Retreat time in Lockdown

There was a Chief Honcho from a monastic setup on Radio 4 the other day, discussing how so many people had turned to monasteries for advice on how to be happier during the Lockdown. Generally, the advice (and good it was) is to structure your day into ‘morning, noon and evening’. It helps to writeContinue reading “Retreat time in Lockdown”

In the Video ‘ We’ll be together again’

The local ‘4 Heatons Traders Association’ came up with this gem ( I’m on at the end, looking a tad self conscious), presumably to keep us occupied during the Lockdown. It’s tons better than I thought it would be and, the music’s grown on me too! Great fun and I want to do another oneContinue reading “In the Video ‘ We’ll be together again’”

On the Radio again / Virtual Driving Lesson

I was half snoozing / listening along to the Today programme on Radio 4 recently when my ears pricked up at a request for small business owners to phone in and tell how they were adapting during Lockdown. Having done radio a few times, I couldn’t resist the lure of publicity and, yes, I amContinue reading “On the Radio again / Virtual Driving Lesson”

New Masks/Online Conference/Going Back to Work etc.

I recently attended an on-line Driving Instructor Show – something that is usually held at a conference centre. Although tentative at first, I followed the instructions on how to navigate my way round, and it subsequently proved to be a great morning out! You could login between 10am and 1pm and click on any exhibitorContinue reading “New Masks/Online Conference/Going Back to Work etc.”

When Music and Motoring met (14th Oct 2019)

This is where I spent a most pleasing and informative day as the two professions in which I am involved came together most unexpectedly. I planned the presentations/workshops beforehand due to the number of sessions I wished to attend. The first off was ‘Digital Upgrade’, not to be confused with upgrading of technology, but rather,Continue reading “When Music and Motoring met (14th Oct 2019)”

My contribution to Creative non Fiction (4th March 2019)

I’ve always felt that what I was writing didn’t fit into any particular genre. Until I went to the recent Northern Lights Writing Conference where I listened to a talk on Creative Non Fiction. It is ‘new’ in the sense that it hasn’t really been recognized ( or labelled ) before but it was aContinue reading “My contribution to Creative non Fiction (4th March 2019)”

In defence of Church at Christmas (11th Dec 2017)

I’m not exactly naïve as to the finances of the church, and having being a regular attender ( though by no means of a high position ) I often find myself wanting to criticise the way the system within the C of E functions. I must, on this occasion however, come to their defence. TheContinue reading “In defence of Church at Christmas (11th Dec 2017)”

Traffic Reduction Report on Didsbury Rd. Stockport (23rd Oct 2017)

This is a summary of some research I did for The Four Heatons Traders Association concerning the volume of traffic coming down Didsbury Road in Stockpot and the results may be of interest to those of you who live in the vicinity. We identified the following problems: The bus lane operating 12 hours a day,Continue reading “Traffic Reduction Report on Didsbury Rd. Stockport (23rd Oct 2017)”

Strange happenings at the wedding (11th April 2017)

One beautiful Saturday morning – the 8th of April in 2017 –  the occasion of my nephew’s wedding to Rachel in South Wales, I was conscious of a slight air of unexpected panic from the groom. The suit didn’t fit. I knew that he’d more than likely sort it out without too much ado and he was already on theContinue reading “Strange happenings at the wedding (11th April 2017)”