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 28) 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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    Maddie 30/10/05It’s OK, I changed the dressing last night and it’s not that bad. I don’t think she’ll have a Harry Potter scar after all.

    I bought a new digital camera yesterday (Pentax Optio S45) which was a bit of a bargain in Makro. It’s just a budget compact so I’m not expecting fantastic results but it’s small enough to slip in your pocket. My ‘other’ digital camera is an Olympus bought second hand from Scott in the pub and it’s a 1 Mega-pixel brick. It’s also so fussy about exposure and focussing that Louise has never managed to take a decent photo with it. Hopefully this new one is a bit more ‘point and click’ so I’ll be putting a lot more on Flickr in future.

    By the way, this is the first post from work.

    Casualty

    Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?

    It’s not that I can’t blog from work (their internet use policy is pretty sketchy), it’s just that I’ve been that busy I couldn’t even think about it. I’ve been thrown on to one crisis project after another. And the good news is: I’m back Monday for another 2 months at least.

    Maddie is progressing in leaps and bounds. She’s crawling about at great speed and starting to pull herself up to a standing position. I don’t think she’s going to equal her sister’s record of walking at 8 months but she won’t be far behind. Oh, and she’s come out with her first word: ‘La la’. Yes, she’s a Tellytubby fan just like her sister before her, so much so that ‘La la’ has preceded ‘Mumma’ or ‘Dadda’. Tonight she added ‘Bla bla’ to her vocabulary, much to our amusement, despite her earlier mishap.

    Today Louise took Maddie and Alice to Edinburgh’s Usher Hall for a concert of scary children’s music. During the course of this event, Maddie decided to have a crawl about on the carpeted floor. Unfortunately, she also decided to try and stand up and then proceeded to headbutt the back of the seats in front, splitting her head open in the process. Like her sister, she will now be sporting a ‘Harry Potter’ scar on her forehead. She did set a record though – the first aiders in the Usher Hall said she’s the youngest casualty they’ve ever had to deal with.