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Many years ago I made a decision that I’ve never regretted, not for a moment. It would have been nice in the subsequent years to have made another but one is more than enough. And as I’m not nearly as poetic as I’d like to be I’ll toast that decision with some words from the […]


Today is Thursday. Not the most astounding of assertions but after a hazy fortnight at least it’s me making it.


Plus Ca Change

02Jan13

I’ve decided against recapping on two thousand and twelve to any great extent because I don’t need any further excuses to gaze at my navel – however attractive that navel may be. I am working on something to collect the various ramblings from here over the last year into one place, however I’ll tell you more about that if […]


Clay Pipe Music is a record label, (is that what we still call them?), run by the illustrator Frances Castle to allow her to “release the music she loves – and indulge her passion for design and illustration”, and although that sounds like a reasonably straightforward idea I’ve rarely seen it delivered so successfully. I […]


As ever with time away from home it’s been just over seven days since we were in Northumberland and it already feels like it was weeks ago. So rather than blather on as ever about our time in the most Northern county of England, because it’s unlikely I could do it much justice, I’ll just […]


I think it was Mr Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones who on the band’s 25th anniversary summed up their career as having been “five years of playing and twenty years of waiting around”. Were he a fan of cycling road races I think he would have considered his time in the Stones well spent because the ratio for […]


Back in December of last year we were hunkered down in a cottage in Hope, Derbyshire. Whilst there I managed a deal of reading, including Peter Ashley’s ‘Cross Country (English Buildings and Landscape From Countryside to Coast)‘ which reminded me that the county that I’ve lived in for almost all of my adult life is one well worth exploring. So […]