Author: Mike Cunningham

Born in England in 1940 in the middle of the Blitz, the youngest of three brothers, he survived an early death after a gas leak filled his bedroom in Jarrow. His sister, who was born ten years later, died at a tragically-early age of sixteen from leukaemia. He joined the Merchant Navy after an Engineering education, and spent seven-odd years living a footloose existence at sea, but met the light of his life, the girl who is now his wife of now forty-seven years while in London. Lived in South Africa for eighteen years while raising three kids, all of whom are now Engineers of varying disciplines themselves. Worked in Africa, and then in England in heavy Engineering, on water, sewage, power and electricity projects, watching the steady decline, in Great Britain, of all types of manufacturing and engineering excellence for the next twenty-five years. This decline mainly due to a combination of political interference and political ineptitude. Likes and loves his family, giving special attention to the three Grandsons who are all both independent and always smiling! Is very proud of his three adult kids. Interests range from politics to blogging and writing, from classical music to photography. Is taking a special interest these days in local council political matters. He has had two books published, one of which is a book in both print and Kindle, and is a novel about Right-wing politics, with four more available as e-books. Politically, he is inclined towards the Right, but is constantly depressed by what is on offer on that side of the political divide. Dislikes the very idea of the European Union, and is forlornly awaiting any Party to keep their promises regarding that bureaucracy-ridden place by the offer of a Referendum. High on any wish-list is an importation of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States into the political life of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, so that once more Freemen can speak Freely, without recourse to euphemisms and double-speak!

Who said America has lost her edge?

Just a small piece of history-making video from a private Company which did not exist ten-odd years ago. The SpaceX crowd produced this video themselves, and their efforts match well up to professional standards. The Americans who literally explode into…

Just look behind the headlines

A man prominent in public life is dissected in a national paper over details of his parentage. Six-odd pages are taken with publicity about his legal father, his actual biological father, his mother; further tawdry details about that unfortunate woman’s…

Imagine that?

So, I ask you to imagine that you are a well-built, athletic, strong man with extremely good reflexes, a taut-wire temper, and you are in a bar or a club; enjoying yourself, possibly with more than one drink too many.…

Betrayal

It is a nasty term for a terrible deed. Whether someone betrays a secret held within a family, or within a nation, the effect can be drastic. If a family, the betrayer can be be said to have shattered the…

Indeed, what’s not to like?

Seems as though our oh-so-clever Conservative Government has, is, and will continue to shoot itself in both feet over Tata Steel. One Minister says ‘Nothing, inclusive of Nationalisation, is off the table’. Her boss, Sajid David, the Secretary of State,…

Beware all foreigners!

Foreign Office advises against travel to parts of: Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Haiti, India, Iran, Israel, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mali,…

Allahu ‘Effing’ Akhbar!

Reports are continually pouring out over the radio waves about the Brussels airport attacks, and how Arabic words were heard being shouted. No translations, no guesses: but I wonder if they were in fact being shouted by ‘Men of Asian…

Taxing times.

An interesting document popped into my e-mail ‘spam’ collection this morning. I say ‘interesting’ because it purported to be from HMRC, the tax and customs people from our friendly Government. The e-mail advised me that I still had not responded…

Battle honours!

Battle of Verdun World War I                       755,000–976,000           1916 Battle of Asiago World War I                        250,000   …

It really is a nice surprise.

From the first mentions of Barack Hussein Obama as a possible future President of the United States until this very morning, I wondered how on this good earth were the American voters fooled into believing that this man, selected and…