Hopes

The skies are a little more overcast here today so I’m not feeling as guilty about enjoying being indoors, particularly as I can see my small and much loved garden from the window. The camellia and magnolia I was worried about (both were in bud far too soon, in the middle of winter because we…

Not everyone

This isn’t the sort of business I frequent and I doubt if anyone who sees this will either, but I just wanted to point this out as an obvious statement that NOT EVERYONE IS BEING AN ARSEHOLE right now. Now I need a tee shirt saying ‘I’m blogging this’ just to warn people…

A slice of life (guest post)

(A guest post from Mr Doug Butts, commenter extraordinaire). I just went to my local Boots to get Lemsip. They were only allowing two people in the shop at a time so there was quite a queue outside. The spirit of the blitz has taken over. I had several conversations with young people and old…

Right or wrong?

This space didn’t start out as a place for me to bang on about my (admittedly wondrous) opinions on books or music or art but that’s what it seems to be turning into and I’m not best pleased about that. As much as I love all those things and as much as I love banging…

Wordiness

Using the random word generator (here) today I was presented with ‘Untapped’. I really hate the obvious, as it is too easy and usually wrong, so I immediately pushed away the word ‘potential’ as it popped into my mind. What else could be tapped and so remain, potentially, untapped? Well, you tap a tree for…

Quiet passions

There is a young man, somewhere in the south of England, named Colin. Colin is a goth. Colin dresses as if, any moment, he is going to go all emo all over the place. Colin is NOT a teenager, he is an adult, working in an adult environment, doing important grown up stuff. This post…

Decisions, decisions

Although I rarely talk about it in public, politics is very important to me. I don’t talk about it because a: my opinion is only important to me – I don’t feel the need to share it (blog posts excepted, as previously stated this blog is to get stuff out of my head, if it…

Change of perspective

When I first started thinking about this post it was going to be about how, once she has out-lived her usefulness, Donna Rotunno (one of Harvey Weinstein’s new lawyers) would be thrown under the bus along with all the other women she put there, but my perspective has changed. Yes, I still think she will…

Sticking with what works

I made it a mission, quite a while ago, to avoid mainstream news and the organisations that transmit it, but I am still out and about in the world so occasionally I have to endure ‘normal’ telly and the guff that passes for information on it. What I have noticed, when sitting through the programmes…

A mixed bunch

Four books – 25% kicking myself for waiting so long to read it, 25% better than I thought, 25% muh and 25% nope. The Nope one was The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane, the language is best described as poetic and I can see how that would appeal to some people (so this would be…