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Parkrun : 4 Years of Running

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

“Why don’t you do a Parkrun?” says my friend Richard to me in an email. “What’s that?” I email back – no need really, as the moment after I reply to to him I am already searching the phrase online and find the website straight away, where the first thing I do is try and […]

My band is broader

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

The year is 1999, and I am having an argument with my girlfriend.  She has some justification that I have spent the last 3 hours on the phone … online.  Playing a game.  And thus, her mum was not able to get through on the phone to speak to her like she normally did on a […]

The decline of popular music

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

A vivid childhood memory that I have when I was 11 years old, is coming home from school in the winter just as it was getting dark around 4pm, and coming home to my mum. She would make me a tea, and as a pre-dinner snack we would quite often have some Bovril on toast […]

184 Weeks later

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

I’ve been busy. No, really. I’ve been back today and read through every single blog post that I have written in my time in the USA, and been reminded of everything I did. Some of it is fun, some of it is well written. Some of it is embarassing to read, and some is just […]

Hello, I must be going … home

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Last week in the USA then. As I sit and type this, I realise that at this time next week I’ll be on a plane. First I go north a bit to Philadelphia, and then east quite a bit more to London. It’s time … The Prodigal Son returns to the City of Londinium next […]

The day I dialled … 911

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

The iPhone. All hail the flippin’ iPhone, which I got sucked into buying back in August during my summer road trip when my trusty old Nokia finally broke when one of the function keys broke, and so I got a new phone when I passed the gleaming AT&T store in Salt Lake City later that […]


Friday, October 9th, 2009

This is rather fun. If I didn’t know I’d been on a roadtrip, would this summary of words using wordle pulling a feed from my site reflect it? It’s so much fun. You can go make your own here, either by typing in the name of a blog, webpage, or just copying in some text.


Monday, August 17th, 2009

You know you’re in New Mexico when every town stars with the word ‘San’ or ‘Santa’. Well, every town that is except for the intriguingly named ‘Truth Or Consequences‘ which (yes, go back and click on its hyperlink!) is a real name for a town not far from the campground where I sit and type […]

Dakota Royale

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

So you want to go gambling in the Dakotas? Easy … nip along to your local gas station. It’s odd but true, but almost every single gas station that we’ve stopped at in South and North Dakota has had a little dark dingy room attached to the side of it. ‘Gambling Room’, ‘Lottery Room’, or […]

Unto the Badlands

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Some random thoughts: • I often wondered whether Sirius satellite radio was somehow ‘smart’ enough to know whereabouts in American you were listening to it. On the east cost of Charleston, when I get BBC Radio 1, it’s time shifted by five hours meaning that I can listen to the breakfast show at 8am Charleston […]

Battle of Same-Named-Towns

Friday, July 24th, 2009

There are actually eight places in the UK called ‘Waterloo’ whilst there are over 40 – almost one for every state – spread throughout the USA. Now whilst we know that the London tube and railway station takes it name from the Belgium town (which always amused me when it was the Eurostar terminal – […]

The mother of all road trips

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Having my mum with me week has been fun, because – believe it or not – she’s bigger chatterbox than me. I leave her for thirty seconds in Walmart the other night (shopping for camping equipment, there was no dedicated camping shop in town) and when I catch up with her again she’s telling her […]

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