Marie Curious?

Thursday morning witnessed an early start for yours truly – Commencing when my phone alarm proffered a dream shattering cacophony, causing me to franctically search for the device’s snooze button. Initially, with hand flaling floorward, it was actually my jeans I pressed in my disorientated state of reveille. Unsurprisingly, that didn’t negate the alarm’s din…

Top Man

Yesterday saw the 7th anniversary of ex-Leeds United footballer Gary Speed’s passing. A tragic day when the player, who also served Everton, Newcastle United, Bolton and Sheffield United with distinction, was found hanged to death at his Cheshire home. On Saturday 7th April 1990, during a 2nd Division game against West Yorkshire rivals Bradford City,…

Is It A Bird? Is It A Plane?….

Despite being a disciple of creativity – Particularly broadening my horizons and looking at art without prejudice, I’m not one who is overly precious about technological innovation. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the absolute need for society to evolve technology wise, however, I’m far from having enough interest in the topic to be called…

Helplessness

With the sad news of Karen’s mum’s critical medical condition, plans for the foreseeable future in casa Strachan are understandably in limbo. My wife still in the north east maintaining her bedside vigil, along with providing support for her distraught father. I’m in regular contact with my little missus by phone and text, where she…

Ignoring the Indifference

It’s rare experiencing a day when I can’t be bothered to write, but Sunday 25th November 2018 is one of them. The reason remains an enigma, although faffing around for over an hour attempting to improve my laptop’s performance is definitely one of the contributing factors. My device is currently running slower than the Leeds…

Munificence In The Merrion

This morning, I spent a couple of hours as part of a fundraising team representing the Marie Curie organisation. Our locale Leeds city centre, our voluntary remit to appeal to the benevolence of Morrisons supermarket customers, Merrion Shopping Centre in situ. The journey almost starting dramatically when, while waiting for a bus on Selby Road,…

Itinerant Werewolf in Ardsley

Over the last twenty four hours or so, a visibility hampering haze has engulfed West Yorkshire. This ‘pea souper’, as my mum would call it in her distinctive Leeds brogue, creating a macabre dream-like scene outside. Unlike my night vision last week where fragrant actress Margot Robbie and me led Leeds United to only their…

Deserved?!

Fait accompli – A situation already preordained, leaving disconcerted victims to ‘Like it or lump it’ – Incidents relating to several scenarios, including a loved ones poor health, a job loss or a relationship split. Ordinarily a poorly received life event that by it’s very nature is often irreversible. Lack of control over these events…

Seeking Serenity

I’m struggling to focus while writing this blog. Pre-weekly food shop, GJ Strachan is sitting in his mum’s living room bereft of the serenity he craves while embracing penmanship. A consequence of the several distractions in his locale. Neurological intrusions courtesy of reality TV show contestants bartering with antique stall owners – Along with fielding…