Birthday Dilemma

Another birthday approacheth this weekend and I could do with some advice. I need a toy, a treat to help me try and ward off the dark clouds gathering in my head and general feeling of ‘meh’. The problem is that I don’t know what form that treat/toy should take. I’ve been giving it lots…

Nobody Is Perfect

I am in no way belittling the idea that black lives must matter as much as others but looking at what’s happening in society at the moment, I can’t help but feel that the world has gone totally bonkers. I watched the statue of Colston in Bristol being dumped into the harbour. I’ve listened to…

Neil Peart – my own little tribute

I was shocked and saddened to hear of Neil’s premature death last week. From the little I know of the man, he would no doubt hate me referring to him as a ‘hero of mine’. So, I apologise to him now, wherever he is because that is exactly who he was to me. I don’t…

Virgin Media Complaints System – Review

Back at the end of August and for reasons that nobody seems to know, Virgin Media started to use my workplace as a mailing address. I called them and eventually got through to an overseas call centre. I asked for them to stop using that address and to only send letters to me at home….

Patience Is

I sit so patiently and waitFor that creak of garden gate​Drivers slam a hundred doorsBut I know which one is yoursThrough the darkness I can seeSo you have no escape from meI know your footsteps and your smellEach routine known all too wellI’ve had a very busy dayHiding all my toys awayChasing leaves around the…

High Street v Online Shopping

Much has been said in recent years about the ‘death of the High Street’. We can all see the once-bustling commercial areas, slowly being turned into wastelands because of out-of-town and online shopping. It’s usually assumed that it’s all down to cheaper online prices and convenience. You can pretty much order anything online from the…

The Push Me-Pull You of Social Anxiety

My anxiety often makes me feel isolated and at odds with the rest of the world. It doesn’t fall neatly into one of those categories you see listed in books and on various websites. For me, the anxiety seems to be a Venn diagram which encompasses various anxieties and phobias. General? Tick. Agoraphobia? Tick. Social?…