Battling my Nemesis – The Alternator

November 23, 2015

This evening has seen the latest episode in the soap opera that is my serial ownership of cars. I’m not complaining about this car in particular, but generally my cars are great until they suddenly develop a fault that’s expensive or going to seriously increase the running costs and I have to find a new one.

This car is different. I have enjoyed running issues with the electrics, from a brake light cable that simply won’t play the game through to an alternator rewind last summer which was totally spurious when it turned out the accessories belt wasn’t at the right angle to enage it in the first place.

So imagine my deep joy and delight when this evening the car finally gave up the will to start and left me stranded more or less on my own driveway without the means to get it going again.

I could have jump started it if I’d had anything to jump off. Jumping off things seemed like an attractive solution about thirty seconds after the final failed attempt to start the infernal machine.

With some support from my beloved father, and more importantly with the help of his trickle charger, we are adding juice to the battery as I write, a charge transfusion which I hope will revolutionise the performance of the car tomorrow and give me a few more weeks in which to find either a new battery or a fresh alternator belt. Because a fresh alternator would cost serious money, which I’m fresh out of.

Maybe if I can scrape together £99 a month I can go and get me a little Pug to run arounud in, because at the moment my big cat is well and truly in the doghouse.

Holidays are here. (Buy my game)

November 19, 2015

As a marketing strategy, this doesn’t really cut it, but I’m not Warburtons or John Lewis, (or The Poke) so this is as good as it’s likely to get I’m afraid. I don’t do Thanksgiving, or Black Friday sales, and I have a non-existent marketing budget.

And it’s not like I’m totally sold on selling you stuff. Except maybe my game No Dice, which is now available via eBay. There, I’ve plugged it. We’re done.

Except we’re not really. There’s some really cool stuff going on locally which is festive and friendly and open to people. Read the rest of this entry »

I object

November 16, 2015

Recent events worldwide have brought many people to social media to reflect, share and be part of a virtual support network.


This in turn has drawn some to observe the futility of pressing “Like” or “Share” unless it is accompanied by action.

It can be tempting to wade in either in support or defence of the original posts, likers, sharers, cynics or realists. However, it is important to remember what I like to think of as Dan’s Uncle Keith. Read the rest of this entry »

Play the Game

September 26, 2015

A very quick post to celebrate the awesomeness of my son’s new board game!

We just played the very first round of Race to Zeus, a game he invented for a school project.

While I am happy to admit I’ve egged him on, most of the original thought behind it is all his. It’s got danger on the roll of a die, blind chance, gods, monsters, fate, and all the wingèd horses you could throw a helmet of darkness at. And of course there is the key question – if you have meeple in sandals with helmets, are they Greekle?

If we can manage it in time, I’ll bring him and a working copy to the No Dice launch on October 10th.

Bostin! Getting on my bike

September 26, 2015

Having failed to attempt the Coast to Coast earlier this year, I was determined to get on my bike a bit more. Commuting was a definite option, and I’ve secured a place in the lock-up at work to keep it in.

I can’t, though, get over the fact I’m riding a borrowed steed: thanks to the kindness of a good mate, I’ve been mobile on a very decent touring bike. Read the rest of this entry »

No Dice funding under way

August 31, 2015

I’ve spent this bank holiday weekend with one eye on the total funding pledged to back my new game No Dice. We were doing really well in terms of backing in the first week or so, and have picked up additional support along the way, but we’re into the last seven days now and I have to think about promotion and marketing a little more.

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New Hall Mill – A Grand Day Out

August 31, 2015

On the advice of Brownhills Bob I took the tribe to see New Hall Mill this morning. What a fantastic piece of local industrial heritage! We saw the mill at work from grain to grind to flour, and eldest son won himself a pencil for spotting rats and solving the final anagram.

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