Gary Strachan – "Write" Said Fred

Partly fictional chronicles of whimsy

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Begging to Differ

According to a local weather forecaster, today is the last day for a while where Yorkshire will experience unusually warm, windless meteorological conditions. So today is the literal calm before the storm; prior to our long-standing warm spell being displaced by rain, strong breezes and climatic instability. To be honest, I was quite relieved to hear local weatherman Jon Mitchell relay the news of the forthcoming cooling temperatures. In particular, […]

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Thunderbolt & Lightning

Thunder growls raucously over east Leeds as I type. Irritably, it howls like a wounded animal – An injured creature who’s also lost it’s winning lottery ticket and forgotten to tape last night’s shenanigans on ITV’s ‘Love Island’. It’s accompanying downpour of rain welcomed with open arms by the parched yellow straw, which in a former life was my back lawn. Hopefully this torrential precipitation will see a swift return […]

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A fair proportion of today’s prose was actually meant for inclusion in yesterday’s blog. However, after penning approximately 250 words on the subject of the ongoing heatwave in the UK, I had a change of heart about the topic, leading to me adopting a literary plan B. Consequently, yesterday instead of relaying 500+ words stating the bleeding obvious, ie it was chuffing boiling outside, I wrote a 900+ tribute to […]

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Guess Who Sighs His Lullabies

In his 1965 refrain Summer Wind, Frank Sinatra sang of a seemingly season long breeze which blew in from the sea – Presumably, the Pacific Ocean on the US’s west coast. These gentle gusts a welcome cooling accompaniment to beach walks with his sweetheart. As you’d expect from Francis Albert, it’s a lament delivered with impeccable phrasing, in tones most other singers can only aspire to……. No offence Tomasz Schafernaker […]

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Half Year – Half Full?

If the Dulux paint chart is to believed, in recent days the sky has been a ‘striking cyan’ colour. That being said, Crown paints beg to differ with their stock list indicating the celestial dome above us is more ‘splashing around’ blue. I’ll let the two UK paint giants argue whose chromatic descriptive is most accurate. One thing for sure, though, is that this vision sets a striking scene. A […]

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In Owl Bar

Tuesday 8th May – During the sporadic days when solar rays grace le jardin Strachan, we bequeath our chromatic sanctuary the moniker Owl Bar. The source of this nome de plume the long-standing nickname (Owls) my kids and me bestowed on wife Karen. A term of endearment borne from a time in the 1990’s when my spouse sported a pair of large framed spectacles from the Deirdrie Barlow collection. Gigs […]

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Weather Sucks; Wetherspoons

Tuesday 17th April – Yesterdays rocketing temperatures in West Yorkshire meant I was able to fulfil my much awaited re-entry into the world of horticultural maintenance. Solar rays bequeathing us warmth hitherto unexperienced in 2018. Heat of such ferocity if you sat close enough to a fire pit it was just about bearable enough to sit at the patio table. That being said, coats or excessive bodily hirsuteness were still […]

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