Living the Dream Part 23 (Worthless)

My latest offering in this series isn’t a very positive one. The prospect of worthlessness is very much a fact I’m having to face far more than I wish I had to. In recent times, my depression appears to have deepened. It’s deepened to a level I really swish it hadn’t. I don’t wish to … Continue reading Living the Dream Part 23 (Worthless)

Five Things I Hate About Christmas

The old saying goes that there’s nothing as certain as death and taxes. In the modern western world, I think we can add Christmas to that list too. Once you hit October it consumes pretty much everything going forward from there. Weeks and weeks of preparation for one day. As a child, I loved Christmas. … Continue reading Five Things I Hate About Christmas

Review of Lucy Brazier’s Who Shot Tony Blair?

I’m really excited to be sitting down and writing this review because it gives me a great buzz to be reviewing the work of an indie author, fellow blogger, and friend. Yes, Lucy Brazier is one of many wonderful people I’ve happened across on my blogging travels (be sure to catch her excellent blog, Secret … Continue reading Review of Lucy Brazier’s Who Shot Tony Blair?

Living the Dream Part 22 (Doubt)

My schedule is all over the place right now thanks to a hectic Mental Health Awareness Month and a couple of hastily prepared posts in light of recent events. Not to worry though. Things are starting to ease their way back to something resembling normal now. Welcome to another edition of the series centred around … Continue reading Living the Dream Part 22 (Doubt)

Is Multiculturalism the Death of British Culture?

The UK in 2018 is a place of great variation. Walk into Manchester city centre and you’ll be greeted by an array of different faces, creeds, and colours; sights, sounds, and smells. It’s a very British city with a very multicultural heartbeat. There are street markets serving all kinds of food from around the world. … Continue reading Is Multiculturalism the Death of British Culture?

We Will Remember Them (Whether You Like It or Not!)

I begin this post in the aftermath of seeing a short albeit very provocative video on Facebook about how Remembrance Day, the Poppy Appeal, and the Royal British Legion are racist and should be banned/disbanded. I was going to post something else today, but this definitely takes precedence. First of all, I’ll go into a … Continue reading We Will Remember Them (Whether You Like It or Not!)

Mindfulness–Back to the Here and Now

You’ll have to forgive the warm fondue texture of the cliché I’m about to hit you with: most of us are so busy thinking about the past or the future that we completely forget to unwrap the gift before our eyes. The gift: the present. Get it? I’ll get my coat… In recent times I’ve … Continue reading Mindfulness–Back to the Here and Now

Living the Dream Part 21 (Writing Is My Coping Technique)

I’m tying in this series to Mental Health Awareness Month as I feel the two are quite substantially linked. This series has always predominantly been about my writing and offering an update on how it’s going. In this edition, I’ll talk about why I write. The reason only became clear to me once I was … Continue reading Living the Dream Part 21 (Writing Is My Coping Technique)

Fatherhood–The Toddler and the Thirty-Four-Year-Old Boy

Almost two years ago I composed a rather popular piece on fatherhood. It had to be done. Although I don’t define myself simply as a parent, I do recognise that I’m viewed by most as being one ahead of anything else I might perceive myself to be. That’s fine. It makes perfect sense. Having just … Continue reading Fatherhood–The Toddler and the Thirty-Four-Year-Old Boy

Man Up

There are certain choice phrases that really grate on me. The reasons why they may grate on me are varied: overuse, misquotation, mispronunciation, etc. Some people are obsessed with platitudes and they often get my back up. There’s something hollow in a person using a clichéd saying when somebody has asked for their advice or … Continue reading Man Up