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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    Grand finale

    Tonight was the ‘Encore, encore!’ of Leith Festival and what a night!

    9pm, Docker’s Club, Irvine Welsh read from his new novel (a world exclusive) and it was superb. I guarantee this book will be a hit. The man is as humble as they come and obviously enjoyed the return to his roots (he used to live 10 yards from tonight’s venue) and even came round to the Port O’Leith at the death for a last drink.

    The new novel is based partly in Edinburgh (characters in Leith and Corstorphine) and partly in San Fransisco. It’s out next year – buy it!

    Half way through the evening, we left the Docker’s Club and visited the classical music concert beneath Junction Bridge. This was a classic Leith Festival event – jaikies swigging their Export while listening to Mozart. Truly for the people of Leith! Oh, and I spotted The Village lot watching too – still haven’t met Chav Gav but I think I saw you tonight – if I didn’t that Jax has some explaining to do!

    I have to admit, I got Irvine Welsh’s autograph on the front cover of a Leith Festival programme, and why not? The kids can always sell it on EBay.

    Update: Radio Scotland were at the Irvine Welsh gig and some of it (how the hell do they manage to edit out so many swearwords!?) was on Monday’s Radio Cafelisten here. Fast forward controls only seem to work in IE not Firefox. Irvine Welsh is at the end of the programme, around the 40th minute.