Spring is Sprung

It appears spring has finally sprung. Temperatures have risen, enabling me to commence garden maintenance for some much needed exposure to fresh air and the sensation of warm from prevailing solar rays. Gardening my Sunday afternoon assignment, during which the lawns with be trimmed, along with dead shrubbery removal; allowing space and augmenting root nourishment…

A Shot in the Arm

It’s two days since my first coronavirus shot and I’m delighted to report that, as yet, I’ve not encountered any adverse side affects to the vaccination…… Well, apart from a brief period yesterday when, thinking I was Scandinavian comedienne Sandie Toksvig, yours truly started conversing in Danish. As GJ Strachan speaks none of Denmark’s mother…

Quiz Round 25th February

Please note – These are a fictional bunch of questions, written by yours truly in an intentionally absurd style. Any answer that is highlighted as true bears not one shred of factual truth. True or False True or False – Wordsmith and high school jumper monitor Gyles Brandreth’s favourite word beginning with the letter X…

Side Affects

This afternoon I’m scheduled to receive my first coronavirus vaccine. I know it’s my inaugural jab as I’ve not previously been afforded one. If I had, within this pieces initial sentence, I’d have highlighted it was my second shot in the arm. Unless, of course it was my third. In which case, as there’s only…

Happy Birthday T’Old Lad

February 22nd – Today would’ve been my paternal grandfather Jack’s 115th birthday. God only knows how he’d have celebrated the day if his existence would’ve panned out this long. If he was still mobile, though, I’d venture it’d involve lots of shuffling, along with trademark sleight of hand trickery. That being said, I’d suggest the…

Talking The Talk

The remaining time as dog sitter to my labrador chum Coco is diminishing; her mum Samantha this evening venturing east across the Pennine Hills to retrieve the flaxen coated retriever. The four legged enchantress, who stole my heart (along with a fair proportion of my meals), returning to Lancashire to once again mix with canine…

Uninformative Movie Reviews

Around ten summers ago, as an alternative writing conduit to my existing personal Twitter account @gjstrac63, yours truly started a second account titled @MovieLazy . A concept inadvertently inspired by my (now estranged) wife. This manifesting after asking her about the plot line of 1942 movie Mrs Miniver, to which she answered “It’s about a…

Wake Me Up When Dinner’s Ready

Day three of dog sitting Coco the lab/retriever. The sandy coloured enchanter who melts my heart and, through her penchant for fleecing me out of half my meal, is contributing towards the loss of the 9lb in weight I’ve gained during coronavirus lockdown…… I guess dog’s aren’t labelled as mans best friend for nothing. As…

Fleeced

Today’s literary piece commences with my little canine buddy Coco, whose enchanting company I currently enjoy, undertaking a perimeter check of my back garden. Whether partaken as a strategy for reducing jeopardy to her pack, ie me, or that she just doesn’t fancy watching ‘Home Under The Hammer’ on telly, I doubt I’ll ever know….