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Charlie On The Hunt: Bella

Charlie On The Hunt: Bella

During this second lockdown, I have been working hard on my third novel. “CHARLIE ON THE HUNT.” Each chapter is about a different character and only at the end does it all tie in… That’s all I am revealing for now.   An extract from BELLA   While clubbing, I spotted a girl I used …

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Champion of the Universe

Champion of the Universe

She phones him the moment she returns home, and explains, with a few huffs and puffs, how she endured twenty minutes in a busy café for her date to show up and then walked away.   ‘All men are only after one thing! And that’s to get into your brooks!’ he says, agitation evident in …

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A Personal Declaration on Proudly Being an Introvert

A Personal Declaration on Proudly Being an Introvert

Recently, I attended a dinner party. Due to social distancing, thank god!, there were only four of us.   Oh! Hold on a second… I am reminded of a quote I came across the other day, “To all the genuine introverts who still aren’t showing up even when all the social engagements have moved online…” …

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Is There Any Point to a Poor-Quality Relationship?

Is There Any Point to a Poor-Quality Relationship?

If everyone read “Lying”, a small book, an easy read written by Sam Harris, humanity would be in a better position to thrive.   This is a second post where I refer to “Lying”, one of the best non-fiction books I’ve read in my lifetime. Do yourself and everyone else a favour and read it! …

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Singledom VS Coupledom

Singledom VS Coupledom

A close friend of mine in a long-term relationship has struggled over the years. The downs have been cataclysmic but then the highs have been soul-defining, she vulnerably expressed to me, openly sharing her emotions. Something I always admired about her and took pleasure in witnessing her bravery. How she naturally exposed herself, never worrying …

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Sail your own boat

Sail your own boat

One of the dearest people in my life spent the weekend with me in London. A different London: feeling the sleepiness of the pandemic, wearing masks on public transport, in and out of shops and only being able to sit outside some restaurants and cafes.   While sipping oat milk cappuccinos at Pret in Leicester …

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Ah, look at all the lonely people

Ah, look at all the lonely people

A dearest friend living on his own in an exotic island intensely struggled through the lockdown. A lockdown more oppressive than the UK, but perhaps not as draconian as South Africa… This post is dedicated to people who believe they are alone, feel lonely; to help those discover their worth in a lonely world. The …

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The Golden Rule in Life

The Golden Rule in Life

The golden rule, according to many religions/cultures, is profoundly simple.   Christianity: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Gospel of Matthew 22, 36-40).   Buddhism: “Whatever is disagreeable to yourself, do not do unto others” (The Buddha, Udana-Varga 5.18).   In a famous …

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Codex Gigas

Codex Gigas

Someone close to me, living abroad, mentioned she’d been listening to a podcast on the Codex Gigas. The Codex Gigas? I asked. The Devil’s Bible. No, I admitted, I hadn’t heard of it.   What the devil are… the Dearest Devil’s Ten Commandments? She laughed. No, it’s not that sort of transcript. How disappointing, I …

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WHY DID YOU MARRY YOUR SPOUSE?

WHY DID YOU MARRY YOUR SPOUSE?

The state the world is in right now is perfect for self-reflection.   In the UK domestic abuse has increased. People have murdered their spouses and committed suicide due to the fear caused by COVID-19 pandemic.   Time for Truth!   Returning to a value I admire in others and embrace above anything else, I …

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I believe I have the right to…

I believe I have the right to…

I believe I have the right to think and say the wrong things. I believe your remedy for that should be to argue with me or to ignore me. And that I should have the same remedy for the wrong things that I believe you think.   I believe that you have the absolute right …

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A Clear & Transparent Strategy May Help, Boris!

A Clear & Transparent Strategy May Help, Boris!

Boris Johnson used endless superfluous words, meaningless without a clear and transparent strategy when he addressed the nation last night and placed the entire country into lockdown.     biggest threat this country has faced for decades devastating impact of this invisible killer fight the disease moment of real danger vital to slow the spread …

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Warning: Coronavirus is murder

Warning: Coronavirus is murder

I feel like breaking out in song… Go, Leonard Cohen. “I’ve seen the future, baby it is murder” Resistance is futile when it comes to such ludicrousness! Seriously, People, calm the fuck down and use common sense when it comes to a new virus. Check the facts! “…the virus is not nearly as deadly as …

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Do You Know You’re in Love?

Do You Know You’re in Love?

The Angry Therapist on Psychology Today wrote an interesting article called This Is How You Know You’re in Love. I include a paragraph that made me sit up straighter and pay attention. Profound on many levels; however, so obviously simple at the same time.   There is a difference between feeling love for someone (caring …

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