The 12 Blogs Of Christmas Part 6 – Dec 6th 2016

Posted by Riaz on January 1, 2017 in Christmas |

It’s Tuesday the sixth of December 2016. Yes, I know. The first five parts of this ’12 Blogs Of Christmas’ series was published in December of 2015. In the words of Patrick Solitano in Silver Linings Playbook, “I got stuck.” But here I am, a year later. I could say ‘And what a year it’s been!’ for […]

The 12 Blogs Of Christmas Part 5 – Star Wars : The Force Awakens

Posted by Riaz on December 19, 2015 in Christmas |

  I have fond memories of the original three Star Wars films. When Star Wars came out in 1977 I was just six years old. I have no idea if I was taken to the cinema to watch it, though I doubt it. My strongest memory of the original three is Return Of The Jedi, […]

The 12 Blogs Of Christmas Part 4 – The 1982 Winter Argos Catalogue

Posted by Riaz on December 18, 2015 in Christmas |

Ernie Wise opened the Argos store in my hometown of Cwmbran. I think it was around 1981 although I’m not completely sure. What I am completely sure of, however, is that I was there. It was a Saturday morning and like most Saturday’s I was in town with my Nan and Banp as it was […]

The 12 Blogs Of Christmas Part 3 – Three Of The Worst Things To Say To The Unemployed.

Posted by Riaz on December 15, 2015 in Christmas |

  The aim of this blog is to empower people who are unemployed. Not to ‘go out and get a job’ – that’s a different topic entirely. I mean empower them to realise there is nothing wrong with being unemployed. That you are doing all you can and don’t let others pressure you into doing […]

The 12 Blogs Of Christmas Part 2 – It’s Been A Funny Old Year

Posted by Riaz on December 12, 2015 in Christmas |

  Through the years  We all will be together, If the fates allow Hang a shining star upon the highest bough. And have yourself a merry little Christmas now. Yeah, right. It’s Saturday, 10.30pm on 12th December 2015 and it’s been a quiet day. I’ve done some writing, done some sleeping, done some eating. The […]

The 12 Blogs Of Christmas Part 1- Christmas 1983

Posted by Riaz on December 7, 2015 in Christmas |

It’s the 7th December, 2015. I am 44 years old, writing this from my little flat in the village of Avebury. I am single, living with a cat, and currently unemployed. As Fat Boy Slim once said, “You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby.” I was born in Wales, raised in Cwmbran, a small town in […]

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