Monthly Archives: September 2012

05/08/12 The three pronged approach to dealing with mental health problems? Honesty, honesty and honesty…

Having met the “no, we don’t have any of that round here,” woman, I walked about a mile up the road and found a farmer who did have some of that. He was a man of about 60, mending a … Continue reading

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03/08/12 Tough love

As I watched the recent Panorama about ATOS, the French company charged with ‘reassessing’ , er, cutting, the benefits of folk on disability benefits, I was struck by two words. Chris Grayling, minister for employment, when asked about the anxiety … Continue reading

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03/08/12 There’s always someone a bit more….

Isn’t it amazing, there’s always someone doing something a bit more…you know, crazier than you… And so it was I met Darren and Robert – they were cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for Darren’s daughter … Continue reading

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31/07/12 Walk a mile

Walk a mile is back on the road – I’m camped on the outskirts of Oban with Hubert, Wilson and Darth II all tucked up quietly. Tonight I had tea with the lovely Jim and Clare – his catchphrase being … Continue reading

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17/07/12 Chariots of Fire

Languishing in the comfort of being at home with Ella, waiting for mental and physical maladies to abate, I have allowed myself to become smitten by all things Olympian. What better way to prepare for the festival of running about … Continue reading

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25/06/12 So you want to talk? Lets talk…

Imagine, for me, your average 18-25 year old…. Ok, let’s narrow this down a little – let’s imagine the unemployed part of this group. It shouldn’t be too difficult – this group accounts for roughly 1 in 4 of our … Continue reading

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16/06/12 Can it be it was all so simple then?

Corby The lovely Paul, a great friend from my teenage years, had given us a lift to his Dad’s – which in turn was close to where we were going – providing me, them, us with the opportunity to reminisce … Continue reading

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08/06/12 One man and his dog

Warning – contains nuts…. I met David (not his real name) and Bruno (not his dog’s name either) some time back in a small coastal town. As ever with the increase in the volume of people wandering the streets, fewer … Continue reading

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02/06/12 I’m not from these parts, am I?

A couple of days ago I met up with an Australian family – John, Gina and their daughters. Before I had time to say, ‘I’m a wandering lunatic,’ they’d furnished me with friendship, a peanut butter sandwich, an apple and … Continue reading

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30/05/12 The Salen Solution

Tobermory – what a beautiful place. The first food outlet I encounter is a little cafe on the pier – fish and chips. Whilst all the other customers are outside enjoying the sun – I’m huddled in the shade – … Continue reading

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