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It is an often repeated cliche that in adulthood our rewards to ourselves are our punishments as children. I would hazard a guess that every child has said something of this sort:

“When I grow up I am going to eat fries everyday and stay up all night!”

Then you become a grown up and what do you want? A healthy dinner and an early night. I fail on both accounts!

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I live within a literal stone’s throw from a kebab place, well maybe not me throwing since I have the athleticism of a dead weasel – certainly you wouldn’t need a trebuchet – maybe one of those dog ball things. Anyway getting that kind of food is very easy – and that is not even counting getting food delivered. Even when I cook I don’t tend to cook the food that is best for me.

And when it comes to going to bed on time… well that is bad too…

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I never go to bed at a good time. Most nights I get six hours of sleep. This morning (Saturday) I have had coffee as I am feeling so tired. When I went to bed last night there was 6 hours and 59 minutes till my alarm would beep – apparently it was not enough time!

It is funny though that to be healthy we’re supposed to spend a third of our lives unconscious! I tend to view sleep as necessary evil! Going to bed when my to-do list still has stuff on feels…

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Alright it is not entirely the to-do list! What tends to happen is that I get my stuff done until I feel too tired – then I meander around on line until I end up going to bed too late!

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Of course sometimes the human body doesn’t know what it wants. On these days of six hours of sleep it is clear it is not enough – but then when I don’t have an alarm set I still tend to wake up after that amount of time! As happened today. (It is now Sunday.)

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The key is self discipline, well duh, and being able to switch off and unplug. Which is always a hard thing to do. I think that living alone makes it harder. If you are sitting with a partner or housemate and both yawning one of you might suggest it is time for sleep. However sitting alone at the computer it is all too easy just to watch one more video…

I think too that there is something in the silence that is scary – which is odd because I also feel overwhelmed on the phone all day. So that is my challenge to try and switch off – I do not have high hopes. See you next week.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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Two Things Not Connected


This post is coming to you late because I fell asleep! I was tired this afternoon and decided to take a twenty minute nap. That ended up being a one hour and forty minute nap. As my mum might say: ‘You must have needed it.’ – I guess it just shows that I don’t get enough sleep in the week. Here I am now though to ramble at you for a few minutes. Can you ramble at someone? Is that a contradiction? I do not know. Here is a cat for no reason.

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I want to talk about two things today. They don’t have anything to do with each other; which is why this post is going to be rambley – is that a word? – it is now. I want to talk about Picard and Brexit.

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First there is Picard, the new Star Trek series, which, after two episodes, I’m still not sure about. I don’t hate it but there is something off about it and I can’t quite put my finger on what that is. It is not even a case of expectation versus reality. I am not sure what I was expecting.

Here is the trailer.

There is an old saying: ‘You can’t go home again’. Perhaps this is the problem – it is different. I think there is more to it than that and I would like to think I am not that shallow.

One of the best final episodes of any TV show ever.

I grew up on TNG and DS9. I was seven when TNG ended and six when DS9 started. Those are the shows I remember the most from the original five live action shows. DS9 is especially important to me as I was able to watch it as it came out. I remember fondly the cliffhanger from Call to Arms with the Federation Fleet filling the screen. It was so cool to see this wall of ships.

Star Trek: Picard is such a different animal to its predecessors. Star Trek has always been about the ensemble but this show is focusing on just one character. Picard is one of my favourite characters but I still see this as a problem.

Also a problem is the name of the show. The way it is structured I am not sure what else it could be called but making it just about him is a mistake.

Come on! Without my crew I’m not a commander, huh?

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I would have started in space with the crew assembled and told this part of the story in flashback. Perhaps calling it Star Trek: Dunkirk – that would be a good name for a ship given what was said in the opening episode.

We are two episodes in and still not in space. DS9 was, essentially, a ground based show too but we got a full cast of characters from the beginning. Then again Picard is not episodic so I should just be patient and wait to see what happens.

Final words… Picard is a good show. I am not sure it is a good Star Trek show. How it all comes together remains to be seen. I look forward to finding out. I thought about writing a review of the episodes so far but I don’t think I could do that justice. Sometimes you need to see the whole picture to know if it was worth it.

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The other thing I want to talk about is Brexit. The UK has now left the EU and I am not happy about it. I know – I know – I was in the minority when it comes to EU membership. That doesn’t mean I have to like it. There is the small matter of the leave campaign lying to the people which, for reasons I don’t understand, never mattered in the government’s plans. I am not even sure how to put all my thoughts on this subject in order.

I want to travel and have been putting it off for almost a decade. I figured one day I would meet someone and the two of us would go together. The meeting someone didn’t pan out so, next month, I am going to The Netherlands. It will be the first time I have ever travelled abroad by myself – incidentally the prospect is rather scary.

Leaving the EU won’t effect me much this time around, I will have to join the queue for non-EU counties, but as time goes on travelling may get more difficult. I hope I am wrong about that. 

Nevertheless I plan to go abroad as much as possible. There is a huge world to explore and The Netherlands seems a good place to start. I can fly from my local air port and, from what I hear, Dutch public transport is pretty good so getting about won’t be difficult. (Public transport is one of many things we need to learn about in the UK.)

It is funny thinking about Brexit. All this time and I still don’t understand. I can see no upside to leaving but leave we have. On the one hand I hope the doom and gloom proves to be false. On the other hand if this does all go belly up I, and other remainers, can laugh and say: ‘I told you so.’

Well hasn’t this been a ramble? It is funny but some weeks I don’t know what to say and other weeks I write an essay!

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead of you. See you next time.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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Isn’t sleep a weird thing? To be a healthy and effective being it is required that we spend a third of our day unconscious. I say a third but how many of us truly get that amount?

Another question could be do you sleep?

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with sleep. I would like to get more of it but that would mean not doing something else. For some reason my brain only decides it is bed time at around midnight.


It is also important to not use electronic devices before bed. The light from a mobile phone can badly effect a person’s ability to sleep. This too is not easy and I am sure almost everyone reading this feels the same. In fact you might even be reading this now when you should be trying to sleep.


I think the midnight thing is the same as the human attitude to almost any problem. We do not deal with a problem until it is upon us. Like the problem of climate change – changes could have been being made for the last twenty years – maybe longer – we didn’t – so now we are running around like crazy trying to stop the end of the world. And so my body only thinks it is in desperate need of sleep now that it is tomorrow.


So after having successfully linked lack of sleep to the end of the world it is time to conclude this post. A couple of years back I had a friend in America and we spoke often online. She was so sweet though that she kept an eye on what time it was for me and when 2300 came around she refused to talk to me any more – and you know what? I did actually go to bed.

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I miss her – and not just because of that sweetness. Talking to her meant I was focused on one person rather than on the endless void of social media. I think the main reason I go to bed so late is loneliness. I think if I wasn’t living alone then I would talk to that other person instead – and we would both be aware of the time. While conversations might go on into the night it would be far more full filling than the time spent on YouTube or Facebook.


Even as I right this (It is Saturday) I know that I will not be getting enough sleep tonight. At least this time I have the excuse of being on a late shift at work.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.  

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The Flagpoll

Going to bed on time, or at a reasonable hour, is almost impossible. With the internet, books, and that strange mark on the ceiling, anything is more interesting than sleeping.

As I stay up and the minutes tick by I know I’ll regret it in the morning.  Yet, somehow, my fingers won’t stop clicking on just one more video – or I end up reading a wiki article on – well anything.

What I want is a feeling that the day is done. Something that I do that signifies the end. I have a vague feeling in the back of my mind that kids TV shows used to do that. The characters would all go back into their homes, or boxes, or whatever – the sun would set and the narrator would say something that concluded the episode.

When playing a Mario game you know you’ve reached the end because of the flag pole. Taking the flag down Mario runs to the next level (day) and if he’s lucky he gets an extra life.

I sometimes set an alarm at the end of the day, usually it’s TNGs closing credits theme, but like the snooze button I just ignore it. I carry on knowing I’ll regret staying up, I tell myself things will be better tonight, and then do it all again.


On a different note Emma Blackery is collecting money for charity. She’s already slashed her target but its for a good cause, several actually, so if you have a few spare pounds please donate. Click here.


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