Category Archives: General postings

Hello, my name is Alex from Talk Talk

Yesterday I got home from a trip to the South coast, pleasantly weary from a lengthy business meeting and a personal catch up with someone that I haven’t seen for 47 years. I had barely settled when the telephone rang; “Not another one” exclaimed the Berkshire Belle as she picked up the handset, listened for a moment and then shouted “Go away!” before hanging up. Continue reading

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An unpalatable thought

The rise of the Trumpster on the politcal scene in the US has brought the inevitable blast of leftist outrage regarding much of what the man appears to stand for; racist, bigot, bully they scream, but maybe there is something that they are missing. Continue reading

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I am not an immigrant

I was born in England, part of Great Britain and the United Kingdom. Generally I have little time for nationalism in any form, but convention and a variety of regulations require me to describe myself as either British or a citizen of the United Kingdom depending on which bit of bureaucracy I am wrestling with at the time. But I am also English if current geographic accuracy is considered and that, perhaps, brings into question my ethnic background for mine is a very Welsh surname so maybe this is time to come out of the closet. Continue reading

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following in a family tradition?

There is a little common thread on the paternal side of my family in that my dad and his both served king and country in the Royal Navy during the respective world wars that disrupted their youth. Continue reading

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Decline and Fall, Watching a Loved One As They Reach The End

“I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die” has to be one of the most chilling lines in a popular song and, whilst many have sung it, it is the dulcet tones of Johnny Cash that deliver it best.

Death comes to us all for we all have but a short time here, and during that time we will encounter death along the way; as children we lose our pets and, perhaps older relatives and then as adults our parents and those of our partners so watching someone die is a reality we have to face. Continue reading

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London 2012; beware what you say! Could they be the games that shall not be named?

News that corporate giants and the organisers are still cracking down on local, independant, shops thta might want to put some coloured rings on display has got me thinking; are the games, like Voldemort, becoming the games that shall not be named? Continue reading

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what’s up with Wordpress?

Over the last week or so when I click on a link from my dashboard to write a post or something I get a message to tell me that I can’t connect, the standard IE message.

There is nothing wrong with my connection and the message also comes up sometimes when I click on publish. It is only WP that is affected, but why? Anyone else out there having problems?

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more thoughts on #Facebook

I was muttering here about Faceache the other week, saying how I was using it less and less. Feedback from friends on that post and a subsequent Tweet got me thinking that I should try and give it more attention, but the results have been patchy. Continue reading

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just realised how long it is since I used faceache #facebook

It must be at least 2 months since I looked at Facebook. Over that time I have been very busy with work, staying away from home for some of the time, but, whilst I have been Tweeting under my various guises, blogging across 5 of my 7 blogs and in and out of LinkedIn, Faceache has not excited me enough to bother with it despite the random email reminders it sends me.

Will I keep the account? Maybe. Perhaps I might consult one of my more Facebook savvy friends about making better use of it, but even writing this little blog in its honour hasn’t inspired me to try and remember my log in details and fire it up.

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the joys of writing part two

Over the last month I have put together my first eBook, published yesterday. I’ve also written my regular column, a few other blogs, an article for a sports industry magazine and about another 10,000 words towards another project. An enforced inability to do what I normally fill my days with has allowed extra time for all this writing, but it has also heightened my respect for those who earn their living from the written word for, whilst I do earn an element of income from some of my writing, most of what I put on paper is not where I earn my crust. Continue reading

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