Don’t suffer with aches, get them sorted !

I’m a mid 40s sedentary male with bad habits and am generally too busy a lot of the time. I hurt my shoulder badly recently and rather than go back and get treatment or help I put up with it rubbing in pain killing gel and taking anti inflamatory drugs. For weeks I’ve had lack of movement, disrupted sleep and even travelling and being in front of an audience in Holland this week I had to pretend I wasn’t in acute discomfort.

Cue connecting up with Moveology in Swindon today. They have two branches one in St Albans, one here in Wiltshire so I got up at 6am to make the first appointment of the day.

I had no idea what to expect, if in my minds eye I could get guidance and a bit of pain alleviation that was really my best hope. What I discovered was so much more beneficial. Daryl put me immediately at ease and reset my shoulder without causing distress, discomfort and alarm. He listened took copious notes and he made me feel I mattered and that all he wanted to do was to get me back to feeling me again.

If you are in discomfort and you need osteopathic care I can totally recommend Daryl at Moveology in Swindon, check their website at, I’m going back to get the rest of me fixed soon.

We all fundamentally belong, but where ?

As the world has watched the constant news emerging from Washington DC since President Donald.J.Trump took office this month, with mouths wide open, fists mutually shaking at television screens agog at the picture that is being painted. As a parent, as a traveller, as a global resident of this lump of iron hurtling through space you feel utterly helpless to comprehend the behaviour of the minority with the power that has, in such a small period of time, caused anxiety and distress to so many with so little thought.

In countries, towns and cities globally we see people merging en masse in one spirited voice of reactionary fury and indignation faster than at any time I can remember in my lifetime against any one cause. Even stop the war protests were not this vocal or attended in such numbers.

We know it will change nothing. The new US administration is determined and beyond influence. The BREXIT movement in the UK born out of frustration with the upper classes and the way that the Conservative governments have caused hardshp. Continued poor economic planning and the removal of rights and benefits from those most in need, combined with a xenophobic and often entirely wholly racist viewpoint from those in the 50+ age group. Remember the healthy percentage of pensioners and people in tail end of their working lives in working class areas (often in the 70+ age group) determined to rid Britain of immigrants “stealing our jobs and our houses” because that’s the truth of it. Older visibly racist people tipped the balance. Old racist people who don’t work and are often baby boomers enjoying a lifestyle many 20 something working folk will never have. A future denied to them by old racist people who were enough in volume to add the 5-6% needed to push for an EU exit without realising it screws them first. Nobody said they were bright.

The same can be said for US voters who voted for Trump many of whom in Bumblefuck Ohio will be rednecks who were racist about the election of Obama in 2008 and who think Mexicans stole their jobs. Jobs replaced by automation and Chinese manufacturing, not Mexicans.

We live in an age where the Internet we created hasn’t yet worked out how to educate capable people who don’t want to listen.

So now, the intelligent folk who have no voice (removed by the people who don’t care and don’t usually vote) march.

There is an irony somewhere.

For now, love your neighbour, there are people out there you’ve never met who need your help and your friendship.

I’ve cancelled two US trips because right now I have no intention of spending my money in a country run by an idiot where there is uncertainty and fear. I love America and so many of the people I love are in America. They have my support and my appreciation, these are uncertain times and we’re governed by people who don’t have our respect or our trust.

I carry a press card. It used to give me freedom of expression and travel. In Europe and most civilised parts of the world outside the Middle East it does, I never thought I’d see a situation where I’d worry about carrying it in the United States.

It’s all change…

It’s been in the social media sphere for a month now so if you didn’t already know, I left Red Hat in December 2016.  To be able to walk away from a company I’ve watched grow since day one at a time of my choosing. Choosing to take next steps in not just my career but my life as a parent, as a husband and as a productive and happier member of the human race. If you’d read the last post I’d written here you may have realised this was coming. I’ve just made it a reality.

Travelling and revolving around often a seventeen hour day with US timezones can be juggled efficiently but when your job takes over and stops you being able to read the kids stories at night because of scheduling then the guilt hits you. When you’re travelling and miss kids parents evenings, school plays and events then it’s time to re-evaluate. Kids are only kids so long.

When you can afford not to have to work those hours, or to pick and choose the path you want for your future then the concept of making those life changes becomes fundamentally simple.

Next steps are more family friendly. I have two amazing children, a fantastic wife and a reputation I’ve worked very hard to build over two decades. Just now I can do what I want to do to achieve the goals I set myself rather than goals that purely deliver a pay cheque.

And having taken a huge pay cut the last six years made it a lot easier to go back to the security world, on my own terms and to do things that give me a lot more satisfaction and to be a better dad and husband as a bonus.