Thursday, December 28, 2006

So how was Christmas ?

Hey all,

Just wanted to see how your Christmas holidays went, or maybe are still going?
To be honest, alot of people I have spoken to this year have said that it did not feel like Christmas, and I tended to agree. It just went by so quickly. It is already 3 days later and it doesn't even seem like it happened.

I find as we get older time just flioes by so much quicker. I remember as a kid, during the summer holidays I used to go round my cousins house for a week, he'd come round to mine for a few, we chill for a few and it would still feel like there was 10 left, now holidays are over before you know it. Is this just because we think this way, or is it because we are so worried about work and bills and family that we forget to actually enjoy the time.

Back to Christmas anyway, I would like to know how many non Christians actually celebrate Christmas, I mean do you do all the presents and all. This actually amuses me, because we seem to do the food, the drinks, and many of my family members also do the presents, but I have no doubt none of them actually take part in the understanding behind Christmas as I feel Christians would do. Even though this may sound wrong to a few of you, I always think it is right to respect other religions and I respect Christmas, I do not ignore it and most years my family puts up the tree, makes the big dinner, but I never agree with the giving of presents. For some reason I cannot see why we would give presents when Christmas does not mean alot to me. We do not give presents for our celebrations so how come everybody suddenly realises that they have to shop for their kids, and go out and buy the latest toys. I'm not sure what to think on this and would like to get some other views...!

Well it's over anyway, for another year, and i'm back at work already, but only another day and we then have new year to celebrate. How many of you are thinking.. 'Where did 2006 go?'

Hope you all had a good Christmas and have a fantastic new year.

"Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." Forrest Gump

Thursday, December 21, 2006

It's been a while...

Hey all,

Sorry for the lack of blogs but as with all of you I guess, work has to take over at some point. Currently working in London, the UK capital which is under a cloud of fog at the moment. Hope none of you are looking to fly anywhere today.

Working in London and travelling up to the emerald hills of yorkshire weekly. It's not a fun life I can tell you but if anyone wants the best of two world's, then I recommend it. It's actually quite surprising how many people travel like this, just spending some time at Leeds station or Kings Cross in London and you wil be fully informed of the great train loving British public.

I think this leads onto an interesting question, does everyone travel daily, and get beaten up with the jolting trains, get backache from the hours of sitting, the illness from other people i the carriages....all for the greed of a better life and additional "benjamin's" in their pockets.

From my perspective I think that has a big factor, otherwise if I could have a similar job in the North, why would I travel. Of course for some people it's the love of work, but then I would say if work is such a priority, then maybe move closer to it. Would love to hear what people think about this?

The other item that really gets to me about trains is the train attendants. I agree it is their job to actually check all tickets and I commend them on this, but sometimes I think they should be more considerate to the travellers. When I travel down at 7am on a monday morning, I can tell you that I need to sleep, as do half of the other passengers on the train. As forward thinking as I am, I always put my ticket on the tray infront of me so the attendant can check the ticket without waking me up. Now how many times have they checked it without waking me up...."0" times.

Not only do they have to wake me up when the ticket is infront of me, they also have to shout from one side to the other to say, ' All tickets please!!'.

I can only hope that they are more considerate in the future, if not over the Xmas period.

'Show me the money' - Jerry Maguire