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NFL Week 10
SAINTS beat CHARGERS in Superbowl!!! 9-5 with a few major shocks - and some minor ones too! Redskins and Cowboys win which gives Redskins edge in NFC East. Packers and Bears do the same in NFC N... Read More
NFL Week 9
NFL merchandise now available - click the play button SAINTS beat CHARGERS in Superbowl!!! 10-3 with a couple of upsets - but now its time to nail colours to the mast. The Saints were the big wi... Read More
NFL Week 8
12-2 in a favourites week. The Rams continue unbeaten but the Packers showed some steel. The Texans took control of the AFC South, though the Colts continue to improve. The Seahawks and Panthers ma... Read More
Horses, Pumpkins And A Lady – No Its Not Cinderella!
Credit where it is due! This year sees the 100th anniversary of the end of The Great War, also known as the First World War, that produced many atrocities from 1914 to 1918. I am sure that the yo... Read More
NFL Week 7
9-5 in a wacky week - maybe its the Wembley factor! Redskins got a huge divisional win whilst the Rams, Patriots and Chiefs just kept rolling. Jaguars in freefall and could get torn apart at Wemble... Read More
NFL Week 6
11-4 despite a few upsets! Rams win again but appear to be slowing down, as the Eagles start to gain some good momentum. Seahawks also looking good, and a very good showing from the Chargers. Steel... Read More
NFL Week 5
Respectable 10-5 despite some shocks. All is not well with the Packers with rumours of a rift between McCarthy and Rodgers. The Rams win a close one to continue their momentum. The Chiefs probably ... Read More
Broccoli, Brett And A Bot
Well let's start this month with Zac's money making scheme. His first purchase has been a bot that runs on his laptop to automatically buy expensive Supreme stuff that he hopes to sell at a profit.... Read More
NFL Week 4
Even better this week - 11-4. The Rams continue to dominate and are my Superbowl picks. The Packers got their mojo back - as did the Vikings despite their defeat. The Bucs are finding their level -... Read More
NFL Week 3
I am continuing to improve with 9-7! So what did we learn? The NFC North is an interesting place - the Vikings and Packers need to turn things around. Fortunately for the Pack they play the Bills (... Read More
NFL Week 2
Bit better this week - 8 correct 8 incorrect. So what did we learn. The Packers are riding their luck but still undefeated, the Vikings are the complete package - except for a kicker. And I'm still... Read More
Lady M Strikes Again
I should probably have known better. Lady M came in for some criticism recently for not lifting a finger in the kitchen, but suddenly, without warning, she announced that she was going to make a he... Read More
NFL Week 1
If I had published my predictions for week 1 most would have been wrong! Undeterred, here is my take on what happened, and what might happen in week 2. Week 1 Summary Rams 33 Raiders 13 It could be... Read More
A Kuna Tomato
Going on holiday is always a time for cleansing - and that includes the fridge! We had a lot of tomatoes so I made a couple of jars of tomato relish. Not tried it yet - and to be honest I'm not a f... Read More
Rosettes And Ryanair
Interesting website developments, the most popular geographical area for my web content appears to be something listed as The Russian Federation. Maybe there is something real in all of this electi... Read More
Football, Festivals And The Advantage Of Two Badges
Well, the World Cup came and went, and not without incident. Ole described the night it kicked off in the White Hart, but he still went back for more at the semi final stage! Cricket was the bad gu... Read More
Fake Champagne!
Well, I have to start this edition with a bit of a gamble. Obviously the World Cup is in full flow, and the bets are on. But I had a couple of quid left in my betting account so I looked for some v... Read More
As Greedy As A Pig
May was certainly a busy month, with Ole moving back home from university, our first day as members at York Races, and Sally taking lots of "food porn" pictures as we prepare for the launch of Mmm.... Read More
Things That Go ‘Bump’ In Ashbourne
Well, the Christmas Present (from 2016) is proving to be a dangerous business. Regular readers will remember the 'going for a scan' incident, well now we have had the 'broken bridge' incident in As... Read More
Blogs, Hogs And My Drama Exam
Well, my last post, accompanied by a picture of some Japanese schoolgirls, has been the most viewed in the history of this blog. I like to think its because the writing is getting better!   It has ... Read More
The Beast From The East – and a flashback to Japan 2002
The Beast From The East certainly caused havoc on the roads, and Zac finally got the snow days that he has been yearning for! However, it was not without drama. On Wednesday, as the Beast entered t... Read More
Scary In Print – Scarier In The Kitchen!
A couple of catch ups from the festive period, we went to see Guys And Dolls at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. This fantastic theatre always puts on a good show, and midweek tickets for ... Read More
Police And Thieves And Celebrities
Happy New Year to everyone, and the run up to Christmas has been as eventful as ever. Certain things always happen at certain times of the year, and I'm A Celebrity seems to be one of them. It fini... Read More
Cabbages And Kings
"The time has come," the Walrus said, "To talk of many things: Of shoes and ships and sealing wax Of cabbages and kings."      "The Walrus And The Carpenter" from Through The Looking Glass by Lewis... Read More
Mops, Strops & The NFL
So how's university going? Well three weeks in and he's been back twice! The second time was for a trip to Wembley for the American football, but he decided to come home early. His first and most p... Read More
The US, student finance and Three Customer Service – the world’s gone mad
Well - I am going to start by saying that the USA has officially lost it. I have been following their politics since the election, and it is clear that they just can't get on with each other. The r... Read More
The Ups & Downs Of Rollercoasters
The big news for this update is that Elvis Under The Covers hit the virtual shelves in time for the 40th anniversary of the death of The King. I have undertaken some memorable promotional activitie... Read More
Elvis Launched And A Case Of Mistaken Identity
I must start with the news that my latest book, Elvis Under The Covers, is now on sale. The publishing process was remarkably easy - 2 days before launch I didn't have a Kindle version - but that e... Read More
Me and Suzi Quatro!
Just a quick update for now as I'm very busy with the launch of Elvis Under The Covers in August to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. Well, we might as well start th... Read More
Teenage Depression And The Best Burgers In The World
Financial choices can be difficult within families - do you put it aside for university? Do you try to get the best interest rate? There are countless options, but I didn't really expect Sally's qu... Read More
The Fraudster Revealed – That’s Just Bad Parenting
Well, some ups and some very big downs in this edition. First of all Sapphire sadly fell victim to an accident, probably a collision with a car. He was taken to the vet where he passed away, aged j... Read More
Disproving That A Dog’s Bark Is Worse Than Its Bite!
Dogs – love them or hate them? For me – its hate! I’ve always resisted the temptation to get one, despite family pressure. The last one I did have was a feisty bitch called Sally. Don’t want anothe... Read More
Elvis Presley And A Horse’s Arse
Regular readers will be interested to know that after another tortuous phone call I finally got a refund from Expedia. The latest phone call was with a Mr Wayarasinghe, or at least that's what it s... Read More
Leave The Cooking To Dad
We are just 6 days into 2017 and Expedia have already made an outstanding case for the worst customer service of the year. The start of the new year is always a good time to plan ahead, so I decide... Read More
So, how was it for you?
Regular readers will no doubt be pleased to learn that that both of my complaints have been resolved. KLM paid £503 into my bank account mid November (for the flight chaos from July), whilst Virgin... Read More
Slimline or Full Fat? Cucumber or Lemon? Lady M Insists!
After the disasters of the Battenberg and cupcakes, one sharp eyed colleague questioned whether Sally really was that bad at cooking. Referring to Mmm…No1…Cookbook on Amazon she said, ‘Didn’t Sally... Read More
Death By Battenburg
The cricket season finally ended, accompanied by some dodgy decisions, some unseasonally warm weather, and a bit of a damp squib of an end of season do. Next up is the Players Meeting, called for b... Read More
Don’t Take The Bishop To Hospital!
My brother-in-law, Peter, has been ill. Heart problems, but apparently not too serious, if heart problems can ever be considered as not too serious. Anyway, we wish him well, but it led to one of t... Read More
If You Don’t Know Where You Are…
The important news for this edition comes from the US where I have put the wheels in motion to set up a US subsidiary. The name will be the same, Legacy IT Consultants Limited, but rather than be a... Read More
Pokemon Go Where?
You have probably noticed that Pokemon Go is all the rage! And its not all bad news. Zac covered 6km chasing round Whaley for the damn things - which is better than three hours in front of an XBox.... Read More
To Hell And Back (via Toronto)
Q. When is a Maltester Cake not a Malteser Cake? A. When Sally picks off all of the Maltesers for herself turning it into a plain old chocolate cake. Well it was always going to be an intense itine... Read More
Wooden Shite With Candles
Well its the cricket season which probably explains all of the rain. The seconds notched another win, but my personal scores are tumbling. 60, 51, 41, 35 - need to arrest the slide! On the positive... Read More
Brexit And Ball Pools
Its been a busy few weeks - not even had any time to update this blog. And in the near future it looks like its going to get even busier! Could be off to Washington DC again, including a day trip t... Read More
There’s A Moose Loose Aboot This Hoose
Its raining, its snowing, it must be the cricket season. First match, as is tradition, was cancelled due to no one having done anything, metaphorically or physically, to their ground. The league, i... Read More
Council House Caribbean!
I'll start this edition with a bizarre night in Manchester. Sally and I went to see my old mate Mike Sanchez and his backing band the Drugstore Cowboys, or is it The Portions? Anyway, I am Mike's o... Read More
From Marple To Cuba – The Road To Recovery
I suppose my big news centres around two visits to medical professionals. First up was my physio and she is very pleased with my progress. However, in rolling over on her table I got a very strange... Read More
Mosh Pits & Muslims & No More Heroes
Been a few weeks since an update so there's quite a bit to fill in. I went over to Dordrecht to see my friends at Cornerstone, which was eventful. The night before I wanted to check that my phone w... Read More
I Would Walk Five Hundred Miles…
We got a nice visit from Gabi, Matt and of course Pixie last week, but I think we need some noisy toys. Sally is all for getting the Happy Valley set out of the loft, but I think a few clockwork mu... Read More
My Golden Plums
The Transylvanian Green Bean Soup caused a bit of stir last week. Sally asked how I would ever consider making such a thing, and its quite simple really. She would not think twice about buying a hu... Read More
WI oh WI?!
It was a busy time last weekend thanks to the long awaited return of junior football. It was quite memorable too, with Ole scoring his first goal in several years in a 4-1 win, whilst Zac almost ke... Read More
I Had To Laugh
Its been a funny old few days, and sometimes I have to laugh otherwise I would have to take some things far too seriously. For instance, I laughed when Sally came back from the shops with three bra... Read More
Whoa! I’m Going To Barbados (well actually its Cuba)
Take two bottles into the shower? Why would I do that when there are already twenty seven in there. What are they all for? I thought that we had a breakthrough this week. After Zac added bacon to h... Read More
Three Steps To Heaven – But 400 Steps to Horwich End
This week has been a pivotal one in terms of my recuperation. My first few steps were painful, but I quickly got used to it. There's still a lot of wobble, and swaying from side to side, but I've n... Read More
Playing The Spoons
Someone once asked me whether losing forks and other cutlery was an everyday occurrence as they certainly did. They frequently tipped their cutlery into the bin with leftovers, and inevitably their... Read More
Another Year (Almost) Over…
Well its almost New Year, and the chocolate fest will soon be over. Even at Easter its not really acceptable to tuck in to half a box of Ferrero Rocher at 10 am, have brownies with cream for lunch,... Read More
Don’t Blame Me – Its Christmas
Steadily got used to putting weight down on my left foot, but there's always a temptation to do more. I also managed to cut down on painkillers. For a few days I have been down to just 2 paracetamo... Read More
Back To The Kitchen…Mmm…
Monday saw a trip to see my consultant, ten days after the operation. He removed the dressing and showed me what a splendid job he had done with the stitches. He sent me upstairs for an x-ray (don'... Read More
That’s Not Lies, That’s Life!
Things started to settle down around the operation, and I discovered that cats are either very empathetic, or they know a captive audience when they see one. They have been taking it in turns to ma... Read More
Riding a Unicorn to Venezuela
Ole lost his home work this week. He was trying to install a printer and all of a sudden his rich text format document was full of gobbledegook. Some might say it was like that before, but now it w... Read More
Lamborghinis and Lesbians
There were a series of ups and downs in the kitchen this week, with Ole turning his hand to making brownies. Unfortunately, we had no eggs, so he decided that bananas and milk would be a good subst... Read More
Poinsettia & Pumpkins
When Zac went to Taxal School the question of lunch was always a straightforward one. He would take a lunchbox filled with a sandwich (with nothing on it), crisps, either grapes or an apple (peeled... Read More
The Lady Is Not For Downgrading
Adverts in America are very different to those in the UK. The first difference is that they appear anywhere in a tv program, without warning. The second difference is that they are still able to bl... Read More
Harry Potter, Phoenix and The Middle Of The Doughnut (JK Rowling’s unfinished novel)
The weekend was supposed to be a chilled affair, but with the imminent arrival of Gabi's first child it was anything but. There were Messenger updates, phone calls and text messages, with very litt... Read More
Confessions Of A Blogger
Ahhhh, bliss. I write this from poolside. Its mid 70s at 10am, expected to rise to mid 80s by the afternoon. Sally has gone shopping, Ole is doing homework (also by the pool), and Zac is in the hot... Read More
Burgers And Bouncers
Zac has been busted several times this week, mostly related to school activities. First of all he announced that he was now getting off the bus at his friend's bus stop in Whaley Bridge, and then w... Read More
Orphans
Its a stressful time in a teenager's life, moving from High School to College, and with all of the added distractions it is no surprise that there have been some bumps along the way. So, we decided... Read More
Burger Wars
I was pleasantly surprised yesterday as the phone is miraculously fixed. Didn't do anything. I am sure Sky would say the same - but someone did something because it now works. On Monday I removed t... Read More
Me And My Carer. X
Well after a quiet week last week this one has started very differently. Of course, there's always the mundane, and when Sally made a chicken, leek and mushroom pie for tea I pointed out a couple o... Read More
Madrid – a Culinary Guide
It seems like it has been a quiet week, but not really! I suppose 4 days on The Trip in Madrid could never be called ‘quiet’, particularly with the penchant that the Madridistas have for going out ... Read More
I Can’t Be Arsed!
Lets start with Zac. He always gets a bit lippy when his mates come around, and on this occasion not only was his mate around, his mate’s mum was around as she had come to pick up her son. Mum was,... Read More
Rage Against The Machine (And Against The Son)
Before I start - does this happen in everyone's house? We had just finished tea and I was outside when Ole came running out. 'Look what she's done!' he shrieked. Meanwhile, from inside, 'she', bett... Read More
Another One Bites The Dust
Get out the Queen CD again, cue track 2, and....play. "Another one bites the dust, another one bites the dust, and another one's gone and another one's gone, another one bites the dust." Yes Sally ... Read More
Five Feet High And Rising…
There a very popular Johnny Cash song that I play regularly in my car... How high's the water mama? Two feet high and rising How high's the water papa? Two feet high and rising Well we can make it ... Read More
Our Survey Says…
Here's a funny thing. Remember the Rusty Duster? Well Dacia have written to me several times asking for my opinion of the car, how its performing, etc. Finally, I have decided to respond. I told th... Read More
Along The Canalscape (?)
Well the week started with a Facebook message from my ex boss looking for a test manager. Another stint in Nottingham? With that traffic? Well its in a slightly easier part so I agreed to meet the ... Read More
Prada Willy My Arse!
Zac is probably the messiest and least organised person that I know. Many parents of 11 year olds would doubtless say the same thing, but if you ask Zac to move a pair of socks from off the floor a... Read More
Watching The Money Rolling In
Isn't technology wonderful. My Sky Broadband speed dipped to < 3 frequently, even after the upgrade, so I followed the steps on their website. This included bringing up a DOS command prompt, ent... Read More
Intestines And Sex Ed!
Preparations for The Raven are well under way, and props are a key part of the show. Hence, on Saturday morning I boiled a packet of spaghetti and mixed in a load of red food colouring. The resulti... Read More
A Brown Eyed Handsome Man
Two three the count with nobody on He hit a high flyer into the stand Round to third he was headed for home He was a Brown Eyed Handsome Man that won the game It was a Brown Eyed Handsome Man That ... Read More
Welcome To The Prom Bitch!
Isn't language funny? Especially grammar. A comma placed in the headline would indicate that the subject was an attendee at the Prom "Welcome to the Prom, bitch!", but in this case the "Prom Bitch"... Read More
A Man’s Gotta Do What A Man’s Gotta Do!
Yesterday, naturally, the portaloo was in the wrong place. Not Sally's fault, of course. No, the delivery men couldn't follow a simple direction. They placed it to the left of the house, and it sho... Read More
A Nightmare On Walters Wood
Its not as easy as it looks this blogging malarkey! So says Clive Ashton. His first post ended up on Google + so I rescued the errant narrative and placed it on his blog. Next he said it had just d... Read More
FFS!
Some days the kind of day that I am having can be gauged by the number of times I have to say FFS! Actually, I don't need to say it, just the thought counts. For instance, when I have juniors playi... Read More
My Given Name Is Dickie And I Come From Billericay
Very strange week, involving Ian Dury, a medical situation, another potential Blogger, and frustration at Tesco. Let's start with Tesco. Anyone who shops at Tesco should have a clubcard, and I also... Read More
If God Had A Baby…
Well, Zac is back and seems a bit tired, but thats about it. He went up to cricket practice, came back and jumped in a hot bath. Of course, mum is in Benidorm, so while the cat's away, this particu... Read More
Eggs Maniac
Its been a very quiet week! Possibly something to do with Zac going off to Whitehall with his class. This was a traumatic experience, with many of the parents welling up as their little boys and gi... Read More
Packing It All In
Hmmm, regular readers will have seen my simulated rant of Arabella and her turbulent life from 19th May. Regular readers will also realise that it was completely fabricated, an illustration of the ... Read More
The Saga Draws To A Close
The silver car saga is almost at an end. I have email confirmation that the dealer will be providing a full refund and so we can move on. The latest chosen vehicle is a white Kia Sportage, so look ... Read More
Grounded!
It was bound to happen, sooner or later. Some of you may remember an infamous incident from a few years ago. I came home from work one Friday afternoon to be told by Zac that the playroom was not f... Read More
A Load Of Baloney
Well, its been another eventful few days, including a whirlwind trip to Ireland. For those of you that don't know, my mum and 3 sisters were all in Ireland for a week - something that was arranged ... Read More
Who Is Arabella?
Well, its amazing just how many people have fallen for the PCN scam, and not just at Aldi in Macclesfield. Now, I am no legal expert, but I have reproduced below the 2 letters that I sent to SIP Pa... Read More
Well My Daddy Left Home When I Was Three…
...and he didn't leave much for ma and me, just this old guitar and an empty bottle of beer. Now I don't blame him cos he run and hid, but the meanest thing that he ever did, was before he left, he... Read More
Parking Perils
Why does it suddenly seem like I am very busy? The T20 tournament is imminent, so I am heading off to Glossop tonight to pick up our pink balls and other promotional stuff. Then there is the song l... Read More
An Animal In Bed!
I have now decided NEVER to cash out on golf betting. I did it at the Masters and Jordan Speith went on to win costing me a few quid. Last Sunday I didn't and Rickie Fowler did the business - ensur... Read More
That silver car (again)
It was a pleasant day at Chester Races - but I am so glad that I came home rather than heading for Liverpool afterwards. And what happened to the Tote? This is now something called 'Chester Bet', a... Read More
Early Morning Romp Leads To Spillage
Oh dear! Sapphire is in the bad books. We were having a romp in bed yesterday morning, and I think he/she enjoyed the feel of the brand new brilliant white Egyptian cotton duvet cover. Hang on. Wha... Read More
Cocaine!
Were you paying attention? Here's the picture I promised you last week. Its a well known Hollywood actress that I bumped into on the towpath neat Whaley!   Can you guess who it is?   Sapphire is st... Read More
The new car (with unwanted extra)
I now have a brand new silver car. It also came with an unwanted extra, an orange warning light. That came on after abut 10 miles, and its still on. Checked the book, and it says one of the tyre se... Read More
We Do Like To Stroll Upon The Prom Prom Prom…
Twelve months ago it was a fanciful suggestion from a 14 year old willing to give up his birthday party for it. Now, the reality of staging the Chapel High School after prom party at our house is b... Read More
A Question Of Sex
The Sapphire debate rumbles on. My sister Fiona, who used to be a nurse so she ought to know, reckons Sapphire is definitely a boy. She started to show me pics that demonstrate how to tell, but I'm... Read More
The Cold War
Its always a stressful time introducing cats to each other, and apparently it can be quite stressful for the cats too. Anyway, Sapphire and Bobby gave each other cursory glances until Sapphire aime... Read More
The Patter Of Tiny Feet
Well, Sapphire is settling in. Bobby has not really paid much attention to his new house mate, other than the occasional hiss and a deep growl. Sapphire wants to play, Bobby wants his house back. W... Read More
Sapphire!
Well, the kitten saga took an unexpected turn on Friday as Sally found one in Macclesfield. Or was it Stockport? No, maybe Stretford? So on Saturday morning I set off to pick it up from Chorlton. I... Read More
Balti Before Breakfast
Well, the cricket season starts tomorrow, but there are probably many readers who care not a jot for that most English of sports. If you are interested, then you can read my thoughts here... WBCC C... Read More
Chocolate Cup Cakes
Today I had a moment of revelation. Not a great big must go to church every Sunday from now on kind of revelation. This was of the culinary kind. You may or may not know that Zac's diet is terrible... Read More
Beware Geese On Bikes
Not everyone was pleased to hear about the Monte Carlo adventure. Clayton warned that, "You are creating a monster!" Maybe we should rename her Lady F. Anyway, no sign of a kitten yet, but the car ... Read More
Pretty Maids All In A Row
It was a quieter weekend than expected. Sherry Friday went off without too much incident, and then Saturday saw a mammoth shopping trip to Tesco. The "Big Pan" was getting its first outing of the y... Read More
What’s In A Name?
A quiet day started in whimsical fashion, as our attention turned to kittens. I recalled two white cats from childhood. One was called Susie, and the other Gemima. Sally looked surprised. "Gemima's... Read More
Searching!
Today started off in a much more sedate way than the earlier ones this week. But after yesterday's disasters on the motorway Sally decided that a new car was the priority. Now - I have no interest ... Read More
What’s It All About?
Paradise is an interesting concept. Not so much a place as a state of mind. If I ever found it I don't think I'd be as careless as Milton! So today seems like a good day to start a new blog. It sta... Read More