The Internet gives everyone connected the chance to voice their opinions
- on this page, of course, the opinions are mostly mine. Some of these are
on a few of the problems I, as a user, perceive to be either present or
likely to happen with the 'net' in the future, others are personal or political
and may be completely un-net related. (If you must know it - some of the
boring personal stuff is at the bottom of the
I have made links to other sites that interest me Links
to other sites. As a development of the Internet more political information
will become available and as a believer in openness in government I fully
support these initiatives and will be making links to sites of local political
parties and individuals active in local government as well as other local
sites covering political issues (in this instance 'local' means the North
The "Personal Rants and Raves" includes some poetry (good, bad
or indifferent is up to you to judge) some poems are topical others political
and a few personal or just for fun. Enjoy!
The net has opened the possibility of publishing their work, opinions, ideas
to a wide variety of people and gives a chance to 'the silent majority'
to break that silence - sometimes their views may be very different from
what the media tells us is 'popular opinion'. This perhaps opens up the
thorny question of whether popular opinion is that popular or just something
orchestrated by the few publishers who control our media to justify their
own opinions. The Internet gives is giving a voice to people to make known
'popular opinion' and might enable us to start forming our own opinions,
rather than letting the 'few' who are influential in media publishing in
this country publish their own views and foist them off as being 'public
opinion'. In the context of a media which is owned by so few as the main
media in Britain, 'public opinion' is not really such, but rather the 'publicly
known opinion' of an exclusive few.
If you have an opinion you want to express why not publish your own site,
but in the meantime you have your say on my guestbook - just keep it clean
- this is a family friendly site (and I'm your number one prude)!
Boring personal stuff - Journalist
since my teens - and if anyone thinks I'm going to say when they were -
forget it! Suffice to say I'm as old as my tongue and a tad older than my
teeth (and I still have all of 'em). Introduced to computers when Apple
wasn't even a pip - some where when Noah was a boy type time! Worked with
IBMs and clones for a while doing the odd bit of programming.
Having used computers professionally have also been lucky enough to teach
others to enjoy this technology. One project I am really proud of is that
of being the first British editor to bring school pupils into a newspaper
office to work alongside professionals - a real ego boost was when the kids
won a national prize. Been surfing the net for some years now, but really
got into it about four years back with web designing, though this is the
first time I have got around to my own web page.
I am an Independent IT Consultant covering various aspects of business,
mostly computer or technology related, Web Design, Computer Training and Telecommunications, as well as build and supply of computers. I can also also be persuaded
to take on technical editing and authoring as well as general journalism.
Active member of the Association of Internet Professionals, an international
association with a worldwide membership, which aims to bring professional
standards and codes of practice to the Internet.
Have been a member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists for many years,
the CIJ is the oldest journalists organization.
Pet Hates: Internet pages music, moving gifs, cookies, dark backgrounds and HUGE graphics- anything else that lets the design get in the way of what the writer wants to say! (call it writer's ego - this writers!). Pet Likes: Reading, Cats, Dogs, Star Trek, SF, comparative religions, egyptology, Lebanese and Jewish cookery, crosswords and computer games. People
who read this and think it would be nice to give me a contract to write
copy for them! Ask me for a quote!