Wednesday, 28 July 2021

To The Nines

Hello, dear readers!

Today is a good day.

Well, so far it is, anyway. I’ve got a very real hope that the rest of the day will progress in a similar fashion too, though. You see, today is a day that has long been put aside for celebration, food, drink, and all the other good stuff. Today marks a very special day in the calendar. A day which, nine years ago, transformed my entire life.

Yes, today is my wedding anniversary.

Wednesday, 21 July 2021


Hello, dear readers!

And welcome to a brave new world.

A world of opportunities. Of possibilities. A world of unmitigated freedoms, and endless fun. A world in which Covid-19 and the hell it’s put us through for the last 18 months or so is finally behind us, allowing us to recover the lives we have so sorely missed.

Or, you know, possibly not.

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Foul Play

Hello, dear readers!

Warning: Buckle up, Rupert. This might be a heavy one.

You know that feeling that you’ve said something, or in my case typed something, just a little too soon? That feeling that in some way, because of that, you’ve jinxed it. That some petty and vengeful god has perhaps seen your hopes and dreams spelled out so clearly, turned to his minions and said ‘right, hold my coat, this’ll be a good one’?

Yeah, that’s me right now.

I’m sure that at least some of you, my dearest readers, will already know to what I allude. Even if you’ve been holidaying in the Outer-Hebrides for the last week, cut off from all human contact and without even half a bar of internet signal, you must. There’s simply no getting away from it. Everybody seems to know the score.

Thursday, 8 July 2021


Hello, dear readers!

Well, what a result!

What a day. What a week. What an amazing, wonderful spark of positivity in what has been such an immensely challenging time.

It’s been such a long time. Year upon year of constant disappointment and heartache as things invariably go catastrophically wrong, just as I think that, this time, It’s all going to go so right. Not this time, though. No, this time perseverance and bloody-minded optimism have driven me over the brink of expectation and into the calm waters of fulfillment.

Yes, this was the week I finally got my new wheelchair. What did you think I was talking about?

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

In It To Win It

Hello, dear readers!

I’m not a well man.

Now, this may or may not be due to the amount of alcohol I consumed last night. I mean, who can tell, right? It’s possible I’ve got a bad head cold, or a touch of flu. The booze might be an inconvenient coincidence… It might.

It isn’t though, is it? I’m paying the price of overindulgence. Something which, in the past, has led to much self-recrimination, regret, and vows not to repeat my indiscretions.

Not this time, though. No, this time it was absolutely worth it.

Thursday, 24 June 2021

A First Time For Everything

Hello, dear readers!

Oh, to be young again.

Not that I’m old. Not really. Not when you consider the near twenty years I would have to wait to get my hands on a bus pass (if it weren’t for my disability, that is). No, age is, as they say, just a number. You’re only as old as you feel, etc, etc, etc.

But, sometimes I feel as old as I am. And that has a tendency to make me slightly (and only slightly) envious of the younger generation.

Let me tell you why.

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Hot And Bothered

Hello, dear readers!

A bit warm, innit?

Yup, it seems that some celestial switch has been flipped and Britain has once again transformed from a dreary land of cloud, rain, and less than impressive temperatures to a sub-Saharan paradise of blue skies and blazing sunshine.

And of course, people are complaining.

I try not to be one of those people. We get a paltry amount of sunshine over here as is. I don’t want to chase the rays away. The trouble is, well the trouble is, at the moment, it’s less than ideal.