Category Archives: Life

Life. Death. Plus anything else I think belongs in this category.

You can / you can’t

oxforduniversityI was educated at a comprehensive school (state-funded school) in a small seaside town in Wales. Then I went to Oxford University. This is how I got there. Continue reading

How to blog

wordpressSo, you signed up to WordPress, answered all their intrusive personal questions, got yourself a blog and an “About me” page that says:

“This is an example of a WordPress post, you could edit this to put information about yourself or your site so readers know where you are coming from..”

Congratulations! The hard part is over! Now all you have to do is blog. Continue reading

What are brains for?

brainsopenBrains. We all have them, but what are they for?

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The secret of the Amish

amishIt’s so easy to make fun of the Amish, and yet they resolutely continue to live happy and meaningful lives, while those who mock them are often left feeling unhappy or unfulfilled.

So what is their secret? Continue reading

Spring is here!

115_1570Today is the Spring Equinox, and by popular request, I am posting some more photos of the garden. As you can see, Spring really has arrived in Oxford! Continue reading

How to get more blog followers

followersWhen I started blogging, I told all my friends about my blog and I shared my posts on Facebook. But sadly my friends had zero interest in reading my innermost thoughts, feelings and desires. Not even my mother read my blog. Reader, I wept.

However, after a few posts I noticed something very interesting. Complete strangers were reading my blog posts and liking them. Some liked my blog so much that they even followed it. I was a celeb! Continue reading

Leek chic

welshflagHappy Saint David’s Day to all Welsh, part-Welsh and non-Welsh people! Continue reading

Too tired, again

cfsI was getting ready for my yoga class this morning, when I realized: I can’t do it. I’m just too tired.

Everyone gets tired, but chronic fatigue (CFS/ME) is different. Because normal people rest and then they’re not tired any more. People with CFS can rest and they still feel tired. Before I got CFS I simply didn’t understand this. I know you won’t either. Continue reading

Spring is near

115_1545I was out frolicking in the garden this morning before work, and I couldn’t stop myself from taking photos. Although it’s still Winter, there are signs of Spring everywhere. Bulbs are thrusting up through the soil, buds are poised ready to open, and some early flowers are already brightening up the dark days of February. Very soon it will be peak growing time here in the garden, but for now everything is on the cusp, waiting …

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How to live to 100

100yearsoldIn my Live to 100 series I’ve examined various places around the world (the Greek island of Ikaria, the Japanese island of Okinawa, Andorra, Spain, Australia and Iceland) where the population enjoys exceptional longevity and good health into old age, and for each place I extracted a list of rules for healthy living. Now I’m pulling these together to find out what’s common to all or most of these locations. In short, I am about to reveal to you the secret of longevity.

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