Don't let the title fool you, it's not 2019! Happy new year to one and all. 2018 is here and it's a good looking number. Much more attractive than 2017. More curvy? Bigger? More contemporary? I've got a few resolutions. Take on the challenge of a new job (that I start in 7 short days). … Continue reading What I Did in 2018
The best way to ensure your child likes a campervan trip to your favourite mountain range? Let him drive.
As a primary school teacher I've taught boys named after the isles of Harris and Lewis. I've taught an Ailsa (Craig), a (North) Rona, a Tara (nsay), a Summer (Isles) and a (Stac) Lee. And not so long ago I taught a girl called Skye. I'm bearing in mind that when teaching some of these … Continue reading Island Children
Q. What equipment do you need to go caving? I only ask because if a Trivial Pursuit victory depended on my knowledge of potholing, I would be left floundering with 5/6s of a pie. The very idea of exploring the depths of middle earth excites me but scares the bejesus out of me, probably because … Continue reading A Hole Lot of Wonder
Driving to work the other day I was listening to the radio. Amongst the news stories about Trump, TTIP and terrorism, and songs like Walking in Memphis, I Left My Heart in San Francisco and New York State of Mind, the wavelengths took an easterly turn on the compass: "I was sick and tired of … Continue reading Lost in Song
Last night I felt my boy kick me through Kirsty's belly. He's not quite ready to say "Morning Dad" yet but in a few short weeks he'll arrive and we'll both get to meet him for the first time and find out if his lungs are as powerful as his foot. Seven months of pregnancy have … Continue reading Morning Dad
The air was very still and I could hear myself breathing. Low gasps of breath, the kind you take when you’re not sure what’s going on and you’re aware that your breathing sounds louder than usual. It was dark, darker than the night sky, darker than the deepest mine. I could see nothing, no lit … Continue reading The Listener in the Box (Short Story)
A man with a rusty tannoy and a wooden clipboard told me I was on. I stepped onto the stage and walked over to the table which stood at the front of the stage and the faces in the crowd stopped bobbling, eyes widened and the chatter of voices died away. The table in front … Continue reading Blane’s Careless Wispas
If you were around in 1973, you might remember Noddy Holder and the Slade boys releasing "Merry Christmas Everybody". I don't, as I was born 5 years later. But every Christmas since then this song and a select few others (Fairytale of New York by The Pogues, Merry Christmas Everyone by Shakin' Stevens etc) have … Continue reading Where are all the “Wizzard” new Christmas tunes?
Message received 13th February 2032 “Group reported to be gathering near old Asda at Newhaven. Take action. Report.” The light filled the corner of the room and threw dark shapes around the walls, leaving shadows standing at the sink and sitting on the sofa. The scratched and battered old telly in the corner had been … Continue reading Working for the Corporation (Short Story)