Kindness of Strangers

August 29, 2014

Very quick note to say thanks to James.

On Tuesday, when everything went horribly and comically wrong for me, I ended the day by running out of fuel just outside Aldridge. My passenger Pete called his wife to ask her to come to our rescue, but before she could reach us a passing motorist turned round and came back to check that we were OK.

James was not only a pleasant young man showing excellent character. He also had 40 litres of unleaded fuel in his boot, destined for his rally car.

You really can’t put a price on timing like that. A couple of litres in my motor and I could limp to the petrol station. Pete was astonished. I was delighted. James was a hero.

Thanks James.


Big Yellow Taxi?

August 27, 2014

So they paved Paradise and put up a parking lot…

The Old Library. Monumental.

The Old Library. Monumental.

We’re short a pink hotel but there’s plenty of boutiques and music venues. And a a huge library standing empty. Read the rest of this entry »


The only thing worse than hearing “Oops”

August 26, 2014

The only thing worse than hearing “Oops” is hearing the following:

“Oops.”

“What?”

“… Nothing!”

This weekend we should have been at Greenbelt festival in Northamptonshire. We were all packed and ready to go Thursday night, and set off a little after eight on Friday morning aiming to arrive about ten. Read the rest of this entry »


War. What is it good for?

August 17, 2014

Absolutely Nothing. Say it again…

The recent escalation in Gaza and the ongoing plight of innocent and culpable alike in that area has led me to consider some serious questions.

If you don’t think you’ll like what you read next, don’t read it. It gets a bit ranty in parts. Feel free to comment but don’t expect anyone to agree with you. I’ve already expended a fair amount of thinking getting to this point, and I’m still not sure I’m right enough to have a monopoly on it. Read the rest of this entry »


Another 10k…

August 17, 2014

Just a quick post to mark the day I passed 10,000 page views on this blog. Thank you all for reading. There are a couple of regulars I know, and your interest in my little blog is welcome and warmly received.

Page Views

The news this morning when I logged in!

The other 10K to which I refer is the City of Birmingham 10K which I’ll be running on Sunday September 7th. If you want to support me, please do sponsor me.


Holidays with the Family Clayton

August 17, 2014

We’re back from holiday. A week away at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest has meant cycling, swimming, and a run in my new running shoes. Also badminton, fencing (with an excitable but somewhat erratic 6 year old), air hockey, and spa for both Mrs C (my wife and mother who are, since I’m not from Appalachia, two different people).

I got through a Jack Reacher novel and generally had a good old time running around keeping our three boys occupied.

Here’s a photo of what it’s like when the sun shines. You can imagine it’s a bit different when it rains.

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Tow Woe

August 9, 2014

Earlier this year I had to bid farewell to the lovely Peugeot 306 to which I had so successfully attached a towbar, and replaced it with a gifted Peugeot 806, which came without.

It was only a matter of time before I needed to fix up the new motor with a towbar of its own, and over the last couple of weeks I’ve been struggling with the very decent PF Jones kit I bought online to attach it to the frame of the car and make good. Read the rest of this entry »


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