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Remember Your Manners….

Manners are incredibly important.... Even Chewie, our adorable little Labradoodle has a basic grasp on Manners. With this in mind, I need to pass on a message of thanks...A sincere expression of gratitude....I am just Remembering my Manners... So, to the previous...

I’m in a Good Moog(d) 🙂

Yesterday was a day off... My first goal was to try very hard to put all thoughts of Gantt Charts, Missing Resources, and shrinking timelines behind me, or more accurately, in front of me. I'm not leaving them behind, I'm just pushing them up front until Tuesday when...

Big Feet Small Steps

I love my new job.  Yes I was living in dread for a week or so. However it looks like the trip from  absolute fear,  to complete engagement,  has taken around twelve days. Over a bowl of Pasta the other day, my incredibly smart Son, listened...

Big Change….

Another quick Blog tonight, because my head is full of work stuff. However It just occurred to me that one of the major changes since my transition has largely slipped by unnoticed. A  very subtle and steady shift that has taken about 4 years..... Let me put it...

Why ?

I'll keep it brief tonight, because this is  a big question and it needs lots of thought... "Why is it apparently so much easier for everyone else to accept me, than it is for me to accept myself ?" This question has been prompted by the amazingly positive...

Pretty Scale –

I've worked in IT for pretty much most of my adult  life. I had humble beginnings, operating ancient Mainframes on long hard night shifts. Whilst my colleagues snoozed or chatted I got stuck into reading the massive volumes of technical manuals, on CICS and...

Harmony at Chorus

The week has been long, tiring, and occasionally emotional, but all  in an overwhelmingly positive way. Yes I was anxious, but surely that's normal for a new job.....? So.....How am I  ? Let me spell that out with the Chorus  from a special song... Hey...

Unfair Comparison

If there is one thing that I can remember doing for my entire life, apart from Breathing and Eating, it is comparing myself to others.. In these  comparisons, I'm never favoured. I am harder on myself than I ever could be to anybody else.  This habit is, I...

Maintaining my Composing

I find it fairly easy to write a sentence, a paragraph or even an essay. Heck, given enough time I can manage it in reasonable Italian, or Latin.  For the last couple of months much effort has been expended to further my understanding of  the basic rules of...

Choral Offering

The first phase of my new journey that  began with an oddly convivial Lunch over Pizza, was yesterday concluded with an equally convivial Dinner, and also over Pizza. The Dinner wasn't odd at all, it had an upbeat celebratory mood, however the preceding French /...

Butterflies in Hobnail Boots

I'm sure we have all experienced a touch of the "Butterflies" that fluttery, slightly unusual sensation in the tummy in moments of stress or nervousness..... Today, I experienced a Squadron of Butterflies wearing heavy duty work boots tap dancing through my gut....

Lion Tamer ?

One of my favourite Monty Python sketches relates the story of a rather dull Accountant who visits a "Vocational Guidance Counsellor" for some career advice.  Mr. Pewtey the Accountant tells the Counsellor that his current role is unfulfilling and lacks...

Beautiful Sight – Wedding Day #2

One of the characteristics of our amazing brains is their ability to constantly seek out patterns. We are perpetually and  subconsciously processing our experiences. The complex processes in our minds look for potential patterns, or signs,  that may mean...

Simple Pleasure

There is one sight I can guarantee that will bring a smile to my face... I don't need to be airborne, inverted pulling 3G, or doing 450 knots. Neither do I need to be hunkered down behind the wheel of an Italian sports car, or on popping a wheelie on a spectacular...

New Experience – Day #14

How many of us get in a lift, and push the button that usually looks something like this "><"  in an attempt to close the doors, and accelerate the process of getting to the destination floor... ? Bad news I am afraid, those buttons are rarely, if ever...

Sunset Tells of Change

Busselton is a very special place, regardless of the time of day, or season, there is always something beautiful to look at.  However there is one moment each day, when we can come to realise just how lucky we are to be here..Sunset. Over the years that we have...

Lessons in Life From Metal Mickey –

I read something on LinkedIn last week that triggered a whole flood of memories.... A few years ago, I used to run a couple of shifts a week, usually over a weekend, at a volunteer night shelter in a large UK City. We would take in around 30 "guests" a night. We would...

Only 42 if you want it to be…..

Arthur Schopenhauer (Yes him again) tells us, in one of his books, "The work of genius may be music, philosophy, painting, or poetry; it is nothing for use or profit. To be useless and unprofitable is one of the characteristics of genius; it is their patent of...

Too Many Bills…..

There are certain times when the routine steady trickle of Bills that is such an essential part of 21st Century living seem to increase in frequency... They suddenly arrive thick and fast, barely giving one time to recover between the sharp intakes of breath that the...

A New Journey – Day #1

It now seems logical to use my Blog to record the whole process of becoming used to the idea of Redundancy.... I've been told "Its a roller coaster" and if I use that analogy, I have to conclude that I am already on my fourth lap, and feeling a little sick. Last night...

Authentic……

There is clearly a difference between what I see when I look in the mirror, or at a Photograph, and what other people see when they look. But I can think of one common thread that runs through both interpretations of me...Authenticity. I lived for many years in a kind...

Yellow and Blues

I challenged myself today....I challenged myself, and I lost. I told myself I would try on the various outfits I have for the forthcoming Wedding, and I told myself I would feel good about them. The outcome was not as I planned and I have been compelled to...

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