7th May, 2021

I have a penchant for white stilettos, regardless.  I have a tendency to terrify chihuahuas and I am known for my self-control.  Me?  Call someone a fascist and a racist in the street while en route to my local polling station to garner votes, at one with the people? ...

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3rd May, 2021

As a leopard never changes its spots, so a tan never fades ...  Well, when it's fake! May has arrived and the heavens have opened.  Not only do the days merge into one but so, too, the seasons, the unpredictability of the weather mirroring the loss of so much that...

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30th April, 2021

The last day of April 2021.  First of May tomorrow.  Soon be Christmas!  Actually, that would curtail my necessary search for a tub of the size to house my beautiful golden reindeer and sleigh - which continues to adorn the table, along with the red candles which,...

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26th April, 2021

I feel a bit flummoxed today - now, that's a good word.  Reminds me of my mother, actually.  Explains a lot!  She had some unusual exclamatory phrases, to say the least, shave a brick being one of them; my godfather's ghost being another.  It's funny how things come...

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23rd April, 2021

Justice.  Multiple words are offered in definition of these seven letters but those I choose are taken from my old Chambers Twentieth Century Dictionary, a gift from Hatchards, courtesy of my parents, with an inscription dated 1979: 'the awarding of what is due'. ...

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19th April, 2021

There is intelligent life left on this planet.  Guess where I found it?  At the bottle bank!  Yep, there she was, decanting her gin bottles just like me - along with one or two 19 Crimes, to boot.  Honestly, as I drove in, I was slightly irritated to see that the slow...

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16th April, 2021

I've only got one hour to delight and entertain today as Manny has been 'released' and is on his way through!  Yes, Nicola - the 'White Stiletto' to me - has permitted free movement in Scotland ten days early.  We are all suitably grateful ... Now, I've never been one...

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12th April, 2021

12th April.  A glorious spring day.  The day after my favourite date of all time - 11th April.  Well, 11th April, 1977!  Suffice to say, the 1977 version has dwarfed any other since and yesterday was no different.  I suppose it snowed ...  A sad weekend, much of it...

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9th April, 2021

'I'd much rather have stayed in the Navy, frankly.' HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, when asked what he felt about his life in 1992. I, for one, am so thankful he did not as, today, we mourn his loss. One never knows what lies ahead ...  In hindsight, he...

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6th April, 2021

I'm beginning to understand the concept of writer's block.  Already Tuesday and, with the afternoon almost gone, it has taken me until now to open my laptop.  Not really like me, I am usually quite disciplined when it comes to these posts but I think I have just run...

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3rd April, 2021

Aware it was Friday - surprisingly, in this Groundhog world - somehow, I just couldn't bring myself to sit down and write.  I had been awake in the early hours of the morning with all sorts swirling around in my head - ideas, quotes, I would just rattle off my...

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29th March, 2021

Here was me pondering what I could possibly write about today ... Let me start with Jeremy Vine, Radio 2, this very lunchtime.  The 'easing' of lockdown restrictions in England.  One has to question one's sanity!  What is it?  Six people from two households allowed to...

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‘You’re only given a little spark of madness and, if you lose that, you’re nothing.’

Robin Williams (Come Inside My Mind, Sky Arts)