Slap dash or Cunning?

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Finally, an upside of Covid 19 with Sam returning home because the world famous Gleneagles resort has been shut until February 2021. Waiting for him at Gatwick airport this week I felt ambivalent. Excited of course to see my Sam but saddened to experience a… Read More »Slap dash or Cunning?

My local…

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A chap came to our house this week and a very nice chap he was too. I say this because it happens to be true but also because he was delivering a swanky new printer for Nikki. And for free by the way, courtesy of… Read More »My local…

Maradona or Pele?

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People prefer absolutes in life, of course. Binary decisions and outcomes. But life is often more complex than this and becoming ever more so. Who crossed the finishing line first? This is fine when measuring the fastest sprinter on earth but less satisfactory when the… Read More »Maradona or Pele?

Writing my way out…

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How many kids grow up to do for a living what they dreamt of? Not many, I’d say. Certainly not the ones who planned on being astronauts. Like most little boys, I had fleeting aspirations of being a football player and to play for En-ger-land. … Read More »Writing my way out…

Home alone, (almost)

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With three Holland boys away, our house has never been bigger and I suppose this is a good thing. People often cite space as a life goal. There are other upsides too… like chargers being more available. Less likely to go missing for one reason… Read More »Home alone, (almost)

Presents of Mind…

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It is better to give than to receive! A well known phrase and one that chimes with me. To be able to make someone happy, or to cheer someone up is a wonderful thing to experience. And especially so when giving someone a gift which… Read More »Presents of Mind…

Click Bait…

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I wrote last week about the strain of writing a blog and what to write each week. In truth I exaggerated this ‘strain’ for comic effect because in most cases, something occurs to me and I don’t have to push too hard.   As happened… Read More »Click Bait…

Where is Dr King

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Given 2020 to date…   …with all my work cancelling, being confined to the house for extended periods and with little to do (no gigs) – plus three of our boys have flown our nest, leaving just three people in-residence plus our beloved and ever… Read More »Where is Dr King

The dishonesty of self-help

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My English is fluent and practically perfect. My written English is less good but it still serves me well.   My English proficiency is a highly prized skill because the English language makes a decent claim to be the earth’s primary language. If Aliens ever… Read More »The dishonesty of self-help