Nailed it 100km in a month – but never again

Hooray! yesterday (Sunday 25th) I completed the February  100km challenge in amongst beating a personal record on the gym bikes. I chalked up 103.7 placing me in 87 ( as it stands) although their listings seem a bit jumbled and I could be a couple of places higher. It’s not the end of the world though to be honest it was just nice to get the target reached and with the entry and evidence being approved, it’s just a few days and I a medal shall be received.

It was of course in aid of charity and the chosen charity for this event was Challengers ( It’s a charity that helps disabled children to be able to have fun through inclusive exciting and challenging play and leisure opportunities. They have schemes that cover ages 2-5, 4-12, 13-18 and 18-25. Currently they support disabled and young people in Surrey, Hampshire and a few other places. It’s good to know that I have helped contribute to a worthwhile charity whilst keeping relatively fit….

Whilst I did it, I have to say I will not be anytime soon doing another 100km in a month event. I did challenge myself but trying to fit it all in amongst other events, it was very close to the end. I will be though doing more short distance events and have two in March and one in April. March sees the 5km Run like a Time Lord and the Italian Jog which is a minimum of 10km. In regards to Run Like a Time Lord, Im not sure if there is any specific way of running is it a general run or as if being chased by a Dalek or another Dr Who baddie? Of course I could always run like the Master maybe….. This charity is the National Autistic Society. The Italian Jog 20% minimum of  every entry will be donated to Solidarity Sports.

April sees one the RAF Virtual Challenge for the RAF Benevolent Fund. Thankfully this one has no limit, so I can clock up as many miles as I can through the month of May although it will be more than just one mile. This year marks 100 years of the Royal Air Force. Could I do 100 miles? probably not but it will be as many as I can during the month.

Nothing else  is planned as yet, but who knows, it might just be standard gym time. I guess I’ll have to wait and see.




Happy Birthday Out of The Blue – ELO Flashback 40

It’s a Happy Birthday to me and a Happy Birthday to Out of The Blue as I share a special Flashback 40. It’s a big 40 for Out of the Blue by Electric Light Orchestra. This peach of an album was released on same day I was born. It sadly wasn’t released in honour of me, but Im quite happy to share my my entry into the world with its release.

Out of The Blue was released as a double album and is home to a number of it’s well known tracks that we still love and play 40 years on, the likes of Sweet Talkin’ Woman, Turn To Stone and the absolutely epic mood lifter Mr Blue Sky. This track has to be one of my favourite songs of all time. They had released another two singles from the album, those being Wild West Hero and the track It’s Over. As well as the album being fantastic, their album cover has to be one of the most familiar and recognised covers over period it’s been released. The registration number on the side of the docking space craft, is the original catalogue number for the album.

Jeff Lynne wrote the album in three weeks over in a Swiss chalet, influenced by the rain lashing on the door. It is I have to say the testament to fantastic writing, to create a piece of musical joy. An album which would appear to feature some musical influences from the great names of the 20th Century ranging from the Beatles to the Bee Gees.

This album the last of the progressive/Symphonic outing created by Jeff Lynne, is certainly a fine way to end one musical direction, Im not sure there could be a finer way in doing so without doing it cheaply and of course that would not be Jeff Lynne’s manner or style.

The album sold 10 million copies and was the first double album in UK char history to produce 4 top twenty singles a hardly suprising fact given the releases from the album. The album itself was one that simply didn’t really want to leave the chart, top ten in ten different countries and in the UK and US album chart it peaked at number 4. Come the end of 1977 it was outside the top 40, only to speed up the chart come the end of 1978 to the position of number 7. The thirtieth anniversary reissue even charted in at number 18. Can’t imagine many albums charting a top 20 on an anniversary release.

Out of The Blue had six single releases of which the first single released was Turn To Stone a romantically themed song of someone struggling when their love has left them but with the hope that they will return some day. It was the lowest charting release from the album reaching only number 18 even though it is quite a catchy tune. It reached top ten in both Sweden and Canada, whilst pitching up in at number 13 on the US Billboard chart. It is another one that is still a popular play and back in 2008, Lynne was awarded a certificate by the BMI for the track reaching one million airplays.

Mr Blue Sky was the second single and  there is nothing much that needs to be said about this glorious track of foot tapping joy. It is surely hard not to enjoy this timeless track. Perfect for any moment. when the mood needs lifting or indeed you just want to play it. I guess though we should thank the change in weather for this. In a BBC interview Lynne had said that in the preceeding two weeks there was gloom and mist but when the sun finally appeared it was a case of wow at the beautiful alps. This track made it to number six in the UK charts and despite being released in the January, by the end of the year it had only just left the top 40 finishing 1978 with a position of 43.

Mr Blue Sky is for those that don’t know,  the finale of the third side of the Double Album which consists of the Concerto For A Rainy Day. It was the only track from that to be released. The opening track titled Standing In The Rain includes recordings of actual rain. The idea of wet gloomy weather continues up until of course Mr Blue Sky, but it is indeed a good piece of music to listen to all the way through.

The song has featured in many tv programmes and films including Dr Who, CSI, Waterloo Road and most recently Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.2 as well as being used in the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. I very much doubt it will ever stop being used given how joyful and cheery it is.

Sweet Talkin’ Woman was another top ten hit for the band as it hit a high of number six in the UK chart, it wasn’t as popular as the other notable releases in the other charts although it did mostly chart in the top 30.

So wrapping up, for me ELO and this album was my earliest introduction to the band and in my own opinion, it should be an album that every music lover has in their collection regardless of the music genre you like.

So happy 40th birthday to this fine album that ages so well and long may it be listened to.

Some Love Whinging – From Ramsgate to Herne Bay

Royal Pavilion Ramsgate – Wetherspoons


It seems that some people have nothing better to moan even when there is something good happening. Take for example the newly refurbished Pavilion in Ramsgate. The building had been dilapidated for a good few years, when pub chain Wetherspoons, took over the building to renovate it and turn it into an operational building. God forbid that it was bringing jobs. competition and choice to the area, but still.

Saying that though it wasn’t necessarily the fact that there was a new wetherspoons, but in fact they apparently weren’t allowing dogs into the restaurant. I mean who would have thought dogs not allowed in a busy pub/restaurant. Of course The Belgian cafe allows dogs in but that is a whole different kind of atmosphere to be honest. Generally though apart from guide dogs Ive not seen too many dogs in restaurants. pubs yes but not really restaurants.

In a certain facebook group celebrating Ramsgate, there were a few that were not too happy. although one dog lover stated that whilst they loved dogs, they didn’t believe that a busy bar and restaurant was suitable for dogs. whilst one said it didn’t bother them. Funny thing is that many eating establishments have not allowed dogs in, so why should Wetherspoons, who I don’t think allow dogs in their other establishments. In other local Wetherspoon establishments  I believe it is down to manager discretion. The Pavilion will apparently lose some custom of the dog walkers in the group. I wonder if they will stop using Asda, Tesco other stores, the cinema etc.

Of course though the conversation moved from dogs to kids and moaning about the moany screamy kids and how kids should be banned etc etc. There seems to be no pleasing people sometimes. People have pointed out about other establishments that allow dogs in, that’s good, why not go visit them instead and stop trying to be clever when in fact you are just making yourself look quite silly.

I mean hey, the Wetherspoons group didn’t have to acquire the Royal Pavilion and turn it into an operating building, creating jobs, contributing to the economy, giving visitors and locals varied choice and competition for various establishments.  We should be as many people are, pleased to see that the building is looking alive and a back in business once again.


Last Saturday Herne Bay played host once again to the Airshow. Another well organised event. The Bay Promo team once again put their all into organising this FREE SHOW for people in the local area and anyone who wanted to attend from further afield. Myself and Emma didn’t get down there till late but were there in time to catch the Aerosparx afternoon display onwards. A walk the stalls and through the crowds, we were then 20 were settled on the pier for those awesome Red Arrows. I don’t know how many times Ive seen them fly in my life, but I will never tire of watching their breathtaking displays. Some of our finest RAF pilots, who during their time have learnt to fly at the Ted Girdler School of Flying and gone on to join the RAF and eventually take up a seat in the hawk jets.

Anyway back to the main subject, whingers. Apparently there were some people a bit annoyed at the fact that people were having to wait inbetween displays. This in course contrast to no doubt the very same people complaining that there wasnt enough time between displays to do anything else. I mean come on, surely it is possible to go find something to eat and still watch an aerial display? Well apparently not it would seem.

Issues beyond organisers control were at the route of the issue. Saturday was a bit breezy which meant that not all participants were able to fly, not only that but the Merlin engine issue which grounded the BBMF flight which thankfully wasn’t a major disaster as alternative aircraft were used instead. The organisers at the last minute managed to get a Dakota into the days proceedings, so a big thumbs up to them. It did though mean large gaps. Is that really such an issue seeing what was available on the ground and hey there was that good old fashioned thing called chatting amongst friends/family, I mean who’d have thought that extra waiting time would mean not talking to anyone else.

There were other moans because it wasn’t strictly free and prices were high. Well what do you know, a public event where food and gift outlets are slightly higher than anywhere else. Well here’s a thought, there is that little old school thing called the picnic. You know, the thing where you buy various things to add to the basket or cooler and take a long to eat. It is after all something that people have done for many many years.

The team at Bay Promo over the years have worked hard to bring events such as the air show and Sci Fi by the sea to Herne Bay, giving up shed loads of time and money without a complaint, just so people can have a free air show or a Sci Fi event with actors and actresses from past and present shows. A little appreciation wouldn’t go a miss especially when all you have to do is turn up, so next time the airshow is on either don’t go or come prepared like the several groups of people with picnics and windbreakers

Come in Number 13 – The New Doctor

It was a big day Sunday, the Wimbledon final where the amazing Roger Federer took to the grass court to win a record 8th title and Lewis Hamilton won a fifth British GP. That though for some was just a side show for the really big event, yes the announcement of the thirteenth doctor. We had been left wondering when the next one would be announced as it had seemed an age since Peter Capaldi announced he was calling time on his stint as the saviour from the planet Gallifrey.

Who would it be of course was the big question, Kris Marshall of My Family fame had quit his Death in Paradise show and it seemed that he was destined to become the next Doctor. Many a Doctor Who fan thought no no no, but it was still early days. Very few had been linked with the show which also probably didnt help. Then S*n newspaper if I recall correctly had called it that Marshall was the new doctor and had already been working on the new series. That for one thing was a pile of tosh. Of course though we shouldn’t have expected the truth to come from that rag.

We watched Series 10 knowing the inevitable was on the cards, we also wondered where and when the Doctor would regenerate but as time went on things started to take a direction. In the Monk storyline we had seen what appeared to be the Doctor beginning to regenerate after he was shot by Bill. This of course was a set up as Bill had fired blanks at the Doctor. On the otherhand was the regen start though really part of the set up or had his recent battles had an effect on his body. Had reading the book caused more than just the blindess, who knows.

As the series did continue, the names for the next doctor started to crop up. A varied number of actors were linked. Ben Wishaw and Richard Ayoade were high up the list but then a a few female names cropped up. Phoebe Waller-Bridge became favourite all of a sudden. What with the various comments made during the later episodes, were we about to finally see a female doctor. Waller-Bridge would have no doubt been a good option but it seemed that there were a number of things lessening the chance. She of course is part of the Han Solo story and will shortly be filming the second series of her comedy Fleabag. Then her agency was saying it was a definite no no given. Was this double bluffing? we didn’t know could they have bee diverting everyone away. They wouldn’t have been too popular with the BBC had they let slip.

The other female linked was the talented Olivia Colman. She had appeared in the opening episode of Matt Smith’s reign as the madman in the box. She could have managed to pull off appearing in the role as the Doctor but she too had projects that would affect filming of Doctor Who.

Still by this time some fans might have been getting nervous wondering whether the comments of a female future might have well been a misdirection. It would be another male actor surely, it could but then people were not enthused at the chances of the next Doctor being portrayed by Kris Marshall. So as the post Wimbledon analysis finished, BBC spors presenter informed us that it was now time for the reveal of the next doctor.

The trailer set in woodland had the individual walking through woodland, dressed all in black. The view of course either behind taking a look at the individuals feet. From this there was surely a very big clue that the new doctor was going to be female, even from the shoulders there was a hint of which sex the new doctor would be. The person finally comes to a halt and with hand out flat the key to the tardis materialises and we then see the new doctor reveal themselves and it’s a woman we find it to be Jodie Whittaker, the mother from the Broadchurch series. After all the talk of a possible female doctor which goes back three decades, we finally have a female doctor. At last a female doctor, something to really liven it up. For me there were other actresses I would have liked to have seen, but it’s certainly going to be interesting to see how a female doctor deals with such foes as the Daleks, Cybermen, Ice Warriors. I wonder how Strax will take to the female Doctor.

If you had gone onto social media afterwards, well it was brace yourself. A mixture of opinion from all over the world that wanted to share their opinion and boy did the naysayers throw their toys out the pram. It was both funny and annoying at the same time. Funny that they could get so worked up about a fictional show and annoying that they just blamed it on the Political Correctness and Social Justice Warriors.

The American naysayers were the worst. Whilst there were many of our stateside chums totally embracing the fact that change was on the cards, there were those who just didnt see it. Here are some of the comments. Names witheld

“I am far more concerned about Chibnall and his series long story than I am a female Doctor.

But I despise the cancer that is political correctness which has driven this decision. It won’t affect my ability to enjoy the series, but I don’t have to be happy about the cause”.

“I don’t want to see a woman as Dr Who because it’s a male role, just like I don’t want to see a male actor playing Temperance Brennan. If you want a female time traveller write something new”

“Watch the originals. Men regenerated into other men. The women were able to choose what they looked like. I’m not happy with this choice. It has nothing to do with misogyny it’s because they are not keeping in touch with the older series”

“It looks like Dr Who is going the down the same “progressive” road as Marvel. I’m so disappointed that they’ve caved in to identity politics pushed by PC authoritarians. James Bond is next I guess”

“Dam liberals are ruining everything. First Ghostbusters and now this”

“Lol can’t wait until the ratings drop and you see what a mistake this is. I certainly won’t be watching this rubbish any longer. I’ll watch again when you bring back the REAL doctor 😊”

If it wasn’t tbose comments it was what is next Jane Bond amongst other male characters becoming female. They seemingly missed the point of the show and other characters.

Why a woman? a number of reasons, first off because the Time Lords don’t get too bothered about the sex of a person, secondly it’s been on the cards for not just in the past two doctors, remember Matt Smith initially wondering if he was a female. Not only that, the co creator Sydney Newman even said there should be a female doctor. Finally the doctor sometimes chooses a face from the past and if they keep Jodie’s hair colour as it is then there is one person who the doctor could choose is Kate Lethbridge-Stewart or known as Kate Stewart. Kate being the daughter of one Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. It could be a possibility but then it could very well just be not.

So finally we can say that whatever happens we’re in for an interesting journey. Theme tune and outfit to be decided and remember if you can deal with a fictional character 2,000 year old alien with two hearts, that travels  in a living spaceship but can’t hack said character turning into a woman, then maybe you should watch something else because it’s not about Political Correctness or the Social Justice Warriors.

So till the next blog post GEEEERRONIMMOOOOO!!!

Doctor Who – The Next Doctor

So with one episode of series ten and a Christmas special to go, Peter Capaldi’s period as the Time Lord is coming to an end. It is a shame to see Capaldi leaving as he has been a good Doctor, some of the stories might have been disappointing, but an actor of course can only work with what is in front of him. When he has had a good story, boy has he played a blinder.

As I write this, the next Doctor is not even known. Names have been bandied about, conclusions have been made, but no official announcement has been put out by the BBC or Moffatt himself. With  just under six months to go until the Christmas Special, we can only speculate as to who it could be and who it couldn’t be. So that is what Im going to do, but before that Im just going to share a thought or two on the direction of the sex of the Doctor.

For me its a shame to see Peter Capaldi leave the show as I have enjoyed his portrayal of the doctor, it was good to see an older person to play the doctor after Tennant and Smith. From this latest season I have also enjoyed the companions Nardol and Bill. Whether we see Bill again is all in the air, but who knows what will happen.

 Historically the Doctor as we know has always been played by a male actor. Some of Britain’s finest actors to grace tv and stage have portrayed the Gallifreyan, the likes of Troughton, Pertwee, Tennant,Pertwee,Davidson, Eccleston, McGann, Baker and Baker. Matt Smith of course is still breaking out into the film world but that isn’t to say he is rubbish. He was relatively unknown to the world when he became the doctor. Let’s though return to the point. We have yet to see a female play the Time Lord, why is that? I don’t know. After all we have seen a female lead in Star Trek for example.

I wouldn’t have an issue with a female Doctor, after all we have seen a female take on the Master, which to be honest has been an interesting turn. I’m sure opinion has been quite mixed up and down the country and around the world where there are viewers of the iconic tv show. What I would though have an issue is for a female doctor just for the sake of it just to tick a box as it were. It should also be about who is cast. You could have a really good female actress or one that ends up coming over poor. To be the doctor regardless of sex, they ultimately need to be able to portray the doctor in the typical comedic moments, but also have the convincing ruthless side that the character has and has been seen throughout the various portrayals.

So let’s kick off with some of those who have been linked  for the next Doctor and unfortunately the leading name is one that somehow could ruin the role.

Kris Marshall

Why should we be even considering this man as the next Doctor, I’m sure many of you will not need to know why he shouldn’t be anywhere near this iconic role. He featured in My Family, a tv sitcom that in reality should have been really good given the leading cast members, but sadly it was purely average especially when they started bringing in extra characters who were about as funny as getting a parking ticket. When he did leave, he said he wanted to go onto better things. Those better things turned out to be BT ads. Of course he did star in Death in Paradise, but admittedly I havent seen that so can’t judge on that. Even if he did pull off a good performance in Death In Paradise, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he would be able to pull it off performing as the Doctor.

Ben Wishaw

Ben Wishaw is one who has been linked with the doctor. Known for his portrayal of Q in the James Bond films, he could be putting it the 007 role behind him and move onto another iconic role. Wishaw of course is a well trained actor and has appeared in the cinema, on tv and the stage. He could quite easily fit into the role of the doctor. He as featured in both comedic and straight roles. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he were to be chosen given his previous links after the departure of Matt Smith as the Doctor. If he can master Q, then he can easily take on the mantle of the Doctor.

Richard Ayoade

Another popular candidate, famous for the role of Maurice Moss in the IT crowd. His geeky character and persona would help. The only issue now though is that he is now fronting the Crystal Maze, so it would be unlikely that he would have the time to commit to becoming the new Doctor, that is unless Channel 4 were to suddenly drop the show. This of course may cause fans of that show to be slightly miffed and all too late for Ayoade. Having seen the first CM show, he could easily pull off the sarcastic and droll side of the Doctor.

Anthony Head

I also heard that Anthony Head was linked to becoming the next Doctor. Now that would be interesting, the actor isn’t shy of appearing in sci and fantasy as we know. He’s been in Buffy, Merlin, Warehouse 13 and of course Doctor Who itself as the Headmaster back in the Tennant era. Given that Peter Capaldi once appeared in the show and went on to become the Doctor, it wouldn’t be unreasonable for Head to join the ranks. I think it would really work with him as the doctor although I imagine the fangirls  would not be happy with another older actor portraying the Doctor. I imagine though he won’t be in the top three.

It’s not just about the men, during the final two episodes there have been hints as to the next doctor being female with different lines coming out regarding female. Naturally it could be a red herring but it could be time for a female doctor. There has been talk that a female doctor would bring the show to the 21st century, which is weird as we have seen a lesbian companion, a bi character, same sex companionship albeit one human and one alien character. At the same time whilst it would be great to see a female doctor, it should be done naturally, not because people are calling for one.


Phoebe Waller-Bridge

One of the leading female candidates is Phoebe Waller-Bridge. I don’t know much about Phoebe, although I did see her in the fantastic Broadchurch series, where she appeared as Abbey Thompson, who was the junior barrister to Joe Miller’s Defence QC. Her series Fleabag is quite successful an a second series is being filmed late in 2017 to be shown in 2018. I imagine that should she become the new doctor, her Fleabag show may have to be rescheduled if filming for Doctor Who and Fleabag clashes. Not only that, but she has the little Star Wars spin off film that though is a one off so wouldn’t conflict with further filming. Should Waller-Bridge be the new Doctor, she would be one of the youngest actors to portray the much much older Doctor.

Olivia Colman

Olivia Colman is another name that has been linked and would be an ideal candidate, having had a career in comedy and drama, she would seem perfect for the role. Like Phoebe Waller-Bridge, she appeared in Broadchurch thus working with Chris Chibnall who will be taking over from Moffat. We have seen her wide range of output comedy wise along with a wide range of straight roles including the previously mentioned Broadchurch and the popular drama The Night Manager.  She has also funnily enough previously appeared in the first episode of the Matt Smith era in Doctor Who.

It will be interesting to see who is the next doctor and how long we will have to wait until the announcement. Maybe just maybe they will keep it secret so we don’t find out until we see the regeneration take place towards the end of the Christmas Special.



Lets get digital – Electronic voting & ID cards?

As the fallout from the 2017 General Election continues, it’s an opportune time to look at voting in the 21st Century. As the young turned out in force, there has also been talk of the use of technology and voting via electronic methods. As many of us either own a laptop/pc, tablet or smartphone, is it not time to think about using these to vote in future elections? Whilst there would still be the time period on election day, people could vote from their phone or their pc/laptop without having the need to go to out to a polling station. Shift workers will be able to cast a vote without having to worry about trying to reach their polling station in time or taking time out.

Not everyone though will have access to a computer or a smartphone, so it would be possible for people to have a postal vote if they so wished if they weren’t able to have the electronic version. Of course the Postal vote system would need  tightened and made more secure as there have always been concerns regarding the method.

With the option of electronic voting, everyone would have an individual code that they would take with them regardless of where they are living. The voter would just need to register the code when they move and the system would update. By having electronic voting and a more secure postal vote system, it will mean a less costs for the local authorities as they wont need to pay for Presiding officers or polling clerks in the day time or counters for the evening/overnight. It would make things easier for Electoral Services departments up and down the country.

It will be interesting to see what readers have to say, comments completely welcome.

Now to something more controversial. The ID card has always been something that brings cynicism and distrust. There are naturally big concerns regarding the idea of the ID card. The Big Brother notion is something that people aren’t keen on seeing. They see a distrust and possible abuse of the system.

If a bio ID card could consist of a thumbprint/DNA set up. The card would hold travel permissions, driving permissions. It would not only reduce the need for multi levels of identification, but will of course reduce the levels of staff in the Passport Office and DVLA. The savings would allow money to be invested elsewhere. but it would naturally also help reduce the crime level and crime detection time. Using thumbprint/DNA would naturally make people jumpy, but as much of a cliché it is, law abiding citizens would have no need to worry.

The Conservative and Lib Dem of course saw the end to the National ID project back in the beginning of the Coalition Agreement with the repeal of the 2006 legislation and destruction of the National Identity Register. This will never see the light of day as a mandatory option. What though if people would like to have the option of one card with all information held on?

For myself the idea of having one card with all the info on it, sounds great and sounds useful, but it would only ever be voluntary.

Again, it will be interesting to see what readers think.


A few words

This morning we woke up to the horrific news of an explosion at the Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariane Grande gig. that happened in the foyer area. Twenty two innocent people lost their lives and over fifty innocent people were injured. Amongst them were teenagers and youngsters who had been getting ready to leave and go home after what should have been an exciting evening out. Sadly it has been reported that an 8 year old girl is one of those killed a young child who should have been going home excited, buzzing and looking forward to talking about it with friends today. A family has lost a dear little girl and her friends have lost one of their group. Adults can deal with such things but how can you tell friends who are around the same age that their friend is has died. It is not something that anyone should have to deal with.

The explosion was declared a terrorist attack by the police. Once more it appears an individual was responsible for this sickening act although it is not fully known at this time. The police are aware of his id but have not released any details. Whoever that person is, he speaks for no one but himself. He does certainly not speak for any religion. People will of course start pointing the finger at Muslims and the religion of Islam. Im sure many Muslims up and down the country and around the world will be appalled at the acts of this one person.  Muslims children and teenagers may have been there enjoying the gig along with parents.

Individuals today on social media have come out with the usual tosh including one who said that we dont need anymore Islamic jihadist imported into the UK and would also like the Koran banned. Katie Hopkins spouting off once more apparently. Im all for free speech, but she undoubtedly pushes barriers and seriously oversteps the mark. Her words are not helpful one bit. Spouting the anti Islam and Muslim rubbish is not helpful to anyone and quite frankly offensive to all the decent Muslims that make a great contribution to this country. We have doctors and police officers amongst other roles who put themselves first to help others.

Whilst we of course mourn the loss of those killed and wish those injured a quick recovery and hope that those who are missing are reunited with their families as quick as possible.

Today will be a sad day for many, but it is interesting to see that once more a country is united. The United Kingdom has seen undoubtedly more terrorist attacks than other nations but like in this nation, we remain united and resolute. I have read posts of people offering to help with getting children home, hotels putting up children without parents, taxi drivers from Liverpool driving all the way to Manchester, people giving drinks to the police as they do their duty. Whilst we differ on political issues, these are forgotten as we come to each others aid.

Once the police have done their jobs, you will see Manchester flourishing busy again getting on with life just as they were doing on Sunday. They may initially be wary, but they will not stay at home, not change their ways just like the people of London didn’t after Westminster Bridge or the 7/7 bombings.

Those who choose to attack our freedoms will continue to fail whilst we stand together regardless of religious beliefs, sexuality, colour of skin, nationality.