Genie’s out of the bottle and, irritatingly, it won’t go back in!

A national daily newspaper recently printed an article in which eight ‘celebrities’ revealed the Top 10 things in life they find most irritating.

Four of the ‘celebrities’ were unknown to me; three vaguely familiar; one was someone who has saved me money on electricity.
As soon as I see his face on my TV, I switch off.

Strangely, none of them included in their Top 10 that the word ‘celebrity’ is thrown around in such a cavalier manner that it can describe a talented actor like Sir Ian McKellen (who worked hard over many decades to get where he is) and any air-headed dimwit (and I’ve held back from the description I’d really like to use ) with a ‘lifestyle’ series on a digital channel so obscure, only the most dedicated fan of ‘Banality shows’ would risk getting repetitive thumb strain using their remote trying to find it.

There are many common irritations we all share, ‘celebrities’ or otherwise .

From getting cold calls about ‘The car accident you had earlier this year’ that makes you question your memory because you have no recollection of it – to the creeping use of Americanisms in our language.

Unfortunately, it’s too late to do anything about the way ‘research’ is now commonly referred to as ‘ree-search’ by all and sundry, including BBC News, who should know better.

That genie will never go back in the bottle.

Though I’m not alone in wanting to squeeze Huw Edwards into it.
But, if we all stand together, we can put a stop to the over use of the words ‘Guys’,’ Buddy’ and ‘Awesome!’.

When these words are used by New Yorkers walking through Central Park, that’s understandable.

When you hear them spoken by a 30-something with a man-bun and a strong ‘Kairdiff’ accent wandering down St Mary Street, they just sound ridiculous.

I do hope you agree with me . . . Dudes!

Surrounding ourselves by the right people can pay off

I am thankful for the ever-growing network of caring, loving and inspiring people that continue to support me and what I do.

These people, often unsung heroes, have contributed in some way to help me bring and share what I do to a much wider audience.

Many have taught me valuable lessons and I’m sure will continue to do so.
Yes, every day is a school day.

It has often been said that you are only as good as the people you surround yourself with, which includes those that we spend the most time with.

Once I read “that to move forward in life and to have peace and calm in all that we do and to grow and live life to the full we must help people and thereby attract the right people into our lives, which often means letting go and moving away from disruptive influences”.

The right people enrich the journey beyond words.

Well, this theory clearly helped the Welsh legend that is Geraint Thomas.
Yes, it’s all about the people; all the rest is just ‘stuff’.

PS: Memo to staff at BBC London and Manchester – Learn how to pronounce Geraint properly. You will need the skill in the years to come.