20170104 I am everywhere and nowhere, everywhen and nowhen. I am physical and virtual.

I seem to be losing track of time.

No, delete that. I have lost track of time.

Once, I think it was recently but I'm not sure, I could tell the time without a watch. My friends thought it fun to ask me the time and for me to be, usually, within a minute or two of correct.

Yesterday, I had to ask someone what day it was. Not date... day.

Today, I noticed it is January. That means that, somewhere, in the recent past, there has been a Christmas and a New Year and I haven't registered either.

20161205 Editors need to do a better job.

In the late 1960s and 1970s, there grew up a culture that children should learn at their own pace and in their own way, that teaching was in some way a constraint on the capability of the child. Children were encouraged to exercise free expression in their words and behaviour and control was regarded as an unacceptable fetter on the child's development. The result, we are now into a decline of English where each generation is less literate than the previous one.

20161128 How can we blame Society when the society we have is the one we've allowed to develop?

I started out, this morning, to write a funny piece. I noticed that most of my Commentaries lately have been political, in one way or another, or serious. That's not a reflection of the vast majority of my thinking or of my life. I laugh a lot and I have a lot of fun and people around me laugh at my antics and at the things I say.

But as I worked on the article, it did a sudden change of direction. Actually, it took a change of direction after about .. well, no, even that's not true: it changed direction while I was thinking how to start it, before I'd even sat at the table that, in my nomadic life, is today's desk. And then it changed direction again after the second paragraph, as it became obvious that, to get to the funny piece, I had to write background, then background to background...

And, before anyone reads the first sentence of this, the background to the background, here's some background to the background to the background: don't think that this article is anti-EU. It isn't; not in the slightest. I'm just using a specific European Council document to illustrate a global problem.

20161026 Northern Ireland Court says Christians must promote homosexual "marriage."

I was furious with the lunacy of the decision, in 2014, of a court in Northern Ireland to find that the McArthur family, owners of a bakery, were guilty of discrimination for standing up for their Christian beliefs. The facts were simple: a man, who it is not difficult to see as having deliberately targeted the bakery precisely because it is run by Christians, tried to place an order for a cake, decorated with the message "Support Gay Marriage." Now the Court of Appeal has made the same outrageous decision.

James - From Barking to Beijing - Chinese Idol

James is known by several names in China as people struggle to handle his English name. Yang, Yang Cong, even Yangcong. But it's his voice that has driven his popularity across China and South East Asia.

It's all a long way from being born in Barking, living in Upminster and Brentwood and attending schools in Romford, Brentwood, Southend and Colchester before university in London. He's worked in the UK and in Korea before starting his career as a musician and actor first in Taiwan and then across the South Pacific, even appearing in Las Vegas.

Here's how he came to the attention of China in the Chinese Idol competition where he was granted a special Chinese Idol award. He's working on his second album and developing an acting career.

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