7th June, 2021

'There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.' Aristotle Makes perfect sense to me!  Anyway, I have an eclectic mix of topics to peruse today, ignoring the juxtaposition of the trivial alongside the serious.  It's a question of the good news or the bad?...

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4th June, 2021

Well, I was going to and, then, I didn't ... Story of my life.  I have it all mapped out in my head, exactly what I am going to do and when and, then ... I get waylaid or distracted and end up doing something completely different.  I sometimes wonder whether it is the...

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31st May, 2021

Misanthropy 'I cannot but conclude that the bulk of your natives, to be the most pernicious Race of little odious Vermin that Nature ever suffered to crawl upon the Surface of the Earth.' Jonathan Swift, 'Gulliver's Travels'. I have never forgotten ploughing my way...

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28th May, 2021

COVID, NHS, vaccinations, Black Lives Matter, George Floyd, 'woke', cancel culture ... This tape will self-destruct in five minutes ...  Why did I think that came from the Seventies series, The Rockford Files?  Well, it always started with Jim Rockford's answering...

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24th May, 2021

What's in a date!  I haven't a clue which day, week, month, let alone season it is and do you blame me?  Life.  The weather.  All I know is that it will soon be Christmas - yippee!  Even better, I won't have to unpack my reindeer and sleigh as ... they're still on the...

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21st May, 2021

'No man is an island, entire of itself''    John Donne I have long vowed to have those words tatooed on my wrist - and one day, I will.  Everything one does affects someone else.  It is a sentiment I live by - and have instilled in my children.  If only more people in...

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17th May, 2021

Right, that's me.  The sun is shining, chores done, been for a walk, supper organised.  Let me just take my Barbour off, nip to the loo ... oh, and take a look in the bookcase to see whether I was right about the definition of that Latin word in Tatler.  Now, that's...

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14th May, 2021

Returning from dropping Becca at the station en route to London for the weekend, I felt as though I either needed to lie down in a darkened room - or raid the drinks fridge!  (Not exactly a wine cellar but might still count as one of the 40 traits which, apparently,...

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10th May, 2021

10th May.  A significant date.  I wear my paternal grandmother's engagement ring on my right hand with the inscription 'J.S. to A.M.A.  10.5.1925'.  I like to remember it for that reason ... Back to the future.  Oh, help!  Staying strong.  Staying away from devices of...

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7th May, 2021

I have a penchant for white stilettos, regardless.  I have a tendency to terrify chihuahuas and I am known for my self-control.  Me?  Call someone a fascist and a racist in the street while en route to my local polling station to garner votes, at one with the people? ...

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3rd May, 2021

As a leopard never changes its spots, so a tan never fades ...  Well, when it's fake! May has arrived and the heavens have opened.  Not only do the days merge into one but so, too, the seasons, the unpredictability of the weather mirroring the loss of so much that...

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30th April, 2021

The last day of April 2021.  First of May tomorrow.  Soon be Christmas!  Actually, that would curtail my necessary search for a tub of the size to house my beautiful golden reindeer and sleigh - which continues to adorn the table, along with the red candles which,...

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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)