Filed under The Bright Side

A Sailor’s Home

I’m doing an evening class at Liverpool University on writing novels and short stories. The idea of this piece was to describe a special place.   It is my home within my home, my sanctuary, my sacred place.  Six feet long and two feet wide it is too small for my body to fit and … Continue reading


Thirteen weeks ago I was sitting in the Baltic Fleet having a pint and wondering what would be the best way to maintain the fitness I’d built up during the transatlantic voyage on the tall ship Pelican Of London. It was an increasingly urgent question. The fitness I’d developed during the voyage had been a … Continue reading

Battle Of The Atlantic Feb ~ Mar 2013

Just some of the photos from the transatlantic adventure on TS Pelican Of London! Went on board as a watch leader, running Fore Watch, and fully involved in the running of the ship. From Saint Lucia in the West Indies to Bermuda to the Azores to the UK, 32 days and nights at sea, 4650 nautical … Continue reading

That Parkinson’s Moment

“The hero journey is one of the universal patterns through which the radiance shows brightly. What I think is that a good life is one hero journey after another. Over and over again you are called to the realm of adventure, you are called to new horizons. Each time, there is the same problem: do … Continue reading

The Empire is on my side!

When I got what I call my ‘miracle medication’ in 2007 my life changed beyond all recognition. I don’t think it’s putting it too strongly to say that it gave me my life back. Pretty special things then, my little yellow pills and worthy of the highest respect! So, it has only ever seemed right … Continue reading

My first Wobbly Williams blog

Hello. My name’s Paul Betney. I met Bryn recently at an event set up by Parkinson’s UK for people with early onset PD, held in the salubrious – love that word! – surroundings of Crewe Hall. It was quite a setting for what turned out to be quite an event! (But I’ll get to that … Continue reading