Please help if you can…

Posted by Riaz on July 14, 2016 in Life |

THE SHORT VERSION My friend Charlotte is experiencing a lot of difficulties at this particular time in life. Her car is on its last legs, as is her cat. I want to help this dear friend of mine and pour a little hope and sunshine upon her life. THE LONG VERSION “Without friends, no one […]

Charlotte of York

Posted by Riaz on July 13, 2016 in Life |

I was messaging my friend Charlotte. She knew how low I felt after my previous weekend and invited me up to see her. North Yorkshire is a long way away from Avebury and I knew that financially I had little hope of scraping together the train or coach fare. “We can do the touristy thing,” […]

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The Complicated Social World Of Facebook – When Is A Friend Not A Friend?

Posted by Riaz on April 5, 2016 in Life |

I had a message from a friend the other day. The tone was a little plaintive. Somewhat distressed, in fact. “Why didn’t you respond to my post? About my problem?” She had posted something on Facebook. A problem, in fact. I didn’t respond for a number of reasons – 1. I didn’t see it initially. […]

Married life

Posted by Riaz on March 30, 2016 in Life |

  Well, it’s a month now since I became a married man. If a year ago you would have told me that I would be married within the next twelve months, I would have laughed in your face. Then laughed again. And again. Finally, I would have recorded my laughter and paid for it to […]


Transactional Analysis

Posted by Riaz on August 16, 2015 in Life |

When we are young, many of us have an insatiable thirst for knowledge. We want to know everything about everything. Often we end up knowing nothing about nothing, or even something about anything. But none of us ever reach the stage where we know nothing about something, unless everything was anything anyway. In 1988 I […]


Wrestling With Your Ego

Posted by Riaz on May 11, 2015 in Life |

WRESTLING WITH YOUR EGO “I tried to run away myself To run away and wrestle with my ego” – Coyote by Joni Mitchell “Why do we become actors?” asked Dustin Hoffman. He was sat across from Sir Laurence Olivier in a restaurant in New York. It was the late 70s and they were filming Marathon […]


The Dating Game

Posted by Riaz on June 6, 2014 in Life, Love |

I’ve tasted love. I know what it’s like. At 42, if I never enter another relationship again and live the rest of my life as a bachelor, then that’s no bad thing. That’s not being a sad lonely man. If I end up reaching 80, sat on a park bench, throwing ducks at the bread […]


Old Friends

Posted by Riaz on May 9, 2014 in Life |

The Lover Pleads With His Friend For Old Friends Though you are in your shining days, Voices among the crowd And new friends busy with your praise, Be not unkind or proud, But think about old friends the most: Time’s bitter flood will rise, Your beauty perish and be lost For all eyes but these […]


The Pontypool College Years 1991-1992

Posted by Riaz on March 8, 2014 in Life |

“There’s comfort in melancholy When there’s no need to explain It’s just as natural as the weather In this moody sky today.” – Joni Mitchell ‘Hejira’. If old friends knew how much affection I hold for them, they would run a mile. There are some friends I made in college that I have not seen […]


All You Need Is Love

Posted by Riaz on November 6, 2013 in Life |

There is a lot of hate in the world. It’s very easy to do isn’t it? And the word just reels off the tongue. “I hate you,” you say to your mum when she doesn’t let you watch porn on the internet. “I hate you,” you say to the shopkeeper as he refuses to sell […]

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