Pausing to do stuff

Apologies for the blogging break (and as I insist that I write this for myself as much as anyone else those are apologies to me too) but decorating was done, Black Friday shopping was avoided like the plague and puppies were played with (not my puppy, but who wouldn’t stop blogging to stare into those…

On the right side

A few days ago I was thinking about a particularly miserable old sod I happen to unfortunately know. I most often picture him sitting, always in the same spot, wading through the worst of the ‘news’ he can find and quietly enjoying every minute of it. Seeing things wrong in the world reinforces every negative…

A flippant post about gym etiquette

For those who have never succumbed to the pressure to join a gym and get all fit and lithe (ha! as if!) there are parts of it that are not obvious and that you don’t learn until you’ve dived in and paid your money. There is an Etiquette. (There is also a pecking order but…

It’s not the same

Today I am linking to a short piece written by someone else. A lot of you may already know Dave Pell as the author of Nextdraft, a daily newsletter and source of amusing, thoughtful and sometimes dreadful links. Dave has written an article on Medium, very personal and very pointed, and has asked for it…

Books and how much I love them

My book reading diet has been a little different recently. In an effort to increase my minimalism and frugality I have taken to rereading a series that I have owned for quite some time, but that I will now donate. I have also read some of the ones that have been sitting on my Tsundoku…

A rant about a film

I’m Back… First disclosure – I LOVE the first two Terminator films and I really wanted to enjoy the following three, but they were bad. In fact, as a message to everyone who has ever made a Terminator film – STOP NOW. You are just about ahead at this point….STOP NOW. Yes, that bit of…

Hope

I love graffiti, it’s the most public form of art you can get. It is a way to judge the state of the world and when it is done well it can be just as moving as the greatest portrait in some gallery or museum. As I have previously declared – I love Birmingham. This…

The point is?

I have been going through a period of pondering whether my shouting into the void (blogging) is actually contributing anything postive or meaningful, to the world or just my life, or whether I am simply adding to the noise. I’m not sure that now, with these thoughts in my mind, I should be sending out…

The last three things

I’m starting this post with a pretty smug attitude, my minimalist attempts seem to be working. The last four things posts (here and here) were quite a while ago but I really had to search to find anything (other than groceries or books) that I had bought in the meantime…Go Frugal Team Me! This first…

Is life too short…really?

Yesterday I met someone for the first time. Afterwards I sent a follow up email with a joke in it. I didn’t really think about it before I sent it, it was an appropriate joke, suitable for the subject matter and I am at the age and stage of my career where, should someone wish…