A holiday to most people is getting away from it all. A sandy beach, a cottage in the depths of somewhere scenic, a luxury hotel on an exotic island, these are the images conjured up when holidays are mentioned. Originally, of course, a holiday was a Holy Day when you did indeed have a day’s rest but for the purposes of prayer and religious observance. But inevitably the Holy part gradually became buried as secularity took over the idea, until it finally metamorphosed into the family fortnight away from the usual grind.
AS OLD AS YOU FEEL?
I had a thoroughly disagreeable experience recently which set me thinking about all sorts of unpleasant things, primarily age related. Since my salad days are fairly distant, getting older is not on my agenda for stimulating discussion. In fact, I would go so far as to say, that at the dawn of another year, it is quite unwelcome. I know I am no longer young, but being reminded of the fact is not the way forward.
SENSE OF IDENTITY
by Diana White
According to the Pundits, aka the government spokespeople, we English lack a sense of identity, a sense of Englishness that puts us at a disadvantage, causing all manner of social problems. I should have thought that lacking a sense of identity would mean we can morph into whoever we like! or, even more usefully, having no sense of ourselves as being English, we have no particular sense of anyone else being different from us. However, what they are really saying, apparently, is that we have an identity crisis, which isn’t the same and certainly not useful.
A MODERN WAR OF THE ROSES.
Agatha Christie would give a grim smile of ‘told you so’ were she alive. This most famous of detective writers, whose sleuths have caught innumerable murderers and unravelled seemingly perfect crimes, would not be surprised at the news that a poison pen writer is alive and well and wreaking misery in a hamlet in North Yorkshire. Stainforth, with a population of just two hundred souls, is a hotbed of vengeful ire. The reason: a young family from Lancashire arrived there to find themselves a rural idyll in a village. Except they didn’t; as ‘incomers,’ they found themselves and their idyll unwelcome.
HEALTH AND SAFETY?
by Diana White
As words, health and safety evoke confidence, health is something we all crave and most of us value safety, but put the two words together and confidence is the last thing they evoke as I shall now illustrate.