I’ve got problems with old age; I forget what it’s called

I struggle with the new nomenclature. I forget the current accepted term for various afflictions, races and such. I fail to see the difference between coloured people and people of colour, partly because grammatically there’s isn’t any. I read a lot of books and a slight change in the sequence of words, or a pleonasm…

Hey, man, I’m cool

I’ve never been cutting edge, even when my profile was less rounded. I’ve been a little bit different to the norm, but not excessively so. It’s not that I wanted to conform but my four children, spread over 16 years, and a mortgage tended to ensure I didn’t put my head above the parapet. I…

The seven sighs of the aged

According to an advertising meme, there are seven signs of ageing. They name them as:   Dark spots.   Sagging skin.   Dull, glow-less skin.   Lines and wrinkles.   Dry skin.   Patchy skin.   Open pores. Although not stipulated, this appears to be targeted at women, despite age not being gender specific. So, like others before me no doubt, I…

A man of a letter

I’m not a mathematician. I got a GCE in the three disciplines and enjoyed the lessons, but my major love was English. I can be pedantic when people confuse pleonasm with tautology, but then, who would not? I watch technical programmes, hoping that something will seep through into my brain. One I was watching a…

Latte and breasts

Does anyone else remember those heady days, so long ago, when young women would look askance if you dared to talk to them without a proper introduction? If there was an older woman with her, one had to talk to her first. Back to the days of chaperons it seemed. But no more. I’m over…

It’s all my fault

I’m 71. I used to be younger. I have been younger for longer than I have been 71 so it is no wonder that when I look in the mirror of a morning and see an old, lined face, it comes as something of a surprise. That would be bad enough but it seems that…

Hell in all its fury

I don’t believe in hell. I’m not sure many people do. It is a good thing too as going by the various descriptions it is quite, well, hellish. I don’t want to go there. All that flame and pokers can’t be good for you and, of course, it goes on for so long. Is it…