Monthly Archives: June 2016

My passport application is in the post

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I’m not given to out-and-out anger, I’m more of a standing-in-the-wings-making-waspish-comments type. But as I drove to work on Friday, I was angry. Angry and upset. The vote had been put and the votes had been cast. We were out, out of Europe, out of friends and soon to be out of ideas on what to do next.

The central reservation between the carriageways was strewn with massive ‘vote leave’ placards. I wanted to screech to a halt, burst out of the car, rip them from the ground and jump up and down on them until they were pulp. I wanted to kick them, then set fire to them, extinguish them, then set fire to them again, grinding the ashes under my size eights. Boy was I vexed.

I didn’t of course, it may have helped me feel better, but no doubt some other commuter would have captured the act…

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Dear Brexiteer. What we need you to do now.


So well done, first of all. You listened to the arguments, the same ones I listened to. You heard all the same information I did, you listened to the same debates that I did, but you voted to leave. And you won. I take that – it was a democratic process and sometimes in the democratic process you lose, as I have done.

The referendum has activated the political energies of people who haven’t been interested in politics for some time, so we are told, and many of them are like you, who voted to leave. So here’s the plea of the losing side to you now.

Firstly, don’t stop – don’t stop with your political passion and activism, because we need you now. We need you to be active, we need you to keep talking to the people who you trusted with this vote, and we need you to…

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An amazing Man

Stephen Hawking Has An Inspiring Message For Anyone Who Suffers From Depression

“The message of this lecture is that black holes ain’t as black as they are painted. They are not the eternal prisons they were once thought. Things can get out of a black hole both on the outside and possibly to another universe. So if you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up; there’s a way out.

Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. If you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.”

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Step back

After an amazing weekend off, my first 5k at park run in an amazing time of 34mins 48 secs, I’ve realised there’s something not quite right. Even though I started going to the gym a few weeks ago and loving it and that its the one place that I feel safe, there’s something been niggling me. All this exercise and healthy eating to help improve my memory, aid the depression and vitamin D seems to be sending me backwards. The only way I can describe it is I’m being eaten alive from the inside out.

I’ve found recently things have just got on top of me. Having to deal with uncooperative people, excessive heat, extra work load and trying to fit in time to exercise. That my I’m having days where my memory just goes. That I struggle to get through the day. Then because I beat myself up about it, head home and go straight to bed where I fall asleep until the alarm goes off the next morning. The house has become very unorganised and messy, washing up it left for days.

I have even started to find talking to people about things I’ve been doing difficult, because I get, ‘You told me earlier’ or ‘I heard’ or ‘saw it social media’

So what’s the point in talking? What’s the point in using my energies when no one wants to listen?

We were talking about this at park run on Saturday, how much of a negative person I used to be, and I can see it coming back. I can see it, because things seem to go awry when things are going good, and it’s silly, because  things can’t always be perfect, but what gets me is, I’m trying to better myself yet there always feels like a hidden force trying to pull me back. lIke i’m stuck in slime that won’t let me go.2016-06-22 18.45.59


So when I went to book an appointment at the Doctor’s to try ask for some advice, I found that he was fully booked for two weeks and that I could ring up on a morning for an emergency appointment. That doesn’t seem right to me. I only want help in seeking counselling and check if this exercise is increasing my stress levels or that I just need to give my body and brain time and they  will connect and everything will settle down.

When I had a discussion with one of the medical staff, she did tell me that exercise can cause issues with depression and anxiety, so there maybe something in it. Or it could be I just need to take a step back. Be less caring like everyone else and just take things easy. It seems to work for others. But we shall see.

Depression explained

While we all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time (weeks, months or even years) and sometimes without any apparent reason. Depression is more than just a low mood – it’s a serious condition that has an impact on both physical and mental health. One in five women and one in eight men will experience depression at some point in their lives. 

While the exact cause of depression isn’t known, a number of things can be associated with its development. Generally, depression does not result from a single event, but from a combination of recent events and other longer-term or personal factors (such as family history, personality, serious medical illness or drug and alcohol use).

Exercise and anxiety here


Getting started exercising when you’re anxious or depressed

Many of us find it hard enough to motivate ourselves to exercise at the best of times. When we feel depressed, anxious, stressed or have other mental or emotional problems, it can be doubly difficult. This is especially true of depression and anxiety, and it can leave you feeling trapped in a catch-22 situation. You know exercise will make you feel better, but depression has robbed you of the energy and motivation you need to exercise, or your social anxiety means you can’t bear the thought of being seen at an exercise class or running through the park. So what can you do? More here

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The Pudsey 10k, another great race

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Pudsey10k Ready to run!

There’s that point, just after I’ve collected my race number, completed the contact details on the back to say ‘the other Akers way up front, he’ll wait for me, he always does’ and arrived at the start line that I find myself seriously questioning why on earth I want to run another race, at my age. I ask you.

Wiry, bald-headed men are whipping past me as they warm up, I’m convinced they’ve removed all visible hair to give them aerodynamic advantage. Even their shorts are like my grammar school gym knickers, skimpy and skin tight. They are serious runners, these guys.

I always make my way to the back, well, I might as well start as I mean to go on, and then remind myself that I’m here because I love it, I’m even paying for the privilege. And on this occasion, I’m expecting to be beaten…

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See you later alligator…


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See you later, alligator.
Bye-bye, butterfly.
Not too soon, you big baboon.
In a while, crocodile.
Out the door, dinosaur. 
Give a hug, ladybug.
Take care, polar bear.
See you soon, raccoon.
To your house, little mouse.
In a blizzard, little lizard.
In a shake, garter snake.
Time to scoot, warty newt.
Don’t meander, salamander.
Hit the road, hoppy toad.
Be sweet, parakeet.
See you soon, raccoon.
Stay well, gazelle
Not now brown cow
‘Till then penguin
To your house, mouse
Manana Iguana
Take care, polar bear.
Give a kiss, jellyfish,
Take a bow, brown cow
So long, King Kong.
Toodle-oo, kangaroo.  
See you soon raccoon.
Toodaloo kangaroo.
In a line, porcupine.
To the bus octopus.
Just a word mocking bird.
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Children’s Corner

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