The Darkening of the Days

Daylight Savings Times & The Darkening of the Days…

I don’t particularly enjoy it when the clocks go back so in true angry-man style I have a rant…

Nineteen Zero One Twenty Fifteen

Snappy blog title huh? Well it’s been a long while since I last used this blog in anger and it’s certainly been a very long while since I’ve been blogging regularly. This post is the post to change the drought and open the floodgates, well that’s the intention anyway. It is also the post that draws a line under what has been and while I will be keeping all previous blog posts for posterity much about me has changed. I’m not exactly a ‘new man’ but as I’m progressing through my thirties at least twice as fast as I remember going through my twenties I’ve got a new outlook on life.

Since I last blogged with genuine anger I was, as implied, an angry young man. Or at least I was an angry young man developing into a grumpy old (or growing fastly towards middle-aged) man. So what’s changed? Well I’ve learned to take a step back and take a look at the bigger picture. For example, what’s the point moaning about people on social networks when there’s bigger problems in the world. And anyway, that’s what Buzzfeed is for. From now on there will be less bollocks and more of the stuff that matters. At least that’s the plan.

So all old post categories are now dead and anything prior to this post is filed under ‘Old Posts‘. It’s a new year (well nineteen days into it) and a new start. Moving forward I’ll be taking a look into the worlds of conservation, environmentalism and politics but with as much motorcycling as I can fit in.

Onward and upward dear friends.

Snow Fun ~ or ~ how to ride a motorcycle in the snow

SnowKwakaDaz proves that riding a motorcycle all year in all weather is not only possible but enjoyable too

Despite spending the past 14 months as an all-season biker I do have to admit that up until last weekend I had yet to be truly tested in the snow. I had used the flurry before Christmas as a good excuse to work from home for two weeks until the weather improved, reasoning to my boss that I’d be worth more to them alive warm and cosy at home than as a frozen slab of meat by the side of the road. He agreed and bar a brief snowbound trip to the supermarket for supplies the Kawasaki remained tucked away in the garage. I didn’t realise it at the time but I was missing out on a lot of fun. Continue reading “Snow Fun ~ or ~ how to ride a motorcycle in the snow”

Excitable Boy

Today (January 24th) is Warren William Zevon’s birthday, he would have been 65 had this ‘Excitable Boy’ not shuffled off this mortal coil aged 56 in 2003.  My first and for years only experience of Warren Zevon was the near-novelty ‘Werewolves of London’ but after a conversation with a rock journalist I started to probe deeper. Continue reading “Excitable Boy”

Sixty Second Sermon: Charity, Corner Shops and Low Carb Energy Drinks

I was in a newsagent earlier today buying an overpriced can of Monster Energy drink for the recession busting sum of £1.99, I know it’s pricey but it’s the only place for miles that sells the Low-Carb version and I needed my energy hit for the day. Handing over a £2 coin I asked the shop attendant to stick the 1p change in the charity box when a spritely old boy behind me pipes up “look after the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves, you don’t want to be giving them away son”. Continue reading “Sixty Second Sermon: Charity, Corner Shops and Low Carb Energy Drinks”

Diabolical Blogger ~ or ~ Whatever happened to the sex, drugs and Rock’n’Roll?

Blogging – where the hell did that come from?  One day back in 2004 or 2005 I came across the social media phenomenon MySpace.  At the time I was working hard at being a Rock Star with the full-on attitude of a 1980’s throwback.  I was enjoying the (limited but still growing) fame of being in an up and coming band on the way to the big time and everything that went with it and MySpace provided me and my band with an avenue to expand our egos even further. Continue reading “Diabolical Blogger ~ or ~ Whatever happened to the sex, drugs and Rock’n’Roll?”


Obviously is a word that is increasingly becoming over-used, obviously. I was watching the ‘Hairy Bikers Meals on Wheels’ and they had recruited the advertising firm Saatchi and Saatchi to rebrand the aging Meals on Wheels service in a bid to attract more volunteers, because obviously the council are not a top advertising firm and could not do it by themselves. However in Saatchi & Saatchi’s focus group I was shocked at how often the advertising executives used the word ‘obviously’ before some ad-related spiel to a bunch of pensioners and volunteers. I have had a little bit to do with advertising in my past and even I didn’t know what he was talking about. Obviously what he was talking about wasn’t obvious enough. Continue reading “Obviously”