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"What you are afraid to do is a clear indicator of the next thing you need to do." - Anthony Robbins

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Comment on Watching Music… by synesthesic

Mon, 09 Feb 2009 19:22:08 +0000

You are not alone. In my case, sounds/music are not so much of a problem. Words and numbers.... they are the ones which are .... very colourful, well textured and even sound-bearing to me. Sometimes, too troublesome in my head when I just want to lead a normal life....

Comment on Mamma Mia! – What A Movie! by media boy

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 05:58:44 +0000

this is one of the only plays i've ever seen, it was great... i heard about ol' Pierce takes a stab at singing too, eeesh

Comment on You Expect Mois To Eat This Rubbish? by Ian

Mon, 07 Jul 2008 18:38:54 +0000

Cats surely don't need humans do they?

Comment on With Just A Hint Of Blue… by Ian

Mon, 07 Jul 2008 18:34:55 +0000

Today is another grey Monday. Cant think where the summer has gone. Barbeque is all cleaned up and ready but it has just been too cool to sit out.

Comment on Neglected by boxhead

Sun, 06 Jul 2008 21:10:12 +0000

And just like that he was gone... The winds came and the sands shifted and it was like he was never there at all... or something like that... Long story short, I've quit.. Taken up an opportunity to travel the world and I'm looking forward to it.. first time in a long time that I've had something to work towards.. 2 weeks to go then im a free man.. so much still to do, so much to prepare but at the end of it awaits the biggest challenge i will have ever faced and I will look back on it as the most defining moment of my life... i hope...

Comment on Just Asking… by Tracey

Tue, 27 May 2008 08:35:11 +0000

Hey Solent, I have wondered about that as well. As an avid Queen fan, I do not really question too much about the lyrics. However, the lyrics fit. Can you imagine singing along to Queen if the the lyrics were "Mister Centigrade"? Could it be they were appealing to the american audience? We will never know, one of lifes many mysteries!

Comment on Into That Zone by Boxhead

Thu, 08 May 2008 14:37:20 +0000

Looooonnnng time between drinks.... Your protege has done wonders in a short time.. Really embraced the role and seems to be enjoying it.. The system has resisted a bit of the change but he's stayed tough and he's getting his dues... As for me.. things have taken a decidely different route.. A threat by a client of violence has forced me to re-evaluate all and everything I knew.. Managed to sort out some major problems as a result.. I didn't sign on for this and no-one ever said it'd be a possibility let alone helped me through it when it did happen.. Good thing I've got an extended family here to help... Unfortunately the infamous Work -----/\----- Life Balance reared its ugly head but I was quick to put it down.. I fell into a rut Alex... Work had, for a period, dominated everything I was doing.. So much so it created this cloud that made me lose touch with the bigger picture.. I was literally aimless and without a sense of direction, add to that a housing problem and my life ended up pretty messy with no direction and therefore no means of getting on the right path again.. Not a good realisation to come to in this town... Then I found it... Like a giant green blob on the horizon.. It dwarfs elephants and makes buses feel inferior... Its a Giant Green Landrover with enough room in the back to sleep a clan of gypsys, their animals and all their belongings.. Sure its a bit rusty, the tyres are a bit worn but its mine and it can take me wherever and more importantly whenever I want... And all my problems have gone with it.. (well it has generated some new ones... MOT anyone????) But they're not work related so there are infinitely more important than anything work could possibly throw up... ever... And I get a better sense of achievement 'solving' them then I do from doing or achieving anything at work... So with that I begin the countdown.. Italy or egypt... Stuff it.. Why not both??? HA! I'll be doing the cold leave I imagine.. that is notice and not a day more...

Comment on How Lush… And What A Lush! by Carl Barron

Mon, 24 Mar 2008 22:51:05 +0000

What a lovely short story ones weekend adventures, it was like a breathe of fresh air on this cold winters day, that cometh on March 24th 2008. The talk of scrumpy, brought long forgotten memories back of my younger self indulgences and, oh so happy times. Thank you.

Comment on Diamond by solentdreams

Mon, 25 Feb 2008 21:33:47 +0000

Hey there Sam. Many thanks for your kind comment. That must have been difficult, explaining your kitty’s absence to your daughter. Would love to see your picture of your Zen mistress. Send it to my email address and I'll post it at this blog with a link to you if you want. Feel free. Kind regards to you and your loved ones and thanks again for your comment.

Comment on Diamond by solentdreams

Mon, 25 Feb 2008 21:31:40 +0000

Hi again Tracey. True that animals grieve too. It's been apparent with our cat and dog. Sounds like you cat Thor is a real character. Do you have a blog with your pet photos on? Feel free to let me know and I'll link to it. Many thanks again for taking the time to leave a comment. Alex

Comment on Diamond by Sam

Wed, 20 Feb 2008 14:38:44 +0000

So sorry to hear about your loss. Our thirteen-year-old tabby died this month and it's just not the same without them around is it? The hardest thing was explaining our kitty's absence to my little daughter - they were great playmates. Your painting is beautiful. You can see it has been painted by someone who loves their subject. Though I'm no artist, I did the same thing as a small way of capturing my feelings for our sweet, shedding, little Zen mistress. :) Condolences to you and the family, including Spotty and Prince.

Comment on Diamond by Tracey

Sat, 16 Feb 2008 04:32:52 +0000

We had a cat that grieved when i was a kid. We have 2 cats now that grieved a few months back. Animals feel too. They become part of the family...I think more so in your case as he was rather old (I once met a cat who was 24 human years). I guess we grow to love and treat them like they are part of the family too. My cat, Thor, struts into my bedroom the other night, meows till i got up out of my chair, runs to the kitchen and then when i take too long because im talking to the sister...he comes to find me. He wanted more food.

Comment on Diamond by solentdreams

Tue, 05 Feb 2008 19:50:07 +0000

Hi there Tracey. That must have been so sad for you, especially as your cat was relatively young... Strange that you would ask about our two other furry kids... My Lady Wife and I am convinced that they're actually grieving... Yes, Diamond was remarkable... and to every pet owner their pets *are* remarkable. Many thanks for your kind comment... very much appreciated. Kind regards

Comment on Diamond by solentdreams

Tue, 05 Feb 2008 19:42:20 +0000

Hi there Kathryn. Many thanks for your kind words. Yes, these furry little beasts do leave their pawprints on our hearts and souls when we take them to share our lives with them. I know it might sound daft to non-pet owners, but that's how it is... ... the pain does subside but thankfully the great memories last forever... Many thanks again Kathryn.

Comment on Diamond by Tracey

Sun, 03 Feb 2008 22:55:12 +0000

Im so sorry you had to go through that. My cat was 5 years old and I found her dead on my bed room floor the morning of my 22nd birthday. My heart goes out to you guys. How is your other cat and dog taking it. Animals are so often some of the best friends we have. He sounded like a remarkable cat.

Comment on Diamond by Kathryn Hall

Sun, 03 Feb 2008 16:36:05 +0000

Oh, Alex, I'm so sorry. I know what it's like to lose a beloved kitty. No matter how much you know it's coming it breaks your heart when you reach that day. Big hug to you and your wife. Blessings on Diamond, undoubtedly in kitty heaven. Kathryn

Comment on Diamond by Rob

Wed, 30 Jan 2008 02:22:21 +0000

Hi Alex, I've been there before, though not a pet owner now. All the best, Rob

Comment on Goodbye Paul by solentdreams

Mon, 28 Jan 2008 22:05:19 +0000

Hi Boxhead. Dude, Paul's passing seems like a wake up call. Sounds like you're at a place where you're looking for a few answers to questions that may have been simmering away for quite a while. For me at least, this year is already turning into a year of "reassessment" - Paul's passing away just before Christmas, my wife's operation last week and various other things that have happened, is almost like lighting the blue touch-paper, waiting for the fizz to start before the whole damn rocket takes off... what that rocket is and where it's heading I don't know yet. Boxhead, you played a large part in Paul's development and that's something which is priceless. I agree totally with you that "... some people make it and others don’t.. some people try.. and others don’t… some people bust their arse to help as many people as possible in a work environment.. and others don’t.." I really believe that we owe it to ourselves to chase what we're passionate about and earn a living from doing that as opposed to leading lives of quiet desperation, waiting for the 8 hours to be up and living a life of blur from Monday to Friday while waiting for the carriage clock and fancy the day we retire... what a waste. Find your passion... and live your life while earning your "living" doing what you love doing. I love tis following quote... “Life is not a journey to the grave with intentions of arriving safely in a pretty well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming ... WOW! What a ride!” Boxhead, do keep in touch my friend and do let me know how your break goes. As always, kind regards Alex

Comment on Diamond by solentdreams

Mon, 28 Jan 2008 20:23:55 +0000

Hi Rob. Much appreciated. Difficult to understand unless someone's a pet owner. Many thanks. Alex

Comment on Diamond by Rob

Sun, 27 Jan 2008 00:30:59 +0000

Alex -- no words suffice. Deepest sympathy to you and the Lady Wife. Rob

Comment on Goodbye Paul by Boxhead

Fri, 25 Jan 2008 22:26:55 +0000

Sorry I didn't mention this to you earlier this week.. We buried Paul after a great deal of time on Wednesday.. Luckily his family was able to be contacted so they could share in this process.. Undoubtedly it will forever be a memory tinged with pain and regret but that is truly the nature of the situation... I don't think I'll ever come to terms with it.. not the specifics of the situation although it is horribly tragic.. but the sense of a life cut short... I'm not sure what or where i'll go with this but i digress... Its tough Alex.. really head against the wall stuff atm trying to figure it all out as to why some people make it and others don't.. Some people try.. and others don't... Some people bust their arse to help as many people as possible in a work environment.. and others don't.. Paul had all the chances and opportunities he could possibly want and he embraced them all in some form or another, he was due to start a fully fledged course come February and won't get a chance.. yet others continually knock back even the slightest tiny chance or opportunity.. Big questions Alex.. No real answers to be had... I just need to clear my head.. time for a trip... 7 days out of town i think... done...

Comment on Give It A Rest Already!!! by solentdreams

Thu, 17 Jan 2008 18:28:45 +0000

That's a great line Rob... sorry for having missed your comment and pinging it up here.

Comment on Give It A Rest Already!!! by Rob

Sat, 12 Jan 2008 13:25:25 +0000

If a tree grows sustainably in a forest and there's no one there to act smug about it... does it make a difference? :D Cheers, Rob

Comment on Give It A Rest Already!!! by solentdreams

Fri, 11 Jan 2008 17:29:28 +0000

Hi there Rob - and many thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I wouldn't worry about that particular carbon footprint, I'm sure it would be off-set by taking the stake from a sustainable forest :-)

Comment on Give It A Rest Already!!! by Rob

Fri, 11 Jan 2008 13:08:20 +0000

I'm with you on this, Alex. Yes, we should all be considering our actions carefully for the impact they may have on Life, The Universe And Everything, but why has that suddenly become The Thing To Do? Yes, the climate is changing -- it does that from time to time. Yes, human activities do things that alter the environment and as such we should take pains to minimize negative impacts. But I find it sheer hubris on the part of newly minted greenvangelists to think that we can actually change or control something on the scale of the environment. A simple reduction in conspicuous over-consumption would be A Really Good Start, rather than all of the hot air they keep adding to the atmosphere ;-) Re-use and Recycle may be important things, but the *first* thing in the 3-R's environmental mantra is "Reduce"... Ah, well... I'm sure to taken to task for such heretical views. Wonder how much of a carbon footprint being burnt at the stake causes :D

Comment on Ahhh… by solentdreams

Thu, 03 Jan 2008 23:40:36 +0000

Great painting Arlene! Also glad you're back to blogging :-) ... and this weekend normal service will be resumed... we're back to beach walks :-) Might see you there!

Comment on Does My Hull Look Big In This Dock? by solentdreams

Thu, 03 Jan 2008 23:38:49 +0000

Hi Simone. Thanks, but it's only a temp job and my contract comes to an end around March... and then I'm job hunting again :-( Many thanks for your comment. Kind regards

Comment on Ahhh… by imspeshl

Thu, 03 Jan 2008 23:06:20 +0000

So that's why I haven't ever seen you again, LOL you've deserted your beach walks to go to the Forest, hairy horses in place of 'white horses' eh ? well alex you won't find me there as with my sense of direction, I'd end up in Sherwood Forest, come to think of it, maybe not a bad idea, I might meet that dishy Guy whats-his- name, who killed poor Maid Marion, KNAVE, SCOUNDREL, saturday nights just won't be the same, BUT, I have actually blogged yesterday and displayed my latest painting, a Goldie. Having a break from my daubs as I have a lot of photos and camcorder stuff to get sorted, Catch up sometime. Happy New Year, to you and Wifie , in case I didn't mention it.

Comment on Does My Hull Look Big In This Dock? by simone

Thu, 03 Jan 2008 09:53:47 +0000

Yes That’s terrific news about you getting the job.

Comment on It’s That Bit In Between… by solentdreams

Wed, 02 Jan 2008 22:06:19 +0000

Hi Kathryn Many thanks for your kind comment. Feel free to pop in if you're ever passing this side of the pond :-) Kind regards Alex