I've been into Leeds city centre this morning, a wingman for my wife during her assignment to retrieve her newly altered camel coat. Admittedly not a scenario I envisage that'll ever be incorporated into the screenplay of a Mission Impossible movie production. However, I'll endeavour to make this yarn as interesting as a tale about re-tailored … Continue reading Camel Coats & Emperors
Ordinarily, I don't watch breakfast TV magazine shows. Indifference to celebrity gossip, unashamed self publicity of guest's new books and show biz 'idols' showing similar indifference in reporter Dan Wootton's selfies, negating my desire to pay it much mind. This morning, though, I was glued to a segment of ITV's Lorraine show, featuring a remarkably … Continue reading Kris’ Selfless Legacy
I vacuumed my car interior this afternoon. With the vehicle's dark grey upholstery and vacuum cleaner nozzle ordinarily like ships that pass in the night, I'm unsure whether it was me or my trusty old Vauxhall Astra most surprised by this spontaneous act. "What's the big deal, Strachan?!..... Removing dust and litter from the seats … Continue reading It’s Better Than Digging A Ditch
"I could tell my parents hated me. My bath toys were a toaster and a radio." A trademark self-deprecating one-liner from late wall-eyed US comedian Rodney Dangerfield. Just one of a barrage of quips in his quick-fire standup act, interspersed with the woe-is-me catchphrase "I don't get no respect!" Although he was only joking onstage … Continue reading String Vesti La Giubba
Tuesday 29th May - This morning, I've revamped the look and feel of my website https://strachan.blog - A fiddly task where customising the site to my aesthetic requirements isn't ordinarily achieved without significant trial and error. I liken the process to that of attempting to 'wind up' my adult children. That a strategy of antagonising … Continue reading The Revamp
On this day in mid-1960's Kirskstall, Leeds my younger brother Ian made his appearance into the world. Born at home, our kid arrived shortly after the conclusion of the second Cassius Clay vs Sonny Liston fight. With Clay (latterly Muhammed Ali) winning by first round KO, Ian didn't turn up on time to witness Liston … Continue reading Who Locked Grandad In The Loo?
Thursday 17th May - I'm sat writing this monologue at the salon of my mum's hairdresser. My attendance here that of dutiful son patiently awaiting to drive his mater home post-haircut. Despite me being firmly entrenched in middle-age, mum feel moved to promise me a bag of M&S Peppa Pig candies if I'm a good … Continue reading Tuffy Hardcase & The Rhum Deal