Sunday, 27 August 2017

An Epic

Maybe I'm slightly biased but the love story of Gillian and Ralph Stone is one of THE great untold love stories, an epic spanning seventy years since they met just after the chaos of world war 2 through the second half of the 20th century, until now amidst the chaos of 2017.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Families, seeds and flowers






Families expect domestic bliss and togetherness to continue for ever,

but familiar forms fall apart,

And the child leaves the family. 

Carrying the essence of what they know as a hidden seed,

 like a burr caught brushed past carried accidentally on a sock.

It will flower sometime in the future


 No-one knows what form the flower may take

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Wandering Goodie


Do you see that tallman ?' she said as a doctor approached nearby patient on nearby bed.,' he' she said secretively, 'is a wandering goodie .'
The phrase 'This hospital is full of wandering goodies' came into my head.
I laughed at the thought - it sounded like guardian angels or wandering souls. I imagined these homeless lost spirits wandering around our world looking for a place to help people in trouble and congregating around places like hospitals.

Later, wanting to write more but in a quandary because she had triggered the image,  I said to her '
can we make a collaboration?'
 I imagined story around the idea of the Wandering Goody She inspired it but I would write it.
'You don't have to ask me to collaborate ' she said as she lay weakly semiconscious on her hospital bed, she had probably forgotten that she even said 'wandering goodie'

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Tickboxes

RESEARCH INTO TICKBOXES
You may tick more than one box if they apply. Think and be
truthful
Do you like tickbox questionnaires?
     yes
     No
     Yes, but with reservations
     No but they are useful sometimes

Do you use tickboxes?
     Always
     Very often
     Occasionally
     Never

Do you like yes/no questions?
     Yes
     No
     Occasionally
     Sometimes

Thats alright then isn’t it?
     I strongly agree
     I strongly disagree

Do you agree with this statement: “If it was always good i’d
be much happier”
     I agree
     I disagree
     I nearly agree
     I nearly disagree
     Nothing is perfect
Do you like it when things go wrong?
     Always
     Very often
     Occasionally
     Never
Generally, do things chug along nicely for you?
     Always
     Very often
     Occasionally
     Never

Do you want it to be perfect?
     Always
     Very often
     Occasionally
     Never

And when is it perfect?
     Always
     Never
     More often if I worked at it
How often do you think?
     Always
     Very often
     Occasionally
     Never
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How do you feel?
     Numb
     I don’t
     Emotional
     I can’t explain

If I was to ask you an open ended question how would you
answer?
     An open ended question?
     Yes
     No

Are you positive?
     Always
     Occasionally
     Often
     Never

Is this a joke?
Yes
No
You’re weird
Don’t be silly. A box is a box is a box
Do we know more about you than when we started this
questionnaire?
     Yes, I feel robbed, naked and ripped off
     Slightly
     Depends on what algorithm you are using to assess the
results
     No, I am an unknowable fortress and mystery even to my
closest friends
     Who me? I’ve got nothing to hide

Complete the following sentence using one of the following
options:
Tickboxes ________
     1)______  magically sum up what I was thinking anyway
     2) _____ are rubbish.Who cares? I just tick any box and
     move on
     3) _____are great because they distil all my thoughts
     into a simple yes no decision thereby circumventing
     much  angst and verbal diarrhoea enabling the assessor
     to see how  I truly truly feel
     4).___ are  a bit freaky because I don’t know how who
     is going to see them
     5)If you truly cared for me you would give me a big box
     like the one below where I could explain exactly how I
     truly am.
6) I don’t understand this form of question. I want a tickbox please (ok)
please read this survey aloud to friends
Please put any other comments or feelings in the box
below
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Thankyou for completing this survey.
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