Can You See My Tooth, Les?!

I’m a terrible hoarder. Several cardboard boxes in my loft contain the likes of my first ever payslip as a 16 year old, an old pair of my late grandad’s driving gloves, five decades of football memorabilia and a Fanny Craddock menu for clams cuisine. These articles are of such little use to anyone that…

It’s Not Enough To Succeed….

I start this narrative on Karen’s and my third sit in a hospital waiting room this week. To clarify we are in waiting room’s for her appointments with consultants, nursing staff and today with a physio….. We don’t just turn up randomly to get warm and read ‘Peoples Friend’ from June 2009! Karen is sat…

Noel Not Dole

Yesterday evening, as the god of meteorology indecisively pondered over which season’s weather to provide for the inhabitants of our West Yorkshire metropolis, my daughter Rachel and I ventured into Leeds for food and a gig. The god of meteorology’s indecisiveness was akin to my wife Karen’s when shopping for clothes last week, when her…

Red Sky At Night

I’ve spent the morning cleaning the oven. Not the most interesting of chores, but when I sat and looked at the sparkling finished product I have to say I felt a warm glow. ……  Someone had set my chair on fire! I’m not sure who was responsible, but it wasn’t me as I’m never responsible!…

Can I Have Your Cup Final Tickets?!

After yesterday’s birthday celebrations, it was back done to earth with a bang this morning with another hospital visit for Karen’s monthly treatment. It was good to see my son Jonny yesterday, after he ventured over from York to witness his pater hurtle ever faster into middle age. It’s pleasing to see what a fine…

Watch The Step Outside Schofields!

Fifty three years ago today the late morning Leeds sky was festooned with storm clouds. They had gathered with intent above the aging buildings of the Hyde Terrace maternity hospital. What that intent was no one who was around that day knows, but there was something unnerving in the air. It hung over the city…

An Evening Dogsitting Sophie

Yesterday evening chez Strachan took on an unaccustomed role of kennels, when wee Sophie the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was our canine guest. I’ve never owned a dog before so it was a bit of a learning curve for me. With this in mind, I decided upon a strategy of entertaining our furry chum with the board games of…

For Harry, England & St George

It’s St George’s Day today. A time for the English to have a ‘knees up’ around the globe in celebration of their patron saint. I personally shall be celebrating my Englishness by writing a blog on a Japanese laptop, pruning Dutch spring flowers, finishing treating my fence with French stainer and cheering on a football…

On To A Brave New World

I took in Celtic entertainment at its finest yesterday evening. No Jedward aren’t touring again, I’m referring to the choreographed and musical mastery of the show Riverdance. When I say took in Riverdance last night I mean I watched the theatrical show, not that I’d given hospitality to traditional Irish dancers and singers. As much…