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HOW TO FOCUS ON TODAY’S AUTHENTIC NONSENSE

Are you playing ping pong with stuff that makes no sense? If you’re like me, every day my head is bombarded with things I can make no sense of. Much of it is authentic, meaning it has value. Yet just how valuable to me can be mesmerising and confusing? If I were thick headed, the majority of this nonsense would go straight into the trash bin, dismissed by me as not worth the brain effort to comprehend, understand, or even relate...

THE VIADUCT

Daniel looked down at his wet and muddy trainers. They were just days old; cheap one’s he had treated himself from his meagre earnings. He had worn them to school, a final defiance for everything it seemed to stand for. He sighed. He could defy no longer. He didn’t give a shit. His school uniform was in tatters. His tie long gone, ripped from his neck in desperation for air. As his blood stained shirt clung to his sweating torso,...

AS FREE AND AS FRAGILE AS I AM

I am, sadly, almost as common as muck. I wasn’t always common. Oh no. I come from somewhere much further up market. Now that I’m no longer in pristine condition or cool to be seen with, I’m reluctantly resigned to being matched with the hoi polloi of my ilk, much to my own disdain. I’m homeless, but thanks to the wind and the whims of mankind I can share a window of my experiences, with you, the human creature of...

MY APPALLING INDIFFERENCE

I don’t feel any guilt about it, but there are many things that do nothing for me. I see others go ape shit over some kind of sport, or slobber at the mouth over some celebrity that obviously has some talent that I don’t appreciate. I see those who have the gift of the gab, need an audience to survive and can read a hundred books one after the other. Sure I can read a book, but unless it’s grips...

TIME WE ALL MADE A DIFFERENCE

In 2016, much like any other year during my lifetime, I have felt utterly helpless and emotionally torn by man’s destructive behaviour. I see the world as am amazing paradise, with wonders to behold that take my breath away. Yet it seems to me that not all my fellow man comprehends such beauty.   I know I share this world with billions of people, all unique and most worth knowing in some shape or form. There are some who grate...

DRAINING A SWAMP – CREATING A SEWER

Donald Trump says he’ll drain the swamp. He infers the American establishment equals a swamp. He knows little of the magic of swamps, or the wonders they hide within them. Swamps should never be drained. They are a universe in their own right, a soup of living organisms and an ecosystem we destroy at our peril. Draining a swamp brings a huge loss to the environment, to nature and the creatures that live from it. From agriculture to over half...

THE RUBBISH I WRITE

I have to be the first to admit that most of what I write can easily be classed as rubbish.   I qualify that by comparing my weedy efforts to those who write stuff that others eagerly read. As my mother used to dictate to me, I should know my place in the world and my own limitations. My mum dictated many things to me and a good half of them went in one ear and out the other. While...

PUTTING THE GREAT BACK IN TO AMERICA

‘We’re going to make America great again’. The words of President-Elect Donald Trump today in his triumphant speech.     As a British citizen watching events from across the pond, I don’t think it is for the likes of me to comment on a democratic vote of the American people, or the American voting system. Or for that matter the likely inquest to events leading up to the election result. Plenty of experts already doing that without my help! What is...

LIVING ON ANOTHER PLANET

I’m still wondering, like I have since being very young, if I really do live on another planet. For many that will suggest I’m out of touch with reality, unable to sense and respect the choices of others and have poor social skills and adhesion. It might also imply that I expect a lot more from life than what I give back, or even deserve. Dare I think that any of those don’t apply to me? I should not be...

AM I QUALIFIED FOR THIS?

  I’ve always wondered what aspect of energy (besides the God theory) decided to mix things up when my fragile being sparked into life. At the point of conception, I was nothing more than a sparkle in my dad’s eye and a whim from my mother’s maternal instinct. They already had a daughter, now they yearned for a son. Me thinks they should have been warned, be careful what you yearn for! That one event ignited a process as natural...

A STORY NEVER TO BE TOLD

A story about a paperback book and the story it can never tell.   It was a paperback much like any other. There are thousands of the same, all telling the same story written within. It had touched and toyed with the emotions of many, for it was well travelled and had had many owners. It was hardly significant in anyone’s life, yet the story within its cover could have mirrored the lives of many. Hence, the book is very readable...

MY VOTE FOR BREXIT

MY VOTE FOR BREXIT

With only days to go, the UK will be voting to stay in or leave the EU. (I wrote this before referendum day). I’ve already voted, by postal vote, to leave. One vote and my reasons for it will be like a drop in the ocean, as if who cares what I voted or why. But here’s the thing. I feel I need to tell the world my reasons, as if anyone’s going to read it. I consider the in...

IS MY FIRST CLASS TICKET TO HELL A SCAM?

(1031-word count). I’ve been told by many that on the day I was born, I was issued a first class ticket to hell. Wow, first class. Is that all it’s made out to be? Rare that I can ever afford first class and on the few occasions I have, it’s been rather disappointing and pretentious. Certainly not worth the extra money or the perceived status of self-importance. Many tell me I was born to go straight to hell as if...

THE DOOR AND THE OLD BRASS KEY

At first, we never noticed ‘the door’. Crikey, it was an old building, our first visit to view and with so many doors, nooks and crannies, it was easy to miss things the first time around. Even on the second and third visit, the fact that we didn’t see the door cannot be explained, except the bathroom door opened outwards and when it was open, the door was hidden. We moved in a few days later, finding the door for...

SHOELACES. SHOULD I BE ARSED TO UNTIE THEM?

SHOELACES. SHOULD I BE ARSED TO UNTIE THEM?

If you are like me, you can’t be arsed to keep tying your shoe lace every time you put your cheese pods on, so the shoe lace remains firmly tied. I have an excuse, a weak one mind you, because many years ago I had a hip replacement and while (touch wood) my hip never bothers me, since the operation I cannot touch my toes, or easily get my sock on, or tie my left shoelace. So both laces remain...

GET REAL ABOUT GENDER. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

GET REAL ABOUT GENDER. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Here I’m explaining the simple facts about transgender people, people who are born a physical gender that they cannot identify with because of a changed biological process in the womb. (word count 1246) Chances are you were born male or female. There’s a good chance that you’re happy about that and how your gender fits with your natural instincts, how you think, feel and identify with that gender. For a growing few, it’s not like that at all! If you...

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN LIFE IS TAKEN FROM US?

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN LIFE IS TAKEN FROM US?

  This is a story, an imagination of beyond the element of death and what might, or might not, be. (Word count 812) My memory of consciousness is vague. I recall the sun burning my face, the depth of blue in the sky and cool salty water around my ankles. I felt sand between my toes and an immense sense of freedom. I tasted plain chocolate on my tongue, the first square from a bar of Bourneville. But who I was...

CAN I TAKE THE OLD GEEZER DOWN THE PUB?

The things I’d say to God over a pie and a pint. (Word-count 1197) You know, I’m not in the habit of inviting strange men down the pub for a drink. Even though inviting this one is just a fantasy of mine, given the bone I am dying to pick with this bloke, it’s a case of needs must. I doubt that a lifetime of Sundays would ever bring me such an opportunity, but I’ve got this thing about God,...

THE PLEASURE OF WATCHING PEOPLE

A light-hearted article on people watching, one of my favourite past-times. 1148 words.   Today I am taking advantage of a sunny and mild day to watch the strange, weird and wonderful ways of people as I sip coffee at a pavement café. I love this simple pleasure, a window of time to catch a glimpse into the lives of a few and for me to imagine and judge, in a light-hearted way, as we humans are so prone to...

LOVE. MUCH MORE THAN IT’S MADE OUT TO BE

Here is my take on love and what it represents. May it inspire you to love the real you and those you treasure in your life. Maybe you might also find love is much more powerful that any hate you feel in your heart. (1348 words long) Love. The word has many meanings and as many interpretations. So dare I write another word about it? The way I see love may not be the way others see it. When I...

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