Happy Birthday To Me! By Trevor Plumbly

On the morning of September 18th 2006, I rose out of bed a little more tentatively than normal. I was now 65 years old and it was time for a bit of a stock take. A glance in the mirror confirmed hair loss, teeth intact and the basics of the old chiselled features discernible, dimly, but nevertheless discernible. Sadly that didn’t extend south. The beer, pies and fish and chips had sent in their account and my waistline had paid in full. Turning sideways I drew in a deep breath in an… Read More

It’s Not Me, It’s You by Emily Smart

I am not happy. In fact I am decidedly unhappy. Whilst having a brief look at my eighty four Facebook friends last week – eighty four, that doesn’t sound very many, should I have more, some people have hundreds – I noticed that at least 3 were missing. I have been de-friended, without so much as an argument, an ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ conversation, or even a farewell note. How rude is that?! I updated my FB status that day and mentioned my sorrow and bewilderment at the loss and received… Read More

Shouldn’t You Be Working?

Welcome to verbalberbal.com. This is the blog of two OAPs and a big lass. We love writing, talking, and generally chewing the cud. Have a look at our ABOUT and US pages for more information. In the meantime, we have been busy writing some stuff-and-nonsense for you to sit down with a cuppa and (hopefully) enjoy. If you like it, share it with your mates. If you don’t like it, share it with your friends anyway. You can find us on Facebook, our page is called (wait for it) Verbalberbal. Give us the thumbs up… Read More

Manners Makyth Man and Woman by Angela Caldin

It was William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester, who took as his motto “Manners makyth Man” as long ago as the fourteenth century.  His chosen maxim was fairly revolutionary at the time as it implied that good manners, including adherence to norms of politeness and good conduct are what distinguish someone and make them a rounded, attractive and successful individual.  The words meant that an individual is defined, not by birth, money, or property, but by how he or she behaves towards other people. The maxim seems to have worked for William,… Read More