For a while now it has been apparent that I am losing my hair. Going bald, they call it. This is a very distressing turn for someone who is, as I am, quite vain. Years ago I used to laugh about this possibility, but as it has become a reality I find the situation less … Continue reading Norwood 5
It was wonderful to see you again yesterday, almost like balm on a wound. Almost is the key word here because, although I think about you often, and although I am still in love with you, my life is not characterised by pain caused by your absence. Therefore, seeing you again, while it certainly had … Continue reading Hello again
And if you don’t know how to do it…
Is it irony? My wife used to tell how, when she was younger in Cambodia, these lads would come and propose to her. In the old ways of Cambodian culture, apparently, this was no small matter, certainly not like asking a girl out on a date in Western society. There was politics involved, and much … Continue reading And if you don’t know how to do it…
The queen is dead
This reminds me of an old joke albeit with a different object . What do you call a dead royal? A bloody good start. I used to be a royalist. When I lived in Australia I used to argue with the ‘republicans’. It was my contention that a constitutional head of state not needing to … Continue reading The queen is dead
Been a long time
It is my great pleasure to report that I am writing this on the roof terrace of an apartment building in southern Italy. It is nearly five years since my last real holiday, and that was in the same place. The weather is beautiful, the water at the beach this morning was warm and shallow … Continue reading Been a long time
It’s Company Policy…
The fourth time I heard this fatuous bullshit during my recent visit to Sheffield, I was ready to do some serious harm to the twat behind the counter. Last weekend I went away with my three children to the historic city of Sheffield. The primary purpose of the visit was for my eldest daughter to … Continue reading It’s Company Policy…
Where is thy sting?
Six months have now passed since that morning in January when the hospital called me. My level of denial was attested to by the cold flush that I felt as the news was received in my psyche. Despite being told, and after watching the progressive reduction in the necessary human function that supports life, I … Continue reading Where is thy sting?
It was like….
Today, I will begin with a spurious, made-up, fact; 98% of what people say to each other is utterly meaningless, and conveys no information worthy of the name. As I sit in the cafe of choice, I casually overhear the conversations that are unfolding around me. It's not that I am eavesdropping, no, I am … Continue reading It was like….
Forgive me please, it has been a long time since my last confession. Something tells me it is time to write again so here we go. In keeping with my usual style of rambling on about pointless shit, I will share something. A while ago, I cut the tip of the index finger of my … Continue reading No, really
Eulogy for a Valkyrie
Good morning, We are here today to remember Dany Donald, mother, daughter, wife, who died a few weeks ago after a period of illness. Dany was my wife for fifteen years, and she was my best friend. Her passing leaves a huge gap in my life and the lives of our three children. Dany was … Continue reading Eulogy for a Valkyrie