18th January, 2022

Can I just start by saying I don't like 2022!  I don't like the look of it, nor the sound.  Why is that?  There's something cumbersome about it.  I mean compare 21 to 22 ... of course, 21 is so much better and aesthetically more pleasing - and, yes, it still was...

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14th January, 2022

This year will be better. This is going to be our year!  How we laugh ... I have had an aversion to this - penning my thoughts since January 1st.  Who can blame me?  The news has gone from bad to worse.  The hours of daylight are so minimal that I feel like a...

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31st December, 2021

GET BOOSTED.  Stamped on all my Christmas cards.  Yours?  Flashing on signs above motorways.  Have you noticed?  A text from NHSbooster sent to my personal phone on Boxing Day, 'GET BOOSTED NOW'.  My family received the same.  Did you?  Then, on Instagram, an alert...

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21st December, 2021

As a little girl, I was captivated by two films, both of which would live in my heart forever and have played no small part in my life.  Released in March 1965, I was all of five years old - a Gretl look alike - when we drove to Edinburgh to the old ABC Cinema on...

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14th December, 2021

Big Boys Don't Lie ... Oh, yes, they do!  Oh, no, they don't!  Oh, were this pantomime But Christmas cannot right the wrongs of the year we leave behind. Who would have thought we'd be still here, that little would have changed? Masks, restrictions, a media possessed,...

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6th December, 2021

Torture.  The definition of ... Saturday night on Scotrail.  For most, shopping in Edinburgh on a Saturday in December would suffice but to, voluntarily, travel there and back by train is total lunacy.  Never again!  I had done it the day before and, of course, been...

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3rd December, 2021

I wrote this last year, as you can see from the date, but I just thought I'd post it today.  Still relevant ...   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...

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29th November, 2021

Testing, testing ... 1...2...3 Don't worry, it's relatively safe.  I had a drumming lesson earlier today and the dopamine is still circulating - for now!  Can I put into words how much I love it?   It is somewhat satisfying to know that one of the things you always...

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26th November, 2021

Bloody hell!  It's snowing here and to think I can no longer fly to Namibia ... The 'worst ever' strain of the virus.  The words of Sajid Javid, our calm and collected Health Secretary, yesterday, in relation to the discovery of a new variant which was, supposedly,...

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22nd November, 2021

I knew the date rang a bell - 58 years to the day since JFK was assassinated.  Do I remember it?  Well, knee high to a grasshopper, surprisingly, no, but ... amazing what the psyche soaks in.  I wonder what John F. Kennedy would have made of the world today?  I have...

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16th November, 2021

Right.  This is November!  Grey, overcast, cold and miserable.  Yes, here to cheer, as ever.  Anybody out there?  Actually, I would love to know how many readers were inclined to - or took the time to click on Friday's link to The Light and Vernon Coleman's article? ...

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16th November, 2021

Right.  This is November!  Grey, overcast, cold and miserable.  Yes, here to cheer, as ever.  Anybody out there?  Actually, I would love to know how many readers were inclined to - or took the time to click on Friday's link to The Light and Vernon Coleman's article? ...

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