21st September, 2021

I am dragging my feet here.  Already Tuesday and the page is still blank.  I even thought about giving it a miss and no blooming wonder.  Never one for fiction, reality is just too messed up and writing about it too depressing but ... I started so I'll finish, 2021 at...

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17th September, 2021

Just start writing ...  I have been staring at this blank page for ages with not a clue where to start.  The motivation I once possessed has long gone replaced by permanent exhaustion and brain numbness; frustration and anger.  Humour.  Anyone remember that?  In a...

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14th September, 2021

'It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom.  It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.' Mahatma Gandhi So, Saturday night.  The Greatest Showman.  The pre-judgement.  The dread.  The moral?  Never listen to Dylan!  It...

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10th September, 2021

For God's sake, try and be funny.  September is running away; tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11; the weather is indescribable; my beloved car has been condemned and I've just been advised - in a well-known supermarket - to start stock-piling for Christmas as...

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6th September, 2021

There can be little more stark reminder of the fragility of life than the death of Sarah Harding yesterday.  Famous as one of Girls Aloud, she was 39-years-old.  I was completely taken aback when I heard.  I knew she had been diagnosed with breast cancer but people...

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3rd September, 2021

To my mind, the state of this country - that's the United Kingdom, for fear of confusion - is embodied in the horrendous site of Geronimo, the alpaca feared to carry bovine tuberculosis, being dragged, terrified, to his death, on Tuesday, by Defra officials dressed...

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30th August, 2021

I am cold!  Seems I was beginning to think I would never write these words again - and the same could be said of the polar bear ... refrain from exclamation mark.  Refrain!  No, too late.  The thing is, our summers are, now, characterised by sticky, humid heat - often...

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27th August, 2021

No Game ... I've had enough, there is no doubt The fridge is bare, I'm all cleaned out. I've tried to maintain a voice of cheer But the towel is in, all hail King Lear! Charlie Watts has gone, the Stones are three Thanks for the memories and the reverie. As for 'The...

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23rd August, 2021

The eyes are empty.  Behind them, there is nothing but despair and misery.  Not a glimmer of hope.  Years in captivity will do that.  Years in a concrete cell being gawped at by human beings, laughing, making faces.  Just another day out for them.  Just another day in...

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20th August, 2021

Welcome to my reader in Vietnam - joining my readers in China.  Who would have thought it?  To think, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Japan, the Philippines, to name but a few.  Trish-Trash is nothing if not far-reaching.  Anyway, if I'm honest, I'm sure I am just being...

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16th August, 2021

Firstly, as I'm sure I mention every year, Elvis died this day in 1977, aged 42.  Help!  Not only does it feel as though he gets younger every year - 42! - but I cannot reconcile that it is 44 years ago.  I was all of sixteen and I remember we had driven down to Elie...

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13th August, 2021

In my mind, I am one of these writers who sits at a pavement café in ... Rome, for example, a coffee or a glass of wine on the table as I tap away on my laptop while watching the world go by.  The sun is shining, casting its rays on the Mediterranean hues of the...

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Robin Williams