On The Front Foot


Eyes level, focus

Backlift, then swing through the line

Lead with head, not foot


n.b. If a batsman always leads with the front foot there is the serious risk of being yorked by the bowler adjusting the length of a delivery to pitch the ball underneath the bottom of the bat. What a good batter does is watch each ball’s line and length and play each delivery on its merits, whilst taking into account the match situation.

n.n.b. Alexander “Boris” Johnson, currently Her Majesty’s Prime Minister and Minister for The Union, prattles on about being on the front foot all the time. He purports this to mean he is being positive and setting the tone. Superbia et ante ruinum exaltatur, as they said in Rome, before it fell.


CLP 27/07/2019

On the Continental Shelf

Is it only me?

Isles off the end of Europe

Look somewhat adrift


n.b. It is claimed by some that breaking away from the EU will free the UK up to exploit commercial opportunities further afield.

Take a look at the map and tell me where these opportunities lie?

When you note that the richest part of the UK is the corner closest to Europe, it is clear that working as closely as possible with the EU would be a good idea. Perhaps even better if efforts were genuinely made to distribute some of that wealth more evenly – as the EU is committed to doing through its regional aid grants.

Whatever happens from here will only lead to more tenuous connections with the UK’s closest and most significant trading partners in mainland Europe – unless departure from the EU is binned.


CLP 24/07/2019

On the Ether

Have you a problem?

Did you “Ask the Universe”?

No? Whyever not?


n.b. Use of the phrase “Ask the Universe” is increasingly common and it is usually deployed when some personal difficulty looms into view.

I suspect asking this question in an open-minded and sincere manner serves the same purpose as saying prayers, in that the practise of asking the expanding cosmos of gases, dark matter, stuff, black holes, stars, planets, comets and man-made space junk requires concentrated focus on the troublesome issue, raises awareness of influencing factors and generates some positive thinking and possible actions that, (on occasions), lead to outcomes that help resolve the issue.

I remember that as a young boy serving as an altar boy, that there used to be in one of the Roman Catholic services I attended, a prayer that asked for the “conversion of England.” It helped fuel ideas in my immature brain of the righteousness of the Roman faith, reminded me of the ridiculousness of the English monarchy, inflamed thoughts of The Occupation of Northern Ireland by Her Majesty’s armed forces and reinforced the ideal that there was only One True Faith.

As history has proven England has been converted, but not quite as many had prayed for, or imagined. Seven day a week shopping, car-choked, rent in two by the Russian-funded Brexit campaign and Tory Boys quibbling about who is least unsuitable to be Prime Minister without having to go through the trouble of a General Election, are manifestations of a troubled land that is fast slipping into a trough of debt and distrust and despond. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jul/06/ex-mi6-chief-uk-going-through-political-nervous-breakdown

It is no wonder that magic and mystery, witchcraft and wizardry are returning to popular belief.

You often hear the phrase “Be careful what you ask for” as an accompaniment to the suggestion that one’s problem is offered to the Universe for resolution. This is a bit of arse-covering by the witches/wizards just in case Fate and Fortune takes a different view of circumstances.

In my humble opinion, who you know is probably more important than cosmological forces in sorting temporal matters, so “If you don’t ask, you don’t get” is more practical guidance to stimulate actions and seek solutions to current challenges. The person / people you ask can say “No” if they cannot help you.

What “who you know” encourages and rewards is the development of social skills, sharing ideas, advice and practical help, as well as genorosity of spirit,because if you do not treat others as you like to be treated then why would anyone want to help you? This I understand fits the idea of karma, or “What goes round, comes round.” https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jul/05/brexit-could-jeopardise-5bn-lifeline-of-eu-cash-councils-warn Love thy neighbour, anyone? https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jul/06/sarfraz-manzoor-xenophobia-has-not-only-returned-it-has-become-normalised-


CLP 06/07/2019