Category Archives: Random

Davis Cup Winners

Davis Cup Winners – now that sounds good.  So good I may repeat it – Davis Cup Winners.

79 years ago we won the David Cup and, yesterday we won it again.  All good things come to those that wait.  I’m really sure that I don’t want to wait that long again!  Mainly because I’m not sure, even with our products, that I’d make it!!

The tennis was amazing and it was evident that both sides deserved to be in the final.  There were shots being made that seemed impossible – from both sides of the net.

What struck me though was the spirit it was played in.  It was hard fought, but not to the detriment of individual values.  At the end when Andy Murray won; he fell to the ground and his team started to pounce on top of him.  He quickly shook them off so he could shake his opponents hand and also those of his team.

Andy Murray


So, being David Cup Winners does not mean you have to compromise your values.  Being Davis Cup Winners mean that you show the measure of the person and people you really are.

Christmas Time Mistletoe and Wine


Christmas Time Mistletoe and Wine – I wonder what that conjures up for you?

Personally there are aspects of Christmas time I love.  The memories of Christmas Past being one, or looking for the satsuma and apple at the bottom of the pillow case.  I love the cosiness of it and being able to shut off the rest of the world for one day.  Okay, I do let the In-laws in!  Watching people’s faces as they see what is in their parcel.  Leaving the men to do the cooking!!


We very seldom have Mistletoe in the house but, maybe, we should change that this year?

We definitely have wine in the house.  Not to go over the top, but have a special bottle, for a special day.  A special day to spend some quality time with quality people.

BUT……… it’s the run up to it all that really stresses me out.  Writing the Christmas cards out; hoping I haven’t forgotten anyone AGAIN this year.  The crowds as I go shopping, although I usually find something in our wonderful products to give to loved ones.  People seem to change personalities whilst I’m out.  Other shoppers seem to be very stressed themselves.  I wonder why they put themselves through it.

I know not everyone is lucky enough to have family or friends to spend Christmas with, so – I’ll spare a thought for them this year.  Plus I’ll make my usual donations to Charities, that mean something to me.  Oh, and listen to Christmas Time Mistletoe and Wine playing on the radio, as it seems to every year.

Magic Moments

Magic Moments – a Perry Como song.

I went to a Charity fund raiser a few weeks ago – Molly Olly’s Wishes.  They help young children with cancer to experience the things they really want to do –not the big things – those Magic Moments of spending time with the family at Pizza Hut!  It’s time spending time together with their loved ones that matter.

BUT talking of Magic Moments I have seen the most amazing Magician – Craig Petty. I’ve seen him perform his Award winning trick twice now and, even though I was trying to catch him out the second time I couldn’t.  He did offer his YouTube videos so we could see how he did; but I decided not to look.  After all it wouldn’t be magic then!



More Magic Moments this week was seeing my friends little girl being recognised for her art work.  She’s through to the final of the National Arts Competition.  No doubt more Magic Moments for the Fletcher family to come.


Macmillan Cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support, to give the full name.  I wonder if that’s why so many people support this worthwhile charity because it has SUPPORT in its name.  I would imagine that it’s one thing to have Cancer but it’s the support you and your loved ones need that is of paramount importance.

I have been ‘touched’ by Cancer many times in my life.  This year I have lost five friends to the disease; three of whom have been younger than I am.  Before you ask, it is not because I am older, it is, for me, that Cancer does not judge, it attacks.

I have also known people who have had it, beaten it, only for it to return but have beaten it again.  Although I’m not sure if ‘beaten’ is really the most appropriate word.  They are still alive today to tell their story.

Macmillan Cancer

I’ve been privileged to be involved in many fund raising events for Breast Cancer Awareness; Cancer Research; Macmillan Cancer Support and many more.

Only last week I was humbled to be at a golf event which was part of a fund raiser which accumulated over £20,000.  It is incredible what individuals do to support the charity which has most relevance to them.  It gives them strength and a purpose.

May they long continue to do so.

The World is Your Oyster

The World is your Oyster was an expression I heard from an early age.  I wondered what it meant; especially as Oysters don’t seem particularly appetizing.

I saw it as different things but the definition of it is

You can achieve anything you wish in life or go anywhere because you have the opportunity or ability to do so

I wonder how many people actually believe that.  Some people don’t feel they have the opportunity due to their upbringing or personal circumstances.  Others don’t feel they have the ability to do what they want to.

Again, from an early age, I looked for ways to DO things rather than NOT do them.  If someone told me I couldn’t, I looked for ways in which I could.  Some would call that stubborn – I call it challenging myself.

I remember when I was at school I was appointed Captain of School – more commonly known as Games Captain.  I hadn’t been at that school for a year and I was told that, even though I was the best candidate, I was unlikely to get the role.  I secretly wanted it; I thought about, how I would feel if I got it and then found myself dreaming about it.  It seemed, as if by magic, that I received the role.  What a day that was.

More recently I found myself starting to believe that I could win our Club Championship at our Golf Club.  I mentally prepared myself for the day and, as if by magic, I won the competition.  I’m still in a daze about it.

Club Champion

So, remember the definition

You can achieve anything you wish in life or go anywhere because you have the opportunity or ability to do so

So get wishing as the World is your Oyster.