26th March, 2021

Divine intervention.  Not that of the miracle kind - I wish - but sufficient to get me up and dressed by 8am!  Yes, not a wink of sleep, either.  Let me explain ...  We had the annual boiler check yesterday and all good.  However, as the heating was just kicking in...

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22nd March, 2021

If I didn't think I was living in a parallel universe before, I definitely do now!  I've just heard that James Hamilton QC's report has been published, clearing the White Stiletto of breaching the Ministerial Code.  There is no hope.  The end is nigh.  Whatever...

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19th March, 2021

God is laughing!  Apparently, this is World Sleep Day.  A celebration of sleep.  Well, one can shove that up one's gilet!  I can honestly say that I have never felt so tired in all my born days.  Why?  Utter boredom, for one.  Then, there's the fact that I am inclined...

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15th March, 2021

If ever there was a stark contrast ...  The image of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, on Clapham Common on Saturday, like so many others, paying her respects at the bandstand memorial to Sarah Everard and her family.  She, herself, used to walk around London at night...

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12th March, 2021

Just a quick question.  Anyone ever substituted toothpaste for moisturiser?  So tired getting ready for bed, last night - and I had been to the dentist - I thought I was putting my Baby Lotion (yes, cheap and does the trick) on my face when I noticed that it was...

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9th March, 2021

'Being black is not a matter of pigmentation - being black is a reflection of a mental attitude.'  Steven Biko You know, I want to write George Floyd has a lot to answer for - and I, obviously, just have - but I am wary of doing so.  Of course, his death was...

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8th March, 2021

I hadn't planned to write about THE interview today.  After all, I haven't seen it yet.  However ... it is everywhere and it is incendiary.  Every programme, every news item is demanding of opinion; of reply.  That being so, let me - for now - put my thoughts on...

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5th March, 2021

'Why don't you try writing something a bit political?', or words to that effect.  This one is for you, Roddie! Dear Nicola  Well, it's over!  Sorry?  A Freudian slip?  Yes, of course.  I, merely, refer to your appearance before the Holyrood committee on Wednesday; the...

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1st March, 2021

Now, if one is a cup half-full type of person, spring has sprung and all is going to be alright with the world.  On the other hand ...  Granted, it is March 1st, today; St David's Day.  The sun was shining and the public were out in droves.  Lockdown?  What lockdown? ...

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26th February, 2021

I sat down, quite calmly, to write - quite calmly - about the excitement of the last few days, hours ago!  Stupidly, I decided to go through my emails first and I came across one apropos the Pilates resistance ring I had looked at on Amazon.  No pause for laughter,...

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22nd February, 2021

Shall I begin with the humorous then move onto the sxxt - pardon my French - or tell it as it is, from the onset, inevitably inciting anger, aiding and abetting a continuum of depressed resignation and sadness ... and perhaps, just sometimes, eliciting gratitude for...

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19th February, 2021

'How many of us, I wonder, dare to look like ourselves?' Eleanor Roosevelt, 'You Learn by Living'. Sadly, very few.  I like the question, though, and I suspect I would have liked this lady, too.  I am ashamed to admit that I knew very little about her, other than the...

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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)