What will next year hold in store?

INCREDIBLE ENVIRONMENT: Distant planets, men walking on the moon.

IT will be my 77th on the planet, at one point I didn’t think I’d make it past 30!

Well, yet another year looms over us. I wonder what this one holds in store. It will actually be my 77th on this planet of ours.

Not bad really, especially when you consider that at one point I didn’t think I’d get much further than 30!


A record number of friends and colleagues have passed this year. I suppose that is one of the drawbacks of relative longevity. If you last long enough one day they will all be gone. Not sure I want to be around for that!

Anyway here we go with the year of our Lord 2016. To be honest, if you were born in 1939 that very date sounds futuristic enough to boggle the mind. When, as a youngster, I lost myself in the adventures of Dan Dare in the Eagle comics, it never dawned that one day I would actually live in the incredible environment depicted in those fantasy adventures. Instant visual communication. Spaceships to distant planets. Men walking on the moon. Weapons of mass destruction!

Odd is it not that humans can be so advanced in some respects and remain so primitive in others? We’re all still killing each other. I reckon it’ll be about a thousand years more before we learn to live in peace with our fellow man.

The abolition of all organised religions would be a step in the right direction. What mankind needs is a spiritual revolution. Something that is guided by the heart and the soul, instead of scribings in ancient manuscripts that are completely out of touch with the present day.

Books that teach violence and disruption as a means of attaining the fast track to Shangri La and are so obscure in their content, they can be interpreted in any way our religious hierarchy deem fit. Dream on Leapy.

So, all that remains is to thank you all for all your missives and interest. (Don’t worry, I can still take it!) Thanks also to the Euro Weekly News for still remaining one of the last bastions of free speech, and a very happy, peaceful and healthy New Year to you all.

Keep the faith.
Love Leapy. 
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  1. Hi Leapy,
    this too is my 77th.year ( Oct.) would like to know your month! Look forward to your comments in 2016. Have to say ” I’ve agreed with nearly all of them”.
    Keep well & keep ’em coming.

  2. Hi Leapy,
    Many thanks for your most enjoyable column. Long may it continue, with you at the wheel. Thank you too EWN, for allowing him to be so outspoken and forthright. So badly needed in these times of Political correctness and Spin Doctors.
    Congratulation too Leapy on by passing all of the dangers of being in the pop business and surviving intact until now. I am a tad behind you and hopefully supportive. (born Sept 1941).
    My last 30 working years were contracted to the European Space Agency, Until then, my interest in Space started and ended with Dan Dare. Now I am in awe of the stupendous achievements we have made in Space. Rosetta and Philae being very recent and photographing Pluto the very latest. Did you know that it takes sunlight traveling at the speed of light 5.5 hours to reach Pluto. The facts and figures and the maths involved in navigating in Space is mind blowing and I can only admire the Scientists, Physicists, and Engineers that make all of these events possible.
    The retrograde mentality of some very few have no chance in hell of slowing down our progress in scientific achievement. They are too stupid to understand it, so they fight it. A very human trait.
    Keep your faith Leapy.
    And a very happy new year to you and all of your readers.
    Best Wishes

  3. Good column, Leapy. The first half, anyway. My Grandma (born in ’25) says the same about TV. She heard tales from her parents and elder siblings about their years in India, and from my Grandad about his terrible five years as a FEPOW in Japan and being forced to trek through the jungles of Siam, building the railway in Burma, and at Changi prison (now Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore airport and…erm…Japan). Then TV became commonplace and she could actually SEE these places – she says it was incredible. She’s not convinced about the internet, but was stunned when I showed her a photo of her grandfather’s bakery as it was when she was 12 years old, after finding it on google. She took me for a walk down her childhood street so I could see the difference between the photos I’d found and shown her, and how it is today. (I put on my best clothes in case we stepped into a timewarp and I met her mother…!)
    As for organised religions: banning them isn’t the answer. People have the freedom to believe, and research shows devoutly religious patients deal better with serious, and terminal illness. Religion helps people deal with bereavement. What needs to happen is an in-house move to re-educate. I’ve had altercations with ‘Christians’ who actually believe a 2,000-year-old text is a handbook for modern life! But it IS happening, slowly. My divorced dad and his divorced wife were ‘married’ in their local parish by a divorced female vicar. Religious leaders are the ones who wield the power and, if they use it well, will be key here.


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