So how was 2013 for you? Hopefully you can reflect on a year of achievements, no matter how small or big, and feel good about the past twelve months. However, I’m afraid I can’t be quite so upbeat. No, I can only report that – for much of the year just gone by – my life was on pause. Indeed, I regularly felt that I was caught in a time warp. I’m not using euphemistic language or speaking in metaphors here; my life really was on pause. I blame modern technology. Most people la
I’m curious about the January sales. Why is it that shops and department stores think they can wheel out the stands and racks of items nobody buys during the year and expect people to snap them up because of a sale tag? Yet at this time of year we seem to be overcome by a feeling of not having spent enough money over Christmas. We feel compelled to get rid of our last few pennies just to make sure we’re flat broke until Easter. There is an outbreak of aggressive advertising:
Why did the man have a tin of peas sitting on the kitchen floor next to his dishwasher? It’s not a joke; there is no punch line. Although when you hear the explanation you’ll be perfectly able to relate to it. I think it must be part of the human condition to tolerate a situation – to put up with it and trudge on – because it’s easier than trying to come up with a proper solution. The path of least resistance is often most taken, especially when it comes to repairing things.
Remember when you were a child and a visit to a furniture shop meant you could run around and ‘play house’, imagining every sitting room suite and double bed was your own home? What fun we used to have. Sadly that’s not acceptable behaviour for a grown up. I’ve tried it and all you get are disapproving stares from other customers and requests to leave from store security. This is why I bring my children with me when I visit these retail outlets. I use them as a cover for my c