Turn it Up to Eleven!

‘Turn it up to eleven’, coined in the 1984 movie This Is Spinal Tap, where guitarist Nigel Tufnel proudly demonstrates an amplifier whose volume knobs are marked from zero to eleven, instead of the usual zero to ten. Nature has a wonderful way of turning its volume up...

Play Attention!

‘Pay attention, Jenkins!’ often followed by the board rubber flying across the classroom was a regular occurrence during my English lessons as a child. Playing with attention has a very different feel: it is light and fun. It can bring a sense of curiosity, perhaps...

Savour, don’t waver!

A country walk in the crisp autumnal air, kicking through fallen leaves of auburn, gold and amber, complete with a flask of hot chocolate. Sitting on a bench watching the curls of steam arising from the shiny silver cup, the aroma awakening the taste buds, rich,...

Stick or Twist?

To stick with what you have or to twist and take a new card – a question from our endless games of Pontoon as a child. As lockdown restrictions ease, the possibility of returning to my old habits and routines arises, so this is a question that I have been asking...

Difficult 2020? – Tools for 2021!

If 2020 has demonstrated anything, it is that the only certainty in life is uncertainty.So, what are the practical tools that could help deal with this?This morning I listened to the news on the radio which left me feeling anxious and a little overwhelmed. Later,...

Christmas Gift for Life

Dexter, Benji, Dolly and Acorn – puppies bringing untold joys every day to my friends and neighbours at this festive time of year.  In contrast the top 5 unwanted Christmas presents are: 1. Clothing & Accessories; 2. Cosmetics and Fragrances; 3. Household...

Christmas – Head or Heart?

‘It would have been simpler for me if the government hadn’t changed the regulations for Christmas, I am really conflicted now…’ commented one of my colleagues.  The discussions have been circulating at work for at least a couple of weeks, maybe longer. There is a...

Habits – friends or foes?

A sharp intake of breath… teeth sink into my bottom lip… my whole body tenses… bracing for the pain!I’m on my favourite early morning run along an unlit country lane with an uneven surface. It’s almost as if my body is braced for a potential sprained ankle as I run in...

‘This too shall pass’

‘Why won’t by Bluetooth headset connect… it was fine yesterday… ‘help’ says problem in airplane mode apparently… found it, sorted that… still won’t connect… Aargh!.. Windows 10 update… thank you very much!’‘This too shall pass’ were the words of a dear...