Democracy is about people having a say – being represented – being able to voice their opinions freely. Democracy cannot be destroyed by the acts of homicidal individuals intent on destruction and murder for ends that may or may not be religious. All attacks on Democracy only result in members of Democratic society drawing closer together – standing up for their right to free speech and some form of control over their governance. Democratic people will never bow down before the Tyranny of Terrorism no matter what its source. It’s time for those driving terrorism to learn the simple lesson – the way to resolve issues is through debate not bullets. You will never achieve your aims without talking and compromise – ask those who went down this road before and learn from their experience!

Each New Year brings thoughts of change, desires to change, changes beyond our control. For those we do attempt to control there are resolutions. I resolved last year that I will retire this year and the only thing undecided about that is the actual date but it will be July 31st at the latest. If 2016 did anything at all it was to highlight my mortality as I witnessed the passing of musicians that have been a major part of my life since I was a teen. What really caught my attention was their ages – some only a few years older than me and some younger! So it’s time to hang up my metaphorical soldering iron and make the most of whatever time is available to enjoy my hobbies and perhaps spend a little more time with my family (ed – are you sure about that?).

One of my favourite hobbies is photography and I want to pursue that further. One of the steps down that road is the change in my blogs appearance. I have been framing my b&w images purely for publication here – Something that was necessary to ensure that the lighter parts of the image were not lost in the whiteness of the page. A black background will allow the colours and the whites to sing. No solution is ever perfect – but blacks blending into the page is probably less of an issue for images.

Another reason for choosing a black background and this theme is the clear white text – I liked my previous theme for its ease of reading and I hope this one similarly makes reading easy because I do like to write – something else I resolve to do more of. I do have some other resolutions for this year – less drinking is a good example of one that may prove more difficult to achieve. More Truckin’ – actually, that might not be easy either as I do a lot! Let me leave you with a thought…

The new morning’s promise
Highlighted in dawn’s rosy glow
Sunburst conceals
Dangers that await
and joys that may be found
as we embrace the day
‘Carpe Diem’ for
Tomorrow may never come

A new day dawns as Rolled Gold heads south from Page.
A new day dawns as Rolled Gold heads south from Page.