'The times they are a-changing'- was it Bob Dylan? He was my hero but it was all a very long time ago. But whoever it was - things don't half change fast - far too fast for me to keep up with them. I suppose if it is an area where your interest lies then that's different. But I saw on 'Breakfast' this morning that the largest tunnelling instrument in the World has begun going under the Chilterns - 60+ miles at first I believe - making way for the High Speed Railway.
And I thought back to my parents - Jack and Maude - who both died in 1971 at a good age after a good and happy life with plenty of interests, never just sitting about dozing. And I smiled to myself - as I often do when I think of instances - about an incident which occurred on 20th July 1969. Any idea what it was? We lived in Wolverhampton at the time and were motoring over to Lincoln where they lived, for the day. My son was desperate to get there (we were pretty desperate) because any minute now Neil Armstrong was going to land on the Moon in Apollo 11. We flung open the back door and flew in - my parents were sitting reading the papers and waiting for us to arrive for lunch. 'Have they landed yet?' my son shouted. 'Who?' 'On the moon!' - I have never forgotten my father's reply - he was well in his eighties but had held down a responsible job and I had always admired the way he kept up with things. 'Oh - you don't want to believe all that rubbish!' -
Of course we switched on, caught the landing, marvelled at it and -dare I say- it's all been downhill since then. If they can do that they can do any kind of thing. What my parents would think to a giant machine tunnelling under the channel with Eurostar and now under the Chilterns - and the speed the trains were going to go when it was all finished. I can hear my father saying 'what do they want to do that for?' Whereas we just take it all in our stride.
But it does make better news than the dreadful fighting that has broken out again in the Gaza strip. These flash points in the World go out of the News and appear to die down but are simmering just below the surface and I am sure that if they affect you, whichever side you are on, the bitterness does not go away and does ruin your life. But the bitterness boils over and sadly it is often the innocent - even children - who are killed. Please let's all hope a solution is found. No land really belongs to anyone - while we are here we rest on it and grow to love it, but after we are gone that is the job of others.
Oh for a perfect world where we can all live in harmony. Some hopes.