January 28

Bach Mass

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December 12

A poem from my wife!

This was inspired by my beautiful guide dog Lenny who has been so happy lately in the autumn gales. They blow the leaves around in the park and Lenny thinks it is all for him. He runs around in all directions chasing first one then another, leaping upon them and pinning them to the ground. Such absolute joy!

“Twas brillig, and the crispy leaves Did gyre and gimble in the wind: All naked were the chestnut trees, And the oak leaves were unpinned.

"Beware theLenny dog ,O leafsies! The jaws that grin , the claws that scratch! Beware theGuideing hound , which seizes, All the skittery leaves to catch.”

Long time the foliar foe he sought, Upon his paws he did abound: Muchly leaping, snuffle and snort, by the tum tum tree He chased them down.

And as in canine thought he stood, On a roar of wind the   leafsies came, Came whiffling through the tulgey wood, And burbled out his puppy name!

Prantish and twisty! Skirmish and bounce.
The Lennydog raised his hackles, And with one final vanquishing pounce    Secured the leafy battle.

"And has thou slain the leafy hordes? Come to my side , my beamish boy! O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!' Such wondroustimes , such blissful joy!”

`Twas brillig, and the crispy leaves   Did gyre and gimble in the wind: All naked were the chestnut trees,   And the oak leaves were unpinned.

With abdject apologies to Lewis Carroll and all who love the Jabberwocky.

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December 10
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October 31
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April 11

Summer Concert

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January 21

Our next concert

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November 30
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November 11

An open letter

Dear Mr [removed]

Many thanks for your cheque which I received on Friday.

I am even more grateful that you were considerate enough to enclose a return address for me to reply to.

I expect you remember that at the scene when you asked what you could do my first request was that you take all possible precautions to prevent any recurrence of such an accident. I was very appreciative that you took the time to pull over and paid attention to what I had to say.

Having both had time to recover from an accident that likely left you and I both slightly shaken up I guess we can look back at it to try and analyse what might have happened.

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November 07

Got knocked off

... my touring bike yesterday. Coming away from some lights on the Bromley Road it was what I believe is referred to as a "left hook" where the driver just turned across me as though I was not there taking me out from the offside. I am careful with my road position so it felt as though he must have made some effort to hit me almost!

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June 23

Matching, despatching - where's the hatching?

Father passed on up down sideways on Tuesday, 18th June just five days after we returned from our honeymoon.

The funeral was on Friday and was a fine send off agreed by all. He had almost 79 very full years life and suffered barely at all.... I feel jealous of his death which is a weird thing to say.

Have used up all compassionate leave it feels like so no one else better die this year!

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May 30

on our wedding day

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I found my key to happiness!

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May 14

Father is dying

not sure what I actually want to say about that. It is fairly imminent since lung cancer and a prognosis of two or three months are mentioned.

Here is a link to a speech he made shortly after it was announced.

If ever there was a blog post I made where I might expect a comment and be sightly put out by the deafening silence around my blog then I guess this would be it.

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April 15

Giving up

it took a while, but I think I have lost any impulse at all to keep adding to this blog, there may be more to say but I am just tired of saying it to myself and although it has had it's uses to be able to refer back to stuff much as one might look over a diary it is ultimately pretty pointless and the rewards seem somewhat slim or lacking.

So rather than let it just tail off I thought I should say as much.... I am far more likely to retain the one domain with my name on it than this one - it may disappear in the end but I think I renewed for two or three years so this will be out there a while yet

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March 24

for it was written

and the word was dipiditofgivkrieg and it was a homoeopathic cure for my ills, which were a lack of things beginning with K

remarkable in a dream since one is not meant to be able to read and I read this quite clearly

Unfortunately I was also very gay and very anxious, but one can't have everything in a dream!

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February 10

Death impacts

Death does tend to dent one when it touches those around one.

Aero and I just in the process of taking a battering since the death of her sister last week.

Meanwhile I am facing up to life after analysis, though no doubt I will need therapy to deal with that (!)

DG's makeover is almost complete with the addition of blue pedals.... whenever I manage to wear out the original tyres and fit the blue striped ones I shall have to make "before and after" pictures post.

I recently realised that my ingrained misogyny issues are really (going to?) impact me when my daughter grows up - at least I can try to be mindful while she grows and hopefully through this mitigate impacts on her.

More geeky news is the thrilling prospect of "coding Wednesdays" to get the recycling app online after a year or two languishing

And I am at least for the time being desisting abilify (aripiprezole) after finding the side effects (particularly weight gain) intolerable.....

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January 18

bye bye analyst hello dreams

seems that as I roll closer to t he end of January and my conclusion with the analyst I have been seeing for one and a half years my dreams also have revved up over the past week or so.

Culminating last night in a dream ripe for analysis, Read More »

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December 22

love knee, hate bad gristle!

My lovely Aero is having the pain removed from a knee as I type (well, tap on the blackberry).

The exciting part is she tells me for recovery Derrik may be the key! Woo Hoo!

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