Gary Strachan – "Write" Said Fred

Off The Wall Essays From Deep Within A Capricious Mind

When They Met It Was Murda!

Microsoft Windows 1.0 operating system was released on this day 30 years ago. The company’s first graphical operating system was released to mixed reviews. Some people said it was good, some said it was alright, whilst Mrs Trubshaw at number 47 said it was “Like my arse!”……… Which is just about as mixed a reviews as you’ll get I suppose. Mrs Trubshaw – She wasn’t impressed! The development of Windows […]

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Is That An Andy Warthog?!

I called at my mum and dad’s this morning. It was an unsettling first ten minutes or so at their modest detached abode on the outskirts of Leeds. When I say modest I don’t mean it is small, I’m referring to the fact it doesn’t like to brag about its part in Leeds United winning the league in 1991-1992! Not only did I not get offered a cup of tea […]

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The Endless Repetition of History

Last night England played France in a football game at Wembley Stadium, London. Prior to kick off, there was a moving tribute paid by footballers and the crowd of 80,000, to the 129 innocent people barbarically murdered by terrorists on Friday evening in Paris. The tributes included the laying of wreathes by royalty and dignitaries, in addition to an immaculately observed minutes silence, when players from each nation stood side […]

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What Does That Switch Do?!

I’ve stopping in quite a few hotels in the UK over the past year or so. They range from four/five star establishments to ones at the budget end of the market. One thing I’ve noticed in these lodgings, regardless of where they sit in the quality range, is that there is always one light switch in the bedrooms that doesn’t seem to do anything! Whether it’s as you enter the […]

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Down Dunstable Downs

I spent last weekend in Dunstable meeting up in the company of some old friends and workmates. Around 20 years ago, I lived on the outskirts of the Bedfordshire town with the affluence of Buckinghamshire to the west and the effluence of Luton to the east (only kidding Lutonians, its great really!). I lived there during a nine year stint when I worked in London as a computer operator, in the […]

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The King Of Chutzpah

Recently it was the 30th anniversary of the death of American comedian Phil Silvers. The man who famously portrayed Sgt Bilko, in the iconic Phil Silvers Show in the late 1950’s, passed away following a heart attack at the age of 74. Silvers was born on the exact same day as my paternal grandmother in May 1911. He achieved far more fame than my grandma, but she wasn’t bothered as […]

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The Car With A Chimney!

I’m basing today’s narrative on an interesting tale I read on Twitter yesterday……… Well, as interesting as a story of 140 characters can be anyway! This yarn revolved around a woman’s bizarre experience listening to an audio disk during a time consuming drive. As the story is based on a true 140 character tweet, this significantly longer monologue has been padded out with a large fictional element! The car the […]

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