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…

Monet’s Garden

Originally posted on theonlyD800inthehameau:
I recently visited Monet’s Garden, in Normandy. You’ve probably heard of it, and of Monet himself, the founder of Impressionism. The garden itself is rightly famous, although I was surprised to discover that almost all of the plants there are quite common varieties, rather than horticultural curiosities. What grabs the…

Brainless stupidity #1

“I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.” The filling protocol of petrol stations in Belgium defies both belief and logic. For the benefit of my North American reader, I should just explain that over here a petrol station is what you would call a gas station. Why you would…

Inside The Actors’ Studio

Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt asks us to answer the ten standard questions that James Lipton asks his guests on ‘Inside The Actor’s Studio.’ Well, that’s a programme I used to like, and lists are usually good for a bit of introspection, so here goes: What is your favourite word? ‘Opulente’ Some care is needed here…

Surreal sandstone

Originally posted on theonlyD800inthehameau:
I memorably spent my 60th birthday (last year) in Petra, thereby realising a lifelong ambition. I have all the standard touristy shots to prove it, and the overall experience more than lived up to my hopes and expectations. However, while wandering around the ruins over the two days we spent…