Shiny, happy people – REM

I never really knew what the song was about…but its fun and the music video that REM carefully crafted seems to make good use of a children’s tv programme set, a box of old clothes and a man cycling on a bike that goes nowhere. I love this song but I don’t really know why. 33 Million people have watched it on You Tube so I guess they like it too. Have a search for it and a listen if you are too young to recall 1991 !

So what is the relevance to this post – actually not a lot, other than the song title. I only have gone down this track because of a chance conversation with someone who I think of also as one of life’s Shiny, Happy People in more ways than one. Jess is an aspiring nail artist – I met her professionally but to put minds at rest, it wasn’t because I needed my nails doing, but at one of the other roles she has an equal talent for in the world of marketing. Funnily enough though Jess is not the first nail designer I ever met – a few weeks earlier I met someone who travels the world to paint (and I am grossly underselling it by using the word paint) the nails of the worlds top magazine models . But back to Jess , it is she tells me a tough and competitive world out there for nail design – even when you are a shiny and happy person with an instagram page to match. (User name is root_to_beauty) She asked me to refer her to my friends and contacts so here it is. She is based in London, but I guess if you live in New York, Paris or Milan and willing to pay her air fare she is open to offers!!!

Tell me again, why are you doing a blog?

As a teenager on being asked this question as I skulked out of the front door ‘where was I going?’, I would give the standard teenage answer of ‘out‘. In a way the same applies here on being asked why the Blog? …..the answer is ‘because I want to’.

There are however lots of reasons that don’t apply. It’s not to be an Amazon top ten author producing a series of novels with apparent one of these in the family already; nor to be a highly followed you tuber – ditto for that as well. It’s really just to have somewhere to put this stuff. In the same way that every house has a drawer full of miscellany…this is that drawer. A literary alternative to short pieces of string, a key for a missing padlock, an incomplete set of playing cards, some rubber bands and some saved tissue gift wrap that may be useful one day. So why not just say the stuff? Context, relevance and tolerance all play a part here. Sharing my thoughts today on our current political pantomime might amuse me but not have the same wow factor for the rest of the household avidly ensconced in watching the Andy Murray tennis comeback, or the latest happening in Coronation Street. I know my abilities and I cannot compete with Murray or the Rovers Return pub. Finally and most importantly it’s about doing something new and different even at a later stage of life. A literary mid life crisis? Possibly but it doesn’t involve the purchase of a bright red sports car, or the company of a floozy! So no people, animals or bank accounts were harmed in the making of this blog.

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