Before i Forget : Simon Jones's blog

October 1998

Meanwhile articleTuesday, October 27th, 1998, (7:28 pm)

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Well I am back in the UK once again. First of all I want to say a BIG thank you to my hosts in America this last time, they were the Loy Family (The sea glass Kids, Nature Mom, Barry and Matt). Also as ever a big thank you to Anne for being my friend in New England whom I am glad that I stayed in touch with… how else would I have had the chance to see New England.

I love going to the States though. It’s such a mad big place, full of everything put together in no particular order at all! I always feel like I was born in the wrong country when I am over there, my mentality is so much more American than English, and hey, don’t ask me to explain that. Those of you out there who have met me, will know what I mean.

You know sometimes people tell me I am a good writer (apart from my spelling). Sometimes they go as far to say that I should take up some form of journalism for a living (flattery will of course get you everywhere!). And sure, I’d love to write a regular column and get paid for it, I’d love to review films, Grand Prix races or even a week in the world of the web. But really if I were to be honest I’d have to say that over the past few years I have become very cynical of what I read in the press and on the web.

These days it seems to depend on what paper you read, or what TV channel you watch, as to what version of the news you’ll get. It’s probably always been this way, but I just seem to notice it more these days.

Take for example… [Click here to continue reading this article at ‘Meanwhile’]

Meanwhile articleSunday, October 11th, 1998, (10:31 pm)

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I don’t know about you, but I have given up watching the news and listening to bulletins on the radio. I have adopted a new policy of ‘burying my head in the sand’ when it comes to world news issue’s. You see the other night when I watched channel 4 news I was left feeling completely depressed and almost in fear of tomorrow. The world economy is going into meltdown and NATO is threatening to bomb some Yugoslav general, a move that Russia is opposed to and says will ‘start the cold war all over again’. Add this to my local news bulletin that seems to carry nothing but stories of stabbings and shooting in the area, and I am left feeling that the world is a horribly depressing and dangerous place.

Perhaps it is, or perhaps nothing is different. Maybe it’s always been this way and I am only just noticing it as I get older? You see all this stuff about a ‘global economic downturn’ really puts me on edge. Having just started a company, I am concerned as to how this will affect my future and the future of my company.

Looking around, you wouldn’t know anything was different. The local kids of my neighborhood still go out playing cops and robbers. (Merseyside Police are the cops and the kids are the robbers!) Liverpool city centre is still packed with shoppers and in the evenings the pubs still fill up, the usual Liverpool tradition of drinking, fighting and shagging (in that order) still carries on unabated. So where are the signs that hard times are ahead? Where are the signs of this international monetary doomsday?

You see my feeling and my fear is that for Merseyside inner city areas such as Birkenhead, such a ‘downturn’ would reduce it to depths that I can’t even begin to imagine. I mean, looking around at what goes on in this that town, it would be hard to imagine life being worse for some. But if unemployment goes up and the prospects of better times move further into the distance, things are bound to get worse. The divide between those who ‘have’ and those who ‘haven’t’ will increase. The poor areas will sink into an even worse state as the increasing number of jobless and bored people turn to crime as a way up and out of where they are.

I can already hear the cries of disapproval for my predictions coming from Merseysiders ‘proud to be from Merseyside’. I get e-mails from ex-Merseysiders from around the world from time to time, telling me that Merseyside is a great place rich in culture and tradition, and how I am wrong about my opinions of the place. But hang on a second. What the hell does… [Click here to continue reading this article at ‘Meanwhile’]

Meanwhile articleTuesday, October 6th, 1998, (3:38 pm)

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Three A.M, Monday morning, an hour when the respectable majority of the country is well into its journey through the land of nod. But while the rest of the UK do the kind of weird things we all do in dreamland I am sitting in the tub wading through the intricacies of my server stats!

Now admittedly this sounds like the life of a sad techie. However it couldn’t be, if for no other reason than Techies aren’t famed for taking baths! Mind you it could well be the life of an over worked web designer. Having just finished work on a massive site for the University of Liverpool I was taking a well earned soak in a scorching bath. But nowadays even these moments of relaxation can be filled with work of some form. I usually take a whole pile of articles into the bath with me to read. Today though it was the graphs and pie charts of my graphical server stats. Gripping stuff I’m sure you’ll agree.

Okay so server stats don’t rate high among most peoples ‘must read’ list… [Click here to continue reading this article at ‘Meanwhile’ – (Though I warn you, this is one of the most boring things I have ever written!)]