59 years on…

This is a quick post to say I’m back. I had a great time in Liverpool celebrating my mum’s 90th birthday. I got back yesterday evening, and today I’m back at work!

My brother found this photo of the three of us when we were young:

I was probably between 6 months and a year, making Mike about 3 and a half and Judy about 6.

Mike decided it would be a good idea to try to recreate the picture…So we did.

One of those mad ideas you get…


40ACTS2019 :: 23 :: GRIN


PROMPT: Laughter is the best medicine – it even says so in the Bible (Proverbs 17:22). How often do we see it as a gift to be given? Whether think you’re a comedian or not, share something today that will make someone smile.


ACT: One act today: It’s April Fool’s day but forget the mean practical jokes – your aim is to make everyone around you laugh or smile today.

“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:18 NIV)

I’m not very good at telling jokes – I forget the punchline, or they’re not very funny in the first place – so really asking me to make people smile with a joke or two is like…well, I don’t know what it’s like! But it’s not very successful!

What I did do, however, was buy some mini-vienoisserie (croissants, pain au chocolat, raisin danish) for the students and staff where I work.

I added a 40 Acts card, which got people talking a little bit. And the pastries definitely got people smiling!

So, although I didn’t really make any jokes, I think I may have fulfilled the Act!

And just to prove that my jokes are terrible:

Q: What’s brown and sticky?






A: A stick.


Though I’m not sure the LOL cat Jokes are any better…

Can I have a P please, Bob.

Here’s another Celtic letter, this time for my M-i-L. This was – like the last – done to take me out of myself, one day when I was feeling very down.The need to concentrate on what I’m doing, which band goes over and which goes under (there are a couple of errors!), where each goes to how and they fit together is an excellent way to lose myself for a few hours.


And for those who are confused by the title…It comes from an old TV programme, called Blockbusters, where the teams had to answer questions beginning with certain letters to move across the grid. Students delighted in asking “Can I have a P(ee) please Bob, ” and then smirking, as this clip shows