God, Politics and Sensationalist Headlines

On Monday Theresa May was all over the news. She’s the Prime Minister, nothing unusual about that.

These headlines were troubling however. They basically proclaimed that our Prime Minister’s decisions, specifically over Brexit, are guided by God.

I am an atheist and I voted to remain in the EU, therefore these headlines should have made me angry.

And they did, they made me very angry.

But not for the reasons you might suppose. Continue reading

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Haiku on the Run

running-is-fun-when-its-overIn my previous blog I confessed my recent madness in starting to run.

From the tone of the blog you may conclude I don’t enjoy it much. You would be right.

In addition to the physical pain and misery caused by running there is also the boredom, which I didn’t even mention in my previous blog.

It is necessary to do something to distract yourself from the tedium of painfully propelling one foot in front of the other around an inherently dull landscape that you have run around many times before whilst nursing a nagging worry that your heart and lungs may explode at any moment. Continue reading

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Lessons from a New 5K Runner

screenshot_2016-11-17-18-31-51Today I ran 5K.

In terms of expressions I never thought I’d use, that is right up there with “I’ve decided to become teetotal”, “I wish I could spend more time shopping” and “I’m really looking forward to watching an Eastenders marathon this weekend”.

I have always believed that there are only two good reasons for running: running to catch something (usually a bus), or running away from something.

So how did I end up not only committing myself to a Couch to 5K programme but, against all the odds, seeing it through to the bitter end?

Good question. Continue reading

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Getting Old and Sensible?

20161009_195544_edited-2I recently celebrated a significant birthday.

Passing such a milestone seems to be something I should acknowledge, albeit belatedly, by blog.

Almost a month ago I turned 50. Or 30 with 20 years experience as I prefer to think of it.

A big birthday provides a good excuse for a big celebration. In fact, as it was such a big birthday, I planned two.

One went well, the other one not so much. Continue reading

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Wales 2016: Feeding the Birds at Bwlch Nant yr Arian

img_6133_edited-2And so, almost 6 months after the event, I at last come to the final instalment of my blogging about our trip to Wales back in May.

This excursion was inspired by a comment that someone had put in the visitor book at Glan Leri, the cottage that we were staying in at Talybont. Apparently, only a few miles down the road is Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest.

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest offers a range of outdoor activities, with a number of walking and mountain biking trails, a visitor centre and a cafe. What attracted us, however, was the fact that it is also a red kite feeding station. We thought that was worth a look! Continue reading

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Wales 2016: Borth and Ynyslas

img_6075_edited-2It’s been quite a few months since our holiday in Wales, way back in May. In fact, we’ve been on holiday again since then.

But back in the mists of time, when we had not long returned from Wales, I started a series of blogs as a thinly veiled excuse to post up some photos.

Since then both my blogging and my photo processing has somewhat fallen by the wayside. However, with darker nights approaching, maybe things will pick up on that front.

So, I thought I would pick up where I left off, not least because Borth was probably my favourite place for photography. Continue reading

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Etiquette for Infrequent Bloggers

I haven’t been very diligent in my blogging this year.

This is only my 23rd blog of the year. My last blog was at the beginning of August, and that was only my third since mid-May. My blogging is more erratic than the train service in a snowy autumn, when there is both the wrong kind of leaves and the wrong kind of snow to contend with.

I don’t know why that is. Continue reading

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