Sunday, 13 October 2019

The Twelve Weeks Of Xmas

Hello dear readers.

Yes, we’re back to something resembling normality, with the bi-weekly blog right back on schedule

It’s about time too really, not just for you lovely people in reader-land to know when to switch off your computers, lest your eyes should fall on this miserable attempt at sense, but also for yours truly to know where he stands (or if we’re brutally honest, sits). Being a non-worker these days anything that smacks of even the slightest amount of regularity helps to stop the days, weeks, and months from merging together quite so seamlessly.

And of course that process isn’t helped when the world at large seems to be a couple of months ahead of me.

Sunday, 29 September 2019

In Sickness And In Health

Hello dear readers!

Yes, just when you thought it might be safe to turn the computer back on, the blog is back!

It’s been a while, but in fact it is only one bi-weekly blog post that is missing from your lives, a void caused by your friendly neighbourhood blogger attending the wedding of a particularly good friend.

Sunday, 1 September 2019

The Great Flood

Hello dear readers!

Life can, at times, prove very interesting. Sometimes this interest is pre-planned and much anticipated, often though it is the unexpected that make for the most interesting of times, and it rears up and hits us full in the face like a splash of ice cold water.

Yes, it can be those instances that really keep us on our toes, that really provide the sharpest contrasts to out humdrum little lives.

This week’s was a doozy

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Write On

Hello dear readers!

Yes, the wanderer has returned, and in one only slightly bruised piece to boot!

I am of course referring to last weeks stag-do (That’s bachelor party for those Stateside). Now anyone who is familiar with these kind of events will no doubt understand the necessity to draw a veil over the details of the day itself (What goes on stag, stays on stag!). Suffice it to say that 12 hours straight of alcohol fuelled, karaoke crazed shenanigans left your friendly neighbourhood seated person a little delicate and very grateful that last Sunday was not Blog Sunday!

However, that is now all firmly in the past and it is time to address matters new.

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Love & Marriage

Hello dear readers!

And welcome to what promises to be the calm before the storm.

No, I’m not talking about the recent atrocious weather that has seen areas of North Yorkshire hit with floods, and farmers dealt a vicious blow regarding crops and livestock. No, this particular storm is one that is more to do with Jack Daniels, social occasions, public speaking, and perhaps just a touch more Jack Daniels.

Yup, the next few weeks promise to be interesting.

Monday, 22 July 2019

The Unbroken Mirror


Hello dear readers!

Seven is a number that looms large throughout the human psyche, reverberating through folklore, suspicion, and culture both popular, and not so popular.

There’s The Seven Dwarves, The Magnificent Seven, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, The Seven Samurai, seven deadly sins, and even seven golden virtues.

It crops up, again and again and again, and I guess that makes the subject of this blog one that contributes to the phenomenon because this time next week will see myself and my wife, Tina, celebrate out wedding anniversary.

I’ll let you guess how many years it’s been.

Monday, 8 July 2019

Going Underground


Hello dear readers!

Yes, after a slight delay caused by a completely expected literary festival, it’s time for the second instalment of our Wonderful Adventures In London (to be read in a loud and booming voice).

In this little snippet, there will be bus journeys, a museum, friends, the underground, and the third and final chapter of the three hotel rooms.

But wait! Where did we leave off in the first instalment. Well, if memory serves, we had just been moved from the Ibis Styles hotel and it’s spectacularly disabled unfriendly lay out to the much cosier Best Western hotel, that practically adjoined it and fallen into bed after a long and tiring day.

What follows are the events of the second, third, and fourth day of our mini-break.