Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Monday, November 5, 2018
This gives you an idea of the sorts of shenanigans you can get up to - the mosaic maker (bookings needed 5 weeks in advance!) and the digital box where you scan a lego box set to see the model in 3D.
Sunday, November 4, 2018
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
What happened to all the great thinkers, rational and sensible, admirable and intelligent men and women? When did change become a bad thing? Why does there have to be a winner and a loser? Is it not possible for us to adapt? How come there is no middle ground to see both views, only hysteria and taking sides? And don't we look forward instead of backwards?
I wonder why we behave as enemies rather than friends? Does it need to play out with the media and lawyers creating a spectacle with the audience of public opinion driving our world?
Governments are being tested. Can they truly lead? What will become of democracy, power and the institutions we have? Will they evolve to become even better and greater? Can we change our doomsday negative attitudes and see a rosier future?
I have always been struck by the story of Oprah Winfrey. She lost her job as a news anchor to become an incredible success story about empowerment and overcoming our challenges. Why does brexit have to be any different? Can this not be an age for both the EU and the UK where we harness all of our strengths and find a new way forward that writes history as a moment of good fortune and brilliance for all? Or have we forgotten to invent and to actually go beyond the status quo? Why is there so much fear and discontent? The future has not yet been set.
I also question why there has to be a right and wrong. Why are some people's votes deemed less informed or better that others? Is this not the democracy we believe in where we are all entitled to our point of view? Are these values no longer dear to us?
In our own lives, do we allow others to hold us down, predetermine our future and divide us? Why does it have to become this massive mountain that cannot be overcome? This is a relationship where we seek to agree how we want to move forward? It is not an apocalyptic cliff edge. We have evolved from cave men and women to an age of unimaginable progress. The landscape may change, but it doesn't fundamentally decide who we are or what we will become.
Brexit seems to be making misery. Why can't we see the glass half full? We are talking our countries and world into a depression. If we expect to fail, then how can we ever succeed? If we want winners and losers, rather than winners and winners, then that is what we will have.
And let's be pragmatic too, whatever deal that happens will not tick every single box for everyone. But it can look to the best most mutually respectful arrangement for both the short and long term.
As with any path we take, there are pros and cons. If we are truly allies, don't we build roads together and forge upward in our quest. We may not agree on how we get there, but are we all not just humans trying to do the best that we can?
It is in 3, 5, 10, 50 or 100 years that we can truly judge the outcome, so let's not predict and foretell a future we really have no crystal ball to base it on.