Fifteen words for Fifteen

January 1, 2015

As previously noted, I tend not to value New Year’s Resolutions as a viable move forward. They are somewhat arbitrary and can be both vague and tragically optimistic. So instead I am focussing this coming year on simple things I can do to improve my life and livelihood which don’t have a fixed outcome but a continuous benefit. Five points, each only three words long. That’s not a lot of words. It’s shorter than most psalms, and will most certainly fit on a T-shirt. Or as I like to think of it, aimed right at my attention span. Here are mine:

  • More family time
  • Enjoy more exercise
  • Play more music
  • Read more books
  • Remember the highs

…and that’s it. May 2015 bring all you want, or failing that at least provide more than you need.


Bed, knobs and bicycles.

November 16, 2014

This weekend has seen three watershed moments slip by.

Firstly, the bicycles. Kids UK is a lovely charity in Birmingham and next summer I’m planning to ride coast to coast with them to raise money. You can find out details here if you want to join us. Twelve places are available, but they’re filling up fast. Read the rest of this entry »


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.


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 »


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 »


The Albatross in the Driveway

April 30, 2014

I’m haunted. I’m haunted by the cars I have lost.

Well, nearly. I’m no longer in a position to maintain my car. It’s a lovely beast, but no longer fit for purpose. Read the rest of this entry »


Setting an Example (Parking)

October 26, 2013

Gah! You go out for the afternoon, take the children round the shops and come home to THIS.

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Shedlines

October 18, 2013

There have been a number of interesting developments in the last month or so. Far from hiding at the bottom of my garden and doing things in isolation, there’s a whole host of collaborative efforts kicking off.

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Blue skies over Greenbelt

August 27, 2013

We’re back from Greenbelt. The very same Greenbelt that was an utter washout last year was very dry this time. Here is the sky yesterday over Mainstage:

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Wooden Car (Wooden Go)

August 21, 2013

I spotted yesterday that a couple of tyres on my car needed replacing. Two new front tyres, £100 or thereabouts. They’re decent quality, and more importantly will ensure we don’t have a blowout on the motorway. It was worth the expense and inconvenience of extending my lunch hour and getting the job done.

So having parted with a small but serious wedge of cash, I got in my car to come back to work and it wouldn’t start. The battery needed replacing too. The garage told me it was beyond redemption, so I kept it in case that solar panel / battery / 12V radio in the shed idea ever comes off. That’s another 50 quid I didn’t really have lying around.

The front brake discs need looking at in a couple of thousand miles as well. That’s next month’s unpredictable expense, I suspect.

In other news, the rest of my day followed that general pattern of joy and happiness. Roll on the long weekend!