Happy Diwali this weekend!

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All good wishes to those who celebrate Diwali over this weekend,
November 13th – 16th.


May your lights be a beacon of peace and good health for the future of the entire world.

 

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And may the coming year bring you everything you wish for: from everyone here at HTWB.

 

Please may we remind you of the danger of fireworks and naked flames to pets, farm animals and wildlife. See here for more information.

 

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An unwritten moment of Remembrance today, Nov 11th

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While we feel sorry for ourselves dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and its tragic losses, let us not forget the tragedy and losses incurred by our family members and their friends during the two Great World Wars.

Unlike the British Remembrance Sunday, other countries in the Great Wars of the 20th century remember their fallen on November 11th, Armistice Day 1918, as we do here on HTWB.

Both my Canadian Dad and Grandad fought in Europe with the Allied Forces – and fortunately came home again without serious injury.

But many of their friends didn’t. This tribute is for them and the millions of other soldiers who, as Joe Biden might put it, left an empty chair at the dining or kitchen table. R I P.

Lest we forget.

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Remember, remember what they wrote about the 5th of November: BUT keep us all safe

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This year in the UK and a number of other countries, we won’t be allowed to have lavish outdoor fire pits or bonfires or BBQs in honour of celebrating Guy Fawkes’ embarrassing failure to blow up the British Houses of Parliament.

In the UK at least a few fireworks set off from the back yard would probably wiggle past the current COVID lockdown rules and whether according to the rules or not, you can bet your boomy bum-bum that we in England, at least, will be listening to the popping and zooming of fireworks on Thursday night right through to the end of the weekend. Or longer.

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It’s not just spiders that scare animals: fireworks can do them real, long-term damage.

And then there is Diwali the following weekend. More fireworks.

Fireworks are fun for people: not for animals

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Brighten up your writing with the right kind of humour

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For generations people have been saying that laughter is good medicine. And now the scientists have taken an interest it turns out great-grandma was right. The boffins have discovered that laughter releases helpful goodies in the body which boost your immune system.

aricle about using humour in writing

As long as the butt of the joke is a set of circumstances, not the people, you’re far less likely to upset anyone.

In fact the therapeutic benefits of laughter are harnessed by academia and the business community into laughter workshops and other formalised chuckle sessions. Get the workers laughing and you raise productivity, so it seems.

However it is extremely easy to get humour wrong. [Read more…]

Happy Thanksgiving Day Canada! (And yes, we do it earlier.)

All good wishes to Canadians everywhere celebrating Thanksgiving this long weekend.
I’ve never understood why the Americans wait so long to do their Thanksgiving. No sooner have you cleaned up your home on the last weekend of November that you find you have less than a month to start all over again with Christmas. At least, however, you can catch up with your last minute gift shopping on Black Friday!Canadian thanksgiving

This year, too, whether this month or in Novmber we’ll be coping with the restraints and sadness of the COVID-19 pandemic. [Read more…]

Why writing is our new comfort food

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Do you ever wonder what’s going to go schiz next before we break out the virtual bubbly and sing Auld Lang Syne on Zoom for December 31st this year?

Assuming an earthquake hasn’t chopped off and sucked the United States down into the Gulf of Mexico leaving a comfortable isthmus between South America and Canada to use for amicable trade arrangements at last?

why writing is our new comfort food

At a time when flying pigs and unicorns seem not only normal but mundane, simple activities like writing are comfort foods to feed our inner souls.

Or assuming that the World Health Organisation hasn’t turned out to be a group run by aliens from another galaxy who take pleasure in watching us all shrivel up from evil viruses so they can take over and mine our few remaining natural resources?

Or assuming that Vladimir Putin and XI Jinping don’t turn out to have been conjoined twins (having then had a little culture-defining cosmetic surgery) who secretly plan to turn their countries into Ruschina and dominate the universe? [Read more…]

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