A 50th Birthday, Exploding Eggs & Toffee Crisps

Scene – It’s early morning on 26th May 1965. In a modest three bedroom house in the Kirkstall area of Leeds, you could cut the atmosphere with a knife as two major events unfold! Downstairs, a father and his two year old son sit on the settee. The father watches a rerun of the previous…

Bank Holiday chores, Sporrans & Rescue Dogs

It’s Bank Holiday Monday. I’ve not formulated any plans for the day ahead as yet………. Well, apart from writing a blog, cutting the back grass (again), packing for Scotland, translating the complete works of comedian Bernie Clifton into Hebrew and tracing my wife. To clarify, when I say I’m tracing Karen, I don’t mean I’m…

Good Hospitality, Eurovision & Xenophobia

It’s Sunday 24th May, on a non-descript day weather wise in Leeds. As I sit seeking inspiration, the silence is only broken by the birds chirping and a distant siren, indicating one of the emergency services is in a hurry to assist someone in need……….. Well, it’s either that or the ice cream van has…

Oor Wullie, Stats and The Shadows

I purchased a Sat Nav for my car today…………. Yes, I realise I probably didn’t need to include it was for my car……. After all, what the chuff else would I use a Sat Nav for?!……. I’ve done it now, though, so we’ll move on! I’d never really needed one before, so I held off…

Wisdom Teeth, A Journey East & Wasting Money

This afternoon I had a wisdom tooth extracted. It wasn’t decaying, but I asked for it to be removed as it was catching the inside of my cheek, which was really irritating me! It was an emotional occasion as I had become quite attached to it. Well I’d always been attached to it obviously, but…

Selfie Sticks, Acronyms & Sheepdogs

Well it’s Tuesday 19th May! On a slow news day, I’m searching the net attempting to find something of interest that is taking place today. I’ve got to say, though, nothing I really fancy is standing out at the moment. The Plymouth Invicta Selfie Stick Society are holding a talk this afternoon at 1pm at…

Three Peaks, Harry Potter & Cockney Rogues

I went over to Ribblehead in the Yorkshire Dales yesterday. I gate crashed a walk my cousin Steve, his wife Gemma and their friends were undertaking to raise money for the NSPCC. They were walking the Three Peaks of Whernside (2,415ft), Ingleborough (2,372ft) and Pen-y-ghent (2,277ft). After advice from the Dalai Lama and my mum,…

Lion Taming, Johnny Depp’s Dogs & Riots

It was good to hear the people I’d spent some time with over the weekend, in the Yorkshire Dales, successfully completed the Three Peaks challenge on Sunday. Their achievement has inspired me to improve my fitness levels, with a view to attempt it myself in the future. I’ve penciled in 48th May 2056! ……….I’m only…