21 Music Questions Answered

A few weeks ago (what can I tell you? I’ve been busy), the prolific Fandango posted his answers to 21 questions about musical tastes, set by another blogger. This gave me the idea of doing something similar, if only to relieve the thin and no doubt tedious diet of ‘One-Liner Wednesdays’ and ‘Song Lyric Sundays’…

Not a lot of people know that…

O wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us!  – Robert Burns: ‘To A Louse’ Perhaps this day’s instalment of WordPress’ ‘365 Days of Writing Prompts’ takes its inspiration from these famous lines from Scotland’s national poet. You’d certainly be forgiven for thinking so: “Far from normal. Take a…

Confession Time

In the more than four years that I’ve been (sporadically) writing this blog, I’ve owned up to a lot of things that I never thought I would impart to another living soul. Although if you saw my stats, you’d probably tell me not to worry, because I haven’t told anyone. On the same principle that…

My Music Lexicon: Introduction

Isn’t it handy that there are 26 letters in the alphabet and 52 weeks in the year? If my arithmetic is correct (it is), that means one letter for every fortnight. So here’s the plan. Every two weeks, working my way through the alphabet, I’m going to publish a post about a group or artiste that…

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…

All human life is here (and some I’m not so sure about)

My broad aversion to travel has been well documented in these pages. To be clear, though, while A (home) is always to be preferred, I’ve no objections whatsoever to B, C or – venturing further afield – even D. Being somewhere else is fine, it’s the getting there that I don’t care for. That’s because…

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…

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…

Invisible ageing

My passport went off for renewal last week. Naturally, the application process entailed getting some new identity photos. Or, as it’s also known, a reality check. Compared to ten years ago I’m rather paler (the Abu Dhabi tan has long faded) and the face fungus is still a comparatively recent addition. Otherwise, not too bad really: a little more…