About Me

I was born in Luton, known for hat making, Vauxhall cars, London Luton Airport and a great football team who once beat Arsenal at Wembley in a Cup Final, currently languishing in non-league football for the 4th season. I moved to Edinburgh in 1990 and now live in Leith, Edinburgh's 'waterfront'.

Married for 24 years to Louise (who is on day release from Fife), I have 4 children: Holly (aged 27) who's studying medicine at Dundee University, William (aged 26) at the Army Foundation College, Harrogate, Alice (aged 23) and Maddie (aged 16).

We live in a 226 year old Georgian house which we are slowly renovating. We once had a note from an artist posted through the letterbox asking if our semi-derelict house was available to rent as studio space. Things have improved lately; the stonework has been repaired and we have shiny new railings. Just the inside to do now then.

Current CNPS score: 999


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    The more observant of you, which means nobody, and that’s not a slight on anybody’s observational skills but more a realisation that no one ever visits here, admittedly through my own fault for not writing anything, will therefore not have noticed my CNPS (consecutive number plate spotting) progress in the right-hand side bar.  I have made it past the half-way mark.  500 number plates spotted, only 499 to go.

    I don’t have my records to hand at the moment to see exactly how long it’s taken me to get this far, but I’m pretty certain it’s over two and a half years.  Which means I’m looking a five years in total to finish this bloody game, or more probably given that each day there are less and less old style number plates left on the road.  Richard Herring claims to have completed CNPS in 1 year and 8 months.  All I can say is there must be a lot of old motors around in London compared to affluent Edinburgh.

    Louise and I went to see Richard’s ‘Menage a Un’ show in the fringe last year and we met him in the bar afterwards.  I asked him if he really did complete the CNPS task or whether he just put it on his website to get idiots like me to spend the rest of their lives indulging in something worse than train spotting.  And I mean spotting trains, not the other kind of trainspotting which my home town is famed for.  He assured me that he had done it, and that he’d had to have therapy to break the habit as he was about to embark on repeating the game.

    I was thinking of starting from 999 and working back down to 1.