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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23rd November, 2020

'We patronise the animals for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves.  And therein we err, and greatly err.  For the animal shall not be measured by man.  In a world older and more complete than ours, they are more...

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20th November, 2020

I can hardly type, here, as my hands and fingers are freezing!   No heating on but, instead, layers of clothes, to no avail.  How I wish I could switch my electric blanket to High, climb in under the downie and pick up my book ... until 2022!  Hang on a minute,...

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16th November, 2020

Why?  Still reeling from the loss of Geoffrey Palmer and now Des!  Usually, it is Manny who is the bearer of bad tidings pertaining to the demise of yet another beloved figure from my childhood but, this time, the words woke me with a jolt as they emanated from the...

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13th November, 2020

Oh, help - again!  Never boring, that's me ...  No, I've just realised, typing in the date, that it's Friday the 13th.  Am I superstitious?  I wouldn't say so but let's not tempt fate.  Put it this way, I'm always glad to make it to the 14th! Much has irritated me,...

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9th November, 2020

The world feels a different place now.  A light has gone out as the encroaching gloom grows ever more dense (a tad too dramatic?).  He brought colour to an increasingly black and white world, his humour and comic ability deserving of every accolade.  His face, alone,...

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6th November, 2020

Help!  I could just leave it like that, actually; alternatively, I could say 'Beam me up, Scotty!'.  Then there's 'Stop the world, I want to get off!'?  You get the picture.  As I write, there is a loud thumping coming from nearby which has been going on all week. ...

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2nd November, 2020

Below is a poem I wrote eleven years ago.  Dated November 2009, it is written from the perspective of a wild animal in a zoo: the elephant taken from its family and natural habitat, imprisoned for life; the polar bear, captured as a cub in Manitoba, Canada, and flown...

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30th October, 2020

Have I mentioned that I'm writing a book?  I know, amazing!  I came up with the idea all by myself.  Well, I love writing, as you know.  Would you believe, I can do it all by myself, too, and the years have, certainly been 'kind', providing me with a wealth of...

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26th October, 2020

It's my birthday and I'll cry if I want to ...  Well, if I did the maths, I would!  Ridiculous.  I plead the Fifth.  Most definitely not the Sixth.  I mean, one of my presents was The Vamps latest CD! Anyway, little time to write today; one of recovery.  Not that I...

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23rd October, 2020

As one day runs into the next, even my notes have given up the ghost!  My brain is a fuzz and lethargy is becoming increasingly difficult to shake off as Nature prepares for the onslaught of winter.  This week has been overcast, in every sense of the word.  Days have...

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19th October, 2020

'Butch: I'll jump first. Sundance: Nope. Butch: Then, you jump first. Sundance: No, I said! Butch: What's the matter with you?! Sundance: I can't swim! Butch (laughing): Why, you crazy?  The fall'll probably kill ya!' The unforgettable Butch Cassidy and the Sundance...

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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)