The Lonesome Pine

Bloganuary Day 30: OFFS! Describe yourself as a tree. What the hell is this? Have I stumbled into a Stanislavski drama workshop? Or maybe a primary school class where the supply teacher has no idea how to keep the little buggers darlings occupied until the bell goes? Oh alright then. if I was a tree:…

‘Frankly, my dear…’

Bloganuary Day 19: Warning – today I am wearing my ‘grumpy old man’ head. Write about something mysterious. I’m grateful to today’s instalment of Bloganuary for providing this opportunity to have a rant, thereby further cementing my carefully cultivated image of general misanthropy. Most thing are at least something of a mystery to me, so…

A man can dream

Bloganuary Day 13: Entering the realms of fantasy… What does your ideal day look like? I’ve had longer than usual to think about today’s prompt. Normally, I first see it in my inbox when I wake up at the usual time, but today I found myself awake in the small hours, so took an early…

Smiley Face Hugs

Bloganuary Day 12: Down with the kids… What emoji(s) do you like to use? Back in the mid-sixties, I seem to recall a British High Court judge interrupting a speech by counsel to enquire ‘Who are The Beatles?‘ Unsurprisingly, this attracted a wave of derisive comments about old fuddy-duddies being out of touch with modern…

Where no man has gone before

Bloganuary Day 11: Ask a silly question… What does it mean to live boldly? Today’s prompt strikes me as an exceptionally silly question. With another 20 days of Bloganuary to get through after today, I hope this isn’t the start of a downward spiral into increasingly odd prompts. Anyway, if in doubt, start by going…

‘I’d like to thank…..’

Bloganuary Day 10: I like a list, but not this kind…. What are five things you’re grateful for today? Now, I like a list as much as the next blogger, but I have to say I’m a bit cautious about this particular prompt. That’s because to my mind these sort of ‘count your blessings’ lists…

Just a pussycat…

Bloganuary Day 9: the road goes ever on… What do people incorrectly assume about you? There are some general misconceptions about me that I am more than happy not to disavow. Chief among these would probably be the impression that I actually know what I’m talking about more than half the time. I was haunted…

Less isn’t fewer

Bloganuary Day 8: Finally, a chance for a rant… What do you like most about your writing? I spent most of my working life writing for a living. As an investment analyst, the constant churning out of ‘reports’ was what I was supposed, and paid, to do. I like to think that I was quite…

Funny Peculiar

Bloganuary Day 7: okay, I think I’ve got this… What makes you laugh? Just as our musical preferences tend to become established by our late teens, so I think it is with our tastes in humour. As a teenager in the late sixties and early seventies, in comedy terms I grew up largely on a…

If I only knew…..

Bloganuary Day 5: Really? Only day 5? What is something you wish you knew how to do? Hmmm. Tricky. I can think of plenty of things I wish I could do better. Speak French, for a start; cook; take photographs. The list is almost endless because pretty much anything I can do could be done…