I used to be something else, but now I can hold my head up and say I am a writer. Retired doctor. Passionate about empowering people.
Little acts of domestic anarchy
2020 brought many challenges. For those who have retired, it threw them into an enforced bubble, consigned to spending every day with their partner ( or in some cases alone), reducing the possibilities of seeing anywhere beyond their immediate environment. It was a relationship maker or breaker for couples.
Just one slice of chocolate cake
Matty and Sean were playing football on the grassy patch on the hill. It wasn’t a great space for ballgames because it sloped quite steeply down towards the wall. Behind the wall were the tiny backyards of the terraced houses. Their house was slap bang in the middle, and their mother could see them from the upstairs window.
The Old Barn
I carried Tom on my shoulders through the stinking mud. He was moaning and blood from his wounds dripped down my back. We grew up together in a small Lincolnshire town, far away from this ghastly Belgian landscape. He was my first friend in primary school and we joined up together when we turned eighteen. Many a night in the trenches we had talked quietly about how we missed the farming life and loved ones back home. I couldn’t leave him on that field of death. Not Tom, my best friend in all the world.
Why do men have a problem with fast women swimmers?
I have been following a Twitter feed started by Dr Josephine Perry, a sports psychologist, who suffered what can only be termed an assault while doing her usual morning swim. She was swimming in the fast lane and had to overtake a slower man every 5 or 6 laps. She felt someone touch her foot initially, but as there was no one trying to overtake, she carried on. As she did a tumble turn, the man grabbed her by the ankles and pulled her under the water. When he eventually let go, he shouted at her, saying it was the only way he could get her attention and that she was ‘ridiculous’ and then, inexplicably offered to race her.
What does Hypnagoia feel like for you?
Hypnagogia is the term for that phase between sleep and wakefulness. The word derives from the Greek ‘hypnos’ for sleep and ‘agogos’ meaning leading.
Avoiding Scams. It's like jumping Puddles.
It seems like the scammers have been having a field day. All those suckers at home trying to work are easy prey. Have you been getting emails from your tax inspector about a refund you are due? Has your bank somehow lost your log-in details? What about that great competition to win a car? Why do they need my bank details?
I can be loud
I can be loud when I need to be, but I prefer to listen respectfully. If someone is shouting, it is best to find out why.
Is it normal to be so anxious about approaching 70?
I wasn’t too happy about approaching 60, but this next up-and- coming decade fills me with anxiety. It hasn’t helped that the pandemic has left me far too much time to be introspective. The list of things that I would like to do, and haven’t been able to do, due to reduced stamina and lack of opportunities to travel, simply lengthens by the day.