Spring has sprung (for now at least)

The past few days/weeks have been a strange mix of up’s, down’s and seemingly twisting on the spots’s. They included being 100% on the side of the fuel protesters who were blockading depots to highlight climate change, then getting frustrated with those same protesters whose actions meant one of us was stuck 160 miles away…

The Week That Was (27/09/21)

This post may turn out to be quite short, because it’s either that or me ranting on for pages and pages and pages and pages…and none of us want that. Monday: My journal notes ‘Britain has gone mad again because 5 lorry drivers called in sick’. Queues at the pumps and homes full of dangerous…

Auto Prediction

(This one is a bit of a rant…you have been warned) Let’s start off with a statement I believe to be 100% true: NO ‘self driving’ car will EVER be as safe on the road as an aware, alert, fully rested, sober human driver. The problem is that a lot of people, with more money…

Late to the party

A couple of different strands of my life, both important to me, have come together this morning and the result is…brunch. The first strand is about my wish to be a Curious Elder. I doubt very much if I ever will truly be one, I am far too grumpy most of the time, but the…

And me! And me!

(This was going to be entitled ‘Me too!’ But that has a different meaning nowadays…) Not wanting to be left out of the vaccination update posts…I got my first dose about an hour ago. We went with AstroZeneca, for that space-sounding vibe (and also because we didn’t have a choice) and I didn’t actually feel…

Charity begins wherever you want it to.

Many years ago I read an article, you know the sort, the ones that you wish you had bookmarked because now you can’t find them again? In this article someone was setting up a charity, I forget what it was fighting for or against, but she had a very definite outcome in mind. So much…

‘Respect Yourself’ or flipping off trump, flippantly.

I’ll start with the proviso that I do not believe that self respect is the same as self esteem or narcissism. Self respect comes from the belief in your own worth, based on honour, courage, honesty and all the good qualities you want from not just yourself but the people you surround yourself with. Self…

The humorous take on things

I have always thought that humour, clever, sharp, pitiless humour, aimed upwards towards those with power and privilege is an effective weapon, often as effective as violence which tends to beget more of the same. (Right now though, after hundreds of years of murder and abuse, anger is most certainly justified…as is making jokes at…

One last rant (until the next rant)

I have never wanted this blog to be a political one, but social justice issues are important to me, so I suspect there will always be an element of politics in whatever I say. I have also been reading a lot of lists lately – so here’s mine: Black Lives Matter. No if’s, no but’s,…