A quick word about what you will find here, especially if you are a first time user. The main page is always taken up with the current post. Each of the menu buttons will take you through to a different category of post. There are over 250 short stories, and tall tales, reviews, pseudo philosophy and jokes. here. Click the background image to return home. Feel free to browse. There is a search button, but it’s only any good if you aleady what you re searching for.
Now, “Sitting comfortably?” Is, as I am sure many of you will have worked out already, not only a rather arcane way of initiating storytelling, but also an ironic reference to living life with Parkinson’s and its associated challenges. Unavoidably, Parkinson’s Disease will rear its ugly head from time to time. Not that I wish to dwell on it, in fact “Sitting comfortably?” is often my refuge from the daily grind it presents. Hence ‘Avoiding the Subject’. This is not the site for you if you are looking for the latest findings, experimental drug cocktails, surgical techniques; nor Parkinson’s diets, coping strategies or Top Ten ways to protect yourself from ‘The Shaking Palsy’
… If I knew that …
Now, I am no author, as will soon become apparent and I have no literary pretentions. What follows is a series of comments about the world we live in, the way we live our lives, and our relationships seen from my rather warped perspective. Mostly – I would like to think – humorous, sometimes happy, occasionally sad but always human.
The majority started life as E Mails, and so I thank those of you ( you know who you are) through whose correspondence I have been given seeds of ideas, topics, subjects which I have then been able to bat backwards and forwards in order to find some sort of shape.
Some names have beeen changed – to protect the innocent … and guilty! but the vast majority of what is recounted here is true and faithfully described. (Give or take a bit of embroidery here and there)
Please note, not all posts are suitable for young children or those of a nervous disposition.
For those of you interested in this kind of thing; in my former life I was the Head of the Art and Design department of a West London Secondary School for 16 years (That is with time off for good behaviour) A major component of our curriculum for over ten years was regular collaboration with practising Artists and Designers as an entitlement for our students of all ages. I was also Secondary representative on the National Society for Education in Art and Design’s Teacher Education Board. Prior to that I was Head of Art and Design at a school in Berkshire for two years and teacher of Art and Design in Middlesex for four.
I trained at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, where I studied Fine Art, specialising in Printmaking, in particular. I did my post graduate Art Teacher’s Certificate at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, and my MA at the Institute of Education, University of London.
I am a Black Belt (1st Dan) Tae Kwon Do (retired) and hold certificates for swimming 50 metres and Cycling Proficiency. (1970 and ’71 respectively)
I live in West London or Middlesex (It depends on who wants to know) with my wife, two children and Ford Focus.
* ‘Andy Daly is as determined to not talk about Parkinson’s as he is preoccupied with controlling it in his blog, Sitting Comfortably. The combination of rock band videos, movie …references, and shocking experiences of his illness make for an artsy, touching, and often hilarious chronicle of his personal journey.
A true writing talent, Daly crafts witty, light-hearted posts that will interest any reader—with or without Parkinson’s.’
* ‘Fantastic I love the way you write.’
* ‘Very cool.’
* ‘Love to read your reflections, keep them comin’
* ‘Great posting – sent chills down my spine.’
* ‘A marvellous review.’
* ‘haven’t laughed so much in ages’
* ‘Absolutely LOVE the detail. Thanks for the “art education”, of which I am sadly undereducated! ‘
* ‘I love this. My God we’ve all been there.’
* ‘Aw, this was a really quality post. In theory I’d like to write like this too – taking time and real effort to make a good article’
* ‘Brilliant idea! Loved the ‘Dopey Cow’!
* ‘Very funny! haven’t laughed so much in along time (might need to get out more).’
* ‘Brilliant blog!’
* ‘Yeah thanks for that story about the Three Dancers!’
* ‘Good stuff. Spot on about the smell at speedway. It never leaves you’
* ‘Woah – excellent words man – you say you’re no author but that post summed up my introduction to the shale sport beautifully.’
* ‘Thanks for the recommendation ….. We both laughed and cried our way through this slice of reality.’
* ‘Brilliant piece of writing, well done and thank you’
* ‘Hey Andy – Thanks for tipping me off about your great review. I saw Iggy play at Reading a few years back…’
* ‘Just brilliant!’
* ‘Andy, brilliant words about speedway.’
* ‘Andy’s excellent blog’
* ‘great stuff!’
*’ ‘Siting Comfortably? Avoiding the Subject: Reflections on life without Parkinson’s Disease.’ Andy Daly’s Excellent blog – Well worth a read.’
* ‘I thought your post on speedway was fantastic… I enjoyed reading through some of your more recent posts as well… I also loved the comparison of bike racing commentators. Toby Moody and Julian Ryder are my favorites by far and deserve a bigger profile… There is so much sh!te on the old interweb doo dah, it’s always very refreshing to get a link to a genuinely interesting and entertaining site and I look forward to following your blog in the future.’
*’That’s a cracking blog post.’
*’Great review, and in fact one of the best I’ve ever read; funny, warm and dedicated’
*’Best thing I have ever read’
*’You almost made me miss my stop, had to barge myself off the train! A really lovely story.’
*’Brilliant as ever’
*’What an excellent read. Brings back memories and endorses why as instructors we teach (Taekwondo)’
*’THAT!…………is a fantastic piece………..loved it!’