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Ramblings and Rants About Life, The Universe and Anything Really
2023-03-25 12:32
Welcome to a cloudy and slightly damp Saturday morning in South Manchester. It is quite mild at the moment and now that Spring has arrived the temperatures are bearable. The clocks go forwar… Read More
One To Ten
2023-03-18 14:45
Welcome to a sunny south Manchester in the wonderful country of England. Spring is here; my morning walk was very pleasant and at the end of my four mile trek through a couple of suburbs of… Read More
More Pen Pals
2023-03-11 12:36
Welcome to a sunny but cold south Manchester. Winter is back for an encore and it has been bitterly cold. Thankfully, we don’t get much snow at all here, and while some parts of northe… Read More
Pen Pals
2023-03-04 14:15
Welcome to a cloudy South Manchester where the weather is going to get colder for the next few days. At the moment the sky is grey and cloudy but at least it is dry for once. I think my wint… Read More
Compassion Int'l
2023-02-25 15:56
Welcome to a cool and mild South Manchester with light clouds but sadly no sunshine. We just had a few days in Tenerife where the temperature was about 20 degrees Celsius during the day but… Read More
2023-02-11 14:58
Greetings from South Manchester. We have just booked a trip to Tenerife and we are off on Wednesday for five days to escape the dull and dreary February weather in Manchester. I’m look… Read More
Three Things
2023-02-04 16:11
Welcome to a dull but mild South Manchester. The weather is slowly improving as we enter February (although I fear there might be a sting in the tail – there usually is). Shall we… Read More
Pinterest Part Three
2023-01-29 15:47
Welcome to a cloudy and dull South Manchester. January is almost over and I am delighted because, as regular readers will know, I hate January and February. I won’t go into this now bu… Read More
Grammar School
2023-01-21 14:41
Welcome to South Manchester on a sunny but very cold day. It snowed last week and the temperatures have dropped to below freezing and a lot of the snow has frozen, leaving certain areas of t… Read More
If ...
2023-01-08 13:48
Welcome to South Manchester, where the weather is typically changeable. I got drenched on my walk this morning – absolutely drenched. And now, three hours later, we have a clear blue s… Read More
Goodbye 2022 - Part 3
2022-12-30 16:30
Welcome to South Manchester where the weather is a little odd and changeable. The sun is out but at the same time, the sky is full of grey clouds, meaning that it will almost certainly rain… Read More
Goodbye 2022 Part 2
2022-12-24 14:14
Welcome to a pleasant and sunny South Manchester on Christmas Eve. I know last week I said that I wouldn’t post anything before Christmas but I have a couple of hours before we have to… Read More
December Plans
2022-12-17 13:54
Welcome to a dull and rainy South Manchester. We’ve just had a cold snap where the temperature reached a low of -10 degrees Celsius – most unpleasant. Now it is getting warmer an… Read More
Goodbye 2022
2022-12-10 13:51
Greetings from a very cold South Manchester. Winter has well and truly arrived with temperatures plummeting to -5 degrees Celsius and lower in some places. And this morning I woke up to snow… Read More
Hodgepodge Part Two
2022-11-20 12:27
Welcome to a sunny but cold South Manchester in November. This month really is miserable, isn’t it (unless you live Down Under of course) but I am pleasantly surprised by the blue… Read More
Swap Bot Part Three
2022-11-13 14:33
Welcome to a sunny south Manchester. It’s November and the weather is actually not that bad. Usually at this time of year it is cold as the first signs of winter appear. At the moment… Read More
2022-11-05 13:33
Welcome to a damp and overcast South Manchester on November 5th, the day when we in the UK burn an effigy of a man called Guy Fawkes who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605. He… Read More
Dare To Tell
2022-10-22 12:40
Welcome to a cloudy South Manchester with a hint of blue sky and some sunshine later. Well it is now official. The UK is the laughing stock of the world. Having shot ourselves… Read More
Memory Vault
2022-10-08 12:02
Welcome to a sunny South Manchester. Today is a special day that I have tried to brush under the carpet but failed. Yes – it is my birthday and, worse, it is a significant one.&nb&hell…Read More
Autumn Meme
2022-10-01 12:07
Welcome to South Manchester where autumn has kicked in and, although the weather is still reasonable, the temperature is dropping and more rain is coming. The nights are drawing in and my 6a… Read More
Trapped In A Room
2022-09-24 15:15
Welcome to a cloudy but still slightly warm South Manchester, the day after we have returned from a week’s break in Greece. It was really good with lots of sunshine, great food and tot… Read More
A Tale Of Two Elizabeths
2022-09-10 12:51
Greetings from South Manchester on a cloudy day with hints of sun and blue sky. I am going to answer the usual Sunday Stealing questions (see later) but first I thought that I would tal… Read More
2022-09-03 15:01
Welcome to a slightly dull South Manchester. The weather has been nice recently but it looks like it may actually rain later today. I guess as summer is effectively over and we welcome autum… Read More
Upstream Life Part Two
2022-08-27 14:22
Welcome to South Manchester on a warm and sunny afternoon. Shall we answer some silly questions from Sunday Stealing?1. Your favourite sport.My favourite sport is football, not the game… Read More
2022-08-20 11:38
Welcome to a cloudy but warm afternoon in South Manchester. The threat of rain is there but hopefully it will stay dry.I’ve managed to nuke my own laptop, which is quite annoying. I do… Read More
Sunday 5
2022-07-31 13:42
Welcome to a sunny Sunday afternoon in South Manchester. I am now free of Covid-19 – well the truth is that the symptoms only lasted for about three days and they were relatively… Read More
Travel Questions
2022-07-16 15:11
Welcome to a very sunny and hot South Manchester as we prepare ourselves for a heatwave that will almost certainly smash the record temperatures in the UK. The current record stands at 38.7… Read More
Summery Things
2022-07-03 15:36
Welcome to South Manchester where the weather is warm and cloudy with sunny intervals. I’ve actually just been abroad for the first time since 2019. Mrs PM and I travelled to Estepona… Read More
Unconscious Mutterings
2022-06-11 12:19
Welcome to South Manchester on a cloudy, windy but warm day. Today we are on the edge of a tropical storm that has headed north after presumably causing havoc somewhere else. Thankfully it m… Read More
Peculiarly Platinum
2022-06-04 13:41
The UK is a peculiar place at the best of times but this weekend it is crazier than ever. In the past we have stupidly voted ourselves out of the EU and also elected a clown/scarecrow h… Read More
15 More Questions (from 5000)
2022-05-21 13:08
Welcome to South Manchester where the weather is cloudy with a very slim chance of rain, but still quite warm. Shall we dive into some silly questions from Sunday Stealing? 1. Who… Read More
2022-05-14 12:48
Welcome to a warm and sunny afternoon in May. Shall we dive into a bunch of silly questions from Sunday Stealing? 1. Where do you get your news these days?Our news channels in the… Read More
2022-05-07 12:05
Welcome to a fairly pleasant South Manchester with a blue sky but the threat of rain later, potentially. I don’t mind – the days are getting longer, the nights shorter, the tempe… Read More
More Firsts
2022-04-30 13:18
Welcome to a very pleasant South Manchester, a warm and sunny day. We are well into spring now and summer is calling so my mood is getting better each day.Shall we answer some daft questions… Read More
More Silly Questions
2022-04-16 12:44
Welcome to a beautiful sunny and warm day in South Manchester. I know I have a tendency to bleat on about the weather but today is genuinely a nice day. The sky is blue with scattered white… Read More
More Thought Provoking Questions
2022-04-09 11:36
Welcome to a sunny South Manchester. The weather is cold – we even had wintry showers yesterday – but the trend for the temperature is going in the right direction. Enough about… Read More
Weird Librarian
2022-04-03 15:07
Welcome to a sunny but cold Sunday afternoon in South Manchester. Let’s dive straight in with some silly questions from Sunday Stealing, shall we? 1.    When you lo… Read More
Pinterest Part Two
2022-03-27 14:11
Welcome to sunny South Manchester, where we have bright blue skies, peppered with white clouds and a lovely temperature for a nice three mile walk down by the river in the morning. News… Read More
Swap Bot Part Two
2022-03-20 14:39
Welcome to a very sunny and reasonably warm Sunday afternoon in South Manchester. Spring is definitely in the air and we will soon be able to hopefully spend a little more time outdoors. On… Read More
2022-03-13 14:29
Welcome to a slightly overcast South Manchester. The cloud is a light grey and it is fairly bright and it is quite clear that we are starting to warm up in the UK as we approach the beginnin… Read More
From Kwizgiver
2022-03-05 14:51
Welcome to a sunny but chilly South Manchester. It’s time for some silly questions from Sunday Stealing.  1. How long have you lived in your current residence? We have lived in o… Read More
Luna Nina
2022-02-26 14:51
Greetings from a sunny South Manchester on the last weekend in February. I like this time of year because the weather starts to improve and the coldest and darkest months of the year are beh… Read More
New York Times
2022-02-12 14:08
Welcome to an overcast South Manchester where the weather is typical of what you would expect to see on television when winter in the UK is depicted. There is rain in the air, light and dark… Read More
Heavy Metal Christmas
2021-12-22 16:04
This will be my last post before Christmas so I thought I would resurrect a stupid idea from many years ago when I started to supply alternative lyrics to famous Christmas songs, ruining the… Read More
Fauxklore, Part 2
2021-12-18 13:42
Welcome to a sunny but chilly day in South Manchester. I am not going to chat about Omicron today because I have finished work for the year and can now relax for the holiday period and stay… Read More
2021-12-11 13:57
Welcome to a cold and wet South Manchester. Christmas is drawing ever nearer but, sadly, so are the short days. Our resident clown has surpassed himself this week and the good news is t… Read More
2021-12-05 00:34
Greetings from a rainy and miserable day here in South Manchester. December is upon us and with it all of the horrible weather that comes with it. The days are getting shorter and colder but… Read More
2021-11-28 13:59
Welcome to South Manchester on a freezing cold day. I was out and about yesterday and it was bitterly cold and quite unpleasant. Today I am staying in and as I type I can see snow falling ou… Read More
An American Holiday
2021-11-20 17:20
Welcome to a cloudy but mild and dry South Manchester on day 123 since Covid-19 restrictions were lifted in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.This week my friends from… Read More
Some More Favourites
2021-11-14 14:07
Welcome to a cloudy but dry south Manchester on day 117 since the Clown we have in charge of the country eased Covid-19 restrictions. I have now had my third Covid-19 vaccination because, be… Read More
Moshing In The Mosh Pit
2021-10-23 13:53
 Welcome to a cloudy but dry south Manchester on day 97 since our resident clown lifted all restriction due to Covid-19. At the moment I am working back in the office two days a we… Read More
This Side Of The Pond
2021-10-16 13:01
Welcome to a cloudy south Manchester on the east side of the pond on day 90 since our clown Prime Minister removed almost all Covid-19 restrictions. Today we are driving to Chester to v… Read More
Journal IBuddies
2021-10-09 14:11
Welcome to a cloudy but unseasonably warm south Manchester on day 83 since restrictions were lifted. The weather is cloudy but it is pleasant.  It was my birthday yesterday so Mrs… Read More
2021-10-03 12:00
Welcome to South Manchester on day 77 since Covid-19 restrictions were lifted. I’ve taken my fifth Covid-19 test this morning because I am now going to be working in the office two day… Read More
15 More Out Of 5000
2021-09-18 13:31
Welcome to a sunny South Manchester on day 62 since Covid-19 restrictions were eased. Infection rates are actually starting to drop again over here in the UK but hospitalization and deaths a… Read More
2021-09-11 13:48
Welcome to an overcast South Manchester on day since the end of restrictions. It’s been a mixed week in terms of the Covid cloud hanging over us. On Monday and Tuesday I returned to th… Read More
10 From 100
2021-09-05 13:16
Welcome to a sunny and warm South Manchester on day 49 following our resident clown’s declaration of freedom from Covid-19. Infection rates are steady but rising ever so slowly, hospit… Read More
2021-08-29 12:52
Welcome to South Manchester on a sunny Bank Holiday weekend on day 42 since restrictions ended in the UK for Covid-19 (well 90% of them anyway). Bank Holiday weekend just means that we have… Read More
2021-08-21 12:36
Welcome to South Manchester on day 34 of so-called freedom, on an unpleasant day with lots of rain. I narrowly avoided the rain this morning, the main showers starting about ten minutes afte… Read More
2021-08-15 12:42
Welcome to a rainy South Manchester on day 28 of so-called freedom from Covid restrictions. It’s August, it’s supposed to be summer, yet the rain is drizzling outside and the sun… Read More
Olympics And Stuff
2021-08-08 13:30
Welcome to  a rainy South Manchester on day 21 since freedom day. It’s a bit weird actually because we have just returned from a long weekend to Llandudno, a lovely little seaside… Read More
2021-07-31 15:59
Welcome to a cloudy South Manchester on day 13 of our clown Prime Minister’s so-called freedom from Covid. I have to laugh when I see July 19th referred to as Freedom Day because I spe… Read More
10 Albums That Changed My Life
2021-07-27 19:40
I came across an article where one of my favourite musicians listed ten albums that changed his life. I found it quite interesting and so I thought I would have a go myself.First Album Bough… Read More
Some Favourites
2021-07-24 11:53
Welcome to a cloudy but warm South Manchester, seven days after our incompetent and moronic government lifted almost all restrictions, despite rising infection rates. The argument is that th… Read More
That's My Answer
2021-07-10 12:59
Welcome to a cloudy South Manchester with some quite pleasantly warm sunny intervals on day 481 of restrictions due to this annoying virus that is going around. Apparently freedom day, as o… Read More
2021-07-04 13:26
Welcome to South Manchester on a rainy afternoon where we may even see a thunderstorm later. It is 4th July today so I imagine that there will be lots of celebration across the pond. But far… Read More
Getting To Know You (Part 2)
2021-06-26 15:29
Welcome to a sunny South Manchester on day 469 of Covid restrictions and, apparently, three weeks away from all restrictions being lifted, according to the abomination that is a product of w… Read More
Love Me Some Surveys
2021-06-19 12:41
Welcome to sunny Manchester on day 462 of restrictions. Shall we dive straight into some silly questions from Sunday Stealing?Let’s do this.1. Ignoring nutrition, could you live off ve… Read More
2021-06-12 12:32
Welcome to sunny South Manchester on day 455 of Covid restrictions. Euro 2020 has started (a year later due to the pandemic), so it will be wall to wall football for the next few weeks. I ca… Read More
Let's Go To Dinner
2021-06-05 13:02
Welcome to a warm and sunny South Manchester on day 448 of Covid-19 restrictions. The weather has improved dramatically and we can now look forward to at least three weeks of lovely warm sun… Read More
Journal Buddies
2021-05-29 12:49
Welcome to a warm South Manchester where the weather has finally improved and we are preparing for a week of sunshine and warmth. It seems that summer has finally arrived. We are currently i… Read More
Days Of Gratitude
2021-05-15 12:19
Welcome to another rainy South Manchester as the UK is being tormented by a slow-moving ridge of low pressure that is making the weather really (and annoyingly) unsettled. Couple this with d… Read More
Musical Maniac
2021-05-08 12:44
    Welcome to a very rainy South Manchester on day 420 of pandemic restrictions. The weather outside is dreadful – cold, very wet and windy. I really hope that the weat… Read More
2021-05-04 20:23
I’ve called myself a weirdo on this blog many times over the years and I do so with my tongue firmly in my cheek.The other day, Mrs PM said something that caught me off guard. &ld&hell…Read More
Navy Wife
2021-05-02 12:43
Welcome to a dull but dry South Manchester on day 414 of COVID-19 restrictions. Rather than my normal preamble, let’s dive right into some Sunday Stealing questions. 1. What… Read More
More Extraordinary Penpals
2021-04-25 12:02
Welcome to sunny South Manchester on day 407 of Covid-19 restrictions. The good news is that infection rates are still dropping in the UK even after the slow easing of lockdown. At the… Read More
Jim Steinman
2021-04-22 21:16
I’ve just heard that Jim Steinman has died. People will know him as the man behind “Bat Out of Hell”, the iconic and best selling album by Meat Loaf but he dipped his creat… Read More
2021-04-10 12:26
Welcome to a weird day in South Manchester. First of all, you may have heard that the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip has passed away at the ripe old age of 99, just two m… Read More
The Playlist
2021-04-05 11:13
I have learned something about my relationship with Mrs PM during the year or so of lockdown and restrictions due to COVID-19. It is something that has surprised both of us. Over the pa… Read More
2021-04-03 13:49
Welcome to a cold but sunny South Manchester on day 385 of COVID-19 restrictions. Spring is definitely in the air and as restrictions are slowly being lifted, the warmer weather and the pote… Read More
2021-03-27 13:15
Welcome to sunny South Manchester on day 378 of restrictions due to this bloody virus that is still lurking around the globe. Today’s Sunday Stealing has questions about a subject… Read More
Blog Challenge
2021-03-20 13:39
Welcome to a cloudy but warm South Manchester on day 371 of the Covid-19 restrictions. Tomorrow is the first day of Spring and the weather is improving every day. I was quite warm on my morn… Read More
Ask Anything
2021-03-13 15:00
Welcome to an unsettled South Manchester on day 363 of Covid-19 restrictions. The weather is a little odd at the moment, sunny one minute and raining the next. It is typical or late winter/e… Read More
The Peeping Tom
2021-03-09 20:03
Part of my daily pandemic routine involves getting up on a normal working day and, after feeding the two demanding young cats that are my new masters, I go for a three-mile walk. This happen… Read More
More Questions
2021-03-06 13:56
Welcome to sunny south Manchester on day 357 of the restrictions due to this nasty little bug that’s roaming around the world. As you can see we are approaching a full year since the d… Read More
2021-03-01 20:31
If you haven’t heard of Steven Wilson or Devin Townsend then there is a very good chance that you may not have heard of Mariusz Duda either.Mariusz is from Poland and fronts a band cal… Read More
Senior Life
2021-02-27 13:46
Welcome to a sunny South Manchester on day 350 of lockdown restrictions. I had my first Covid-19 vaccination this week and it was a piece of cake. I turned up 15 minutes early and was direct… Read More
Coronavirus Part 3
2021-02-21 12:45
Welcome to a cloudy South Manchester on day 344 of restrictions. It looks like we are going to go for a complete year under some form of restrictions before things get better. We are still i… Read More
2021-02-06 13:59
Welcome to a cloudy wet South Manchester on day 329 of Covid-19 restrictions. The good news is that vaccinations are going well. Currently 10,971,047 people have had their first dose in the… Read More
Introducing Devin Townsend
2021-02-03 19:58
Who here has heard of Devin Townsend? If you have read my blog before you will have seen me expressing my admiration for this talented musician and singer. Like Steven Wilson, you never know… Read More
2021-01-30 14:38
Welcome to a cloudy but bright South Manchester on day 323 of restrictions. We are approaching the year mark with coronavirus and I know that here in England we will be locked down until the… Read More
Introducing Steven Wilson
2021-01-27 20:23
I think it’s time to return to writing proper blog posts and I will start with a couple of self-indulgent missives that will hopefully introduce you to a couple of contemporary musical… Read More
Miscellaneous Questions
2021-01-23 14:30
Welcome to a snowy South Manchester on day 317 of Covid-19 restrictions. I woke up this morning to see a fairly heavy snowstorm dumping its wares on the streets of the city. We don’t u… Read More
A To Z
2021-01-17 14:22
Welcome to an overcast South Manchester on day 310 of Covid-19 restrictions and just into the third week of lockdown number three in England. I’ve been out for my walk in the rain and… Read More
2021-01-09 17:02
Welcome to a cold but sunny day in south Manchester. What a week it has been. First of all, the new variant of the coronavirus is starting to run riot in the south of England and creepi… Read More
Goodbye 2020 - And Good Riddance
2021-01-02 17:52
Welcome to a very cold South Manchester and a slightly later than normal summary of what happened in 2020 in the life of the Plastic Mancunian.I have a set of questions I usually use to summ… Read More
Christmas Questions
2020-12-19 13:01
Welcome to sunny South Manchester on a mild but sunny Saturday afternoon. Lockdown still continues with Manchester in the highest tier, although our rates have fallen dramatically and we are… Read More
COVID Questions
2020-12-12 13:37
Welcome to South Manchester on a grey rainy day. Autumn is over and winter has effectively started which means short, grey and cold days that are normally buoyed by Christmas parties and cel… Read More
Best Things To Talk About
2020-12-06 13:22
Welcome to a grey but dry day in South Manchester. England is now free of lockdown and back into a tiered system. Sadly we are tier 3 so really the only difference between the lockdown and t… Read More

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