Everything’s Just Peachy – Right?

The sun was shining, the buildings were dazzling white on the seafront, the maintenance spent hours ensuring they stayed clean. The refraction of the rays of light bounced off palm leaves and car bonnets. Peachy walked along the front slowly, he had no intention of going any faster, his destination was not a favourite one but he had to go anyway. Waving to a few people across the street but not crossing to meet them, he didnt have time to deviate unfortunately, one of his favourite things to do was to sit on the shoreline drinking coffee from a coffee shop, the heat shimmering in the air above the calm bay.

The destination was the local police station, once again his friend had ended up in trouble and Peachy was the only one he had left to rescue him, it was sad because life had given him many chances to prove himself and up his game but his poor decisions led to some sticky situations, Peachy was grateful the cops had him and no one else, he was at least safer there. Life had been a challenge for Peachy dealing with many issues not just his own but the family and friends that surrounded him, he wanted to help everyone but was starting to realise how this was more of a detriment to his own health, maybe it was time to take a step back and look after number one for a bit, he would do this thing for Rad then he was taking some time out.

Rad was confused but unrepentant he couldn’t yet again see what he had done, largely because he had been intoxicated to 5 times the limit of alcohol and a number of other unknown substances but Peachy could tell there was something different this time, “what you been taking dude somets a bit squiffy” Rad looked down – it was if he was trying to remember, he could normally reel it off without missing a beat, “Uhm oh, the usual, you know” Peachy raised an eyebrow, “did you get spiked with somet dude? there’s no shame in admitting it, you know I nearly died when it happened to me.” Rad hung his head “I dunno man maybe, but you’re right somet aint right and its making me proper angry.”

He sighed and sat down on the bench next to him Peachy reluctantly sat next to him only because he would prefer this conversation to be happening somewhere cooler and more comfortable, the midday sun was strong today and his skin was starting to feel a little too warm, he found his water bottle in his bag and drank deep and offered it to Rad who took it and finished it. Peachy sat back on the bench, “no offence dude but i think this would be better if we were home in the cool chilling, its hot out here right now” Rad winced, “can I come stay at yours tonight? I dont think going home is an option right now” Peachy’s stomach twinged a bit, he wanted the distance but he couldn’t push Rad away now it could be detrimental.

“Sure” Peachy fist bumped him for reassurance, the change in Rad was worrying “lets get on home dude and sort this out.” Rad visibly relaxed “ok cool” he gathered himself and they headed to the metro it was a 20 minute train ride but once they were there it didnt matter they could chill as long as they liked. As they arrived they noticed a blind beggar at the station, as they walked past he shrank away when Rad was near, Peachy thought it was a little odd but it might just have been the body odour which was ripe at the moment. Peachy unlocked the door to an immaculate flat, the cleaning lady had been in and polished everything beautifully Rad was intimidated by how clean and perfect everything was he craved a bit of imperfection for his craziness right now, Peachy found him a towel, “no offence dude but the showers through on the right” Rad caught the towel “none taken dude” and headed to the shower.

To be continued.

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Do You Dare to Turn the Page?

My love of reading has never changed, even though I will admit I dont read anywhere as much as I want to and I could well make time it doesnt change my love of books. The association of reading with escapism is well known, escaping into your favourite book is something that many of us still do. Although most of the new generation do not have the same relationship with books and storytelling as us, they have their own narratives through social media and the internet, an odd concept to us because communication on that level was not as easy, you had a phone, letter or visit as your only form of contact the invention of VoIP and programs like Skype blew my mind, the internet itself to me was easy to understand the connection was through the phone but being able to video chat with someone across the other side of the world was something special.

Despite all this new technology nothing beats the excitement of turning the page of a new book or an old favourite, the thrill of whats coming next puts you on the edge of your seat you cant wait to find out what happens next. I challenge anyone to find a book that excites them and let it grip them to see how it feels, a love of reading should be nurtured in any child or adult, its important to read, I have said this many many a time now and my stance remains the same.

There are plenty of reading challenges I suggest trying one at your own pace, there is no need to feel pressured in to reading insane numbers of books unless you want to, not all of us have the time and that’s fair enough. Setting time aside each day to read is not time lost I promise you, whether you read fact or fiction book or e-book enjoy the time you have given yourself and let yourself grow with your reading even if its only ten minutes or maybe a chapter, depending on what you are reading of course. The places we travel to in books are far away from where we are, a world to escape to in the turning pages.

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Starting here seems logical right?

Jen stood at the foot of her bed and looked at the instructions on the tablet, starting where she was seemed logical, surely the app would tell her where to go right? The next page flashed with an instruction to go outside, she could see it tracking the gps as she walked out onto the pavement, conveniently there was a bench for her to sit on. As she sat down the screen changed again, it clearly knew where she was there was no doubt about that the how was no more complicated tracking devices were easily inserted into tablet and phone apps, the use of a sat-nav style gps tracking can be simply used to track your users whereabouts.

The tablet had more instructions for her she had to go to the train station to a locker, she giggled at the movie style game play. Unclear why this was all relevant she headed to the train station’s locker and sure enough there it was, she opened it with the combination given on the screen and it revealed some rolled up notes of an unknown currency or value, a camera and a gun. Three things she did not expect to be seeing that day considering what she thought she’d had planned today, it seemed all bets were off, she carried onto the next screen slipping the items into her rucksack and locking the door behind her. Moving anonymously through the crowd she headed to the buses outside, she had to get on the number 10, she wondered how the tablet was functioning without any kind of network connection it seemed a little creepy but she was too far in to question things now. The number 10 rolled off its stand with Jen sat upstairs at the front, she was the only one up there, it felt a bit special, she smiled to herself, hoping what she had to do wasnt as bad as she thought it was going to be. The stop came for her to get off and she hesitated for a moment whilst she questioned if she should carry on with this ridiculous situation, then she remembered the gun and pressed the bell to stop the bus.

The bus halted just short of the bus stop and a little quicker than she had been prepared for, she almost fell down the stairs as they rolled to a stop and ended up stumbling off the bus onto the pavement again. Pulling herself together she looked around, the place seemed quite, it didn’t seem threatening at all, why was she here? The tablet indicated the bar on the corner of the street, surely not, it was too cliche! She muttered to herself, all this on her birthday she hoped it was just a prank by one of her friends. The app went silent and suddenly the screen darkened, threatening messages started appearing Jen was horrified but couldn’t manage to close the app, she headed to the bar to see what was up if nothing else she could try and get some help, she was essentially stranded and alone. The bar seemed pretty empty – no one she knew although she wasn’t surprised about that so much, there was a vaguely familiar air to the bartender but she couldn’t quite place it, she looked at her tablet which was a pulsing red hazard sign. The bartender turned round and Jen saw a flash of red in his eyes, she was most definitely freaked out, what was she going to do? Why was she here with a gun for goodness sake? The bartender said without turning his head “so I hear you’re the girl to talk to” Jen swallowed deeply, “uhm about what?” she was feeling somewhat uncomfortable now. Bartender turned round “about a gun?” his eyes flashed again, Jen’s blood pressure went through her boots “uhm well, maybe yes I might be” she stammered “please don’t hurt me, I’ve no idea whats going on, I was following the app” she dropped her eyes down and looked away. “Hand it over and you can leave if you like, was there anything else you wanted to leave behind?” Jen thought about the money and the camera, she could keep them she needed them really, “uhm no i’m good” she thought she saw a smile dancing in his eyes but the face was deadpan. Placing the gun on the side she said thank you and walked away, the screen on the tablet changed, the next instruction was there but Jen wasn’t interested right now.

To be continued…….

4 Things to Know About The New Coronavirus

The sudden outbreak in China of the so called deadly corona virus has caused some 1700 deaths already, other members of the virus’s family originated in animal hosts, the new virus has possibly originated from fish or seafood as many of those infected had been shopping in the Huanan seafood wholesale market. The virus has now been confirmed as being transferable from human to human what else should you know?

  1. Origins – it is still being investigated where this genome of the coronavirus came from as it is unlike any others which have been discovered in the world to date, other human coronaviruses are those that cause the common cold like 229E, NL63, OC43 and HKU1 viruses, as well as the deadly zoonotic MERS virus.
  2. Symptoms – The virus causes pneumonia. Those who have fallen ill are reported to suffer coughs, fever and breathing difficulties.
  3. Travelling – Increases the chance of the virus being spread and ultimately with Chinese New Year starting in a few days then the likelihood it will spread increases exponentially. What it also means is an increase in awareness for cleanliness and the need for avoiding germs, wearing a face mask is likely to help reduce any spray if you sneeze or cough. Three airports in the US are deploying extra health screening from the Centre for Disease Control as part of the boarding process to try and limit any further spreading of the disease.
  4. Treatment – Viruses unfortunately mean that antibiotics are not a viable treatment, antiviral drugs may manage the symptoms better but ultimately its the strength of the patients immune system which will decide, if they are already in poor health it may not be strong enough. Hopefully new research will shed light on where it came from so a treatment or vaccine can be found.

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Deathly Hallows Come to Life

Standing at the waters edge, it felt sacred, Jules wasn’t religious in the traditional sense, she didn’t believe there was a god, but she felt something different when she stood at this spot by the river. They say the Ganges is a hallowed space and she could understand why, people bathed in the water and it changed their lives, it might be because of the bilharzia disease that everyone seemingly picked up, but none the less it was a change.

This river wasn’t in a tropical place or infested with parasites or littered with burning bodies like the Ganges but it still had that special something about it. Jules could come here on a Sunday morning for her version of meditation, it wasn’t necessarily traditional, sometimes she even had primal screaming sessions rather than her flow sessions which consisted of a series of linked stretches, which didn’t stop until the flow was completed.

The concentration required was more than enough for 20 minutes to clear her mind completely and open her third eye. Keeping it open for her was the challenge she couldn’t quite maintain the rhythm required whilst still doing her flow, primal screaming was it easier, she could carry on making as much noise as she liked and it would open like window at an ice cream parlour.

None of her friends knew of this place, she would never bring them here as it was really the only sacred place she had, she shared her home with her parents and her friends often dominated her life out of habit. They hadn’t moved on from school, she most definitely had but being stuck in her home town was a burden she would have to bear for a little while longer, just whilst she saved a bit more and gathered everything she needed.

In a few months Jules would be able to fly the nest, even her parents knew she was going, her friends wouldn’t believe she would do it, they assumed she was staying forever, she knew they would be shocked. One morning she came to meditate and one of her friends was sat on the farthest rock, looking out over the drop, the water just a few metres below, angry and confused that someone had violated her space she shouted to them to get down and go away.

At first they didnt hear or so Jules thought she shouted again, she didnt know what to think, how on earth was she going to sort this out. Then they started to wobble, stumbling closer to the edge by the second, Jules’s heart was in her mouth, she shouted again, this time she thought they looked back, they teetered nearer and nearly managed to fall back in land.

The rocks were slippy, down they went into the water right in front of Jules’s eyes, devastated she ran towards the edge secretly hoping they would still be there, standing on the cliff she saw Tom hanging on for dear life, “what the fuck Tom” Jules was incandescent with rage she tied her ropes to the nearest rock and tensioned it before offering her hand to him, the last thing she wanted was to end up over the edge too.

“I thought you were dead Tom, that almost killed you!” Jules shouted still unable to control her emotions, he was of course in shock, “I just wanted to feel what you feel” he looked down ashamed, Jules snapped out of her anger, “what do you mean?” Tom looked her in the eye “this place is sacred to you, I dont have that, I wanted to see what it was like but I dont feel anything” Jules took a deep breath “its because its not yours, you will find yours in time and life will be better.”

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When Stained Becomes Worthless

A stained rag can mean any number of things, it can be used to neaten the edges of something wiping it so the lines are clean or something used to mop spilled liquid. A stained shirt or item of clothing is more serious, it becomes unusable because it is unclean, stains are often hard to remove some are even permanent, you soak your favourite top in some god awful chemicals to try and remove the oil stain from the previous night, you would have normally bothered but it was your favourite top and there was no replacing it but stained it was worthless there was no wearing it and on that basis there was no point in keeping it full stop. It’s a shame that some things have to be thrown away but nothing goes on forever and they make way for the new coming through.

We often used to associate stained with older or antique items such as letters, manuscripts and books but with the digital age now fully upon us there is no age tinted books of records they are all clearly displayed in black and white on a screen the author can be traced to the computer within reason so there is no doubt of who made the records and how the information was entered into the database. A stained computer would be worthless if the liquid had seeped into the electrics and blown all the circuits up, we found stains on paper to be endearing but blind panic ensues when there is moisture near the computer.

As the world progresses there are plenty of things which get replaced with new parts because the old ones are now obsolete, perceived to be worthless because they have been superseded, they are exchanged for new models which promise a even bigger world than the previously discarded item. Its the same for stained items, they are replaced by things that aren’t marked forever so they are newer and better by definition. Then time steps in and works its magic, then we are back to stained or deprecated parts which need replacing.

5 Essential Tips for When You Sweat

Working in a warm office or climate means that some of us sweat a lot, its important to keep cool and be aware of your body. Bacteria build up on the skin is very common and only one of the reasons why we smell when we sweat, when we are ill we smell different again as the adrenaline is pumping round your body trying to help cure you, the smell is a mixture of hormones, your skin and external factors like environment. Here are 5 tips to help you deal with those sweaty days:

  1. Baby wipes – perfect for staying fresh, they clean everything off so you can reapply your deodorant. Its also helpful for full body sweats as you can still wipe yourself down if needs be. Anti-bacterial wipes and gel do just as well.
  2. Deodorant – not to be confused with antiperspirant which is what stops you from sweating, this is a often an innocuous scent for your underarms which wears off in about 8 hours. I have very sensitive skin so its quite hard for me to find one that lasts long enough and smells nice without making me come out in a burnt rash.
  3. Antiperspirant – There are several types all block your skin so you cant really sweat, this can cause allergic skin rashes and serious itching, its not something I would recommend speaking from personal experience.
  4. Drink plenty of water – sounds counter intuitive but you will dehydrate if you sweat a lot so you need to be replacing that water to help keep you cool as well and that reduces the sweating. If the room is warm make sure you up the intake even more, your body will be working twice as hard to keep cool.
  5. Loose fitting clothing – wearing a uniform all day is a pain for me as none of its lovely breathable skin friendly stuff, its all clingy man made fabrics which are not great for staying sweat free.

So there you have it, remember the difference between deodorant and antiperspirant its important, and above all stay hydrated, your body and your brain will thank you I promise.

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Make New Years Resolutions Work For You

So we are now 2 weeks into January of 2020, I have to say i’m embarrassed at how quickly the time has gone, I don’t make resolutions as a rule but the beginning of a new decade has warranted a review of my current goals and it has resulted in some room for improvement.

With that in mind I think its important to view your resolutions as goals if you truly mean to complete them. New years resolutions are now considered almost a joke, its something one can use to try a ‘life change’ out for size, don’t get me wrong there are some who go on to achieve their goal but they are the ones that are fully committed. Rather than just dipping their toe in to decide if they actually want to get fit and healthy or stop smoking etc.

Surely we all want to be healthy and wealthy right? A resolution to be healthier can only be a good thing so having a goal to be healthy is just as important, your body depends on your attention to its needs both emotional and physical. Its important to consider what you are feeding yourself, are you drinking enough water? I’ll hold my hand up and say I need to drink more water and maybe some of you will too, one thing I have learned is the power of water knows no bounds. Its important to stay hydrated to keep your body in peak condition, you can get bottles that monitor your water intake and tell you when to drink, personally I dont think you need anything more complicated than a standard travel water bottle but if it helps you then fair enough.

Once your body is running at peak performance you are unstoppable, make a resolution to be unstoppable and see how far you get, you will undoubtedly learn some important lessons during your journey but they will certainly be worthwhile. Remember your resolution is your goal, its there to help you build new habits and parts of your life, giving up smoking can be replaced with any number of more positive actions and habits, whatever you choose make it right for you, don’t kid yourself into being something you aren’t, if it means baby steps and changing small parts of your life then so be it but don’t give up because you are worth it.

Enjoy your life as it is meant to be – to the fullest – its important to remember that sometimes things feel difficult but you can get through it and if you need support then there is a plethora of help out there, the internet has broken down the walls and barriers to communication we are now free to talk with people around the world and share our feelings and experiences. Googling your feelings is not unusual and chances are someone has already done it before you so theres an answer out there somewhere, please do consult a medical professional if you are googling actual physical symptoms its better to be safe than sorry.

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4 Disturbed Books You Need to Read

I love reading, I don’t do anywhere near enough but I will give anything a try having said that as a rule i’m not big into psychological thrillers as my mind has a tendency to run away with itself but there are a few that happen (weirdly) to be some of my favourite books to read, so without further ado and in no particular order:

  1. Naked Lunch – William Burrough’s finest work, the sheer weirdness of the film leaves out much of the reason which it was originally banned in Boston for obscenity reasons. The book is to be enjoyed with an open mind and an open interpretation, it can be hard work but it is worth the read.
  2. Perfume – Patrick Suskind’s phenomenal book about a murder addicted to perfume in the South of France is something to be devoured, the film doesn’t do it any justice at all so don’t be tempted to think that you’ve experienced the creepiness of someone tracking their prey by scent alone.
  3. The Pigeon – another Patrick Suskind short story, it has to be read to be appreciated, describing it somehow doesn’t convey the subject matter, a man trapped in his apartment by a pigeon. It made my skin crawl the first time I read it, it hasn’t stopped me from reading it again though just to remind myself of perspective.
  4. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – a book I haven’t managed to finish yet because I find it very harrowing, Hosseini’s style is beautiful but sadly a little too graphic for want of a better word, still a stunning book nonetheless.

The joy of reading is something I want to celebrate, losing yourself in a book is far more inspiring than listening to some of the vacuous crap circling the internet at the moment. Expand your genre choice and find something different, I dare you to try! If you have any suggestions to add to the list come join the conversation at facebook.com/onlynomeswriting or follow me at twitter.com/onlynomesforyou