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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    Sore finger

    Sore fingerMaddie came over to show me her sore finger and couldn’t work out why Alice and I were rolling about laughing!

    Maddie

    MaddieThis is a latest pic of Maddie, taken on my mobile and uploaded to Flickr.

    Alice in France

    DSC_0327Frank and Steph kindly took Alice on holiday with them to France this summer. I’ve just uploaded all their photos to my Flickr account.

    At least one of us got to go on holiday and get some sun!

    Maddie update

    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.

    Eat the rich

    Eat the RichIt was lovely weather for a family stroll in the park today, although a little crowded when we got there.

    Of all the thousands of placards, this one had to be our favourite. Surely there’s a law against incitement to cannibalism?

    Maddie meadows (1)Maddie didn’t wear the official “Make Poverty History” white, but I still think she was suitably dressed. There certainly weren’t a million people there as Bob had asked, but it was all good natured – just one big carnival.

    We chatted with a couple of Police officers at Holyrood Palace on the way home – they’d stood all day totally isolated away from all the action. Apparently, Monday is the day they’re expecting trouble.

    Maddie aged 6 weeks

    PIC00028_3Here’s a picture of Maddie from about 2 months ago when she was 6 weeks old. Yes, she is burdened with her father’s hairstyle.

    I know this is a bit out of date but I’m just setting up Flickr and the automatic blogging thingy. If all works well this should publish straight from Flickr…