Be Yourself, Be Positive.

Be true to yourself.

With a half full glass.

Never get worried if you ain’t got enough brass.

Write it down and say it loud.

Always remember you’re uniquely individual, be proud.

Never become just one of the crowd.

Challenge yourself every day however small.

So tomorrow you can hold your head up and walk tall.


Stressed Today……..

Stress today all my troubles have exacerbated today

All my troubles have replicated

My oh my I’m stressed today.


My brains not performing like it used to be

It’s like a dark cloud drifting over me

Is this stress today just happening to me.

Where can I let this stress go

My thoughts are so wrong

I wish I could go back

To not having stress today.

Stress today

My minds going off on one, it want to play

Where are the antidepressants that I had to hide

Oh I hate this bleeding stress today.

Why my mind had to go

I need my sanity you know

I thought something’s wrong

Now I long for a stress free day.

Stress today

Mental attitude is not a game to play

My mental health shouldn’t hide away

Oh I believe in a stress free day.

Just a few words….,…

Words I’ve written without a clue; read my many, no just a few. Words that make sense or tell a story or just inform us all of a win and the glory. Words that state the truth or lies that go through the roof? Words that are wise, compelling and accurate or misguided, mistaken and lacking in content. Words that I should write for others to read or to stop the thoughts in my head making my brain bleed. Words that I write can sometimes be small but the meaning ginormous or ones that can be inexplicable long, that mean very little. Words that I write mean something to me; even if the grammar is a little wonky and the words inarticulate and strange, but I’ll keep on writing to increase my vocabulary range.

I’ve not blogged for a while but I’m ready to work on some words. So if you’ve read this with ponder and see the clear mystery, give me some ideas some guidance and space and I’ll do the rest and give you a read to behold. Hopefully I’ll be back with more words before you’re too old.

“Can I Speak my Mind” an anthology in support of Mental Health.

It not everyday when you get the opportunity to contribute towards a book of stories and poetry written in support of three charities helping mental health sufferers. Even more astounding is that may on the contributors have them self been affected, and/or use the written word to express their feelings or control their emotions.

Contributors all have one thing in common a desire to support others through reflection and the power of the written word.

Contributors include the successful crime author Danielle Ramsey (Check her books out on Amazon) who contributed while on a Crime Festival tour of the USA.

The book was compiled by Neville Raper, who runs writing events for sufferers of Mental Health, he’s a blogger, DJ, Stand up comedian (he occasionally sits down) and author (check out his books on amazon). He inspires others and is passionate in supporting and helping others. To do more he also needs your support in purchasing this amazing book.

Whether affected by mental health, interested in how people cope, want to be more aware or just want a good read then this anthology is perfect for you. In purchasing the book you will also be helping raise funds for 3 charities.

And as for me I would really appreciate you purchasing the book.

Please report detail of the book on your blogs, Facebook, Twitter or instagram. Your support for others is invaluable.

Thank you.


#MentalHealthAtWork #MentalHealth #TeamHeadsTogether



BREXIT : A guide for football pundits/supporters:-

Understanding Brexit is difficult and understanding the options that we are faced with is totally daunting. Therefore I have written a few words that puts it a little clearer in the analogy of a football player.

Player Z (the UK population) has decided that he (I say he for simplicity and I mean this in a gender neutral way, as “he” stands for both male and female, all religions, ethnicity and age groups, just to be clear), wishes to remove himself from team A (the EU) to play in the league (the common market and common trade policy) for team B (the UK outside of the EU). Player Z has been finding it difficult to influence the game of play since being on the substitute’s bench since he had pay discussions (the UK’s rebate and reduction in influence gained or given away – depending upon your point of view – by Margaret Thatcher). Therefore player Z has put in a transfer request (Brexit) which has been negotiated over that past 2 years and now the options have been put on the table.

All options would include team B playing £39 billion pounds transfer fee (for our obligations to the EU, or in other words to cover their shortfall in funding for a few years by the UK leaving the EU).

Option one would be player Z leaving team A but not being allowed to play football for 2-3 years until final arrangements have been made. If no final arrangements have been made then player Z would not be able to play in the league (the common market and common trade policy) but could be eligible to play in other leagues and would be allowed to negotiate his own teams in these leagues (trade deals with other countries not within the EU). Basically a slap on the wrist for asking for a transfer in the first place. (Hard Brexit). This is also to deter other players from asking for a transfer. (Greece, Spain etc. wanting to also leave the EU).

Option 2 would be that the transfer goes ahead with caveats. The £39 billion is still paid, however player Z to continue playing in the league but on a free transfer back to team A with team B still playing his salary. Team B are not allowed to buy and other players (no freedom of movement for EU and UK citizens). Player Z will also only be allowed to sit on the substitute’s bench when allowed, but will not be able to play on the pitch. He will not be allowed to sit in the changing room before during and after the game where decisions are made about tactics and game play, but he will have to adhere to these decisions that he has had no part in. (we have to take on board EU rules and standards without having any say or input into these decisions).

Option 3 is staying put with no transfer (No Brexit), this will inevitably mean staying on the subs bench with no increase in salary, no influence on the game no inclusion in the dressing room even though he’s allowed to talk but no one is listening, no use of the showers/bath, but continuing to observe the rules. Lack of playing and match fitness means that if another transfer deal is requested the outcome with be playing in the lower leagues or even the non-league (Leaving the EU and trading under WTO rules and tariffs).

Will player Z ever play again, will he play for his country on the international stage, will he prosper and become one of the world’s greatest player or will he disappear into retirement into a life of abject poverty and loneliness.

It’s a competitive world and everyone and every nation have themselves at the heart of their needs. We need to play together on a level playing field, respect every player no matter what position on the field, race, religion and country of origin. We can’t all be the winners but we should all take part and never be excluded, especially if it’s for pure gain of a competitive edge to others.

Never condemn a player from leaving your team, as he might just come back and score a hat trick against you. (EU and UK need to work together for a mutual harmonious agreement, without it you will harm yourselves and each other).

One world, fair play, respect the game respect to all.

I’ve lost my mind.

I’ve lost my mind

I normally keep it close

If found, please pop it in the post

Don’t feed it and certainly not toast

It’s really true it not a ghost.

Pin it down

Tie it up

Occupy it with a book

My mind has gone

I want it back

I love my mind

I want to give it another crack.

I’ve lost my mind

It’s dark and blue

It’s deep and shallow

All at the same time

It responds well to a glass or bottle of wine.

I’ve found my mind

It wasn’t lost

Just misinterpreted misunderstood

I didn’t listen to what it said

I’m really tired

I need to go to bed.

I never want to loose my mind

It’s been good to me

I’ve had it forever

It’s my mate

My bessie friend

Lose it again,




Could be a long one

Could be disastrous

Could be like any other

How shall I play it

Shall I put in the effort

Or should I give up before it’s started.


Unlike any other

24 hours to give and forge

The day is mine It is also yours

Once we’ve done all our chores

We could relax and just pass time

Waste a few hours like we don’t give a dam.


It could be our last

But we don’t know

Where the sand is in the hour glass

All at the bottom

Or still at the top

Make the most of every grain

Cherish it before it drops.


Sleep in and stay in bed

Nothing to do

Nothing said

Do you want the day to end

Do you want to be dead.


Paralysed with fear

Emotions craze my mind

I can’t do what others do

I don’t have any luck

When people see me all the see is muck

But it’s a day to achieve.


I won’t let pass me by

Too much to achieve before I die

Don’t stay in bed

Passing time is not an option

I don’t what this day to pass

My glass is half full

I’m going to make it last.


24 hours

Time to be creative

Time to thrill no time to kill

Make the most of every second

Fill it with care and love

Share it with others

Make friend like they’re sisters and brothers.


It’s going to be a long one

It will not be disastrous

It will not be like any other

I shall play it to the full

I Shall put in every effort

Plan it and never I give up before it’s started.

Day grab it it’s yours.

Phrase of MIND

What’s your State of mind they always ask? You’re just playing Mind games expecting an answer.

Do you really care about what’s on my mind, what I really think? My thoughts are mine; my conscious state belongs to me and me alone. Please get out of my head, get out of my mind, my life is my own for me to own and me alone.

But all you say in return is, never mind, please frame your mind, you’re caught in two minds, mind how you go, and if you’re not careful you’ll lose your mind.

But I have a mind of my own, I have an open mind. This should not be a battle of hearts and minds; I know my own mind. So I can set your mind at ease, if you have a mind’s eye and a minds set to do so. It’s a question of mind over matter, yet you believe I’ll lose my mind, thinking I’ve only half a mind. Never mind, I hear you say just go to the gym and exercise as they say a healthy body and healthy mind “. Or “go on holiday because travel broadens the mind”.

Your comments had never crossed my mind; your words don’t blow my mind. You think your reasoning is mind blowing and mind boggling, expecting me to change my mind

Don’t underestimate me I’m of sound mind, so mind your own business, and never you mind about criticising me. My mind is my own, to do as I please. It’s my soul, my inner self, my friend and my enemy.

I control my mind and my mind controls me together we conquer all as great minds think alike. Don’t ever cross your mind, as a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

You are what you are, indisputably you, unique and individual in spirit and in mind. You are one in a billion an original person that needs to remember you have a mind of your own love it and it will love you.

A time and a place; You must live in………..

You must live in…….

Spilt red wine on the white wool carpet – you must live in STAINS

You need a hip operation – you must live in IPSWICH

You go to the Pub near the stream- you must live in INNSBRUCK

Your baby is wrapped up in a warm jacket – you must live in SWADLINCOTE

If you have a big pile of money – you must live in RICHMOND

If your dipping your bread finger in cream cheese – you must live in PHILADELPHIA

If you’ve got a reindeer powered car – you must live in SANTA CRUZ

If your name in Noah and your building another boat – you must live in NEWARK

If you like sleeping in your car – you must live in BEDFORD

You make great cakes – you must live in BAKEWELL

That’s expensive meat in your sandwich – you must live in DEREHAM

If all the party food is left – you must live in NUNEATON

If your new vehicle matches your lips – you must live in REDCAR

If you have a massive choice of meats and cheeses and foreign foods – you must live in DELHI

You’re a very religious person – you must live in CHRISTCHURCH

If your mother has just left you – you must live in MUMBAI

She only eats tinned food -you must live in CANNES

He is a pyromaniac -you must live in BERN

He’s a thoughtful undertaker – you must live in BURY

She collects small pebbles – you must live in LITTLE ROCK

If you can walk over the river on that fallen tree – you must live in WOODBRIDGE

If you wander here and there – you must live in ROME

If you’re a magic roundabout rabbit stuck on a lunch of ice – you must live in DILLENBURG

Love to open a bottle of wine- you must live in CORK

If you’re royalty and you’ve been naughty- you must live in KINGSCOURT

Her house was full of food – you must live in STOCKHOLM

Kate has a fight with her prince – you must live in FORT WILLIAM

If you’re a lumberjack- you must live in CEDAR FALLS

The muggle boy that Harry shares a home with – you must live in DUDLEY

If you like lots of different shades – you must live in GRAYS

If you have flees in your pants – you must live in HITCHIN

If your plumber can stop these – you must live in LEEK

If you’re a water baby – you must live in POOLE

This couple like aftershave and perfume – you must live in COLOGNE

If you’re my brothers daughter – you must live in NICE

I’m not quite sure of her name – you must live in GENOA

If your tired of these places BUCHAREST

Favourite Aunt.

Auntie septic she always nursed my cuts and grazes

Auntie Freeze she knitted wonderful warm scarves

Auntie Coagulant I don’t know what she put in her soup but it was always watery

Auntie Competitive she would never play games with us.

Auntie Body she was a fitness freak

Auntie Glare he wore sunglasses even in the middle of winter

Auntie Viral she posted videos of me on the internet

Auntie Climax she always told me the end of the film before I watched it

Auntie Static no dust would ever go near her house.

Auntie Slavery she never made me do any housework

Auntie Poverty she left me all her money

Auntie Feminist well you can make your own mind up what she was like.