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:…

Song Lyric Sunday: Movie Week – ‘Night Fever’

It’s movie week on Song Lyric Sunday this week, so Jim is after something from a film soundtrack that was a ‘freestanding’ hit. Back in 1977, I used to get in from work on a Friday afternoon just in time to listen to a weekly programme – whose name I have entirely forgotten – on…

An acceptable counterparty

Bloganuary Day 29: roll on next Tuesday… How are you changing the world? Well I’m not, am I? The thing is, I have no aspirations to change the world. Heaven forbid that I should ever consider myself to be some kind of ‘influencer’. For a start, I don’t even have an Instagram account, TikTok is…

This will come as no surprise….

Bloganuary Day 28: much more music.. What is on your music playlist right now? Over the course of this seemingly interminable January, there seem to have been a fair few prompts relating to music. Or perhaps I’ve just taken a ‘neutral’ theme and put a music twist on it. This time, WordPress has done it…

Lost in music

Bloganuary Day 27: The end is nigh Where do you go when you need solitude? We live in a decent-sized house with a fair bit of land attached, so I wouldn’t need to go far to find physical solitude if I really wanted to. It must be said that this has been quite a boon…

What are you on about?

Bloganuary Day 26: get a grip, WordPress. What is your favourite part about yourself? It looks like whoever comes up with these daily prompts for Bloganuary is getting as weary of the exercise as many of the participants probably are – myself included. It certainly doesn’t help when we get fed nonsense like today. What…

Give me strength

Bloganuary Day 25: thankfully entering the final week. Write about what makes you feel strong. Maybe I just have a suspicious mind [no, really? – Ed.], but to me this sounds very much like another sneaky attempt by WordPress to elicit something cloyingly inspirational. Well it didn’t work last time and it’s not going to…

Dream on

Bloganuary Day 24: Weird Write about a dream you remember. “Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives” Like most people, I remember very few of my dreams, not even fleetingly upon waking. This is probably just as well. I have had a few…

You may well ask

Bloganuary Day 23: Question time Interview a fictional character. Hello and welcome to today’s edition of ‘We ask the questions’. Our guest today, all the way from Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, is none other than The Luggage. For those who may not already know, The Luggage is a large chest made of that rare material,…

Song Lyric Sunday: In memoriam – ‘Mother’

Song Lyric Sunday this week is looking for songs written as tributes for someone. This heart-rending piece by John Lennon was the first example that came into my mind. I think it’s quite well known that John Lennon’s childhood was neither ‘normal’ or happy. Apart from the fact that he was born during a German…