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Age is all in the mind

Random thoughts on the theme of age (and its differences) by someone who is approaching the upper reaches of the range and tends to spend odd moments contemplating past experience

Updated: 2018-03-06T16:12:04.855+00:00


Something that confirms that perhaps its not all in the mind after all


Well, I have nor blogged for a really long time now but suddenly feel the urge. two months or so ago my Mother passed away.  Of course I am sad, in fact I am bloody devastated, but at 93, in a lot of pain day and night she had said many times that she had had enough and was ready to go. I got the call from 230 miles away on a Friday night that she had little time left as her kidneys had

Belated gig review - 10CC


I know this is rather late for a gig that I attended on Friday, but felt the need to post as it really was an unexpectedly fantastic show. Not that I expected it to be bad or I wouldn't have gone, but it was way way better than I had expected it to be.The first set was an accoustic one featuring Grahan Gouldman solo for the first couple of tracks then increasingly adding the further members of

Time to catch up post!


Not having posted for rather a long time - I don't seem to feel inclined but rather tend to favour reading all of my favourite blogs instead - I thought I would do a bit of a catch up.Redundancy / RetirementThe saga of the official paperwork (or should I say lack of it) continues so I still do not have a final date yet. The departmental reorganisation has completed so I don't have any official

This made me happy today


If only this could replace wars, economic and geographic disastersAnd why did it bring a small tear to my eye - its only people dancing after all?

Mixed and Weird Emotions


There are some considerable cut backs occurring at the place I work and although not unexpected are not as easy to deal with as I thought they would be. Firstly knowing that these changes were coming, I looked forward to the opportunity that it would give me to apply for Voluntary Redundancy and to take early (2 years) retirement. It has been confirmed to me in the last week that my request has

1st post for a looooong time


So I don't know why exactly but although I have remained an avid reader of my favourite list of blogs, I have not felt at all inclined to continue my own posting recently.Maybe it is to do with the impending job loss and early retirement that I am facing, but then I feel quite happy about that. I suppose it may be the fact that even so I have never liked enforced change and this really is a whole

Friday funny - on the English language


I found this thought provoking article this morning in an email from a training company's newsletter Language (1) The English Language! "At present, this article presents a present, presented in the form of a presentation that presents the present use of the English language, which represents the present." We take English for granted. There is no egg in eggplant or ham in hamburger;

New Guitar


My good friend Furtheron offered me first refusal at buying one of his guitars as he has bought a new one and needed to make space, raise funds etc by disposing of one of his rather large collection. Well it is rather large in the eyes of his wife and indeed mine who don't seem to understand the need for multiple instruments. OMG I have just had a horrible thought in which I saw Mrs Furtheron

Kindness Award


I have been given a 'Kindness award' by my good blogging friend Merely MeFrom someone who has so many issues in her life that most of us cannot even understand I take this as a wonderful compliment - Thank you Merely MeThe small print says "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted"Something we all need to be reminded of from time to time - unfortunately some more often than others!

ABC Wednesday - Z


Z is for Zebras in Tanzania but you just knew it would be didn't you?)These 'donkeys in pyjamas' were snapped in the Tarangire National Park.I had never realised just how brown some of them are - you always think of them as black and white.These, also in Tarangire, were peacefully grazing among a small herd of Wildebeest (most of them had already migrated to the Masai Mara in Kenya)These

ABC Wednesday - Y


Y is for YUCCA PlantThis one in our garden has flowered for the past 3 years now and is quite stunning not only in its colours but also in its rate of growthIf you want to participate in ABC Wednesday Round 3, then pop along to Mrs Nesbitt's blog of the same name and either share some of your own photos or simply visit the other participants and enjoy their photos

New Year funny


ABC Wednesday - X


Oh Dear I really struggled for a photo that I have taken beginning with X, but here is a brave attempt!This is a photo taken in 2002 at a local Steam Fair. It is of course actually a photo of a steam driven organ, but included in the array of steam driven percussion instruments that accompany it is a Xylophone!

Is it all over for another year?


Well not in this householed its not!Would you believe it, its Boxing Day lunchtime and we still haven't exchanged our Christmas presents!!Yesterday was sooo busy with a visit from Mrs DeeJay's mother, sister, brother-in-law, nephew and niece as well as her son staying for the holiday, plus the fact that we overslept that we did not have time to exchange presents before the visitors arrived. We

ABC Wednesday


For today's special Christmas Eve edition of ABC Wednesday and the letter W, I seem to have found rather a lot of W photos in my albumSo in no particular order we have :-W for WHITE Cat whose name is actually Ceefer ( C for Cat - get it? He also has Nelly "Furtado" and Cat "Deeley")He is my youngest son's cat and the story behind the picture is that he was entered into the RSPCA's 2009 calendar

The Missing Picture!


Regular readers will have read of my chagrin (I like that word) earlier this week when I bemoaned not having my camera to capture a funny roadside advertisement.Well it is still there, obviously no one has told them yet (tee hee) and today I had my camera with me

I wish I had my Camera!!!


On the way into work this morning I saw a sign on the roadside advertising "Christmas Reaves for sale"!!!!! Not even REEFS :-)Oh well I suppose they didn't compound the error with a misplaced apostrophe

ABC Wednesday - V


V is for Vervet MonkeyPictures taken in Tarangire National Park, TanzaniaIf you want to participate in ABC Wednesday Round 3, then pop along to Mrs Nesbitt's blog of the same name and either share some of your own photos or simply visit the other participants and enjoy their stunning photos

Man 'Flu


I thought I was managing to fight it off all weekend when younger son and his girlfriend came to stay. Maybe it was all the cold and rain at Hever Castle on Saturday or the cold and wind on Sunday morning walking on the beach at Greatstone. I know my Mother would put it down to that despite me telling her so often that cold temperature does not give you a cold!Or maybe it is simply the dozens of

ABC Wednesday - U


You will no doubt have noticed my inability to get prepared for ABC Wednesday posts over the past two weeks when I left my chosen photos behind on another PC and did not have access to them when I postedTherefore this week's letter U for me signifies UNREADYRather ironic really when you consider that for once I am actually very ready!So here are the two missing photos that I planned to post under

Last weekend


Last Thursday was Mrs DeeJay's birthday and I was away in Berlin not returning until Friday.So, I arranged a surprise weekend away for her at a fairly local hotel near Dover that has a fantastic gastronomic reputation and a spa.So on Saturday morning we set off after I had made it obvious to her that I had been looking for her passport so as to throw her off the scent, otherwise she would

Oooh look at me - I'm famous!


This lightens up a dreary Monday morning.I found this on Merleyme's blog and had a really good chuckle at the resultIf you want to have a similar laugh go here

ABC Wednesday - S


S is for SONY CENTRE in BerlinThis is a spectacular sight at the best of times but at night it is truly awesomeS is also for SNAKE taken, yes you guessed it in Tanzania on safari :-)Also taken there is S for Saddlebeak StorkI am so very cross with myself as once again I have another photo that I was planning to use today and have left it on my home PC whilst I am posting this from my office PC. I

ABC Wednesday - R


R is for Rosetta StoneI am badly prepared for this week's letter as I was going to showcase some of my own photos of the Rosetta Stone that I tool at The British Museum earlier this year, but have found that I do not have them on this PC - DOH!So I am sorry you have to make do with these stolen from the following Wikipedia article Rosetta Stone is a

ABC Wednesday - Q


Q is for Quote from Dr SeussI love this quote and in many respects live my life this way!Q is also for QUO (Status Quo that is) my favourite act (note not necessarily music!) but they are a fantastic stage presenceIf you want to participate in ABC Wednesday Round 3, then pop along to Mrs Nesbitt's blog of the same name and either share some of your own photos or simply visit the other