Archive | December 2007

Writing is Tough

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all. I’m sitting down with my laptop quietly thinking of an appropriate way to string a sentence. I’m currently writing a book and it really taking it out of me. Along with many others, writing has always been an interest of mine. I still haven’t decided on a correct title that speaks of what the books about. You promise you’ll buy it if you ever come across it?! That is, if it ever gets on the shelf… I think the hardest part is trying not to make it sound like so many successful stories and it’s so annoying when people nick your ideas, but then that in itself spurrs you on to write something better, something great and more fanciful that the rubbish the other author’s come up with.

Anywho, I’m sitting here with my giant Cymru Wales Starbucks mug, the size of at least two cups of coffee ad I’m in my element – dw i wrth fy mordd. I’m currently typing up my course, all about the Short Twentieth Century (as Mr. Hobsbawm likes to call it), from the aftermath of World War One to the end of the Cold War Era. All interesting stuff, once you get to read into depth. The stuff spoken in education is never good enough, it doesn’t excite (unless you’ve got a particularly exceptional teacher) and I’ve found the best way is to just read around the subject. The more you do it, the better it seems to be, honestly it’s true.

What to write. I don’t know. Hmm.. I will get back to you when I’ve worked it out. It’s a long slog, but it’ll be worth it in the end.

Goodbye for now,

Dan
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Thoughts

While sitting at home supping a cup of hot black coffee (as I have run out of mil), I’ve suddenly realised that I haven’t told you about the trip from north to south Wales! You can see about 38 pics from the trip which you can see by clicking here.

It truly was a time of ups and downs, and spending four days with just your dad can do crazy things to you. We seemed to get on well until we reached Mid-Wales and then I’m ashamed to say I snapped! My poor father was left with a spoilt brat on his tail, I apologised and we sorted that out within 10 miles!

Anywho, enough about me, it was truly an experience that will never be forgotten.

This week, I had the privelage of meeting a woman who was born during the Holocaust, Eva Clarke. You can read about her on the BBC Website, her story is truly amazing. I myself was able to go to Auschwitz during April this year and it is an expereince I think that all mature people should go. I say mature meaning those who understand the story that it tells. It is not a tourist attraction but a place of rememberance.

My question to Hitler would simply be: “Why?”


One of the things that really shocked me was the fact that so many attrosities not far from the Holocaust are going on today, in Sudan especially. It only goes to say that “there is nothing new under the sun.” as wise Solomon once said (Ecclesiates 1:9).

Even so, we as the Western world are also experiencing a lean towards racist ideals. We see it everywhere, an increasing nationalism and dislike of alter-nations. We’ve seen what racism does, so why continue on in this view?!

Cause for thought.

Dan

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