My train’s at half nine so I’m getting the Metro at eight, just in case. I set my alarm for six this morning, in fact I set two alarms, just in case. I was wide awake at half five so there was no need for alarms anyway. If you hadn’t already guessed, I’m off to … More Won’t Be Home For Tea
It’s been a while since my last blog, I’ve been a busy man. Since Troll Life was published in October, I’ve been focussing on my fifth novel. Normally I would have it all planned out in the break between first draft and editing of my previous one but that hasn’t been the case this time … More First drafts and the Millfield Morrissey. (What I’ve been up to recently.)
My A-Z of 2018 (The Highlights) A – Amazon Review – This review of Troll Life is possibly the best I’ve ever received. B – Bros – After the screaming stops. Surprising TV hit of the year. C – Crossing The Tees – I don’t enter writing competitions often so surprised to find myself ‘Highly … More My A-Z of 2018 (The Highlights)
Coffee shop etiquette (Part Two) We’ve covered the basics but as with pubs, there are many more coffee shop scenarios that need to be addressed. Ordering (Part two) It really should be a simple process but people like to think that by making it complicated, they’ve achieved a feat similar to winning University Challenge whilst … More Coffee shop etiquette (Part Two)
Coffee Shop Etiquette Like most writers, I put on the pretence of doing my writing in a coffee shop. I therefore have a great deal of experience of the type of people who frequent them. Not as much a pubs but I still consider myself expert enough to tell you how to go on. Ordering … More Coffee Shop Etiquette
Almost by accident, I appear to have become a bit of a bridge enthusiast. Not that I have much more than a passing interest in engineering, but circumstance has put me in close contact with some of world’s most recognisable bridges. Many years ago I lived in Sydney, home to possibly the most famous bridge … More Many bridges to cross. My visit to the Northern Spire.
Like most people from Sunderland, Roker Pier & Lighthouse means a lot to me. It’s a famous landmark, the highlight of our stunning coastline and it hosts beautiful sunrises. It’s something to focus on and take your mind off a coastal run and somewhere that all Mackems will have wanted to explore as a child. … More Roker lighthouse as you’ve never seen it before.
Funeral Etiquette Death comes to us all and with a 100% turnover rate, unless you are very unlucky, chances are that someone you know will die before you. In most cases, assuming you haven’t buried them under the patio, you will need to attend a funeral. They can be emotional affairs and a simple misplaced … More Funeral Etiquette
How to survive a heatwave. We’re in the middle of a heatwave. The sun is cracking the pavements, it has been for weeks. The BBC has had more news items about flip flop wearing Londoners than they would have if a giant spaceship landed and stole all of our children. Hosepipe bans are in place … More How to survive a heatwave
My relationship with organised runs has been a little bit cursed. My inspiration for running was my mate Thomma who has always had a touch of Frank Spencer about him and I can’t help but think he’s had a hand in my running mishaps to date. I explained my reasons behind taking up running in … More Time is running gout. (My love hate relationship with running)