Here we go again for the 3rd year in the UK, Black Friday has arrived and consumerism and greed take over in abundance. Do not get me wrong, I love a bargain, I enjoy shopping and buying lovely things, but I will not be taken in by a superfluous event that is driven to make you purchase things you do not need. Some of the shops have decided, most wisely that they… Read More

I came out the side entrance of my house to put the garden bin out. You are parked there, with your engine running and side lights on. This is private land, and no thoroughfare, so why? I give a quizzical look.  I put the bin at the kerb and walk back and your full lights come one. I am watching and have a curious look on my face. It may be mistaken… Read More

My local library decided to put books on display for reading with a huge banner saying “Black History Month”. It was October, and they thought it would only be right to focus on their history and struggle. However, the book stand had a measly 7 books, and that is the total of their stock throughout the whole of the county, covering 6 libraries, which was originally 12 libraries at the beginning of… Read More

I started writing many years ago on a platform a little like this. The platform was easy, clear, and a community that was there to offer help and comments. I had always wanted to be a writer and reflected on my writings when I was a kid, doing a project in the summer holidays that usually caused me to use three or four writing books, which were full to the brim of… Read More

I love books. I love to read, and my ideal day would be to sit quietly with a book and a pot of coffee, when the coffee had gone, then maybe a pot of tea. But all in all quiet, and sustenance both of the mind on the body. I set myself a challenge each year to read so many books. In 2013, I decided 20 books would be good enough, and… Read More

Minus 2 6:15 am and I’m out walking the dogs. Minus 2 and I’m not wearing a coat. Minus 2 but the dogs are happy to be out in the open. Minus 2 and they are jumping in the mounds of leaves piled up on the pavement. Minus 2 and they are happy, jolly and having fun. Minus 2 and I’m shivering and trying to walk fast but the dogs are not… Read More