Category: Life

A Morning without Care in the Middle of Nowhere

I was the first to wake up most days, a fact that’s always filled me with an irrational and frankly pointless sense of pride. This was one of those mornings. It was difficult to know exactly what time it was, the clock on the TV across the room was blinking a helpless 00:00 as it had since we’d arrived the night before; and I’d given up wearing a watch some months earlier. I knew it was sometime in the morning by the shard of V-shaped sunlight that imprinted itself on the wall near the ceiling. Paddy and Sol were...

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Dewi Sant and the Half-Day Holiday

It was the day that Dafydd Hughes got a crayon stuck up his nose. Nobody was quite sure how he’d done it, an act without witness; attention drawn only when Dafydd let out a cry of panic. Mild at first, swiftly moving through the emotive gears to something all the more alarming. A mix of fear and embarrassment propelled by the fuel of unsympathetic mirth from fellow pupils, and the ire of Mr Thomas.  A man rarely given to see the funny side of any situation. It was St David’s Day, 1983, standard 2, just after the register. We...

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Giving Silly a Bad Name

There was something reassuringly primal about the scenes in last night’s astonishing opening episode of Planet Earth 2. Aside from the fighting dragons and penguins doing back-flips from a volcano, there was the less-than-smooth first steps into the world taken by the oddly cute looking marine iguanas. Hatching from their shells, buried a few inches into the sand of a seemingly empty landscape, a baby iguana blinked in its new and strange environment. “Oh,” it (for this is a gender non-specific iguana) muttered, to nobody “What’s all this then?” Taking a few tentative steps away from their shell lair,...

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It’s all Pointless in the end

It's all Pointless in the End I watched Pointless on the TV this evening. It’s a gentle, easy to watch quiz show of the sort I’ve always rather liked. If you’re unaware of how the show works, the answers to the questions derive from surveys conducted from 100 people from the general public (a little like Family Fortunes), with the contestants challenged to find the least popular correct answer. Or even a correct answer that none of the 100 surveyed had come up with – hence the name Pointless. There are usually easy questions for those who wish to...

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A Short Tale About Desmond – Not His Real Name

To the best of my knowledge I’ve been punched in the face twice in my life. The first time was by Andrew Passolini when I was in standard three (year 5 in the modern parlance), who put fist to face after a brief squabble over who was ‘it’ in a game of off-ground touch. The second time was by a chap called Desmond during my time as an exchange student in the USA, who took umbrage at my mocking his patchy knowledge of Roy of the Rovers late one night after a session on the Sam Adams at the...

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