Category: Journal

Resturant Review: Pinchinthorpe Hall, North Yorkshire

My wife and I recently celebrated our wedding anniversary, 16 years to the day later at the very same venue we were married at.

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He’s Lego Mad!

As noted elsewhere on this blog, I am an ex-smoker. I also had an unhealthy relationship with alcohol for some years, happily long behind me. I kicked both of these habits, so can hardly call either an addiction. Lego, on the other hand, has proved a lot harder to say no to. As…

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Evolution of My Workspace

A look at my various workspaces over the years, from desktop PCs to laptops, corner desks, standing desks, and dedicated offices.

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What Happened Since the Last Update

Does time go faster the older we get? It certainly feels that way at times. For example, I haven’t updated this website since October 9th. It doesn’t seem that long ago, and of course I’ve been really busy. Christmas For a start off, there was Christmas. December is always crazy, essentially a month…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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,…

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