Category Archives: rants

Sonnet Written in Shock

The grief at yet more crazy killing is ripe to explode from me in words. How  could any human being inflict such terror city-wide? What do they want, these murderers? No adequate adjectives exist in any language to express revulsion … Continue reading

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Shopping with Jock

for Octpowrimo Day 3 Physical dilapidation mental capacity in reduction freedom of choice in diminution mobile liberty deprivation all contribute to my frustration shame at my grumpy lack of appreciation of all that he’s obliged to do for me guilt … Continue reading

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When?

When did people stop dying and start passing? And why? When did children stop losing hair-ribbons and start loosing them? When did verbs such as will and shall, can and could, would and should, all become confused? Grammarly gives the whys … Continue reading

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Exhortation – Wordle 215

Friends, enemies and the rest, I beseech you to make a bridge across the pond to carry the dispossessed to safety. Be generous with your money to help feed poor refugees. The DNA in their cells is human, like ours. … Continue reading

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6-word-Saturday

The World’s in a Sorry State I won’t add to the misery by posting pictures of the thousands of refugees (I refuse to call them migrants) risking all in the  struggle to break free from IS.  You’ve all seen them. … Continue reading

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Lament for lost loves

Debilitating depression over disappearing dexterity  – erstwhile talent down the drain. Those tasks I used to do with ease like thread a needle, pin a seam: disaster, all  gone sour on me. Diminishing dexterity makes discords in the music: piano given … Continue reading

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Deauville to Newcastle

Travel broadens the bum and narrows the tolerance (Hurry up and wait, Hurry up and wait) leads to somewhere, you hope (Hurry up and wait, Hurry up and wait) in God’s good time if there’s no headwind  so the plane is … Continue reading

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6-word-Saturday

The dreaded computer lurgy returns AGAIN I seem to spend a lot of my time combating  problems with my computer, and this time it is the monolithic Microsoft that I am fighting.   Having very nearly finished working on a 32 … Continue reading

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Hassle and Hooray

I have spent the entire morning online and on the phone, arranging a visit to UK to see Sally and family.  Airline and Train sites make it appallingly difficult to make a do-able booking.  For a start, I usually fly … Continue reading

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Wild Again, not Beguiled Again – an ecological rant.

I am fit to be tied!  A few weeks ago, just as the wild flowers were getting going in the roadside bank below the house, the village maintenance man sprayed the verges with herbicide.   I gritted my teeth and … Continue reading

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Microsoft I Despise You

After the traumas and expense of the mid-April laptop debacle, MS has done it again.  Yesterday morning Lappyy was on strike again.  Updates had caused it to crash.  A couple of hours work and I had managed to restore some semblance of … Continue reading

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And so it goes…

May is usually my favourite month (if it isn’t April or September…   But there is one drawback:  Déclaration de Révenue (or Income Tax return) is done in May.  It’s bad enough when all the documents you need are to … Continue reading

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Napo and PAD Day 7 … bad news

Malaevolent spirits have emptied the hard disk of my laptop destroyed all my files  poems and pictures, and removed all the software.  It is dead. The nice young man tells me this is the third he’s had like this in the last week, despite … Continue reading

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A Prayer

O God of mercy, where’s your heart to let your people suffer so? Start to put our house in order please. It shouldn’t be so very hard for you, who made the earth, the trees the birds, the beasts and … Continue reading

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Wordle 195 – Resolve

It makes no sense to condemn a person for religion, race or gender. Such intolerance can render the world intolerable for all. The bigot’s list is endless and leaves a nasty smell. Violence generates more violence out of fear or … Continue reading

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