23rd July, 2021

In this dumbed-down world characterised by fear, the uncompromising, constricted and inevitably mundane, there remains the welcome joy of the unexpected.  So it was that, although Wednesday dawned enveloped in gloom, by mid-day, the sun had broken through the clouds,...

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19th July, 2021

Quite honestly, I am not in the mood.  I have run out of steam.  Freedom Day in England?  Even having to write 'in England' is ridiculous!  We are the United Kingdom.  Scale has nothing to do with it.  Instead, as ever, it is purely politics.  The games of children,...

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16th July, 2021

NO  POST  TODAY Apologies for my lack of post, good intentions were not enough The day ran away, what else can I say, the life of a writer is tough! A break, perhaps, is no bad thing, I have little good to say In a world consumed by COVID; a world which has lost its...

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12th July, 2021

Any longer and I may have had to have been cranked from the couch - Wimbledon, that is!  Actually, as I write/type the name, I almost feel as though it has been consigned to the annals of time by the majority, much as the concept of a book.  What a thought!  Of...

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10th July, 2021

I have four eyes, can hardly stand for sitting, am an emotional wreck and the Tanqueray bottle must have a leak!  Wimbledon.  Watching it at home is not good; at least, when we are there, we are engaging in life - well, today's version, at least.  Here, the small...

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6th July, 2021

You know, I wrote this in my sleep last night - at least, I thought I did.  Job done.  Of course, I woke up and couldn't remember a thing!  Story of my life, apart from dates, that is.  For some reason, I keep remembering the birthdays of old friends, those I rarely...

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2nd July, 2021

Perhaps it will grow on me?  Perhaps I shall recognise, in time, some semblance of the person it is meant to be?  I mean, good grief, it has taken long enough and William and Harry have, apparently, been very much a part of the process so how could it go so wrong? ...

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29th June, 2021

Wimbledon.  It's back!  Does it feel as it should?  No, of course not.  Nothing does.  As if to mirror that fact, the weather was awful.  The outside courts were all covered, umbrellas were everywhere and the rooves of both Centre Court and Court One were shut...

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25th June, 2021

Anybody miss me?  I've hated it, not writing on Monday and I've realised - quite seriously - my posts are my therapy!  I mean, who is going to listen to my rants, voluntarily?  Transcribing my anger, disgust, disbelief - note the obvious lack of delight and joy - at...

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18th June, 2021

I'm going to go freehand, today, and just write what comes to mind.  Yes, some may argue no change there, then, but I beg to differ.  I have notes to prove otherwise ... I have just had another reminder of the passing of time and a changing world.  Ending the...

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14th June, 2021

Jeremy Vine.  Channel 5.  14th June, 2021. A lesson in bias ... I follow Beverley Turner - writer, broadcaster and one heck of a courageous lady - on Instagram.  Highly intelligent, honest and very much her own person, my admiration for her never ceases to increase. ...

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11th June, 2021

I don't know what I would do without Grace and Frankie, the wonderful Neflix series which I mentioned in my post a month ago (10th May).  Every night we sit down - having vowed to have a week free of alcohol - with a large gin.  Routinely, fed up and exhausted - well...

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Robin Williams (Come Inside My Mind, Sky Arts)