Addicted to learning

Writing 101, Day 4.

Today’s suggestion from WordPress Blogging U.

“Write about a loss: something (or someone) that was part of your life, and isn’t any more. (A twist: Make today’s post the first in a three-post series.)”

My name is El Amarillo Camino and I am an addict.

A reformed addict to be fair, and in my case sadly so. I was addicted to the Open University, that marvellous degree awarding institution set up in the late 1960’s to enable under-privileged people to go to university. It has no entry qualifications; you don’t even physically attend it. It is all done via post, or nowadays on-line. Continue reading


The art of coffee

Today’s daily prompt asks what things I still prefer to be handmade.

Coffee has to be handmade. I know that may be a strange way of thinking about it but when Nespresso machines and their clones are everywhere, the cafetière, or French press, is still the only way to go.

I even saw a fully automated espresso machine recently. Continue reading

Commit to a Writing Practice


Writing 101, Day 3.

Today’s suggestion from WordPress Blogging U.

“Today, celebrate three songs that are significant to you. For your twist, write for fifteen minutes without stopping — and build a writing habit.”

Number 1 is

Symphony No. 3 Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’ by Henryk Górecki

Composed in Katowice, Poland, between October and December 1976

Górecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful songs, is very much one of the most important songs in my life. I first heard it in 1993. I was at work and this ethereal voice was on the radio. ‘Oh, that sounds like Górecki’ said my colleague. I had the CD within days. Gramophone magazine had made it their recording of the year, and I could see why. Continue reading

A life examined

“The life which is unexamined is not worth living”

The prompt today asks me to look back to January and see how the year has turned out, was it as I might have predicted. No not at all is the simple answer. Yes, in the broader areas, work, health, the major relationships are all there still.

In so many of the detailed areas though a lot has changed. So what happened. Continue reading