Behind the mask in vaccine capital Oxford

Yesterday was face mask day, the day it became mandatory in England to wear a mask in shops, take-aways and on public transport. It was also the day we chose to visit one of our favourite cities – Oxford – the place that’s doing more than most places to bring this mask madness to anContinue reading “Behind the mask in vaccine capital Oxford”

My chance to become a branch party chairman

The opportunity to chair the branch of a political party has come my way.  To echo our prime minister the ball has come loose from the back of this very small scrum.  Should I pick it up? I’ve been interested in politics all my life but never had the inclination to join a political party. Continue reading “My chance to become a branch party chairman”

A 60th Birthday Lockdown Party I’ll never forget

Had a Coronavirus Lockdown 60th birthday party yesterday and bizarrely it was all the better for it. Rather than the big Birthday Bash I was planning I could only invite just a few family and friend households. To give our small gathering a bit more of a party atmosphere, Mrs Jones booked the ‘live onContinue reading “A 60th Birthday Lockdown Party I’ll never forget”

A cheeky Nando’s instead of big Birthday Bash

I’d earmarked yesterday for my big 60th Birthday Bash. For obvious reasons I cancelled it months ago to be replaced by a much smaller gathering of family and close friends.I have to say following yesterday’s weather I’m so glad I did.  Thank you Coronavirus! I’d planned a garden party with some entertainment – a singerContinue reading “A cheeky Nando’s instead of big Birthday Bash”

My 60th birthday man-bangle statement

The first present I got for my forthcoming 60th birthday was a bracelet.  It was bought for me by a man I met at a party. That’s a line I never thought I’d write! Just for something to talk about I asked him about the ones he was wearing.  I’d read somewhere that they canContinue reading “My 60th birthday man-bangle statement”

Was telling the client to f*** off the right thing to do?

Did something for the first time in my 30 years of running my own business yesterday, I formally resigned from a client. I’ve let them fizzle out before and waited for them to do the deed but this was the first time I’ve done it properly. You’re supposed to enjoy these moments, my nearest equivalentContinue reading “Was telling the client to f*** off the right thing to do?”

Yesterday reminded me how blessed I am to be a Dad

Father’s Day yesterday reminded me how great it is to be a Dad.  All through my twenties I was avowedly against having kids and then slowly, imperceptibly at first, that feeling started to change.  In truth I never gave what is quite possibly life’s most momentous decision the in-depth thought it deserved. I’ll always remember whenContinue reading “Yesterday reminded me how blessed I am to be a Dad”

The joy of fancying your wife at 60

One of the most joyous things about getting older is that you remain attracted to people of a similar age to you.  As a twenty years-old young man I never imagined it possible to fancy a woman of 60 but when you’re 60 yourself it’s not a problem! It is either something borne out ofContinue reading “The joy of fancying your wife at 60”

Didn’t enjoy being amongst people in first non-essential shop

Went on my first proper out-of-town non-essential shopping mission yesterday.  I’ve been wanting to buy a new laptop for months but needed to see it in the flesh.  I thought I’d give what I imagined would be the busy Monday reopening a miss and drove up to Fosse Park yesterday afternoon. There was a definiteContinue reading “Didn’t enjoy being amongst people in first non-essential shop”

It’s great to party again.

A party, our first one in 2020, completed our best weekend since lockdown. With it came the long forgotten little stresses of getting smartened up, being on time and making conversation with new people.  All felt good though. There was just nine of us socially distant in the corners of a decked area in aContinue reading “It’s great to party again.”

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