Tuesday 21st June 2016
(There hasn’t been a blog for some days because I’ve been on the bike or otherwise engaged – now time to catch up!)
We’re now staying for a week or so in a cottage in Derbyshire (courtesy of good friends) reviewing progress, catching up on all sorts of matters and having a bit of R & R.
Cycling from Edinburgh to Derbyshire over four days was fairly strenuous but I did pass through some lovely countryside. The main connection to peace issues was the range of castles down the east coast – including Edinburgh Castle, Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh.
Such fortifications demonstrate the technology of ‘nonlethal security’. Hadrian’s wall (which I visited a week or two earlier on a side trip) protects without killing.
Before this leg I had a very useful meeting with the Durham Abolish War Group.
Many thanks to Heather Speight, who organised it and her husband Nigel, as well as Klairi, Stewart, Andris, Jane and Mike.
Durham Abolish War
is a lively and active peace group who have excellent contacts with other peace organisations around the UK.
We had a wide ranging discussion about new technologies for peace, Trident, ways of achieving change and even about the background to the EU referendum (taking place in just two days).
It was good to stay in Derbyshire for a few days rest
The pause in Derbyshire is an excellent opportunity to look at future goals for the Journey. I have now cycled through Shetland and Orkney and continuously from John o’ Groats through Scotland and northern England to here. The trip – performed in stages – has been a symbolic journey avoiding the use of fossil fuel. Of course I’ve had a number of useful encounters on the way discussing new technologies for peace, but it’s now time to focus more on the issues than on the physical journey.
(Just to recap: the symbolic ‘journey without fossil fuel’ promotes the idea of the need for technological change in the way we manage international conflict. We are making huge changes in the technology we use to generate energy because we have to halt global warming. We need to make big changes in the technology of international security if we are to avoid ever more lethal warfare and quite possibly nuclear annihilation.)
Over the next few days we’ll be doing some careful planning on how to best explore these matters during the next stages of the Journey.