Happy New Year Grasshopper!

I hope you had a swell evening and have nothing to regret =)

Personally I was in bed by 11pm.

I’ve never really understood what the fuss is all about to be honest.

Who needs a New Year to start a clean slate, try again or do something new?

You can start a clean slate whenever you choose.

I frequently start a clean slate several times in one day.

And please don’t get me started on that whole: New Year’s Resolution nonsense.

If you don’t really want it, you won’t do it.

At least that’s always been my experience.

But I’ll tell you what I’m really looking forward to.

The new Sherlock Holmes starting tonight on the BBC.

I love Sherlock Holmes and setting a series in the modern day was a brilliant idea.

My favourite TV Sherlock Holmes of all times though has got to be Basil Rathbone. Even if they did turn Watson into a bumbling old buffoon.

I stumbled across Sherlock Holmes many years ago and whiled away many an absorbed hour reading the stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

I loved how Sherlock could tell where someone had been by the colour of the dirt on their shoes.

Or where the person was from because of the tobacco they smoked.

And all that other cool stuff that the rest of the world misses.

I’m also loving the USA version of Sherlock – Elementary.

Turning Watson into a woman and having Holmes working a 12 step recovery program for his drug addiction.

Brilliant viewing.

One of my favourite lines from that program is:

“Opinions are like ani Watson, everyone has one.”

Love it.

And how about this one:

“At the head of all understanding is realising what is and what cannot be.
And the consoling of what is not in our power to change.”

That’s from the Jewish philosopher: Solomon ibn Gabirol.

And whilst watching Elementary I learned it’s thought to be an early derivation of the Serenity Prayer.

Of the 29 tools you’ll find for living a happier, healthier and longer life in my book:

Smiling from the Heart

I wish I’d thought to put the Serenity Prayer in it.

I find it a powerful solution to the troubles and challenges of daily life and it’s a tool I’ll continuing to use in 2014.

Speaking of Smiling From The Heart, I’ve still got about 18 paperback copies of it here if you’d like one.

If you’re in the UK the price including postage is $40, use this link to purchase:


If you’re in the EU the price including postage is $45.50, use this link to purchase:


And if you’re outside of the UK and the EU the price including postage is $50.

Please use this link to purchase:


Alternatively you can get your hands on a PDF version and download it almost immediately for just $37 here:


Right, I’m going to put my waterproof gear on and take Louis for his late morning walk. It’s raining cats and dogs here =)

Bye for now