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Welcome to my world of innovation in the Built Environment.

I have been working in the construction industry for the majority of my working life and this web site has been set up to give you a flavour of some of the projects that I have been involved in both professionally and as a keen, but slightly mad, DIY fanatic.  Working as I do for part of Innovate UK in the Knowledge Transfer Network I believe that we are on the cusp of some enormous technological changes and subsequent social challenges.



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Darkness Over Germany a book by Amy Buller

Darkness over Germany

A book review.

This was a book that had too many frightening comparisons to modern western Europe.  Amy Buller had a wonderful interest in and understanding of the people of Germany and the rise of fascism in the 1930’s.  Hitler didn’t come to power through some grand plan or power scheme but thorough a series of political failures, partly inflicted by the UK and especial the French at the end of the first world war.  The German people didn’t really choose Hitler he was more often or not seen as the lesser evil between communism and fascism.

Amy Buller’s simple series of discussions with ordinary German people really gave me an insight into the way that such an evil force as Hitler’s fascism could take control of such a proud nation and eventually destroy it.  The way that people felt disenfranchised with politics is something we see so much in Britain at the moment.  A lack of coconscious about the most viable and appropriate political direction is also so obvious with the 50/50 spilt over Brexit.  The use of scapegoats for all our problems it’s all the fault of the Jews, Muslims or foreigners. A sense that it is all someone else’s fault now ours.  Poverty on the streets, who really choices to live on the streets in the 21st century? A deep sense by many that conventional politics will not address the failures of society.  A lack of a common agreement about sense of community and a disconnect between hard work and reward.   All these factors and more scare the hell out of me we could so easily end up in a political crisis as big as that of 1930’s Germany. The way that Hitler recreated the lost German identity was extremely powerful and a place that most Germans were thankful for.  The real cost of that revival hidden from the majority until it was too late to do anything about it.  This book is a must read for anyone with a political conscious.    

I was very taken by a quote from Nicolai Berdyaev Unendurable loneliness that humanism has brought to men who now seek to escape from that in all sorts of forms of collectivism.  That humanism has not strengthened man but weakened him in the paradoxical denouement of modern history.  In the very act of affirming himself he has lost himself.  European man strode into modern history full of confidence in himself and his creative powers to which he put no limit; today leaves it to pass into euphoria epoch discouraged by his faith in himself in shreds, that faith which he had in his own powers and the strength of his own skill and he is threatened with the loss of the core of his personality.

So how far have we changed since this time?  In western Europe we have lost more of our traditional faith in a omnipotent being and gained a great sense of society but many people still feel spiritually lost.  I still have a great faith in Humanism and have to continue to remind my fellow man that we live in a less violent time now than any time in our history.  We again have great faith in the power and strength of our own skills, anything can be solved by science.

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A new role Sep 2016
Implementing BIM Mar 2016
Digital Construction Week 2015
Time to Vote May 2015
Wheat Belly Jan 2015
The politics of money Oct 2014
Better together? Sep 2014
Specifying Ground Source Heating  May 2014
Got any change please 01-07-2013
More or less violent 28-04-2013
Elanthy olive oil 24-02-2013
Suicide is painless? 05-12-2012
Buying a new car 08-09-2012
Assest Skills 08-05-2012
The use of social media
High Speed 1 experiance 01-04-2012
The rights & wrongs of Baptising a baby?
HS2 11-01-2012
Europe friend or foe? 12-12-2011
PV FITs Reduction 06-11-2011
In Defence of Politics 27-09-2011
riots 10-08-2011
Famine Burnout 20-07-2011
B2B Social Media 21-06-2011
Social Media 26-05-2011
Dying Maters 25-03-2011