Monthly Archives: February 2012

A Very Sudden Proposal…

Ah, ha! I thought that would get you reading! No, it’s not me, although it is of course 29th February and therefore traditionally the day on which women can propose to men! I’m referring to the poet Robert Browning (incidentally, … Continue reading

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Good Stuff and Bad Stuff

A lot can happen in a week. (Eek, yes, that’s how long it’s been. Sorry. My life has got a bit hectic). Firstly, the bad (not that bad, don’t worry): Maureen Street has emailed me. Maureen Street is probably a … Continue reading

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Howdy Partner! (And some writing competitions…)

I’ve had a busy morning. Cup of tea, followed by the Daily Express general knowledge crossword (it keeps Alzheimer’s at bay and is therefore a legitimate displacement activity). ‘20 Down. Co-star, with James Drury of the 1962-71 US western series, … Continue reading

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5 Words I Can’t Stand….

1. Enjoy! Used in that American way, which has now crept into English-English and is very annoying! It needs something after it – ‘enjoy your meal!’ or ‘enjoy yourselves!’ I know I have (very occasionally) used it in this blog … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you didn’t get a card, look on the bright side – you could have got one like this! I was in a shop today and I overhead one assistant say to another, “Well, Stan, what did you buy your … Continue reading

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‘The Positively Productive Writer’ – WINNER!

The random number generator picked lucky number 15 this morning (supervised by an independent adjudicator, who had to be dragged away from his muesli to observe the pressing of the button!). That was Diane Fordham’s number, so she is the … Continue reading

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Must TRY harder!

Scotland are playing Wales in the rugby and as I write this there is what can only be described as ‘language’ coming from the room next to me! Apparently, (and I paraphrase!), Scotland are having a little difficulty in scoring … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Alert!

Have you got snow? I went to the hairdresser’s today and all they could talk about was the snow that was definitely on its way. It was going to snow BIG TIME! At RUSH HOUR! A whole 5 to 10 … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens!

You probably thought I’d been caught in a snowdrift! But no – I am still here! I know it’s rather late but I couldn’t let today go by without saying ‘Happy Birthday’ to Charles Dickens, who was born 200 years … Continue reading

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Guest Post – Simon Whaley

Ooh, get me, with my ‘Guest Posts’! How posh! Actually, apart from Michaela’s lovely post about her Moonwalk a few months ago, this is the only Guest Post I’ve ever had! So I’m very chuffed that Simon’s sent me some … Continue reading

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