by Sunil Bali, 17-11-13

I come from the Da Vinci school of de-cluttering, whose motto is simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

The mess was beginning to creating stress. My quarterly cull was long overdue, but last week it finally happened.

There was only one rule:

Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful. Including rancid relationships, psychic vampires and dream stealers.

Seven full bin bags and a couple of relationships lighter, I’m moving more easily with no excess baggage.

As the impressionist painter Philip Hoffman would say, "the unnecessary has been eliminated, so that the necessary may speak."

My mind’s spam filter has been reset, because I’d allowed one too many time wasters and toxic people inside my head. I’ve raised the price of admission to keep them out…..

….. my mind is friends with me again.

It’s simple: Your plans won’t work unless you do…..time for a clear out?


These are real answers from radio and TV quiz shows:

Question: What happened in Dallas on November 22, 1963?

Contestant: I don’t know, I wasn’t watching it then.


Question: Name a bird with a long neck?

Contestant: Naomi Campbell.


Question: Was the Tyrannosaurus Rex a carnivore or a herbivore?

Contestant: Ah! A trick question. Neither, because it was a dinosaur.


Question: Of all Beatrix Potter’s books, which is the only one to feature a human in the title?

Contestant: Peter Rabbit.


Question: What name is given to the condition where the sufferer can fall asleep at any time?

Contestant: Nostalgia.


Question: Johnny Weissmuller died on this day. Which jungle-swinging character clad only in a loincloth did he play?

Contestant: Jesus.


Question: What was Gandhi’s first name?

Contestant: Goosey?


Radio DJ: In which country would you spend shekels?

Contestant: Holland?

Radio DJ: Try the next letter of the alphabet.

Contestant: Iceland? Ireland?

Radio DJ: It’s a bad line. Did you say Israel?

Contestant: No.