Entries by Ben Coker

I’m Sorry . . .

It appears I might have been confusing you. Someone caused me to think about this the other day and it’s about something I was taught by, among others, Mary Morrissey. When I first attended ‘Dreambuilder Live’ in Baltimore a few years ago we were taken through an exercise called the ‘Time Machine’ – and it’s […]

“Mind the Gap”

This phrase is always evocative of trips to London with my grandparents as a small child. I wonder sometimes if the change of this to “Please mind the gap between the train and the platform” is not an indicator of the general ‘dumbing down of the nation, but it was perfectly clear to me as […]

The Way Forward

After about 15 years ‘helping out’ the UK rail industry I found myself in a contract with Metronet, project managing signalling renewal on the London Underground. Driving down from Cheshire to Tottenham on a Sunday afternoon and staying in a bedsit until driving back on Saturday morning, I began to question what I was doing. […]

Showing the Way

The ‘mid-life crisis’ came upon me after I turned 30. My partner Sue had left the business, and me, to pursue other interests and I was beginning to become aware that change was in the offing. I’d learnt to Scuba dive and was really enthusiastic about it and thought this might be the ‘way forward’. […]

‘My Way’

‘My Way’ In my opinion the best rendition of this song was by Sid Vicious – well, at least the most memorable! Hear the song at funerals these days, often wonder whether the ‘departed’ chose it or someone else thought it might be appropriate. Think I might put it in my Will – to play […]

Strands of Time

Have you ever thought you might be going in the wrong direction? The path you’re taking might not be leading you where you intend to go? I have. Have you ever thought you might be ‘chasing shadows’, what or who you think you see ahead might not really be there at all? I have, and […]

Wrong Number

You and I place a lot of attention on numbers. You could say everything we do, how we live, how we choose to be governed, is based on numbers. But are they the ‘right’ numbers? You see, you can do pretty much anything with numbers. I used to know quite well two Economists, professors at […]

Shelf Development

At the back of the bookshop – this was when the only independent sources of information were bookshops and libraries – At the back of the bookshop there was a poorly lit area signed ‘Self Help’ – just before you reached the ‘Occult’ section right at the back. This was around 20BC – that’s 20 […]

The Grim Reaper

It was the salmon mousse The dinner party scene in Monty Python’s Meaning of Life commented on death. The idea one could refuse to accept it, especially when it appeared unexpectedly as the result of something seemingly innocuous or that there was no ‘fear’ of death involved is telling. When I was young, I was […]