Intrepid Optimist

Intrepid Optimist is the place where I can share my stories; fact, fiction and thoughts from the past and present. It’s Written by myself for people who believe adventure knows no age

Author Archives: bbryanthomas

Some Thoughts on Growing Old – and Careful

This morning; once again, I became aware, while attempting to shave with my mobile telephone, that I have passed, by modern reckoning, my shelf life. However, I hasten to assure … Continue reading

January 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

New Roads – Old Ruts.

Have you ever wondered, perhaps while sitting in a ten-mile traffic-jam on the M1 or some other English motorway, how your ancestors would have travelled from one location to another … Continue reading

January 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

The End of the Belly Laugh

I am just recovering from a near heart attack, brought on by my howling with laughter at one of  Scottish comedian, BillyConnelly’s more ribald jokes. When I eventually calmed down, … Continue reading

December 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Never Look Back and Regret. Look Back and Smile

As my old mate, Sid used to say, “You’d after be gormless not to know the difference between a glass of Bowjolly and one of them fancy Portugese, Mattu’s”. Sid’s … Continue reading

October 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Some Things are Never Forgotten

No doubt, you all have your best meal stories to share, so I should feel no reluctance in passing on, possibly repeating, because best meal stories bear repetition. The unsurpassed … Continue reading

August 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

No Experience Necessary – Those were the Days

Occasionally – usually while sitting at a bar, I will be asked by those younger by several generations than myself, what I studied to become a  journalist; a title I … Continue reading

July 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Life-saving Picnic Basket

I am sure many will agree with me, that there is nothing more enjoyable than a picnic in the company of friends, with choice food and in a setting of … Continue reading

July 5, 2018 · 2 Comments

Traveling Before Plastic

No one was happier than yours truly, to learn the Thomas Cook Travel Company is showing a profit when only a couple of years back it faced bankruptcy. For me, … Continue reading

July 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

SOME THINGS IN LIFE YOU JUST DON’T LOSE.

On my way to a meeting this morning I was approached by a Syrian refugee at a rush-hour filled German railway station, who needed help. In English, I gave him … Continue reading

June 29, 2018 · Leave a comment
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