Gary Strachan – "Write" Said Fred

Off The Wall Essays From Deep Within A Capricious Mind

I’m Going As Peter Beardsley!

Whilst viewing recent Halloween photos on my Facebook timeline, it struck me the time and trouble people go to these days with their costumes and makeup. I’m not one for going overboard with praise, however, I’d go as far as saying some of them were absolutely not bad! Only kidding, there were some great outfits and a considerable effort put into their make up by people. That is apart from […]

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The Unwanted Visitor

Five years ago yesterday was a big turning point in the life of my family. As I recall, we found out this life changing news on the late morning of 2nd November 2010. I was sat in a waiting room at Leeds General Infirmary, whilst Karen underwent a mammogram, following a referral by her GP the previous week. She hadn’t noticed a lump but, due to changes in breast shape […]

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Writing Dilemmas

I didn’t write a blog yesterday. Instead I wrote a short story which was absolutely (but deliberately) barking mad. I have to say, I can’t ever recall enjoying writing anything as much as I did those 1100 words. I belly laughed through large chunks of writing it, as well as when reading it back during its edit this morning. However, now I have the dilemma of whether adding it to my […]

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Bobbing For Apples

It’s Halloween in several countries today. A time of fancy dress, decorating of pumpkins and kids being hyper after eating six bags of Haribo gummy bears, four lollies and eighteen sherbet dips! Blimey, I’m showing my age there! Can you still get sherbet dips? In my youth, hours of football and cricket were fueled by sherbet dips. I’m not sure if they can be classed as a performance enhancing drug. […]

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You Look Ten Years Younger!

I shaved my beard off the other day. Not news of much interest, admittedly, unless perhaps you’re the editor of ‘Northern Men’s Facial Hair Removal’ magazine, but if you bear with me it’ll become clear why I brought it up. Following my shave, I was flattered when told that with my beard free mush I looked ten years younger. Well I  was until they said I looked 60 with the beard; […]

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Allan Clarke’s Sock Tags

I’ve titled this blog ‘Allan Clarke’s Sock Tags’ for no other reason than I’m going to write about Allan Clarke’s sock tags! If I’d have written about Peter Lorimer’s sock tags, I’d have titled it ‘Peter Lorimer’s Sock Tags’. If I’d have written about Billy Bremner’s sock tags, I’d have titled it …………. Alright, alright you’ve got it!………. Blimey, no need to shout! Leeds Utd striker Clarke or Sniffer, as […]

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Karma, You’re Kidding Right?!

The other day, someone asked what I find the most challenging part of being the carer of a partner with an incurable illness . That isn’t an easy question to answer, after all there are several challenging elements to this rollercoaster ride. There are a myriad of emotions I regularly go through, including anger, frustration, bitterness and profound sadness. Very few positives cross my mind on the bad days! If […]

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