Bookshelf breakdown

bookshelvesI’ve finally decided to put up some bookshelves in my living room. It’s not been an easy decision. We may not judge a book by a cover, but we certainly judge a reader by their books. Look around you on any bus or train. We would never sit there holding up a sign saying “Lost and lonely. Believes in aliens” or “Frustrated male. Works out in gym”, but that’s exactly what we’re doing when we’re seen reading “Scientology and You” or “Andy McNab’s Top Ten Ways to Really Hurt a Man”. (more…)

Working with Woody

Since working with Woody we've become inseparable

Since working with Woody we've become inseparable

As you get older, you find that the years start to take on a familiar rhythm: New Year, Valentine’s Day, the clocks go forward, Marks and Spencers release their best/worst figures ever, local news programmes film teenagers opening their A level results, the clocks go back, and finally Woody Allen releases his latest movie. At that point (more…)

My dad’s death

My Dad at his 70th birthday party

My Dad at his 70th birthday party

My dad died last week. You could say it was sort of expected. He was in a nursing home, confined to his bed by a series of strokes, the last of which had left him unable to speak; but that doesn’t, of course, make it any less shocking. A lot of what’s happened since I might have predicted – the sadness, the guilt, the support of my friends. But there’s also been a lot I wasn’t prepared for. (more…)

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