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Guitar String Bravado

I’ve been playing guitar for 30 years but this week had something of an epiphany. (warning dull short post about guitar strings).

Through My Eyes

My wonky eyes have given me an idea for a new photography project.

The Best Worst Guitar

Epiphone 435i – a 1980s superstrat. HSS, with locking trem. I didn’t know anything about guitars. But I decided I wanted to play electric guitar. Mainly to fit in with some new friends at sixth…

A Voice for Ellie

Today I published my first short story on Amazon Kindle. Well not my first ever short story. It’s just the first that I’ve published on Amazon’s Kindle platform.

Videogame Ghosts

Lack of interactivity is something I’m noticing more and more in games. It’s not that the worlds used to be more interactive – it’s that as the detail in games has increased the level of…

Trouble in Greendale

For many years now Royal Mail Postman Pat Clifton was the man you could always rely on in Greendale. He was the glue that held the community together, the face of officialdom that could be…

Satan’s Navy – not by Patrick O’Brian

It seems the Royal Navy has officially recognised its first Satanist. You can read the full story courtesy of the BBC. At the urging of a friend and because clearly I had nothing better to…

Bagpuss – The Chocolate Biscuit Episode

Remembering a childhood classic now, in the form of my rant about the political ideas behind a certain episode of Bagpus. Well as you remember, Emily, the little girl who seemed to have somehow become…

Behold a Random Selection of Nonsense

Through My Eyes

My wonky eyes have given me an idea for a new photography project.

The Spider Valve MKII

I really like tinkering. I also like computers. I’m no cork-sniffing guitarist that is only happy when playing through 1950s technology full of glorified lightbulbs.…

Guitar String Bravado

I’ve been playing guitar for 30 years but this week had something of an epiphany. (warning dull short post about guitar strings).

Cross Purposes

Once again the subject of wearing crosses in the workplace has reared its head again following the government’s decision that there is no automatic right…

Save Us From Preachy Kids TV

Over the last five years I’ve seen a lot of CBeebies. Probably more than any of our children have actually seen. Some of it was…

Dave…Not His Real Name

I’ve made it pretty clear in the past how I feel about the increasing dumbing down of the once great BBC News presentation – the…

Hunter Killer

We watched Hunter Killer on Netflix last night. It is not a good film. It’s like a Tom Clancy novel where they removed astonishing technical…

Bugera V22 Review

Judging by all the chat online the Bugera V22 has become a very hot talking point. That’s no surprise given what it offers for the…

A Retrospective

I recently received the official wedding photos for mine and Lanie’s wedding. I won’t bore you with why it’s taken over three years for me…

The Church Service that Wasn’t

Well Sunday saw us manage something we’ve been aiming to do since we moved into our North London flat, get up early and go to…

The Watchers

I went for a walk at Westbay today, which is something I do quite often. I took my camera along and my Samyang 50mm f/1.2…

British TV Is Rubbish

What on earth has happened to television in recent years? Yes I know we’ve always had plenty of guff on TV such as Mind Your…

Lent Sacrifice

I’m not a spiritual person – I don’t give up things for lent as a religious observance. However this year I’ve joined my wife in…

Flappy Paddle Middle Age

I’ve not yet reached the age of forty but it’s pretty clear I am entering middle age. However none of the usual signs are there…

Creationists No Longer Welcome

I know it’s a bit late for talking of new year resolutions but earlier in the month I couldn’t actually think of anything I wanted…

Lancaster Reunion 2002

In January 2002 a few of us old Cartmelians made our way to the hallowed ground of Lancaster University. Those present were James, Harry, Rob,…

Contrasting Days

My twins were eight years old yesterday. Eight. I can hardly believe it.

Day of the Fondleslab

A few weeks ago my laptop died. The internal fan over the GPU stopped working and within short order the graphics card melted. The first…

Channel Four Nonsense

Have you noticed something very wrong with many of Channel Four’s output over the last few years? My beef is in the way many of…