Selling Coal To…….

During a chat yesterday with my son Jonny, where we exchanged felicitations for the new year, my eldest offspring asked if I’d set myself any resolutions for 2021. Aware that his pater generally looks for a quip as a default response, it was a question he suffixed by adding “Incidentally, I mean the year 2021,…

Meet The New Year

Well, it’s race almost run. The year which bequeathed stark episodes as frequently as a Costco employee hands out food samples, lays moribund on a ventilator. The annus horribilis taking its final shallow breaths while 2021 patiently waits outside the ICU in readiness to grasp the almanac baton. At some juncture on its watch the…

My 2020 Vision

New Year 2020 has dawned. Amongst the objectives I’ve given myself during this next twelve months is the perennial promise of addressing the paucity of my gym visits, exploring options of narrating yours truly’s prose into podcasts. Along with a desire to instigate world peace with an online campaign with the work in progress title…

The Greatest Lesson

2019 lays moribund edging towards its demise in a few hours time. It’s passing signalling not just the end of the year, but also a decade which’s been a rollercoaster whose troughs  and dips occasionally caused me to metaphorically scream to get off. This soon to be laid to rest decade starting as the rest…

Welcome 2019

Welcome 2019!…… May your watch will be filled with humanity, joy, prosperity and bountiful cheer. Hopefully you prove to be a sage-like mistress, shepherding us along a path of self-growth, enlightenment and the inception of more frequent ‘3 for 2’ Haribo gummy bear offers at Sainsburys. Amongst my smallish list of desires for this year,…

Digging The Dancing Queen

Late on Saturday evening as we hurtled toward 2017, Karen and I were guests at a local house party. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening where I mixed my drinks, my words when singing Auld Lang Syne and with amiable company. It’s the first new years house party I’ve attended for decades. Obviously, the conversation topics are a tad different…

Good Will Power Hunting

Yesterday, I was talking to a family member who told me that their new years resolution was to stop smoking. It was a bit of a surprise as I’d not realised my 10 year old nephew was a smoker, but credit to the kid for trying to break the habit. That was only a joke by…

“Dad, Uncle Jimmy Has Fallen On The Record Player”

It’s the last day of the year 2016. A twelve months that saw a Brexit vote, Donald Trump become the USA’s president elect, the grim reaper claiming an inordinate number of celebrities and the barely unexpected England team’s abject performance in this summer’s European Football Championships. The above just a soupcon of incidents in 2016 incurring the wrath of millions, making it an…

At The 3rd Stroke It Will Be….

It’s 1st January 2016. As I attempt to build my narrative, the living room clock stares back informing me it’s  11.15. Well it was when I started writing that sentence, it’s actually 11.17 now. When I complete this monologue it’ll probably be about 13.00; unless I stop for lunch, which will add fifteen minutes to…