Matters Arising / AOB

October 19, 2014

I’ve been meaning to write some of these things up for a while, and failed to do them when they came to mind periodically. Hopefully I’ll cover off a few that needed saying sooner and you can take the appropriate action. Read the rest of this entry »


Vive la difference!

October 15, 2014

After my recent mini-rant over the poor quality of BHS Christmas shopping I feel it’s time to make it clear I’m not entirely made of humbugs.

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Pies, Cakes and Puddings

October 14, 2014

It’s Christmas! Or rather, the Christmas shop in BHS is open for business.

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It’s not just me, I’m certain. Take a look at what they’re offering. As a child I recall the Christmas shop in BHS being a cornucopia of options for wasting hard earned goodwill with my parents as I explored every last shelf for that ideal daft gift for my long-suffering Dad or other unsuspecting family member.

These days it’s plastic wrapped boxed gift sets based on alcoholic and food brands; very little to draw the eye of my impatient six year old.

Could we have a little more cheery tat on the shelves please? Less polish and more cheer? Fewer slightly risqué joke gifts and more that are actually fun?

Or maybe I’m just getting old and grumpy. Do your shopping online and have it shipped by courier to arrive December 23rd. In which case, I’ve found the perfect gift.


Songs of Rest

October 13, 2014

Tonight I had the best fun you can have with a trombone. I made music! Technically, since it was with an orchestra, it was the second best fun you can have with a trombone. The best thing you can do with a trombone for fun is this. Read the rest of this entry »


Monty Mail

October 5, 2014

Find the Spam

Just when you’ve gone long enough without receiving one of these e-mails, another bounces right into your inbox. Do enjoy this one, it’s beautifully direct and transparently bogus. Read the rest of this entry »


Kicking and Screaming

October 4, 2014

I’ve finally sold out and bought an Apple device from which I hope to do much more writing and business management in the fullness of time. Also, it’s an opportunity to part with some of the cash I may be able to earn from my new job. Read the rest of this entry »


A little ditty to Walsall.

September 22, 2014

Andrew Clayton:

Everything here is true, and worth a proper read. I love the content, I love the selection of highlights and I approve of the Black Country Arms.

Originally posted on rich johnstone:

Walsall is a wondrous place. Not only does it have a great community of local bloggers, tweeters and community minded folk who care passionately about their locale, it is actually an enormously fun place to live.

There was a bit of a buzz around some of the local twitterers recently about an on-line piece that had been dug up from somewhere, which criticised Walsall. In no uncertain terms.

Whilst it’s easy to slag one’s place of residence off (and who can’t find fault with where they live? Is anywhere perfect?), Walsall was good to me. Both the town and it’s people.

Ok, I’ll admit it here. I’m actually a Brummie. Born and raised until my 7th Birthday in Marston Green. This was before my dad retrained as a teacher and moved us lock, stock and barrel down to Somerset (as he was unable to find a teaching job in the…

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