Pearls of Wisdom. Part Two

Minerva is the Roman Goddess of war, wisdom and basket weaving, it actually means fount of knowledge and I’ve always thought that sits uncomfortably with war and basket weaving, a strange combination or a Roman practical joke. I think we never stop gaining wisdom, most of the wisdom we gain comes not from college but […]

Crimes and misdemeanors, Part 11

During the Vietnam War Michael Herr wrote in Dispatches “war is long periods of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror”. I initially thought he was talking about American Football but I know how he feels, because I’ve worked in theatres and Intensive Care. In my previous career as a nurse I had to spend […]

In politics stupidity is not a handicap. Napoleon Bonaparte

No, not a casting call for Pride & Prejudice but The Bullingdon Club some time in the distant past, a breeding ground for our Commanders-in-chief. Prime Minister David ‘call me Dave’ Cameron at #2 and the London Mayor Boris Johnston at #8 Until the Great War, it was standard operating procedure to let your smartest […]

Shakespeare in love

We all leave our mark on this world whether we want to or not, and from birth; our birth certificates, our school exam certificates, our doctors records, our work records and for me there’s a permanent trail of fluff and debris as I traipse Tooting High Street. I could never commit a crime because the […]

Pretty As A Picture

A friend of mine introduced me to Vernazza the other day, pictured above. Fantastic looking place and definitely going to be on one of my random trips to Europe one day for some nice photographs, hiking and sticky buns. I wonder about the folk living there and if they get fed up with all the […]

How To Speak Fluent Norn Iron; Part Six

I’ve mentioned before in this blog that it’s not a good idea to call Native Americans ‘Red Indians’ when visiting the states, not unless you want everyone to drop to the floor! Being a child of the 60’s and 70’s, the term was used every weekend at the local flea-pit (Queen’s cinema) as the cowboys […]

Steve Jobs

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful … that’s what matters to me.” Steve Jobs is dead, and there’s going to be a million lines wrote about him and how he brought Apple from the brink and made it one […]

Your Own Theme Music?

Wouldn’t it be great to have your own theme music? I’d love it when every time I walked into a room or crowded pub they played my theme music.  Imagine if we all had our own theme music, if the theme music from Happy Days played every time I went into a pub or a […]

Confidential Cuts?

It is a truism that people change their spouse more times than they change their bank. The grief and hassle of moving banks would seem more daunting than the grief and hassle of changing spouse(s). I know in my case that I have been with the same bank all my life and the hassle of […]