I saw Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II driven down Galley Hill during some symbolic tour when just six or seven - It's why the road from Adeyfield to the Old Town (of Hemel Hempstead) is named Queensway. In 1965 I still remember the furore surrounding the funeral of Winston Churchill and just one year later, watching Nobby Styles, Bobby Moore, et al beat the (West) Germans in the World Cup Final - it is the celebrations after the victory that are most vivid - Harold Wilson looking on in total bemusement. A fictitious "Moon Landing", the assassination of JFK and Martin Luther-King - I can recall seeing The Who when Keith Moon was still alive; having the absolute privilege of watching the great QPR teams of the 70's - Rodney Marsh, Stan Bowles, times (we had five full England internationals - including Gerry Francis; the England captain!) when, if not for Kevin Keegan, we'd have been Div 1 winners! I remember the joy at the dismantling of the Berlin Wall and the devastating scenes of 9/11 and the Twin Towers - there are many others.
Moments, in my time on this planet, which are etched into my very soul. Pivotal and incredibly intense, emotionally - they are a map of my journey through time. So we come to the game changing events of 23rd June 2016 - The Brexit referendum - "Independence Day" I have, once again, experienced a massive occasion in the journey of England, as a country, and Great Britain, as an entity. I'll come straight out and state that my vote was "Leave", but am fully capable of listening to any others who voted "Remain" - by being party to this democratic process you have the right to a voice - to that 28% who couldn't be bothered - "Shut the f*ck up" - if you couldn't be bothered, then neither am I with anything you have to say!
"Do nothing, Nothing changes!" It's a sentiment that I, can and, have applied to many decisions undertaken during my life. Not always the best decisions I've ever made, but that can only be discovered with the passing of time - hindsight; we've been there before! Is Brexit the making, or breaking, of the UK? There can be no doubts about the allure of the UK to other populations from Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe - our NHS, the benefits structure and welfare infrastructure must seem incredible to those outside of our borders. My personal vote was not cast to stop people aspiring to become part of our multi-cultural population, just if a migrant wants to join us then there is one very simple ground rule. You chose us - we didn't choose you! If you want to be part of our culture. then you agree to our rules, not bring your own.
Oh yeah - I did get out with the rods, early doors and missed the only bite (07.00 hrs) because I was chatting with Benno, on the phone, about the Brexit referendum result! There's more to come, of that I'm certain.