I don’t usually do blog posts so close together. I wrote my 100th post yesterday. I actually wanted to write this one for my 100th though. I guess maybe I felt the […]
This is my 100th blog post, who would have thought I had so much to say? It was really hard to decide what to write for the 100th post. You sort of […]
Boys will be men.
First things first, I don’t have children because I chose not to. When I was young on the family farm one of my summer jobs was spraying blackberry and gorse with a […]
I have a love/hate relationship with food. The most cursory glance at me will tell you that I clearly love the stuff. I didn’t get to be the man I am today […]
When in Rome
A few years ago I had to go to Rome for a special occasion, the wedding of a great friend of mine to her soon to be husband. When I say had […]
Wine, I drink vats of the stuff, it’s what I drink when I’m not drinking beer. It’s what I drink before I turn my attention to my new-found favourite late night snifter, […]
This is a diversion from normal service for me, but it seemed appropriate somehow given things I’ve heard said or have seen written by people I care about, so indulge me, it’s […]
A week on Capri
Ever since I was little, well young, I’d wanted to go to Capri. I’m not even sure why. I lived at the bottom of the world and don’t remember seeing it in […]
You know the the Fourth of July? That’s when Americans celebrate Independence Day, Independence from British Colonial rule. They make quite the song and dance about it. Some might suggest a little […]
On a reflective weekend, given I’ve just found out about new members of my family on my Dad’s side. For no particularly relevant reason it put me in mind of Dad’s favourite […]
You can get it all here folks!
For the past two weeks I have been without a properly functioning internet. This has taught me a lot of things about how awesome the internet is and how much I use […]
Birthday post, nothing to do with my blogs birthday
It’s my blogs 1st Birthday today. That’s 18/06/2012 if you are reading this any other day. If you are thinking of doing one of your own, or are just a blog fan. […]
A few days in Lisbon
I was going to do a travel review, but I think an essay is more called for. I’m not actually sure what an essay is or why I’ve called this one but […]
World’s best cars?
This follows on from my previous post about Britain being Great. I was going to add some elements of what follows to that, but soon decided it needs a post of its […]
In defence of the Realm
I’m writing this off the back of something someone who followed me on Twitter has written in his profile description. It says “waiting for Britain to be Great again”. I cannot tell […]
Japanese food, in Manchester
I’ve not done a restaurant review before, apart from a few lines on a restaurant review site of course. I eat out quite a bit but never been moved to write too […]
A quick trip down New Zealand
If you come here a bit, you’ll know I am from New Zealand but live in England. People ask me about New Zealand a lot, so, now that I can write it […]
Who’s reading you?
Someone once said “All the world’s a stage”. I know who said it. It’s going to be a salient point later in this post, stick around. When he said that the world […]
How to get to New Zealand
I’m going to enjoy writing this one. It’s a story I have told to so many people I can’t even count. I have yet to tell it to someone without getting a […]
Twitter, it’s the name!
You know that Eureka moment? You may not have had one but you’ll know what it is. Sometimes you have an idea so amazing you just know the minute someone hears about […]
In the mountains
This is a bit of a variation from my usual rants and raves. It’s odd I’ve not done more travel writing as travelling is about my favourite thing to do. I should […]
Keeping up appearances.
I have an awful lot of clothing, for a bloke. I’m talking 53 shirts, 22 pairs of trousers, 9 blazers, half a dozen suits, 12 overcoats or jackets. That’s just the stuff […]
If you read my musings you will know I often say how something is my ill-informed opinion. This one is something I know loads about and might surprise a few. I am […]
Boys and girls
This could be a bit polarising, maybe even generate a bit of comment and debate. My blog is very eclectic. It’s where I think out loud, sort of. I’m going to have […]
On the move
Far too much seriousness about the blog lately. Let’s have a revisit of what I like a lot and do mostly with my day. I’m going to offer some insights, observations, tips […]
Conflict is eternal
A couple of the phrases we hear our wonderful leaders using an awful lot are “peace and stability” or “peace and democracy”. The leaders of the great western powers feel it is very […]
Who is in charge?
NB, this was written before the last British General Election in 2015 when the liberals where wiped out. They were wiped out because having spent a term in power, middle Britain discovered […]
What we really want
The great thing about being able to string a sentence together is that you hardly ever have to resort to fisticuffs to get your point across. If you are able to articulate […]
Teenagers in disguise
I’m not getting any younger, nor are any of my friends or family funnily enough. Some are ageing better than others physically of course, some will put it down to lifestyle or […]
Afghan conflicts for beginners
I like to simplify things for people who don’t have the inclination or the wherewithal to look stuff up on the internet themselves. They may watch a snippet of news on television […]
Paid to have an opinion.
I would really like to be paid to have an opinion. Imagine getting to do that for a living or even for pocket money? We are surrounded, nay, bombarded by a cacophony of visual […]
Huntin’, shootin, fishin’
I am a country boy, bought up the back of nowhere in New Zealand. You will know this if you have read the life story bit of my blog, I shall assume […]
The idiots guide to the EU and why it is broken
<< This picture is one I found is some jokers idea of how the Germans see the rest or Europe. I can’t take credit for it. Now on to my story The […]
To twit, you too?
I do that twitter thing, I spent most of its formative years wondering what on earth was the point of it. I’m a naturally curious person though, verging on the nosey so […]
Signs of the times
This is just a nonsense post to keep the pages ticking over or people will think I have run out of ideas. Well I have but lets keep up the illusion I […]
Town & Country
There is a huge divide in Britain. It’s not north versus south which is a biggy but as there is no real dividing line between the two with the midlands muddying the […]
It’s better now (take on Social Media v the old days)
There has been talk in Britain recently about how Nick Clegg. (For those who don’t know who he is, he is the British Prime Minister’s lick spittle, or Deputy PM for his […]
Music to my ears. (Written down radio show)
Wow! It’s very glum out in the world at the moment. The EU is in a mire, Iran and Israel are calling each other names and about to resort to sticks and […]
What’s in a name? (Examination of racism)
I was minding my own business, well as much as you can on Twitter, when I got a #followfriday from someone who suggested I follow a girl in America who happens to […]
What to wear (examination of British fashion for blokes)
I remember when I was little I always thought English kids where probably a bit soft. I based this theory on reading Janet & John books and seeing how English kids wore […]
The tyranny of the red rectangle.
Update March 2013. You’ve most likely been directed here by a search engine after you inquired about the red rectangles on Facebook. They are something to do with supporting marriage equality. That’s […]
It always happens at night.
I have lived away from what I still call home, i.e New Zealand, for nearly 20 years now. An awful lot has happened at home while I have been away and almost […]
Love thy neighbour (Who are the Europeans?)
All the news channels everyday start with the present economic and political situation in Europe, the Euro zone, The EU. Someone has lost everyone’s savings and the finger is being pointed at […]
The evolution of the chat show?
I was watching the Jonathan Ross show the other night and suddenly decided that rather than being a talented presenter and funny guy he is actually just a bit of a dick. […]
Who will win the spitting? (A look at social graces)
I had a look back at my past few posts, getting a bit philosophical and distracted by the footy, time to get back to business, the business of ranting. I know a […]
Something for the weekend.
Sunday 23/10/2011 was the Final of the Rugby World Cup 2011. I would like to say two things. Firstly. YAY!! ALL BLACKS ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS and secondly. WELL DONE FRANCE! BEST EVER […]
It’s not the system, it’s you. (people who blame everyone but themselves)
This is a tough one and I am sure many readers of liberal newspapers will get all agitated at my simplistic view. Well they would if anyone actually read my stuff. I […]
What to say before food? ( A grace, by me)
I went to Scotland to spend some quality time in a lodge on the side of a Mountain with a large gathering of friends and strangers. I was asked to contribute some […]
There have been very few periods in my life when there hasn’t been a dog involved. I am not going to rant today, I am going to pay tribute to our current […]
We are not all equal. (Equality v fairness)
I have always maintained my rants are my own ill-informed opinion. That continues to be so of course. My opinion is stuff I know, think, or believe to be so, sometimes based […]