Love is all around

In Love Actually, Hugh Grant paints a wonderful picture of the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport:


“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”

I’ve had a similar experience at the Check In desk of Manchester Airport today. I was fortunate enough to be stood very close to the escalator to the departure gates for about three hours, and during this time I was witness to so many moving scenes.

Whole families were turning out to say goodbye to one traveller. With brave faces, and love in their eyes they wished them well on their travels.

Fathers saying goodbye to their children as they left for a business trip.

A father trying so hard not to cry, as his 24 year old son left to start a new life in Japan.

Lovers kissing and crying as one of them was off to travel the world.

An engaged couple embracing, excited to be getting married abroad.

A whole family so excited because they were travelling to Cape Town to meet relatives they’d never met.

Nobody was angry. Nobody was rude. Nobody was abusive. It was a perfect three hours of love, and with the state of the world today, I wish everyone could have witnessed it.


See the Miracles

While in a greetings card shop today, I noticed some inspirational postcards, and one has stuck in my mind. 

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Train – Hey Soul Sister

This song hasn’t just been in my head, oh no – it’s been absorbed by my soul. Whenever I open my mouth to sing, out comes “Hey soul sister…”. I hang up the phone at work and find myself singing it to myself under my breath, every time! And it’s been this way for a couple of weeks already.
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I Love You

i love you

“I love you”. Those three little words can mean so much, but are often bandied around with little or no thought to their meaning.
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The Pretenders – I’ll Stand By You

I loved this song when it first came out back in 1994 (I just worked out how old I was then; now I feel old). I used to sing it all the time in my bedroom, belting it out at he top of my voice (I bet my folks LOVED me!).

Even now, 19 years later, the lyrics still give me goosebumps.

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REO Speedwagon – Take it on the Run

I came across some old CDs in a box this week while having a poke about in my spare room. As soon as I saw my old REO Speedwagon CD so many memories came flooding back and I had to sit down to take it all in properly. It’s not as if I’ve ever stopped thinking about him; more that I don’t think about all the little wonderful things about our friendship and the life we lived.

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Tinchy Stryder Ft. N-Dubz – Number 1

Those of you who know me might find this weeks’ Song of the Week a little strange, but I admit…..I am a secret N-Dubz fan. They make music with a good beat and the result is some banging feel-good tunes!

I know I go on about lyrics and I’d hate to disappoint you on this one….

see I don’t understand how you’re number one
when it was just a fling before now, you’re the one
see all I did was blink twice, from my homie to my only
number one

I love how simple it is. One minute they’re friends after a quick fling; the next they have fallen in love. It’s the perfect love story set to an awesome beat. What’s not to like?!