How Do You Describe a Cigarette You’ve Never Smoked?

I noticed my earlier post about how I got started writing proved popular. As I cast my mind back to those days, I recalled the gig that required me to write copy in for a website or print catalogue of Eastern European cigarettes. The odd thing about this is that I was a…

A Bit About How I Started Writing For Money

I suspect the neighbours think I sit on my backside all day long watching TV or playing videogames. Since this day in 2010 I have been earning money from writing, mostly for websites and magazines, and in 2014 I added editing to my skillset. A key advantage of all of this is that…

The Time Daisy Forced Me to Try Coffee – and I Liked It!

I always hated coffee. We didn’t really drink it at home when I was young (there was always some in the house though) and Dad had some from time to time on a morning. I found the smell made my pre-breakfast stomach turn. This continued into early adulthood. People I lived with drank…

Bruce’s Meal Deal

So a strange thing happened this morning. Bruce, my eldest (by two minutes) announced that yes, following the previous evening’s discussion, he would very much like to cook a three course meal this evening. Our boy has long held the seemingly unreachable ambition of being a dancing-chef-rock star, and we know he likes…

York, Capital of the North

We took our first day trip to York in two years and spent time at the food festival and walked around some of the wall.

What I’ve Learned About Blogging Daily

I’ve just been informed by the WordPress app that I have published a post on this blog 14 times on the trot! That is far more than I expected when I started this experiment. I’ve been really pleased with how many people have read my inane ramblings, which has certainly encouraged me. So,…

16th Wedding Anniversary!

I doubt this event will earn a dedicated post for another four years, but this time around my wedding anniversary is a bit special. Married 16 years ago today. For the first time tonight (thanks to various problems such as dates, closure, and just making other plans) Ceri and I are going to…

Let’s Talk About Retro Gaming

Last year, I launched a new website, Gaming Retro UK (I call it GRUK), dedicated to handmade pasta retro gaming. Over the course of the past 12 months it’s enjoyed constant, but modest growth, but I haven’t been able to afford as much time to it as I would like. Why start a…

The 10 Bands I’ve Seen Live (No. 6 Will Shock You)

Compared with friends and other people of my age, I haven’t seen many bands live outside of pubs and clubs. Basically, I find it either too noisy or too quiet, and definitely way too crowded. And then there are the merchandise prices. However, I have seen a few bands, a bit more than…

Taking My Daily Ukulele Up Roseberry Topping

Daily exercise is recommended for a long and healthy life. Similarly, you should always practice your instrument of choice on a daily basis to learn it. Today, I combined the two, taking a walk up a hill with a ukulele. My target, as you’ll learn from the video above, was Roseberry Topping. This…