The search for Self is vain, because it is a search for something that does not exist except as a mythical concept which has had to be taken into the structure of language by common assent. If it is used in any other way than as a fictitious convenience - if it is taken as meaning something real and enduring - it cannot be anything but a stumbling-block to the development of right understanding.
Eric Lubbock, Lord Avebury, b September 29, 1928. Upper Canada College & Balliol College Oxford (BA 1949, boxing blue); Welsh Guards (Second Lieut) 1949-51; Rolls Royce (aero-engine division) 1951-6; Production Engineering 1956-60; Charterhouse Group 1960-2.
MP Orpington 1962-70; Liberal Chief Whip 1963-70;
Chair, Parliamentary Civil Liberties Group 1964-70; Parliamentary Human Rights Group, 1976-1997; Traveller Law Reform Unit; Peru Support Group, 2003-; Cameroon Campaign Group 2003-
Speaker's Conference on Electoral Law 1963-5; Select Committee on Science and Technology, 1968-70; Royal Commission on Standards of Conduct in Public Life, 1974-6
President, Data Processing Management Association, 1972-5; Fluoridation Society, 1972-84; Conservation Society, 1973-83; London Bach Society, 1984-98; ACERT (Advisory Council for Education of Romanies & Travellers) 2001-;TAPOL (Indonesian human rights); Kurdish Human Rights Project;
Patron, Angulimala (Buddhist Prison Chaplaincy), 1992-; Founder, Parliamentarians for East Timor, 1988; Vice-Chair, Parliamentary Group for Tibet; Member, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE); Fellow, British Computer Society (FBCS).
Yesterday I did a recording on the election for NTD TV, and had the pleasure of discussing the campaign so far with the Chair of the Chinese LibDems, Merlene Toh Emerson, who is our Parliamentary Candidate in Hammersmith & Fulham. The Chinese community in the UK is more actively involved than at previous elections, and we have three candidates of Chinese origin.
TodayI had a copy letter from the consultant physician at Dulwich who ordered the full blood test I had there on March 30. Everything was normal except the haemoglobin, which had dropped from 10.3 in January to 9.7 this time, compared with the normal 13.0-16.5 g/dL I had been attending a haematology appointment when I broke my leg last October, and that appointment has now been resuscitated for April 30. There are all sorts of reasons for a low haemog;obin count including non-Hodgin's lymphoma which I had in 2006.
I chaired a meeting of the Gypsy and Traveller Stakeholder Group at the Department of Children, Schools and Families between 13.00 and 15.00, at which most of the members were old friends. It was a useful and constructive discussion.