One-Liner Wednesday: Past The Halfway Mark

“You and I have memories/longer than the road that lies ahead”   – ‘Two Of  Us’, by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon & McCartney), from the album ‘Let It Be’ – – – – – – – Last week’s One-Liner was about the future, so in the interests of editorial balance here’s one about the…

One-Liner Wednesday: Seriously, though…

“A government that is strong because it is free, and confident because it is just, has nothing to fear in granting refuge to exiles.”  – Alexander von Humboldt (1769 – 1859), German explorer and polymath.  – – – – – – – Well, that explains a lot doesn’t it? As a general rule, we like…

SoCS: Never As Good As The First Time

First time for everything  – even participating in Stream of Consciousness Saturday. This week’s theme is ‘book title’. I try always to have a ‘proper’ book on the go and make a point of reading at least a few pages every day. I spent a couple of years working my way through the Guardian list…

Never mind my generation, what about yours?

I got on a bus recently. Let me tell you, my life is one long party. I had a suitcase with me so, wanting to stay close to the luggage rack, I flopped down in the nearest seat, only noticing a couple of minutes later that it was one prioritised for the elderly and infirm. My…

10 Things I’ve Learnt In The Last 1,000 Days

Today, 24th June, is the 1,000th day since I retired from working life. I know this because I have an App that counted down the months and weeks towards my retirement date and then forgot to stop. 1,000 days. That’s about 33 months. 143 weeks. 24,000 hours. You can slice and dice it as finely…

No, I will not act my age

‘Granpa, do you miss being a kid?’ Not the sort of question you expect to come, à propos of nothing, from a seven year old tucking enthusiastically into his breakfast. Nonetheless, a fair enough one, and deserving of a measured response. ‘Well no, because in my head I still am a kid’ was my eventual reply. ‘But…

A matter of perspective

The Universe, we are told, is a very big place and we are a very insignificant part of it. That’s fine by me. I love all those TV documentaries about the origins and unimaginable scale of the Universe, quantum physics and the nature of reality. Although this serenity is probably just a consequence of my inability…