‘The Meaning of Monty Python’

(warning-  this post features gratuitous Python references) Last night I was lucky enough to be at the O2 Arena to watch the Monty Python Reunion show and once the pain in my face had subsided from smiling and giggling, it has left me with a deep sense of satisfaction and happiness. Also, a huge sense of relief, as although I'd been eagerly anticipating the show, I was concerned that maybe trying to recapture something of the past would end awkwardly and they may somehow tarnish their reputation. It most definitely did not and if anything it reinforces the idea that nostalgia is not misty eyed longing for the past because it was better, it is bringing the best of what you loved into the present moment and relishing in that simple joy. Especially if that was childlike mischief. I'm not one prone to nostalgia, hyperbole or fangirl behaviour so my praise is entirely ...

‘From Sadness to Serenity’

Some people experience few if any bereavements in their lives, I really have had plenty of practice at it now and while still by no means an expert have learnt enough to be able to offer some helpful thoughts. Last month my friend Aubrey died. He was 91 and for the last 3 years the Puppy and I have been visitng him at the nursing home he lived in. I feel nothing but deep calm about the whole situation and I will explain why. Nothing I write will do him, or our friendship justice but I'll have a go. This post is mainly about who he was, because he deserves the attention, but also about how I have learnt the truth of the maxim If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change About six months after Mama died to take my mind off things I became a therapy ...

‘It’d be awful if the world exploded, it’s so wonderfully splendid’

Is any situation not perfect for a Tove Jansson quote? The post holiday blues kicked in some time ago and memories of my trip in February to Iceland faded quicker than the unexpected Nordic tan I picked up. I thought I would share a few thoughts on my adventure and coincidentally my renewed love of all things Scandinavian, and how all this fits in with my perceptions right now. My trip to Iceland was not some random spoilt whim I woke up with one day. It was of great sentimental value because ever since I was a child I had told my parents I would live in Scandinavia (and have little blonde kids, but we won't dwell on that oddity)! Too much interest in Moomin, Jostein Gaarder and Astrid Lindgren novels maybe, but they do say that your core belief system is shaped most as a young child so I think these things must ...

‘Where there is Unity, there is Victory’

By Friday, March 7, 2014 0 Permalink

As Pubilius Syrus once wisely said. Last week Ofcom decided to start treating UKIP as a major party in terms of the way they are allowed to broadcast and campaign. This is a significant turning point and to me says more about where our political system is now rather than about UKIP per se. It is time for the pro EU lobby to realise that we face a real problem, and all their different agendas; donors and events are entirely irrelevant if Britain is not even in the EU. Never mind reforming anything, we won't have a say because we won't be there. This is a real possibility which the pro EU side seem still to be ignoring. To think UKIP are a ragbag party capitalising on the discontentment people have with Britain and  with no coherent policies is quite true. But to treat them as such is very wrong. UKIP is not a solution ...