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Posted by The Oxford Road Reading on March 9, 2015 at 5:00 AM

As a small business owner you may wonder where your business will be in the next 3-5 years, wonder if you have the capacity to weather the forthcoming onslaught that the community, business environment, government and ever growing two headed good and evil wolf puppy (that is global ideology) dishes out.


As one of the worlds heavy hitting countries some would see us as simply flyweight at best, bantamweights at a push and super lightweight when global sporting or royal events lift us as a nation, when for a desired space of time we as 'one nation under a groove' feel proud, that moment when magic can become reality and with bated breath and tight clenched fists we pray for miracles.


The days of turning water to wine are slowly dwindling away, so too are the core people of the 60's & 70's within the community that followed the stories from books housed in the buildings many saw as sanctuaries. Today the five and ten pence pieces donated to support their worthy causes are replaced with similar figures as notes and topped up by funding fit to feed a nation.


Some may say we live on the foundations that were laid for us by the generation before, cheap housing now worth ten fold, inherited then sold to feed a modern lifestyle, the old wanting to remain young, the young wanting to be older, the poor who would kill to be enriched and the rich who would rather die than be poor.


Over the past years there have been many new developments in and around Reading, Berkshire UK, tradition has been lost in some areas with the rebirth of new ideals. Where there once stood one man running excitedly with the baton of a communities ideas, dreams, vision and hope, you now have committees and boards sat discussing what's best for the people, sending messengers walking doubtfully towards the community empty handed but for creative ideas… innovation!


None of us have the answers to life or community questions, and those who have answered, have they done so honestly or through anger, annoyance, greed, self progress or popularity - would their answer be the same if asked again?



The future: |ˈfjuːtʃə| noun1 (usu. the future) a period of time following the moment of speaking or writing; time regarded as still to come… 

Still to come! For who, for what, opportunities to be missed, ventures to be overlooked or plans that will be left as vague ideas? We don’t know what the future holds, but be rest assured it’s coming, so if you are wasting your time effectively you are standing still, if you are standing still and time waits for no man effectively you are moving backwards and if you move backwards enough you will be back at your beginning with nowhere to go but to turn around and face your end. The End!


The modern world has given us everything we need at the click of a button and the ability to stretch life’s resources to live above our means with many playing buckaroo with materialistic haberdashery, the modern world has given us everything we can ask for except common sense and purpose.


Next time you walk past a mirror, STOP!! gaze (don't look...GAZE) and ask yourself, what is my purpose here, what was the last thing I whole heartedly fought for with passion and how did it make me feel. Not many people live the life they want, fear of loss, fear of failure, fear of the unknown; fear can damage the shell of confidence amongst mortals - so next time you see an opportunity, venture, invite or a suggestion come up that fits your lifestyle, that reminds you of who you are or wanted to be, that reignites your dream and life purpose… TAKE IT!

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Reply Martin Burton
4:30 AM on October 18, 2022