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Dad and D-Day

Fleet

As a result of a DNA test conducted in Australia, I have recently been contacted by previously unknown cousins from whom I acquired copies of two photographs of my young father. Coincidentally, these arrived at about the time that would have been his birthday and also in the run-up to the 75th anniversary of D-Day. I was therefore bound to be thinking of my father and in particular his involvement in WW2.

On the Advent of 5G

Should we be concerned about 5G networks? While the UK worries about security issues, should there perhaps be more concern about health risks, the proliferation of masts and the sweeping changes to everyday life that will accompany 5G?

Mental Health Awareness

Voices

There has been some concern in the UK, regarding what has been described as both a mental health crisis and a mental illness epidemic. According to a 2017 BBC report based on NHS digital statistics, at least 1 in 6 adults in England will experience a mental health problem at any given time.

 

Yet only 1 in 3 of those suffering a mental illness were receiving any mental health treatment. Of particular concern to many were reports stating firstly that schoolchildren are suffering from an ‘epidemic’ of mental illness and secondly that young people’s mental health is a ‘worsening crisis’.

“She Moved Through the Fair”

Moved Through the Fair

A few years ago, a friend declared a new interest in folk music and asked for some recommendations to serve as an introduction to the genre. As an example of an Irish song that has permeated the folk music of the British Isles (and beyond) with many recordings by various artistes spanning at least 6 decades, “She Moved Through the Fair” would be a necessary inclusion in my list.

Jackson Stealth Pro 1992

Stealth Pro

Upon recently releasing my Jackson Stealth from its case,   I was surprised to find that it needed very little attention or even tuning.  Realising that the instrument is now 25 years old,   I decided that this was a good time for a re-appraisal of the history and specifications of the Jackson Stealth along with the Pro series of Japanese imports and within the context of my own experience of the guitars in the early 1990s ….