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)
Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours or so the song used to go. But what if your neighbours don’t look like Kylie or Jason, what motivation do you have to be a good neighbour? … More Parcels, pets and nosy parking. How to be a good neighbour.
In the final instalment of my guide to the Winter Olympics I’m covering the one sport I haven’t done yet and it’s one of the most popular, bobsleigh (or bobsled for those that can’t spell properly). Bobsleigh It’s rarely acknowledged how much of a role British TV comedy has played in winter sports. Luge was … More Simpleton’s guide to the Winter Olympics (Bobsleigh)
Downhill Skiing and Skeleton Occasionally you can switch on the TV during the Winter Olympics and think the world has gone mad with their crazy sports like Freestyle Skiing, Snowboarding and Figure Skating, and you hark back to the days when all you would see was someone hurtling down a mountain on a pair of … More Simpleton’s Guide To The Winter Olympics (Downhill Skiing and Skeleton)
Sunderland Creative Writing Festival 2018 It’s been non stop in Parkinson Palace this week. I had a couple of freelance blogs to finish, I’d committed to doing my Winter Olympics blogs and I’ve finally begun to get my half marathon training back on track. Most exciting of all, the tickets went live for the Sunderland … More Festival Fever (Sunderland Creative Writing Festival 2018)
Today’s blog features both old and new classics of the winter sports genre with Speed Skating and Snowboarding. Speed Skating Speed skating is largely split into two forms, short track which is on a 111 metre circuit and long track that is on one that is longer. It is unclear how they got their names. … More Simpleton’s Guide to the Winter Olympics (Speed Skating and Snowboarding)
Ice Hockey and Luge Two favourites in the Winter Olympics calendar make their first appearance of 2018 on day three, Ice Hockey and the Luge. Ice Hockey Ice Hockey was a relatively minor sport until an insightful documentary, The Mighty Ducks, was released in 1992. It showed how a minor league team changed it’s fortunes … More Simpleton’s guide to the Winter Olympics (Ice Hockey and Luge)