The search for meaning, part 4. What is my passion?

My now four-day quest for meaning is getting more purposeful.  As paid work recedes I am beginning to conclude I need to find myself something structured to do. The article I featured yesterday had a link to one of those personality tests where you answer a series of multiple choice questions that reveal the sortContinue reading “The search for meaning, part 4. What is my passion?”

Fancying a pigeon, that’s a first

It’s a June the first like no other with all manner of freedoms restored we never dreamt we could lose. If I had a primary school child in reception, year 1 or year 6  I could send them to school this morning, that’s assuming the unions, teachers and parents are in agreement.  The sound ofContinue reading “Fancying a pigeon, that’s a first”

What mean-spirited times we live in with people still calling for Cummings’ resignation

I used to do a bit of lecturing on crisis communications some years ago including how to handle hostile media interviews. For a while I ran a module on the subject as part of a University PR and Media course. Partly out of professional interest I watched the whole of yesterday afternoon’s press conference byContinue reading “What mean-spirited times we live in with people still calling for Cummings’ resignation”

Are any of our leaders trying to be good?

They say when times are bad you learn who your real friends are.  Well times are bad now and I’m struggling to see much friendliness in the world. I watched the Netflix documentary last night about Michelle Obama’s promotional tour for her book ‘Becoming’.  She seems a good lady, they seem a nice family andContinue reading “Are any of our leaders trying to be good?”

Quarantine decison is another low for this incompetent government

Apoplectic is the wonderfully onomatopoeic word to describe how I felt on hearing Home Secretary Priti Patel’s announcement last night of the Government’s decision to introduce a 14 day quarantine rule for people arriving from abroad. It’s now over four months after the first UK cases of coronavirus, nearly three months since the lockdown andContinue reading “Quarantine decison is another low for this incompetent government”

Lockdown killed the TV star

There was a bit of a first yesterday – an entire day at home without watching any television.   You’d have thought the easy entertainment of TV would be the go-to, particularly when you’re semi-retired in lockdown. Under my old routine I used to watch some breakfast TV most mornings, then Politics Live at lunchtime andContinue reading “Lockdown killed the TV star”

What a rubbish service councils are providing during the pandemic!

When all this is over there will be the pandemic heroes and then there will be the zeros.  Of course at the top of the table will be the front-line health and care workers who have had to confront the virus head on.  They’ll be followed closely by all the other key workers who oftenContinue reading “What a rubbish service councils are providing during the pandemic!”

Am I slowly coming round to the idea of being a Grandad?

After years of vowing never to have children, I clearly remember two moments when I started to come round to the idea.    One time was a trip to the illuminations at Walsall Arboretum.  It was very much a family affair full of young parents and their kids having a good time.  I remember feeling aContinue reading “Am I slowly coming round to the idea of being a Grandad?”

20 reasons to be lockdown cheerful, part one

Time to be positive, I’ve decided, and here in no particular order are 20 reasons why… I can see my kids at last as long as it’s outside and socially distant.  B&Q is properly open and now that things have settled down the queuing’s not that bad.  Also garden centres reopen tomorrow so somewhere elseContinue reading “20 reasons to be lockdown cheerful, part one”

Simultaneously “reckless” and “feeble”, who’d want to be PM?

Boris Johnson’s first supposed gaffe as Prime Minister happened with minutes of his appointment, according to the left-wing press. After his visit to the Queen following his election as Tory leader he loudly revealed to Downing Street aides that the Queen had told him: “I don’t know why anyone would want the job”.  Divulging privateContinue reading “Simultaneously “reckless” and “feeble”, who’d want to be PM?”

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