Love is all around

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

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“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.

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The Levellers – The Likes of You and I

These guys have been a favourite band for many years. Back when I was 18 I lived with a musician and his band used to cover one of their songs. I was lucky enough to see them play a couple of years ago; they were doing an anniversary tour of the Levelling The Land album. It was great to finally see them live.

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World Peace

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I’ve recently joined up with Bloggers For Peace, and as such I have to publish a peace related blog post at least once a month, whether it be my thoughts, a photo, a poem – anything.

So this is my first piece.

World Peace is such a massive concept. Too large to comprehend; certainly too large to appear achievable. But what are kids taught to do when tackling big tasks or complex problems? To break them down into bite sized chunks.

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