by Sunil Bali, 23-12-12

My end of year report card reads the same as my son Aran’s.

"He’s done well, but could have done better."

So all in all a very good year, but what has held me back from making it a great year? Well, it’s been me.

I’ve spent a little too much time on Someday Isle.

I’ve played it too safe, coasted with my foot off the pedal and rediscovered that tomorrow is the work avoidance device of today.

A few years ago, when I was planning my escape from cubicle nation, I asked myself the question, "Am I willing to live a few years of my life like many people won’t, so I can spend the rest of my life like many people can’t?" The answer was a resounding yes.

So it’s time to refuel, refocus and reapply myself for a report card with no caveats.

How about you?


The road to failure is the path of least persistence – Anon

If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way – Napoleon Hill

Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential – Winston Churchill


Thanks to Rob for these gems from the late, great, Tommy Cooper,

1. I told my girlfriend I had a job in a bowling alley. She said ‘Tenpin?’ I said, ‘No, permanent.’

2. I met this bloke with a didgeridoo and he was playing Dancing Queen on it. I thought, ‘That’s Aboriginal.’

3. This lorry full of tortoises collided with a van full of terrapins. It was a turtle disaster.

4. I went in to a pet shop. I said, ‘Can I buy a goldfish?’ The guy said, ‘Do you want an aquarium?’ I said, ‘I don’t care what star sign it is.’

5. I bought some Armageddon cheese today, and it said on the packet. ‘Best Before End’

6. I went to buy a watch, and the man in the shop said ‘Analogue. ‘I said ‘No, just a watch.’

7. I went into a shop and I said, ‘Can someone sell me a kettle.’ The bloke said ‘Kenwood’ I said, ‘Where is he then?’

8. My mate is in love with two schoolbags. He’s bisatchel.

9. I went to the doctor. I said to him ‘I’m frightened of lapels.’ He said, ‘You’ve got cholera.

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Merry Xmas,


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