Tag: news

  • The Same Old Song

    The Same Old Song

    I made my first visit to the USA in 1994. It was arranged, I will happily admit now, using the X Files USENET group. This involved a round trip from a town near Boston to New York, via State College to Washington DC. What happened in 10 days is a story I will save for another day because it involved […]

  • One Week

    One Week

    In years to come, we will look back at 2016 and realise that people need to make the most of good things while they last. pic.twitter.com/vdm12Teu9E — 🌊 Alternative Chat 🌊 (@AlternativeChat) January 29, 2017 God, what happened? There was always the potential of a train wreck, but I doubt ANYBODY thought a week ago […]

  • Funny Girl

    Funny Girl

    As another actor of a certain age passes away, I have pause for thought. British comedy, since at least the 1950’s, has been a product of the era it represented. That means Hancock in the 50’s, That was the Week that Was in the 60’s and Python in the 70’s. Fawlty Towers, which played between ’76 […]

  • Blue Monday

    Blue Monday

    This week is a Deadlines week, and normally this would be accompanied by much wailing and gnashing of teeth, except today? Not so much of anything. In fact, if I get any more relaxed I think I’m gonna pass out. This is even after the start to the last two days when I have watched […]

  • Social Media Curation after Brexit and Trump

    Social Media Curation after Brexit and Trump

    Before we Begin: Let the record state I voted to remain in the EU and would not have voted for either of the major Presidential nominations in the US of A. I am, like it or not, an Independent. Mainstream politics gives me nothing at all, on most days, and I won’t lie to you from the […]

  • Stupid Girl

    Stupid Girl

    I woke up at 5.30am this morning, as I have every other day this week, with the realisation that, like it or not, my life will never be the same again. It is not bad that life changes, and that you have to deal with the difficult and painful. It is a measure of your […]

  • Things to Make and Do

    Things to Make and Do

    THINGS TO REMEMBER GOING FORWARD (An Important List) Stop worrying about who left, and concentrate on those who remain. Obsessing over followers is bad and wrong. Charlie Brooker is spot on. The future is Nosedive unless you take control of your own destiny. You can still be positive and focused without the need to pander to everyone. Negativity […]

  • Faith


    I caved, and weighed myself this morning. I’ve put on half a pound. I know all the speeches about weight in my sleep now, I’m just hoping that this will be the start of the great leap forwards. All I can do is sit tight and not waver. Having taken the honey out of my diet […]

  • Fame


    It is Sunday afternoon. I’m about to go for a walk before I start ironing, and my eldest comes and finds me. The conversation goes roughly as follows –  Mum? –  Yup? –  When’s the last time you spoke to Nanny and Grandad? –  Well, you were over there yesterday so when Dad phoned to […]

  • What you See is What you Get

    What you See is What you Get

    Today’s revelation is that stories aren’t just there to make you think. Somebody linked this gaming trailer to me, and I watched it over breakfast this morning. As I’ve well versed in the Star Wars Universe, this trailer was, it has to be said, a fairly manipulative dig into my psyche. I suspect that wouldn’t […]