What to give, up, When to give up & What’s worth fighting for



Last month I was walking along the cliff tops in Northumberland and had not processed this film, until a couple of weeks later in Islington. A lot has happened since then. Looking at these pictures makes me feel very happy. I wish I was there now.

Northumberland, Craster coastline

Stunning scenery in Northumberland  

waves crashing on cliffs

Blue sea -rugged cliffs, June 2018 Northumberland

Old friends (eh not so much of the old,!) go back a long way…  from Newcastle & South Shields enjoying the sunshine


looking at you, looking at me

Handsome cliff side sheep


Politics/Unite, Angel /Islington & Farringdon London

On a recent UNITE REP course situated between Angel and Farringdon, I found this little spot by the Canal to sit in at lunchtime. No matter what I’m doing or where I am, I always find hidden spots. The Unite Course was intense for a whole week, so finding a bit of space was heaven.

Although I haven’t had the time to go on any organised walks lately, I’m still walking a lot.

Just walking from My house to Herne Hill and Farringdon to the Unite Office, situated somewhere between The Angel  Tube & Farringdon mainline station. ‘Popping’ up to Upper Street Islington for lunch and back to Farringdon at the end of the day clocked up about 5 miles a day. As well as walking at the weekend from Victoria to Blackfriars to the TATE MODERN ended up walking 8 miles. 

five minutes from Angel Station

                                                                            Islington Canal

Dave a Unite Rep told me this story

“I love my walk to work. It’s about 7 kilometres and takes just over an hour  (I allow 1 hour 10 minutes ). The first part of the trail is through the quiet back roads, then through a park, then, a local area city centre  (Woolwich ) where I can jump on a bus if running late, then to work. It’s the highlight of my day. I take a bag of peanuts to feed the squirrels in the park. I get my best ideas when walking, and quite often fire off messages on the move. I arrive at work with my mind fully charged with oxygen and ideas that have already been started.”



a chair a bridge an old boat and a cancal

Away from the main street was this little spot


As a Unite Rep Dave deals with drivers on a daily basis; who are dealing with poor health due to the job demands and lack of healthcare from the privately owned companies. It is a dog eat dog world & all he/we can do is fight for our rights for better working conditions. Helping ourselves is the first step towards freedom. Keeping on walking and getting the exercise as well as just seeing different places makes a whole load of difference to a mind that is filled with politics of one kind or another; be it office politics or general politics. There is no end to it all.

I’m having a break from my walking group and exploring my options (yet again) It’s been a mighty scramble trying to make a career break. Seemingly getting nowhere… but everywhere is nowhere.!

If that sounds profound, don’t worry. ! it’s not really. We can be scurrying around looking to make changes only to find out that what looks so much better isn’t really.  Finding meaningful, interesting well-paid work with flexible working hours is as elusive as ever.

 As Old man, Bob Dylan said, “you gotta serve somebody.”

The need to escape from work. Looking for work, being at work, reading job adverts, filling in forms, focusing on work, at all times, dealing with people we don’t like and the rest. While I have made some progress as a workplace Rep, working in a massive organisation like the NHS is an extremely challenging environment to work in. Even in Admin, which is my area.  I’m hoping to fight for improvements, and am part of a forum looking into that, but still, it’s a massive task.

My idea to start a new walking Meet Up Group is on the cards, and I will roll that out in September and see how that goes. It will start slowly, leading occasional Sunday walks. Watch this space.



RAA headlines

Daily Crap Headlines


“Grayson Perry RA coordinates the biggest, brightest and most colourful Summer Exhibition yet, in our 250th annual celebration of “art made now”.(RAA)

summer exhibition



There isn’t really ever a theme at the Royal Academy Summer Show but nevertheless bits of politics and comments on life as we know it inevitably pop up. It’s always reassuring to see the massive collection from the sublime to the ridiculous. It’s been my ambition for a long time to write about art. As yet I just haven’t got round to it. I may do yet. 

storm in a tea cup


The summer is coming to an end, and the heat was intense making some situations unbearable, so I’m glad to see the back of it and embracing cool beautiful September & October, with much to do as always.

Coming up next month





 More adventures up North.

& much, much more