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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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Remembering

The fellow in the picture below is my great uncle Joe. It was taken in 1916, when he was 17 years old. Family lore is that he never fully recovered from injuries sustained during a poison gas attack, and he … Continue reading

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Dress like it’s Downton

Is anyone else getting a bit bored of Downton Abbey? I used to quite like it, but I think it’s probably gone a season or two beyond its sell-by date. These days they’re recycling storylines more or less wholesale, and … Continue reading

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Fifty shades of statistics

Remarkable the things you find when you’re moving house. A couple of years ago, I had a freelance job writing an ebook guide to Fifty Shades of Grey. Sort of like York notes, so people could get an idea of … Continue reading

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Starting a new chapter

The term ‘a new life’ should really only ever be used of babies, since whatever major adjustments you might make to your existence, you’re still carting a whole lot of luggage and experience with you. Still, my own existence has … Continue reading

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Redbreast

However hard I think I work sometimes, there’s definitely one fellow who’s working harder. This robin took up residence in the chaotic spill of ivy engulfing part of my garden fence, and at all hours of the day, little Wyclef … Continue reading

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Half way there

For a couple of months now I’ve been training in a haphazard sort of way for the London Marathon in April. I only got my place just before Christmas (I suspect another runner got knocked up or injured or something), … Continue reading

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