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!

and it tends towards infinity…

One of the extremely small number of benefits available to those UK Subjects (I refuse to state ‘citizens’ because that refers to the f’’*++ing EU) who reside in Scotland; is the fact that the Scottish Crown Office is independent. We…

I bet everything on Six!

The ramps went down, the bayonets glistened, the boots crunched onto the gravel. The landing craft emptied of their human, breathing cargoes, the assault ships motored slowly as the next sections of soldiers moved forwards, and then down the cargo…

To be, or not to be?

  I give you HMS Queen Elizabeth:- I would like to show photographs of the jet fighters and bombers which will land and take off from her deckspaces, but there won’t be any aircraft until 2020. Pity about that, but…

Unsafe at any speed!

Ralph Nader, where are you when we really need you? Its all very well when our tech-friendly giant Google says that their self-drive cars are safe, and the only accidents happened when human beings are behind the wheel. However, I…

Macclesfield for ever!

As I am a relative newcomer to OoL readers, it may not be widely known that I hold absolutely no opinions on, or interest in, any sporting activities at all, with the one exception being shove-halfpenny. Football, athletics, F1 racing,…

Phases; and phrases.

I have often thought that all human life, all the experiences of a varied, full, sometimes too exciting life: can be explained or catalogued within phrases and sentences which are self-explanatory:- Your application has been approved, can you join the…

It truly is amazing what….

…..Twenty-odd Million dollars will buy. You can buy a Sunseeker cruising yacht; you can hire a private island in the Seychelles for three years; you are able to make a substantial downpayment on a private Lear jet: or you can…

Tell it like it is.

You will feel sorry if a complete stranger commits suicide by stepping in front of a seven-hundred ton train moving at 95 m.p.h., even if his self-serving death impacts on your life only through a delay to your travel plans.…

Fairs fair!

‘Troubled’ footballer wins equivalent of 2009 X 10kg kegs of Stella. ‘Gazza’ stated, “I deserved it, my Piracy, sorry my Priority; no, that should have been Privacy was  disturbed, and I feel rectified, or summat similar; like, Hawaaay the Lads:…