Vapour

Vapour Everyone without exception from Barons to sports mums, coal miners, hobby painters and me share a commonality. We live...we... Read more »
March 30, 2017

When crossing the car park is “all things.”

When crossing the car park is “all things.” It really couldn’t have been worse. It was six fifteen on a cold January morning. The drive in was uneventful but the huge puddles betrayed a night of downpours now ceased. Pulling into the car park for the first time in over four weeks was with mixed feelings, it was... Read more »
January 9, 2017

Hit the road

Hit the road Two hours before the sun would don his hat or even break the Eastern horizon I was motoring... Read more »
January 8, 2017

Forgetting

Forgetting My own forgeterry is improving as the years tick by while my rememberry is getting... Read more »
November 8, 2016

Home

Home Not since the war of the early forties have so many people been so uprooted and... Read more »
October 22, 2016

Don’t let memories break your heart

The silently flashing alarm signified that I had unwittingly turned the volume of my waker upper down. Thankfully it was still within the bounds of practicable reality to reach work on time. Breathing was returning to normality when I turned the ignition key ten minutes later. With that turn the... Read more »
October 20, 2016

Don’t let a memory break your heart

Don’t let a memory break your heart The silently flashing alarm signified that I had unwittingly turned the volume of my waker upper down. Thankfully it was still within the bounds of practicable reality to reach work on time. Breathing was returning to normality when I turned the ignition key ten minutes later. With that turn the... Read more »
October 20, 2016

Strike one!

Strike one! Don’t be fooled by the title, this has absolutely nothing to do with baseball, or sports in general for that matter. With some of my colleagues on holiday this week I have enjoyed a return to peacefully reading while I slowly drink my morning coffee. This was my gentle routine... Read more »
October 13, 2016

Not for the fainthearted

Not for the fainthearted It isn’t a secret that parents keep or a mystery for those without children that they can sneak up on you. I don’t mean literally (although they do that as well) but figuratively in every sense. No matter how prepared you think that you are before they arrive there are... Read more »
October 12, 2016

Live and don’t learn

Live and don’t learn It can’t just be me, I had expected that by a certain age (this one) there would be phrases which would no longer escape my lips. Apparently not! “I fell off my bike,” Yes those actually were my first uttered words today. I am 43 for goodness sake, I don’t... Read more »
October 4, 2016

What is your name?

What is your name? Just over 43 years ago a hereditary tradition came to an end when I was christened. Actually I wasn’t named in a church ceremony but in the eyes of UK law my birth certificate was issued. No more would George be the first born name of the first born’s son.... Read more »
October 3, 2016

Believe in better

Believe in better The slowly rising light was beginning to drift across the dirty skylights in the roof of my workplace this morning. As it picked off each ridge on its journey West the colour went from black to gold and on to pink. That was the moment my heart needed to be... Read more »
October 3, 2016

The sand of a dozen beaches

The sand of a dozen beaches There is something deeply satisfying about slipping your bare feet into your deck shoes and feeling the sand on the skin of your soles. For the last ten years my pattern has been very simple, around the last week in June I make my way to our local sports outlet... Read more »
September 24, 2016

Faded Glory

Everything about this image speaks to my soul in ways that I cannot fully explain. Some of you will be looking at the picture and will be feeling the spiders webs draping across your forehead. The smell will be musty and old, your hay fever will will twitching as your... Read more »
September 22, 2016

Faded glory

Faded glory Everything about this image speaks to my soul in ways that I cannot fully explain. Some of you will be looking at the picture and will be feeling the spiders webs draping across your forehead. The smell will be musty and old, your hay fever will will twitching as your... Read more »
September 22, 2016

Self awareness

Self awareness In the general run of our lives, the vast majority of us plough on through with little or no regard for how others see us. I have been spending some time in my past these last few weeks, there was a period in my life that I couldn’t recall and... Read more »
September 21, 2016

In a moment

In a moment Eighteen years ago today was a Tuesday, I know this because I was on holiday from work; I also know this because it was the eve of my wedding day. It was a whirlwind of a year, we met properly in the October, we started dating on the 1st of... Read more »
September 15, 2016

Access all areas

Access all areas At the heart of most people is an innate desire for freedom, put a fence around us or bars in front of us and we immediately want out. From time to time our little family will express this desire and we head for the hills…literally. The past weekend was one... Read more »
September 14, 2016

Older

Older They say that age is relative…that is without a doubt true. You see people who are 100 running marathons and some at 20 too old in the head to get out of bed. This morning I went for my regular head sharpening, living opposite the barber shop has several advantages.... Read more »
September 9, 2016

Hope

Hope Suddenly the clouds parted….as the sun slowly broke the darkness in the far off Eastern sky, looking Westward a patch of glorious blue appeared and with it, the hope of a better day. It wasn’t yet seven am but the morning was already warm, the remnants of the Southern wind... Read more »
September 7, 2016

Operator error

Operator error Sometimes, admitting a glaring mistake can be difficult. Generally speaking I am not the typical alpha male. I have no trouble asking for directions if we are in a strange place, I always consult the instructions on flat pack furniture and will happily look up the Internet if I am... Read more »
September 2, 2016

Roll with the punches

Roll with the punches My actual experience of fisticuffs is extremely limited…..for that I am most grateful. From Muhammad Ali in the sixties to Mike Tyson in my youth the heavy hitters have always been my preferred choice. I really don’t like boxing per se but if I was required to choose it would... Read more »
August 30, 2016

Alien track

Alien track I never cease to be surprised at where life takes me. With my thighs and calves still burning from a very fast scramble up the side of a city centre Hill,  I am now draped over a velodrome wall waiting for number one son to sprint past. I was always... Read more »
August 28, 2016

This is your day.

This is your day. At the risk of stating the obvious….they all are. This one is special though. If you are reading this then we can assume certain things to be true: You survived the night. You are alive. You are breathing. You have a heartbeat. You have an electronic device. You can see. You... Read more »
August 26, 2016

Live your dream

Live your dream What would you do if someone gave you the opportunity to fulfil your long held dream? In 2009 that is exactly what happened to Ed Wardle. He had already successfully climbed Everest, and was a producer and cameraman of some experience. Since childhood he had longed to try surviving alone... Read more »
August 21, 2016

Into the wild

Into the wild   They say that life is made up of moments sewn together by memories, I don’t know who said that but or who ‘they’ are, but I like it. This week was one of those times. On Thursday of last week the long range forecast was predicting a warm sunny... Read more »
August 18, 2016

Stronger

Stronger “You are stronger than you think you are now,” this line from the new Mike Posner song came ringing from the car stereo tonight as I somewhat vacantly drove past the golden wheat fields. I do love this time of year as the wheat turns from green to gold. There... Read more »
August 11, 2016

Thank you

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to all of you who have read and commented on these blogs. I greatly appreciate your support and kind comments as I share the random musings of this crazy... Read more »
August 10, 2016

Now is now

Now is now What would our life be like if we lived in an ever present now? In one sense we do. All we ever really have at any one time is now. All the moments of our lives up to this point have slipped away into an irretrievable history of us. They... Read more »
August 9, 2016

Continuity

Continuity Ben Hur (the original film) was famous for many things, not least of all the director’s car finding its way into one of the chariot scenes. There are people out there who spend hours of their lives scrutinising movies in the hope of spotting some minor error to make websites... Read more »
August 8, 2016

Thorn in my side

Thorn in my side Somewhat rashly I announced on Monday as we drove home the if I get a puncture on my newly purchased bike, “it is getting tossed into the canal.” My eleven year old daughter is still a little gullible with such things but I was convincing enough that she believed me... Read more »
August 4, 2016

Backsliding

Backsliding Skiing has never been one of my sports, it ranks up there with football, running, beach volleyball, basketball, anything involving a ball, racket, bat or club. I like sledging! When we were first married my sister in law had booked a skiing holiday to Europe somewhere and wanted to get... Read more »
August 3, 2016

Contrary

Contrary I really can’t decide if I am contrary, fickle, undecided or just downright crazy! Being a one car family with kids can present the odd difficulty. It isn’t that they are demanding or want us to be their personal limo service, generally speaking they are happy to walk most places... Read more »
August 2, 2016

What makes a good weekend?

What makes a good weekend? When we were children the first couple of hours at school were occupied with writing our ‘news.’ Even just saying that conjures up the smell of the green lined jotter. We had to write at least a page and a half describing what we had done over the weekend and... Read more »
August 1, 2016

365

365 364 days have passed since I was last in this position. Age has never bothered me, I can’t think of a single number that has come and gone that arrived with any dread. 18, 21, 30 and even 40 all passed without any real fuss on my part. I had... Read more »
July 23, 2016

Power

Power What is it that makes four grown men stand in silence staring? Well it wasn’t a female! It was rain. Not just any old rain to be fair. We live in Scotland so we are no strangers to precipitation. We get a plethora of varieties in our small corner of... Read more »
July 20, 2016