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Returning Home to the Bay Area

November 14, 2007

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Those of you who have been reading since it was created and then again some of you who have just come across it recently, might know that I was born in America and California was my home until late 2003 when I crossed the big wet thing to live in England with my Mom. Since then, I have done college here, got media qualifications, became a published author and started my biggest project yet.

Now it’s time to go home.

I will be returning to live in the Bay Area and for a short time, while I sort things out I am going to live with my Dad near Santa Cruz. As you can imagine this is a massive change, yet again but while I was on vacation last month in America I realized I should be home.

Moving back to America of course means leaving certain things and people behind but I am looking forward to building my life there and accomplishing all the things I have set out to do. I’m looking forward to looking some “old” friends up and attending those terrifying High School Reunions.

If you are wondering how this might effect the production of Star Trek: The Continuing Mission then you should know that it hasn’t and shouldn’t affect it much at all. Andy Tyrer and I will continue to work closely to bring the latest chapter in audio drama to the Internet.

Thanks for your readership over the last two years and I hope that you stay with the site as I move into another phase of my life and I’ll see you on the other side of the pond.


Global Warming is Happening – If We Act Now, Maybe it isn’t Too Late.

January 20, 2007

They have been talking about climate change for as long as I can remember. I remember them talking about Global Warming in grade school and that has to be at least 10 years ago. While I lived in America I never saw a great deal of talk about the environment, nothing much after 9/11 but local and national news and speculation about 9/11.

It seems to be the top of the news agenda that climate change is happening and will continue. It is a scary thought for those of us who are old enough now to understand what is going on behind and in front of the curtain. The BBC did a study that talked about climate change and it will affect us in the future. The extreme weather of late is just the beginning. They talked about major flooding and because England is an island nation this is a serious issue.

Talks about saving the environment are common place, everyone has to recycle and use their cars less. The scary part about all of this is it seems that we are taking action too late. The damage to the Ozone layer of the atmosphere has been growing for years. The efforts of England and other European countries to save the environment will not go far without the biggest user and abuser of energy, the United States taking some serious action to curb its energy use.

I spoke to my mother last night about these issues as I just could not seem to relax before going to sleep, too many worries piling up. She said that the way that the world is going, if she were a young woman now she would seriously consider not having children as what will be around for them is unknown. I know that the BBC study about the long term climate change was targeted at the year 2080 and by then I will be 80 years old, but as much as is being done at this time to save the environment, it still isn’t enough.

It seems to me that it will not be the residents of these countries using the most fossil fuels, electricity and all the other things we are running out of, it is the businesses. Many years ago McDonalds stopped using Styrofoam in their packaging to prevent the leaking of CFC’s into the atmosphere. Styrofoam takes hundreds of years to decompose and it is just one nail in the coffin of our environment.

We recycle in this household, but it is very difficult. They do not collect anything but paper, but we are required to recycle paper, bottles, tin, everything we can. We have to take that stuff to a recycling centre which is not on the doorstep and to do that we have to drive. They should provide residents with bin like the one we have for trash that is partitioned inside for bottles, paper etc, and collect it from us. That would at least have less cars on the road trying to save the environment by recycling while polluting the atmosphere. Not to mention we have to hold the garbage for recycling in the house before we can go, so it is highly inconvenient.

So yes, I am scared about the future. What will my children, should I have them, have to use in their lifetimes? Will people be taking their containers back to the supermarket to have them refilled rather than just getting a new plastic, non-decomposing bottle each week? Will the government make it easier for people to buy fuel efficient or electric cars? Will it ever be made just illegal to drive an SUV unless you have a good reason to do so?

These are the questions that I am asking as I see the climate change outside the window in front of me. The extreme windy weather of late is testament to changing conditions, not to mention that there are times outside that you don’t even need a jacket in January?

ITV have produced a documentary about the Antarctic melting… People get it is happening now. Are we going to see some more aggressive action before the world self destructs?

N.I.C.E. Refuses Life Changing Drug to Cancer Patients!

January 11, 2007

The Velcade ThreeThere are a lot of fights going on right now, but there is one particular fight, a fight of three Yorkshire women against the establishment. Their cause? They are fighting for the right for cancer patients to live.

Jacky Pickles, Janice Wrigglesworth and Marie Morton are raising money to fight Nice or the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. Look North, the division of the BBC news that delivers the news locally reported that these women saw a lawyer today and that they are now awaiting a February ruling.

These women who have all been diagnosed with cancer in the last 10 years are being treated by the drug Velcade. Velcade helps them reach a plateau in their illness and improve their quality of life. The health establishment says that the 9,000 GBP (per person) that it will cost to provide these and other women with this care is not cost effective for them. It is however more disturbing that more women could get this treatment if they lived in specific postcodes within the UK. Velcade is offered with no trouble in other postcodes, These three women are fighting to change that and are quickly becoming known as “The Velcade Three”

The women have been keeping a video diary for Look North in their day to day fight to survive. They are sapped of energy by their condition and still remain motivated to bring some light and justice to their situation. They certainly have succeeded as you can see that headlines all over the UK are blaring with their story.

If you would like to help the Velcade Three please visit their website at – On their website you will find more information about the women, their condition and how to make a donation to their cause. I urge everyone able reading this to donate something, anything to help stop this gross mis-carriage of justice. People have the right to survive no matter where they live in the UK!

Google Dictionary Defines “nice” as: decent: socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous; “from a decent family”; “a nice girl”

Nice is an unfortunate acronym for a company which seems to be anything but NICE!

How about it Microsoft, Google, Yahoo? Anyone? Can anyone help these people?