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The Worst Kind Of Bully

  For many young boys sport and education are diametrically opposed. Time in the classroom, for those boys, is time wasted. It could be much better spent on the sports ground, honing their kicking, catching or throwing. That isn’t how I started out, but it is how I ended up, as a schoolboy. I came first in my first year, but by the time I’d … Continue reading The Worst Kind Of Bully

Like A Leaf

I’ve arrived at a time in my life when I feel like a leaf on a lawn. I’m in late autumn now, having long ago dropped from my perch in the high branches of the big tree I was once a part of. I’m now a different kind of leaf. No longer do I project the generous green of good health I once did. These … Continue reading Like A Leaf

The Sport Of Thought

The Most Difficult Game We All Play These are not the best of times, nor are they the worst of times. Some people are faring better than others in this pandemic altered world. Others are finding the isolation and particularly the uncertainty of the future difficult to deal with. That’s why, in some circles, the metaphor of ‘wandering in the desert without a goal’ is … Continue reading The Sport Of Thought

You Don’t Need To Be Perfect

The subject of this story lives in an ordinary street, in an ordinary suburb, in an ordinary town. It is a house, but no ordinary one. This house had started life as a majestic mansion, but fifty years later it is now run down and ragged. In its early days every brick, every tile and every windowpane of this regal home was, in a way, … Continue reading You Don’t Need To Be Perfect

Don’t Pee In My Pond

Several years ago I heard the keynote speech by a man I’d admired for some time. Dr David Suzuki was a Canadian scientist well known, particularly among conservationists, for his TV work. In it he explained the importance of maintaining the integrity of ecosystems and the significance of creatures that the average among us consider irrelevant. The speech I heard him give was at a … Continue reading Don’t Pee In My Pond

My Word Of Honour

  The news these days is full of controversy, scandal and outrage at almost every aspect of life.  From birth to death and everything in between, has some form of conflict attached to it in our community. No wonder there is a growing level of anxiety, because there is such division. This also means our index of happiness is adversely affected. In the famous words … Continue reading My Word Of Honour

My Brain Is Bigger Than I Thought

When I was growing up, and even in my young adulthood, brains were finite instruments. They could not become better, but they could become worse. The reason was that science had not yet discovered the natural neuroplasticity of our most incredible ‘organ’. Nowadays we are allowed to change our mental capacity, some experts say, simply by changing our thinking. We can do this either positively … Continue reading My Brain Is Bigger Than I Thought

How Much Love Can A Heart Contain?

Anyone who has ever lost a family pet, whether it is a cat or dog, will know how heartbreaking it can be and many a person has needed to take some time to grieve before ever considering replacing that pet. I am one of those people. In fact, our first pet after we got married was a dog. The dog’s name was Lulu and she … Continue reading How Much Love Can A Heart Contain?

On The Beach In Monte Carlo

Culture is what defines much of who we are and how we view the world around us. But who we are looks at culture through a very narrow lens. As a person with European heritage, I would have thought that my cultural outlook would have been well aligned with the behaviour of other Europeans, but this is not necessarily so.  In fact, the term European … Continue reading On The Beach In Monte Carlo

Einstein’s Theory Of Happiness

  There was a time when every doctor’s, dentist’s and accountant’s reception area contained a pile of reading material perfect for perusing as you waited for your appointment.  This was the ubiquitous Readers Digest magazine, the nearest thing to the internet we had back then. There were short articles on interesting people. A monthly collection of interesting words and their meanings, even novels abbreviated for … Continue reading Einstein’s Theory Of Happiness