Vagabond Shoes

Just sometimes you wake up and take a look at the hand you have been dealt and you can choose your view point. There will be a mixture of cards, some aces, picture cards and a few of the rest of the pack too. Now my guess is that most people would consider being dealt…

Welcome Come All Ye

What’s it All About I have had a burst of activity in real life and on social media and I suddenly realised that there are quite a few folk who have joined us recently and may not be too sure about what this Long Straight Walk is all about. Well let me tell you – it…

Bright Lights and Dark Corners

Isn’t it strange that neither the brightest light nor the darkest corner is the least bit comforting? A peculiarly bleak way to start a post and why not eh? What is there to be cheery about? We are all doomed as Fraser from Dad’s Army would say “doomed”. OK so I am not at my…

Don’t Worry it’s Not Parkinson’s

“Don’t Worry it’s Not Parkinson’s” that’s what my GP said as I sat in the surgery with a intermittently shaking right arm. This was about 3 years ago. He was wrong. Although in a strange way he was right and he had unwittingly gave me the best piece of advice he could never have given…

Long Straight Walk

On Saturday September 6th 2014 I set off on a journey from Land’s End and approximately 1month later I completed my journey at John O Groats. Ten minutes later, with my feet up, enjoying a wee dram with a few pals boring them by  recounting all the stories that had been my life for the past…

Johnny, be good.

It’s funny how such a little thing as the comma, can make such a difference. When asked to add commas to the following sentence, men and woman came up with two very opposing versions from this same set of words. “A Woman, without her man, is nothing.”  “A Woman, without her, man is nothing.” Can…

Fork Handles

One of my earliest symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease was not being able to hold a new set of cutlery with rounded handles properly. I just thought I didn’t like the size of the new forks and spoons. Dinner was sworn at and supper was a case of hiding the shakes, maybe 1 glass of Rioja…