Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad?

“What? Never really liking myself?”  She nodded encouragingly. There is a shiver of panic that invades my life on certain occasions. It’s like the feeling that one might get when pulling off a jumper that is a little too small. First it grabs around the shoulders, sticks and refuses to go any further. This tends... Continue Reading →

Don’t Jump The Gun

At the behest of my trusted Mercedes, I am posting a retraction of a previous statement appertaining to the demise of said chariot. According to mechanics of the highest order, the vehicle can be saved. It's just a minor problem in the great scheme of things. "It may come back a little different."

Twenty Years Just Went By…

Twenty years ago and none of what has happened since had happened: Manchester United rose and rose in success before their present decline. The house that we built from within was still the declining shambles that served as a fortress for a hermit. Our eldest daughter had still to go to pre-school. Our middle daughter... Continue Reading →

Happy Looks Like…

“What does Happy look like?” asks my counsellor. “Good question,” I respond after a while. “I have never thought of it like that.” “If you don’t know what it looks like, how will you know when you are happy?” “Another good question.”  Happy looks like a Sunday morning run with your wife and daughters through... Continue Reading →

Wake Up And Shake Up

Racing towards the end. The sun is out and the long night has ended. In truth, the last episode of the Game of Thrones (GoT to newbies) has concluded itself with a somewhat Pythonesque ending. "Eh, f*** it, let's have a party," the writers and producers could have paraphrased. So, those who were left standing... Continue Reading →

Burnout and Forest Fires

They happen, usually when they are least expected. Perhaps they were designed by the same force that created The Spanish Inquisition; nobody expected that. Sometimes it is the dryness of the world whilst at other times it is man creating destruction as entertainment. The same happens in more and more of us as our bankrupt... Continue Reading →

Fifty/Fifty in the wits…

I sat in a staffroom today in an attempt to be sociable. The truth behind the door was that there was nowhere else for me to go. I wanted to work on the computer but that spot had been taken by a woman who spent her time talking about this and talking about that and... Continue Reading →

In The Beginning (perhaps)

I was told that it was up to me to tell the story. I didn’t want to have to do it. Let the dead stay dead, that’s what I was thinking. I have this Scottish Play thing that I learnt at school, if you want to mention the true name of the Scottish play, you’re... Continue Reading →

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