In Training (Fandango’s Flashback Friday)

Yay, it is Friday again, and Fandango has just published his Flashback Friday post. The idea is that he picks a post from this day in a previous year, to give newer readers a better insight into what makes him tick.

I have always liked that idea, so shall also post my own reminiscence. As much as anything, it reminds me of where I was, where I am now, and how far I have come. Hopefully, you will find it entertaining along the way.

Oh, and thank you to Jennifer at Paperkutzs for allowing me to use her image.


Actually, I’m glad I found this post again, bucause it is a pretty good sit-rep of how I’m left after the stroke. I might add it to the menu on the top, although I notice it leaves out my eyes.

In Training

Somebody posted on WP the other day, an aspect was how people needed to laugh at themselves. So, I felt inspired… For me, following the stroke, it was not quite learning to laugh, but learning to shrug. Things are what they are, and if I can’t manage something, I have two choices, either accept it, … Continue reading “In Training”

Odd (Fandango’s Flashback Friday)

Yay, it is Friday again, and Fandango has just published his Flashback Friday post. The idea is that he picks a post from this day in a previous year, to give newer readers a better insight into what makes him tick.

I have always liked that idea, so shall also post my own reminiscence. As much as anything, it reminds me of where I was, where I am now, and how far I have come. Hopefully, you will find it entertaining along the way.

Oh, and thank you to Jennifer at Paperkutzs for allowing me to use her image.


No explanation required this week, you will all just be nodding in agreement. From last year.

Odd

I’ve been out these last few days, so took the opportunity today to catch up on some laundry. I’m quite lucky these days in that I get through sufficiently few clothes, I can get by with a launder every couple of weeks. My bedsheet was a bit smelly, so I decided to wash that today. … Continue reading “Odd”

Kindle (Fandango’s Flashback Friday)

Yay, it is Friday again, and Fandango has just published his Flashback Friday post. The idea is that he picks a post from this day in a previous year, to give newer readers a better insight into what makes him tick.

I have always liked that idea, so shall also post my own reminiscence. As much as anything, it reminds me of where I was, where I am now, and how far I have come. Hopefully, you will find it entertaining along the way.

Oh, and thank you to Jennifer at Paperkutzs for allowing me to use her image.


I found a gem of a post this week. The trouble is, unless you’re me, you might not appreciate it. October 2017 – about eighteen months post-stroke – and I was taking my first tentative steps back into reading, this with a Kindle.

Three years later, my reading has evolved to mostly audio. That’s just the easiest medium. It reinforces the availability of gadgetry, where a few years ago, it would have just been a case of “tough shit”.

According to the post, I’d picked up an old book about the Spanish Civil War, so here is a challenge for any American readers – go find out about it, and see if you can identify any similarities with the US, today. In particular, the polarisation of Spainish politics immediately prior.

Reading is a touchy subject for me because quite often, I see the view – sometimes even read in blog posts – that reading is the fount of all knowledge and wisdom. And, by extension, that anybody who doesn’t read is dumb. I wish there was a greater understanding of the difference between choose not to and is unable to. But that’s just me, on my high horse again.

Photo of an elderly man. He is sitting by a window, in front of a computer, reading from a pad of paper

Kindles

When I was healthy I used to love to read. Favourite genres were biography, history and general non-fiction. As my eyesight got worse, and particularly since the stroke, abstaining has just become something I live with. Recently I have found some books that I want to read, so have been making an effort. so last … Continue reading “Kindles”

Ignorant (Fandango’s Flashback Friday)

Yay, it is Friday again, and Fandango has just published his Flashback Friday post. The idea is that he picks a post from this day in a previous year, to give newer readers a better insight into what makes him tick.

I have always liked that idea, so shall also post my own reminiscence. As much as anything, it reminds me of where I was, where I am now, and how far I have come. Hopefully, you will find it entertaining along the way.

Oh, and thank you to Jennifer at Paperkutzs for allowing me to use her image.


This is a musical interlude from last year. I’ve found out more about Percy Grainger since then. He was an Australian who ended up in the USA, and apparently this is one of his most famous pieces, along with Country Garden (which every schoolboy surely knows).

I’m a few days out today but I figured that the tune was worth a reblog. Here’s the link again to save you having to click through.

Ignorant

I’ve had a productive last hour, looking on YouTube for some music I might use in upcoming posts. Did anybody ever hear of Percy Grainger? Okay, faintly. Molly on the Shore? Not a chance! But you know how YouTube auto-plays things? Well, it decided to play this for me, after the song I was searching … Continue reading “Ignorant”

Reuben (Fandango’s Friday Flashback)

Yay, it is Friday again, and Fandango has just published his Friday Flashback post. The idea is that he picks a post from this day in a previous year, to give newer readers a better insight into what makes him tick.

I have always liked that idea, so shall also post my own reminiscence. As much as anything, it reminds me of where I was, where I am now, and how far I have come. Hopefully, you will find it entertaining along the way.

Oh, and thank you to Jennifer at Paperkutzs for allowing me to use her image.


This is from last year. One of our cats is called Reuben, and this post records his exploits over just one day. Reuben is… proficient, but that same cat curled up next to me in bed at 6AM this morning, purring loudly.

Pharmacy Blunders (Fandango’s Friday Flashback)

Yay, it is Friday again, and Fandango has just published his Friday Flashback post. The idea is that he picks a post from this day in a previous year, to give newer readers a better insight into what makes him tick.

I have always liked that idea, so shall also post my own reminiscence. As much as anything, it reminds me of where I was, where I am now, and how far I have come. Hopefully, you will find it entertaining along the way.

Oh, and thank you to Jennifer at Paperkutzs for allowing me to use her image.


Two years ago, I recounted the time when my local pharmacy messed up. /the thing that annoyed me was that rather than showing any interest in correcting the problem, in making things better, they doubled-down.

We bemoan the fact that societies are becoming increasingly litigious, but I think that when bodies refuse to improve voluntarily, the only way to ensure they improve at all is by hitting their bank balance.

Photo of a pharmacy sign. A pigeon is sitting on the sign.

Pharmacy Blunders

This morning, a friend of mine had posted a story he’d picked up from the BBC. Some pharmacy (in the UK) had issued a chap with the wrong meds, the chap subsequently died. A similar thing happened to me once. It was only because I check all my meds as they arrive that I spotted … Continue reading “Pharmacy Blunders”

Me (Fandango’s Friday Flashback)

Yay, it is Friday again, and Fandango has just published his Friday Flashback post. The idea is that he picks a post from this day in a previous year, to give newer readers a better insight into what does and doesn’t make him tick.

I have always liked that idea, so shall also post my own reminiscence. As much as anything, it reminds me of where I was, where I am now, and how far I have come. Hopefully, you will find it entertaining along the way.

Oh, and thank you to Jennifer at Paperkutzs for allowing me to use her image.


I have an unusual flashback today. Unusual because it is not to an old post.

But did you notice the date? 2 October, 1989, was the day I started my very first job.

I was fresh out of university, and the job was as a scientist at the UK’s Atomic Energy Authority in Oxfordshire. After the war, the UK invested in developing civil nuclear energy, and realised that an agency was required. The Atomic Energy Authority was formed in 1954, with Calder Hall, the world’s first commercial nuclear reactor, opening in 1956.

Calder Hall is an idyllic name, isn’t it? But as the world realised how dirty nuclear fission was, the site was rebranded over time, first to Windscale and then to Sellafield.

The production of nuclear power is a complicated business, and involved gaining knowledge in several branches of science. Including high-energy electricity. And, by the 1980s, Margaret Thatcher was looking to shrink the state sector, so a lot of these non-essential spin-off areas were privatised. We were in limbo – technically, in the private sector, but with all that civil service baggage.

As it happened, I was mostly involved in neither nuclear nor electricity, as I was introduced to computing, which became my new career. I didn’t like that job, although I ended up staying more than four years, while I gained the skills which would set me off in the real world. I felt straight-jacketed in that environment and fared far better when I moved away from their rigid structure.

How about you? What was your first job? Do you fancy telling us all about it? Why not comment, or even better, write a post of your own, pinging back to this post so we can all find it?

Ties (Fandango’s Friday Flashback)

Yay, it is Friday again, and Fandango has just published his Friday Flashback post. The idea is that he picks a post from this day in a previous year, to give newer readers a better insight into what does and doesn’t make him tick.

I have always liked that idea, so shall also post my own reminiscence. As much as anything, it reminds me of where I was, where I am now, and how far I have come. Hopefully, you will find it entertaining along the way.

Oh, and thank you to Jennifer at Paperkutzs for allowing me to use her image.


I went back to 2018 today. After the stroke in 2016, I’d got myself back on my feet and decided to reskill myself again at the start of 2018. In my career, I’d been an IT system designer, but I’d done an awful lot of development to get there. By September of that year I was obviously happy enough that I had just started putting myself forward for jobs again, and posted about my initial exploits.

The things I mention in the post were all disappointing. The job, they were looking for someone with a lot less experience, and I’d have probably been a fly in their ointment. That job fair was also a total waste of time. Every stand was some social care provider. It does, however, show which direction the UK is headed.

Two years later… I develop from home and have released two apps since then, but in terms of paid work, I am still looking. I’ve come to appreciate just how little IT work there is around here. I never used to mind commuting but the stroke has made me quite travel-phobic to this day. I’m sure there must be a word for that.

Add: Hodophobia. So, stick that in your pipe and use it in next week’s prompt, Melanie!

Ties

On the subject of getting myself back into work, last week I managed to pick up a suit in the sales. And today, I got a pack of white shirts – I’d already got a couple of silk, clip-on ties, and have just checked myself in the mirror and… I look like I can go … Continue reading “Ties”