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A Great Philosopher Once Wrote…

Socrates once said…

“Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of 399 BC

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, flip-flops would be it.

The long term benefits of flip flops have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience…I will dispense this advice now.
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Netflix – Readers Of The Modern Day Bedtime Stories…

I used to struggle every night to drop off to sleep. I would find my brain would be working overtime when all I wanted it to do was shutdown. I would replay my day, think about tomorrow and on some occasions make up scenarios in my mind that I would want to happen in real life. It would take me hours to eventually get to sleep.

Staying up late didn’t help either as I would start to focus on what little amount of sleep I would actually get. Then, and this is the worst thing, I would forget how to fall asleep and that would just add to the pressure of trying to get to sleep.

I had no problem falling asleep in front of the tv on the sofa but when I went to bed I was wide awake again. The whole process was becoming a nightmare before I even started to dream!

The solution to this night-time dilemma happened more by accident than any ingenious plan by me and it was quite a simple one so I had no excuse for not thinking of it earlier.

Install a television in the bedroom! Eureka!

Zzzzzzz….

Now I re-watch old tv shows and movies when I go to bed. If I fall asleep during them then that’s fine because I’ve seen it before. It’s comforting to watch familiar characters, my brain isn’t concentrating on other things and sometimes I don’t even look at the tv – I just listen.

When I was a kid I would fall asleep while being read fairy tales such as Hansel & Gretel, Jack & The Beanstalk and Gulliver’s Travels. I am now doing the adult equivalent and I fall asleep to old episodes of Cheers, Malcolm In The Middle and Fawlty Towers. Thank you Netflix for now tucking me in and reading my modern bedtime stories.

What’s the solution to insomnia? It’s called install-a-telly!

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What kind of sleeper are you? Do you drop off like a stone and awaken refreshed, or do you need pitch black and silence to drift off to dream?

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Don’t Poke Your Xiphoid Process: The Difference Between 30 And 40…

Suzie81 Speaks has written a post called The Difference Between 20 And 30 and as today is my 36th birthday I could really relate to everything she said so this is my response…

Suzie Speaks…

1. Staying out until three in the morning is almost impossible, and if I do I’m guaranteed to not be able to move from the hangover the next day even if I’ve only had a small amount of alcohol. In my 20′s I could go out all night wearing six inch heels and an outfit the size of a tea-towel and feel reasonably fine the next day. I don’t want to go out to nightclubs anymore. Instead, I’d rather go to a nice bar/restaurant and be home by 11.00pm.

Ohhhh, what happened….

Steve Says…

1. Staying out until three in the morning is possible, however the next day I just can’t remember anything past 11 o’clock from the previous night. I would never be able to go on a night out and get up for work the next day, all nights out have to be followed by a day in bed so they have to be on weekends or holidays. When I was a student I used to stay out until 5 and be able to get up for 9 o’clock lectures and then go out again at night. My body aches even thinking about that now. These days I also much prefer going to out to nice restaurants rather than nightclubs. I like going to places where there are people much older around me – it makes me feel young.

Suzie Speaks…

2. I have started to judge younger women if they wear trampy outfits – I actually found myself thinking “Put it away!” after seeing a random woman walk past the other day wearing a ridiculously high skirt.

Steve Says…

2. I see younger guys wearing jeans that are halfway down their ass and wonder how they can walk without their jeans actually falling down around their ankles. Pull your trousers up for goodness sake!

Does my bum look like a bum in this…

Suzie Speaks…

3. I wear flat shoes to work, as my feet can’t cope with wearing heels anymore.

Steve Says…

3. I wear slip on shoes to work as it’s sometimes a struggle to bend down and tie shoelaces.

The Steve walk…

Suzie Speaks…

4. I keep putting my back out.

Steve Says…

4. My hands and feet are cold all the time.

Brrrrrrrrr…

Suzie Speaks…

5. In my 20′s, I used to be able to eat what I wanted without gaining weight. After I turned 30, I only have to look at a chocolate bar for my waistline to expand.

Steve Says…

5. In my 20’s, I used to lose weight despite eating vast quantities. These days I just wear a belt for decoration as it isn’t needed to hold my trousers up and the buckle always ends up leaving a mark in my waist where it’s been pressing on my stomach all day.

I call it my cake shelf…

Suzie Speaks…

6. I’ve recently started to enjoy music by Glen Campbell. Say what you like about Glen – he was a member of the Wrecking Crew and therefore is a legend.

Steve Says…

6. I’ve recently started to enjoy music by The Rat Pack. You can’t beat some Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

Suzie Speaks…

7. I detest Justin Bieber, One Direction and GLEE. I think that Dubstep and Drum & Bass is simply noise.

Steve Says…

7. I like most music but I hate when younger artists cover classic songs. I hate Dizze Rascal.

Sssshhh…

Suzie Speaks…

8. I love shopping at the supermarket. I can spend hours there, and get a kick out of finding good deals.

Steve Says…

8. I love shopping at Primark and Poundland. Bargains, bargains and more bargains. I love buying cleaning products, plants and homeware.

Hang on, I have a coupon for that…

Suzie Speaks…

9. I found myself telling my students that I passed my GCSE exams without the use of the Internet, and that I didn’t get a mobile phone until I was 18.

Steve Says…

9. I see students turning up for their first week at University and to me they look about 12. Was I ever that young and fresh faced?

Are the students getting younger…

Suzie Speaks…

10. My friends are getting married, divorced and/or are having children. In my 20′s they were just getting laid.

Steve Says…

10. Some of my friends have children and I help them with drawing and colouring in. In my 20’s we were all still just acting like children ourselves and used the colouring in pens to draw pretend glasses and beards on ourselves.

Don't ask...

Don’t ask…

Suzie Speaks…

11. In our 20′s, me and the Best Mate used to discuss epic nights out and the people that we were attracted to. Last week we had a conversation about what product is the best for removing mould in the bathroom, and what fabric softener we use.

Steve Says…

11. In our 20’s me and my mate would spend hours in the pub talking nonsense. In our 30’s I have not heard from him in almost two years…

Does anyone know where Kevin is…

Suzie Speaks…

12. In my 20′s I had a job. In my 30′s I have a career.

Steve Says…

12. I had various different jobs before I discovered what I wanted to do and was good at.

Suzie Speaks…

13. In my 20′s I holidayed on 18-30 resorts. In my 30′s I like to go ‘somewhere quiet’.

Steve Says…

13. I can’t even watch those awful tv shows about 18-30 resorts so the thought of going to them is my worst nightmare. Somewhere quiet, sunny that you can “people watch” does me just fine.

Suzie Speaks…

14. Art galleries have suddenly become interesting. I can spend hours walking around museums and I genuinely enjoy the experience of learning new things.

Steve Says…

14. I walked past the art gallery every day for 15 years and only recently did I venture in and now I go every other lunchtime and wander around all the exhibits.

The realisation that I am now closer to 40 than I am to 30 was a difficult thing to accept at first. I know that I have been acting old for a while now, as in coming home from work and putting comfartable clothes on, going to bed at sensible times and getting up early at the weekend to get the housework done so I can spend the rest of the day appreciating the time off. Now, however, I am also starting to feel old, as in feeling tired most of the time, aching body parts and worrying about my general health. Just yesterday I was at the doctor because I had a funny lump in the middle of my chest. Apparently it is a xiphoid process and is perfectly natural. I asked the doctor, if it was natural then why was it so sore and he asked if I had been constantly poking at it recently, which I had…so here’s a top tip – don’t poke your xiphoid process!

If this who I am becoming then I don’t care…

I’ve also noticed that my tolerance of people is on a downward spiral and people are starting to annoy me quicker. I also like to have a good old moan more often and I am more inclined to complain about stuff and write emails, bad reviews to share my views.

Other than that I am very happy where I am in my 36th year!

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What are your thoughts on aging? How will you stay young at heart as you get older?

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You’d Better Believe It…

I believe…

…In A Thing Called Love

…In Life After Love

…In Travellin’ Light

I don’t believe…

…In The Boogie

…Or Magic

…Or That I Can Fly

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For today’s prompt, tell us three things that you believe in your heart to be true. Tell us three things you believe in your heart to be false.

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De-constructed Bounty…

I’m not a good cook, baker or candlestick maker.

I don’t cook because I’m not good at it and hate the thought of spending two hours preparing something that is gone in five minutes.

I don’t bake because the thought of having to use exact measurements bothers me.

As for candlesticks, well what’s the point?

However, I like to think I’m creative and wondered if I could mix it up a little bit and create arty food.

My favourite chocolate bar is a Bounty and I thought it would be a good idea to de-construct a Bounty, add ice cream and serve as dessert.

I present to you “De-constructed Bounty”

It was delicious and looked good too!

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What is your favorite sweet thing to eat? Bread pudding? Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies? A smooth and creamy piece of cheesecake? Tell us all about the anticipation and delight of eating your favorite dessert. Not into sweets? Tell us all about your weakness for that certain salty snack.

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What’s The Word On The Street? Betting Shops, Pawn Shops & Empty Shops…

Something needs to be done about the state of our High Streets. Especially Union Street in Aberdeen. I know there are all sorts of projects in “talk” stage but come on –  is it that difficult? The longer it is left in the state that it is then the worse it will get, surely?

I moved to Aberdeen over 15 years ago and the main thoroughfare – Union Street – was a bustling city centre, a strong beating heart at the centre of Aberdeen – The Oil Capital Of Europe. That is a stark contrast to what it is today – empty units, bargain pound shops, betting shops and pawnbroker type shops.

I know the world has changed and the way we shop has changed. I accept that the increase of online shopping has resulted in the demise of major retailers such as Woolworths and also that most big retailers want to move into fancy new shopping centres such as Union Square. I have no problem with this and I quite happily spend most of my lunchtime wandering around the shops in Union Square. However, it is leaving these empty units on the high street and allowing other “pop-up shops” to easily take up the space.

Aberdeen ( Past & Present ) by Steve McPherson

Aberdeen ( Past & Present ) by Steve McPherson

So, Aberdeen City council have “plans” to rejuvenate Union Street by pedestrianizing it, creating a civic square blah blah blah. Wealthy businessmen such as Sir Ian Wood offered, on a plate, £50 million to Aberdeen City Council for them to go off and “decorate the city” but they couldn’t pull their fingers out and decide on what paint to even use and they lost the lot!

Now, “what if” I was in charge ( yes, God help us all! )

I would take a complete U Turn and go back to the olden days. I don’t mean re-introducing horses and carts or wearing top hats and tails to go shopping, what I mean is bring back all the independent shops to the city centre. All the little boutique shops that are hidden in side streets who have survived these changing and hard times need to come back to the front – that’s how Woolworths started off after all is it not? These type of shops offer unique products & services that can’t easily be found elsewhere and would surely bring back the bustle to our high streets.

Using Aberdeen as an example, shops such as Nova GiftsPeapodJuniper & Millsom and Main* to name just a few. Sure, the fact they are small may mean they cannot afford the rent it would cost to be on the high street, so, instead of the councils spending all their money on the coffee and biscuits they have during their “rejuvenation meetings” they could lower the rents for the units on the high street to an affordable price for these small businesses.

Just my thoughts – but what do I know?

I think the image I have included sums up this post quite well. It is a photo I made of merging Aberdeen past and present.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this post and “your High Street”.

*Millsom and Main have recently moved onto Union Terrace, 10 metres from Union Street and have seen a major increase in profit!

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What do you love most about the city / town / place that you live in? What do you like the least about it? If you were mayor, what would be the most important problem you’d tackle? How would you tackle it?

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