December 30, 2018

Touch the wooden gate in the wall you never

saw before.

Say "please" before you open the latch,

go through,

walk down the path.

A red metal imp hangs from the green-painted

front door,

as a knocker,

do not touch it; it will bite your fingers.

Walk through the house. Take nothin...

December 30, 2018

I am not on social media, but I often see screen shots of people’s social media updates through a number of Whatsap Groups. One hashtag that seems to pop up a great deal, is #humbled.

This is frankly very confusing.

In the same baffling fashion that people seemed to enjo...

December 27, 2018

I don’t think anything personifies Christmas in the UK more so than the Big Christmas Food Shop.

For the last couple of weeks, the schedule of when and the strategy of how one is going to go about the business of food shopping for the festive season has been high on peo...

December 23, 2018

It goes without question, that the best Christmas Song, outside of Silent Night, is "A Fairytale of New York".

And thanks to NME, I am pleased to share with you 23 Things You Might Not Know About the song:

1
Despite the wintery subject matter, the song was actually recor...

December 23, 2018

When traveling with a young family, or when out and about with a young family, in a public space, there is a single sentence that all parents dread:

'Please Can You Keep It Down'

It is the type of statement that makes some people blush with embarrassment, and others brim...

December 22, 2018

The following short story was originally published on Dec 10th, 1905 in the New York Sunday Word, as a Christmas short story:

One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the gro...

December 17, 2018


I am English and so I was taught to say

The word sorry, at least a hundred times a day

It was, I was told, the mark of a man

To apologise, as much as he can

Alas, as I have gotten older

The emotional response to saying sorry, has gotten colder

Before it showed you could tak...

December 17, 2018

 I love the phrase, "making memories". I first heard it when listening to a podcast about the culture within the Saracens dressing room.

The players being interviewed kept on repeating this mantra when recalling their success and experiences as a team.

Interestingly, the...

December 16, 2018

I noticed Eugene before I actually met him. There was no way not to notice him. As our train was leaving New York, Eugene, moving from another coach into the one where I sat, managed to get himself jammed in the door between his two enormous suitcases. I watched as he...

December 9, 2018

"IT worries me to death, Albert, it really does," Mrs Taylor said. She kept her eyes fixed on the baby who was now lying absolutely motionless in the crook of her left arm. "I just know there's something wrong." The skin on the baby's face had a pearly translucent qual...

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