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Corona Corner #7

March 27, 2020 10:39am Published by Jules Smith in Off Piste Posting (Any day thoughts) 6 Comments

Satirical Snapshots bringing you your daily dose of Corona Corner!

Good morning isolators!  It’s pandemic playtime!  Today I bring you another task to lighten your day and bring amusement to you and your friends.

Corona Corner #7 – A touch of light reading

During this isolation period, I received a wonderful copy of the new Ladybird book from a friend.  There’s nothing like a touch of light reading to get through those dull moments and help us to escape to another world…

Click on the link below and have a laugh at this:

The Ladybird Book of COVID-19.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf

Have a great weekend – the best way you can! No going to congregate at the seaside or parks! Get in your garden and do some weeding with a large gin and tonic, and remember to…

#CurbYourFrustrationAndTaskInIsolation

 

Corona Corner #5

March 24, 2020 1:09pm Published by Jules Smith in Off Piste Posting (Any day thoughts) 8 Comments

Art journal page

Satirical Snapshots bringing you your daily dose of Corona Corner!

Good morning isolators!  It’s pandemic playtime!  Today I bring you another task to lighten your day and bring amusement to you and your friends.

Grounded

Well, that’s it now. You went and pushed the boundaries didn’t ya?!  Thought you were all on your jolly’s and went off to the seaside for the weekend and broke the rules. You bunch of muppets. 

And can you STOP BUYING ALL THE SODDING TOILET PAPER?  WHO ARE YOU? YOU ABSOLUTE MORONS!

Twice a day I am going to the supermarket to still find toilet roll a thing of the past. Snapped up in 20 minutes.  I’m starting to really, really not like people. 

Based on the fact that these unusual times might be a little bit trying I bring to you a stress-relieving remedy that gives great results:

Corona Corner #5 – Pack Up Your Troubles 

On your one trip out for exercise – take yourself to the riverside with a pen and paper.  Water has a way of calming the fires. Sit in your car and write down all the many things that are pissing you off.  Rage about them.  Turn the air blue should you need to. Write it all down on pieces of paper.  Walk along the river’s edge and release them.

Gone.

Done.

Trouble – free

It really works and saves a nasty accident…

Find your inner zen and…

#CurbYourFrustrationAndTaskInIsolation

 

Corona Corner #4

March 23, 2020 10:28am Published by Jules Smith in Off Piste Posting (Any day thoughts) 16 Comments

Draw with Jules Smith

Satirical Snapshots bringing you your daily dose of Corona Corner!

Good morning isolators!  It’s pandemic playtime!  Today I bring you another task to lighten your day and bring amusement to you and your friends.

Corona Corner #4 

Getting sketchy isn’t something I have a problem with – the sketchier the better!  If you don’t know how to be sketchy – you’ve come to the right place because today, isolators, we are gonna start using the lead in the old pencil 😉

Killustrate the boredom!

Trust me – it’s not as hard as you think (said the bishop to the nun) 

I don’t know why but it’s all become a bit “Carry On Blogging”  over here…Sorry….

I noticed on the TV the other day that an illustrator called Rob Biddulph  has put a couple of videos up on how to draw.  Ten minutes in and you have a cracking little picture that you can send to someone digitally or as a card to cheer them up in this time of global crisis. 

If I can do it – anyone can.  Check it out:

My Baby Dinosoarus

illustration of a gregosaurus

My Dino-Mite card

card with cartoon dinosaur

My Sausage Dog

My Silly Sausages 

cards with sausage dogs on

And then because I got overconfident I went totally rogue and started to follow other artists and drew myself

A Tex!

cartoon wolf

Today I challenge you to find your inner cartoonist and send me pictures of your art! Wherever you are in the world – Get Sketchy and …

#CurbYourFrustrationAndTaskInIsolation

 

Corona Corner #3

March 20, 2020 11:12am Published by Jules Smith in Off Piste Posting (Any day thoughts) 12 Comments

Daffodil close upSatirical Snapshots bringing you your daily dose of Corona Corner!

Good morning isolators!  It’s pandemic playtime!  Today I bring you another task to lighten your day and bring amusement to you and your friends.

Corona Corner #3 

daffodils near a bench foot

Today, being the Spring Equinox, a Friday and the fact we all need a bit of a lot of positivity at the moment, I decided to fill today’s post with Daffodils.  In the UK, Daffodils are the first sign of Spring and litter the verges and front gardens with shocking yellow!  So whilst you are “Wandering Lonely As A Cloud” and practising social-distancing, pay attention to the beauty around you like “A Host of Golden Daffodils”  and find your inner Wordsworth. 

Let’s Call This Mellow Yellow

daffodils around the base of a tree

Today’s task is to spring into action and get outside – walking or in the car and look at the beautiful springtime flowers bursting through with their hopeful little petals!  Forget about toilet paper, whether Asda has any chickens, and get mellow with the yellow!

daffodil's in a box

Yellow is known to be uplifting and inspires optimism.  Even dippy eggs, lemon curd and smiley faces are yellow!

Wherever you are in the world, find your flowers,

Do all things lemony,

and never forget to…

#CurbYourFrustrationAndTaskInIsolation

Next task on Monday!

Corona Corner #2

March 19, 2020 11:20am Published by Jules Smith in Off Piste Posting (Any day thoughts) 16 Comments

wolf meme

Satirical Snapshots bringing you your daily dose of Corona Corner!

Good morning isolators!  It’s pandemic playtime!  Today I bring you another task to lighten your day and bring amusement to you and your friends.  Corona Corner #2 is turning your pets into Memes.  If you don’t have pets, use your friends.  Here are mine below!

It’s All About Meme

wold dog at window meme

wold dog meme about chicken soup

Jack russell dog meme about cancelled exams

uromastyx lizard meme about arguments

Jack rusell meme about teeth whitening

wolfdog meme about corona quarantine

Jack Russell meme about sleeping instead of working

These super-cool, home-made memes are free to use by readers of this blog.  Keep yourself busy and don’t forget…

#CurbYourFrustrationAndTaskInIsolation

The Meaning Behind the Meaning of Life

January 31, 2020 5:44pm Published by Jules Smith in Off Piste Posting (Any day thoughts) 24 Comments

 

Book cover for The meaning f Life book by Jules Smith

The Meaning of Life

Here is a book with answers.  A book that allows intrusion with permission. Vicarious philosophy. This is the only self-help book you will ever need and here’s the journey I took getting this book to publication.

Why?

Because of this often asked but unanswered question, I decided to try and find out ‘The Meaning of Life’ by asking 100 people a set of formulated, deep and meaningful questions because collaboration usually brings about an answer. I came to the conclusion that if I asked 100 people a set of questions and analysed the data thereafter, some sort of meaning would make itself evident and we could all sleep at night.  

I started this project over 4 years ago and gathered together a small number of participants for an A-Z April Blog Challenge that I used to take part in.  Just before the challenge started my father committed suicide.  That certainly put a very different slant on what the meaning of life is for me and what it had or hadn’t been for my father.  I continued with the A-Z challenge which then seemed highly inappropriately relevant. 

The Progression

I’ve always been fascinated with people and their behaviour and somewhat sensitive to feelings. My experience with suicide heightened that sensitivity and awareness – almost obsessively on some occasions – and I became even more determined to figure out how people may find a sense of belonging or satisfaction in a world that seemed to be generally dissatisfied and anxious. 

I spent the next three years trying to reach my 100 people by cajoling, advertising, and generally being a menace to friends and strangers. 

The Participants

It took a good few years to reach my goal before the book acquired the perfect group. 

The participants who kindly took part in my project are from all walks of life and an even split between male and female. They are all aged over 30 in order to have enough worldly experience to give constructive answers to the posed questions. Some have remained anonymous using a pseudonym for privacy purposes and others have used their real names. Most have offered accompanying photographs.  All the people were asked to be honest and open with their answers so that the reader could feel, relate and empathise. I am truly grateful to those who took part in my project and made this book the wonder that it is. 

The Questions

Rather than just ask, “What is the meaning of life?” to those who took part I decided to lead them down a thought-provoking path so that the final answer would come from deep within: logical and emotional; a more rounded answer rather than something flippant and blasé. This ensured that the participant was truly connected to’ the self’ when answering this ultimate question.

 The 9 questions asked are all the same and posed to each of the participants. They look at faith, accomplishments, flaws, secrets, and hindsight and unfold a compelling anecdote about each person. This allows the reader to delve into a personal story and bring about empathy or compassion.   

Some of the entries are very heart-rendering, some are interesting, and others are hilarious. The whole reading journey of this book is a fascinating rollercoaster. 

At the end of the book, I have provided an analysis of the data received by making a pie chart for each question asked so the reader can view the highest percentage.  I wanted to see if a lot of commonalities existed between us as humans and if our deep thoughts ran along a similar vein. 

At the end of the data analysis, ‘The Meaning of Life’ answer is given. 

Publication

I hold great faith in this book and marvel at the fact I have managed to pull something like this together that hasn’t been done before.  However, I also recognise that it doesn’t really fit into any particular genre and would never be taken on by a publisher without an agent.  

Non – fiction of this kind is only usually accepted by those with a doctorate in psychology or those that have a Master’s degree in mental health in order that they may give written advice to anyone.  Being a self-proclaimed art philosopher, blogger, and a small-time writer doesn’t cut the mustard. 

I sent this manuscript off to 20 plus agents and only heard from a handful who wished me good luck with this interesting book but they didn’t really know how they could pitch it. 

Had this book been written by Justin Bieber and featured a Kardashian or two you can bet your life it would be a best seller and that should be a good enough indication to us all about how sad and messed up this world is.  This is the people’s psychology – and it may sound corny, butthis is a book by the people – for the people. 

In order to get this fabulous book out into the world and do right by my participants, I have funded the publication myself and hope that it will get out to enough people to make a positive impact.  

Not everyone feels comfortable asking for advice. Maybe they don’t want to be judged.  Maybe they don’t want to hear the same old thing from parents or be placated by a friend.  Maybe they just don’t know where to get it from. Here, in this book is the advice from 100, everyday people. Advice that could make a difference to somebody’s life.

Why this book needs sharing

This unique collection is one of its kind and meets a wide demographic because we are always interested in what others have to share. We all want stories, particularly real ones. This book is different because it involves real people’s thoughts, secrets, failings and accomplishments. You meet humility, shame, and spirit in each entry. Raw honesty and the very meaning in life. It’s a mirror -mirror on the wall – a reflection of us all.  You are not alone and will be able to empathise or relate to somebody within the pages. 

If I could offer you 100 people’s advice on the meaning of life, would you read it? 

The Meaning of Life is available now in paperback and Kindle at Amazon

amazon.co.uk 

amazon.com

 

 

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