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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    Well, that’s the Leith Festival past the half way point – just the remainder of today, Friday and Saturday to go. Plus the Junction Bridge concert and Irvine Welsh on Sunday.

    It’s all been a bit varied this year, some events have been very well attended but there seems to be quite a bit of apathy too. It does get me down sometimes when you think of all the work that goes on behind the scenes then people can’t be arsed to go to the events.

    Some of the events are very good indeed, people have commented that they were pleasently surprised. One of the stars seems to be the Thermos flask museum in the Kirkgate which, at first glance, might not sound too interesting. But, it’s a hoot apparently.

    Radio Four had a phone in a while ago asking for opinions on the greatest invention ever made. Louise phoned in and nominated the Thermos flask. It keeps hot things hot and cold things cold, but the best part is, how does it know? A great invention.