Posts from the category Life (and how to live it)

Spoilt for choice

With so much to do and so many beautiful places to visit, the choice can sometimes be overwhelming.

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Kenneth Williams

Thousands of second chances

I spent the afternoon working at home in front of the computer, and listened to Kenneth Williams – a well-known actor, comedian and diarist – reading from his autobiography, Just Williams.

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Snow in Lauterbrunnen

A stomp in the snow

Note to self. When the cloud is low, the snow is falling gently and the village paths are empty, get out and enjoy it.

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Lightly child, lightly

“It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. So throw away your baggage and go forward. There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet, trying to suck […]

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On two wheels

After many years, I’m back in the saddle with my own e-bike. And I’m loving it.

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Family playing on the glacial run-off sands at the Moiry glacier

The simple things

A family came to enjoy the landscape and ended up drawing patterns in the sand.

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The non-holiday holiday

After some rushing around, I find myself on my own in Zurich for a couple of days. After dealing with the day job, I have the evening to myself, with no pressure and no responsibilities. Leaving work behind, I head for the old town and the anonymity of a familiar, traditional and noisy restaurant. The […]

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The anxiety rollercoaster

I’ve been suffering from anxiety issues for the last year or so. A couple of people have said to me that the topic isn’t discussed as much as it could be, so I thought I’d write about my experiences in the hope that they might help others in a similar situation.

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When Your Body Says No

“It’s not age that makes you an adult, I see now, or even most of the experiences that age brings. What finally does it is the things you lose along the way. A parent dies; you don’t get the girl. And you are wrecked. And you are less for these losses. What makes you an […]

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The Day Job

It was inevitable, I suppose, that I would, one day, have to start applying my experience to The Day Job instead of just my hours. Instead of just being the go-to-guy for programming, I’d have to take over a more responsible role and help other people to learn the craft and expertise of web development. […]

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A eulogy for my Dad

As I get older, I realize more and more just how long a life actually is. How full of memories and moments one’s life is. It’s so difficult to pack in almost 79 years of a life into the few minutes I have here. It’s already been over four weeks since Dad died, yet it […]

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My England

My England is green and pleasant. In my mind’s eye, the countryside is green and rolling, with occasional villages surrounding leafy, oaked cricket pitches or busy duck ponds. The lanes of my youth lead past scattering pheasants and floral hedgerows which echo the sound of a slightly ropey semi-classic British sports car. Towns are timbered and […]

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