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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

How I Didn’t Learn to Play Guitar

In 1989 I got a book that was just strumming easy chords to famous songs. It was frustrating because they weren’t necessarily in the right…

Dumbing Down Science

There’s a very interesting article about media attitudes to science over at The Guardian Online today. While regular readers of the blog will know I…

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,…

Lancaster Reunion 2001

An account of the epic journey of one James and one Harry. Their quest, to return to Lancaster University in autumn 2001 and see what…

Searching for a Hobby

Ever since I moved down south my beloved L was determined for me to make some local friends and perhaps try a few new hobbies.…

Lancaster Reunion 2003

In February 2003 a few of us old Cartmelians (and a Lonsdale lad) made our way to the hallowed ground of Lancaster University. Those present…

The Loudness War

If you only listen to music in your car or on public transport via headphones you are probably not aware of the way the modern…

Filing Wives in Chronological Order

I wish to register a complaint. My complaint is with the jargon one has to work with when discussing your married relationships should you have…

The Whole Women Bishops Thing

Imagine for one moment that rather than being a lapsed Roman Catholic married to an Anglican priest I’m actually a member of the Anglican church.…

Airships – You Know It Makes Sense

I hate flying. Flying on commercial passenger jets that is. Such planes are horrible, claustrophobic, smelly, unsafe, fragile tin-cans that hurtle through the sky at…

Fiio E5 Headphone Amplifier Review

This isn’t my Cowon S9 32GB review. You’ve probably noticed that from the title. It was meant to be though. I just haven’t finished that…

Children & Violent Videogames

Do you ever just read something and hold your head in your hands in despair? I did when I just read some online debates among…

The Holker vs. Haverthwaite Cup

Being the just and true account of The Haverthwaite vs. Holker Challenge Cup in The Year of Our Lord 1994 by James with added interjections…

My Sex Is On Fire

I wrote recently about how I wasn’t well at the moment and some of the rather unpleasant procedures I’ve undergone to get to the bottom1…

Happy #nondom Day

Every general election has certain days you know will be super important. Even now it only takes a word or two to evoke those memories…

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…

Lightning Over Dorset

I was very lucky to get this shot last night. I’ve tried to capture lighting before but never quite got a satisfactory shot. This one…

Annoying TV Personalities

It’s a lovely sunny afternoon here in Essex, I’m enjoying a lunch of cheese and onion toasties and feeling all relaxed and happy. So what…

Peavey Vypyr 75 Review

Modelling amplifiers are becoming an increasingly common option at the less expensive end of the guitar amplification market. Previously if you wanted to emulate more…