Watch!

October 4, 2017

In a fit of barely concealed astonishment it occurred to me recently I have no idea where to buy a really good cheap watch. Argos, it seems, still has a decent line in basics. But whereas I used to nip along to see what was in the shop window of Steve’s or drop by Tesco on a quiet afternoon, there seems to be fewer independent shops than ever and all of the watches in Tesco have bling on them. I’m allergic to bling.

All I wanted was a basic watch to tell the time with. Everything else a watch might do I can use my phone for. I just want a timepiece.

Fortunately, Argos came up trumps.

Except the strap’s a bit tight.

 

 

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Giant Dwarves and other minor errors

September 10, 2017

A couple of weeks ago I ordered pieces for a game I have recently invented in conjunction with Vince Connolly at Asgard Games in Walsall. Read the rest of this entry »


2017 Dates

September 8, 2017

That time of year again…. we’re organising dates for Ales Beers and Carols, and I’m trying to find another new tune for While Shepherds Watched…

Ales Beers and Carols

It’s September and already three dates are fixed in the diary:

The Avion, Aldridge 11th December.

The Black Country Arms, Walsall 13th December.

The Lazy Hill, Aldridge 20th December.

The new flyer will be up shortly, and ordered from the printers. It’s a slightly smaller affair than last year because of the commitments of the organisers to other things in the run up to Christmas, but we should have a few excellent nights of singing and drinking. See you in three months!

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Directing Music in Mere Green

September 8, 2017

I’m very grateful to the Rector and congregation of St James’ Chuch, Hill for allowing me to come into their church community and cover the vacant post of Director of Music for a while. We had a choir practice last night and I’m playing for my first Sunday service this weekend. There’s a wonderful pipe organ, a baby grand piano, choir and all sorts going on in what is a very busy parish. Read the rest of this entry »


Long Hot Summer

September 5, 2017

Greetings. Again, apologies for the lack of updates in recent times, but things have been busy and conitue to be busy and frankly there’s not a lot of time to write.

Also, to both of my regular readers (Hi Dad!), some of the events recounted here will be familiar because you may have been there at the time. Read the rest of this entry »


New Game, UKGE, catching up and half an idea

June 17, 2017

Were I even halfway concerned about my audience (rather than this entire blog being largely a vanity exercise) I would open with a meaningful apology for my recent absence. The only issue with such an opening gambit is that I’m really not sorry at all. I’ve been rather busy. However, I have few things to share with you. Read the rest of this entry »


Recognition for getting in early

March 8, 2017

Kickstarter loves an early adopter. From early bird pledge levels in projects through to those who are first to contribute to their special campaigns.

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