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[Jun. 7th, 2004|12:13 am]
Peter Sheil
D-Day - 60 th anniversary

There have been a lot of programmes on the radio recently about D-Day and today there were services at some of the sites in Normandy. I listened to one this morning and it was very moving. Some of the stories from the survivors were amazing. They seemed to play down their own achievements and put a lot down to luck! D-Day is still the largest military operation in modern times and the effort to co-ordinate all the participants was staggering.

I've always had a feeling of thanks for all those who died, not just on D-Day but during the whole war; if it wasn't for their sacrifices we'd have a very different world today. Mind you I also grieve for those Germans, Japanese and others who died "needlessly"; needlessly here in the sense that if the war had never happened and the differences resolved amicably then they'd not have died. Hmm .. I think I'm rambling here :) Let me have a short pause to honour those who died in World War 2.


To those who died that I might live in freedom, I thank you.

If you ever get a chance then have a look around some of the cemetries over there. The graves stretch out, row upon row, off into the distance. I remember visiting Ieper and seeing the Menin (sp?) Gate with the names of the many who died there in WW1 and the museum where they had models of how the front line of WW1 would have looked. At first glance it looks like a typical model of an area; hills and dips with some smaller features. Then you look at the details ... and realise the true horror of it. I won't say more here unless anyone wants to know, I'd just recommend that you go there yourself.

Ronald Reagan

After a decade of living with Alzheimer's disease ex President Reagan has died. This gives me some different reactions.

  • I'm glad he is no longer suffering - Alzheimer's is a very debilitating condition and I'm sure he was frustrated by its effects.

  • I'm glad for some of his policy successes, primarily the ending of the Arms Race between America and Russia. The risk of the world ending under a rain of nuclear missiles is now vastly reduced - thanks.

  • Anger at some of his policies - giving weapons to Iran is the first that comes to mind, but there are others.

  • Respect for him as a skilled politician, a speaker who could hold an audience with his voice and a teller of stories and jokes that made many negotiating sessions work well.

Goodbye Ronald. May you receive whatever you deserve in any afterlife.

Work / Next Week

I'm spending a few days working on a "Due Diligence" project. Having bid for some work from a new client we (and one or more competitors) have to produce a report validating the assumptions we made in our bid. For a combination of "political" and practical reasons I'm not actually going anywhere near the client but am spending most of my time getting frustrated at the lack of information I'm receiving about the bit of work I'm supposed to be doing. I have another two days of this to complete this week - hopefully they'll be a little more productive than the last three.

On Wednesday I expect to be in London, in the City in a building that is a prime terrorist target :) No point in worrying about this, just have an awareness of what is around and check anything suspicious.

On Thursday I'll be starting off in my London flat. I have to swap my company car for a hire one whilst it is away being repaired from where a woman skidded into me. [she was in a car at the time :) ] The car has been photographed by the repair company and had insurance assessors inspect it so now we can actually go ahead with the repair. It's not that much work; most of the damage is on one panel around the passenger-side rear wheel but there is a little damage to the rear door as well. Lucky it wasn't a little further back or it would have damaged the petrol filler and maybe petrol tank. Hmm ... that could have been fun!

On Thursday I also have to cast my votes for the Mayor of London and for European representative. I also will be trying to get down to Southampton for Morris practice in the evening.

Then Friday ... back to Cardiff I think but not sure yet.

My Journal

After a comment or two I've decided to try and do more "chatty" entries, after all you are reading this 'cos you want to know what is going on in my life right? Or maybe you just like the silly quizes I do? OK, I'll have to have a poll to see what people want to see in my journal. Mind you I don't guarantee to change my journal style just to please you but it would be interesting to know what people think about it.

The other side of my decision is that I will probably only post one of these longer chatty entries once or twice a week. I'll still try and read all my friends journals but I may have to drop some from my default reading list if I get too overloaded.

And so to bed :)
Peace to you all, sleep well and a good week to everyone.

From: fruitbatz
2004-06-06 04:55 pm (UTC)
well my english hub enjoyed reading the bits you wrote about 'home'...thanks.
tis a sad day for America yes with Mr Reagans death, i would venture to say he was one of our better presidents and seemed to communicate well with us 'commoners'.
your entries ar always interestin ones to read, id not change any much if i were you - by the way.
Happy Monday!
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-06-07 04:32 am (UTC)
Happy Monday to you too.
*rushes off to get lunch*
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[User Picture]From: bellanna
2004-06-07 01:00 am (UTC)
I enjoy reading your longer entries too, you always seem to have something interesting to share with us. I'm always worrying about Tim when he is working out of the office, his company does security stuff, so he is often in high risk places..the channel tunnel, city of london police, stanstead airport...I think I worry more than enough for both of us:)
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-06-07 01:29 am (UTC)
Well there is little you can do except report any suspicious things and get on with life. I'm a great believer in not letting the terrorists change what I'm prepared to do - that way they "win".

I know these things can be worrying but in real terms we are all probably far more at risk just driving along the Motorways than sitting in a "high-risk" office bock :) [now don't go worrying about Tim driving will you? :) ]
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[User Picture]From: peaceful_fox
2004-06-07 07:04 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed reading what you have written here!

I feel the same way about D-Day. Kevin and I watched some of the ceremonies on television (He was getting the same feed there in England) together while on the phone and they were beautiful and moving.

As for Ronald Reagan, I also feel the same way you do. Alzheimer's disease is a horrible way to die and I wouldn't wish that on anyone. R.R. was quite a speaker, and he seemed to generally care about people. However, I disagreed with many of his policies (cutting programs for people who really needed them, for example) and felt he was either extremely clueless or lying about the Iran Contra debacle. Either of those possibilities is very scary! I am mixed on how I feel about him, but am glad his suffering is over.

I like the chatty posts! :-)

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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-06-07 09:35 am (UTC)

More chatty posts will follow.

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From: koishpeb
2004-06-08 12:27 am (UTC)
:)) hi! Thanks for adding me into your friends list,i do look foward of the mixture of long and chatty post. Always expect the unexpected. :))
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-06-08 01:03 am (UTC)
Always expect the unexpected

I just knew you were going to say that :)

Of course if I expect something unexpected then it stops being unexpected ... it is then "unexpected" that it doesn't happen.

I did think about turning that into prepositional logic statements but my head turned to jelly just thinking about it :) More caffine needed.
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