Buckets

Hi, While out on a long walk with the hounds and the Ever Lovely Mrs J, the topic of bucket lists came up. Not so much a checklist of things before you go, but more those of wish and whimsy. Things you could actually do, rather than, say, visit the moon. Oddly, and given my enjoyment of What If? around the future and science fiction, that may well be something our children might do. But let’s move on…. My day to day ideas are travel – comfort, scenery, and temperate, please – and possibly a further tattoo. I think I recall advice around it’s better to try and collect experiences and memories, than things. I’m not quite sure were the […]

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Survival

Hi, In the media and online, many women have been sharing their survival techniques when walking alone in public spaces. How is it that it’s 2021 and around half our population do not feel safe when out after dark? Just last month, my niece was verbally harassed in the street. What type of verbal? Sexual of course by some dirty ****er. She reported it to the Police and the man is now banned from that area of the town. I asked the Ever Lovely Mrs J if she followed the survival rules (she did and still does), even if we live out in the sticks and not in any bustling city. For both of our kids, the local secondary means […]

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When it all goes well

Hi, Do you find that there are some days, in which a lot gets done? Not so much the churn of work and the cycle of back to back meetings for the unlucky, but that the Fates smile and you have a day to remember. Thursday was that day for me and I feel very lucky for it. Thank you TrendCo A number of weeks ago, I was talking with the Ever Lovely Mrs J about the (now long passed) birthday situation and my lovely partner asked – with a cheecky smile – if there was anything I wanted in the fancy department. Where that is in a particular store, I don’t know, but it sounds ah-may-zing 😁 Camp jokes […]

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Judgement

Hi, I was listening to a colleague, ‘C’, talk about how COVID19 had affected their daily life within their village community. Social activities were on hold, people talked at a distance across the lane, and folk were extra careful in the smaller shops. One item that caught my interest was about C’s friend, who for health reasons cannot wear a mask. Whatever that condition is, C didn’t specify and I didn’t press as it felt rude. The line that jumped out was C saying how frequently her friend was stated at, side eyed, and judged for not wearing a mask. It seems the Sunflower Campaign has not reached all parts of the country. I felt empathy for the person in […]

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Little wins to big changes

Hi, A few months back I took the plunge and subscribed to a newspaper. Well, I say paper, it’s all very digital these days isn’t. Yes, I figured slowly back into the edges of things rather than be wholly out of the loop. Particularly as with the app, I can flick by (or block) opinion pieces and see less of the more… triggering articles and headlines. Today, this popped up about a ruling on an equality case. The judge – and I would recommend a full read before reading my twaddle 😉 – stated that gender was a spectrum and that they, the person in question, should be protected by the 2010 Equality Act. I felt this was rather good […]

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