Just words

‘A picture is worth a thousand words’.  That’s a pretty common phrase, as though great imagery is better than great description. While it’s a nice concept, it is almost entirely rubbish. That’s just my view of course, I can’t paint a picture of my view on that so I’ll write a thousand words or so […]

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New Zealanders at War

I was in the New Zealand Army for a while and take quite an interest in NZ military history. There are some very inspiring and interesting stories about what Kiwi servicemen and women got up to in the world’s great conflicts. Kiwi’s have a pretty incredible military history and I want to talk a bit […]

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On The Hobbit.

This is not a film review. It’s an essay about how you view things can affect how you see things. It’s written off the back of the recent release of The Hobbit on DVD. Sometime earlier this year ‘The Hobbit’ was released in cinemas. I was very excited. I’d been waiting for years, since ‘The […]

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The games boys play

I have friends who have boys. Young men, little chaps, whatever they call male children. It appears there is no consensus but little bastards seems a common description as well. My friends with boys often bemoan the amount of time boys spend on computer games or engrossed in an internet based interaction or a mobile […]

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On France

I live about two hours from France as the crow flies, to coin an expression. I think that would be a particularly fast flying Crow given how fast I usually drive. But the reality is that from my house to the Channel Tunnel is about an hour and a half’s drive. It occurred to me […]

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Waitangi Day

The 6th of February is Waitangi Day in New Zealand. Also known as New Zealand day. It’s sort of our little version of the American 4th of July but with an awful lot more controversy surrounding it over the years and not so much celebration, which is a shame. I worried about doing this post […]

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On what’s written on things

I had a momentous day recently. One of those days that only comes around every few years if you are me. I had spent a few days doing what is one of my favourite things in the world to do and the culmination of those efforts was for me to email a colleague and say […]

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I’m on the phone!

I’ve got one of those smart phone things. Not a silly one which the people who really want an iPhone have, but a proper iPhone and not just any iPhone but the 5, the top of the range one that can carry about 20,000 songs on it and all of the internet, plus some films. […]

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Round Robin

I know I said happy Christmas and all that on my last post but the post wasn’t very christmassy. This is going to be along the lines of a ’round robin’ thing one might put in a Christmas card. Sort of a roundup of the goings on in 2012 which in many ways was quite […]

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A spot of lunch

Are we sitting comfortably? I want to tell you a story about a lunch. Fresh homemade bread, some thick slices of cold ‘off the bone’ Ham, a bit of chutney, a Kit-Kat and a bottle of water. That was probably the best lunch in my life. I just sat there on my own eating a […]

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The Greatest Show on Earth

Recently, Jen and I took a trip to Lille for the night. That’s something I love about living in England and Southern England in particular. On a whim we can hop in our car and drive to Europe for supper. Lille is great as it’s only an hour and a quarter from the Calais Eurotunnel […]

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On Advertising

I heard someone the other day say “the bloody ad’s ruined it” while discussing some television program or other they found enthralling but was interrupted a number of times by breaks for advertising messages. They, as so many do, describe advertising as a whole with an expletive attached, which is a shame. There is much […]

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Signs of the times, Redux!

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 have something worth saying on a reasonably frequent basis. If you knew me in person you would know that the gaps in my […]

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You are part of history, record it!

This is more of a plea than a post, pay attention! Back in 2009 my father died suddenly. He had a massive heart attack about 5 kilometres into a 110 km bike race and died where he fell. Dad was a keen racing cyclist, at the age of 70! While it was an awful time […]

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A Hero

A couple of simple numbers inspired me to write this particular post.  They are the numbers 102 and 116. I’m writing it because it is nice to have a positive tale of this sort and also a large percentage of the people who read my stuff will be either unaware of this guy’s existence or just […]

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Christmas is coming!

I’m getting all excited. It’s only a few weeks until my Birthday and once that is out of the way it’s only 6 weeks until Christmas. This means the doom merchants and misery guts’s will be out in force decrying the commercialisation of Christmas, more on that in a moment, back to my Birthday. I […]

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Driving a statement

It’s all very well having nice pictures of the highlands on my blog but I’m more about words than images. I am in the mood to make some wild generalisations about one of the things I know most about and what I like to spend my spare time and day job doing. Moving about in […]

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What a song and dance

This is a bit off beat for me, excuse the pun but it’s meant to be a cheerful post as I’m in a good mood. It’s Friday evening, this time next week our summer holidays will be starting. It’s hard not to get a spring in your step about that. I was mulling about musical […]

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On The Olympics

So the Olympics have finished, I’ll miss the Olympics because I love the Olympic Games. I’d no more go to a track and field meeting than fly to the moon. I have no interest whatsoever in world championship athletic meetings which seem to happen every few weeks now. The Olympics are different and special though, […]

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On a Scottish Mountain

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 other one called ‘100th post. Mind games’, might have more universal appeal. I hope some people got something useful from it. This is […]

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Mind games

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 feel it needs to be something worthy to mark a milestone, but what? I had absolutely no idea until I saw my cousin, […]

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On food

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 by not making the most of the meals put in front of me. However I really hate cooking. I mean, I HATE cooking. […]

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Observing Americans

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 over the top as the actual event was an awfully long time ago. But it’s nice to have a big party to celebrate […]

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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 it. I felt inclined to give a little insight into some of the things you can do with it and I don’t even […]

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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 it seemed appropriate. Her Majesty recently celebrated being Queen for an awfully long time and gave the nation a day off to thank […]

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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 own. The British Car industry. Firstly that’s the wrong title for the British car industry as they don’t make British cars in Scotland […]

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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 you how many times people have said to me upon finding out that I am a Kiwi, “why on earth would you live […]

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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 little teary at the end of the telling. You’ll know I am from New Zealand, if you’ve had a look about my blog […]

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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 it they will come straight round to your house with a truck load of money to buy it from you. Now we have […]

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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 write about it more. So I’ll have a go. I want to share a great life experience with you. There is quite the […]

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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 and tricks about something I know quite a bit about rather than me ranting my ill-informed opinion on things I have scant knowledge […]

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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 have something worth saying on a reasonably frequent basis. If you knew me in person you would know that the gaps in my […]

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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 stones. There is probably another Global recession if not actual depression looming and we face the very real prospect of a proper war […]

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On dogs.

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 hairy children and the dogs I have met. When I was born we lived on a farm, so had farm dogs. I think […]

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Rugby World Cup organisers? We are outraged!

I don’t usually post one day after another but this is such a huge issue this is a properly irate rant rather than just an ill-informed one. The Rugby World Cup Organisers have put a blanket ban on musical instruments being taken into the Rugby Stadiums in New Zealand. Anyone with half a brain can […]

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In praise of London.

I am going to sing the praises of the worlds greatest city, London, today. London is where the worlds greatest empire was administrated and is an incredible mix of history and culture. The old and the new, but I’m going to look just a little deeper at what makes this great city so incredible. Firstly […]

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Where do they come from? What do they do?

I’m going to have a chat about crimes against fashion and assaults on ones visual senses in this post. Firstly though we’ve had a big week this week. We were in Cornwall last week and I’ve driven 1300 miles in 5 days. The week started with me in Oldham which is north. I spent a […]

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Take That ! At Wembley Stadium

Many months ago the hottest ticket in town was the Take That tour, Their first with Robbie Williams back in the band after  15 years or something like that. Take That weren’t really on our hit list in their first incarnation. They had a couple of pleasant songs that we may have heard on the radio. […]

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Most amazing kiwi sports story ever

In the history Of New Zealand, only 6 men have played both Rugby and Cricket for NZ at international level. In NZ rugby history, one of the most controversial moments was Andy Hadens famous cheating dive from the line out to give NZ a chance of a penalty kick to win the test against Wales in 1978. At the […]

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