This week I channeled my inner David Attenborough to investigate a very special part of ‘Life on Earth’ in a little church hall. Back in the day they used to call it ‘Mother and Toddlers’ but that would be far too prescriptive these days. In fact, as a new grandfather I was made to feel… Continue reading It takes a village to raise a child
One of the things I remember about watching TV on Christmas Day afternoon as a kid was the adverts for holidays. No sooner had we put the Slade and Wizard records away than we had images of sun drenched beaches in prime time. Now you might not have started making your travel plans for 2020… Continue reading Back on the road…
I am by nature an optimistic pessimist. I think most of us are actually born optimistic, but life has a way of teaching us that pessimism is a way of damage limitation when things don’t work out the way we hoped. For example, take the National Lottery. We know the chances of winning are similar… Continue reading How to be more lucky?
Even at this great age I still keep getting myself into odd situations where I am out of my depth. It was only a few weeks ago that I found myself with the owner of a German piano company at the launch of his new piano, having to play a couple of tunes. This was… Continue reading More than a game.
There’s an old gag. How do you know when a politician is lying? It’s easy, their lips are moving!! We are now at the start of a 5 week General Election campaign and for the first time in my memory every day various news outlets are ‘fact checking’ the claims made by politicians. How has… Continue reading Pants on fire?
I’ve just come out from hiding. I think it’s safe now after being fleeced again by the Halloween trick or treaters. It’s amazing how quickly we have got used to the new autumnal festival. It got me thinking as we prepare now for Bonfire night and all that follows up to the end of the… Continue reading What do you want for Brexmas?
There are phrases we use in life that we completely understand when we use them, but don’t know where they come from originally. One of those terms is to ‘Wing it’. I had always assumed it had something to do with aeroplanes, maybe stretching back to the days of those magnificent men in their flying… Continue reading Fail to prepare or shall we just Wing it?