Monday, 7 June 2004

Went to a place called Bucklers Hard yesterday. This is an 18th-century village in the heart of the New Forest, on the banks of the Beaulieu River. In days gone by they made big ships there (several in the Battle of Trafalgar), but these days the place is a yachters haven. Beautiful surroundings coupled with beautiful weather made for a really relaxing day out. We must do it again. (There are some photos in the Family Album section, if you've access.)

We managed to get out early so arrived home early also. Straight out into the garden to cut the grass - no peace for the wicked. Also there were lots of the D-Day commemorations on TV. It was shocking to hear the other day that the majority of kids had no idea what D-Day was. It's difficult to repeatedly harp back to things like D-Day without glorifying the whole concept of war, but I really think that it is only by remembering our history that we'll have a chance of avoiding these kinds of horror in the future. But it does beg the question, do we really learn anything anyway? I mean, we're currently hearing about Sudan on the radio. Plus, only 10 years ago we had Rwanda. Fair enough, neither of these places would have been directly affected by World War II, so there may have been a lack of personal memories in order to guide people toward political rather than military solutions, but how does one explain Yugoslavia, at the heart of both First and Second wars? And to look across the Atlantic and see a man who appears to have no knowledge of history whatsoever - a typical bull in a china shop - it does make you wonder whether we (as a race) can ever learn...

Enough depression. I finally took the plunge last week and upgraded the laptop. The current one is almost 5 years old so it's had a fairly decent lifetime. However, bits are now falling off it and it does seem to creak a little when it runs. If I can make the new one last as long I'll be happy.

Business is still full of promise, but as yet has failed to deliver. So we're sticking with the current clients in the hope of being able to pick up some new, more lucrative, business sometime soon. I just hope the situation in the Middle East doesn't get any worse and scare clients off. After 9/11 it was terrible because although clients had money, they were afraid to spend it because of the uncertainty in the world economy. So projects were put on hold, left, right and centre. And, of course, the first people to get hit in such a scenario are the service companies (of which I am one) from whom the clients would commission such projects. We're still suffering from this today, but let's hope we can turn the corner soon.

Still, the garden looks lovely at the moment, and you should see the hanging baskets...

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