Gary Strachan – "Write" Said Fred

Off The Wall Essays From Deep Within A Capricious Mind

Valuable Lesson Learned

Despite being the most distressing life event I’ve thus far experienced, I never wept when my father died in the October of 2017. I similarly remained tear free during his funeral, even while delivering a twenty minute eulogy I’d written as a tribute to a man I adored. A beautiful person whose passing devastated me; his departure leaving a cavernous void in my soul that feels like it’ll never mend. […]

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Green Shoots

It’s been a productive week for yours truly. Seven days where I’ve indulged in a far physically and mentally healthier lifestyle, including three gym visits, a cathartic choir rehearsal and a much needed period of sobriety. A lifestyle adjustment meaning, if I could desist from unhealthily munching so many bags or crisps, who knows this time next year my aspiration fitness video ‘Gary Strachan – Unlike Flange, Exercise Isn’t A Dirty […]

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Through the Needles Eye

During a recent gym class, I made the acquaintance of an individual who introduced himself as “Hello, I’m Rich!“….. Although delivered with a smile and warm handshake, his greeting set my mind wondering whether he was informing me his name, or alluding to his current serendipity vis-a-vis bank balance. Consequently, I was unsure whether to respond “Hi, I’m Gary!… Nice to meet you!”, or “Hi, I’ve been in better shape […]

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Catalyst To Living Life

One year ago tomorrow the most frightening, yet ultimately life enhancing, event I’ve thus far experience blind sided me while laying in bed at my then east Leeds abode. The time was shortly after midnight, and laying alone spreadeagled starfish-like across the mattress, I was becoming increasingly concerned with a nagging chest discomfort, along with neck and shoulder aches that’d plagued me for an hour or two. I’d suffered these […]

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Gray Day

Almost exactly a week after attending the funeral of a Gateshead Fell cricket club (GFCC) legend***, a club I represented for a decade between 1977-1987, this morning I was further saddened to hear of a former junior & senior team colleague Brian Gray’s passing. *** – Last week’s melancholic events more extensively detailed in my narrative Respecting A Club Icon.  Today’s bereavement news coming via text from John Hutchison, another member […]

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A Change of Plans

I’d proposed not penning a blog today. Intending instead to commence a significant rewrite of a tome written in 2010, which I’d remissly disregarded, leaving unloved and gathering dust for a decade. However, after a troublesome time attempting to gain White Rose Shopping Centre’s (WRSC) wifi access, circumstances conspired against me causing an itinerary rethink. Eventually, access was secured on a latent store network, however I experienced ‘Page Timeout’ errors […]

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Treadmill Vogue

I’ve spent the last few hours taking my mum for her weekly comestible shop at a south Leeds supermarket. During today’s oft challenging sojourn, taking the opportunity to collect a phone whose tariff I’d upgraded to yesterday evening, along with investing in new and more en vogue gym kit. The latter I felt required imperatively to address the fact during yesterday’s Fitness Circuits class appearing as though I’d acquired my […]

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