Not hitting the streets…

As part of his A level art, Paddy has chosen photography – a smart move given his mum’s profession and her proclivity for helping others and especially her young. Like most students and probably almost all boys, Paddy likes to leave things to the very last second to complete and submit any tasks required of…

A short but important blog post…

Whether we like it or not, we all have an ego. With ego comes pride and pride is something to be we mindful of. It is a deadly sin, after all. I am regularly asked about pride. “You must be soooo proud of your son” …and usually most in reference to one son in particular….

The heat is on…

Of course I knew this day was coming. After all it does come every year and at around this time. And yet, as happens when the clocks move backwards or forwards it still took me unawares this year. It’s a sad day I suppose – it marks the passing of another year and the beginning…

Beating Lockdown/Jan blues…

Which of us doesn’t wish to be regarded as cool? To be considered chic and hip. From our school days onwards, we are aware of social hierarchies and where we sit. Being cool is mostly associated with being young and might explain why people are afraid of growing old and why plastic surgeons are even…

Come on people, let’s do this…

This is not an easy post to write. I feel a need to write with some haste but with great care also because the tone needs to be correct: arresting yet affirming but not mawkish. An important post; I make no apology that it is longer than my usual fare. You will understand why soon…

I doff my cap…

We might all snigger every year, when two American baseball teams contest the World Series. America is still the foremost nation on earth, but claims of being World Champions in a contest confined to their own shores is delusional and emotes the affectionate phrase – Only in America. The Washington Nationals are the current World…

Do you recognise this Dino?

Fame is something associated with the Holland’s. I had a brush with it. My eldest son has completely embraced it and with the advent of social media and the new qualifications and criteria for modern-day ‘celebrity’, it could be argued that other members of the Holland household are basking in some limelight too. One of…

In it together…

During an unproductive trip to a supermarket this morning and chatting with a young person who recognised me, I told her that ‘these are unprecedented times.’ She dwelled on my words and looked concerned as she stared at me and then asked whether I had ever experienced anything like this before? Er… My turn to…

Dr Dom Holland, no less…

To the uninitiated, a Comic Con really needs to be explained – because a convention for comics does not do it justice at all. Firstly, it is much broader than the comic world and encompasses all areas of entertainment from film, games, TV, sports, online, comics of course and everything to do with fame and…

A post for a new decade…

There is only one way to begin this post, so here goes; a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR and NEW DECADE to you all! There is definitely a cut off for such cursory wishes. Not an official date but just a feeling that we all seem to discern at roughly the same time; perhaps when we reason that this year is much like the last. I hope then that this post and my well-wishes has arrived in time?