Back in the saddle

I was reasonably sure that one day I would be able to read fiction again, even after the pandemic and the end of a 20 year career had sucked all the enjoyment of reading from my brain. I imagined that it would be a little like starting to ride a bike again after a couple…

Nourish yourself first

A couple of days ago I heard a great snippet of information. Apparently, when the band 10cc made their track ‘I’m not in love’, they didn’t know what an enormous hit it would be, but they did realise that they had made a pretty great song. So they used to lie on the floor, in…

How it begins

Happy New Year…if you’re into that sort of thing. I am usually not, in fact I would love for it to be just another turn of the calendar, so that we can be rid of the self-defeating notion that by simply wishing to be better, healthier, slimmer, more well read and/or having climbed more mountains,…

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…

Pointless machismo, from a woman type person no less.

In an effort to singlehandedly address climate change and to prove, once and for all, that I’m an Uber-Stoic, I had made a vow to myself to not turn the central heating on until at least the end of October. October came and went and we were un-artificially heated. The Plague Blanket was utilised a…

Mists and mellow…

Traditionally (I believe) Spring is the season of new beginnings and fresh starts, but for me it is the Autumn that brings those things. Cold, clean air that is moved along by gusts full of orange leaves is easier to breath. Bright sunlight that illuminates without overheating is easier to see with. Walking home during…

Considered opinion

I only have vague concerns about Big Brother, issues such as them using info to discriminate with medical insurance and/or treatment (if you post pictures of yourself smoking a cigarette will you be refused cancer treatments?) because I think the sheer volume of data they have probably means I get lost in the crowd. I…

‘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…

Dipping a toe back in after the other shoe has dropped…

Morning All. The ‘dipping a toe back in’ bit is obvious I suspect, can I string a coherant sentence together after communicating in barely more than grunts for the past 6 months? Well that’s for others to judge I suppose. ‘After the other shoe has dropped’ is a little more involved. Apparently waiting for the…

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…