Sure, go ahead, kick them when they’re down.

I try to avoid whining, negative thinking and unnecessary ire. But conversations with near and dear ones combined with my own observations of the way some of us treat others has tipped me over the edge.   It’s time for write-rage.

My question is this: what is it that makes some people think they can put their hob-nail boots on and kick the hell out of someone else just for the sake of it… when it’s obvious that person is flat-on-the-floor from some previous great big kicking?   Seriously, what is it with these people? Why do this? What makes them think it could possibly be OK?

So here’s a message for the perpetrators of the gratuitous sadism that’s been brought to my attention and anyone else tempted to kick someone when they’re down:

To people who leave anonymous, abusive voice messages in the middle of the night:
You are cowardly and misguided. Do you not realise the recipient knows full well who and where you are?   If you have a gripe with someone tell them to their face; deal with it like an adult. Stop hiding behind technology and grow a backbone.

To people who think it’s OK to lay claim to another’s ideas:                                                          You assume other’s won’t see through you. They do.  Your lack of original thought is always in plain sight.  Stop hiding behind falsehoods and give credit where credit is due.

To people who ‘do things right’ instead of ‘doing the right thing’:                                          Beware. You may find a ‘do things right’ person dealing with you some day. You will not like it.  Stop hiding behind policies and develop some humanity.

To people who use their position to publicly debase others:                                                   Just because someone is less fortunate than you doesn’t mean you can walk all over them.  They will be tougher than they look and you’ll wind up in a heap of trouble. Stop hiding behind assumed power, learn some manners and show respect.

There are no excuses for kicking someone else when they’re down and anyone who insists on this despicable behaviour should take heed.  It’s unwise to assume the lowly will be lowly forever. It’s very unwise to assume no-one will stand up for them.

Courtesy of Stonehill School, Leicestershire


Help! I just woke up with Cousin ITT

Cousin ITT, The Addams Family (courtesy of

This morning I woke up to find Cousin ITT in bed beside me. What Addams had snuck in there too.  I’m not used to finding strangers in my bed and these guys were certainly strange.  ITT seemed to have taken over my pillows.  What was sprawling all over the duvet.

Although I was warned about this I didn’t expect to find I’d slept with members of the Addams family. Eugh!

I’ve noticed my typically affectionate cats are attempting to avoid me today.  They’re sulking around looking skittish and on edge. It’s not without cause because one swift or ill-timed move of my head will turn them all into ginger tabbies!

Note to self: under no circumstances should you open the door to the postman today.

Aside from very severe moulting I also have a sore head. I was warned about that too. Usually I recall supping one too many Chablis’ the night before. But no such luck this time, alcohol wasn’t included in the FEC deal.

Second note to self: avoid opening door to postman at all costs. He’s a nice guy, he doesn’t need a toupee and an unprovoked kick in the wotsits.

I’ve been told ‘normal reactions’ to the almost inevitable fall-out feckety FEC causes include grief, disbelief and anger.  I can well understand why.  But unfortunately none of those states is going to achieve anything;  falling into the seething pit of despair isn’t going to help me (or anyone else for that matter).  So it’s time to find some nice red lipstick, put on my best fixed-grin and get ready to be GI Jane.