Sprinkled Moon Dust in Your Hair

Twenty eight years ago today I became a father for the first time following my son Jonny joining the cast of this reality show called life. A rollercoaster of a gig that my boy has thus far weathered relatively well, arriving into adulthood as an engaging and grounded young man of whom I'm very proud. … Continue reading Sprinkled Moon Dust in Your Hair

She Hasn’t Got Two Ha’Pennies……

In times of seemingly endless negative and disturbing news stories, escalating worldwide political/religious tensions, enduring personal family issues and my en suite light fitting breaking, seeking a pastime to raise the spirits becomes one of life's necessities. With this in mind, not to mention a desire to ‘give something back’ for the treatment and support … Continue reading She Hasn’t Got Two Ha’Pennies……

You’ve Missed A Bit, Gary!

It's Sunday morning and the weather has finally got its act together. It's good to look out onto my garden and see this meteorological change resulting in the daffodils, primulas, grape hyacinths and forget me nots taking on an altogether more upbeat body language. There is a kaleidoscopic display on show in the borders this … Continue reading You’ve Missed A Bit, Gary!

Misty Water Coloured Memories

I don't often write of serendipity. Not because I don't have pleasant surprises now and again. After all, what could be more serendipitous  than my receipt of Anthony Worrell-Thompson underpants for Christmas.......... That's a brand by the way. They weren't actually Anthony's undies! .............. I bloody hope not anyway!   My wee spouse Karen often … Continue reading Misty Water Coloured Memories

That’s Another Fine Mess You Got Me Into!

Yesterday, I had a conversation with an old acquaintance about Christmas gifts. It wasn’t a long conversation, more me asking him “Where the chuff’s my Christmas present?!” Knowing I was joking he laughed and the conversation moved on. He confided in me he’d just undergone a minor hospital procedure to remove something on his head. … Continue reading That’s Another Fine Mess You Got Me Into!

Where The Rainbow Ends – “I Regret To Tell You…”

Gary Strachan - "Write" Said Fred


In this blog I thought I’d have a change of style and display my serious and sensitive side .……. I think I’ve just heard the sound of jaws collectively dropping onto desks in various locations of the UK!

This is in an attempt to add a new dimension to my writing. I was also inspired by a recent TV drama which was a true story of a woman’s cancer journey, which she recorded via blogs.

Mine isn’t an attempt to copy her style as this is one off anyway! However, I wanted to try and paint a picture of the day(s) my life changed forever.


My apprehension was culpable as I woke on Wednesday 10th November 2010. However, I felt genuinely positive the biopsy of the lump, found on Karen’s breast the previous week during a mammogram, would be benign. After receiving the good news we’d give a…

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The Man With A Midas Touch

German born actor Gert Frobe, best known for his portrayal of the title character in the Bond movie Goldfinger, died on this day in 1988 at the age of 75. He passed away in Munich following a heart attack. As he laid in his hospital bed post attack, he is said to have asked the … Continue reading The Man With A Midas Touch