Gary Strachan – "Write" Said Fred

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A Waiting Room Yarn

Its 08.09 am on Monday 10th October. As I start to pen this blog my long suffering, courageous wife and I reside in a waiting area of one of Europe’s top oncological institutes. The dwindling West Yorkshire temperatures outside bring with them the first autumnal sightings of neck scarves, gloves and survivalist Bear Grylls. It’s unusual to see the adventurer in the Burmantofts area of Leeds. Bear’s a very brave guy, but he […]

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Don’t Drive Back in Anger

I was up with the larks this morning as Strachan’s cabs had a 4.30am booking to take two twentysomething customers to Leeds/Bradford airport (LBA). The larks weren’t in the best of moods after the suspension of the Brooks brothers from the TV karaoke show X Factor. However, they still managed a disingenuous smile as I sleepily walked past them to my dew covered car. The passengers, my daughter Rachel and her […]

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Looking at the Stars

Comfort buying; the last bastion of the person unfulfilled by the costless gifts given to us by nature, art, a humanitarian act and the wisdom of an erudite mind. A route taken, although not recommended by Sat Nav, that draws in the misguided with false expectations of lasting existential contentment.   Comfort buying; the misplaced faith that a newly purchased gadget, car, clothes or Jedward cd will be the catalyst to restitution […]

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Chewing the Fatuous

“What’s your favourite junction on the M62?” A random question asked with the intention to bewilder, astonish  and maybe amuse its recipient due to its inherent idiocy. Certainly not an inquiry where a response is expected, or indeed, warranted. Delivered mischievously to a friend, I was astonished to find that they actually had a junction of preference on the troublesome motorway that connects the east and west of northern England. […]

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Mally’s Harem

I made another dent in the treating of my dad Malcolm’s garden fencing yesterday. It’s a time consuming job which has taken longer than anticipated due to fitting the task around other priorities. A friend light heartedly asked if it was the Forth Bridge I was painting, due to what they saw as my procrastination. I was pretty sure it wasn’t, however it would have explained the presence of all the traffic and a locomotive […]

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The Power of Words

When English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton wrote the adage ‘The pen is mightier than the sword.’ he had little idea of how this line would evolve into a much used maxim over nearly two centuries of creative culture. Since it’s introduction in Bulwer-Lytton’s 1839 play Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy, the phrase, advocating disputes can be resolved by erudite communication as opposed to violence, has been included in numerous pieces of artistic work. It was […]

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The Perils of Random

Every now and then a unexpected comment or act is so random it cannot fail to bring a smile to your face.  An incident of this very nature happened to yours truly yesterday evening, on the unexpected receipt of a text message. This electronic communication arrived at my phone during the evening while sat enjoying the entertainment in our Menorcan hotel. At the time the message arrived, I was impatiently waiting for my […]

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