Bloganuary: What is your preferred mode of travel?

At this stage of my life, and with the world in its current sorry state, to be perfectly honest, my ideal mode of transport would be armchair-based imagination. If that lacks a certain degree of ambition, then something along the lines of ‘Beam me up, Scotty’ would be good, but the technology isn’t there, unfortunately.…

Bloganuary: How do you define success?

I spent most of my working life as a financial analyst in the investment business. As my specialist subject was the European banking sector, I saw plenty of corporate restructurings being undertaken, with mixed success. The key question in such exercises, of course, is how to define success. When announcing restructurings, company managements must perforce…

Bloganuary: Has a book changed your life?

How many book blurbs have you seen which trumpet the claim that ‘this book will change your life’? Dozens, at least. And how many such books really have had a life-changing impact on you? One? Two? None? I can honestly say that there is no book (and I’ve read a fair few in my time)…

Bloganuary: How far back in your family tree can you go?

Tracing one’s ancestry has become quite the thing in recent years. I first started looking into mine more than twenty years ago while I was, in acting terms, ‘resting’. Or, to put it another way, unemployed. Back then, genealogy was a labour-intensive process that involved ploughing through fat, leather-bound registers of births, marriages and deaths…

Bloganuary: Why Do You Write?

Like the road to hell, I started out on this Bloganuary exercise (don’t call it a bloody ‘journey”: if you’re not physically moving from one place to another it is categorically NOT a journey) with good intentions. I managed the first three days fairly straightforwardly, but for some reason I never got the email prompt…

Bloganuary: What Is A Treasure That’s Been Lost?

Today’s Bloganuary prompt certainly offers a broad spectrum of potential responses. At the most pedantic level, think about all those silver-laden Spanish ships that sank on their way back to Spain from South America. Or, going even further back, the hapless King John’s baggage train getting lost in The Wash. Still earlier in history, there…

Song Lyric Sunday: Cold – ‘I Am A Rock’

Helen’s latest Song Lyric Sunday prompt over at This Thing Called Life One Word At A Time was inspired by the weather. Well, it’s been a bit chilly over here in France for the past few days, and although we’ve missed the worst of it, yesterday’s -5°C was plenty cold enough for us, thank you…