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…

Oh the irony

In a twist of fate, the likes of which are normally reserved for fiction, this week I have been laid low by The Plague (a cold). My last post was on what you should do to prepare for death and this week it has felt like it was actually a possibility. (Yes, I am a…

This months books

Whilst it is VERY easy to let everyday life distract you from the things you enjoy, as well as the stuff that is good for you, it is important to make time for non-productive, non-money making, non-thinky stuff. That is easier said than done but the benefits, once you’ve tried it a few times, become…

Thinking is hard work (and so it should be…)

This post should have been titled ‘Shades of Grey’ but that phrase has been ruined by a terrible book about an abusive relationship, written by someone with no concept of what informed consent is.  However, it IS about the shades of grey that comprise Real Life. As with everyone who uses the internet (I imagine)…

It CAN be done

A while ago I decided to start avoiding the ‘news’ (or whatever passes for it nowadays) and critics. I was growing tired of having to constantly defend my brain against fake news, pointlessly vicious criticisms and sometimes the outright lies spewed onto my screen, all in the name of keeping up with what’s going on….

Recommendations from the End Of The Road

Last weekend was my final music festival of the year.  As I have previously mentioned I much prefer music festivals to holidays sitting by a pool.  This year I didn’t take as many photos in an effort to enjoy what was in front of my face, instead of what would look pretty on a screen,…

Watch and learn

A few years ago I discovered that a good documentary can change the way you think about things. A really good documentary can change your life. Because I am human, and we humans tend to gravitate towards the things we find interesting and enjoyable, I watch mostly science, music and art documentaries. But occasionally I…

Staring into space

There is a blog I subscribe to, Raptitude.com and the email he sent today has helpfully provided an ‘in’ for the art filled post I wanted to write. Better than ‘I was fortunate enough to go to Tate Modern this weekend’ is ‘I read this post and it made me think about how I do…

Make it your own

I am fortunate enough to have semi-regular access to a wonderfully full Indian supermarket. I am also fortunately enough to be able to buy random products with no idea what to do with them. The last purchase of this sort was a packet of dried limes. It appears that dried limes are mostly used in…