My Long life, hopes and dreams on Census Day

Today is Census Day in the UK.

I’m quite sure you know that it takes place every 10 years and that the official line is it’s to help organisations make future plans for services such as transport, education and healthcare.

My own opinion is that it’s slightly more involved than that and that its purposes are not quite so wholesome. However, as you know, I prefer to avoid politics on my blog as they make me quite cross – and I’m cross enough already.

So instead of delving into all that I’d like to tell you about a memory from my childhood.Continue reading “My Long life, hopes and dreams on Census Day”

Another long day, another kick in the teeth

This morning I received an automated email in response to an opportunity I had put my heart and soul in to trying to make mine.

The computer said no.  Again.

It wasn’t a surprise really.  After all, who’d want a fat, old, ugly past-it like me?!

Today is International Women’s Day and we are surrounded by tales of celebration and posts of despair.  

Whichever you’re feeling, and the circumstances you’re dealing with, the fact is that is inequality is still very much real and part of daily life for most women.  

And if that wasn’t bad enough, it seems that the difficulties increase and how we feel about them become more and more intense, the older we become.

Long stories from my bookcase

Hello my lovelies.  Long time no see!

You might remember that in my previous post I said I was stopping blogging for a while because I needed to focus on trying to live a better life.  Well, after that, I started out with the best of intentions but, in retrospect, it wasn’t right; I was trying too hard and I was attempting to fix the wrong things.  Life hasn’t got any better, despite my efforts, and I’ve realised that I should have stuck with my writing because it’s my one constant in life; it’s what I do best and it’s the place where I am absolutely able to be myself.

As someone who is anti-social, anti-idiot, introverted, call it what you will, putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard is my salvation.  It’s my way of getting things off my ever-growing and sagging chest.  And, most importantly, when I’m writing, I really love the person that I am and I believe that the things I have to say are completely valid.

Today is World Book Day.  And that got me thinking.  Like a lot of relationships in my life, my connection with books hasn’t always been comfortable or beautiful.  But books, unlike blokes, blood relations or barmy mates, are more reliable and less likely to smack me in the face, or shout at me, or tell me what a lump of shit I am.  With a book I can choose to enter a world I like the look of.  But it’s equally easy to leave if it’s not treating me well.