Category: Getting Older

Tessa Barrie takes a light-hearted look at getting older

The Dotage Diaries – Making Lists

I never needed to do make lists.  I used to juggle my to-do list in my head which was bursting with the ultra-productive grey matter.  Now the grey matter seems to have turned into white mush, so I need to make lists but, I also need to remember to look at them. […]

The Way We Were

As I grow older I often wonder whether, knowing what I know now, I would like to start my life all over again?  Probably not, but one thing I would like back is my body … Lean, svelte and supple … Actually I would settle for my knees up to the age […]

In Vino Veritas – The Truth is Out

Once the thrill and synchonated thunder of the club circuit beat has lost its appeal and you have sold your dancing shoes on Ebay; what is the epitome of having a good time? It has to be getting your oldest and best friends round, laying on some good food and […]

Oh to be flat chested!! The joys of buying a bra.

I am so envious of women with small boobs and those with pert bazookers make me insanely jealous.  Why me?  Why do I have to put up with such heavy boobage?  With no other option than to keep myself well upholstered at all times? I supposed I enjoyed going bra-less in my youth […]

Photoshopping Philistines

Meghan is all about the music. She is bubbly and talented. That should be enough. She does not need to be the size of a stick insect to continue to rock the music world and she certainly does not need computer software meddling with her measurements.

The Slugs are Innocent! For now.

OK … I may have been a little hasty on 2nd May 2016 when I accused the local slug population of doing something they had not done. What a difference a few days make eh?   It appears that you slugs and your slimy little friends didn’t eat […]

Remember Seasoned Professionals … Sarcasm is the lowest form of Wit

Well, it is not very professional is it?  Why on earth would you feel compelled to have a pop at someone who has clearly stolen the hearts of millions of people since they switched on the brilliant TV programme Gogglebox? What ever happened to the old age adage of if you can’t say […]

Growing older is audacious darling

How young at heart are you?  I racked up another year on this planet over the weekend.  I have tried to forget the number.  Age is just that.  A number.  A state of mind.  Whether you want to treat your age as X years young or X years old, […]

Horses for courses – Enough is Enough!

Like many other people, I found his comment shocking. Cold. It was not something I would expect to come out of a horse lover’s mouth. But racing is his life and you need to be tough, but if you simply replace a horse having just literally run him into the ground, then that to me is just barbaric.

QOTD:  Cora Harvey Armstrong

  Find out more about this remarkable lady here  

QOTD:  Ch-ch-ch-ch changes

Take Your Litter Home!!


Donald Trump for President? You can’t be serious!

As a general rule, I avoid the following topics like the plague … Politics            Religion                  Sex Why? Out of practice? Out of my depth? Out of my comfort zone? All three? I am neither a Political Analyst, a regular Church goer or E.L. James, so therefore totally unqualified to comment on any of these […]

Sleeping on the job …

Now I have heard it all!  A Manchester HR Company have installed a double bed so that their employees can take the occasional cat nap when they are feeling a little weary. Didums! I just don’t know how on earth have the rest of us survived at work […]

Blogger’s Log – Stardate 02/02/16

As I lead my errant cast of characters towards their fate, they willingly follow.  One, in particular, has endeared himself to me, having tapped into to my thought process to find out it was my intention to bump him off in chapter 21.  In the end… I couldn’t bring myself to do it.

When to retire paradox

Society tells you that when you’re old you have to retire.  You have to defy that. Yoko Ono   When I was 49 I had nightmares about being 50. My dreams were so confused that, leading up my 5th decade, I used to wake up screaming that I didn’t […]

GOW RANT – Why are some job applications not acknowledged? There is no excuse!

Have you ever applied for a job and not received a reply? Especially after you have invested considerable time and trouble writing your letter of application, knowing that your expertise dovetails so precisely with the experience and skills laid out in the job description. You wait expectantly for a response and it never comes.  […]

GOW RANT – Litterbugs

Why, oh why do some people feel the need to park their cars and dump their litter at the edge of a field or even worse on a beach.  Why do they do it?  Because they are too lazy to find a bin?  It would appear so, but why can’t they […]

Briton gored by bulls in Pamplona 07/07/2015

Two other people were injured (and the number is rising) as well at the start of Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls Festival. Just how many more people are going to be badly injured or, even worse, killed during this abhorrent excuse for a sport? I know it is tradition, […]

Gored in the Gonads in Madrid

We blogged about a Young American gored by a bull in Salamanca during a Bull Run in February 2015.  You would be forgiven for thinking that the Salamanca blog was one of my GOW Rants and you would be right.  I find Bull Fighting and Bull Running completely abhorrent, but who am I […]

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