Rosie's mention of her 500th blog got me looking at how many Parkview blogs I have done. This is, in fact, my 241st posting. However, what looking made me realise was that I only did 20 postings in 2009. My time and energy has gone into my Parkviews website, which has become something different from what I originally intended. I began in 2007 wanting to record life in and around Lenton Recreation Ground, but soon it became more than parochial. And now I sit at the computer wondering at what point does an 'interest' become a 'distraction'?
But first, I have decided to reprise a few of my favourite park pics — a kind of top five — in no particular order — and why I have chosen them.
One is for sure, the park remains an interest, a passion. All that I want from life, with the exception of family, longstanding friends and the sea, can be found in what I will describe as 'Greater Lenton' for now (a blog and a topic for another day).
I look about me and I am free from being a formal member of any committee, although I attend occasional community meetings and help where and when I can with a number of Lenton groups. Being am secretary of the bowls club doesn't count because they a bunch of pensioned-off anarchists.
So, are there any 'Lenton distractions' — anything which prevents me from giving my time and attention to my 'interests' — ie. something that I am concerned or enthusiastic about? The answer is 'yes'. I can resolve to drop Lenton news from the parkviews website which is of no real interest to me. On other words, a distraction. It is something which I change from time to time anyway. The trouble is that I do have interests I want to develop. Things that I still want to achieve, to make happen. Some are personal, one is in Lenton and across Nottingham, perhaps nationally. These are thoughts I wrestle with and, at the moment, I have no clear answers to.
Eric Carlin has announced he is stepping down from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), in part because of his concerns at the speed with which ministers pushed through a ban on the drug mephedrone.