Mention in Despatches

On Monday afternoon I took a first recuperative walk since being discharged from hospital, embarking on a short meander to the end of the street and back. Only a few hundred yards in distance and undertaken on flat terrain, it was hardly Hannibal's trek across the Himalayas; however I was heartened to witness an improvement … Continue reading Mention in Despatches

Tell Me More

On the back cover on each of my self-published tomes I include brief autobiographical data, which I pen in the third person. As it's probably apparent, this predominantly self-deprecating fictional detail has been written with tongue very much in cheek. Below is a selection of those thus far printed, which I've amalgamated into one post...… … Continue reading Tell Me More

Poetic Licence

Around eighteen months ago I dabbled at extending my literary boundaries by trying my hand at writing poetry. All very pompous and tongue in cheek stuff, delivered in an olde worlde style, some of which can be found on my website under the menu title of 'Pretentious Prose'. These pieces of work were … Continue reading Poetic Licence

Broken Heart Notions

A foreboding grey sheet envelopes this morning's east Leeds sky. Looking out from my recuperative billet, leafless deciduous trees and a visually unappealing brick building from Colton Retail Park lugubriously return my gaze. The pallid outdoor canvas providing such dimmed natural light that, despite the clock showing 10.07 am, there's a requirement for table lamp … Continue reading Broken Heart Notions


As undertaken around a month ago, I’m contemplating ridding myself of facial hair. This a consequence of my visage fluff starting to itch like hell. Not to mention my wife recently liken me to Catweazle’s scruffier brother...…. And that was before I’d even grown this full beard! Pretentiously, I see my increased facial hirsuteness as … Continue reading Hair

Rain Stops Dismay

In search of a strategy to help me relax during post-op recuperation, I'm currently listening to the calming sounds of rainfall on YouTube. This ten hour video, shot in a park on one static camera, bequeathing to it's viewer/listener the relaxing tones of cascading precipitation. I'd like to clarify, I don't intend listening to all … Continue reading Rain Stops Dismay