Favourite corner: A sneaky peek and a shameless daughter

This is where I write. The picture shows a corner of my study, or office. It’s my favourite corner, if one can have a favourite corner. Of the 4 corners, it’s definitely the best one. It contains all the essentials: PC, clock, pens, glasses, coaster (for tea, coffee or gin, obviously) and a number of …
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Just pause it: Don’t be an organised idiot like me!

So, I was working a night shift last week and I went to the vending machine to get some apple juice. I used my debit card, put it back into my top pocket, grabbed my apple juice and sat playing silly games on my phone on my break for an hour. I then went back …
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How to choose your last, ever, meal…

Firstly, the rules: Don’t worry about your waist line – for whatever reason (you’ll be shot at dawn for stealing a pig?), it’s your last meal. No one will see you tomorrow, let’s be honest, so if you have to keep the top button on your jeans undone, then so be it. Don’t worry if …
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It needs to be more regular

I’m rubbish at Twitter, now. In a previous incarnation, I Tweeted several times a week. Granted, it wasn’t the least bit interesting, but at least it was regular. That’s the thing with social media: It needs to be regular. Back in the day (we’re talking 15 years ago) my life was very different. I had …
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The 3 best ways to cheer yourself up

1. Relax and clear your mind of all things stressy – be it personal stress, work stress or the world’s stress (and there’s been plenty of that recently). Make yourself comfortable. For me, that’s either in bed, on the sofa or at my desk. Bearing in mind the next bit involves writing implements, I’d choose …
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The five good (and five bad) lock down novels

So, we’ve had a year, on and off, of lock down and it’s mostly been bloody awful (except the lack of traffic driving to and from work which has been amazing). Working where I do, the whole Covid thing has proved very, very upsetting at times. The changes that staff have had to make in …
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