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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    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 :-)