Hi, welcome to my weblog. The main purpose is to let someone who is having a challenging time just now to know that there is always hope for a friend (click here).

In essence: no matter what life throws at you, the worst of things will pass, and a new direction can be found. Sometimes you just need a little help and encouragement. Hopefully this website can warm to a theme and show that even with a near broken back, there are many good years left with lots of interesting, meaningful and useful things to do. Should anyone else in a similar dire straits visit this website and like some encouragement, please feel free to get in touch: via this contact page.

An ancillary use of this weblog is to answer questions that have been emailed in via the other websites I have contributed to. Apart from the obvious setbacks narrated on these pages, life has, for the best part been lucky. Living on islands, working on ships, embarking on interesting adventures. Particularly unique property and lighthouse buildings. Campaigning for fair ferry fares; new ferry routes; ways to boost hard hit rural economies. The occasional magnificent ship preservation project along the way. Accidental success with venture capital projects – new shops opened; closed commercial buildings refurbished and restarted. Lots of lovely jobs created along the way. Best of all the wonderful array of people – friends well met. It is an abiding hope that this website will be of use and interest. Especially if it can help others in a similar position of disablement find meaning in life and usefulness in, for example, helping create new jobs and employment opportunities for people. 

MV Lochmor

MV Lochmor: As a CalMac condition of sale we were required to rename her. The choice: MV Loch Awe

True love. Says something when your girlfriend weighs 189 tons and has two propellers protruding from her stern

One reason for creating this website is to show how it is possible, almost by accident, to make something good out of a challenging situation. If a computer dinosaur like me can mange, then I am fairly certain others will find it a breeze.

Russ McLean - Flying Bridge MV Lochmor

Yours Truly & Pure Bliss: Safe Delivery of MV Lochmor By CalMac

More details later in this website

In essence, these pages will evolve to hopefully illustrate a story of life that might be of help to others who find themselves in a similar predicament after events that render the old human body unable to do those things that it use to manage with boundless energy.

A far more elegant way is in the words of Tennyson. My favourite narration by Judy Dench. The precise words from Tennyson’s Ulysses start here. She does it so well*…

For the record, Tennyson’s words from Ulysses…

Though much is taken, much abides, and though

We are not now that strength which in old days

Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;

One equal temper of heroic hearts,

Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will;

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

The key theme, as narrated throughout this website, can be summed up in the one line…

In this life, though much is taken, much abides.


Please note, this website is currently being built. Feel free to return and see how things evolve.

*At the time of writing this weblog entry, the video clip of Dame Judy Dench reading from Tennyson’s Ulysses had been watched by 424,606 people. So there must be something in the words and the way they were delivered in that marvellous monologue.


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