Today I turn 50, and frankly I couldn’t give a damn. I had my real crisis at 40 at which point I thought life was pretty much over! In all honesty, I spent several weeks in a drunken stupor unable to accept at the time my youth, and my life, were coming to an end. When I sobered up I realized, in no uncertain terms, that I was an idiot and that I was only 24 hours older than I had been the day before! I’m cool with 50…
- Met the woman I perhaps always needed to be with. (No disrespect to any of the previous ladies with whom things might have worked out given a different time, place, or set of circumstances. They would know who they were if they were reading this. As does one particularly needy, self-obsessed, disturbed crazy woman exempt from that statement!)
- We moved to Lanzarote, started a business from scratch which continues to thrive, and made some incredible friends.
- I’ve done some serious long distance walking and wrote a book about it. In doing so I had the joy of raising a reasonable amount of money for charity.
- I’ve seen my three children turn from boys into men, and watched my two step-sons flourish.
- I’ve become a grandfather!
- I’ve become a ‘father’ to three incredible hounds!
- Last year we moved to mainland Spain (time for a new adventure!)
- …and more!
What’s not to feel good about?! I haven’t even mentioned the plans already under-way for making the next 10 years are just as exciting and fulfilling.
What I will not be doing is; Continue reading
What happened today in London was sick, it was tragic, it was disgusting, it was horrific. Was it terrorism? I personally think that is open to debate. Perhaps it is, perhaps not. My sympathy goes out to the victim’s family, unreservedly. A young man who his country is proud of – as we are all our boys at home and working overseas.
What is important I feel, reading the usual knee jerk reactions on Facebook and elsewhere is that we don’t react the way these fcukers who did this want us to. To start spouting anti-Muslim hatred is exactly what they want. Their main aim is to fuel that hatred, that rivalry between the two (perhaps not the right phrase) dominant cultures. Every time you begin to think those sick misguided cretins that describe themselves as the EDL might be right (or for that matter if you buy a Daily Mail), you play into the hands of the Muslim extremists. Every time these things are answered with vitriol, it just makes the situation worse. Every new anti-Muslim comment, every new EDL follower or sympathiser is a victory to them.
In some ways I feel pity for the poor misguided pricks responsible for today’s tragedy. But, don’t get me wrong. If I was there with a gun in my hand I would have happily put a bullet in them. They have gone too far (to put it mildly). They have stepped over the edge, and they have committed a horrendous crime. Continue reading
This morning I got really angry at a stupid comment on Facebook. I resisted the temptation to verbally lash out because it was from someone I’ve always had a lot of time for. I suspect (looking at another comment to someone else around the same time) it was there because they had either a) had too much liquid refreshment or b) they had been Fraped.
However, it was a comment I’ve received a number of times and as general statement it needs a response. It usually takes the form of a question along these lines…
You live in Spain now, so what gives you the right to comment on what’s happening in the UK?
It’s a stupid question! I believe I have every right to comment on what’s happening in the UK for the following (in no way exhaustive) list of reasons. Continue reading
I’m not a football fan. On the whole (apart from major international tournaments) it passes me by. I couldn’t give a damn.
I am however, rather sick of hearing all this Luis Suarez bollocks. I’d have loved to see him pull that kind of stunt on the likes of Razor Ruddock or Vinnie Jones, or one of the other ‘real men’ of football – somehow I suspect he may have wound up on his girlie South American arse.
Forget the 10 match ban (I actually think he should have been banned from English football for life), forget any fines, forget the fact that he clearly is a big girl (hair pulling and scratching next?). The thing that’s really baffling me right now is why the f**k has this prick not been arrested?
Assault? ABH? Surely the Police must have enough on ‘CCTV’ to prosecute? I’ve seen people go to jail for less…. Or, are these fu**ers above the law?
I may not have been born in Derby, I may live in Spain now, but I do consider this great city my second home. I first went there to go to University, I made some great friends, my kids were born there and it was a major part of my adult life. It matters to me; I care about the place, and I still love every moment I spent, and I value the times I will spend there in years to come.
Unfortunately the city has spent far too much time in the news of late because of that scum bag Philpott, his bitch and the other idiot. I have no need to relay the story; it’s widely known across the UK and way beyond now that these scum killed six children Philpott fathered.
The sentences are a disappointment. A real disappointment! But don’t blame the judge, sentencing guidelines are absolute. Though the sentence is inappropriate in the eyes of most of us, any reasonable person would agree that there should have been six sentences applied consecutively. The judge’s hands are tied, and I’m sure if the judge in question could have given more time to the bastar*s, if they were able, they would have. Continue reading
“Look at me right… and look at the Queen.
I was never a fan… until it occurred to me how much me an’ “Ma’am” have in common
Bringing up kiddies you can’t remember the names of.
I know she’s not a single parent, but she might as well be.
Plus… the pair of us stuck to our guns – her literally sometimes.
And flagships… a dying breed… admired and despised equally.
Not for never lifting a finger? No. For setting examples through extremity
And whether you’re a bigwig on her end or a bigwig on mine, you’ve still got all your dickheads in the middle to deal with, snip snip snipping at your benefits.
I mean she can’t not be looking at me and thinking “What’s your secret, Frank?” Continue reading
Is it just my blood that boils when I hear or read the word iPhonography. It sends shivers down my spine in the same way as nails scraping down a blackboard.
As the title says, the iPhone is NOT a camera, it’s a phone with a very poor excuse for a camera bundled in, and as smart phones go the camera is on the inferior side! A while back I took exactly the same photograph on my Galaxy as a friend did in an iPhone. The Galaxy camera knocks spots of the poor quality images of an iPhone.
I despise Apple and would never own any product with an ‘i’ in-front of its name! One word describes Apple devotees perfectly, ‘mugs’. Apple owners have been mugged into believing in a ridiculous evangelical brand to the point of almost religious fervour. What kind of idiot dashes out every few months to buy the latest iProduct, for which plans for its replacement are already in place, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iphone 5GT, iPhone 5GTX, iPhone 5GTX Ghia? And don’t even get me onto the iPad. Perhaps Apple where a little ahead of the game with the iPad, but the rest of the market has now overtaken them. Continue reading