My new adventure

I want to write stories and publish them… Problem is I’m scared.

So what is there to be scared about? Well this is where the chimp in my head has a lot to answer for. I’m scared I might be crap, I’m scared my might be good but not appreciated and no one will want to read my stories. This is all irrational stuff I know, I’m going to write my stories, hopefully lots of them. I don’t care if no one likes them. Its something I just need to do.

So watch out, soon I will start a new blog which I hope is going to raise interest and well the rest is whatever happens.

Live long and prosper V

Simon 🙂


The smart watch is wrong



The ‘Smart Watch’ is wrong and in fact isn’t smart at all. In fact the real Smart Watch is old. Let me explain…

The whole working principle is the problem. The Smart Watch on it’s own should at least be able to give time without the phone, in fact a good deal of the features should be independent, otherwise is’t a dumb watch. I don’t need a watch to give me yet more stupid notifications from Facebook or telling me when someone’s calling me, that’s my phones’ job and it does it well.

The Smart Watch should be able to tell the time as a Smart Phone makes calls. Then I want it to do be a timer, stop watch and the like. Sure ask it questions is cool and useful but not Twitter notifications. Maybe it could help predict when I’m getting Flu from my body temperature. It needs to stand alone as a device and be it’s own thing. Until this comes true, the Smart Watch (as well as other wearable working the Smart Watch does) is doomed

Last year I bought a Sony Smart Watch similar to the type you see in the picture above. The idea was it connected to your phone and from your phone would tell the user the time, and various updates from all kinds of apps. I would rarely connect with my phone after a week of using it, so it didn’t tell the time and didn’t give updates. I got rid of the damn thing.

Back in the 90’s we had watches that could do all kinds of things as well as tell the time. All we needed was a Smart Phone or computer to connect to and do something intelligent with those features. So why has the watch gone backwards? Bring the 90’s watches back and let them be their own thing with the added advantage that it can connect to the big world outside it. That would be smart.

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Innovating your life



Innovating in our lives can make life interesting and maybe change it for the better. Life can be get boring when facing the same problems time and again, doing things in the same way that we’ve done countless times before. Changing how things are done and new ideas is the cornerstone of innovation, applying this to how we live can affect how we look on life – is it dull and unchangeable, or a living thing that’s fluid and changeable?

Innovation is something that we hear a lot about, especially in the technology driven world we live in. We should apply this to our own lives. How often does an idea come to you that you think is good but are too afraid to try? I say try it! Life gets boring doing everything the same all the time… Do something different. It doesn’t matter what it is. Not everything will work. But hey, that’s life.

What sort of things could things am I talking about?
– Do you feel you could do more for a loved one? Do it. Go nuts and surprise yourself.
– Unhappy in work? Do something, change it or change jobs and go for something that scares you.
– Even down to simple and boring things, go to paperless billing because you hate sorting paperwork. Change a utility supplier because you’ve been with them so long now.

It sounds simple, even daft but how many big and little things niggle us that that we do nothing about. Make your life and everything around it the way you want it. Own it and manage it.

The other option is to keep going as we are…


My son

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My youngest son is 8, (nearly 9) he’s bright, can solve problems in an amazing way, he’s brave and isn’t afraid to speak out, he’s naughty too (nobody’s perfect). I admire him… I think he is what I would like to have been when I was 8. He has courage and an enthusiasm I never had at his age. This isn’t just fatherly love, its fatherly inspiration.

This determined nature also means he’s a challenge to keep on the right path, often veering straight off. I feel for him too, because he ‘veer’s off’ and doesn’t understand why this is a problem. Because of this he is frequently a pain in the neck… but no matter what he does, I can’t stop loving him.

I wonder what he will be like when he’s older. It doesn’t matter in many ways but I wonder… I know that if he can focus a fraction of his energies on making his life happy and successful he will be epic! That is all I hope for him.

Simon 🙂

The Problem Perspective



The world we live in is large, amazing, terrifying and wonderful. We are so small by comparison and when problems get to us we can forget this. I’ve found recently that my perspective on the problems in my life needed to change.

I’ve been going through a rage of numerous problems for some months now, from the personal to the professional. Sometimes it seemed too much to cope with. The way I was looking at those problems was making it worse and dragging me down. Thinking about this and and I decided that changing the way I look at the problem could help immensely.

I recently decided that being human being (haha) with a brain that can think and solve problems, is a good mental attitude to adopt of dealing with life’s ups and down. Changing my attitude and I’m looking at life in a more positive light, focusing on the the good things in it and not giving up has helped me immensely recently.

I’m not saying that this is an attitude we should all adopt, because everyone is different and that what makes people good at working out problems – our ability to act in different ways benefits us.

Simon 🙂





We are often reminded of the limited time we have on this Earth. We have many distractions to use up our time like work, and sleep that are needed to survive. These forever keep most of us mere mortals from concentrating on the things we consider important. There isn’t much we can do about this, we need to take those moments in life that will never be recorded and hold dear in our memories. These moments are what we live for and are like finding little gems in a heap of Earth, valuable and unexpected.

How we perceive time is also interesting, for example ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ says that we think time passes quicker when we ‘re enjoying ourselves. ‘Time is the fire in which we burn’ was used in Start Trek Generations when Dr Soren was telling Captain Picard that his time was running out. Science fiction is frequently playing with time in intricate and clever ways, all of which is fiction of course but our imagination can play these games with time in exciting ways.

Time is an unusual thing, it’s something we have ‘invented’ to help us work out when the sun will rise and set and to help us navigate us in our travels. We never have enough time and yet somehow seem to waste so much. Time costs money, and has an impact on how we do things big and small. Time is something we perceive its passing yet if we think about it – time does not exist.

Simon 🙂


Perfect Coupling

Recently, I’ve noticed a series of adverts for Gin (I think, sorry if that’s wrong) that features Emilia Fox and Philip Glennister.

Wow! Is all I can say, I would never have put the two of them together in a performance, but they work so well! Whoever thought of it is a genius… Give yourself a pat on the back.

Please, please don’t waste this discovery… let’s see some proper entertainment from these two on our screens. I would be magic.