SAWDAY TRAVELING LIGHT TO LOWDHAM BOOK FESTIVAL

SAWDAY TRAVELING LIGHT TO LOWDHAM BOOK FESTIVAL

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 26th June 2018

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

I love it when my thoughts on life are challenged and inspired by books and people.

It does not happen too often but it did last evening.

This week is Lowdham (Nottinghamshire) Book Festival organised by The Bookcase book shop based in Lowdham. I am attending one or two events, the first one being last evening. It was to hear and see author Alastair Sawday talk about his books, inparticularly: Travelling Light: Journeys Among Special People and Places, and The Extra Mile: Delicious Alternatives to Motorway Services.

The first thing I have to say, and this is so important to me, I could hear every single word he said!

I go to so many events and see lots of TV and listen to radio and due to my severe hearing loss, even with good hearing aids and excellent audiology care, I only hear probably 20% or less of what is said, mainly due to poor diction, poor projection of the voice, poor acoustics, excessive background and competing noise and poor amplification.

There are few people (myself included) who can speak well and clearly.

I thought I was going to see an author of a successful series of travel guides, not to have my basic thoughts and inspirations challenged.

I cannot recall his exact words but to precise it, he was saying saving the world environmentally is the over ridding key and important thing. Everything else is pointless if we end up with no earth. And he questioned what we are leaving our grandchildren.

Since having grandchildren and even before they arrived I have felt so guilty about the huge mess of a world we are leaving them. We can’t shift the blame most of it has been on our watch and of course is still happening.

He has great and radical ideas. I was mesmerised by his words and what captured me was his humour. I have no time for anyone who has no humour. He oozes humour.

As with all radical speakers there were things about him I question.

Being a success in life and dismissing the monetary aspects of life is much easier if you come from a solid family background with mum and dad together unit behind you. You do not have to worry about money and basic living issues, your parents do that allowing you to build your own life as you wish. You just have the one focus. You do not give a second thought to if you will have a roof over your head next week or a meal tomorrow or shoes to wear.

In Alastair’s case the family background probably enabled a better education, too.

Another thing is I am still working out how a person so intent on saving the world and is against a second runway at Heathrow can so passionately promote travel.

I think there is a clue in the title of some of his guides “Go Slow England & Wales”, “Go Slow France”.

These are just small observations. Similar to those I make of my wife. I love her dearly but it doesn’t stop me posing the odd alternative comment, when I feel it is necessary.

 

The venue for the evening and most of the Lowdham Book Festival events is St Mary the Virgin Church, set in trees down a country lane. It was so fitting and cool in both senses of the word due to a very hot, sunny June evening. With a glass of wine or juice included in the price, what better way to spend a summer nights?

Thanks, so much Alastair Sawday you challenged my life’s thoughts, beliefs and style.

Check out Lowdham Book Festival Events at the Bookcase: http://www.thebookcase.co.uk/lowdham-book-festival/

 

 

 

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. – Tricia T. Kohn

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…Travelling slow and light

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

Do you know what they wrote on the grave when a knight in shining armor died in battle?

Rust in peace!

LOVE IS…

Love is…someone to share paradise with

 

CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE DAY

On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman

 

TRACK OF THE DAY

Sunshine Superman – Donovan

Highest Chart Position: No.2 29th December 1966

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