Posted on 12:50pm Friday 28th August 2015
I stayed in local journalism by chance. It was a happy coincidence when just as I was about to give notice, a succession of promotions resulted in my being offered a step up.
Posted on 8:53am Friday 28th August 2015
This weeks main topic also covers my M.E section for reasons that will become clear. So, what do you see when you look at me?.... apart from the nose like a ski slope ?....Yeah okay, or the double chin, geeez you know how to make a girl feel good on a Friday morning. I’m usually described as the lady with the Pink hair, oo -er did someone just call me a lady? Thing is, I would never be described as “The disabled lady” because quite simply you can’t see it…….
Posted on 1:30pm Friday 21st August 2015
Part two of a reflection on the early days when I first became a local journalist.
Posted on 9:43am Friday 21st August 2015
After slapping my wrist for being late this morning...we can begin, So I’ve never been very good at other languages, although some days due to life and circumstances my vocabulary is so littered with effs & Jeffs you could be mistaken for thinking I’d invented Profanish. But I do love connecting with other cultures whether literally or through trying out their products…..
Posted on 1:30pm Friday 14th August 2015
For a school-leaver coming into provincial newspaper journalism, it is a very different world to the one I hesitantly and nervously embraced back in 1960.
Posted on 9:35am Friday 14th August 2015
Although I’m sure they’ll be plenty of students young and mature celebrating wonderful exam results this week, I’m guessing they’ll be quite a few sucking air at clapping eyes on the poor results staring back at them? And while the immediate reaction might be that it feels like the end of the world, truth is it really doesn’t matter, yes you heard right, in fact I’ll say it again, it does not matter…….
Posted on 1:00pm Friday 7th August 2015
There is a reassurance and a relaxation about holidaying in familiar surroundings. Mentally, I used to take my brain out upon arrival and plug it in to the switch for recharging over the fortnight.
Posted on 8:22am Friday 7th August 2015
Today I am wearing my big girl ranty pants, so take cover. I can only assume the Asda advert where they tap their bottom is referring to their standard of customer care if my mothers visits are anything to go by… & Yes I do let her out from under the floorboards, well who else is going to do the weekly shop?.....…
Posted on 1:00pm Friday 31st July 2015
There is much to be said for having an annual holiday at the same place, if you can also afford second holiday exploring other countries. We have been returning to the same village for 36 years and we are not alone.
Posted on 9:30am Friday 31st July 2015
Well, before you get comfy, along with your usual cuppa and biccies I’d bring the headache pills because you could quite possibly end up banging your head on your computer desk or palm slapping your face in disbelief at this weeks ramblings quite frankly the worlds gone barking mad,or maybe its me? You decide……..
Posted on 9:05am Friday 24th July 2015
Well there’s lots of bite size pieces of news this week so grab your coffee and your own bites and we’ll begin…. I’m a shark virgin, what there is to know about sharks? I know nothing. Many years ago I remember my mother saying “One day they’ll be sharks on our own coastline you wait and see ” but unbeknown to her and me there already was/is….30 species to be exact…holy moly EVERYBODY OUT THE WATER!..........
Posted on 9:03am Friday 17th July 2015
Well it’s all the F’s this Friday, so fill up with Frappe Coffee and fig rolls and I’ll begin…I hope you’re feeling as fantabulous as I did this week when news filtered through that the vote on reforming the Fox hunting ban had flopped. There is no room in our society for this barbaric act, it’s not a sport, pastime or given right just because some upper crust toffs feel that being human gives them superiority over all living things......
Posted on 9:04am Friday 10th July 2015
I don’t know about you, but I love books. As a grown up (debateable I know) I prefer non-fiction, but still remember many childhood books that I loved, In fact I have a copy of the very first Noddy book, its without dust jacket so not valuable in money terms but it’s priceless in sentiment. Holding the book in both hands somehow manages to take me back down memory lane. Its for the same reason I prefer vinyl & Cds over downloading…..
Posted on 9:16am Friday 3rd July 2015
Some of you might recall that three weeks ago I wrote about how Facebook had banned an Ad for this column due to the lips in this logo violating their adult content policy? Well since then they’ve agreed it was a mistake and said that I could run the Ad again. I responded that the Ad was placed for a specific week & was no longer relevant. Cue Moose Number One……..
Posted on 1:00pm Friday 26th June 2015
Perhaps my music collection could be judged narrow by some, varied by others but it is the random nature of how I stumbled across my favourites, that intrigues me.
Posted on 8:54am Friday 26th June 2015
This weeks title describes me aptly, a woman of a certain age trying to shed a few pounds & get toned. I do love food tis true, its a Hart thing, and this week I’ve been discovering things you can do with it, especially bananas, ………and don’t be making up your own jokes…..
Posted on 1:00pm Friday 19th June 2015
I spent so many hours, weeks, months and over six years converting an orchard in Limousin into a lawned garden, it was quite a wrench to leave it. But I feel fine about it now.
Posted on 8:50am Friday 19th June 2015
I’m writing this weeks column from the naughty step as it seems I owe you all an apology. Those of you with a sensitive disposition look away now, apparently I’ve been posting up adult content of an excessively sexual, suggestive and provocative nature…..oo- er feed me to the lions. You’re probably asking “Where’s this content?” well go on….ask……
Posted on 1:00pm Friday 12th June 2015
It is not original for a columnist to write a column about not knowing what to write about. Almost certainly that is because it has happened to others frequently over the years. The thought-processes involved are often quite bizarre, I suspect.
Posted on 9:05am Friday 12th June 2015
Grab your coffee and ya custard creams and I’ll begin this weeks menegarie. Now I don’t know about you, but whilst on a day to day basis I consider myself a pretty tough cookie, when it comes to the dentist or hospital stuff I’d gladly let someone whack me around the head with a very large frying pan if it meant that I’d be totally knocked out…although that’s not an invitation. But how would you fancy staying awake and singing your way through brain surgery?....oh, and playing the guitar of course?.............
Posted on 1:20pm Friday 5th June 2015
I am up to my waist in pond water while Ellie is poking about in the local, communal dusting trying to retrieve an envelope for the bank, using an elongated claw. It is all part of the hectic life of retirees.
Posted on 9:04am Friday 5th June 2015
You might be mistaken into thinking with a title like Wacky N Wonderful, this weeks column is about me?…..well the wacky bit anyway? Alas no, it’s about some of the things I’ve found on my perusal around the net this week that I thought I’d share with you. If you like it I might even make it a regular feature, so let me know. First up, what’s big, green, musical & will set you back £15.000?......
Posted on 1:20pm Friday 29th May 2015
I was stunned by a sign inviting us into an eatery offering the choice of five "traditional British lunches". It did not take rocket science to note that two were Italian and one an Indian dish.
Posted on 9:19am Friday 29th May 2015
I don’t own an all singing dancing phone and have no desire to, just like I have no desire to be uploading posts to social media about my every bowel movement over the day from different parts of the country just because technology dictates I can. At the end of the day it’s about choice. Is it the phone that’s the problem or the person using it? Just because it’s called a Smartphone doesn’t necessarily mean it’s owner can boast the same pedigree? ……& before you go combustingly red and start spitting weetabix at the screen please note I said necessarily, meaning this may not apply to you…….necessarily?
Posted on 1:00pm Friday 22nd May 2015
There are various eras in one's life and I cam to the end of one last week as I approached my 74th birthday feeling distinctly exhausted. I love working outside but the time has come to ease back the throttle.
Posted on 8:56am Friday 22nd May 2015
Columns a tad longer than usual this week so you might want an extra-large cuppa? I’ve sat for over an hour trying to find the right words to start; but there are no right words. Something happened that has changed my families life forever. I’m uncomfortable talking about it so publicly, but I’ve always been honest with you by sharing the good, the bad and uglies of daily life, I’d just never bargained on my brothers death being part of that honesty…….
Posted on 1:00pm Friday 15th May 2015
Car boot sales go by a different name in France, which means Empty Attic. This principle remains the same although even when you are asking half a euro for something, they still attempt to knock down the price.
Posted on 1:00pm Friday 8th May 2015
Some old timers try Sudoku or crossroads to keep their minds active. John and I, at 75 and soon to be 74 respectively, keep our brains active by a form of memory-tennis.
Posted on 8:23pm Monday 4th May 2015
I "wasted" £109 on a back-up flight back to the UK in case the air-traffic controllers walked out again. They didn't and so I tried to change the flight for a later date. That was a shock when I tackled the Ryanair website and found it far from helpful.
Posted on 8:11am Friday 1st May 2015
So what’s your idea of local? Pub? make mine a large one, don’t mind if I do, thank-you very much.? There was a time Local meant things were practically on your doorstep, but even a marathon runner would have trouble keeping up by todays standards……..
Posted on 12:50pm Friday 24th April 2015
Anyone who has had a dog, particularly for a number of years, will know the hole it leaves when you have to part with him. But do dog feel a similar loss?
Posted on 8:16am Friday 24th April 2015
Have you been enjoying the heat? We Brits never seem to be satisfied do we? It’s too hot, too cold, the heat gives us a headache & the cold plays havoc with our bladder? Talking of which, were you getting bladdered & slaying dragons yesterday in honour of St Georges Day?....Did you even remember or care?.......
Posted on 12:50pm Friday 17th April 2015
Do dogs have a similar outlook on the essentials of life as do humans? What do they do when we are out? What do they dream about and what causes when to semi-bark and whine in their sleep? As a dog owner you have theories but they cannot be any more than that.
Posted on 7:34am Friday 17th April 2015
Its been a week Of Super, Super NOT, Super Brilliant and Super Ouch!....oh and not forgetting Super Sunny. There’s nothing like exposing your bits in the prospect of some Vitamin D …….However there are those that shouldn’t expose the amount of bits that they do, puts me right off my lunch…..Milk of magnesia anyone?.......
Posted on 1:00pm Friday 10th April 2015
Why did we feel rested and relaxed after a two-week break in Spain? After all, we are retired, so where is the strain? However, our trip did not get off to the bets of starts.
Posted on 8:06am Friday 10th April 2015
If you’re sat comfy with your coffee and cornflakes I’ll begin?...although please try to crunch quietly. So, it’s been an eventful week, well, for someone with ME that is. Having uploaded my latest track TEARS to the BBC I had an email a few days later from producer Ollie Bayliss inviting me as music artist Mama Chill on to Nesta McGregors Sunday night show…
Posted on 9:00am Sunday 5th April 2015
Why did he go? Who caused the rift? Can Harry Styles and the rest continue without him? Will Perrie go through with the marriage? And what will Zayn do next?
Posted on 1:00pm Friday 3rd April 2015
We know security is vital when dealing with banks but when, you inform them of your intentions to transfer a few thousand pounds in order to pay for a car, and tell two departments twice, you do not expect the transfer to be halted 24 hours later because of fears over fraud.
Posted on 8:19am Friday 3rd April 2015
Due to the pain & stiffness of my earth vehicle ie: body, it takes a while to get everything moving in the morning before I’m able to get out of bed, so while I lie there doing my best Frankenstein impression I often amuse myself with random life questions like, while people tuck into their chocolate eggs I wonder how many know Why Good Friday was called Good Friday & not Ruuuuubish Friday Or Mediocre Friday? ..........
Posted on 7:00am Sunday 29th March 2015
I had a call last week from a Mrs Jo Beale, mum to Grace, four, and Emma, ten, who has special needs
Posted on 1:50pm Friday 27th March 2015
We flew back to England for a friend's birthday celebration. She chose to enjoy a weekend in the Cotswolds, hired a seen-bedroom house and we chewed the cud, drank a lot of wine. We also walked across country for lunch and a few pints of real ale and sampled the leisurely life UK-style.
Posted on 8:28am Friday 27th March 2015
It’s Friday already, grab the chocolate digestives, and pull up a chair. There seems to be an enormous amount of doom and gloom around at the moment so with that in mind, I thought I would concentrate this weeks main feature on something light hearted that will hopefully raise a few smiles and lift spirits if only for a short while.....
Posted on 9:37am Wednesday 25th March 2015
This was a horrible attack, but there are those who are seeking to turn this into something else - into a sign football has sunk back into its violent old ways.
Posted on 1:00pm Friday 20th March 2015
French bureaucracy is unwieldy at best and if your put business their way, they love it if it straightforward. Any complication and really, they would rather not bother. It took 12 or more phone calls to insure a car and most of them involved chasing them up because they had not bothered to phone back.
Posted on 8:08am Friday 20th March 2015
Good Morning, grab your hard hat and I’ll begin. As some of you will know, when it comes to the council and their choice of contractors, competence is something that’s often missing. From past experience lack of training, lack of understanding English, lack of a brain or all three have resulted in floods, walls knocked down, damaged property to name but a few, so it will come as no surprise that the news they want to come & fit a new boiler is filling me with trepidation.........
Posted on 12:00pm Friday 13th March 2015
The vista looking across The Pond towards Monmouth House was one of the few things to savour from yesteryear. However, Town Hall planners, having spoilt it back in the early 70s, have gone a step further and at what cost. Soon they will achieve what is presumably the ultimate ideal: make Watford look anonymous.
Posted on 7:56am Friday 13th March 2015
So after last weeks flippant comment that I just had a simple cold…..karma waved it’s magic wand and turned it into flu , anyone would think I had shares in kitchen towel, it shouldn’t be possible for a nose to run THAT much. Unfortunately being the caring sharing daughter I am, my mother has also joined me in the world of flu-dom..... .