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Use it or lose it!

During the recent anti-cycling frosty freeze, I was forced to jog with grumpy mates ‘Arthur’ and ‘Titus’, my 2 knees which prefer pounding grass and sand to concrete, to protect my fragile limbs. I seek no sympathy! I don’t really like running but get energised by any […]

2021-01-25T09:04:51+00:0025 January 2021|Comments Off on Use it or lose it!


“Oxymoron!” sounds insulting doesn’t it? Oxymorons can be coined to insult and crack jokes, but they can beautifully hold two seeming opposites / contradictions together in one mysterious and marvellous truth.


‘Shopping Heaven’ is an oxymoron for me, ‘Hell’ coming to my mind long before ‘Heaven’, but for […]

2021-01-18T10:10:37+00:0018 January 2021|Comments Off on Oxymoron


“It is what it is!” is a line on repeat around me, especially among millennial (in 20’s & 30’s) friends and family. It’s a useful phrase to meet unpalatable news, which we just have to accept and deal with, no point in wrestling with reality! Nicola announces […]

2021-01-11T10:16:53+00:0011 January 2021|Comments Off on #Iswhatitis

All Change?

The times are a’changin’ and changin’ fast! Computers in your contact lenses, Broadband faster than a cheetah, Mobile Phones with TV, camera, diary, torch, & coffee maker built in; Apps for every activity, Robot servants called Siri and Elexa, etc. Ever felt left behind or wanted the […]

2021-01-04T10:17:58+00:004 January 2021|Comments Off on All Change?


What do you make of these ‘new year’ quotes?

“Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits.”

“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.”


I’m not big on Resolutions, but the turn of […]

2020-12-28T11:19:56+00:0028 December 2020|Comments Off on Reflection

Missing Peace?

What makes Christmas for you? Kids, family together, parties, helping others, trees, lights, tinsel, food, drink, carols, nativity scenes, services, cards, presents, Binge-TV, snuggled up in front of the fire, etc. Like me you may be gutted about the removal of the Christmas window for our celebrations.


This […]

2020-12-21T10:22:26+00:0021 December 2020|Comments Off on Missing Peace?


What fills or drains your joy tank? From scientific research, Ingrid F Lee cites that ‘circles’ and ‘curves’ deliver more joy than other shapes, while ‘jaggy edged’ objects do the opposite. She asks, if joy is so important to us, why surround ourselves with architecture, décor, workspace […]

2020-12-14T10:46:39+00:0014 December 2020|Comments Off on CHOOSE JOY!


Kids come out with some crackers! One youngster asked where the ‘bear’ in a nativity scene was. He saw a donkey, sheep and even a cow, but no bear! His parents assured him there were no bears in the story of Jesus’ birth, he protested […]

2020-12-07T10:36:39+00:007 December 2020|Comments Off on #nativityseen

Gonna Be Alright!

What do you think of Christmas trees going up so long before Christmas? I know some of you groan, but I get that some people want lights and colour up earlier than usual due to the dark shadow of Covid. Thankfully lockdown rules will be relaxed […]

2020-12-01T09:29:26+00:001 December 2020|Comments Off on Gonna Be Alright!


“Good! Fine! Okay. Not Bad. Rank Rotten!” How honestly do you answer the routine question, “How’re you doing / going?” How well do you mask how harassed & harangued you are? My trite polite answers are: “Good!” “Cream Crackered (tired) but Well!” Or, if things are […]

2020-11-23T08:59:31+00:0023 November 2020|Comments Off on Stop-It!