Tuesday 27 December 2016

Christmas Past

Hello dear readers...

And a belated merry Xmas to you all.

Were you good boys and girls? Did Santa bring you everything you asked for?  Personally I could not have wished for a better festive period, or a more action packed one to be honest. Here's why.

Sunday 18 December 2016

Kitten Heels

Hello dear readers!

Well the cat is well and truly out of the bag.

More accurately, the kittens are out of the bag. Even more accurately, they're out of the cat.

Yes that's right, the Seated Perspective household is once again home to the sound of tiny paws (or will be when the little blighters find their feet). This is of course a wonderful, happy, event, but one that can lead to some interesting times... Especially for a wheelchair user.

Sunday 11 December 2016

Interview With The Seated Person

Hello dear readers!

You can't keep a good man down.

It seems the same would go for me (Goodness not included as standard: your mileage may vary depending on conditions) and in fact this week has seen me rise from the ashes of recent months like the proverbial phoenix, tail feathers only ever so slightly charred.

That's right dear readers, I've only gone and got myself a job!

Sunday 4 December 2016

Nine And A Half Months

Hello dear readers!

They say your memory can play tricks on you. I think they could be right.

Skipping over, for a moment, the question of who exactly 'they' are and why 'they' are such authorities on the human mind and, well, just about anything else you can possibly think of; I know for a fact that my own memory can, and in fact does, do me a disservice from time to time, not always to my detriment.

This was highlighted by a recent and perhaps slightly peculiar round of reminiscing.

Sunday 27 November 2016

Cooking On Gas

 Hello dear readers!

Yesterday I cooked.

In fact the day before yesterday I cooked as well, because, drum roll please.... we finally have a working kitchen!

Yes, a mere five weeks after moving into our new home it is now possible to prepare and actually cook food, utilising our brand spanking new oven, and our brand spanking new hob. This is something that fills me with more excitement than a healthy, well balanced man should feel over kitchen appliances, and it's also highlighted something else as well.

Sunday 20 November 2016

None Fall Down

Hello dear readers!

It would seem the sporting life is not for me.

This has been something that I have long suspected but which was finally confirmed to me last night... at a church gathering.

Allow me to explain.

Sunday 13 November 2016

Lest We Forget

Hello Dear readers!

Well these are interesting times!

Not that that is necessarily a good thing, mind you. In fact the Chinese are purported to have a curse that translates as 'May you live in Interesting Times", and although I wouldn't for one second like to lay any blame at that venerable civilisation's feet, I fear it may just be coming true.

Here's why.

Sunday 6 November 2016

Proper Job

Hello dear readers! 

Unemployment is starting to get just a little old. 

At first sight it may seem like having all day to do as much or as little as one wants to do is some kind of utopian ideal, but it would appear that a mere fourteen days in, that illusion is already wavering somewhat. 

Yes folks, I need a job. The question is... Which job?

Sunday 30 October 2016

It Never Rains, But It Pours

Hello dear readers! 

Well, we're in! 

Yes, after what seems like a lifetime, we are actually, properly living in our new home. It may be unfinished, it may have a slight air of an abandoned building site, it may still smell slightly of paint but it's ours, and, thanks to the hard work of family and friends and  a few sticks of furniture... It's habitable. 

It's a welcome bit of news in what has been a rough couple of weeks. 

Monday 17 October 2016

Make Do And Mend

Hello dear readers!

I'm Baaa-aaack.

Yes, it would seem that rumours of my demise have indeed proven to be greatly exaggerated and, after a three week and one day hiatus, The Seated Perspective show is firmly back on the road and apparently... attracting admirers (Thank you Bethany).

So, what's been going on in the last 22 days, you ask? Well quite a lot actually.

Sunday 25 September 2016

Changing Rooms

Hello Dear Readers!

Whisper it, but the tide may just be turning.

Followers of these inane rambling will know what I mean when I say that things have been rather... interesting... at the Seated perspective Household of late.

The last week however, whilst no less interesting, has been one heck of a lot more positive. Here's why.

Sunday 18 September 2016

Falling Down

Hello Dear Readers!

The last seven days have been amongst the hardest of my increasingly middle-aged life.

In fact, it's incredibly hard just writing these few sentences so I hope you'll forgive me if this week's offering falls ever so slightly short of my usual bright and breezy style.

Sunday 11 September 2016

Who Cares?

Hello Dear Readers!

Life, as someone once said, is a rollercoaster.

This is certainly  true of life at the Seated Perspective household at the moment, with this last week being just choc full of ups, downs and maybe even a few sidewayseses (Totally a word).

Let me explain.

Sunday 4 September 2016

What Goes On Stag

Hello Dear Readers!

I am a broken man.

This is entirely my own fault. Well, mine and a certain Mr J Daniels anyway. In fact, now that I think about it a Mr J Beam might have also had some say in the matter and... Oh who am I kidding, my current delicate state is down to me and me alone.

Last night you see, saw your friendly neighbourhood seated person overindulging at one of my oldest mate's stag party. (That's Bachelor party for those stateside.)

Now the usual rule is 'what goes on stag, stays on stag!'. Today I'm going to break that rule.

Sunday 28 August 2016

Bad Form(s)

Hello Dear Readers! 

Don't you just love paperwork? 

I expect the majority, if asked that question would reply with a very definite and heartfelt 'no', possibly prefaced with some slightly more colourful language.  

Sadly it is something that seems inescapable in this busy modern world in which we live. It sometimes feels that there's a form for everything, that even the most mundane of tasks needs a signature, a ream of personal information, and a tick in a box to choose to receive/not to receive news of our latest offers 

Sadly this seems especially true for yours truly just now. 

Sunday 21 August 2016

All Fun & Games

Hello Dear Readers! 

You know, this world can be so frustrating. 

August is such a fantastic month. Not only does the weather tend to grace us with the odd glimpse of the sun (Sometimes for as many as 3 consecutive days!), it also sees the annual celebration off my arrival in this world (see Older Not Wiser), along with a host of other anniversaries. There has been the start of one World War and the end of another. There was the establishment of the first national fire service, the first regular police detective force, the foundation of the International Red Cross, and the sale of the first mass produced car 

This year has also seen the month marked by the advent of the sporting extravaganza known as the Olympic Games, and this is the source of my current frustrations. 

Sunday 14 August 2016


Hello Dear Readers!

Pregnancy tests should read: You're Screwed! or Keep Screwing!

Well that was the week that was.
Yes, my much vaunted birthday week off work has indeed come and gone with what seems like Quicksilver type speed.

It does, however leave in its wake a much more relaxed blogger, one who has seen Suicide Squad (Enjoyed it hugely, ignore the critics.) Eaten too much, drunk too much and generally had a whale of a time.

That’s not what I want to talk about today though.

Sunday 7 August 2016

Older Not Wiser

Hello Dear Readers!

Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional
Chili Davies

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

No, not Christmas. This is a summer festival. A celebration of a truly great man. A man I admire hugely. A man possessed of wit, wisdom, intelligence, an almost supernatural beauty and despite all this, an amazing, self-depreciating humbleness. 

He’s also a man who lies quite a lot.

That’s right, dear readers. This week sees the advent of my birthday.

Sunday 31 July 2016

Keep Your Chair On!

Hello Dear Readers!

If it's the right chair, it doesn't take too long to get comfortable in it. Robert De Niro
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 “Chairs are useful”

Are you sitting comfortably?  Then I’ll begin.

It has been quite an action packed and positive week at SP Towers. My beloved wife and I celebrated four years of blissful, if at times a little too eventful, married life  with not just a huge bucket of fried chicken but also a rather posh three course meal (on separate nights you understand. We’re not quite that greedy).  We’ve also had positive news about the house purchase with searches started and the last bit of mortgage paperwork safely in place.

All of which has inspired me to write about… A chair.

Sunday 24 July 2016

Thoughts & Prayers

Hello Dear Readers!

Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer

Sunday morning’s sure have changed.

Once upon a time Sunday would start with a leisurely morning involving a snooze, a double fried egg sandwich and, if I was feeling extra extravagant, a second cup of coffee.

Recently though, this has changed. This idyllic routine has been interrupted, replaced by a new regime, one that entails rising early, eating a quick breakfast (one coffee at a maximum), and even, most terribly of all, getting  fully dressed and leaving the house (I do find it wise to do the former before the latter. It saves so many complaints.)

So what could possibly have caused this sudden change in behaviour, you ask? Well the answer is simple. You see, dear readers, for the last three weeks I have been trading in my egg sarnies for a visit to the local church hall.

Sunday 17 July 2016

Outside In

Hello Dear Readers!

Surprisingly, I think if you're known on the Internet, you're probably an introvert. Felicia Day
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Surprisingly, I think if you're known on the internet, you're probably an introvert
Felicia Day

Well this is a dilly of a pickle.

Life continues apace at Seated Perspective Towers. Tina is making decent progress from her health issues (for those not in the loop see Different Strokes), although frustration is, perhaps naturally, still rearing its head every now and then. Work is working out well, and the house purchase, although halted for a couple of weeks, is plodding along nicely.

This has meant that for the first time in a couple of weeks I am bereft of instant inspiration for my offering to you, my dear readers. I have decided, therefore, that the time has come to turn the spotlight inwards and indulge in just a little introspection.

You’ll see what I mean.

Sunday 10 July 2016

Self Help

Hello Dear Readers!

Look after yourself. There is only one you, one Life. Make the most of it.

These are not easy times.

 I’m sure that those of you with the dubious honour of being regular readers of these poor scribblings will understand why. For those that don’t know what the hell I’m talking about please see Different Strokes

The last week has continued to be trying for all sorts of reasons but it has had its positives too and it has even supplied both myself and Tina with opportunities for a little self-reflection.

Sunday 3 July 2016

Different Strokes

Hello Dear Readers!

I lay in the bed at the hospital and said, 'let's see what I have left.' And I could see, I could speak, I could think, I could read. I simply tabulated my blessings, and that gave me a start. Dale Evans

The observant amongst you may have noticed something missing from last week’s post. There were no pics or GIFs, no quotes or subtitles and, in fact… No actual words.

Yes, last week for the first time in a long, long time, Sunday came and went with no new post on the Seated Perspective blog. I can almost hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth from here.

Missing out on my weekly missive to the masses is most certainly not something I take lightly and in fact, there was a very real reason for this unprecedented blip.

Sunday 19 June 2016

Them And Us

Hello Dear Readers!

Do right. Do your best  Treat others as you want to be treated.
Lou Holtz
Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated.
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Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated.
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Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated.
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Some weeks it can be a struggle to come up with a worthwhile offering to you, my gentle readers. Sometimes the last seven days have been nothing but humdrum. Sometimes every day has been far too everyday to squeeze something meaningful out of.

This is not one of those weeks

Sunday 12 June 2016

Park It

Hello Dear Readers!

I'm a very firm believer in karma, and put it this way: I get a lot of good parking spots.
Al Jourgensen

It has been a relatively quiet week since my last post. A week mostly spent completing some of the less than thrilling jobs that go along with buying ones own house.

Tuesday, for instance, saw a telephone appointment to agree a mortgage. This entailed a three way conversation between myself, my wife Tina, and a lovely and very thorough young lady (who nevertheless and rather worryingly, managed to spell my surname and my mother’s maiden name wrong), representing the bank who we have convinced to lend us money.

It was this innocuous seeming event that led to yesterday’s excitement.

Sunday 5 June 2016

Getting The Needle

Hello Dear Readers!

“Tired, but not the kind of tired that sleep fixes.”
I'd Like To Thank the Acadamy
Before we get into today’s post I’d like to offer up a note of gratitude to you wonderful readers. The last two weeks has seen the number of readers sneak over 1000 for the respective posts. I know it’s a vanity but it really does mean a lot to know people are reading these poor scribblings so… Thank you, thank you, thank you!

 Busy Times
Aaaanyway, back to the matter at hand. It’s actually been quite a productive week since last we met. The house purchase continues apace (see House & Home). An appointment for a mortgage has been arranged. My chair is once again back on three wheels (see Three Wheels On My Wagon ). And a response has been received to the holiday complaint email I sent (see Hi-de-hi? Hi-de-NO!), with the result being a 50% refund!

All of that and a full working week to boot, and of course there are more busy times peeking over the horizon; making  it slightly unfortunate that  I’m quickly careering towards an appointment at the doctors.

Sunday 29 May 2016

House And Home

Hello Dear Readers!

This week! ah, this week! Seven days; days that have left your friendly neighbourhood seated person a terrified, happy, excited, joyous mess of a man and no, it’s not just because my wheelchair is once again on three wheels (see Thee Wheels On My Wagon for details of that ongoing saga!) .If I tell you that this lucky dip of emotions follows conversations with three estate agents and the viewing of no less than four different properties then, well you may just guess the rest.

That’s right. Tina and I have bought a house!

Sunday 22 May 2016

Hi-de-Hi? Hi-de-NO!

Hello Dear Readers!

I have had a holiday, and I'd like to take it up professionally.
Kylie Minogue

A quote from the infinitely perfect Ms Minogue; not a bad way to start a post, eh? Yes pictures might be better but as this is an epistolic venture and I don’t want to get too distracted I think it will probably suffice.

As the above quote hints at, the subject for this week’s offering is holidays and in particular the trip to sunny Somerset recently undertaken by the Seated Perspective clan.

Sunday 15 May 2016

New Loo Blues... A Moving Story

Hello Dear Readers!

Home wasn't built in a day. Jane Sherwood Ace
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Home wasn't built in a day
 Jane Sherwood Ace

Home wasn't built in a day. Jane Sherwood Ace
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Home wasn't built in a day. Jane Sherwood Ace
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Exciting times are upon as at Seated Perspective HQ. The previous week has been busy, slightly stressful and potentially… life changing.

Allow me to elucidate.

Sunday 8 May 2016

Picture Perfect

“Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.”
Tony Benn

Hello Dear Readers!

Well, hasn’t it turned out nice? It has in Sunny West Yorkshire anyway. A beautiful day, warm and clear with a lovely light breeze that has made taking the dog for her walk a genuine pleasure.  A walk? You ask, aren’t you transportationally embarrassed at the moment? (See Three Wheels On My Wagon for details.) Well here’s another reason for my somewhat chipper mood at the moment.  The missing wheel has actually been fixed. Yay! As it is now four days since its replacement, I’m hoping this particular repair stays the course too.

The adventure I have lined up for you today, however, well that goes back to my period of three-wheeling. As you can probably guess the theme for today is photography. Allow me to explain.

Sunday 1 May 2016

Three Wheels On My Wagon

Hello, Dear Readers!

Three wheels on my wagon,
And I’m still rolling along
The Cherokees are chasing me
Arrows fly, right on by
But I’m singing a happy song

I’m afraid that you join me at a time of great personal sadness, if not outright mourning. This week has seen a parting of the ways, you see. A loss which has truly knocked me off balance.  A dear friend, a staunch ally, a constant support that has helped carry me through the upheavals of the last year, and has been a welcome note of constancy in the journey along life’s road is, tragically, no longer with us.

I am of course talking about my wobbly wheel.

Sunday 24 April 2016

If Wishes Were Horses

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"If wishes were horses, beggars would ride"

Hello Dear Readers!

Well, after a week where I handed the reigns of this humble blog over to my lovely wife (see The Mrs Speaks!), this week’s post will once again have a perspective that is well and truly seated.

Yes, I’m back baby!

For today’s meandering musings I’m going  to revisit a topic I’m sure I’ve brushed up against before, although I’m doubly damned if I can find the particular post in which this occurred.  As the title of the post probably gives away, this is the all too common tendency to say… What if?

Sunday 17 April 2016

The Mrs speaks !

Hello dear readers.

This week, as I'm a touch under the weather,  I'm handing over the reins of this esteemed blog to a lady that long time readers may already be aware of.  I am of course talking about my good lady wife Tina. Enjoy!

So ..... Mr seated perspective has given me the permission to speak.  It's actually not very often that I get to share my opinions, after all, I am the long suffering wife of the esteemed author of this popular blog. I deserve a chance to speak though, as if I ever need permission!!.

There is a reason behind this guest post. As mentioned above Mr seated perspective is at the moment not very well, and so in order to keep up with the weekly tradition of the blog, I volunteered to guest star this week.

Long introduction I know. So down to business.

Sunday 10 April 2016

Don't Say A Prayer For Me Now

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“Boundaries are, in simple terms, the recognition of personal space.”
Asa Don Brown

Hello Dear Readers!

Well the preceding week has been a positive, productive, and all round pretty darn good week, all said.

It was marred only by my leaving my cash card at home and thus being unable to pay for my parking on Thursday. This of course was hugely embarrassing, but even that could not take the shine off a really good seven days. The only thing is, is that it has left me just a little bereft of subject matter to enthrall and confuse you, my dear readers, with.

So it is that for this week’s post I’m going to be reaching back into the mists of time. Back to the days of my callow, feckless youth, and in particular, to an encounter that left your friendly neighbourhood seated person… well, you be the judge.

Sunday 3 April 2016

Back To Basics

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Hello Dear Readers!

You may notice an extra little doo-dah at the top of this week’s post. The reason for this little addition is that this week I have joined Bloglovin, a website that collects, collates, and shares blogs. 

Sunday 27 March 2016

Back and Forth

Happy Easter Dear Readers!

Yes, it is indeed that time of year. That time of chocolate eggs, chocolate bunny rabbits, and glasses choc full to the brim of Jack and Coke.  Alright, possibly not that last one, although come to think of it…

Errm anyway, where was I. Oh yes, Easter. What else does Easter bring us? Well amongst other things, some of which I believe may be of some kind of religious significance, it affords us four whole days away from work! Jackpot!

Sunday 20 March 2016

The IDS Of March

Hello Dear Readers!

As you may have gleaned from the title of the post, I’ve chosen to dedicate this week’s post to a gentleman who will be more than familiar to those with any kind of disability. Yes folks, I am indeed going to be holding forth regarding the man, nay the legend, that is Ian Duncan Smith.

Sunday 13 March 2016

Up And Away.

Hello Dear Readers!

Before we get into the meat of this week’s post, I’d like to issue an apology, just in case this post falls below my usual lofty standards. You see, the last couple of days have seen your friendly neighbourhood seated person come down with what I can only describe as… the lurgy.

Sunday 6 March 2016

Mamma Mia!

Hello Dear Readers!

Well, we do live in interesting times. Last week saw this pokey little blog hit new numbers for readership so a big thank you dear readers for being, well, dear readers, and thank you too to those that care to share on the various social media of this world. It really is very much appreciated. That nicely got out of the way let’s move on to the main thrust of today’s humble offering which, as the title (My mother, in Italian. Mother I have arrived, in the Yorkshire dialect) probably gives away is mainly about a lady I introduced last week. 

Sunday 28 February 2016

She's Not Really All That Long Suffering

Hello Dear Readers!
Yes, it’s another Sunday night and time for yet another blog entry from your friendly neighbourhood seated person, Yay! This particular offering is rather special too, as it comes to you via the requests of not one, but two very special ladies.

Sunday 21 February 2016

Keep On Squeezing

Hello dear readers!

Those of you that have the misfortune of being regular followers of my weekly ramblings may remember that last week I touched upon those moments of serendipity where life throws up that much needed inspiration. Well this week it happened again. If I'm completely honest, right up until today I had no idea what this week's post was going to be about. Then, this very morning, I read a story that made everything crystal clear.

Sunday 14 February 2016

It's Not Just A Poorly Leg

Hello dear readers!

This week’s offering owes a lot to one of those moments of serendipity that crops up in one's life from time to time. In fact, although what follows will be posted on Sunday as per usual, the inciting event that has triggered this post occurred on Friday, which is, in fact, when I'm writing this. Confused? You will be!

Sunday 7 February 2016

New Car Smell

Hello dear readers!

You join me today after what has been a very exciting week. No, unfortunately this does not mean any offers of gainful employment. What the week has brought however is a new arrival to the Seated Perspective household. Her name is Ruby, she is only a few weeks old and she is, as the title of the post probably gives away, a car

Sunday 31 January 2016

Rude Health

Hello dear readers!

I would like to dedicate some time this week to speak up in defence of a dear friend who has fallen on hard times. This stalwart ally has been with me through some of the very worst times in my life and, although we may have had our differences over the years my life today would be nothing if it wasn't for...

Sunday 24 January 2016

Situations Vacant

Hello dear readers!

This week you join a saddened and slightly deflated seated person. The reason for this is that, just two days ago, I reluctantly said goodbye to the firm that had been supplying me with gainful employment since the end of last October.

Sunday 17 January 2016


Hello dear readers!

As I write this post last night's snow is slowly melting away, disappearing little by little as the afternoon's light fades. It is a sombre sight that seems strangely fitting at the end of a week that has seen not one, but two unexpected deaths.

 I am, of course, talking about the untimely passing of David Bowie which was quickly followed by that of Alan Rickman. Both of these tragic events seem to have touched upon the lives of a huge amount of people and social media has been swamped with memories of the work, lives, and character of both men for the last few days. All of which has led me to reflect.

Sunday 10 January 2016

Bad Language

Hello dear readers!

Life From A Seated Perspective is brought to you today by the letter I and the number two.

The reason for this is that, for this particular post, I'm going to be concentrating on two particular words (well one word and one turn of phrase really.) that really grind my gears.

Sunday 3 January 2016

Resolve Face

Hello dear readers, and a very happy new year!

Yes, it's that time again. A time of renewal. A time to reflect on the year just gone, focus on the one to come and make some real, meaningful, changes to one’s life that will ensure future health, wealth, and happiness.

Or alternatively...