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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    Some time last year I was channel hopping late in the evening and I came across an episode of 24, part way through. I’d heard great things about 24 so I watched the remainder of the episode. Suitably impressed, I added the whole 6 disc set of the first series to my Amazon DVD rental list and have been watching them at a rate of one a month ever since.

    This week, disc 6 (8pm to midnight) arrived, so last night I sat back with a bottle of wine to enjoy the climax of 6 months viewing. At about midnight I only had episode 24 left, so I made the decision to stay up extra late and see it through.

    As the concluding events unfolded I began first to get that feeling of deja vu, then the realisation that I knew what was coming next; this was the episode I’d watched 7 months ago. 23 and a half hours of television viewing climaxing in……a repeat.

    Sod it.

    You are what you eat

    We had a great time over Christmas and New Year spending a week at Center Parcs (sic) and then a few days over New Year in Luton with my Mum & Dad. I was a bit concerned about how Christmas would feel being away in a strange place but it turned out to be a truly relaxing, festive time.

    Needless to say, the diet went on hold for a couple of weeks but I wasn’t too concerned as I had almost reached my target weight. Wednesday last week was judgement day and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I had only put on about 4lbs.

    I started to log everything down again but it rapidly became clear that this had become a bit of a chore. It’s a great method to stick to a strict diet but now I’ve lost most of the weight, I’m moving more into ‘weight management’ mode. This means I don’t have to be quite so strict; my basic diet is still following the guidelines I set myself but I’m not worried about the odd extra thing here and there. And accounting for all those odds and ends is not simple on Fitday.

    I’m going to keep recording my weight on Fitday for a few months and see how it settles down. If I start putting back on then it’ll be back to strict dieting and logging.