24th May, 2024

Give me an hour - and I'll take several.  No, I really need to get this in the can asap.  I'm exhausted!  A proverbial onslaught, this week, if it's not the abysmal weather, it's the thought of stockpiling for the forthcoming emergency.  Well, isn't that what we've...

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17th May, 2024

The sun is shining ... God teasing us, once more.  Still, if tomorrow happens to be snowing, at least we will have had today.  Trained to be grateful for so little!  Amazing how one's mood is lifted by a soupçon of brightness, though.  The sky is suddenly blue, the...

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10th May, 2024

'Let's have the new one from Jess Glynne and then we'll follow it with Hozier ...'  When you just know it's going to be a bad day ... 10th May.  My paternal grandparents got engaged on this day ninety-nine years ago.  10th May, 2025.  Help!  Gran left her ring to me...

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3rd May, 2024

Welcome, once again, to my heart-warming, voluntary weekly column.  As ever, a selfless offering of wisdom and opinion, delivered with honesty and humour, designed to inspire and provoke - or ignore!  Whilst it is all too easy to function in one's own little bubble,...

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26th April, 2024

Twenty-five years ago today, television presenter and journalist, Jill Dando, was shot dead on her doorstep outside her home in Fulham.  The nation's sweetheart, she was riding high both in her professional and personal life, preparing for her wedding to...

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19th April, 2024

Welcome to my weekly column; my unpaid weekly column, I might add.  Am I nuts?  For whom do I write this, you or me?  In truth, me.  It is nothing if not cathartic and nobody really wants to listen to - or discuss - reality anymore.  Self-preservation dictates that...

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12th April, 2024

You're lucky ...  Perhaps not.  How about there may be some who may appreciate my writing this given that I was contemplating a mental health day?  That dreadful cold/influenza Becca left me with has made a resurgence and the effort involved in trying to engage one's...

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6th April, 2024

My toast popped right out of the toaster this morning and straight onto the floor.  Somehow, I knew that was going to happen.  I picked it up, anyway, checked for blueberries - a long-time addiction and prone to wander - and continued to spread with my favourite...

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30th March, 2024

Give me strength!  I should have stayed in bed today, honestly.  Ever had one of those days when nothing works; nothing goes right.  In fact, worse, the forces are just out to get you?!  Where to start? Regular readers will be aware of the demise of my dishwasher - at...

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22nd March, 2024

Is it just me or has this been the longest winter ever?  Admittedly, the sun is shining today but that's just a tease.  Put a foot outside the door and chances are you'll be doing a Mary Poppins before you can say winky!  Before you can say winky.  My mother used to...

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15th March, 2024

Beside me, I have noted down a 'new' word: shibboleth.  Defined as a word, phrase, custom etc relating to a particular group of people - and, yes, I'm ashamed to say I googled it!  Too easy but at least I did google it.  I suspect most people, these days, wouldn't...

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10th March, 2024

'Next week (I) shall begin my operations on my hat, on which you know my principal hopes of happiness depend.' Jane Austen, Personal Correspondence. One cannot help but love her - and adopt her writing style!  Her humour is woven throughout her words.  Often biting -...

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Robin Williams