Category: Personal

  • Getting older

    Your inner child So filled with glee At toys and sweets and cakes and treats Declines with years, until one day You anticipate aging with dismay A roll of fat, a flash of grey The looming signs of your decay And then you look, up and see The greetings from your family Your loved ones’ […]

  • Heinz BIG SOUP: Fiery chicken and chorizo – reviewed

    Let’s be honest. Tinned soups don’t compare to fresh ones, so my scoring system here is somewhat separate from the ones I judge the shop-bought fresh soups by. I am somewhat disorganised at home, so rather than ensure I have an interesting fresh soup ‘in date’ and ready to go if I happen to be working […]

  • Eat Big Bold ‘Fully Loaded’ Potato & Bacon soup

    Description: Eat says: “Creamy potato soup with chunks of potatoes and applewood smoked bacon. Garnished with a cheddar, chopped jalapenos and chives mix.” Mostly accurate. Health: 336 calories, 16.2g of fat (and 7.5g of sat fats), 17g of protein, 7.9g of sugar and a full 2.1g of salt – again around 1/3 your daily intake. […]

  • Public commitment – soup reviews. Today’s edition: Pret Italian Meatballs, revisited

    I was in a session led by a workplace psychologist this morning and did a self-assessment on how ‘stressed’ I am in different aspects of my life. Thanks to my compulsive running I scored pretty well on the exercise front, but I’ve been eating chips and biscuits lately so, y’know, not so well on the healthy […]

  • One year of country life

    A year ago today, we packed up our bags and left the Big Smoke. I won’t deny that I had some anxiety about it; leaving friends and (my) family, introducing a 2.5 hour a day commute, having to drive everywhere and more, and with Emily (then merely "Hippo") on the way, it was a fairly […]

  • Considering Android and the Samsung Galaxy S2

    Tom’s last shopping recommendation saw me acquire my now much loved Macbook Air. Now he’s sporting a Samsung Galaxy S2 and I’m – for the first time since I went over to the iPhone platform – considering Android once again. The screen is beautiful, the camera remarkable, the replaceable battery convenient, I think there’s pretty […]

  • Terry the legendary driving instructor

    Terry’s our chicken-eating, RAC registered driving instructor. He’s in the running for ‘most laid back man in the world’, an award he has a serious chance of getting on account of having passed me, Damian, James, Lisa and countless others. My sister is going through the Terry Training Regime ™ now and gaining some insight […]

  • Regrets, I’ve had a few…

    I didn’t desperately enjoy boarding school. By the time I left, I’d made a few friends and found a localised kind of happiness and certainly gained a great deal from it – exposure to public speaking, journalism, intellectual discourse, guitar skills, philosophical debate, various sporting activities and the like helped net me a place at […]

  • Embracing change – the impact of innovation

    The essence of the Lifehacker blog that I’m so fond of is that – for any given action or process, there must be a better way. One of my emerging passions as I watch one service, process or product of the other emerge that has an impact on the way I do things is to […]

  • From city dweller to country gent

    Many of my friends (and family, no doubt) are probably still somewhat mystified as to how I’ve taken to country life so well. My mother keeps saying "you were such an urban boy…" and smiling when I show off our veg patch. Whilst I do miss the proximity of friends and family, the transition from […]