Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Posting for the sake of it

Yep. I got the sudden urge to, y'know post. But, and here's the pickle; I don't really have anything to post about at the moment.

It's kind of like an itch you need to scratch but you know scratching it won't do anything for you but you're gonna do it anyway. It's of no benefit whatsoever ever. Except perhaps my innate desire to procrastinate and stop myself from working. Yeah. That. It'll be that.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

My bad

My bad; It's been over a year since my last post and to be honest I don't have much of an excuse. I don't work "for the man" any more so as a self-employed dude who sits at a computer for 10+ hours a day I should have time to blog.

But I don't. I don't. I don't because, well for several reasons. Firstly I forgot (I know, my bad) and secondly working for yourself is a lot harder than I thought it would be, meaning pretty much every minute on the  computer is devoted to my business, NorfolkPlaces.

So, anyways.......... time is short and I should really be working right now but I thought I'd stop by for a quick update on life in general.

As you can see from above, I work for myself now and NorfolkPlaces is doing ok. Swing by sometime and check out the site for info on where to visit/stay in Norfolk :-)

The boys are doing well and growing up fast. Big one is at High school and little one is in Junior school and both are super-wicked-awesome at football. In addition to playing for the village team they're both in development squads for professional football teams. So, between the pair of them there's football going on every single day of the week!

Anecdotes? No, sorry. No silly anecdotes that I can recall recently. Tbh, life is a big blur it's going so fast. Really could do with a holiday, but being self-employed doesn't exactly cover the cost of that at the moment (or much else!).

So, Christmas is almost upon us........again! I had hoped to spend some time writing this year but that hasn't happened. Still, The Christmas Starfish is still available form Amazon - see previous post below.

In case I don't post again this year (highly likely) then Happy Chrimbo, Happy New Year and every other seasons' greating for the next few months!

Friday, 31 October 2014

The Christmas Starfish

Out now, in time for Christmas!!!! :o)

EDIT: It was available briefly on Amazon, however, I took it off the market as I know this little sotry is worht of a wider audience. So, at the moment I am in the process of finding a suitable publisher for this book (and more!).

Monday, 8 July 2013

some updates

I've posted a few new things over on MaJaTo Scribes - first updates for over 2 years! Yep, that's even less frequent than this blog! :o)

Saturday, 4 May 2013


One of these days I'm going to find my collection of 1980s Chickaboos, photograph them and stick them on here. I only had 3 or 4 of them, including Father Christmas and E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, but I kept them for nostalgia. Of course, they may well find there way on to Ebay too :o)

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Still here...

For anyone checking in on this blog, I'm still here and just as inactive at blogging as ever.

Over four mounths have passed since my last post, which is probably a new record! As usual NorfolkPlaces is taking up most of my spare time, and I don't really have too much to say about anything else at the moment.

Sure, I could go on about the latest working situation (not great stuff), the kids (good stuff and bad stuff), holiday plans (excellent stuff) or a whole bunch of other things but I simply don't have the time. I hardly even have the time to enjoy a drink! Yeah, I could make the time to blog more and do other things, but I'm too busy to make time too! :o)

Sunday, 16 December 2012

One of these days....

I will get back to more regular blogging, though I can't make a promise on it because work, websites and of course family are taking up most of my time.
For example, I spent 5 hours last night trying to figure out a code problem and didn't succeed. After research I found lit was a known Wordpress problem, but no-one had been able to fix it. Trying to solve these kinds of problems make the hours just melt away.
Still no likelihood of a possible return to writing, though I do have some old stuff I could post on MaJaToScribes at some point. Interestingly, the highest viewed story on that blog is an odd coffe-break fiction story called Angie. It has almost twice as many views as the next nearest story, Interplanetary Assize: 102479

Thursday, 25 October 2012

My son, the genius

At 8 years old, Luke is at an age where he gets homework regularly. This includes weekly a spelling test, which he's been acing with 10/10 every week this term.

That's excellent, but not the main story of this post.

Ben has only just started school a few weeks ago, but he likes to do homework too. Teachers don't really give reception kids homework so we set him tasks such as drawing or sounding out his letters.

Yesterday morning I asked Luke to look at his spellings to prepare for his next test. Ben decided he wanted to do some spellings too, so I asked him to write a few basic words that he can read but not necessarily write yet.

He got them all right. Great. Still not the punchline though!

I left the room for a moment and when I came back he had written a word and asked me to look at what he had written. I was astonished to see he had written in excellent hand-writing (for a 4 year old) the word "synopsis".

Stunned, I asked him where he had heard that word and how did he know how to spell it let alone write it. With a big pleased-with-himself grin he pointed at the word printed further down on the piece of scrap paper he had written on!

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Thursday, 4 October 2012

Football girls!

This is an odd one. An odd one indeed.

From time to time I look at the webmaster stats for this blog and recently I noticed that my blog had a large amount of search impressions for Arsenal girls, Man Utd girls, girls in football shirts, hot girls, soccer girls, and bizarrely "Man United fail".

The only thing I can think of that might've caused this was a post poking fun at Ashley Cole, and a tag on the post was "Girls Aloud"!

Yeah, I know this post is only going to increase the likelihood of this phenomena, but I see it as a bit of an experiment.

So, let's give 'em what they're after!

Firstly, here's Arsenal girls (which also covers girls in Arsenal shirts)

Erm, couldn't find a Manchester Utd Girls game, so here's FC Utd of Manchester girls team instead.

Man Utd fail? Well, here's David Beckham getting "punked" by Rio Ferdinand.

Okay. Here's a different epic fail for you.

Finally. Some shirts.

If you're a Man Utd or Arsenal fan who have visited this site please leave (a nice!) comment - I would love to know if this little experiment worked. Thanks.

Apologies if there's any offence referring to the ladies teams as girls. This was purely to link in with the references earlier (and for optimisation!)

Normal blogging (i.e. largely inactive) status will be resumed once more.

Sunday, 30 September 2012

New Star Wars blog

I've started a new blog documenting my Star Wars collection.

Its early days but please check it out: -Original Star Wars

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Tuesday, 29 May 2012 continues to grow

The new website I launched late lat year,, is growing in popularity and new content continues to be added.

We've covered many locations over the past few months, including casltes, dinsoaurs, indoor play areas, stately homes, zoos, farms, broads, walks and lots more.

There's loads more for me to add to the site, so why not join us on Twitter @norfolkplaces to keep tabs on the latest posts.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

December again!

I can't believe it is December again!

The year really has flown by - the past 11 months have been chaotic, and things aren't likely to ease up any time soon. In fact I'd say the last few years have been hectic.

Hence my blogging has been even more infrequent than usual. So, I figured I'd write up the years' events now while I get the chance.

Good Stuff
  • 46 mile charity walk in April - absolutely knackering but as a group we raised over £11,000 for charity
  • Property stuff (porch extension, solar panels added, interior doors to be replaced - all good stuff but expensive too!)
  • Spent a long weekend in Euro-Disney -arriving in time for all the Christmas decorations (just like last year)
  • the launch of my new website, - about all the great things to see and do in Norfolk. the site is still in its infancy but please visit and come back regularly!
  • Luke getting the role of a king in the school play (he really wants to be an actor so this migt encourage him)
  • Managing to cut Cola out of my diet

Bad Stuff
  • Got a rejection for a really good story - most disappointing thing was the agents (won't name and shame them) claimed it would only take a 2-4 weeks to come back - in the end I had to chase them several times and it took them abut 8months to eventually respond
  • The disappearance of an animator who wanted me to write scripts for an animation series. After writing the first episode and some outlines for several more all communication ceased - I can only assume he's emigrated to Panama or has passed on to the afterworld! This was a shame because I've always fancied myself as a scriptwriter
  • Our car is in frequent need of repair, which ahs probably cost more than the value of the bloody thing this year
  • Work, work, work!
  • Idiots rioting in the UK
  • People living in cloud-cuckoo-land going on strike in the UK
Hopes for the New Year
  • A successful year for
  • A decent pay increase! (Unlikely seeing as this has been non-existent for the last 4 years...)
  • A bonus (see above!)
  • Some training budget being made avaialble so I can improve my core skills
  • Hopes for democracy, fredom of speech and enlightenment in the Arab world
  • Recovery of the world economy (especially the UK!)
  • Hope that Luke might finally give in to my nagging and join a football or tennis club!
  • Hope Ben enjoys starting school!

As usual I'll probably think of more to add to this list and will update when I get a moment. Unforutnately I now have to go and do some domestic chores.

Friday, 30 September 2011

What goes on in the minds of little boys....

...when one of them suddenly decides to say "ah, chippy chippy chippy!" (in an imitating snoring way) the other finds it hilarious, copies it and returns the sound louder, which makes the other start laughing hysterically, and it all spirals on and on and on for several minutes?

I don't know and I don't think they do either. Sometimes it's funny, well, at first. But not when it escalates....grrhh!

One hypothesis is that perhaps it's the little ones love of chips (as in the ones that go nicely with fish, especially with lashings of salt, vinegar and tomato sauce). Afterall, I think he dreams of dipping chips in ketchup.

Anyway, I'm tired so...[fake yawn]....ah, chippy, chippy, chippy....

Monday, 26 September 2011

Brian Wilson

I went to see Brian Wilson at the Royal Festival Hall in London on 17th September and it was a brilliant gig.

I saw Brian and his band a few years ago when they toured Smile, which was out of this world, and his "reimagines Gershwin" material is great too.
A good hour and half of Beach Boys/Brian Wilson material really was the icing on the cake for everyone there - the place really was rocking!

Here's a few videos of some of the songs from that night. Enjoy!

Friday, 12 August 2011

It's been a while...

Too long, I know, and I'm sorry.

I'll try to be a better blogger, but I've so much going on in life that it's hard to get time to blog.

I guess I should update y'all on how the charity walk went at the end of April. Well, it was great fun, albeit pretty knackering!

I was supposed to camp at the end of the first day. However, I put my stuff in the back of someone's car in the morning, but he had to go to hospital with heat-stroke and dehydration. So, I had to go home to rest - which was probably a good thing because I got all my blisters treated (i.e popped), had a hot bath and was ready to go again!
We're still waiting on final totals but I've heard on the grapevine that we've raised over £10,000 ($16,000) to share between East Anglian Children's Hospices and the Neo-Natal unit at the Norfolk&Norwich Hospital. Not bad, eh?

Monday, 27 June 2011