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Cleaning up a Chillington ARPAX

Yesterday, while rooting through an old chest in pursuit of lightbulbs, I unearthed a WW2 fireman’s hatchet. It’s a Chillington ARPAX, and as axes go, it’s a bit of an oddity. The whole thing is made of one big lump … Continue reading

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Hibernation time

This is possibly my least favourite day of the year. It goes against all natural instincts to starve your pet for a fortnight then stick him in a Chinese takeaway box in the fridge for six weeks. But I am … Continue reading

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Biblical times in the north

It’s been a dramatic few weeks in meteorological terms. Only last Monday evening, we had such a downpour in Whitby that all routes into town were cut off, and the local part-time fire brigade (of which I very nearly became … Continue reading

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How to make a penknife pouch belt

Last week, while I was flicking through Håkan Ludwigson’s photography book Balls and Bulldust, trying to decide on a favourite picture for my coffee table books blog, I noticed that a lot of the stockmen in his pictures wore belts … Continue reading

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Three favourite coffee table books

I know coffee table books are mainly supposed to be decorative objects that make you look clever when people come round, but I happen to disagree. Coffee table books are to entertain you while you sit for a few quiet … Continue reading

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Steve McQueen in Stafford

On Saturday I went to the Classic Motorcycle Show near Stafford, and it was a regular treat. Of course there were countless beautiful machines, from the very early examples which appeared little more than Hovis bikes with motors bolted on, … Continue reading

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Not-so-noble experiments

Apologies for my extended radio silence. The past month, for some reason, has been one of the busiest of my freelance career, with some fairly exciting jobs falling into my lap. Once again I have discovered that hard work is … Continue reading

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Fifty Shades more

The fortnight I spent doggedly chipping away at Fifty Shades of Grey may well have been a joyless period of my life, but it has turned out to be unexpectedly profitable. You never know when a bit of ‘specialist’ knowledge … Continue reading

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Is a gansey a guernsey?

Round about this time six years ago, I was packing for a reasonably long adventure up in arctic Norway. I’d sorted all my performance gear – the down jackets, fleeces, merino base layers, wicking mid-layers etc – when I noticed … Continue reading

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My favourite posts of 2014

A lot of things happened in 2014, which seems a bit contradictory when I consider that I didn’t feel all that busy – rather the opposite, in fact. For much of the year I had more time on my hands … Continue reading

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