dragao40's blog

How's your day going?

The story so far: Got up with the intention of attending a Body Balance class at the Leisure Centre. Arrived and found no parking spaces and vast numbers of cars arriving and disgorging children. (Many children.) Undaunted, I finally found a parking space and went in to join the class, around five minutes late. Turns out it's a 'bring your own yoga mat' class. I have no yoga mat. Undaunted, I find a space and start to take part. The reaching and...

The Man In The Bar II

To further explain the genesis of The Man In The Bar' idea. It dawned on me that, as a new State Pensioner, this might be a suitable new profession. Similar to a court jester or writer in residence. As mentioned yesterday, the U.K. government's decision to do away with proper experts meant that the role might now be more onerous than I at first calculated. I certainly can not explain the 'Benefits of Brexit' and related topics. If you can,...

The Man In The Bar

Apologies. This is really not much of a blog. I'm in Morocco at the moment celebrating the first anniversary of a corrective operation which brought to an end 3.5 years of medical cock-ups. The aftermath of which was kidney stones, in May. I came out here as a retreat, a place to recoup my energies and to write whatever came my way. A story I'd been scoping was the idea of 'The Man in The Pub'. in the days when we could afford to go to pubs...

It's been a long time.

My Photographs and Memories plan got a wee bit derailed and it has been superceded by other ventures. I did, however, pull together a small book of work related to the influence of a friend/muse of mine. I've been yoyo-ing between home and hospital since May 2017. It was supposed to be a simple operation but a number of mistakes were made.and as a result, among other stays, I had two visits to Intensive Care totalling around 10 weeks. The final...

SALVATION

A by--product of this whole Photographs and Memories process has been rekindling 'sparks' of stories I hadn't got round to writing. This is one. SALVATION I have a bit of a 'sweet tooth' and managed to find a local outlet of a purveyor of old-fashioned and handmade sweets; Gobstoppers, Black Jacks and Fruit Salads - the 'four for a penny' sweets we fromused to buy in the way back from school. They also sold excellent chocolate! The shop was...

Photographs and Memories. January 2nd 2019

It's a new year and a step closer to 'the out door'. I'm not being peeissimistic, that's just chronology and statistics speaking. Long before I had a protracted near death experience ( NDE) from June 2017 to March 2018, I had decided to start to divest myself of 'stuff'. I had pretty much travelled light over my years but, when I ceased to be 'nomadic' I started to acquire 'stuff'. Also, the 'stuff' that I had in storage came back into my home...