I’m always on the lookout for new walking routes to take my dog Maxx along. This week, I found the Mineral Railway Path at Carnlough, County Antrim. Back in the mid 1800s, a railway was built to bring limestone from a quarry down to the nearby harbour. The quarrying ended around 80 years ago, and … Continue reading Feel the attraction
I wonder if there is a specific Acting School for those budding performers who want to play defence solicitors in detective dramas? You know them. They sit beside the accused, opposite Vera Stanhope, Endeavour Morse or Alan Banks. They are usually in a grey interview room, armed with a folder, pen and notebook. Dressed in … Continue reading Life’s a stage. Prepare for your next audition.
Our bodies have five basic senses: sight, sound, touch, taste, smell. We use them to analyse the environment around us, and assess the risks or rewards likely to come our way. They help us keep safe and navigate through life. Our minds are much more complicated. We measure our internal environment on the basis of … Continue reading Making sense of things
First of all, apologies for the gap between this article and my previous one. Far too long, but on the plus side, the delay was due to me being exceptionally busy. Hard to imagine that after deciding to leave my job, I’m putting some of the skills I picked up there to good use. Over … Continue reading Work/life imbalance
Meet Maxx. We first met on a blind date. I had talked Eileen into bringing a dog into our home, a few years after our previous pooch had died. We had heard about a West Highland that had been rescued by a local vet, and arranged to call up to see it. We were hugely … Continue reading The Maxx Factor
I have been away for work for over four weeks, using up the balance of my leave in advance of reaching my early retirement day. 31 December will be the last of those days. As of the 1 January, I am officially no longer on the payroll. I’m unemployed for the first time since June … Continue reading Don’t become pointless
In the summer of 1984, I was still looking for my first job since leaving school two years earlier. Money was exceptionally tight. One evening, the door knocked. I opened it to find four of my mates that I played football with. They asked if I would consider an offer. They had decided to go … Continue reading Generosity is not just about money