I write this piece in the aftermath of a rather sensitive event, but it’s an event that has really triggered me albeit not in the way most people have been triggered. If you live in the UK then you’ll be very aware of the quite shocking fire at Grenfell Tower on 14th June 2017 that … Continue reading RIP Freedom of Expression
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!)
As promised at the start of Mental Health Awareness Month, I’ve been amassing the thoughts of readers and, although the quantity perhaps isn’t what I’d hoped it would be, the quality is superb. I have four separate statements from four very unique individuals with different stories to tell and different mental health struggles to deal … Continue reading Readers’ Thoughts
I’ve written a whole bunch of posts related to mental health over the last few weeks in preparation for Mental Health Awareness Month. This morning, I scheduled the introductory post for Monday 1st October. As I was arranging it, I realised that one post missing from the lot was one themed around stigma, arguably the … Continue reading Stigma & Mental Health
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
I don’t know if it’s just me or if the same thing is happening to other fellow WordPressers of late, but I’m receiving emails—sometimes dozens a week—telling me that somebody has started following me via email. I receive notifications telling me that I’m being followed by such and such a person and initially I was … Continue reading Spam & Phish is Leaving a Bitter Taste…
I’m feeling extremely tense and frustrated of late. There’s something off about the world and even more so than usual. I’m hoping that making my thoughts and feelings something physical might help make sense of the sensation. Getting answers to questions is all good and well. What if you don’t even know what the questions … Continue reading Bullshit Detectors in Overdrive
I was out and about in my hometown recently doing a little shopping. I noticed a friend I’ve known for rather a long time who appeared to look at me and then head in the opposite direction. As it transpired, I needed to go somewhere that was in the same general direction as where he’d … Continue reading Is Social Media Creating Social Anxiety?
Every now and again, I can get carried away whilst writing. Perhaps it’s the novelist in me wishing to be entertaining and flamboyant. The problem with it is that, when writing non-fiction, facts must be adhered to. Feelings are going to be present, but feelings simply mustn’t be communicated as facts if they aren’t. I … Continue reading An Apology to the Staff and Management at Old Ball
In recent times I’ve been postulating over what it is people are generally looking for in a blog. When you get the urge to read what somebody has posted, are you looking for something in particular or is it more to do with the person who wrote it? In the case of the latter, I … Continue reading Paul.E.Bailey’s World – What Are You Looking For?