After retiring from audiology some years ago, Susan’s finding life’s pretty good with lots of time to do what she likes. That includes walking, reading, having coffee with friends, and a bit of activism thrown in. Also, day by day doing her best not to worry too much over the many threats to our gorgeous planet.
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Meet Trevor. He’s had quite a colourful career, from his early days as a pub manager in Tunbridge Wells he went on to become Dunedin’s leading auctioneer. Trevor is a published author and was something of a TV personality in the 1980s as a regular panellist on a show about antiques.
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Emily is very loud, and has really bad taste in cheesy pop music. When not at work flogging goods to the public via advertising and marketing campaigns, she can be found hiding from her partner and children at the local pub. If you’re easily offended or don’t appreciate the constant use of profanities, then you probably shouldn’t read Emily’s posts. You have been warned!
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Angela has had many roles in her life including: schoolgirl, student, daughter, friend, civil servant, wife, lover, mother, manager, magistrate, landlady, teacher, grandmother, blogger, editor and proofreader.
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On 23 June 2016, the UK voted by a small majority of 52% to leave the European Union. In the three weeks since this rather unexpected result, the nation has experienced a number of equally unexpected happenings: the prime minister, David Cameron, has resigned, leaving to others the task of clearing up the mess he has so cavalierly created; the idea that he might lose the referendum having apparently not occurred to him the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, has not resigned though most of his fellow MPs sincerely wish he… Read More
A bad marriage? The great exit didn’t come as much of a surprise to me, or (much to Emily’s chagrin) that bigger disappointment. In terms of social services, England’s been bursting at the seams for some years, so something had to give. It’s all very well and good for Scotland and Northern Ireland to protest, but both have little or no overpopulation worries; therefore they largely escaped the stress caused by the huge influx of foreign workers and refugees adding to an already strained job market. It could be argued that the… Read More
Re-collections We all gather bits and pieces around us albeit for different reasons: as reminders, as a result of the lure of collecting or because of the somewhat false security of being surrounded by a lot of stuff. Pam and I qualify on all counts; most of our shelves are filled with stuff ranging from pure tat to quite valuable nick-nacks, some with a story attached, others just fixtures. My early years were spent in homes that didn’t have ornaments so it’s natural, to me anyway, that I’m a bit overprotective towards… Read More
These words have been bandied about on a daily basis over the past few weeks as we build up to the referendum tomorrow. It occurred to me today to think about what they mean in the context of the UK and of the EU. Democracy The Cambridge dictionary defines democracy as ‘the belief in freedom and equality between people, or a system of government based on this belief, in which power is either held by elected representatives or directly by the people themselves’. This makes me wonder what kind of democracy we… Read More
Making a meal of it I’ve reached the conclusion (somewhat late in life) that celebrity chefs are a social disease. Like many people, I yearn to have a go and rollick around the kitchen, nonchalantly tossing exotic odds and sods into pots and pans, then presenting the creation to astonished guests. But if you’re three parts blind like me and ham-fisted, life is not like it is on telly. It’s all very well for Nigella and Jamie; they’ve probably got half a dozen lackeys out back pre-cooking the stuff, while they ponce… Read More