Strange in the Sticks

There’s no denying towns and cities have their share of the weird people and places, but I believe if you want a full dose of strangeness the countryside is the place to go. Many years ago I read a short yet sincere email in FHM magazine where a European visitor asked a question about London.…

Dear Humans…

Dear Human beings, I’ve decided to start the new year with a complaint. Whilst I don’t consider myself to be perfect, I feel I am nowhere near the same level as some of you on the Moron Scale. That statement does not stem from arrogance, it is simply a fact. I am neither a young…

Does winter make people angry?

This year good ole Blighty was blessed with a hot summer that eased gracefully into autumn. Leaves transformed into a kaleidoscope of lush golds and vivid reds. The aroma of fireworks and frosty mornings carried on the crisp breeze. Sounds delightful doesn’t it? The changing season ushers in an atmosphere of anticipation of what winter…

50 things to do before you’re 11¾!

How adventurous was your childhood? Was every day an action packed bonanza of thrills and spills, exciting expeditions into caves, lakes, rivers, forests? Did you catch frogs? Make dens? Build dams across streams? Climb trees? Play outside until it was too dark to see without a torch? Or did you spend too much time indoors,…

How to use life’s pause button.

Every now and then it’s good to hit the pause button on life and take a look around. Think of it as calling a cease-fire so you can raise your head above the ramparts and check how things are going. Are you winning? Losing? Maintaining the status quo? For the “glass is half empty” folks…

What if you’re the last one left?

Imagine you’re living in a world without people. The how and why aren’t important. Choose your apocalypse if it helps fuel your imagination – zombies, deadly virus, alien mass abduction, Biblical event, dimensional rift in space/time – whatever floats your boat. You’re alone in a silent city. All those background noises you’ve taken for granted…