Richard Bird was educated in South Wales, and then at Cambridge University where he studied architecture. After working for Sir Leslie Martin in Cambridge he moved to London. Short detours from the mainstream included a period in Saudi Arabia, and teaching at Harvard. He set up his architectural practice in Notting Hill in 1984.
His architectural practice was one of the first in the UK to adopt computers for drawing (CAD). He wrote a book The Guide to CAD on the Mac and later founded the Macintosh CAD User Association which helped set up many other practices in CAD.
In 1990 he founded UNIPASS, a company set up to develop an in-car congestion charging system, which would also provide for parking payment in cities. This proved to be a few years ahead of its time... well who thought Ken Livingstone would get in...
In 2003 he opened the Bluejay Jazz Lounge in London to fill up his spare time; Ronnie Scott's has survived the competition.
To while away idle hours he plays guitar, cycles, rides his Harley, skis, puzzles over crop circles, radiates love and peace, tastes wines, and has been known to cook a passable meal.
Will the young generation forgive the politicians who sold their birthright for a mess - not the biblical mess of potage, but just a mess - to appease xenophobic and jingoistic elements in the two main parties?
If that is not done, an exit of the UK from the EU and its subsequent consequences may be carried out without any democratic mandate or legal basis whatsoever. History may not treat that fiasco kindly.
The country needs need Labour and Conservative MPs who will stand up against the Rule of Fear, remember their Code of Conduct, to serve the best interests of the nation first and party last, and show that they have the moral fibre and integrity to take a firm stand and stop this self -destruction of the United Kingdom.
It seems inevitable that the Supreme Court will dismiss the current Appeal and an enabling Bill will be tabled by the Government to give authority to the PM to serve Article 50 notice whenever the Cabinet (or perhaps just Mrs May) chooses to do so.
The UK needs either: A submission of the entire issue to Parliament for a debate and free vote; Or a second referendum with <em>clearly defined</em> options and consequences and factual public information upon which to make a vote provided by an independent impartial committee set up by the Government. And we need it NOW.
The great English philosopher and social reformer Jeremy Bentham defined as the "fundamental axiom" of his philosophy the principle that "<strong>it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong".</strong> Let's apply that test to the current dilemma facing the Government.
The core message is: the UK has an amazing deal, If we leave, it may never be available again. If Brexit is not the dream that is promised we would be cap in hand, accepting whatever is offered. We have a respected and powerful voice, and a vital part to play in a much bigger world stage than that of Little Britain
22/06/2016 17:15 BST
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