How to write for talking opportunities that get you business

These days the era of speech making on a grand scale has somewhat lost its b*lls, if you see what I mean. (Unless you’re Donald Trump in which case it didn’t have any, er, well, let’s not go there.)

Of course there are many professional speakers out in cyberspace who speak to hundreds, if not thousands at a time and manage to motivate and cultivate success on a grand scale.

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Public speaking now is as much about local gigs – as it is sessions for hundreds.

I admire them, and follow them avidly as they are my heroes: people in the UK like Kriss Akabusi, Nigel Risner, Rikki Arundel, Alan Stevens, all of whom and more have b*lls like you wouldn’t believe because their messages are so strong. Well, not Rikki’s because she’s a lady, but you know what I mean.

Public speaking now is as much about local gigs – as it is sessions for hundreds

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What to write to someone who comes out as LGBTQ

Much as LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) people are now widely established in their rightful place in many of our communities, when someone close to you “comes out” it can still be an uncomfortable journey for them and their families.

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For your friend or family member to have braved it and stuck with it can, sometimes, have been one hell of an achievement.

You may well feel, as I have done many times when a friend or family member of mine has come out, that you want to drop them a note to show that you care. Whether you are gay, straight or any other gender identity, the process for your friends and relatives who are “coming out” may be challenging for them – even though in our enlightened times it should not be so. Sadly what “should be” is often very different from the reality.

Whatever your gender, do you know what to write to your “coming out” friend or relative? [Read more…]

How a big bully cat got what he deserved – from a bird

The true story of a cat who thought he ruled the world … until a blackbird with a temper tantrum taught him otherwise. The latest excerpt from my forthcoming book, Mischieverse…and please share your own cats-for-world-domination stories with us in the comments below…

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A great big bully, he became – the terror of the neighbourhood

THE BIG TC

Once upon a time there was
A cat called Big TC
(That stood for “Tiger Cat” of course)
A brutal puss, was he.

TC came from friends in Kent
Whose pussy had been ravaged [Read more…]

National Grammar Day – celebrate with goofs from the UK Daily Fail

In honour of (USA) National Grammar Day tomorrow (March 4th, 2017) let’s celebrate with the pick of my entire collection of hilariously wrong quotes from that newspaper we all love to hate. (Who said the Grammar Police don’t have a sense of humor?)

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And please note, the quotes in bold below are verbatim. My own comments follow in italics.

**Bling: Kim posted this image of the £3.5m ring that was stolen on Instagram before the robbery. I thought the ring was stolen during the robbery – anyway, you were lucky to catch it all on Instagram. [Read more…]

What to write when someone gets divorced

There’s no doubt that divorce is another of life’s dramas that are extremely stressful. But it isn’t always a personal tragedy for the people concerned. In fact for one party, anyway, it can be a blessed relief along with all the mid-slinging, guilt, arguments, despair and heartache.


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What to write if you know the whole divorce story

This may seem easy to handle but be careful. There are a number of tripwires to be wary of here when you’re writing to either of the parties concerned: [Read more…]

Why you can love and hate your cat at the same time

Have you noticed how cats have an uncannily perfect sense of timing? They drive you up the wall until you’re at screaming point, then turn on the charm faucet full blast so your fury just melts away at their cuteness?

Here is a tribute to them in verse, maddening little b*ggers…

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“But, er, where the feck are you now, you sneaky little gobsh*te?”

PUDDYTAT

Puddytat, I love you so, but your arrogance is stifling
When you yowl to get outside and force me to obey
You sit there, bored and yawing wide, your interest merely trifling
“I may go out, but maybe not. There’s time to spare till doomsday.”

Much as I respect my cats I do get twitchy waiting
For them to make decisions as to if it’s in or out [Read more…]

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