The Vital Card

Today’s instalment of WordPress’ ‘365 Days of Writing Prompts is one of those worthy but dull ones, specifically about healthcare provision: “Right to health. Is access to medical care something that government should provide or is it better left to the private sector? Are there drawbacks to your choice?”∅ Rather than enter into an earnest…

Don’t Panic

Most people who know me would agree that I’m of a generally calm, nay taciturn, mien. In Dad’s Army terms, I’m more Sergeant Wilson than Corporal Jones: So this latest offering in WordPress’ 365 Days of Writing Prompts held few fears for me when I first approached it: “In a crisis. Honestly evaluate the way…

Ice cream is life

Can I write a post about ice cream? Well, I can try. Do you want to read a post about ice cream? That, gentle reader, is entirely up to you. All I would say is that blogs, like ice cream, come in an ever-increasing variety of flavours and, also like ice cream, if you don’t…

‘The road to Hell…

…is paved with good intentions’ as somebody once said. Given that it’s that time of year, but also bearing in mind that we’ve already established that I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions, I thought I might at least to set down some intentions, blog-wise, for the coming year. At least it makes a…

Six Sandwiches That Shook My World

As a general rule, the one-word Daily Prompts that WordPress has been furnishing in recent months are way too cryptic for someone as devoid of imagination as yours truly. Today, though the word is ‘Sandwich’ and even I can rise to that bait. Who among us has never had a sandwich or – even more…

Perfectly normal behaviour, surely

Never look a gift horse in the mouth, it’s said. Especially when it offers you an opportunity for a little tongue-in-cheek self-deprecation, as in this recent Daily Prompt from WordPress: ‘Quirk of habit: Which quirky habit annoys you the most, and what quirky habit do you love — in yourself, or others” As a general…

“Sometimes the songs that we hear are just songs of our own”

There’s more to this blog than the occasional feeble attempt at humour. Not much more, admittedly, but nonetheless… Anyway, be assured that I don’t spend all my time sitting in front of my computer screen trying to multi-task by virtue of combining the two activities of blogging and shirking anything that might involve physical effort.…

New sins for modern times

If they can update the seven wonders of the world to modern times, perhaps it’s worth thinking about a new list of modern sins. A recent WordPress Daily Prompt – they seem to be on a bit of a roll at the moment – had the great idea of asking what your eighth deadly sin would…

Accustomed as I am…

Nowadays, with all-pervasive social media and the universal availability of the tools to produce it, seeing and hearing yourself is a commonplace, However, it was not always thus. The first time I saw myself on ‘video’ – although back in 1964 it was called film – I was standing around aimlessly playing in a school cricket…

Your prompt response is much appreciated

When I finally managed to shift myself and publish a new post recently I think I was fair enough to apportion blame. Which is to say that I claimed it wasn’t all my fault. In particular, I railed against the absence of sufficiently inspiring daily prompts from WordPress – and it was while doing so that…