The Sock Rant (or Fifty Shades of Some Sort of Black)

What is it with socks? Surely they have to be one of the uglier items of clothing you will have in your drawers (unless you still wear Y-Fronts), and yet somehow, especially in Britain, we cannot do without them. After all, how many of us on a cold night where we can’t sleep for cold…

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A Cunning Plan, Baldrick!

So yesterday’s post told you how I had started feeling I was no longer a writer and, basically, going through a long dark night of the soul filled with social networking and the need to pop coloured bubbles. Now I shall tell you why it happened, and, more importantly, the conclusion. Why? Basically I fell…

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Moving My Goalposts

It’s been a tough old six months for my writing. I broke up with it. Then, unsure, I decided on a trial reconciliation, broke up again, stayed depressed on the sofa, became addicted to Facebook, games and morning TV and just generally bummed around feeling bad about myself. Writing had been a part of my…

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What Does ‘Local’ Mean These Days?

Just a little musing I’ve been doing of late (usually before my coffee fix!)… When I went food shopping the other day I realised that one of my criteria for buying was to go for produce that was as local to me as possible. That way, not only am I supporting local farmers and industry,…

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For What It’s Worth: My Take on the Horsemeat Affair

Having read and heard so much now about horsemeat being found in products described as beef, I feel I need just to add my own tuppence, mainly because I feel quite a few commentators don’t seem to grasp all of the possible consequences. First of all, to state my own stance: I would never knowingly…

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Richard III Reactions (and My Reactions to Them): A Minor Rant

Yesterday was an exciting day for historians and anyone interested in history. Amidst great hype, it was confirmed that the skeleton found in a Leicester car park was indeed that of Richard III. And last night there was an accompanying program about the find on Channel 4. Afterwards I saw many reactions to the day…

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How Long Is a Piece of String?

Sounds like a question for quantum physics, doesn’t it? But I can assure you that I am wholly unqualified to talk about string theory or Schrödinger’s’ Cat, and I’m sure that you’re pretty relieved about that too! So what am I talking about? Novels. How long should it take to write one. I have lately…

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Chocolates

The famous line from Forrest Gump goes: ‘life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.’ Last year life offered me a lovely box of chocolates, all tempting and sticky-finger making: the sort you don’t mind getting a bit fatter for. My writing was going well but not earning me…

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