- nobody, on their deathbed, ever said "I wish I had spent more time at the office" - [think about it

The stress-busting fridge magnets....

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Steve Birks

| my Stoke-on-Trent local history web site |

'What is the use of a book', thought Alice, 'without pictures or conversations?'
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, ch. 1 Lewis Carrol



I've been told that I look like:
Wallace, Postman Pat, and the Turtle from "Creature Comforts"

You can make your own mind up!..

is it this one?
is it Pat?

or could this picture be the real me??
or Wallace?

<()> surely not this one.....!!
is it me?

must be the turtle.
or the turtle?


What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep and cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

W. H. Davis


A member of MENSA and a Christian -
contrary to popular belief you don't have
to leave your brains at the check-out
in order to be a believer!

[ British Mensa ]

[ Check out my Church web site ]

~ i believe in the love of God.
~ i believe it's real.
~ i believe it changes things.
~ does that make me a fundamentalist?





favourite film

["My time has been passed viciously and agreeably; at thirty-one, so few years months hours or minutes remain that "Carpe Diem" is not enough. I have been obliged to crop even the seconds - for who can trust to tomorrow?"] Lord Byron (1788-1824) - Byron died at age thirty-six. | The phrase Carpe Diem ("seize the day") was used by Horace in his Odes, bk1, ode 11. |

{"Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying" }To the Virgins, to make Much of Time" ROBERT HERRICK 1591-1674

O me! O life! of the questions of these recurring.....
The question, O me! so sad, recurring -- What good amid these, O me, O life?
Answer That you are here--that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.
WALT WHITMAN -1819-1892

The Road Not Taken

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost (18741963).




'Shoot the dots'...
Just to stop you getting bored
a really great 'shoot the boxes' game.
Just click on the x's to stop those
naughty little black dots getting you.

how high can you get your score?



| music likes |
- Blues - Jazz - Motown - Northern Soul - 
seen live: Eric Clapton | Jools Holland | Diana Ross | Ginger Baker | Deep Purple | Madness | George Melley | Suzie Quattro | Georgie Fame | Cliff Richards | Alan Price | Hank Marvin | B.B. King | James | John Mayall's Bluesbreakers | Bachelors | Gerry and the Pacemakers | The Who |

| reading likes |
- the Bible (many criticise it, but few read it) -
- Private Eye (satirical mag.) - Scientific American -
Authors: J.G. Ballard | Terry Pratchett | C.S. Lewis | Iain Banks | 

| hobbies |
| Alto Saxophone | Whisky | Reading | Cycling | Local History |