Writings from a campervan.

Seemingly a waste of time!  How many times over the years have I sat down with a laptop, a computer, a word processor or a typewriter and set out on that quest for the long awaited ‘bestseller’!  Back in the earlier days it would be a sack on my back, a wad of A4 paper, a bunch of pens, a few carrots, bottles of water and a search for solitude in the mountains or along a coastline.  There were the mountains in Kashmir, the beaches in Cyprus, Greece, the Canaries, Thailand.  The list goes on.  The failures go on!

But I sit here again, laptop out and my AEG Olympia Traveller de Luxe S typewriter under the desk, ready for when power dies down or I feel the next for the physical satisfaction of bashing out words and seeing them in instant print.

I made another short video on my mobile phone yesterday.  Another video about the quest to help in the Missing Persons field.  I think I will get there.  I just need to keep trying.

I have three sayings written down on my office whiteboard in front of me.  They are:

“When nothing goes right-go left”.

“Go and wake up your luck”.   (An Iranian saying).

And “Don’t wait for the opportunity-create it”.

All good sayings I feel. The first one reminds me of a trip through Turkey back in 2001.  I had no money and no work.  I was hitchhiking to Damascus from Geneva and was walking along a windy and dangerous road with traffic roaring past me.  My thumb was out but no lifts were offered.  The noise of the lorries was horrible, the fumes equally bad.  I was really pissed off, and a little voice in my head said ‘turn around, go in the opposite direction’.  Of course, I thought this was ridiculous.  Damascus was that direction, why would I want to go the other way?  But the voice grew louder and I said right, things are bad enough as they are, let’s turn around.  And I did.  I put my thumb down and walked in the opposite direction.  After a short while I saw a turning to the right.  The traffic noise receded, and the fumes disappeared.  The roads narrowed and I walked up into the hills.  The birds sang and the sun started to set.  I walked trough a very small village and then darkness came down.  It was cold but I wrapped myself in my jacket, lay down in a field and actually managed some sleep, some peaceful sleep.  I was right to follow the voice.  Sometimes, when struggling, it can be a good idea to stop the struggle, slow down, and try the opposite approach.  I got up from my field as dawn broke and started walking down the road.  A horse and cart drew up beside me and the driver motioned for me to climb aboard.  I did.  He gave me a lift for about a mile and a half.  Such a pleasure that was.

The second saying is as I say an Iranian one.  I came across it after having read a book by an English lady who travelled around Iran on her motorbike.  It was a good read and thought the saying was mighty powerful.  If life is boring, or not working for you, and no one is helping you to change that life, then it can be up to you, “Go and wake up your life”!

And the third, “Don’t wait for the opportunity-create it”.  However hard this might seem to do, it has to be possible.  If we have a strong enough drive or desire to do something then as Goethe says, and I have his full saying on the wall of my campervan, “commit yourself and a whole stream of events issues from this decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no one could have dreamt could have come your way.  Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”

So, what do you want to do with your life?  Are you happy with it, then fine, if you are not, would anything of these sayings help you change direction?

Finding the magic in Human Beings. (10.09.21).

Investigative Genetic Genealogy-The way to go in the UK? TiptoeOwens.

The USA are making great strides in solving many cold cases through the use of Genetic Genealogy.  What are the hurdles to the potential to seeing this process used within the UK?  Your comments appreciated.
  1. Investigative Genetic Genealogy-The way to go in the UK?
  2. A drizzly afternoon with The Man from Balmore.
  3. Keeping up the short podcasts for "The Man from Balmore".
  4. The Man from Balmore.
  5. 18.11.2020 A Day Of Prayer For The Missing.

20.06.2021

Finally getting around to updating blog and website. Apologies for not doing it sooner. As far as I am aware, through google searches primarily, sadly there seem to have been no positive movement in the small amount of but important life stories mentioned in this website.

Andrea Frances, Georgina Gharsallah’s Mum, ran, jogged and walked an exhausting 100km ultra marathon to raise awareness of Georgina disappearance and Missing Persons. This is the first of three that she is attempting. No doubt she will give it her all. Andrea is a fun runner at heart, not going out to break records, but what an achievement so far. I noticed, whilst being invited into her home for a cup of tea a year or so ago, the large number of medals hanging on the wall whilst going up the stairs. How many are there Andrea? 20, 30, 40?

I enclose a newspaper article about her run.

https://www.dailyadvent.com/gb/news/36f2d11869acb6ff58e5177b34b73247-Georgina-Gharsallahs-mother-completes-first-of-incredible-24hour-endurance-challenges

Over the past three months I have been attempting to see if I can help in the identification of a man named, ‘The Man from Balmore’. This gentleman was found in the woods next to Golf Course Road in the village of Balmore just North of Glasgow on the 16th October 2011. I enclose a short audio of where I am at with this. I returned to the woods yesterday. I talk to the guy every day, trying to see if he is ready to identify himself, or allow us to do so whilst investigating. His body was found in quite an amazing way. This finding leads me to feel an identification, with his permission, is possible. https://anchor.fm/simon-anthony-owens/episodes/The-Man-from-Balmore-e12ms45

I will keep you updated.

Another Day of Prayer for the Missing.

Wednesday 18th November 2020 will be the second Day of Prayer for the Missing. Why? Because I went for a walk yesterday evening in the blustery wind and rain having asked God yet again to tell me what to do! And as I walked, memories of previous demonstrations and protests that I have done over the years flicked back into my thoughts. The amount of t shirts that I had written on, the sign writing I had done on various vehicles, the posters that I had put up.

So let’s do it again. The first Day of Prayer for the Missing that I organised a month or so ago was hastily put together. The Day didn’t get much coverage-but it happened.

I have made the date for six months time. No need to rush. I believe in the power of God, of the Universe, of Nature, of Life. I believe that the forces involved with these entities can help somehow in solving some of these agonising true stories.

I believe these forces have a memory that can somehow help us. These forces of nature need no cctv cameras, they need no eye witness’. The memory of what has happened to all those that are missing, in my opinion, are etched within the memory of time. People disappeared without trace. But something did happen. Explanations must be available.

The second Day of Prayer for the Missing attempts to link up with the forces of nature to somehow help us reveal what has happened to all those that have gone missing. The Day by no means guarantees miracles. It doesn’t guarantee results for All. But it does hope for miracles. It does hope for results. And it asks for the Universe to guide us safely and sensibly to actions that we can take to help reveal the answers to some of these true stories.

I will update a photograph of a t shirt with the Day‘s details on it. I will also update a photograph when I have sign written on my van, Clarence.

I am not going to concentrate of promoting the Day through social media. I will rely on my t shirts, my van, my blog, perhaps my Patreon page and anyone that wishes to get involved. It will be a simple day. I hope it will be an effective day. Thank you for reading this.

First bit of sign writing. More to come I expect.
A day of Prayer for the #Missing.

How do we help initiate calmness?

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This picture was taken in the afternoon on Sunday 19th January, this year, 2020. This is a view of the South West coastal area of the island of El Hierro, the furthest South and West of the Canary islands. This area of sea is called Mar Las Calmas, (Calm Sea).  It is part of the Atlantic ocean.  If you set sail on a sail boat, ordinarily, and with no mishaps and a near on constant North Easterley wind, you should reach the Caribbean within three to four weeks at an average speed of 5 or 6 knots an hour.

The high hill I am sat on shelters Las Calmas from the North Easterlies.  There was a gentle cool breeze yesterday, the only noise from that gentle breeze made by its journey through the pine trees.  The cool air here makes breathing easy.  The silence makes thinking easier.  It is the sort of place that reminds you that amongst the stresses of life, somehow, all can be well, somehow.

But how can you say this to someone who has a loved one or a friend who has gone missing?  How can you say to someone in this position that all will be well?

Because sometimes all is not well, all will not be well, and hope at all is hard to imagine, let alone find.

Can people who are suffering daily, minute by minute, second by second find some form of calmness amongst the madness and torture of their feelings?

Is there any way on Earth, or any thing on Earth that can give these people at least momentary times of calmness. periods of time, however small, when they can feel at peace with their world, even if to return to their madness and torture shortly afterwards?

Are there words that can be said?  Are there places they can go?  Are there people they can talk to?  Are there people they can hold, are there people that will hold them?

The torture, grief, not knowing, horror and depression associated to people when loved ones and friends go missing is almost otherwordly.

These people need to feel a belonging.  They need, amongst their tortured feelings to still be, and feel, a part of this working World.

Through moments of calm can we somehow help their present situations?  We, as a World community must be able to do something, somethings, to ease their pain.

How can we start to create moments of calmness for those presently in so much pain?

( A blogpost from the island of El Hierro. An island, raw, dramatic and up close to nature).

This website…

22.11.2020. Time to leave social media alone for the time being, and listen to the voice within, much more knowledgeable than I am…I will suspend this website for the time being. All the best to everyone, and thank you for your support. I will continue within the Missing Person field, but in a different way. Will update when appropriate. Many thanks.

…is dedicated to holding those that are Missing, and the Families and Friends of those that are Missing, in the highest possible light.

It is dedicated to attempting to help assist those looking for Loved Ones and Friends.

It is dedicated to attempting to help locate those that are Missing, in the safest, quickest and most sensible way possible, whilst at the same time paying great attention to the will of the Person who is actually Missing.

People have every right to disappear if they wish too. However, those that are looking for loved ones have an equal right to search, (in my opinion).

It is very much hoped that the work of this website will benefit the Missing Persons Field and not hinder it. So long as it benefits it, it will continue to function. Should it hinder it, the website will cease to exist.

This website will work with minimal social media help or exposure. It will be run through information found in newspapers, through posters seen in public areas, through word of mouth, through travels around the UK and Europe and through contact via this website.

For the time being I will be sharing the details of a maximum of ten UK Citizens that have gone missing either in the UK or in Europe.

Thank you for looking at this site.