New year resolution by Angela Caldin

I understand that the people who make new year resolutions generally make them about losing weight, adopting a more healthy lifestyle, cutting down on alcohol, taking more exercise or a combination of all four of these. Like many others, I resolved on 1 January to lose some weight by cutting down on fattening food such as biscuits, cakes, pies and pastries, at the same time enjoying low calorie healthy salads, lean meat and vegetables. In my mind’s eye, I saw a slimmer me, glowing with health, emerging by about the end of… Read More

The Really Simple Guide to Losing Weight by Angela Caldin

Diets I have Known I’m on a diet. Again. And there, dear reader, is the rub. That ‘again’ is the pivotal word that makes it abundantly clear that all those other diets didn’t work, otherwise I wouldn’t be on a diet. Again. My first diet occurred after my third child’s birth, before and after which I had blown up to resemble a barrage balloon and drastic measures to achieve deflation were clearly needed. I chose Weightwatchers, mainly because I had heard of it and there were convenient meetings just at the end… Read More

A Word of Goodbye! By Trevor Plumbly

When you get past three score and ten, you start to consider the shuffling off process a bit more seriously; it tends to focus your mind a bit when the funerals you go to are for friends rather than elderly relatives. Conversations with old friends (both senses) often include the previously unthinkable, that some of us will conk out in a relatively short period and all of us eventually. What’s interesting is the difference in attitudes: some refuse to even consider the prospect of death as if not discussing it will delay… Read More

I GIVE UP! By Trevor Plumbly

My world seems full of people giving up stuff lately: coffee, tea, cheese, red meat, even booze! And they’re all so bloody proud of it; the slightest gap in the conversation and they’ll spout out that whatever they’ve been happily chomping or swigging for years hasn’t passed their lips for months. It’s a bit too much for me – I don’t want to be left out of this orgy of healthy abstinence, but at the same time, I don’t fancy spending my remaining time feeling threatened by stuff I’ve enjoyed for ages…. Read More