‘Tomorrow is Tuesday’

By Monday, December 31, 2012 0 Permalink

So, I am guessing you were expecting something wise and deeply profound on New Year's Eve after my tumultuous year. Well, you can have soppy sentimentality instead. It is so easy to become reflective at times like this. We are instilled with misplaced optimism for a fresh new start and a quest to break with all that has gone before. No pressure then! Often at New Year we look back on the year and look at what was bad and hope for a better one next year. It is very easy to see all that was wrong or sad but not so often to see what was good. It would be incredibly easy for me to have written off countless years where tragedy has hit and say that year was my 'annus horribilis'. In 2002, I spent NYE in bed as I was unable to walk terribly well. I had been in a fairly nasty car ...

‘Alors Delors’

By Sunday, December 30, 2012 0 Permalink

Oh la la!  Monsieur Delors what have you gone and done? In an interview with a German newspaper last week, Jacques Delors one of the chief architects of the EU made every Euro Sceptics' Christmas wishes come true by stating that the UK could leave the EU and form a different kind of partnership. Have you ever given someone the old heave ho and the 'let's be friends routine'? I am sorry to say that I did once and no, of course I didn't mean it, I  never wanted to see them again as they got on my nerves. Isn't that really what Monsieur Delors is doing here? 'Look Britain, this just isn't working, we clearly want different things. We can still be friends, but maybe we shouldn't be together anymore.' The problems with that, is who keeps all the mutual friends? My guess is that it wouldn't be the UK. And let's be honest ...

‘Generation Kindergarten’

By Thursday, December 27, 2012 0 Permalink

My new catchphrase. You like? For some time I have observed in those around me the demise of adulthood. Aspects of childhood have certainly been compromised too but it is because adults have become so increasingly immature that children have lost some of their own child like qualities. How damaging for everyone this is. Both adults and children. There is a very significant difference between being childlike and being immature. Being childlike is to some extent, an admirable trait in an adult; to have awe in things, not be jaded and cynical and to be able to enjoy the simpler offerings in life. To be immature, well I think we can see what effect that has had on society as a whole. The adults have vanished, and like a classroom with the teacher absent, chaos ensues. Who is actually in charge? I stumbled upon a comment recently on the occasionally witty and always engaging blog 'A Model Recommends', which ...

‘Time to get personal’

By Friday, December 21, 2012 2 Permalink

Sharing personal secrets or memories is not something I generally tend to do but the last few weeks have forced me to reminisce about my lost loved ones more than usual. (Ten times a day maybe rather than the normal two to three then)! This has been caused by a number of factors. My mother's birthday came and went, the third one I have spent without her. It passed without much stress on my part. The first one in 2010 which came four months after she died was obviously painful but I went out for dinner with one of my few girlfriends to 'celebrate' as it had been a tradition until then to always take Mama out for a splendid lunch/tea/dinner to somewhere we had never tried. I missed that and still do. Even in foodie obsessed Britain,I am not sure anyone I know has the same obsession with restaurants as the ...