Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Was It Fate, or Am I Just Being Superstitious? FOOD Taste

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Was It Fate, or Am I Just Being Superstitious? FOOD Taste

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Byline: BILL OLDFIELD

DO you believe in fate? Surely it's a load of rubbish that things can be preordained; that no matter how hard you try, you're not going to be able to affect the final outcome and things will still follow a predetermined course. Isn't it?

Of course I'm not in the least bit superstitious. Just because I salute magpies is no reason to consider me illogical. If I avoid walking under a ladder, it's only because it's common sense, even if there's obviously no one and nothing up it.

Throwing salt over my left shoulder is not unreasonable just in case there might possibly be even the slightest truth in the idea that if I didn't, after spilling some, I'd suffer a horrible experience. I guess despite not being superstitious I'm just being pragmatic. Aren't I?

It's interesting that there are many very successful people who are superstitious; people who know that they manage to affect the world around them and achieve their objectives and goals, even if they must believe that the fates have decreed an alternative outcome.

But it's quite nice to believe in things such as fate because it gives you something in common with nearly everybody else. However, my fear is that if I believe in some external factor that's already got my chart marked, I won't be as positive in going for whatever it is I want to achieve. What's the point if it's preordained? And if it is, surely I don't have to bother working so hard because it's going to happen anyway. Or not, depending on fate.

But, in my more inebriate moments, sitting with friends around a dinner table, enjoying a good heated discussion, I'll definitely argue that fate's rubbish and anybody who believes in it is obviously potty, so there. But just to suggest I'm definitely wrong, fate has worked in my favour. As part of the development of our new Oldfields Eating House in Newcastle, I've done a bit of research into the building, Milburn House, and its history. …

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