Category Archives: Moans & Groans

What makes us mad… well me, anyway

Handmade and Proud!

I’ve been absent from this blog for quite a while, and my other writing has diminished to the point that it’s now almost non-existent. I had another letter published in the TV Times recently, but my short story, flash fiction … Continue reading

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Existential angst and the problem with freedom

As a fan of Woody Allen, his writing and his humour, I know exactly where he’s coming from when he relates many of his characters’ inner struggles to existential angst. Why are we here and what is our purpose? Could … Continue reading

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The Brave and the Bold

Today is the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, and one of the ways it was marked was by actors donning the uniform of a WWI soldier and standing, ghostlike,  in train stations and public … Continue reading

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Hopes in Bloom

Like many writers, I battle constantly with crippling self-doubt and often wonder whether I should give up this writing lark and save myself the angst of worrying if I’ll ever be good enough to produce anything worthy of publication. This … Continue reading

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A Lovely Surprise!

I miss Sex And The City. This unsolicited thought surprised me one day last week as I went about my daily routine. I realised its absence had left a void in my life that has yet to be filled. I … Continue reading

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Hook-a-duck

Just over a week ago — Good Friday, to be exact — we visited another National Trust site, accompanied by our grandson, Ben. Amongst the attractions was a makeshift fair, one stall of which was the hook-a-duck. Ben, being seven, … Continue reading

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Love doesn’t have to be soft and fluffy

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us again, as is evident by a sea of red in the shops: red hearts, red flowers, red balloons; it’s like an explosion in a blood bank. We’ve decided not to bother sending cards to … Continue reading

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No diversions, please!

For the past few weeks I’ve been concentrating my efforts on writing flash fiction and short stories, in preparation for submission to several competitions that are coming up. However, because I’ve been absorbed in this exercise, as well as at … Continue reading

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A Time for Reflection

It’s that time of year again when, if you’re a tad masochistic like myself, you choose to reflect upon the achievements — or lack thereof — that you’ve made over the past twelve months. (Give me a minute, I’m just … Continue reading

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And, on a positive note …

I’ve gone to ground on the writing front lately due, in part, to another pesky bout of ill health; I seem to have been smitten with a plague, this year. However, I do have some good news to report. My … Continue reading

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