Sat here packing and repacking the bike ready for Scotland this weekend. Two lovely lined hessian Tespit bag-for-lifes sit one in each leather pannier, holding changes of clothing, towel, wash-kit... sorted. But how about the camera...? Last year I went with a heavy bag full of kit. Canon 5D mkIII plus 11-24 F4, 24-105 F4... Continue Reading →

Building on Charfield

There was a South Gloucestershire Council event in Charfield Memorial Hall on Tuesday 10th April, to discuss the future of our village. The invitation - for it was an invite only event - was clear; “As a stakeholder or local group representative, we would like to invite you to participate in a workshop session relating... Continue Reading →

Moving in

Today my old hosting account expired and went down. As planned. Also as planned, for now at least, still points here, but I've just transferred that domain in to my account. Hopefully, almost transition free, will appear here, at Of course, I completely overlooked the email accounts that sit within... Continue Reading →

British Broadbrushing Conspiracy

If you watch BBC news today You’re in for a big surprise Coz in between all the facts and truth Are blatantly evil lies As Newsnight treats you just like a prat By Photoshopping Jeremy’s hat Against a blood red backdrop of St Basil’s Orwell couldn’t make it up The Information Age is steadily taking... Continue Reading →

A wander through the micro beads

I attended a very interesting talk this week by Claudi Williams, a school teacher who became aware of plastic waste pollution when she became entangled in it while bathing in the Mediterranean. She determined to try to live without plastic products for a year and largely (with some caveats) succeeded. There's a very good blog... Continue Reading →


Copied from / Life moves on and the kids leave and all of a sudden the place is too big... No, while it's true one daughter is gallivanting all over the world and currently on her way to Harvard university and the other is soon to make me a grandad, I'm not talking... Continue Reading →

Activism, and the magic of names.

There's a lot of celebration going on this week, about the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave "the vote" to some property owning women over thirty (and almost all men over twenty one!), and celebration too of the audacious work of the suffragette movement. Now, I'm going to position some... Continue Reading →

A Wassailling

From cold winter’s wassail we called to the old gods. Fire and drum, Cider and song We spoke to the night, and waked the sleeping land Came tentative spring all around began rousing Bud and shoot Flower and fruit They bathed in the sunshine and new April’s shower In high leafy boughs the blossom is... Continue Reading →

Bristol Bike Theft Awareness

An open letter to my MP Luke Hall, on the subject of motorcycle theft, following the meeting of the Bristol Bike Theft Awareness panel at BAWA on Tuesday 30th January 2018. (thumbnail image from Bristol Evening Post) Luke Hall MP 26 High Street, Chipping Sodbury, BS37 6AH Dear Luke This past Tuesday I, along with... Continue Reading →

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