May 10, 2016
As the Blues sing, Keep Right On (to the end of the road). And in my car, the next thing is indicate, turn and carry on into the wide world. Against all expectation it passed its MOT with flying colours yesterday, and I couldn’t be more relieved.
I have an outstanding issue with the alternator to fix up, but I can always save up to get that done next month. The car is certified and back on the road!
Many thanks to Stan Reynolds Garage Ltd who nursed my car through the test and sorted out the brake balance valve problem which failed it last week. I was really impressed with their work and will be returning there in future. It’s a family firm on Mill St, just over the railway from The Butts and about ten minutes stroll from the town centre. Perfect.
May 5, 2016
Snatching satisfaction from the jaws of expense, I have tonight worked my way through the five items on the failure list from this morning’s MOT and fixed four of them myself. I have used WD40, a flat bladed screwdriver, more WD40, a 20p coin (retaining pegs on the fascia), a soldering iron, and lashings of WD40.
The offside fog lamp now works. The intermittent headlamp fault is no longer intermittent or faulty. The nearside brake light has a brand new soldered lead which looks horrible on the inside but at least lights the lamp effectively. And the windscreen washers finally live up to their name with enthusiasm.
Read the rest of this entry »
January 24, 2016
It’s been a while since I wrote about Christian music, but something this morning really made me pause and think.
Horatio Spafford is known for a few things, principally as a chum of great evangelist Dwight Moody and the writer of “It is well with my Soul” – a hymn inspired by the tragic loss of his four daughters in a shipwreck when crossing the Atlantic to holiday in England. The hymn, published by Sankey to a tune by Philip Bliss, is a standard in traditional protestant Christian churches, an inspiring message that whatever the world throws at a person God’s love and grace are sufficient to meet the challenge. It’s a hymn strong on key Christian themes, and recognised and sung across the English-speaking world.
Which is why I’m rather disappointed that Matt Redman nicked the chorus to shore up one of his recent compositions. Read the rest of this entry »
January 20, 2015
I’m a Snow Champion. Walsall Council have funding in place to support 250 local people who will undertake to clear sections of pavement outside their house for the general benefit of the local community.
I'm not being funny about this, but I live in Aldridge. There are an awful lot of people who are a bit older than me and shouldn't be expected to be out and about if conditions are poor underfoot. I live very close to a senior school with hundreds of pupils walking past my front door daily. I live close to a convenience store with a high footfall. It appears I need to do my bit.
Many thanks to Paul Leighton for organising and equipping me. I'm only sorry there appears to be a shortage of volunteers.
This is your chance to get involved. Follow the link at the top of the page to find out more and volunteer to serve.
With snow forecast, it’ll be my pleasure to clear it as fast as snow off a council-issue shovel.
November 9, 2014
Like any good garage there are levels of service available from most churches this Christmas.
Read the rest of this entry »
November 24, 2013
I’m a musician on the rota of band leaders at Aldridge Parish Church. This Christmas will be one of the more intense ones for me, because I’m playing at the carol services (two of them, back to back, December 22nd evening) and the morning of December 15th. Read the rest of this entry »
March 28, 2013
Yesterday I attended the world premiere of a commission I’d written. Read the rest of this entry »
January 16, 2013
I use Bandcamp to sell my music. On my “business” website, I embed a Bandcamp player to promote my latest work. All this is a little one sided. You hear my stuff, and choose to download or purchase it. Well, it works the other way too, and Bandcamp have just upped their game in that sphere. Read the rest of this entry »