A Geordie Walkabout

I’m sitting looking out of my Newcastle hotel room French doors across the River Tyne. Staring back from the opposite bank is Gateshead, the town where I was raised after my family relocated from Leeds when a young child. A town where I’ve not resided since 1987, after leaving for London to seek my fortune…

A Close Shave

Around ten minutes prior to commencing this blog I was almost mown down by Alan Bennett, the acclaimed Leeds playwright, performer and author. At this juncture, I’d like to be clear the octogenarian wouldn’t have been the guilty party should any unfortunate injury has been sustained and litigation pursued. After all, the author was merely…

To Helen Back

As already chronicled on a couple of occasions since Monday, earlier in the week my sister Helen facilitated a change in our mum’s care package. A move aimed at improving the day to day living circumstances of her dementia afflicted matriarch and eldest brother – Actions which’ve returned familial cordiality back to the place where…

X

During an arbitrary thought this morning, I pondered why the letter X has been, and remains to be, such a popular symbol within social culture. For instance, there was a TV show titled Agent X; when you’re searching for treasure the map advocates ‘X marks the spot’; its a symbol which’s been used to signify…

Memories of Fizzgog

My inaugural view of a static holiday home being towed into place by a tractor greets me as I sit down to write this latest journal. From the paragraph above, you’ve probably gathered I’m not located at my usual ‘go to’ penning perches, ie the office/bedroom at my mother’s West Yorkshire home, or one of…

Morning Has Broken

“Morning has broken, like the first morning; blackbird has spoken, like the first bird.” What better way to start my new week than singing the uplifting inaugural lines of a traditional hymn….. Well, apart from perhaps fragrant Aussie actress Margot Robbie bringing me breakfast in bed. Which with all due respect to the refrain’s author,…

Comfort Buying

With it’s predominantly glass construction making my current environment uncomfortably warm, I don’t know how long I’m gonna be able to sit writing in this present spot; a coffee house within a south Leeds shopping centre. My iced Americano making little impact when it comes to cooling my body temperature, I’m finding the discomfort borne…

Revamp

Sunday 22nd August – In need of reinvigoration after months of sameness, overnight I changed the aesthetics on my website….. Incidentally, that’s the site which required reinvigorating, not me! Don’t get me wrong, I’m desperately in need of mental rejuvenation. However, I can assure you re-invigorating me under prevailing times would be a significantly tougher…