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!

Now that’s Education…..Black Africa Style!

The schoolkids in the City of Port Elizabeth are said to be rioting over the standards of education in the schools. Nonsense, they seem to have a real grip on the fundamentals (click on thumbnails) of various disciplines, such as:-…

‘ I was misinformed’

My all-time favourite film is the black-and-white masterpiece ‘Casablanca’ starring the inimitable Bogart and Bergman, as well the masterly performance of Claude Rains as the corrupt, yet strangely incorruptible Casablanca Police Captain. My favourite scene and words  were :- Captain…

Orphans of Irony

  Tourists pack out the beaches at Benidorm. The city has now applied to the UN to be declared a World Heritage Site, alongside the Grand Canyon and the Great Wall of China The mind boggles; it truly does! The…

Look away; Dixie-Land!

So the ‘Stars and Bars’ fly no more next to the South Carolina Statehouse, but I do wonder if it will be so easy to remove those same ‘Stars and Bars’ from the whole history of the South? (Old) Mt.…

When you wish upon a star!

The BBC is to urge pensioners to voluntarily give up their free licence fee to save the corporation and protect their favourite programmes. The BBC is to ask the over-75s to opt out of their entitlement to free licence fees,…

it all depends who died!

Cast your minds back to August last year, and the news of the tragic / necessary (strike the superfluous word out as to your own political ideals) death of black Michael Brown at the hands and bullets of a (Missouri)…

Measure twice, cut once!

During the seventeen/eighteen years I lived in South Africa, it was a privilege to live, travel and work in a Society where Engineering was understood. In amongst the many things produced in the power-house which was the Engineering world of…

Where’s the fire?

If a foursome of murderous Muslim terrorists had self-detonated their suicide vests  in central London in the late ‘Sixties or ‘Seventies, amidst the murderous onslaught of the IRA, there would have been anger,  and a desire for revenge: to equal…