New house! 

Well, this is exciting… We’ve only gone and bought a house! It hasn’t quite sunk in yet. It’s probably because we are currently in a grace period and not properly moved yet or maybe I’m trying not to think of the decades of debt I’ve just happily signed into. I have settled at the top of…

Rainbows Over Orlando – a response in a poem 

In the aftermath of the Orlando gay nightclub mass shooting, I read about a news interview whereby an increasingly frustrated journalist stormed off during a live discussion of the killer’s motives. They were debating if the shooter was acting in the name of religious terrorism or homophobic hate crime. Apparently it’s one or the other…

Video: Me singing and playing guitar in slow motion is terrifying!

With too much time on my hands and the lovely lady in my life at work, it isn’t long before an acoustic guitar gets pulled out… I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a video review of my Alvarez Limited Edition Grateful Dead acoustic (great, great guitar both visually and tonally) and then I…

Uncovering the great beauty in our back gardens 

Amid a fairly hefty amount of ocean-crossing travel of late, it’d be easy to let the beauty of more familiar home surroundings be overlooked.  There’s plenty of wonder to be had all around us with no admission charges or airport queues. This became especially apparent on a quick visit to my parents’ house. They have…

A dash through Oslo and Paris (part three)

Touching down in Paris, I meet the film crew again (who were on the same flight). I’m presented with a little gift of Underberg which is a “digestif bitters” alcoholic drink that some use for digestion while others sip it as a boozy treat. It’s a secret recipe made from herbs sourced from over 40…