Monthly Archives: December 2017

The Most Dangerous Weapon We Have Is Words (Or – Why We Should Be Very Careful About How We Communicate)

You could say I am a words-based person. After all, my hobbies include reading and writing – and my sense of humour is more geared towards words and language. I have also been exposed to the darker world of words … Continue reading

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There Is More Than One “Correct” Way Of Doing Some Things (Or – How Life Can Sometimes Be Like A 3D Jigsaw)

My Dad gave me some money for Christmas and I used some of it to buy one of my favourite sort of jigsaw puzzles. I must admit to not really liking those jigsaw puzzles with edges. You know the ones? … Continue reading

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What Christmas Means To Me

I am currently sitting in one of my favourite shops enjoying a hot chocolate whilst trying to ignore the Christmas music coming through the speakers. For me – Christmas has several meanings. We have the religious side (which most people … Continue reading

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When Reading Brings Words To Life

What have a funeral address and the English translation of a book written by a Dutch pensioner got in common??? Apart from the fact that the subject of the funeral address and the author of the book were both the … Continue reading

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The Difference Between “Want” And “Need” (Or – The Best Way To Get Me To Accept Offers Of Help)

The English language is very strange sometimes. Different word combinations can get different reactions from different people. There are certain words which set my teeth on edge whenever I hear them in certain sentences which are directed at me. One … Continue reading

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Life Can Either Make You Or Break You (Or – How I Manage To Muddle Through)

There is something strange about having what are tantamount to two terminal diagnoses on top of an existing lifelong Disability – the terminal diagnoses appear to worry everyone else more than they worry me. Yes – when I first found … Continue reading

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Its that time of the year: SAFDI’s last

Its that time of the year: SAFDI’s last [free] meeting at Woking FC. Its Thursday 21st between 1000 & 1300. All are welcome. http://ow.ly/i/BfP4v

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My Favourite Christmas Carols

I have got two favourite Christmas Carols – one to listen to and one to sing. I got a blast of both of them this week. On Monday night I heard my favourite female singer sing “Oh Holy Night”. If … Continue reading

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Why Names Matter (Especially The Correct Pronunciation Of Them)

The one thing I hear most often when I introduce myself is “That’s a nice name”. The second thing is “That’s an unusual name”. Very occasionally I hear a surprised tone of voice with a Dutch accent exclaiming “That is … Continue reading

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Logic And Sideways Thinking Do Not Mix (Or – Why Teaching Yourself How To Learn Can Be Difficult)

This week I read an article which actually made perfect sense to me – just not for the exact reason stated in the article. The reason it made so much sense was explained by one sentence – “I didn’t know … Continue reading

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