Today isn’t simply the 10th of October 2013… As I discovered earlier on Facebook; today is also World Mental Health Day 2013!

I’d like to start by thanking you all for reading and for following this blog over the past year and a bit. I greatly appreciate that you are all still there in spite of my infrequent postings and updates. In the time since I’ve started writing, sure, I’ve been able to attempt to share some of my lows, my downward spirals and ways of negative thinking… But on the whole, I’ve made a lot of progress and I’m still moving forwards. That may not solely rely on the efforts of writing on these pages but I’ve almost always been able to share what’s been going on.

To close this post, I’d like to just say to you all that, regardless of your age, your origin or how you may think and feel inside yourself; you don’t have to suffer alone or in silence. You will always have a choice. I’m not asking you to necessarily reach out to me personally but please do try to reach out to someone. Whether friend or family or not. You can find someone to share with.

Thank you all. Happy Friday for tomorrow and well wishes for the weekend!


I promised Bex I would reblog and share this two-days in advance so I apologise for the delay.

The Savvy Senorita


“On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, 2.14.13, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders”.

Help put an end to rape and violence by joining One Billion Rising. Take a stand against these vile crimes today.

Take a look at the link below. This cause is a great way to raise awareness of the violence and abuse women face daily across the world.

One Billion Rising

I wonder how many women and men will ‘Stand’ up on 14th Feb and be counted???????

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‘Different Devil’ – Chickenfoot

Another song for you today. 🙂

This isn’t one I’ve actually heard on the radio for some time. We’re talking months, if not close to one year already. I’ve only just listened to it for the first time since as I found this video on YouTube.

Flashback a year ago and it was a song that was feature regularly on Planet Rock. To be more specific, I’d hear almost every time I made the one-hour drive up to Gloucester and then back again, back when I was seeing ‘Jan’.

(I hope you enjoy this live recording. You’re missing much from the studio version, unless you’re obsessed with Joe Satriani, perhaps.)

You’ll find the complete lyrics for this song further down but, as I entered the ‘friendship/relationship’ with a head full of doubt, there were two lines I’d hear that always stuck in my mind. Especially during the long and emotional drive home. The fact that we briefly became ‘an item’ (for all of six-days before falling out) didn’t affect this.

Walk away!
If you think there’s someone better
Run away!
Into the arms of something new

I’m not wishing to compare anyone to the devil but, as I said; I always had my doubts. I never even viewed it as a long-term relationship (which is what I desired), if I’m honest.

I don’t relate this song to recent events; it’s more that these developments I haven’t spoken of publicly have caused me to reflect on the situation I was in almost a year ago.

But it don’t mean nothin’ ‘less it’s got something for me and you

…Maybe I can relate to that one right now. It’s just ‘funny’ how one song can speak to you at the right time. I’m struggling hard to think or any lines or lyrics that have called out to me within the last eight-months though (except possibly ‘Adrenaline’, ‘Unity’ and ‘Second Chance’… All song titles).

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2012 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Our latest collaboration and a bit of an angry one!



Written by BrandonBored and HastyWords

Is it fate

Or beginner’s luck

The respawning life

Of the face you struck


The devil looks up

Surprised by you

He has taken notice

Of the things you do


Dragon’s breath

With words that burn

She’s suffered enough

I welcome your turn


With total disrespect

Your heart beats black

All the anger you breathe

Steals the beauty of her soul


You’ve seen every line

And the scars she creates

Violence on canvas

Manifesting your fate

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This is a first for me; blogging from the new-found comfort of my smart phone!

My hand is forced after my laptop decided to unrespond to everything last night; almost as if it’s in its own depressive state and just wants to be left alone.

As convenient as this new phone is, it’s not as easy to write so, you may have to accept an absence until I can fix it or get it fixed. I’m also missing your blogs and know I’m also behind in my reading.


Take care, all. I wish each of you a good weekend but I hope to be back onlinbefore Christmas! 🙂

Our second collaborative poem. Hope you like it! 🙂



Written by BrandonBored and Hastywords

I know when you cry

Because clouds appear

Rain falls from the sky

And the worst is what I fear


The storms gather fast

Trapping us both in its path

How long will it last

This self imposed wrath


Tears, hard and fast

These clouds will not part

If it’s shelter you seek

Take this parasol, from my heart


I wish you could see

Through the sheets of tears

That I am standing here

Ready to help you with your fears


It is not your fault

For what you receive

There’s a choice you must make

Together, we can leave


But to stay where you are

Is it all that you seek?

You will not get too far

Before he leaves you as weak


I vow to you now as I did before

My hand is here, and my…

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A poem written between hastywords and myself. I am so pleased with what we have created together. You can bet there will be more to come from the two of us! 🙂


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Written by BrandonBored and HastyWords

Please keep Brandon and his friend in your thoughts!


Can it really be true?

I see what he does to you

Yet you see things different

Though it’s happening to you


A gift to look forwards

To see what can happen

But insight comes from times

I think I could have saved you

Who knows…maybe next time I can


Signals, alarms…red warnings of danger

Like a runaway train, can’t you see

This man is no savior, he is hurting you

To act as he did, through no fault of your own

Don’t you see you’d be safer alone


You have my unwavering support

Through these impossible times

Unconditional love and concern for what’s right

Although it is hard to see you like this

When you deserve more than you allow for yourself


Should you return, since it is your…

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