Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Throwback Thursday – Never Out of the Fight


On July 2nd 2019 I posted a blog bemoaning weak, unprincipled political leadership in the US and the UK and sharing the US Seal’s Creed.

We are in a global war right now, but this time we are all on the same side.


A war against the Pandemic.


A war against Recession.


A war against widening income gaps.


A war against unprincipled, purposeless leadership.


The Seal’s creed is about duty, honour, integrity and resilience.


It is about the common man with uncommon desire to succeed.


It is about our front line operators.


It is about you and me.


It’s worth a read.



US Navy SEAL Ethos/Creed

In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation’s call. A common man with uncommon desire to succeed. Forged by adversity, he stands alongside America’s finest special operations forces to serve his country, the American people, and protect their way of life. I am that man.

My Trident is a symbol of honor and heritage. Bestowed upon me by the heroes that have gone before, it embodies the trust of those I have sworn to protect. By wearing the Trident I accept the responsibility of my chosen profession and way of life. It is a privilege that I must earn every day.

My loyalty to Country and Team is beyond reproach. I humbly serve as a guardian to my fellow Americans always ready to defend those who are unable to defend themselves. I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions. I voluntarily accept the inherent hazards of my profession, placing the welfare and security of others before my own.

I serve with honor on and off the battlefield. The ability to control my emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart from other men. Uncompromising integrity is my standard. My character and honor are steadfast. My word is my bond.

We expect to lead and be led. In the absence of orders I will take charge, lead my teammates and accomplish the mission. I lead by example in all situations.

I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight.

We demand discipline. We expect innovation. The lives of my teammates and the success of our mission depend on me - my technical skill, tactical proficiency, and attention to detail. My training is never complete.

We train for war and fight to win. I stand ready to bring the full spectrum of combat power to bear in order to achieve my mission and the goals established by my country. The execution of my duties will be swift and violent when required yet guided by the very principles that I serve to defend.

Brave men have fought and died building the proud tradition and feared reputation that I am bound to uphold. In the worst of conditions, the legacy of my teammates steadies my resolve and silently guides my every deed. I will not fail. 



Tuesday, January 12, 2021



Eldest son Ben tipped me off to this year’s first international sleeper on Netflix – a tongue-in-cheek French mystery dramatic retelling about gentleman thief and master of disguise Arsène Lupin.


Great fun.  Charismatic performance by Omar Sy.  2021’s Casa de Papel.  First five episodes out now (a la Casa de Papel).  Next five to follow soon!


It’ll make you smile.



Sunday, January 10, 2021

For all you Crazy Ones and Misfits out there


On December 6 I revisited Celebrating the Crazy Ones.


Here’s a song from good mate Paul Numi’s Chimera album (my September 11 blog) – ‘A Square Peg’ – which celebrates Misfits (Paul NumiChimera - A Square Peg)


“This crisis won’t change us

It might reveal at last who we truly are”


The album has 100,000 views and is No. 1 in Chicago!!!!!


Here’s to the Misfits!



Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Colin Bell: 1946 - 2021

My childhood hero, and adult friend, passed away a couple of hours ago – non-Covid related.


He was the best player I ever saw.  When he moved from Bury, I moved too from The Shakers to The Citizens, the team I’ve followed ever since, Manchester City.


Here’s a tribute on the MCFC site: ManchesterCity - Colin Bell



Monday, January 4, 2021

Start the Year with a Smile


The spirit of my youth.


The real Beatles.


The antidote to the dreadful Let It Be 1970 film.


A preview of Peter Jackson’s The Beatles – Get Back.  (With thanks to Bob Latham.)


Watch it here:



Friday, January 1, 2021

Time Person of the Year


This tradition began in 1927 – with aviation hero Charles Lindbergh gracing the cover of Time Magazine.  The Award goes to the “person, group, on idea or an object that for better or worse has done the most to influence the event of the year”.


Biden / Harris – no disrespect, but what have they actually done in 2020?


The US vote was heavily anti-Trump, not necessarily pro-Biden/Harris.


The real winners in my view were these two groups:

1)   The brilliant scientists who pioneered the Covid-19 vaccine in an incredible nine months.

2)   The front line health care workers in hospitals and care homes all over the world.


Not the politicians.



We salute you.