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  1. A " must read " for me.

    I just read a two page article in my Saturday newspaper written by one Haemin Sunim ( a Zen monk apparently ) entitled " the secret of happiness ", an excerpt from the book. Yeah I know, they only show the really good bits, they are, after all, trying to sell the book and very few of us would dare to totally adopt such a lifestyle but there is much to consider and maybe take from what he says. Anyway, we shall see eh?
  2. She made me laugh...( long one/boredom warning).

    Saturday the fourth of Feb was shaping up to be just like any other Saturday. Having finished work at around six and managing to stay awake on the bus until it pulled into my home-town, I'd made the short walk home and was making ready for my weekly visit to an Asda that was just a fifteen minute bus-ride away. Re-written shopping list followed re-written shopping list until I was satisfied with it. Mugs of coffee were consumed before leaving home, then, having bought a Newspaper en route to the ...

    Updated February 6th, 2017 at 05:56 PM by dither

    Tags: missives
  3. Reading as though there is no tomorrow...

    And, having just finished Lee Child's "Worth Dying For", i am so in awe of the man. Such a wealth of knowledge he must have had or acquired to facilitate such writings leaves me with the stark realisation that i could never even contemplate attempting ​ such a fete.

    Which is why i can only dream of the here and now. " Missives from a nobody. " How does that sound? One day maybe but enough of my woes. What an awesome read. I can't believe my luck.

    Updated January 30th, 2017 at 05:37 PM by dither

  4. Mailing the Tabloids,

    Plastic Bottles:

    The very latest cause celebre according to my preferred daily wheeze and so I E-mailed them. No of course it won't count. Someone, somewhere, maybe even a computer-programme, without so much as a thought, will simply click on delete and flush my heart-felt words down the cyber-toilet.

    My point is that there is so much that I didn't say.

    As I seem to be turning into a very conscientious social observer, it's my age, I have to get my thoughts ...

    Updated January 29th, 2017 at 01:55 PM by dither

  5. Brilliant. Absolutely fookin....

    I have had the most mind-numbing boring nothing day ever, and, for reasons that i don't care to go into, held myself back from switching on and logging in. It's been a shit day and, for me, bedtime wouldn't come soon enough. Then, finally, i reheated some grub that i'd cooked earlier, poured myself the first of quite a few cold ones, and set out to finish my latest read.
    I know that it would be nothing new to say that so often you can find yourself being drip-fed, being given ...
  6. Eight in the morning and...

    I'm on the sauce already.

    Sad bstd eh? No not at all. It's not as bad as it seems. I DO enjoy a few slurps at this time of the week that's though. After succumbing to the effects mental and physical fatigue and cheap booze on a Saturday afternoon, i find that it clears my head. So cool and refreshing.

    Updated January 22nd, 2017 at 09:40 AM by dither

  7. Oh boring boring.... ( a rant, that's all .)

    Comfortable life:

    Should be glad really i suppose but nothing ever really happens with me.

    All week, i eat sleep and work. I slob my weekends away and that is it.

    All so predictable, but safe.

    Safety, i love safety, but it comes at such a price.

    Please don't offer suggestions because that will lead to anger and frustration.

    It is what it is.


    When i say that it will lead to anger and ...

    Updated January 8th, 2017 at 06:53 PM by dither

  8. Ho'ho'ho then.

    On this chilly winter's morning. Quietly mooching about my house thinking of nothing in particular and wondering what the hell i'm going to do with myself for the rest of the day.
    I have a slight hangover but that's normal for a Sunday morning and i wouldn't mind being able to turn my tinnitus down a few decibels but there you go. How about it Santa? A volume control for Tinnitus? Ho'ho'ho then, never mind.
    I reckon i shall have a few minutes pottering about the kitchen, get my grub ...
  9. A Christmas dither: (language)

    Maybe i'm a Mean, Selfish, Cold and Heartless, S.O.B. but even at THIS time of year i'm in my very own little bubble. " Getting on with things, getting on with life. My life". Y'know? Yeah well, maybe you don't, know.
    It's not that i don't care or that i harbour grudges, bad thoughts or the like.

    The whole family/friendship thing. Sending out cards/greetings. The giving of gifts etc. Bollocks!

    Am i really such a bad person?

    Old and tired ...
  10. Oh for a chance to sit,,,,

    stew and ruminate. To ponder having nothing in particular to ponder. Quietly, well not so quietly maybe , i shall always have my old friend tinnitus ringing away in the background. I got old i guess.
    A kid brother used to send me texts, " when you gonna drop by? Come visit? I'm just not a "drop by, come visit " kinda guy, i don't think i ever was really. How does someone like me explain that to a younger person who is so keen, to entertain and be entertained? And so, the texts ...

    Updated December 4th, 2016 at 12:16 PM by dither

  11. Dentist hell:

    I've had a good run i suppose but the time is drawing near. A couple of teeth that are causing serious grief right now can only get worse. Next week, next month, next year , there can be only one outcome, my seeking out and submitting to a dentist chair. Oh god, there! i've said it.

    Why are current dentist methods so "not negotiable/carved in stone"? Why can't we talk?

    Me being me, there will probably be a running commentary through the process of plastic replacing ...
  12. Night-worker...

    I was going to head this " night-worker hell " but in spite the lousy conditions, working outside in all weathers, i really don't mind working nights. It's the week-end that causes the most problems. How to adjust to some semblance of normality for just two days. Now that can ​be, a bitch. By the time six am arrives on a Saturday morning i'm just about done but there's still a long way to go before i can acknowledge that it is weekend.
    Having clocked out and passed through ...
  13. I just got old i guess.

    Time and inclination, what happened to them? What happened to me? Seems so long ago now. The days when i enjoyed, looked forward to even, my weekend jaunts to Barkton and Stugely. Visiting libraries, discovering celebrating and noting the whereabouts of public toilets that don't charge the princely sum of twenty pee just have, well, a pee. Exploring town centers and streets, places that i've known all my life as if i were seeing them anew, with relish. Seeking out and occasionally finding ...
  14. Once upon a lifetime...

    When the flesh is weak and the mind? well? Not quite so weak.
    Sometimes, in the silent stillness of a quiet Sunday afternoon spent alone at home, after another week of workplace hell, it seems as though i feel the passing of every moment. Think grains of sand slipping through fingers.
    Being alone is not an issue for me. Yes i get lonely sometimes but i don't have to be alone. It is what it is.
    Thoughts move slowly, unlike the mental ticker-tape of yesteryear, through an ageing ...
    Tags: dithering
  15. I do hope that she's okay.

    All i know of her is that she is twenty six years old, she's not diabetic, and she wasn't pregnant. It was around seven-forty and the darkness of night was approaching. A young woman with whom i was vaguely acquainted was saying her goodbyes at a house doorway called to me as i approached the house.
    " You're going into town aren't you, on your way to work. Mind if i walk with you? "
    " Yeah sure, i don't mind." Why not ? I thought.
    She joined me and we headed ...

    Updated September 18th, 2016 at 07:10 PM by dither

  16. Cider with an Irn Bru top.

    What a day;

    This place, this town, my town. Jinxed cursed or what? A "Carnival Committee" strives to preserve an age old tradition and it hangs on, just. All through August and into September, with the very odd grey-day and some rain, the weather had been glorious. The Carnival time and date had been set for 2.00. pm. Saturday September the 3rd. Seemed reasonable but you can't pre- arrange the weather and yes, the rains came, it lashed down.
    The day had started dry ...

    Updated September 10th, 2016 at 08:02 PM by dither

  17. Who cares?

    Trying so hard, and so wanting, to make something out of nothing, silk purse sow's ear comes to mind, y'know? But really, who cares? Okay, so i dragged my sorry self-pitying arse out of the sack ( and that's not a million miles from the truth actually ) sometime after first light this morning, there was no pressing need or desire to do anything or go anywhere and so, i put the kettle on and made myself a strong one, but really, who cares?
    Just one look out of the kitchen window confirmed that ...

    Updated August 29th, 2016 at 07:32 PM by dither

  18. Cheap cider and doing something nice,

    Actually the cider wasn't so cheap. And the nice thing? Well? It wasn't exactly life changing but it did give me a modicum of pleasure. Okay! So i'm "on the box" ( certified unfit for work ) right now. I will have been quite sometime without income, and maybe i shouldn't be wasting money on drink but one brown plastic 2ltr bottle every now and then isn't going to bring the dither empire to it's knees ( fingers crossed ) and i refuse to feel bad about it.
    It had been a couple of ...

    Updated August 19th, 2016 at 06:00 PM by dither

  19. Amazing scene in Barkton;

    I'm trying to pluck up the courage to return to A&E, worried about my arm. Couldn't believe how busy that place get's and by i'd had enough, gave up and headed back to the bus-terminal via morrison's for some cheap booze and a lotto ticket. Please! If any super being not of this world happened to see me.I'm not asking for millions.

    Well, anyway, as i arrived at the bus stop i could see a bunch of young lads, teenagers i'd say, congregating with their backs to the front of ...

    Updated August 13th, 2016 at 11:02 AM by dither

  20. The straw that broke this Camel's back;

    Smith's blog has prompted this. Sorry Smith. Who know's maybe somebody somewhere ​might see it as drifts off into the great unknown.

    I've been carrying too much for too long and this broken arm business, and it's no big deal , although i AM worried right now, has brought me to the brink. I need to talk to a doctor or somebody, but how much can patient and doctor say in the allotted ten minute time-slot? I could use an hour.

    A doctor might be willing to refer me and ...

    Updated September 25th, 2016 at 09:32 AM by dither

  21. Hospital without the hubbub;

    Friday August 5th. My next Hospital appointment. The day i got un-plastered. I'd been counting the days, the hours even. And as for all that talk about physio, yeah whatever, just get this damned thing off eh? Let me have my arm back.
    So, i got up bright and early, took care of my ablutions and went up town to buy a newspaper. It would help to pass some of the waiting time. I had booked my cab way too early, as is my wont, Mr. Punctuality, that's me, and when i got there, it might easily have ...
  22. Off topic topic,

    Posted in Greyson's blog by bdcharles.

    I'm the same. When people first meet me everything's great. Then they get to know me and my shine wears off (in my head at least). The solution? Practise - and maintain - an air of mystery and distance, so that people will fall over themselves trying to discover "the real you"; and if you hold it just out of reach (the best place for it) the excitement never wanes. It works both ways - Hemingway drank to make other people more

    Updated July 29th, 2016 at 02:48 PM by dither

  23. Cold-callers...


    The wife came and told me that there was somebody at the door wanting to talk to me about our Gas and Electricity supplier and boy was i up for it. The conversation went thus;

    " Good afternoon sir, i've come to tell that you could save money on your energy costs by switching."
    " We don't do beggin mate sorry. "
    " I'm not begging sir. "
    It's begging.
    " Look! yes we could probably save a few quid but ...
  24. Hospital hubbub;

    I'M SORRY.


    Well, i was going to call this " crunch day". An appointment with a consultant to assess the damage day. But crunch-day was last week. Today was all about putting Humpty back together again and how.

    My appointment time was 10.20. am, i got there at 9.40., because i'm like that. And already the waiting room, which is shared with A&E customers, was heaving. A digital display-screen gave out the ...

    Updated July 9th, 2016 at 12:44 PM by dither

  25. Who do you talk to?

    When there's no one to talk to.

    I am seriously troubled by the lack of advice/info regarding depression at my local Hospital. So much so that i E-Mailed them that very question.
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