Category Archives: people

Park Run

The sweat is stinging your eyes, your lungs are bursting and your legs feel like one of those Hartley Jellies Mum used to make. After 5k you collapse over the line,  a gasping, sweating, wobbly mass that was previously a … Continue reading

Posted in Athletics, Blogging, Life, Lifestyle, Opinion, people, Running | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 37 Comments

Too Young to Die (4 of 4)

We were surrounded by the crowd. Children always curious about fear, asked if we had been scared. I answered that we had been scared and the old man said that it was good for a man to be scared…… sometimes. … Continue reading

Posted in 1970'S, Blogging, Fishing, Life, nature, Opinion, people | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 31 Comments

I Was Too Young to Die (Part 1 of 2)

The roads had a capacity for treachery and the mountains appeared complicit. Several times we had been here, gambling on the mercy of mother nature, but this was the storm season and she always forbade us entrance to the sea. As he guided the van … Continue reading

Posted in 1970'S, Blogging, Freedom, Life, Opinion, people, Travel | Tagged , , , , | 35 Comments

It Wasn’t Love

She began to cry, silently, suppressing a basic human emotion and words flashed through my adolescent mind. “There, there – it’ll be okay – are you alright?” Words from my childhood and all of them cowardly used by people who … Continue reading

Posted in 1970'S, Blogging, Fishing, Freedom, History, Life, Opinion, people, Radio, Relationships, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 27 Comments

It Weren’t Half Hot Mum (3)

The heat was intense, a tiny squall of miserly warm air brushed my temple inviting anticipation of relief, but I knew it was a trick, apart from that I was preoccupied with peeling my bare leg from the plastic upholstery … Continue reading

Posted in Blogging, Humour, Life, Opinion, people, Sri Lanka, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Now What?

There is no grass to lie in anymore and the clouds are one mass of grey. I’m hardly likely to find an abandoned Chevy in Yorkshire or a cassette of Little Willie John, but I do know a place down … Continue reading

Posted in Humour, Life, Lifestyle, Opinion, people, Relationships | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 51 Comments

An Empty Bar, a Dog and a New Year

Mogan, Gran Canaria, 1976. We were poor, not dirt farmer poor you understand. I’m not Clarence Carter, the rains hadn’t washed the crops away, my mom wasn’t called Lucille and she wouldn’t have been able to afford the bus fare … Continue reading

Posted in 1970'S, Blogging, Fishing, Humour, Life, Lifestyle, Opinion, people, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 32 Comments

Stuff They Told Me

I was reflecting upon all the stuff I was told as I grew up and wondered why I’m kinda normal. When a tooth fell out I placed it beneath my pillow whereupon a mysterious Fairylike creature sneaked into my room, … Continue reading

Posted in Blogging, Christmas, Humour, Life, Opinion, people, Relationships | Tagged , , , , , , , | 53 Comments

Long Grass – Clouds – Music

Remember when you were lost, paralysed by life with no direction and just switched off? One of those days when you’re in the long grass staring at the sky watching clouds? You could hear the sounds of distant lives in … Continue reading

Posted in Freedom, Life, Music, nature, Opinion, people | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 26 Comments

What do you need?

“All you need is something to do – something to love – something to look forward to.” I was told this as a young man, guess who haha. Then I heard it somewhere recently, I don’t recall where maybe a … Continue reading

Posted in Blogging, Freedom, Life, Lifestyle, Opinion, people | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 29 Comments