Since Reading The Below Excerpt, I’ve Been Thinking

Hey folks.

Been a while eh?

My bad and I apologise.

Ive been meaning to write something new and relevant for so long.

But I haven’t.

If I am honest (which lets face it, a statement such as that stretches the truth even by my standards) I now acknowledge maybe my lack of creative prose could be put down to too much work and too little me time and when that me time comes along I simply want to do other things such as sit on my backside contemplating my navel however, maybe in reality – and this is both difficult and easy to admit – I may to have lost any impetus I once owned – resulting in the challenge of writing anything creative, of ANY magnitude, let alone my trusty “say what you see” blog occasionally only published to keep you guys informed on how my life may have moved forward, possibly stalled or most definitely gone backwards from where I once was. Though I must say there is nothing to fear my friends, I may have put on a little weight but not enough to concern.

If I am honest I still wouldn’t be bothered to write anything except for the fact I found this piece of so called journalism (below) – I use that word really very vaguely let alone loosely, as said word cannot describe the hack that has my dander so much more than up, it is positively racing, racing so fast that the only outlet for it’s pent up rage is a firm and articulate (within my limits)  diatribe on the utterly apparent “them and us” angle the piece takes, showing the proof in the below piece, outing its hateful politic and outrageous bias, as it fails to pedal nothing but the journalists convincing belief in the 1%’s triteness of “I’m Alright Jack” mindset, proving the gap is alive and well and greater than ever in every corner of the world.

Now as you may know I am not usually driven toward any political arena so I must declare at this point I have no idea how it came to my attention (clickbait I should imagine) but regardless of my usual impartiality it certainly did annoy……

BUT, before you make your mind up, please read and digest the article I consider to be utter GUFF which is copied and pasted below.


Time Poverty

“Busy is the new stupid.” – Warren Buffet

Words by Hugh MacLeod:

“…Bored? Throw some money at the problem.

Lonely? Throw some money at the problem.

Lacking inspiration? Throw some money at the problem.

The end result is, well, most of us do alright financially (compared with everywhere else). But we’re all stretched for time.

“Time poverty”, they call it. The main cause of unhappiness in the affluent world. Everybody’s too damn busy.

So how do you take back time? How do you restore order to the universe?” 

Thank you Hugh (and Mr Buffet) for the insight.


Now I work at least 60 hours a week.

By doing this I admit I earn a good wage BUT I would not call myself wealthy. I would not call myself affluent. I would not even call myself a decision maker although I make decisions with other peoples money all day long. But I would call myself very time Poor because although I do my 60 hours in daylight, I also do many more each evening as I work out what materials are required to take a job forward, what “work arounds” could be implemented to resolve the issues each job presents me on a daily basis before I can finally locate the materials and specific parts to meet the clients specification.


The question I beg is

“Time Poverty?” because busy is the new stupid.

If such a thing really does exist, then I must be the dimmest person on plant earth.

The following paragraph considers throwing money at problems.

A solution that from my experience serves nothing but to empty your wallet not solve any long term issues.

It makes me beg the question if Mr Warren Buffet is even aware that the idea of throwing money at any issue is a totally unrealistic dream for 99% of the worlds population. In fact the only way that many people/families get past the issues that their own worlds orbit (and trust me the issues I talk about are vastly different to the ones rich men speak of, I should know, I grew up literally just over the line between having money for food or electricity, clothes or a day out…… it goes on) is to take second and third jobs in order to cover their “time issues”, the same time issues that insure the rent gets paid, the children have a sandwich to take to school, clothes to wear without holes in the elbows and knees, and the ability to stay for after school classes. Having to make these considerations are the very definition of poverty plain and simple and that fact is all to easy for that 1% to forget. The reality is, the third job is often taken to get the child a better chance and to insure they can catch a bus home to the safety of their family.

Some people have no choice but to be busy. They don’t choose to do it, they simply take it as their duty in order that their children might live in an area without violence and maybe one day grow up and take advantage of their parents sacrifices.

I have to ask, are the following statement true or choice……

Their parents decision to be busy.

Their parents decision to be time poor.

Their parents decision to be stupid.

Somehow I think not. Somehow I think it is wanting to do better for you child than you had done for you……

For my money, it’s about time the Warren Buffets of this world woke up and and became a good deal more time poor by choice maybe by actually helping those who are time poor simply because they wish to give their children the one thing every parent wants to give their child – a decent start in life.
Now please do not think this is a direct attack on the any nation, there are plenty of people around the world with the same 1% belief system, after all it goes back many many years, and caused several revolutions. Lets face it anyone who could say the famous words “Let them eat cake” is not what I would describe as a compassionate head of state.


On this occasion I no longer care about the fridge, live in in for all I care, just make sure any people you know who are time poor have something to put in theirs.



Another Year Older, Still None The Wiser…

Good morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet.

Yesterday saw another personal milestone come and go, I turned 50.


I thought things would be so much more different than they are.

Things never really turn out the way we expect of plan. As the old saying goes “Life is what happens when we are busy making other plans….”

Never a truer word may be spoken because my life has tripped along for the past 50 years with only very minor parts of it happening as planned and the rest just resulting from day to day decisions.

Continue reading

If You Don’t Ask, The Answer Is Always No

Good morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet.

I was listening to the radio yesterday morning whilst eating my breakfast before setting off to work, yes a Saturday and I yes I was once again working……. and todays title came up as a quote from a comedian who co presents on one of my favourite weekend radio shows Frank Skinner on Absolute Radio  . The comedian in question was a guy by the name of Alun Cochrane, where he is usually noted for his dry wit and quick observations I was surprised to hear such sage words on such a comedy driven show and it got me thinking……

After completing the first week of Fit Camp I can honestly say that I am tired and I ache but I am very happy about it because I have realised that I asked myself this very type question and I am pleased to say I was able to answer it with a certain  amount of pride.

The question I asked myself was could I get up at 5am each week day, go to the gym to work out, go on to do a days work where I am not only thinking on my feet but literally am on them doing a sometimes very physical job and then continue this for the whole week?

Continue reading

Ear Worms

Good Morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet!

And by Jupiter its an EARLY morning and no mistake.

Last night I went to bed knowing that I was to get up early. Now this isn’t usually a problem for me but on occasion my sleep behaviour gets weird and as soon as it realises I have to wake up early for something specific then it doesn’t let me sleep. Especially when I go to bed and all that is twisting around my head is a worm of darkest depths of memory and/or most peculiar origins:

One fine day in the middle of the night, two dead men got up to fight. Back to back they faced each other, drew their swords and shot each other…..

Go figure!

I have zero idea where that came from but boy it sure was annoying!

Eventually I suppose I must have fallen asleep (albeit fitful) after shutting down for the night at about 9.30 or so having exchanged a few text messages with different people whilst trying to read some pages of my new book, Uncommon People and drink some water to insure I didn’t get too thirsty during the night – oh such are the follies of us young middle aged folk 😉

However, a broken sleep is not what I was looking for and certainly not one that led me to be wide awake at 3.45am with yet another ear worm going round and round and round.

That said, an ear worm can be okay, but I always think it’s nice to know more than two lines of the ear worm song and of those two lines maybe be even nicer to be able to get them both right?

Oh no, not me.

The song that brought me to rise from my slumber at such an ungodly hour (two hours early I hasten to add) was one Jack in the Box by The Moments where the first verse should be this….

Jack comes out of the box. The bears came home and caught Goldilocks. That horn belongs to Little Boy Blue; And it’s a fact, girl, yes it’s a fact, pure natural fact, that I belong to you.


All I kept singing was:

Jack fell out of a hat, Little boy Blue kicked a cat…


Over and over.

In fact I am still doing it now.


Stop already!

So anyway. Maybe I should explain why I have decided to get up at such an ungodly hour. No, not the 3.45am but the 5.45am that I should have woken at.

Well as you guys already know I have been a gym member on and off for many years and in the summer I joined a new local gym called The Fitness Space which I have been attending off and on since joining back in May of last year.

I admit I could have used my membership a little more frequently but I have had other things occupying my mind and time, the main one being my new business and building it into my own little empire. So although I must accept this still takes up some time, I now realise that it can no longer encroach upon all of my hours and realising early mornings are free I now find myself at the point of using the said time wisely.

So here I am at 5am, writing my blog, filling in time before I head off to Boot Camp err no, sorry, Fit Camp. I have no idea why it feels like it might be a bit boot campish if you now what I mean, it just does and the thought of a Sergeant Major type hoofing around shouting in my ear, telling me to get up and then get back down (and I don’t mean dancing) to give him or her 50 more press ups etc etc… doesn’t fill me with joy :-/

Anyway, today is the first day of a four week course. Each morning Monday to Friday 06.05 to 07.05.

What the hell have I let myself in for?


At least I will be doing it with my friend but that means I must turn up EVERY day as I have to collect her on the way to the gym.

Oh well.

My fate is sealed.

To be honest, I am looking forward to it all very much indeed (apart from the going out into the cold bit) as for the past week I have really been watching my food intake after getting the results of my DNA test.

Each morning I have eaten my Cruciferous smoothie (and I can confirm its very nice, NOT bacon sandwich nice but nice enough) and either a couple of poached eggs or some porridge, followed by a salad of some description for lunch and a vegetable based meal (usually stir fry) for my evening meal. I have never eaten so much greenery. But I haven’t even lost a pound in weight yet!

Whats that all about?

Surely after six days of my diet I should be at least several stones lighter? 🙂

So maybe it is simply that I require some organised exercise to change things up a little so this morning I kick start the sedentary Magnet up the backside and get him going again. I shall continue eating properly keeping lots of greens in the diet and I will give my very best to Boot Fit Camp and remain positive even if it finds me sitting in front of my computer at some ungodly early hour, with a throw around my shoulders as I wait for the house to warm up…….

So guys, as Bob Dylan sang The Times They Are A-Changin’ here we go for the next phase in the life of the the Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet

Oh no, not another bloody ear worm….

‘Till next time,

Stay out of the fridge.






Okay, first things first.

Happy New Year everybody.

Here’s hoping that this year will finally bring us all the success that we have been hankering after, whether it be in diet, activity, love, dreams or anything else your heart may have been secretly desiring these past years whilst you have been busy getting on with life.

Lets just say that we all know that most of these things only happen with effort on our behalf but with the new year comes a chance to wipe the slate clean and a chance to start all over again and it is this I wish most for you all.

Continue reading

And So The Story Ends

Good Morning World and thanks for tuning in to the penultimate post day here on Planet Magnet. After this post there will be only one more and that won’t be for a couple of weeks as I tell the story of my walk along Britain’s oldest Road.

That means this is post number 499!


Quite an incredible feat but one that I suppose I am quite proud to have achieved.

I have always said that I would share my life with you guys for the next 499 posts, after which I would walk the Ridgeway for the Charity HENRY and make my 500th and final post about that very walk.

It is hard to consider the person I was when I started out on the journey. Some people don’t even recognise me as I have changed so much physically, others don’t recognise me because I have changed so much mentally.

Regardless of which is more significant I think we must all agree that since my surgery and subsequent life change, this person…

Back Camera

With My Mum!

Is no longer anything like this person….


If we consider way back when I started this little blog after advice to do so, I was incredibly unfit, unhappy, lonely, I was letting life pass me by and I was disengaged.

No more though.

What a difference 18mths and the help and support of medical professionals and all of you guys here on Word Press who come to read my words every day. Some of you read quietly and fly under the radar and some of you read and comment and encourage. Regardless of which camp you fall into, I appreciate you all so very very much and I thank you all very much from the bottom of my heart.

You guys have made the incredible challenge of 499 posts a possibility and I am so happy that I have completed what I set out to do I think all I need do now is wish myself Bon Voyage, Bon Chance and Bon Temps for the next week of walking. You will be able to follow my updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram…..

So until I write and publish the story of my walk, I shall leave you with these words from T.S Elliots Little Gidding (pointed TO me by Osyth from Half Baked in Paradise but here mixed up by ME) and hopefully they will sum up all I have been trying to say…

“To make an end is to make a beginning so always remember last years thoughts belong to last years language whereas next years words await another voice”

So ’till the last time,

Stay out of the fridge.

P.S. Don’t forget to follow this link and donate to my just giving page.


Good Afternoon world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet. I hope this hump day finds you as busy as me with no regard for it being a hump day.
In fact there is little time for regard of much today although one thing that stopped me in my tracks this morning was a post by my friend Dr Jonathan at All About Healthy Choices.
So much so did it stop me in my tracks that I feel that anything I could write today would pale into insignificance compared to this. To that end I have decided to re-blog his post (with Dr J’s permission) and let you guys read it for yourself.
Even if you have read it already, please read it again and digest it because it is ALARMING to say the least.

Any way, enjoy this post.

‘Till tomorrow,
Stay out of the fridge.

All About Healthy Choices

SittingLet’s make this simple! Let’s reduce health to two categories; FOOD and DRUGS.

The fast food industry spends approximately:

4.2 BILLION in advertising to generate approximately 199 billion in sales.

The pharmaceutical industry spends approximately:

30.5 BILLION dollars in advertising to generate approximately 1 trillion in sales.

The largest health food chain (Whole Foods) spends approximately:

20 MILLION dollars in advertising to generate approximately 13 billion in sales.

What do these numbers mean?

FOR THE FAST FOOD INDUSTRY:  Great profits are created by using advertising dollars to promote their industry whose products continue to destroy the health and quality of life of the average consumer.

FOR THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY: Even greater profits are created by using advertising dollars to promote their industry whose products are designed to be used (to a large extent) to maintain chronic disease (ex. diabetes, IBS, high blood pressure, cardiac disease, etc…)

View original post 151 more words

After Writing 194 Articles Our Health Problems Only Continue To Worsen

Hi Guys and thanks for tuning in to an impromptu post here on Planet Magnet.

I start this week early by helping out a fellow blogger in his mission to get the message across that we all need to be mindful of the health and welfare of others.

Last week he posted
“After Writing 194 Articles Our Health Problems Only Continue To Worsen”

This was taken very seriously by many of us and in my own little way I am keen to help and hoping that a re-blog on my site will increase the size of the audience we want to get the message out to.

So here we go, written by Jonathan or JNCTHEDC over at “All About Healthy Choices” I give you a very important post and I ask you ALL to follow the link and read the post for yourselves as it is of much importance that we ALL digest the message and understand the issues that the world faces.

Thank you in advance for your help in this and I shall be back as ever with a tasty recipe the next time you visit…

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge….

All About Healthy Choices

shutterstock204503749I just realized that I’ve published 194 articles on various health care topics over the last year. I have spent many hours critically evaluating the content and the delivery of each and every message. The information is crucial for so many people living lifestyles that deprive themselves good health and the chance to experience real happiness. Why does it seem like those individuals with the greatest needs are the least willing to participate to improve the quality of their lives? We point our fingers and blame the pharmaceutical companies, the doctors and their rushed office visits, the cost of health care, the cost of good nutrition, our limited time to provide for our own health care needs, and the list goes on…..

1541558Pointing our fingers and blaming the world gives us permission to withdraw from participating in improving our lives. It helps us justify the phrase, “WHY BOTHER?” You see…

View original post 730 more words

Well That’s A Year Down…

Good morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet. I hope you are feeling well and ready to meet the day and the week ahead. Monday is a great opportunity to set your goals in motion, to start all of the things that you said you would “when Monday comes”

You know, like dieting…

Well, we have all said it.

We have all thought it.

Continue reading