Scared

Too Scared To Publish?

If you read the previous post to this Endless Blue Angel Mondays you may be wondering why I posted a short story as opposed to something about ‘inspiring positive simplicity’. Well, to be honest, I was trying to challenge myself to do something different in line with another previous post Another Day To Do Something Different. Although I’ve started a few short stories in my … Continue reading Too Scared To Publish?

Another Day To Do Something Different

To many, today is just another day. To others, it’s a new day. A chance to look at things differently to the way you usually do. If you usually travel on the same route, what’s stopping you trying something different? If you usually look straight ahead, try looking up every now and again. What do you notice that you haven’t seen before? If you have … Continue reading Another Day To Do Something Different

Where Are We Now?

I’m feeling very lucky today as I’m sitting in a bar outside the rather awe-inspiring mezquita (mosque) in Córdoba in the south of Spain in the last days of December while listening to the David Bowie single ‘Where Are We Now?’ that was his comeback single a couple of years ago. At the time, I remember the music press and fans all desperately trying to … Continue reading Where Are We Now?

El Poder Del No

Un amigo me recomendó recientemente ‘El Hombre Del Sí’ (‘Yes Man’). Es un libro y una película fantástica en la que el protagonista dice ‘sí’ a todo el que se lo pide y como consecuencia, ocurren muchas cosas buenas. Sin embargo, después aprende que ‘sí’ no es siempre la respuesta correcta. Esto me hizo pensar en el poder de decir ‘no’. Aunque decir ‘sí’ puede … Continue reading El Poder Del No

Posting In Spanish

I’ve been living in Spain for almost a year now and as a result, I thought it about time that I write something in Spanish. This has also been inspired by a Spanish friend’s challenge to publish two posts in the language: – one post that I’ve translated from one of my previous English ones (published 23 Dec 2014) – another that I will be … Continue reading Posting In Spanish

Clearing The Cobwebs

After going to a bar for breakfast this morning, I went for a walk in the crisp December sunshine. I’m not sure why but I often find that going for a walk with no particular destination somehow recharges my batteries and helps me to clear the cobwebs in my head to come up with ideas for writing. Maybe it’s not ‘doing’ anything in particular that … Continue reading Clearing The Cobwebs

I Want My Flip Flops

Even though it has definitely been winter in Granada recently, yesterday turned out to be quite a warm day. However, regardless of the cold reality of winter, my flip-flops are resolutely staying on. In my flat at least… When I lived in London, wearing flip flops for me was not simply a matter of footwear but more a sign of of hope for a warmer future and strangely, it seems … Continue reading I Want My Flip Flops

The Importance Of Companionship

I’ve just been listening to the Desert Island Discs podcast on BBC Radio 4 where 95-year old ex-Royal Navy test pilot Captain Eric Winkle-Brown was interviewed. Other than listening to an incredible man who lived through such key moments in history as attending the Berlin Olympics and taking part in the liberation of Belsen, he also talked about the importance of companionship. At one point … Continue reading The Importance Of Companionship

The Tale Of The Supermarket Carol Singers

The Christmas Lights are being switched on in Granada tonight which will be fun to see and as the festive season approaches each year, I’m often reminded of a shopping trip to a supermarket in London a few years ago where I was greeted by two teenagers of about 15-16 years old who were belting out Christmas carols accapella raising money for a local charity. They immediately made me … Continue reading The Tale Of The Supermarket Carol Singers

Away From The Noise

So What’s Next?

I started this blog in October, so at only a few weeks old of posting daily (including the transfer of a number of posts from a previous website I had) and since the end of the latest Blogging101 project, I thought I’d take stock of how things have gone. Firstly, I’d like to thank everybody who follows me via email, Wordpress or Twitter (@awayfromnoise) and for all the … Continue reading So What’s Next?