The “Lottery Test”

August 1, 2018

I have been encouraged in recent weeks to apply the “Lottery Test” to things I undertake in everyday life. The test is simple. Were I to win the the lottery and be free of financial worries, would I continue doing the things that occupy my week? Read the rest of this entry »


Smarten up, my Dad’s reading this

June 11, 2013

My blog is connected to my Twitter account, to which I have granted WordPress access. It’s a simple way to announce new posts and garner interest from a wider audience, and it’s a simple matter for my followers to retweet the annoucnement. By this simple method of onward promotion, traffic has been generated for posts about forthcoming Walsall Social Media Surgery dates, and singing carols in pubs at Christmas. Read the rest of this entry »


Shouting over the fence.

March 7, 2013

I’m inspired tonight to blog on the subject of arguments.
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A completely amateur approach

November 5, 2012

On October 24th, I helped out at Walsall Social Media Surgery. It was great to work with active and inquisitive folks trying to use and understand the reach of social media. In particular, I enjoyed talking with Bill Ellens from (among others) CUSP in Walsall.

I promised Bill I’d run over some of the tools I was using and talking about. So, here goes:
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I’m unemployed

September 4, 2012

I have no job. It’s a bit irritating to be honest.

The circumstances are by now fairly irrelevant, but the upshot is I currently have no way of paying the bills next month, so I’m casting around for work and trying to find myself a worthwhile occupation. (In fact, if you want to help, or want to hire me, you can get further details here.)

Cue my latest crazy idea – Grammar Ninja. Read the rest of this entry »


Making a noise in church

February 12, 2012

I realise I probably already mentioned this in other posts, probably some time ago now, but I have a deep and well-fed love of good quality church music. Read the rest of this entry »



I made mead.

January 7, 2012

I’m having a lot of fun home brewing. Read the rest of this entry »


Spirit and Truth

September 6, 2009

With the aim of more direct connection between thought and action, I decided to blog on the move when the fancy takes me and allow the post to e-mail its way to the web when I get to my home wi-fi and my phone performs an upload.

Does this make my blogging more authentic?

It certainly allows for a more immediate logging of stuff that occurs to me.

Can I blog truthfully and in the same mood which I had the original thought? Will it maintain the original spirit?

Playing the music in church requires a degree of honesty. People will see right through a brilliant but jaded player eventually. It may be OK to pull off the occasional service when you’re not in the mood, but generally you should be mentally and spiritually up for it.

There is a tangible difference between the services where the musicians are going for truth and honesty of spirit; and where they aren’t so much.

It’s not like a blog. You can’t edit and publish it. It’s live and needs to be treated with that greater a measure of respect.