It is Remembrance Sunday and I'm proud to be able to say that I live in Mirfield which is well known for its parade.
This year's effort was no exception but one of the really special aspects for me was the number of young people attending from a myriad of uniformed organisations. There were scouts, guides and cubs but also the cadet sections of the three branches of our nations armed forces plus other groups I'd never heard of and children with parents spectating. Brilliant!
To those who don't approve for whatever reason the anniversary is about remembering and not just those who died but those who suffered afterwards, families as well as wounded veterans.
Births on this date
Giles Gilbert Scott born 1880 and invented the red telephone box.
What a significant creation that was! Many people, when referring to the UK, name these boxes as typically British.
We remember events for all kinds of intensely personal reasons and our personalities are developed in some way from what we remember. When we write our stories the memories of our characters are just as significant and worth taking care of.
My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
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This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.