About Me

Hi! I’m Clive, I’m 66, been divorced 12 years, live on my own, and have two beautiful grown up daughters who are the centre of my world. I retired in September 2013 from working in the NHS, for a large mental health Trust in London. I am a Man of Kent, exiled for many years in Essex, but am content in my adopted county. I love books, both real and electronic, and listening to music both at home and live – particular favourites are what might be termed folk, rock, Americana and alt-country. I also watch a lot of sport on TV, especially football and cricket, and am a long-time supporter of Dover Athletic, my home town team, and after retirement I became a season-ticket holder at my local team – Leyton Orient. Sadly, I’ve had to give that up, for health reasons, but am hopeful of renewing again at some point.

All very ordinary then, so why am I telling you any of this? This is my first, and so far only, blog. I have had two periods of depression, and returned to work from the second, longer spell in July 2012. I was encouraged by my counsellor to write about my experiences and to share them, both as therapy for me but more importantly in the hope that others will find this helpful, especially if they are fellow sufferers. The fuller version of my story is in three parts, which you will find in the archive for November 2012 or by clicking on ‘My story’ in the menu at the top of the screen.

Looking ahead, I’ll be sharing random thoughts on the joys of retirement, along with anything else that springs to mind.

I hope you find this interesting, helpful and maybe even amusing in places. Please drop in and say hello!

(October 2012, updated November 2012, September 2013/2014/2015/2016/2017/2018/2019)

Additional note

Apropos of nothing really, but I’ve been asked why and how I choose the titles for my articles.

When I started this blog I posted a three-part story of my depression. I called it The Story of my Illness because that’s what it was. Given the subject, I didn’t feel the need to give it anything other than a straightforward title: I just didn’t think anything else would be appropriate. Unfortunately, two people I thought were friends then mocked the title as being boring and ‘unsexy.’ This abuse was given a sense of irony by the fact that one of them is hypersensitive, but only about herself: she’s heartless towards others and their feelings. I’m terribly sorry if I offended you, ladies, but that’s the reality of it! However, I decided to take a positive from an unpleasant experience and jazz up future posts a bit with what I hoped would be more interesting titles. I settled on using either actual or ‘adapted’ titles from books, plays, films, TV programmes, songs or albums which have some vague or contrived relevance to the subject. I hope you agree this is better, though I doubt if they will ever revisit here to see the improvement I’ve made with their kind assistance!

(February 2013)

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  7. FINALLY made time to read your About post – and jumped over to Stevie’s interview & commented there as well. So much to read, so little time in any day. ::sigh::
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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  8. Hi Clive. Although I’ve seen – and liked – many of your comments on Stevie Turner’s blog, this is the first time I’ve clicked through to find out more about you, encouraged by Stevie’s generous sharing of links this morning. I enjoyed your recent post about Cat Stevens and from the above I see that we share musical taste – although you would have to add jazz to complete the list of mine.
    I’m off to check out a few more of your posts now. Merry Christmas

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    • Hi Frank, many thanks for this, and for the Twitter follow. I’ll take a look at your blog too, but I’m afraid we’re going to have to agree to disagree on jazz – it does nothing for me! Merry Christmas to you too 😊


  9. Hi Clive. I got here by clicking your comment from Bernadette’s SENIOR SALON#52 (I just wanted to mention that in case you’d be curious where I found your blog.)

    Anyway. I love your blog! Haha. I haven’t browsed around much yet, but I will soon. I love the whole concept behind it, and how genuine you are. Hope to see you around this blogosphere. ❤

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    • Hi Liz. Thanks for finding me – I’m happy for people to do that however they manage it! Thank you for your kind words and for following. I’ll reciprocate and look forward to reading your blog too.

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  10. Hi Clive, lovely to meet you here. Having battled my own periods of depression and anxiety I can relate. Look forward to exploring more of your blog and getting to know you. Cheers and warmest wishes from down under.

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  12. Thanks for following The Immortal Jukebox. I hope you will enjoy the wide variety of music covered and some entertaining writing. I welcome comments from readers. I usually post on a weekly basis. If it has been a while since you visited come on over and see what’s new on The Jukebox! Regards and good luck with all your projects. Thom.

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  13. Hi Clive, it’s nice to find you. Yes – sometimes friends say the most awful things, that if they heard that said to them they would definitely have a reaction. Well, you are safe here on WordPress, Clive! Many people, including myself, know what you’re talking about regarding depression. I hope you keep writing to us. I also like the references to popular songs on your blog. Blessings to you! Debb

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    • A well-deserved award for you, Tiffany, you’re doing a good thing in a lovely way. It’s great to know you and your blog. Thank you so much for nominating me too, it means a lot to me xx

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