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,…

Sometimes thinking about it is enough…and sometimes it is not

I bang on rather a lot about trying to see things from other people’s points of view. It’s something I try to do because there’s always the chance I’ll learn something new or find out I was wrong and change my thinking, and I truly believe that the only way humanity will get through the…

A decision made

Warning: Significant swearing below… I try very hard to consider situations from as many different angles as possible.  I want to be able to see things from other people’s perspectives, in case I’m wrong and I’m about to learn something new, but also to ensure my opinions are fully considered and worked out before I…

Healthy distractions

Many years ago I was a smoker.  Not a heavy one, I felt sick after about 10 or 15 cigarettes per day, but it was still a very difficult habit to kick and it was ridiculously expensive, even back then, especially at a time when I had very little money.  I failed to quit many,…

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…

Blogging…what is it good for?

I have not been feeling the desperate need to set words to screen recently, but I am not stressing about that as much as I may have done in the past. I think my lack of anxiety comes from the time and thought I have put into why I blog in the first place. It…

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…

The last three

I am a person of extremes and happy about it. But balance in all things is the key to contentment, so as well as spending a lot of money in book shops I spend a little money (and get a lot for it) in the book departments of charity shops. The three novels below are…