Easy British Fish And Chips Recipe – And Other Good UK Stuff

I have now lived away from the UK for a good number of years. On the whole it’s something I don’t regret in the slightest. There are however little differences that stick out and certain things from back in the UK that I miss. Some of these you can now get in certain stores, if you pay the price. Others are really not so easy. Let me throw you a few examples of how some silly little things are different.

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A Life Worth Living Is A Life Worth Recording

What’s the point of paying for life insurance? What does it really do for you? Well, for a lot of people it’s about making sure that their family is provided for financially in some way when the inevitable time comes. Some just pay for it because they have to, in order to secure a mortgage or other loan of some type. Of course we all know that money matters, but it’s not irreplaceable. In fact too much money at the wrong time can actually prove to be damaging (just look at the way some of the big lottery winners turn out given money without proper guidance). There is however something that is not so easily replaced.

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Education Is For The Children, Not The Schools

Today in the GenForward blog, I’m looking at the education system. I’m not an expert educator, nor am I claiming to be. What I am good at however is looking at what’s going on around me and drawing some fairly obvious “common sense” conclusions from the actions that I see (always remembering that you have to ignore a lot of the propaganda, it’s the actions that tell you what’s really happening)

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Our Old Friend, Mr. Alcohol

I have talked before in some of the earlier GenForward blogs, about wishing that my son was showing more in the way of independence, and being more like I was when I was dragged up in the 1970’s. One aspect of my early independence I’d like him to stay well clear of was my early dealings with alcohol.

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First Step To Independence….At A Price…

I am sure that those of you who regularly read my various rambling stories and rants, are more than aware of my ongoing struggle to get some more independence of action out of my son. Well, it was Mother’s Day in the USA yesterday (its on different dates in different places), and I saw the first signs that there’s a mind capable if independent thought and action in my son’s head. That, for me, was a big positive, but it did come at a cost.

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More Music Memories – 90’s

Given that I got so carried away with the last GenForward blog post about the music I grew up with and that formed the theme tune to my life, I found that it really needed to be split into multiple parts. First off I hit up the 80’s which really represented my teenage years, now I’ll move into the 90’s

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How Many Of These Do You Know?

This is the music I grew up with in the UK in the late 70’s and through the 80’s. If you don’t know it, try it. Hope you like some! Let me know what you think,

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There’s No Time Like…Oh Tomorrow Will Do…

People procrastinate. It’s just a fact. I can be as guilty as the next person of putting off till tomorrow what would better be done today. Another incident yesterday with my son made me reflect on the whole GenForward project and what it really means so, for a change in one of my blogs, rather than share some funny life stories, I’d like to share with you a bit about GenForward as it sits today, what it will be in the future, and what really motivates us to get behind this project.

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More Classic 70’s Children’s TV

I still remember to this day standing outside the local cinema in the queue in 1977 waiting to watch Star Wars and simply not realising what was about to happen to the world. As a small boy, film and TV had a big influence on me, and some of my strongest memories of childhood revolve around TV shows and movies. I really don’t know how to compare it to today though as I was brought up in kind of a cross over period (1970’s-1980’s) for TVs and movies.

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Embrace The Difference: American Stereotypes

I have been asked by a few people to maybe spend a little time looking at the differences between life over here and life back in the UK. These differences are many and varied, so I thought in today’s GenForward blog I’d start with some of the basic fundamentals.

Let me just make it clear though before I start, the things I touch on here are differences I have observed. I’m not saying one way is right, the other wrong. As I have written in previous articles, I have no issue at all with people not being the same, it’s what makes the world go round. Given the tug of war between an American life and schooling, and me at home throwing in my two pence worth, I’m not sure how my boy’s going to turn out. Maybe best of both worlds:

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