The Olympic Lie

Five years after the close of the London 2012 Olympics, the BBC has reported that despite the promise of more engagement in sport, the lasting legacy of the games has seen no rise in participation of exercise for the general population.  The promised dream of an games that would reignite people’s interest in keeping fit […]

The Relief of Not Commuting

With the price rises announced today, more people than ever will be in the £5K club – those who pay £5000 or more to travel into the capital.  For many years I either took the train into London or drove around the M25 to get to the office.  I have to say it was never […]

Fixing the Problem of Social Media

Unlike a huge section of the population, I don’t have a Facebook account.  I did have one, but chose to delete it many years ago, once I realised how much the company was abusing the personal details of those using the site.  I think my decision was further vindicated with the stance Facebook has taken […]

The Impracticality of Banning Laptops on Flights

Today I read yet another news article that indicates the US is considering a total ban on cabin laptops for any flight coming into the US.  Whilst I see the need to protect against certain security exposures, placing a total ban seems both impractical and damaging to the US economy and reputation. I travel a […]

Challenges 2017 – How Am I Doing? Update #1

Here we are in early February and time for a first update.  It’s been hectic and only two of the challenges are getting somewhere.  First, I’m down 4.5 kilos or 10lbs since the start of the year.  I see this as a good gradual weight loss for the period.  What’s the secret?  There is none. […]

Challenges 2017

It’s always good to have challenges in life.  I’ve always strived to achieve more than I am (at any one point) and it’s one of the things that has driven me over the years, especially having worked independently for most of my career.  This year I thought I would document my 2017 challenges and see […]

UK Privatisation Hasn’t Worked

Today I received a letter in the post informing me that my already expensive broadband was going up by another 6.6%, well above inflation by any measure.  There doesn’t appear to be any real justification in the letter for this change, simply a restatement of the service I already receive.  I am fortunate to live […]

Personal Development

Working in IT is great fun.  I love technology (always have) and can remember my first programming exploits on the Commodore Pet 64 around 1979/1980.  One thing I learned early on with this industry is that things never stand still.  In fact technology changes so much that someone once told me 25% of our IT […]


I enjoy reading and go through a reasonable number of books per year, with a mix of fiction, non-fiction and work related stuff.  If I had to pick genres, I’d say I like Science Fiction (standard for technical people), horror (the likes of Stephen King) and some fantasy, although that’s pretty much restricted to Terry […]


I’ve always been interested in music.  For as long as I can remember, I’ve sung along to tunes (much to everyone’s disgust) and I must be one of the few people who is happy to get up and do Karaoke without a drink.  The earliest song I remember singing was Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep by […]