‘SAD’

By Saturday, August 31, 2013 0 Permalink

The acronym SAD  is commonly known for Seasonal Affective Disorder but it could also stand for Situation Always Difficult. August is a very difficult month for me, but in reality no worse or different than any other time. Life in general is pretty tricky most of the time. So why do things appear to have got worse just recently? I say 'appear', because we must always remember, even in the darkest depths of despair that thoughts are never real. To paraphrase Seneca, we suffer more from imagination than from reality. Though I will be the first to admit that seems hard to believe sometimes. The summer officially ended in August apparently.  Leaves have started falling from the trees, there is a breeze in the air which means going out without a jacket at night is not a good idea. Suddenly us girls face that tricky transitional phase where stockings look premature but bare ...

‘You Only Ever See The Best Things In Life Out The Corner Of Your Eye’

By Saturday, August 10, 2013 0 Permalink

Shops are dead. Long live the shop! We all mourn the loss of the high street and criticise the rise in dull and soulless chain stores, but sometimes something comes along which makes you smile and hold out some hope and optimism. Last week I stumbled into a shop which does exactly that. Carpo at 16 Piccadilly is almost invisible stuck on what has become coffee shop central - that section of Piccadilly swamped on both sides of the street with one coffee shop after the other, both of large chain variety and small. Boring. So, as I was about to catch a bus I noticed out the corner of my eye a sign saying 'Nuts, Chocolate and Coffee'! Enticing enough. I stumbled through the door in my weak and peckish state on the search for a nice little healthy snack. Victor Pelevin may have written that you see the best things in life out the corner ...