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Happy Christmas and here’s to a brilliant 2013

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

I am not going to spend any length of time disecting the last 12 months and saying how there were good times and some real hard times. We all have that story and it is called being a human being. Life is full of fantastic moments and some less than brilliant times but we all have it in us to do whatever is required to move forward. I have been inspired this year from some unexpected sources and now have a new member of our family who in time has melted my heart and now brings me much joy. I am surrounded by the people I love and give thanks for all that life has given me. I have just passed a wee milestone in terms of years on this planet and if when I was a wee boy in the East End of Glasgow looking forward could have visualised where I am today, then I would have smiled and been happy with that.

I hope that you have a great Christmas and that next year brings you everything you want for yourself.

John

No Picture then it didn’t happen 2

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

It is always great to meet successful people in any field and I recently had the pleasure of meeting Michelle Mone when she was presenting an award to my friends son (more on that later). As a boy from the east end of Glasgow it is great to see others who have come from a similar background and have excelled in their chosen field. Michelle Mone should be an inspiration to others out there who have an idea and want to turn it into a successful business. This picture was when we were catching up on Coia’s Cafe in Duke Street which we are both customers off and would very much recommend. More pictures in the future :-) Let me know what celebs you have met of late.

‘No picture then it didn’t happen’

Friday, April 6th, 2012

It all started with one comment from my youngest son Greg. I mentioned to him that I had been sitting on the train one day beside Matt Dawson who does question of sport on BBC television. He said to me did you get a picture and my reply was that of course I wasn’t going to bug the guy when he was going about his normal business. I was a business man travelling on business and it was not the done thing to ask for photos from people travelling beside you. His reply was, you guessed it “No picture then it didn’t happen”. That then got me thinking about how many ‘celebrities’ we actually share our day to day lives with. Little did I know that following that comment I was about to find myself in a number of situations which led to me getting pictures just to prove to Greg that I had met the person concerned. And to be honest it became a bit of a thing for me and has resulted in some  fun pictures. So just for fun, I am going to share with you my ‘celebrity’ pictures. The first one is a recent event with some good friends where I had to take my chance to grab a picture with Emeli Sandé :-)

Inspiration comes in many forms

Monday, September 19th, 2011

I had a chat with a friend the other day and we only were chatting about his plans for a matter of minutes. In that few minutes I could hear the desire come through in what he planned to do in the future and how he wasn’t concerned about whether he would earn enough money doing what he wanted to do. He did however know that he was going to do it whatever it took. His passion and desire was infectious and I left our chat quite high on his words. It was literally minutes talking and he wasn’t telling me to motivate or inspire me but just to update me on where he was but wow it was powerful stuff. Who are you inspiring by just being who you are ?

It’s good to talk

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

I recently had the pleasure of catching up with Jack Black of Mindstore in Glasgow and want to share the link to Jacks website. Have a listen :-)

“Different Not Less”

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

If you get the Sky Atlantic channel on your television then you will hopefully know what I am talking about.  They were advertising extensively a biopic film about a lady called Temple Grandin who is Autistic yet has a Masters degree and is a published author in her chosen field. after all the advertising I had to watch it. One of the phrases Temples mother used in the film when speaking to her was to confirm for her that yes she was different from other people but not less. I am a sucker for great phrases in films and that one stuck with me. How often do we see people who may be Autistic or In some way either mentally or physically challenged and we label them thinking they can’t do certain things in life. We all in our own way have challenges that we are facing up to in life and whatever they are know that you will get through them. Next time I see someone who is not quite fitting the stereotype I will be sure to remember that every human being is different and definitely not less.

Health Matters

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

I have been very fortunate in life and have never had to deal with any illness worth talking about. The usual colds and flus that everyone gets at some point in life but nothing which has impacted me in any major way. This week I have battled on manfully whilst suffering with ‘Man Flu’ or as it is known to women, I have a ‘wee cold’. I don’t know if it is because I am getting older but I can’t remember feeling this bad before with a cold and have been feeling very sorry for myself. My wife is great and has been as supportive as ever telling me to stop coughing so loudly and if I am that ill why don’t I get out of everyones way. She has this knack of keeping everything in perspective which I am not always appreciative of particular when in my opinion I should be getting some pampering and support cos I am not well. I still have got this cold and I hope very soon to be rid of the dry cough but it does make you appreciate how even a slight illness can affect your life and what you do on a day to day basis. If you have been blessed with good health then look after yourself so that you can keep in good health, we only get one body.

Jan 2011 – A new year, a new you

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

How often has a new year begun and we have all told ourselves that this year will be different? I am going to lose weight, I am going to get fitter, I am going to spend less time worrying and more time enjoying myself, more time with the family or whatever your change is going to be. Every year I am reminded by my wife  of what has been said in previous years and how no real change has taken place. I am still weighing what I did years ago, I am still getting frustrated and impatient when I said I wouldn’t etc and I even get annoyed at her for having the cheek to highlight this to me :-)

What will it take to make us change? For some it is having to deal with a health issue, the loss of a job, a failed relationship. In other words it is out of necessity rather than a real desire. I am going to do it this year and part of that change is writing this down here for people to see. My wife will not have the pleasure of saying I told you so next January.  Join me and make 2011 the year you are the change you want to see….. only you and I will benefit from it :-)

Dec 2010 – We think we are in control ?

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Recent weather in the UK and particularly Scotland has shown us just how much we are really in control. We rush about on a daily basis dealing with all your current priorities and dealing with the most important tasks of the time, then it snows and what happens. The roads can’t be used, the trains are off and the buses are off and we are in effect stranded wherever we may be. I was one of the lucky ones and when I travelled 15 miles in over 2 hours I thought how frustrating it was and how i wished we would just get on top of this sort of thing and keep the roads open and gritted so we can travel. Then I heard about my friend who took 9+ hours to travel 13 miles and make no mistake we were the lucky ones as we did not have to sleep overnight in our cars whilst the temperature was -17 degrees.

There has been some real acts of incompetence when the Scottish Transport minister did not even have the intelligence to apologise for the situation people found themselves in whilst they were still stuck in their cars overnight. He even said that the gritters etc. were doing a great job (I don’t doubt the ones who could move on the roads were but that didn’t help when the nation was gridlocked). It did allow me and others to concentrate on what really needed done bee it in a work context or family context and people started to help their neighbours. Now we have shortages in shops and petrol stations running out. I don’t think it is all down to panic buying but in some way to that and in some way down to the delivery lorries not yet getting through.

We really do think we can control nature and are masters of our universe but in reality, how much in control are we really?