What does adventure mean to you?

If you ask a young child what adventure means to them, some would undoubtedly reply it is all about camping out, climbing trees, building dens & making fires. If you ask an adult in their 20’s to 40’s the same question, they may suggest it is about undertaking some adrenalin-fuelled extreme activity like bungee-jumping, paragliding or parachuting, or maybe participating in an endurance event such as circumnavigating the globe or running across the desert. But if you ask someone over 60, or someone who has mobility troubles, what adventure means to them, their answer may be somewhat more demure – … Continue reading What does adventure mean to you?

The need for speed

Have you ever stepped off a train & suddenly been overtaken by the throng charging down the platform? Maybe you have pulled away from the traffic lights only to be left for dead by the revving masses? And what about being jostled around in a supermarket by those on a mission? I have on an almost daily basis. But why do we feel the ‘need for speed’? I guess to answer this question you have to look at our very recent evolution. For the previous 6 million years right up to say about 1700, the fastest we humans had been … Continue reading The need for speed

I didn’t think you were that sort of person…

When I left the British Army in 1995, I really wanted to go. I had had enough of all the bullsh*t, the ball-aches & all the ‘Yes Sir, no Sir’ stuff. I had done my stint & I really wanted to study, so I took the plunge & signed-off. But after a year or so in Civvy Street, I began to struggle. Nothing seemed right & I was feeling like the proverbial square peg in a round hole. In 1996 I decided to seek professional help through my GP & after a couple of sessions with a psychologist, I was … Continue reading I didn’t think you were that sort of person…

Make mine NATO

Tea – the undisputed conversation catalyst of Great Britain & Northern Ireland. For us Brits, there is nothing quite like enjoying a lovely cuppa with friends to promote camaraderie & friendship. It is also just happens to be a great way to start the day. Although it has been around in China for a few thousand years, tea is a relative newbie to this country, being allegedly introduced to British society by Catherine of Braganza, the Portuguese wife of King Charles the Second, circa 1662 something (although I have it on good authority that Samuel Pepys made comment to it … Continue reading Make mine NATO

Dickism: A modern day affliction

Although I cannot comment on the rest of the world, in the UK we are in the grips of the worst pandemic that has ever swept our shores. But I am not on about the Coronavirus, I am on about Dickism. For those unfamiliar with this affliction, Dickism is a mental illness that usually starts in the teenage years & seems to affect all ages, ethnicities & gender groups equally, with the prevalence in society as much as 1 in 4 people. Aetiology The precise cause of Dickism is largely unknown, although there is a higher incidence in those who … Continue reading Dickism: A modern day affliction

Get busy dyin’

Following on from the previous article (Endex), so I can say that without a shadow of doubt, every single one of us is going to DIE. Could be today, could be tomorrow – who knows? The when is hard to predict (unless you decide to euthanise yourself that is), but it does seem that you can accelerate yourself to extinction by smoking too many tabs, eating too many pies or drinking vast amounts of hooch (hey, don’t worry kids, other life-limiting methods are also available to choose from in the foyer of life). There is one substantial ‘fuctor’ (a self-induced, … Continue reading Get busy dyin’


I guess we are all familiar with the phrase ‘you only have one life’. Well, what if we changed the word ‘life’ to ‘death’. You only have one death – sobering stuff for some. But it is only that very moment, when your heart stops beating, that ‘your life’ is considered to be extinguished. At some point, somewhere at the end of the line, your lights go out, your numbers up, you’ve popped your clogs, you cease to exist – dead, deceased, not living (as some clever pythons once said). So as far as anyone knows, being dead is for … Continue reading Endex