New meals plan to fight the virus lockdown

Amongst the various first-world crises coronavirus has spawned for those of us who are lucky enough to be well I can now add food. With all restaurants closed and delivery options seemingly limited to Indian, Chinese or pizza we’re getting a little tired of the food we cook ourselves. For as long as we canContinue reading “New meals plan to fight the virus lockdown”

How to survive April now that lockdown is here

That’s the challenge I’ve been facing up to this morning.  My ever-growing semi-retired need to give my life routine and purpose has got me thinking. I’m convinced the lockdown will continue – might even get more severe – throughout all of the 30 days of April.  That combined with the ever more depressing news aboutContinue reading “How to survive April now that lockdown is here”

UK lockdown week one, how did I fare?

It’s only day five of the full lockdown, but the partial lockdown – shutting down of pubs and restaurants – started this time last week.  In truth I guess it’s gone better than I hoped which in no small part has been down to the sunny weather. I’ve managed to replace my early morning gymContinue reading “UK lockdown week one, how did I fare?”

My guilty day in the garden

Almost felt guilty yesterday.  While it seemed like the rest of the world was going to hell in a handcart – how appallingly apt that phrase is, see below – I was having a lovely day in my garden. I spent most of it in the Spring sunshine planting, weeding, edging and carrying out aContinue reading “My guilty day in the garden”

My new coronavirus retirement routine

Almost all the things that formed part of my cherished retirement routine have been cancelled because of coronavirus.   No early morning walk to the gym, no 5k on the treadmill nor any of the all-important social interaction with other like-minded semi-retirees round the pool or in the sauna. No activities that used to form partContinue reading “My new coronavirus retirement routine”

It’s just the bleakest day

My oldest daughter’s bar job ended abruptly at 3pm yesterday when she received the news via her team’s WhatsApp group that the company she works for was closing all its restaurants with pretty much immediate effect. Details of how, or even if, she and her colleagues will be paid are to follow. I confess IContinue reading “It’s just the bleakest day”

Isn’t it about time our cossetted elite footballers gave something back?

It took just one case of coronavirus – Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta – for the Premier League to shut-down.  Imagine if that had occurred in other sectors – even those that we wouldn’t call essential – such as hospitality, non-food retail, parts of the media, various trades connected to building etc, all of which areContinue reading “Isn’t it about time our cossetted elite footballers gave something back?”

Breaking Bad and Budget binge-watching

One of the things I thought I’d enjoy about retirement was the opportunity to binge watch.  Just sit down, relax, take it easy and enjoy a few hours in front of the television.  I’m not really a box-set man though one day I will make an exception and set aside a week to watch allContinue reading “Breaking Bad and Budget binge-watching”

My eBay hustle is taking off

My side hustle eBay business has now surpassed the four figure mark, I’ve made in excess of £1,000.  Over the years my small marketing company acquired quite a lot of tech including a couple of iMacs, a MacBook, servers, printers, phone handsets and various storage devices. When I closed the office down about 18 monthsContinue reading “My eBay hustle is taking off”

My first 10k race

Before the race I will be one of over a thousand people who have chosen to spend their Sunday morning running around the Staffordshire countryside for an hour in the wind and rain. I usually spend it lying in bed with Mrs Jones, reading the paper, eating a bacon sandwich, watching the Andrew Marr show,Continue reading “My first 10k race”

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