Sweet Dreams for Jago


Sweet dreams for Jago is a childrens book I have written and is illustrated by a friend.

It had an unusual genesis. I was without my car and I needed to drive my stepdaughter to a local hospital for some medication. I asked my friend who drove us there and then stayed as we waited low on the priority list. She missed bedtime reading with her son.So as a thank you I wrote some poems specifically for her son and added to a couple of suitable ones I already had , Sweet Dreams for Jago was written.one problem We really needed some pictures.

I came up with the idea of producing a book for charity and asked Steve to do the artwork.His pictures exceeded my expectations and bring this book to life.I incorporated the pictures with the poems and took the files to a local printers Palace Printers who kept their price really low for a charity project.It is now printed and I am selling copies for £4 each(+P&P if needed).

I am very proud of this book there is quality in the writing and the pictures and the book is the complete package.I am selling it with all profits going to Children in Need. Most of my fundraising is for Parkinson’s UK but Parkinson’s doesn’t control my life so once every year I fundraise for a different cause.This is something that makes me feel good knowing that I can help others.

If anyone would like a copy of this book please email me at jonbest13@gmail.com

Thank you for reading











One Eyed Tom


Tom is the newest member of my household and has been here for 3 weeks. He was a stray taken in by friends and promptly repaid them by keeping other cats out. Including the ones who lived there. Tom an equal opportunities cat attacked all with the same vigour as they came through the catflap. So Tom became Ilona’s cat and came to live here. Tom has only one good eye the other probably damaged in a fight.

He has now shown all the signs of settling.including being a shameless hussey with strangers(sitting on the laps staring into their eyes whilst rubbing his nose across their face(don’t tell them about his sneezing). This melts the hearts of those already soft in the head.He is not showing affection he is controlling you but luckily I am immune. A friendly cat who will jump into your lap at any point even when you are typing at the computer. “What’s that Tom? You want me to stop this and finish it later. Yes of course Tom.”.


Tom spends his day  hunting tiny spiders ,vandalising the house, clock watching and being the worlds best tripping hazard. I watched him catch a claw whilst hunting a spider then deliberately ripping the piece of wallpaper from the wall after releasing his claw, followed by pouncing on it. Finishing with trying to pull up the lino until I intervened.

Possibly his greatest talent is as a tripping hazrd, swarming around legs with the precision of a red arrows manoeuvre.Also this puntuated by little birdlike chirruping meows and done with only one good eye. Finally clock watching. I took down a clock to change the time and didn’t put it straight back. Tom became a horologist.

This could take some time so I will leave it there. Bye for now.