A hot run across the Spanish border
Roads lined this plane trees in the Midi Pyrenees
And on to Carcassonne
Relic of the Cathar Dream
Survivor of the Cathar Wars.
Bastion of the past
Standing on the hill
Survivor of centuries
Weathered wall the keepers of secrets through the ages
The ancient citadel on the hill
The citadel dressed up for the Tour d’ France
It well hold its secrets to the sun sets over it for the last time.
There are times to focus on peace and happiness
Jesus my have been the son of God or just a good bloke
It all depends on your perspective.
But he did try and spread a message of peace.
We often focus on the differences in humanity
Differences in religion and beliefs
Differences in race and skin colour
Differences in culture.
In nature there are also difference
As the solstice passes
At one end of the world there is endless night
At the other endless day
As it was nudging a sweltering 38 degrees in Melbourne recently.
My friends reported – 5 and snowing in Stoke on Trent.
So this is an opportunity to forget the differences.
Forget the distances between us.
And though at one end of the world it is dark and the other end light.
It is one world.
And though there are many religions and races and cultures
There is one humanity.
I wish you all peace and happiness.
A hundred and fifty years ago Glasgow was the second city of the empire
A centre of heavy industry such as shipbuilding and textile manufacture
A centre of design, typified by the Glasgow architecture.
But a century or so later Glasgow was struggling to survive as a city.
Unemployment, poverty and significant population decline challenging the future of the once great city
While in the UK, in Australia, there is tension and a struggle about accepting migrants and refugees.
For Glasgow, have stabilised it’s population.
The cities motto “People make Glasgow” a reflection of the more diverse international city it has become.
People make Glasgow proudly on the new skyline.
Maybe we should all be thinking about people, humanity.