Reasons to be Cheerful, Pt. 3

In times like this, when life is so limited, all of us need to focus hard on the things that make us laugh, cry or feel more connected to the world. One of the silver linings of this crisis for me has been the opportunity to rediscover old books, films and music. One rediscovery feels like a recipe for survival. Ian Durie and the Blockheads wrote this fantastic song back in 1979, long before most of you were around. It is a great philosophy for these constrained days. For those who don’t know it, here is a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RMQSUBk5kg

His list is long and eccentric, but here are some of my favourites from his list are:

Summer, Buddy Holly, the working folly, Good Golly Miss Molly and boats

Hammersmith Palais, the Bolshoi Ballet Jump back in the alley and nanny goats

A bit of grin and bear it, a bit of come and share it You're welcome we can spare it, yellow socks

Too short to be haughty, too nutty to be naughty Going on forty, no electric shocks

The juice of a carrot, the smile of a parrot A little drop of claret, anything that rocks

Elvis and Scotty, the days when I ain't spotty Sitting on a potty, curing smallpox

…and there’s lots more where that came from!


And here are a few of mine, without the attempt to rhyme:


  • Walks with my dog in the early morning or late evening (Photo: Sunset over Chorlton Water Park)

  • Cycling through quiet, almost traffic free streets

  • Discovering new books and music

  • Chats over the fence with neighbours who I rarely meet

  • Video talks with family and half-forgotten friends

  • Clean air and clear skies

  • Everything slowing down...


How about sending some of yours?

© 2018 by RE:ALM x SoLA

Manchester School of Architecture

Manchester Metropolitan University

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