Coming from the waste industry it is all too easy to fall into trade jargon and the use of the words ÃÂ¢Ã¢ÂÂ¬Ã Âwaste streamÃÂ¢Ã¢ÂÂ¬? to describe your rubbish is one of the industries favourites.
I have begun to question whether these are the right words after Heather Rogers (author of Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage) wrote that the phrase is too innocuous, it sound too natural and too inevitable.
I am beginning to agree with her.
It all sounds so glamourous moving to Marbella, Spain. Don't believe it for a minute. Firstly, finding a suitable place for a family of four and 3 cats is a minefield in itself.
Then there is the schooling issue for the kids. Do you put them in a Spanish State school or private International? Next is sorting out how to get all your belongings across to Spain. Then last but in no way least are our 3 cats.
We had to arrange a "Pet Jet" facility, pet passports and all the jabs. Which, came to a small fortune. Some of you may have read in the paper that on the day we were due to fly out, the cats smelt a rat and ran and hid in the loft.
After crawling around in the insulation for an hour to no avail, we had to give up and fly without them. Don't worry as the next day some friends managed to get them, load them up and pack them off to the airport where we picked them up.
According to the papers, culinary history has been made by Tesco who have launched a curry sandwich.
It is described as an 'innovation' which is to revolutionise the UK food industry.
Hang on a second, I thought, I was eating curry sandwiches 20 years ago, usually in a vain bid to stave off a hangover following a good session.
Or perhaps I didn't, which kind of makes sense in the twilight world of life viewed through the bottom of a glass.
Being a regular drinker, and a bit of hypochondriac, I search out stories about the health giving properties of wine as keenly as Steve McClaren looks for articles saying he's a great coach.
As football fans can guess, I'm a lot more successful.
Wine - most notably red - has been linked with cures for everything from Alzheimer's to various cancers.
You may have resisted the urge to buy the iphone but Christmas is approaching and phone manufacturers are launching new phones every week so, you might start thinking it is a good time to get a new mobile phone.
But what are you going to do with the old one.
There's no such thing as a free lunch. On that we can all agree, right?. And I'm afraid there's no such thing as a free ride either. . .no matter what budget airlines tell you.
Ryanair's latest whizzo scheme to grab the headlines is to replace low cost flights with no cost flights. Yeah, right!
There IS a God. Well, maybe not, but if there were one he would definitely have signed the successful 1300-name petition that stopped George Wimpy building a 13-story apartment block near one of the NorthÃ¢ÂÂs best boozers. . . the Free Trade Inn.
Michael Winner is probably responsible for some of the worst films ever made - not to mention a seriously irritating catchphrase from a TV ad that for some inexplicable reason entered into the nation's psyche.
To have survived as long as he has and still remain in the public eye on the back of so little talent is, in my view, a remarkable achievement.
So, given my lack of general respect for the man's work I found it intensely annoying to discover I actually quite like him.
It was 4am when the phone rang. My wife got there first while I fumbled around trying to switch on the bedside lamp.
It was Sam, our eldest son, who weÃ¢ÂÂd dropped off at university in Cardiff Ã¢ÂÂ more than 300 miles away Ã¢ÂÂ just a week earlier.
Ã¢ÂÂHi! Eh, IÃ¢ÂÂm in hospital. . . donÃ¢ÂÂt panic
I've been guilty of being a paranoid parent over the years. . . and even though my kids are now both teenagers I still give them a hard time if they don't reply to my texts to keep me informed of their whereabouts.
Then a friend forwarded an email to me the other day that made me realise what a total hypocrite I've become!