My name is Jon. I’m a male hominid of the species Homo Sapiens, which is currently the dominant species and the one causing the most damage to the climate and ecosystems of the planet Earth, a little rocky planet about 4 billion years old, orbiting a very ordinary small yellow star in a relatively quiet backwater of the Milky Way galaxy.
I spend my time worrying about my adult children, each of whom carries one half of my genes, and being an inventor, synthesist, technology consultant and writer.
My patient, long-suffering, lovely wife also seems to think I’m worth spending time with, which is nice. I’m somewhat past half way through my natural life expectancy, having travelled over fifty orbits of the star whose solar system we inhabit, so there’s plenty still to do.
If you’re still reading this, then thank you for the patience and curiosity that got you this far, and for taking the trouble to read my words. They are, of course, of no consequence in the grand scheme of things, but writing them helped me spend some of my time productively, and I hope they help you in some way.
Politically I’m a sort of apolitical humanist rationalist. I find myself unable to support any political party that doesn’t have a strong leader with long term political vision – which rules them all out really.
I loathe the negativity of our press, and the inability of journalists to report the truly important issues when there’s something more juicy or sensationalist on offer. Let’s face it, they can’t even work out who’s truly to blame for most things.
I despair at the apathetic acceptance by my fellow man-in-the-street of inadequate politicians, shoddy customer service, and corporate dominance over both government and society. I despise the UK’s swing to the right, away from social democracy and towards an “I’m alright Jack” society.
I come from the City of Brighton and Hove, which until recently was part of the administrative region of East Sussex, and which now appears to be the lone bastion of centre-left politics in the South East of England.
I have also been a freelance writer since 1989, writing for many UK & international newspapers and periodicals under several pseudonyms. I now write for blogs.
In my spare time I cook, study bushcraft, scuba dive, ski and cycle.
If you have been, thanks for reading.
Last updated March 2019