My Coronadiary 26/03/2020 – Acid Nights

I’ve just finished my last night shift with Morrison’s until Sunday. Despite my reservations, I loved it. Working as part of an extremely busy team with excellent people helped make the time fly by.  Night shifts are, basically though, the work equivalent of dropping acid. To that end, I have some questions and observations: Can …

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My Coronadiary 24/03/2020 – Lockdown Lite

To set the scene, it’s 3pm and I’m lazing in my garden, resplendently attired in speedos and silk kimono whilst basking in the sunshine like an albino elephant seal that’s just broken into Liberace’s boudoir. I suffer from insomnia during normal “sleeping” hours, so working night shifts has really messed with my head. I now …

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Don’t Let Enforced Downtime Become Enforced Down Time

I wish I had loads of hilarious shelf-stacking anecdotes after my first night shift at Morrison’s, but because everyone was so busy from the minute we started work at 10pm to the final whistle at 7am, nothing of note happened apart from lots of hard graft. Nothing apart from on arrival that is. I waited …

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COVID-19 – The Indiscriminate Assassin

During one of my final (normal) appointment’s yesterday (Friday 20th March) I had the privilege to speak with an overworked intensive care doctor. I won’t post what he told me about COVID-19 as we should all try and remain as positive (but vigilant) as possible. However, his words regarding the pathology of this virus were …

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The REAL Reason Why Springsteen’s “Western Stars” Is So Great

I adore Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen; I love his music and I respect him immensely as a person. However, in choosing “Western Stars” as my album of the year, I now have a problem… how to review it! You see, I’m just a “normal” fan and Bruce is one of the few artists whose obsessive followers …

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Sticks & Stones Might Still Break Our Bones, But Now The Words Are Killing Us

I’ll start by saying that I had no real affinity for Caroline Flack. I rarely watch Strictly Come Dancing, have never watched Love Island, and only discovered who she was due to the press and social media coverage about her forthcoming assault trial. But, because of my firsthand battles with the black dog, her back …

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2019 – The Acoustic Egg Box Top 30 Albums Of The Year

I know, I know, it’s virtually the end of January 2020 and I’m only just publishing my review of 2019. I could invent many excuses for its lateness, but in truth, I’ve just been too drunk and too lazy. So, for the two of you who have been patiently waiting for this nonsense, please accept …

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9/11 – Why Gods Aren’t Great

As an atheist, people sometimes ask me why I hate god. The answer is easy: I don’t. I can’t hate something that doesn’t exist, but I do hate the lunatics who torture, maim and kill in its many names. Lunchtime in the Virgin Records offices where I worked was a surreal experience on 11th September 2001. Along …

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Hey Kids! Exams Are The Failures, Not You

The exam results silly season is upon us. I keep hearing horror stories in which children are suffering from severe mental strain because of the pressure to achieve. As a parent, I find this heartbreaking. Life is only just beginning for these youngsters and they should enjoy every waking minute, but the burden to perform …

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Goodbye Salary, Hello Freedom!

  On 1st August 2019,  I’m leaving the world of employment to set up a freelance sales agency. Combining over thirty years of sales experience with a passion for writing, I also have ambitions to become a copywriter. As part of my master plan, I’m now in the middle of a Copywriting Diploma. I owe a …

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