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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

Rik Mayall's Five Mantras To Live Life By

Recently I watched a salute to Rik Mayall - the BBC Two tribute programme called "Lord Of Misrule".  During the programme there was a clip of Rik's acceptance speech when he was given an honorary Doctorate by the University of Exeter in 2008.  Towards the end he shared his five mantras to live life by based around equality, opportunity, wisdom, freedom and love.

I think they are appropriate enough for us all to follow now and beyond so I created these quote cards.  Enjoy. 

Rik Mayall's Five Mantras To Life Life By - All men are equal, therefore no-one can ever be your genuine superior #EQUALITY

Rik Mayall's Five Mantras To Life Life By - It is your future, yours to create. Your future is as bright as you make it #OPPORTUNITY

Rik Mayall's Five Mantras To Life Life By - Change is a constant of life so you must never ever lose your wisdom - your wisdom that you nurtured and enriched #WISDOM

Rik Mayall's Five Mantras To Life Life By - If you want to lead a full and complete life you have to be free.  Freedom is paramount. #FREEDOM

Rik Mayall's Five Mantras To Life Life By - Love IS the answer #LOVE


You can catch the full speech on YouTube - with added Floella Benjamin for extra nostalgia points. It really is worth a watch, especially when Floella apologises for Rik using the F-word!!