Hecklers…don’t ya just love ‘em?!!

Dear Diary

Day 26 REDJanuary…

So today I was heckled for the first time (tbf I’m surprised it’s taken this long!)…young lad called out to me across the road, patted his stomach and asked if I was running to get rid of all my fat?… “haha you’ll be there all night if you are!”

How joyful…

He got a bit confused when I thanked him for his comments and said they were much appreciated… he walked off on a right old strop!!

What an arsehat!

Well I don’t care what I look like or whether I wobble as I plod along – I ran another 2miles tonight and I feel great!

Yes yes, I am a larger lady…thanks for noticing. What you failed to mention young man is that I’m also fabulous and a phenomenal woman…but don’t worry, you can tell me that next time 😉


I love the poem Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou…speaks to me on many levels and when I’m in need of a bit of lifting up it’s what I read…here it is put to some music in a campaign by This Girl Can 😊



It’s a new dawn…

It’s a new dawn

It’s a new day

It’s a new life

For me

And I’m feeling good…

I’ve always loved these lyrics and when sung by the amazing Nina Simone I am filled with an overwhelming feeling of hopeful joy.

As one year floats into another it’s a time that most of us reflect and make promises to ourselves to improve our lives, often that of others as well and generally look to the future with hope and aspiration.

Sometimes it’s quite hard to do this, especially if you’re in the throes of depression and/or anxiety; if you suffer with self doubt, lack of self esteem you can find yourself crippled with negative thoughts which crowd your space and prevent you from seeing the light.

The mental health issues that we can experience are complex and I don’t understand even half of 1% of it all, I do know that there’s no simple ‘cure’; there’s no ‘one size fits all’ solves depression, no ‘xyz’ fixes anxiety…so as we are individuals so as we have different needs and experiences.

I do know, however, that there is something that can help everyone – in fact two things:

1. Talking. Even peeps that say they don’t like to talk, especially about themselves, can find specialist listening ears and advice to be healing.

2. Exercise. Don’t get me wrong, sports men and women are susceptible to mental health issues as much as anyone, I’m not saying get fit and all your troubles disappear! But there are proven links between regular exercise and improved mental health and wellbeing; so doing exercise, anything that gets your endorphins pumping, is definitely a good thing!

I work with incredible men and women who provide advice and support to young people experiencing difficulties. I see the difference they make in the lives that they touch and it’s value cannot be overstated.

So thinking about all of this made me decide to start this new dawn with a challenge to myself but which also helps to shine that light for those who maybe aren’t able to see the new day and feel good at the moment.

I’m taking part in REDJanuary – I shall attempt to Run Every Day in January and raise awareness of the importance of exercise for mental wellbeing and some funds for the charity MIND.

MIND is a great charity which helps anyone with a mental health issues- they provide invaluable support, advice even advocacy. They’re website can be found here and it’s well worth a look:


I like running although I’m not a natural that’s for sure! I wibble wobble along, often puffing like a steam train, all red faced after 10metres and I often look very ‘stern’ when I’m doing it but actually I find it therapeutic, rewarding and dare I say fun?! I try to complete the local ParkRun when I can, I often run home from work and recently completed the Great South Run in October which was 10miles; back in 2016 I did a very slow London Marathon – so I know I can run…This REDJanuary is a challenge for me because I’ve never run more than three days in a row so running 31 days straight does fill me with some trepidation!

However, I’m SO excited at the same time! I’ve already met so many other REDRunners online and been part of sharing positive thoughts and encouragement – and I only signed up a few days ago!

I shall be blogging every now and again on how it’s going – I hope you won’t mind too much.

In the meantime, I leave you with this beautiful song and wish you a wonderful new dawn, positive new day and a happy life in 2018

Feel Good xx

I love it when a plan comes together…

I bet you knew that quote…

I bet you know who says it and can even picture the scene…

Yep! It’s good ol’ Hannibal Smith of The A Team, smoking his cigar and smiling after another victory against the ‘bad guys’!

This weekend I found a re-run of this TV series and thought to myself ‘ah I’ve a few minutes go while away I’ll watch an episode’…yep, you guessed it…I’m totally hooked again!

I love it! Lots of “crash, bang, wallops”, car chases, shoot outs and explosions but there’s no gore, no one gets killed and the good guys always win!

Yes it’s cheesy, yes it’s simplistic, yes it’s not always the best acted and oh boy it’s dated! BUT I love it’s innocence, it’s glee at poking fun at itself and most of all I love it’s pure joy at celebrating the love that we call friendship.

The basis of The A-Team is the absolute rock solid friendship formed between four very different characters but for whom honour, loyalty and trust are fundamental truths at their core. A most simple and obvious example is the way Howling Mad Murdock (I mean come on…who isn’t gonna like a show with a main character called that??!!) drives B.A. Baracus crazy – irritates the pants off him most of the time, they’re always at loggerheads; but their friendship is akin to that of a sibling relationship where actually when push comes to shove they’d lay down themselves for each other without hesitation.

The heroes have their flaws as all people do: Smith is all too often smug, Face can be a bit smarmy, B.A. is cantankerous and Murdock…ahh Murdock is looney tunes! But it’s these imperfections which make us identify with and warm to the A Team all just that little bit more, it makes them more real.

There’s no attempt to place hidden meanings in their interactions, the only misdirection is sometimes to keep us guessing about what action will come next, it’s never to make us worry about their friendship; there’s no hidden agenda in the writing, at least not one that I can see (although I’ve been known to be a bit naively oblivious to undertones in movies and shows in the past according to others, so forgive me if I missed something!) To me, its all about the underdogs winning with the help of wronged heroes who fight for the good whilst cracking jokes, having fun and in spite of everything remaining positive – in other words it’s fun!

The ultimate reason for loving this show though has got to be that opening monologue and the theme tune…genius!!

This takes me back to my childhood and the days of innocent fun…I hope maybe it will bring you small cheer too – enjoy xx


Under Pressure…

“Love’s such an old fashioned word and love dares you to care for the people of the edge of the night, and love dares you to change our way of caring about ourselves…”

David Bowie & Queen 1982

I do so like it when songs are insightful and this is up there with the best of them… love does indeed make us look at everything and everyone differently. It changes how we think, how we feel and how we act. I like to believe that if we listen to our hearts, if we acknowledge the good which comes from love it changes us for the better xx

My weekend in quotes…

Thank You For The Music…

Look at me now, will I ever learn?

I don’t know how but I suddenly lose control

There’s a fire within my soul

Just one look and I can hear a bell ring

One more look and I forget everything, w-o-o-o-oh

Yep…Friday night and the lights were low, I’d been looking out for a place to go…and I found it at the theatre – Mamma Mia was showing and it was FAB-U-LOUS as dear ol’ Craig would say…

Cocktails to begin with – Greek Martinis with Brandy & Cointreau (oh myyy) and then singing and dancing in the aisles during the encore – oh we can never resist a boogie and I do wanna sing when they do their thing! Just the best night out!

Live Long and Prosper…

Saturday we boldly went where no man had gone before…off to a Star Trek Murder Mystery. I was wearing the red jersey and so was everso slightly concerned that I’d be a goner but my friends and I set our phasers to stun, chased the Klingons round the moons of Nibia, round the Antares maelstrom and round Perdition’s flames too and survived!!

We introduced the next generation to Star Trekkin’ by The Firm…our work here is done!


Stop and Smell the Roses…

“The rose is without explanation; she blooms because she blooms”

Angelus Silesius

Sunday, ahhhh, it was a lazzzy day…time for pottering in the garden – some weeding here, abit of pruning there…niiice.

My red rose which the fella bought me as a surprise one Anniversary LONG ago and which I thought had finally said that long farewell has suddenly bloomed again…and oh what a bloom!

The air was hot and still, it was reminiscent to me of what the quarry was like for Them…so I sat, in the sunshine smelling that sweet rose perfume and visited some old friends and thought of the future – where there’s a boy and his dog and his friends. And a summer that never ends…

I wonder what next weekend will involve?

Wishing you all a great one xx

Quirky, Quixotic & Quintessentially Quotable Quotes

I recently read a blog where the writer had collated his favourite quotes from each of the magnificent Terry Pratchett Discworld novels. It’s a brilliant blog and if I could work out how to link to it here so you could benefit from reading it too I would do so! (If I can figure it out and get his permission too I’ll update this in due course!)

I love the Pratchett outlook on love, life and the universe – the ability to identify the bizarre and wonderful nuances of this world and delicately parody these on the Discworld “the world and mirror of worlds” for the readers’ delight. These novels have been my friends for over 20 years and they unfailingly greet me with a smile and a warm hug, leading me back into a world of joyous merriment.

I started to think of my favourite quotes for each book, I even contemplated whittling it down to just one quote per book… but here in lies my problem (yes okaaay I have WAY more than one problem but those others  are for another blog on another day thank you very much)…my problem here is that I’m not sure I could find only one single quote in each of these books which I could identify as my favourite; just as one pops up in my mind, so another follows…indeed if I think about it too much I am liable to go completely Bursar, possibly even Librarian-poo.

This led me on to thinking about what makes a sentence, a quip, an observation in any story more than just that, what makes it a ‘Quote’? What makes it stand out from the rest of the page, the scene, the story itself and say “hey there pay me more attention, I deserve it”?

I started thinking about quotes from films, plays and just quotes in general that I like, tried to see if there was a general theme running through them…short answer is no!

I like motivational taglines like “You Improvise, You Adapt, You Overcome” – Gunny Highway (Clint Eastwood) in Heartbreak Ridge

I like inspirational quotes like “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times. If one only remembers to turn on the light” – Albus Dumbledore in JK Rowling’s The Prisoner of Azkaban.

I like confidence quotes like “Now you understand just why my head’s not bowed…’Cause I’m a woman…Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that’s me” — Phenomenal Woman by Mary Angelou.

In the end it’s all subjective – to the story, to the character, to the actor and, most importantly, to the audience themselves.

I’m going to see if I can find a quote each week that suits my mood; that speaks to me about a subject or just plain makes me smile. Sometimes it might be a one line thought, it could be a speech from someone (fictional or real-world) or it might be verse from a song or even an amusing anecdote…who knows??!! But that’s the joy of quotes and sayings that resonate with us – they can be in all forms and about all things. I will endeavour to share these with you, in the hopes that some may also touch upon your light and make it a little brighter too.