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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    12 Month Cycle

    Yesterday marked 1 year since I dusted down the bike and started cycling to work. I didn’t manage to commute on the bike for all 12 months; for 11 weeks at the start of the year it was too icy.

    The statistics are:

    Total Workout Days: 197
    Distance Travelled: 3,371.73 mi.
    Total Maps: 87
    Total Workouts: 389
    Total Burned: 131,982 calories
    Petrol Saved: 112 gallons
    Money Saved: £562
    Carbon Offset: 3,626.5 lbs. of CO2
    Fell Off: Once

    2000 Miles

    Last Thursday saw the passing of the 2000 mile mark since I started cycling to work in April. It would have been good to have been out on a nice ride but the event passed quietly somewhere along the North Edinburgh Cycle Path on the way to the office.

    Instead, I clocked up a few extra miles on Saturday morning, having dragged Maddie and Alice reluctantly out of the house on the promise of breakfast at McDonald’s. We headed off along my usual work route, Maddie on the tag-along and Alice on her own bike, stopping at McDonald’s in Corstorphine. From there we headed out to South Gyle and up to Cammo Estate near Barnton where we locked up the bikes and went for a walk around.

    The grounds of Cammo House were laid out in the early 1700’s and there are some lovely trees (including Edinburgh’s oldest Ash Tree). Everywhere you go there are interesting features like the former horse stables, walled gardens and a water tower/folly. The girls had a lovely afternoon in the sunshine; Maddie now knows where conkers and acorns come from.

    Creative Commons License photo credit: kyzCammo Tower

    Back on the bikes, we headed over to The Cramond Brig then down the River Almond into Cramond village for a drinks stop at The Cramond Inn where, incidentally, a pint is still under £2! We then followed the promenade to Granton, onto the Trinity Path and back to Leith along The Water of Leith walkway.

    A nice ride, almost exactly 20 miles, nearly all of which was off road. If you want to try it yourself, you can see the detail here.

    100 Days

    Today is the 100th day of cycling since I dusted down my bike and started riding to work.  Here are my stats from my profile on mapmyride.com where I’ve faithfully logged every ride:

    Total Workout Days: 100
    Distance Traveled: 1,676.09 mi.
    Total Maps: 48
    Total Workouts: 202
    Total Burned: 61,272 (kcal)
    Petrol Saved: 48 gallons
    Money Saved: £240
    Carbon Offset: 1,802.7 lbs. of CO2

    One of the main benefits has been the weight loss, 61,000 calories burnt has to have some effect!

    Weight March - September 2009

    I can’t imagine going back to commuting on a bus, cycling to work has become a real pleasure come rain or shine (but not wind, that’s a bitch!).  You get to work feeling alert and with a sense of achievement.  It’s my 50th birthday on Monday and I’m fitter than I’ve been for many years :-)