A COUPLE of things happened today that made me raise an eyebrow. It seemed to me that they were connected and I, therefore, came to a conclusion.
Later in the day, I found that there was absolutely no significance in the coincidence.
Too often, or so it seems to me, we attempt to look for significance in random coincidence with curious outcomes!
In our sound-bite world this seems to be becoming a regular occurrence.
The worry is that things are then said in error which can be hugely damaging.
As we rocket toward 2015, the war of words has already started as our political leaders attempt to score points over those opposing them.
We all tend to only loosely listen to what is being said which inevitably links coincidental events to which we attach unwarranted significance.
In a world crowded with social media it is so easy to hear bits of a conversation rather than the whole thing and judgements are then made without the luxury of firm knowledge.
That judgement can launch damaging comment and once the words are out there attempting to pull them back is almost impossible.
All I am saying really is that once the political rhetoric heats up we must listen with care and keep the spiteful comments at arm's length.
To be quite honest, if you don't have something nice to say about someone then being quiet is probably the best option.
If you do have a criticism to make then at least ensure that it is understood and balanced.
I don't know whether you have stumbled across J K Rowling's new book 'A Casual Vacancy' which is very different from the often dark Harry Potter stories.
It was, for me, a fascinating read because it captured the essence of a community and demonstrated how words can skew a point of view.
It doesn't take much for negative comment to grow into something quite harmful.
As the politicians both local and national seek election those social divisions can become very complicated with quite often unintended consequences.
One activity that I have always felt an excellent platform for social cohesion is the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and recently the 500th gold presentation ceremony took place in London.
There is an increasing need, in my opinion, to encourage young people not in full time education to use the DofE to develop skills to provide a life platform that will both build their skill portfolio and also help bind a community together.
Please ask your local councillors what they are doing to support the Duke of Edinburgh's Award among those not in full-time education or part of a youth organisation.
Talking of community cohesion, I was really pleased to see so many people pitch up to the Oldway Mansion (pictured) open afternoon the other Saturday.
The tour of this crumbling building was actually quite exciting because we got to see parts that have never been open to the public.
I gather from the developer that nothing much is going to happen for at least a year and that given the poor state of the fabric the whole project is going to be very challenging.
Torbay Council, in these cash-strapped times, must be really pleased that this money bucket is off their hands.
At least I think that it is off their hands.
The weather this summer has been fantastic and the sunshine continued into September.
That warm weather was good news for one young couple who decided to hold their wedding reception at the Red Rocks beach café on Goodrington seafront.
Always a worry when you are that close to the water because if the wind comes blasting in from the sea accompanied by lashing icy rain then the whole event can become a washout.
But their evening went well and the Red Rocks beach café throbbed with an eight-piece band hammering out toe tapping music.
It is very easy to say negative things about our tourism offering and yet there really is so much to do.
For anyone wandering along Goodrington seafront and Young's Park that evening it must have seemed quite atmospheric.
I loved it and can still feel the tingle today.
In a little while the clocks change and the sun continues to head south.
Thankfully, this year we have all been buoyed by some lovely weather which has made the English Riviera sparkle.
The thing is that the sunshine days kind of seep deeply into the spirit and allow you to almost radiate through the short winter days.
I guess that is one way to keep the smile!