gain. For if there were no gain why do all this at all.

Last Night

New Living Old Ideas

Seems something has to give along these lines. As we get with new living everyday, old ideas may have or have no place in our world. New living! As if it were the answer to everything. Old sayings like if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, well we do need to keep up with modern times and be happy with change in our living.

Change

We all live it even when we prefer old ideas and methods. And the world is spinning ever faster as we learn more, and get on with life in our global world. Yes we are global and interdependent as mass moves and immigration and people just are able to move more than ever before.

Law and Order

The fabric of society as global conflict comes live in our own backyard. And dinosaur politics and old fashioned wars are never going to resolve a thing. Order and structure are broken and so many see the answer lies in their own hands. Never before have we failed to see that assimilation is not happening, that there is no respect of diversity, and every day firmer lines are drawn in the sand.

The only difference these days is the sand shifts, the line drawn cannot be seen, the enemies if we might suggest are not behind that line. For there is no line when the enemy is within. Terror on our streets? Not really, just the terror of leaders who mistake the new globalisation the new way forward.

As time moves every citizens nearer to their neighbour, it is not geography which separates us, its more firmly ideology and purpose.

Old Borders

The old borders are gone, the old ideology is not going to work. The defining of the nation state is in flux and all peoples are merging forever and relentlessly.

We may worry in our geopolitical naiveté, and economic bases where the next threat comes. It comes from within as societies merge or diverge with extremes and governments lost and scratching their heads for the next move and security.

Security

There is none these days for any citizen as the mighty economies roll on. What emerges is rich and poor across the old global boundaries. And the haves and have nothing will feel the threats on their door step.

Old Revolutions and Industry

The old concepts are crumbling and hard to define. The new Revolution upon us, where mankind finally start to realise that global difference is not working, that diversity is not just a notion and theory, that it resides at home right now. That respect for the state and all this implies, its being lost to new pressures which cannot be stopped. We are merging irrevocably in time. How we respond rather than react becomes the new issue in these revolutions and times.

Old Ideas

Old ideas founder as people cling to the rocks of their past, shifting sands and no boundaries to separate. Diversity is coming regardless of will. And in these times of change the human costs will be great. Old monoliths are useless and unable to react.

Global Cultures and Diversity

Inevitable and moving along. We sit in our own problem always and forever where we look for difference and not the similarities. Human beings so similar without nurture, merely driven mad by difference born of ignorance and misunderstandings.

As human beings are emerging and understanding more, there is hope for the future, if we don’t kill ourselves in the process.

Zero Sum

The outcomes may be good or to our everlasting shame, as all mankind need work out there is no advantage, except one, unity and diversity, common purpose based on acceptance. Or there will be no future. In my book, all bets are off and the new ideology emerges, either everyman for himself or everyman for everybody. We decide in ignorance at our peril or start informing rather than judging

November 24th 2005

Thanks and Giving

Ever since man has walked the earth, formed society and put land to use, there has been a celebration of bounty. Our human capacity for Joy and Happiness enables an outlook and opportunity for celebration.

We think we are very advanced as entities, and compared to what we know, we are! As we look back on our heritage and our development, we see similarities and beliefs stretching across all continents of the world. Our humanity is so striking and similar we might wonder why we fight and squabble, bicker and fall out. And yet… We pounce on difference as an animal falls on lesser prey. We keep down the weak and needy, and glory in our own bounty. And we defend our wealth because we made it, and anyone with self will and determination can do what we do! Anyone with a strong heart, grit and determination can make it in this world in the lands of the free and meritocracy we revere across a world of commerce. And any mind with capacity can see the true capacity of this world. What we develop comes from resource, that resource is nature. We have raw resource, the earth, we have our resource, and we have application. When we celebrate our thanks, we celebrate happenstance. When we celebrate success, a wise
fellow knows its currency. It remains always "in good faith". Forget our fellow man at our peril when we celebrate thanksgiving. And as a President reminded those who would raise themselves above their fellows and decree a power greater than they:

"No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of

November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-eighth. Proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln, 3 October 1863." Whether it is God, Nature or mankind a time will come when we in our own "good conscience" will right the past wrongs of time and circumstance…

November 25th 2004

Think Big

Rise above little things. Be a big thinker. You are what you think. So just think big, believe big, act big, dream big, work big, give big, forgive big, laugh big, image big, love big, live big. Carry that list and you'll start feeling big. Be a believer and you'll be an achiever

Big is right size thinking, big is as big as it is. Sometimes we feel less than we are, we feel that the importance of me is smaller than others. This estimate of our bigness is directly related to our feelings of self worth. Everyone is big in their own way. Some have bigness thrust upon them, that is bigness to lead and to show by example. Never forget that your bigness is the equal of any others. Because someone can fly, means they have wings, we all have wings, its just that we don't see them always, when others do!

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There come to us moments in life when about some things we need no proof from without. A little voice within us tells us, 'You are on the right track, move neither to your left nor right, but keep to the straight and narrow way.

A person falsely claiming to act under divine inspiration or the promptings of the inner voice without having any such, will fare worse than the one falsely claiming to act under the authority of an earthly sovereign. Whereas the latter on being exposed will escape with injury to his body, the former may perish body and soul together.

You have to believe no one but yourselves. You must try to listen to the inner voice, but if you will not have the expression"inner voice", you may use the expression "dictates of reason", which you should obey, and if you will not parade God, I have no doubt you will parade something else which in the end will prove to be God, for, fortunately, there is no one and nothing else but God in this universe.

For me truth is the sovereign principle, which includes numerous other principles. This truth is not only truthfulness in word, but truthfulness in thought also, and not only the relative truth of our conception, but the Absolute Truth, the Eternal Principle, that is God. There are innumerable definitions of God, because His manifestations are innumerable. They overwhelm me with wonder and awe and for a moment stun me.




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Ghandi

There come to us moments in life when about some things we need no proof from without. A little voice within us tells us, 'You are on the right track, move neither to your left nor right, but keep to the straight and narrow way.

A person falsely claiming to act under divine inspiration or the promptings of the inner voice without having any such, will fare worse than the one falsely claiming to act under the authority of an earthly sovereign. Whereas the latter on being exposed will escape with injury to his body, the former may perish body and soul together.

You have to believe no one but yourselves. You must try to listen to the inner voice, but if you will not have the expression"inner voice", you may use the expression "dictates of reason", which you should obey, and if you will not parade God, I have no doubt you will parade something else which in the end will prove to be God, for, fortunately, there is no one and nothing else but God in this universe.

For me truth is the sovereign principle, which includes numerous other principles. This truth is not only truthfulness in word, but truthfulness in thought also, and not only the relative truth of our conception, but the Absolute Truth, the Eternal Principle, that is God. There are innumerable definitions of God, because His manifestations are innumerable. They overwhelm me with wonder and awe and for a moment stun me.































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