Thursday, December 04, 2014

Bad blogging

I suspect that this blog is slowly dying as I don't have the time to write anything and I can't write about the things that are keeping me busy as they are 99% work related.

I may be changing job internally or externally - TBD

In the meantime, I am very happy with my new hat, a Christy's crushable fedora in dark green which is rather smart and somewhat Paddington like when paired with my duffle coat. I was happy to find that hats are still made in the UK and that I don't look (or feel) like a total tool when I am wearing it.

You may not agree, but I don't care.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Offal Day

I'm in Paris at the moment.

We arrived on Monday night and I had a big block of fois gras for supper.

Yesterday I had a day of risky food choices. First came the Plat du jour at the local restaurant for lunch, it was a burito or boudin noir - blood sausage. I opted for the boudin noir which was deliscious. In the evening Thomas and I went to a very nice little restaurant that we found on trip adviser. I started with pan fried fois gras on brioche with raspberry sauce followed by veal kidneys which were also delicious.

All in all, a good day with great food.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Wednesday, November 05, 2014


J has been promoted to the Dolphin team in the swimming club which means that he now trains twice a week and will be taking part in competitions. He is really excited about it all and it's great to see him so enthusiastic about a sport as he didn't really seem to be into floorball or gymnastics too much recently.
He celebrated by buying a new pair of swimming trunks with a voucher that he got for his birthday but I'm not posting a picture since I remember how many hits there were on the shot of him in pink tights...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


I enjoyed reading John Durant's book about the paleo manifesto recently and it got me thinking about a personal manifesto based on the increasingly eccentric way that I live my life. Maybe one of the points on the list should be to embrace eccentricity without disappearing up ones own orifice and being straightforward weird.

One of my new ideas is to make a big effort to take a step back from being such a consumer. As stuff gets cheaper, then the lifespan of said stuff seems to get shorter and shorter. Maybe I can get more satisfaction out of owning things and appreciating them as the weather and get a patina rather than always wanting something shiny and new. I was stuck by the thought reading a book recently when the character was quite unhappy and uncomfortable having had to buy a new hat having lost his old one.

So my first step is going to be to concentrate on only buying things that I need rather than want and concentrating on buying quality things, preferably made either locally or by companies who look after their workforce in a way that I would like to be looked after as an employee.

Example 1 - my new Chapman Bags holdall that was made in Cumbria (except I didn't need it as such...)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Quiet times

There is a LOT going on at the moment in the world of work so there isn't much going on in blog land.  Maybe more to follow...