Mike’s Motor

As a follow up from my recent cardiac scare, I've just had an appointment with my GP at their east Leeds surgery.. At the commencement of my consultation I was alarmed to be advised by the doctor it'd be wise not to book any holidays. Concerned at this edict I responded "Why doctor is my … Continue reading Mike’s Motor


As undertaken around a month ago, I’m contemplating ridding myself of facial hair. This a consequence of my visage fluff starting to itch like hell. Not to mention my wife recently liken me to Catweazle’s scruffier brother...…. And that was before I’d even grown this full beard! Pretentiously, I see my increased facial hirsuteness as … Continue reading Hair


Yesterday, during discharge from hospital, a medic warned me to take things steady physically, along with avoiding situations that may trigger stressful responses. Well meaning advice key to GJ Strachan's speedier post-op recuperation. The need of which chronicled in greater depth in yesterdays blog 'Home at Last' - https://strachan.blog/2019/01/15/home-at-last/ Knowing the potential consequences of not … Continue reading Adapting

Better Late Than……

As a consequence of this morning's three hours voluntary work, lunch with a family member and undertaking a weekly food shop, today's blog has been somewhat delayed. It's just gone 4pm on Thursday 10th January 2019 and this is the first opportunity I've had to open up my laptop. My trusty sidekick who accompanies me … Continue reading Better Late Than……

Fool On The Hill

As I've written some pretty joyless stuff this week I intend attempting to inject some humour into today's offering. Although being currently bereft of a topic, start, middle and end, as yet I'm unsure in what way that whimsy will manifest itself. I'm determined, though, to redeem myself for prose that in the last few … Continue reading Fool On The Hill

Garbled Messages

"Look forward not back." With my penchant for holding onto grudges, an existential advocacy oft aimed at me by well-meaning acquaintances. Advice I took a little too literally yesterday when I didn't look back reversing the car out of the drive. Consequently, causing me to almost mow down a mate's cat, along with neighbourhood gossip … Continue reading Garbled Messages

All Fools Gold

Easter Sunday -  It’s April Fools Day. As a result we'll have a day littered with inane pranks, silly stories and tiresome practical jokes...... In other words, it’s business as usual dans maison de Strachan. I find some practical jokes quite funny, such as the prank an acquaintance plans involving the filling of hollow Easter … Continue reading All Fools Gold