Monday, April 29, 2013

Monday Quickie

Today I'm working at the charity shop, fixing someone's computer and then rehearsing the play this evening. So this will be quick.


I'll be round your place to check tomorrow.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Friday Fun

It's bigger, it's better...and that's just my ego.

First up, the week's good news.

Now for the odd news.

And now, it's picture time.

 And on that note, I bid you adieu and wish you a fabulous weekend.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

50 Things To Be Happy About

There's been a lot of pain in my life, but a lot to be glad about to. Here, in no particular order, are fifty things I'm glad about.

  1. Leaving school at 17 (Hated the place and was glad to leave)
  2. Going to university at 31
  3. The birth of my children
  4. Getting married (Given that I'm divorced this may seem odd, but the marriage brought forth three great kids)
  5. Home educating my eldest children
  6. Working in a pub for 20 months
  7. Travelling the length and breadth of the UK and being paid for it
  8. Getting divorced.
  9. Becoming a writer
  10. Performing on stage.
  11. Rediscovering old friends on Facebook
  12. Being able to entertain people
  13. Knowing my way round computers
  14. Having my parents as my parents
  15. Able to play the guitar, piano, violin and recorder (Not that I can still play any of them to any degree, but at least I know how)
  16. Discovering Terry Pratchett books
  17. Graduating with a degree in History
  18. Learning a second language and being able to use it, even if I don't do so now.
  19. Being organised
  20. My health
  21. Working in a charity shop
  22. Having a place of my own
  23. Blogging
  24. Having an education
  25. NHS
  26. My friend Sian for some great memories
  27. My friend Joy
  28. Robin Williams for making me laugh so much
  29. Jimmy Perry and David Croft, ditto
  30. Passing my driving test at 17
  31. Being able to see life through other people's eyes
  32. Discovering what faith really means
  33. Everyone who fought and died that I might be free to choose what I do with my life.
  34. Science Fiction for helping me to dream of life beyond the Earth.
  35. Science for the tools, clothes and other things I use every day
  36. Gene Roddenberry for Star Trek
  37. George Lucas for Star Wars
  38. Cliff Richard for some inspirational songs
  39. The historians who have shown me the past.
  40. My genes for giving me the tools to live my life
  41. Will McLoughlin, the best manager I ever had.
  42. My eldest son for being himself.
  43. Not being afraid to be myself
  44. Everyone who has come into my life and shown me something about humanity, good and bad.
  45. The midwife who delivered me and still calls me her baby
  46. The (future) generation of builders who will bulldoze my old secondary school
  47. Being able to laugh at life and its problems
  48. Being able to laugh
  49. Being able to make other people laugh
  50. Being 50.

What would your list look like?

Monday, April 22, 2013

A New Lease Of Life

Since I turned 50, I've discovered I have a new lease of life.

My 40s were terrible. They started with the worst birthday I've ever had when my ex-wife organised a surprise party, despite knowing I hated them. Guess who also ended up paying for it? Four years later I was divorced, two years after that I was forced out of the family home and tried to kill myself.

Now I'm building a writing career, have my own place, act on stage, have had two books published. It's not perfect, but it's far better than what I had before and better than almost any other time of my life.

I may have less active life in front of me than I have behind me, but I intend to pack a lot into these years.

Bring 'em on.