Archive: May 2017

Getting the old band back together

It’s ten years since New Labour swept to power and – for large part – changed the UK for the better. Peace in the north of Ireland; much-needed investment in schools and the NHS;... Read more

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Everyone’s a critic

I gave Mrs J a look – the proverbial kick under the table. I repeated the action. And then again. This time her attention was grabbed. Third time lucky. I then did my best Bob Carrolgees... Read more

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Breakfast. The best meal of the day.

Of course, A.A. Gill was right. He was right more often than most. He said, ‘Breakfast is everything. The beginning, the first thing. It is the mouthful that is the commitment to a new day, a... Read more

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Blessed are the peacemakers

Against all the odds and in the face of deep scepticism, almost mockery for his naivety and foolishness, President Carter negotiated the 1978 Camp David Accords, ending the seemingly intractable... Read more

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The old ones are the best

Nostalgia is said to be a dangerous thing. Living in the past is not healthy. Life should be lived forwards not backwards. I know, all that is true. I am aware of it. I am alive to it. I know that as... Read more

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A week to focus on wellbeing

It’s no big revelation to say that this week has been tough. All right-thinking people will have been moved and affected by events in Manchester and the magnificent response of the people of... Read more

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Grief is the price we pay for love

After lunch today, I will drive down the M62 to Manchester. Sadly, after Monday night, it is the current centre of the universe – although proud Mancunians will say it’s always the... Read more

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Nothing but the same old story

All day, the same thing. The same tune. The same words. The same old story. Over and over in my head: “Living under suspicion Putting up with the hatred and fear in their eyes You can see that... Read more

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I don’t want the Lego!

Airports. Places of great excitement. Much activity. The hustle and bustle of holidaymakers and business people with places to go and people to see. Since the days as a child of watching the planes... Read more

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Trump, Communion, cakes and coffers

Donald Trump is on his first overseas trip as President, visiting centres of three of the world’s major religions; what could possibly go wrong? This visit to Saudi Arabia, Israel and Rome includes... Read more

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The phone doesn't ring now and the silence is golden

In the bad old days it never stopped. It was relentless. Drip, drip, drip. Before 8am, after 9pm, weekends, bank holidays and during holidays. My phone rang off the hook. As my Nan would have said;... Read more

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It was grand when it left here

From one iconic maritime powerhouse to another. We took the short flight – no, incredibly short flight – from Liverpool to Belfast this morning – drawn home by the pull of the... Read more

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My general election; a constituency of one

Like so many of us, I am fed a daily dose of “memories” when I log into Facebook. Mostly I ignore them and scroll down but today’s memory caught my eye; a newspaper cutting from this day in... Read more

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My friends in the Lexington North

Our new bathroom project continues apace. We are just past the halfway point with another two or three days left until we can enjoy an Alan Partridge-style deep bath. The last two days has been... Read more

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Put the kettle on, John

It’s over twelve years since my Nan died. Twelve years since I said goodbye to my Mary. My mate. She was – she still is – someone very special in my life. She is with me every day.... Read more

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I am a writer

“Fake it until you make it”, or as Aristotle suggested; to be virtuous one must act as a virtuous person would act. This notion of “acting as if” – something said to be inspired by the... Read more

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Trump; remind you of your boss?

It sounds far-fetched. No boss, no other person, could be like Donald Trump. Surely? Put aside the office he holds, the profile he has built for himself and the hair and look at his approach. Is it... Read more

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