New blog!

I have siphoned off my running stuff onto a brand new blog. It’s at:

The thing I am most proud of is my domain hack. It’s quality.

This blog will stay for rare occasions I want to blog non-runningly, or if I ever apparently want to reminisce about times when I used to live with a Yeovil Town fan. This hasn’t ever happened, but never say never!

Blackburn Rovers :: Analysis

This is my analysis of the prospects of my club for the immediate future – there is obviously a lot to consider, but based on the treatment of fans, policy of recruitment and turnover of playing staff, team and media management, and the worrying stories coming out the the club about the state of the finances at all levels, you are forced to conclude:

We’re fucked

Blog zzzzzz

Yeah I’ve neglected this place somewhat. I’ve become increasingly bogged down in a personal online identity crisis and wary of putting as much out there as I do, on here, in an uncontrolled, googleable environment. I resolved that the blog served no purpose – a blog needs a purpose. As my friend Ross put it, a good blog either covers a niche subject or has a clear target market. My blog? Talking about me? No-one cares bar a few close friends, so the dangers way outweigh the benefits.

I decided to delete it, but Sam urged me to keep it – so I have. I have edited a few of my older posts, where information was a bit too personal, but it’s all still here. I may or may not blog more in the future. But only in a way in which I am comfortable…


The blog has, for no apparent reason, decided to not display spaces after punctuation. They are still there in the database – but they just aren’t displayed. It looks odd. I don’t like it.

I’m going to sit on this for a few days and hope it fixes itself :)

On the train

Hello – this blog is brought to you in association with East Coast’s 0900 to Glasgow Central (Coach F, Seat 62). It’s a quiet train but nearly every pissing seat is reserved so it looks set to get full. We’re established in our seats though, all the way to Newcastle, so here comes a random blog. Continue reading On the train

The 03/05 Edition

A time constrained (I have work soon) stream-of-conciousness type post. Away we go! Continue reading The 03/05 Edition

More Latest Obsessions

As I have mentioned previously, I have been wary of social networks and the role they play – not so much privacy concerns per se, but the worry it will kill stimulating communication and meaniful contact. Anywho, I have concluded that I quite like having it but I can be more comfortable if I set up my privacy levels to match appropriately the level of friendship I have with people in a more offline environment. Whilst this sounds a touch creepy, I think it sits well with the objectives I like to achieve whilst keeping everyone in touch – as no matter what I set to visible for certain groups, everyone can still contact me on it (if that is their preference). Continue reading More Latest Obsessions

Facebook Ramblings

I can’t quite decide if Facebook is spawn of the devil or fantastic keep-in-touch tool that has kept many an otherwise doomed-to-lose-touch friendship bubbling along.

I previously left Facebook for about 6 months when disillusioned with it, and now I am getting pangs to do so again. It’s a lazy tool that lets people keep in touch with me by stealth. I don’t communicate with Facebook friends, I pass comment on their life, or if I can’t even be bothered to do that, I show a simple mark of approval. If I want to talk to someone I still reach for my email – excepting those people who generally don’t respond to email, or for which I don’t have an email address. So there is an argument straight away – it has enabled communication with someone who I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to contact.

No it hasn’t, it’s enabled communication with someone I have been too lazy to ascertain correct contact details for because of Facebook.

I recently lost touch with a friend who wasn’t on Facebook – maybe had he been on Facebook we’d have kept in touch, and that is the future for me if I get rid of it. No, hang on – we got back in touch by phone and had a happy beer fuelled reunion, in which it turned out that he’d had so much going on with work that he’d largely neglected everything else. Facebook would have been everything else and would not have helped.

Regular reader Ross is not even on Facebook and we text and email regularly. In fact arguably more than we ever did when he was briefly on Facebook. In fact arguably more than we did ever. There is no pro-Facebook counter argument at all for this point! It’s never been needed and would no nothing to enhance things.

It’s its creepy laziness that I think I want to get away from. ┬áBut there’s something about it that I don’t want to lose. I am aware that I will stay in touch with my closest friends whatever – but I’d lose a lot of social interaction around activities and events I partake in and enjoy if I wasn’t on Facebook. It’s more the funny links posted and events of the TCDL that I enjoy on there. If I didn’t have Facebook, I think I’d fall out of a lot of loops rather quickly.

So maybe I should resolve to make it something I use for what I want it for, and tidy up my profile to counter privacy concerns. And then of course, anyone who seems to be “Facebook-only” can still get in touch. But I am also going to go throught my contacts on my email and make sure I have an email address for everyone.

Sorted. I’ll stick around. For now.

Scriven Street


Continue reading Scriven Street


Hello and welcome to another random blog post. Last time I used a phrase, “lets take a ride on my train of thought” – and that will very much dictate whether or not this post has anything in it or not! All aboard! Continue reading Podcastery

Roundabouting London

If I were to identify one feature of roads in London that is different to anywhere else in the world, it would be the humble roundabout. I learned to drive up north Continue reading Roundabouting London

Random Collections

I was and still am a great fan of those comedy writers who do things mildly termed as a stupid boy project – for example collecting people who are also called Dave Gorman, trekking around Ireland with a Fridge, or visiting random odd place names to make a calendar whilst also training a dog. A genre gently tickled by Mitchell and Webb in this sketch, but entertaining nonetheless.

It inspired me in foolish ways too. Continue reading Random Collections

Recent Findings

Lets talk about random shit. Continue reading Recent Findings

Happy New Year

Happy New Year 2010 -> 2011

Happy New Year everyone :-)

Saw Doctors Gig :: 18/12/2010

Saw Doctors - Shepherd's Bush Empire 2010 - Tickets


The Saw Doctors have been in existence since the late 80s – but I have only been going to gigs of theirs since 2002, when I made it all the way from Durham to Shepherds Bush Empire Continue reading Saw Doctors Gig :: 18/12/2010

Video Experimentallism

I currently have 317 public videos on YouTube. Continue reading Video Experimentallism

Ah hello again

The website is back – new host, no viruses, and just as crap as ever.

To celebrate this, I have toned down the orangeness of the site and made a couple of other subtle changes that no doubt won’t be noticed. Normal service will now be resumed.

P.S. The Advent Calendar Challenge has moved to and will remain there for the rest of the competition. Go play, it’s never too late!

Snow Trains

We all know leaves affect trains, and snow does too as I found yesterday Continue reading Snow Trains

Off the Grid

As Sam supports Yeovil Town, I see a lot of Yeovil Town games Continue reading Off the Grid

The 27/10 Edition

I have never been to the Isle of Wight. Continue reading The 27/10 Edition

The 20/10 Edition

I am Continue reading The 20/10 Edition


It’s getting to the business end of my training Continue reading Train-ing

The 13/10 Edition

Hello – woah old blog flashback. Continue reading The 13/10 Edition

Bare. And Naked.

If you were to say to me “Barenaked Ladies” this time last month, I’d have firstly wondered if a link to your favourite certain-type-of-website was forthcoming, before then proceeding to remember “One Week”, the song by the Barenaked Ladies from one of the American Pie films around ten years ago. Continue reading Bare. And Naked.

Truely random

Over the past few months I have gone through my whole computer and sorted out files and folders that were all over the place as a result of years of neglect. The process is ongoing, but I have so far got a folder of images called “random” that has 1021 files in it. So for a laugh, I’ll get will pick 10 numbers at random between 1 and 1021 and I will show you the file it finds, and explain what/how/why/where for it!

So to the numbers; it has produced the following:


So lets go!

Continue reading Truely random