15th January, 2021

2021.  Who would want to be young now?! Thank God, I grew up when I did; when families were the backbone of society and, from that key nucleus, emanated a framework of standards and morals.  No technology, sedentary lifestyles, fast foods and obesity but, rather,...

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11th January, 2021

At last, now I know what has been missing from my life ... the PopMaster Facebook Support Group!  Oh, Ken Bruce, so very often I feel for you but, then, I remind myself of your more than half a million-pound salary and realise that I, too, would be willing to tolerate...

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8th January, 2021

I am slightly wary of starting this today, not sure of exactly just what will emerge!  You know that feeling when there are so many thoughts - and opinions - swirling around in one's head and one doesn't quite know how to put said thoughts - and opinions - into words,...

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4th January, 2021

Christmas.  Been, gone, done that and ... I thoroughly enjoyed it!  Possessed by aliens?  Perhaps but, after such a dismal year, it seemed fitting to end 2020 confined in a small space with family, fuelled by good food and copious amounts of alcohol!  What now,...

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31st December, 2020

So, the last few hours of 2020.  I felt compelled to write something as a form of closure.  Good riddance to bad rubbish! It is 5.30pm, as I sit down, just grateful that the zip in my jeans is fighting on!  Note to self: avert gaze from all mirrors until sufficiently...

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21st December, 2020

This will be my last post before Christmas.  Can I make it positive?  Well, today is the shortest day so the nights are drawing out from now on ...  There, that should cover it.  Now, act normal! Am I ready for Christmas?  Nope.  I can still see the tree through the...

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18th December, 2020

I forget what it's like!  It's a bit like childbirth, you block out the pain ...  Every year, somehow, the days before Christmas sink into some Bermuda Triangle never to be seen again!  I had plenty of time ... and, then,I didn't!  Why?  I even succumbed to pressure...

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14th December, 2020

I have just been out for a walk, along to the fields and then back down to do a circuit of the village; one side with a vista all the way across to the sea and, the other, stretching down to the fields and woods beyond.  The land is drenched, with puddles and mud...

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11th December, 2020

STILL MAGICAL ... It must have been August, I saw the first cards The perfect excuse?  This year has been hard. But summer's not over, yet winter's begun What happened to waiting for good things to come? This year has been awful, the stress hard to bear COVID and...

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7th December, 2020

As I commence - at 6.40pm, precisely - I have just typed the date ... as 2001!  Nineteen years ago.  Well, that's lifted my mood!  I think the explanation for my involuntary time travel was my pausing to look at Donny (as in Osmond!) above the sink in the kitchen. ...

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4th December, 2020

I'm exhausted!  Just back from Primark where I queued for six hours with hundreds of others, arriving at 5am.  Hypothermia?  Forget that, has anybody seen my mind?  Brits at their best.  So much to be proud of ... So much to be thankful for, too!  As if we haven't had...

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30th November, 2020

I'm so sorry!  Firstly, that I didn't post my offering on Friday - hopefully hear more about that in the future - but I, also, intended this to be a somewhat wistful post, inspired by nature and free from white, plastic stilettos.  You can't always get what you want! ...

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Robin Williams (Come Inside My Mind, Sky Arts)