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…

On a buzzier note

I recently read a list of 68 pieces of advice, written by Kevin Kelly upon his 68 birthday (here). While not all of them resonate with me “A worthy goal for a year is to learn enough about a subject so that you can’t believe how ignorant you were a year earlier” did. I think…

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,…

Mornin’ All

How to begin? I have been feeling… The world is now full of…. It has all been a bit much recently. I am also REALLY tired of hearing about and thinking about how it has all been a bit much recently. So I have avoided writing anything more than a short shopping list or desperately…

Dipping a toe

I follow blogs from wonderful writers (a couple of them are here and here). People who have been published and those who haven’t, and it doesn’t make the slightest bit of difference to me which is which. I read all the fiction they allow to be posted with interest and enjoyment. As a child all…

(Be warned…) Let’s get ready to RAMBLE!

As the title suggest this may well not be my most coherent post, apologies in advance. In fact, if properly strung together sentences with double checked spelling and grammar are your thing you might want to back away now. I may have mentioned before that I have suffered significant periods of insomnia for most of…

The new normal

I have read a lot of articles recently about how things will change after all of our lockdowns are over. There has been everything from how we should carry on not using our cars and taking flights, through to millions of people (apparently) growing their own food and becoming self-sufficient from their tiny gardens or…

Seven of Seven

My challenge is over (unless something Earth-shattering happens to stop me pressing ‘Publish’ on this). Seven posts for seven days and all I can say is Kudos to the people that do this all the time! Were any lessons learnt? Yes, don’t accept any more challenges from the toilet roll people who live in your…

Creature comforts part 3

I don’t usually watch a lot of telly but I can be persuaded to go to the cinema for the odd blockbuster. I adore huge films with massive explosions as well as adorable indie films which few people have heard of, but in recent years the bits they don’t talk about in the blockbusters –…