I am never, ever, bored. There are so many things I like doing
that I think I shall have to live until well past 100 to catch up
with them all. Whilst I enjoy most of the work stuff, if I can ever
afford to retire there'll be plenty to keep me occupied. Even when
obliged to attend some tedious presentation or meeting, or stuck
in a hire car in a traffic jam, which spring to mind as recent instances
where boredom ought to have set in with avengeance, all I need is
some paper and a pen. A capacity to daydream amusingly is also useful.
Left to my own devices, life in Astcote,
a small village in green Northamptonshire, England is great and
although not a lot seems to be going on you'll see from my In
The Village blog that really isn't so. If there isn't the Paddock
Party Committee there'll be birds and flowers and sheep to write
Or I can always take photographs.
Digital cameras are brilliant. I always wanted to edit photos and
now I can without requiring the services of a chemist or schoolfriend
with a darkroom and equipment.
If BBC Radio 2 isn't on I have enough tracks to last a week or
two to play. I still love the music I'd
hear on vinyl or a transistor radio in the 1960s as well as more
latest releases than I would have expected to enjoy but definitely
do. Addicted to programes like X Factor, American Idol and others,
I post running commentaries on Twitter and articles on an Entertainment
Several TV series have been unmissable and
films essential viewing over the years and
I have even started watching recordings or DVD versions of some
again and been surprised that I still really enjoy them, even knowing
how they end. Odd that but I'm not complaining. I have even had
a part in one film and a play
I adore cars and spend so much time in my
own that they become almost part of me. I have had an interesting
range of new and old and have been sad to see all them go but delighted
to see the latest on the drive. I will drive virtually anywhere
rather than take a bus or train, although that is getting less affordable
these days so most trips are pretty much necessary ones, unlike
the 1980s when I drove with friends to the Greek
Islands a couple of times.
There's something about the Greek Islands
that made a strong impression on me and if I'm not here one day
that's where you should look first.
Despite computers taking over almost
all my waking hours in some form or another, a stamp collection
started at age 11 is still going strong and I have a marvellous
collection of GB Machin definitive issues
in which I have become something of an expert.
I could go on . . . in fact, I hope I shall!