The importance of being useful

July 28, 2015

The Revered W Awdry is largely unregarded as an author except in one very specific regard.

He is the creator of Thomas the Tank Engine, along with Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, Percy, Toby, Duck, Donald and Douglas. Yes, I can name the engines in number order. And their colours. Read the rest of this entry »


1 Walsall Poem

July 27, 2015

I’m almost a published poet. I’ve been added to a collective effort celebrating Walsall wordsmiths in the form of a curated blog.

100 Walsall Poems is now live, and has been for a little while. My effort is included and I’m rather flattered to have been involved. I met the project curator Peace the Poet this afternoon on my walk from the office to the car.

He’s a pleasant chap with a positive disposition, and well known in the borough as a performer and poet.

By all means have a look at the project, and also check out the other things he is doing. It’s all about community and collaboration.


No Dice – a whole new game

July 26, 2015

For the last couple of years I’ve had an idea rolling around my head based on developing dominoes and adding elements from card games my brothers and I played when we were young(er). It’s essentially a three part domino design on hexagonal cards and a variety of matching rules to score points each turn. I found a supplier who prints custom decks and ordered one to play around with.

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Jimm, Chris, Mike and Scott giving their seal of approval. MNA Gaming Store in Walsall.

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A week of achievements

July 12, 2015

In the last ten days, I’ve had a run of extremely positive moments. Since this blog exists partly to document my ego, I thought I’d pull them together and see what they all looked like in order. It started on Saturday July 4th…

tl:dr I did lots of brilliant stuff. Aren’t I epic? Read the rest of this entry »


Squeaking your Language

June 29, 2015

I survived panto. It’s behind me.

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Finnish on a song

June 24, 2015

I’m in Panto. Oh yes I am.

The rather wonderful Cart Before the Horse crew are staging “Soup from a Sausage Skewer” at the Bookmark Theatre in Bloxwich this Sunday. Our first performances were last weekend and we have two left to come. Read the rest of this entry »


Slowly around Shenstone

June 22, 2015

This Sunday, following last week’s hard slog around Aldridge 10K, I’d already lined up further torture in the shape of Shenstone Fun Run.

2015-06-21 13.00.09 Read the rest of this entry »


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