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A new chapter 

23 Sep 18

Probably the same for most families at this time of the year – students starting university and that’s the case for my Nephew and so another chapter begins for our family.

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Walsall 1:4 Doncaster Rovers 

17 Sep 18

A game very much disrupted by bad refereeing and smart football by Doncaster.

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Captain Cook 

13 Sep 18

If you are not a lover of cricket, pass on.

An evening in The Bell 

3 Sep 18

This was pub No.

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Dreadnought by Robert K Massie 

3 Sep 18

This book is book is basically my old A-Level History course.

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A bus stop in Oldham 

27 Aug 18

That’s one of the chants the Walsall away supporters made about Rochdale which me chuckle somewhat as this is the first away game I’ve been to with Walsall since 2014 when we saw Shrewsbury in the FA Cup.

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Walsall 2-1 Gillingham 

18 Aug 18

First game of the new season with my Dad and Nephew saw an exhilarating game and a well deserved win for Walsall who played some great football at times and look and lot more enterprising under the new manager.

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Life’s chapters end 

30 Jul 18

I graduated back in 1982 and in those days we didn’t make a big deal out of it although we did get a “ceremony” where we did wear the gap and gown and were “presented” to some dignitary from Oxford Uni as we were a supervised Poly and lower…

The Reykjavik Assignment by Adam Lebor 

26 Jul 18

This is a very hipster book written by a hipster journalist based around some hard experiences but a work of fiction.

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En France 

20 Jul 18

British red phone box in Bayeux I’ve been to France for a week – well Normandy really.

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The Tank War by Mark Urban 

10 Jul 18

This is a book I read whilst holidaying on Normandy recently and a good read it is too.

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The Evolution of Cloud Computing by Clive Longbottom 

13 Jun 18

This is a work book and amongst friends and colleges, a contentious one.

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12 Jun 18

Well it’s been my Birthday celebrations over the last week and a good time too – sneaking off doing things you shouldn’t be doing in “works time”.

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Flood Pt II 

4 Jun 18

Well last weekend we were flooded out again so me and the neighbours are still in the process of cleaning up.

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Rugby and The Silent Soldier 

8 May 18

The hottest Bank Holiday for 20 odd years saw a very busy time for me socially – for a change.

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Winston Churchill As I Knew Him by Violet Bonham Carter 

8 May 18

This is one of those books about Churchill that biographers about Churchill read and quote quite often as Violet Bonham Carter, being H H Asquith’s daughter, new Churchill on a more or less daily basis and she was one of his early “confidantes…

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How not to run a Government 

27 Apr 18

Need we say more ? But lets face it, the Tories, and Mrs May in particular have made a real hash of this country.

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Beware of the Neighbours 

9 Apr 18

Well the ones that ask you in for a nightcap at 11.30 and then let you go at 2.30 in the a.

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A trip in the mud 

5 Apr 18

For the first time since 2007 I reckon, Major Orton and me have been down the Kingswinford Railway Walk on our bikes.

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Julius Caesar 

23 Mar 18

A “Cousin’s Night out” degenerated from the usual drinking match to watching this production beamed from the National Theatre in London to the Lighthouse in Wolverhampton and a real tour de force it is too but better if you can get there and…

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More cold weather 

18 Mar 18

This weekend has been a bitch of bad weather.

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Regulating the Internet and Cloud Computing 

14 Mar 18

M’ learned friend has recently written about * Cloud* Computing as being somebody else’s computer in somebody else’s data centre and I have to agree with him.

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6 Mar 18

This past few days have seen some of the heaviest snowfall in the country for some time, so this has meant a lot of people have been restricted to home and the surrounding area for some time bringing with it a feeling of living in a cave or “cabin …

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Bomber Command by Max Hastings 

26 Feb 18

This book is probably the one you should start with if you are interested in the Air Offensive in World War II.

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More wood 

26 Feb 18

Well this weekend has been quite cold (and getting colder) so it’s been a Saturday of more wood preparation for the fire – two hours – what do they say about wood makes you warm twice? Also of note this weekend was The Nephew passing his …

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19 Feb 18

Back to work today and a bit knackered as I’ve spent the weekend mostly shifting wood around which involved sorting the shed out.

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The Bleak Mid-Winter 

12 Feb 18

I do find the middle of February a mental struggle.

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Dirty tricks strikes the Essington by-election 

6 Feb 18

Who would have thought that local politics could raise such passion in the small village of Essington! But of course you know the answer to that is true – by it’s very nature, politics is very local and none more so than here.

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A Hectic weekend 

29 Jan 18

January is usually pretty dull but lately, people are using Burns Night as an excuse to carry on Christmas and so it was for me as a guest of Essington Rugby Club on Friday night.

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Bomber Offensive by Bomber Harris 

25 Jan 18

You can get this book online in paperback but I found a 1947 hardback in a shop in Hampshire.

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G2 at the Robin 

21 Jan 18

An odd thing occurred to me whilst watching this tribute band : are we actually watching some sort of museum artefact? My thoughts are that Genesis no longer perform and the music from this era is generally derided by most of the population so as in …

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Darkest Hour 

17 Jan 18

I skived off with the Godson over a long lunch to see this film as otherwise I would have missed the opportunity to see it.

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Double Dog Down 

15 Jan 18

Strange events abounded this weekend as the neighbours beloved Alsatian snuffed it with cancer which was a shame as it really was pet rescue project that eventually ended up in tragedy.

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Lorenz by Capt. Jerry Roberts 

7 Jan 18

This is a book written by one of Britain’s wartime elite cryptographers, Captain Jerry Roberts who working in “The Testery” at Bletchley Park .

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Walsall 1:2 Rotherham Utd 

1 Jan 18

First game of the season for me and this because of all the problems with the family etc.

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2017 – a bit of an improvement 

31 Dec 17

Compared with last year , 2017 was basically a repeat year but the family weren’t so bad to start of with, despite my Dad getting Bladder Cancer ruining things later.

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Star Wars 8 

31 Dec 17

As part of the Christmas activities, the family and me went along to the Telford iMax to see SW8 – The Last Jedi and I have to say I was mightily disappointed.

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18 Dec 17

The trouble with December is that amongst all the Christmas chicanery, there is inevitably an element of sickness as diseased and infected people get together with the healthy ones to create the usual winter flu epidemic.

A busy November 

11 Dec 17

I’ve been neglecting my blog for while now but I haven’y given up on it as it’s a great place to record what you’ve been up to.

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Remembrance Sunday and all that 

13 Nov 17

Remember the fallen It’s important to remember those who served the Country in Armed conflict.

Ricky Cool & The In-Crowd 

16 Oct 17

Essington RBL held a fund raiser on Saturday night for the Poppy Appeal with Ricky Cool The In-Crowd as the main attraction.


12 Oct 17

One of my cultural joys is Shakespeare and last night, along with some Cousins, I went to a live screening of the RSC’s Coriolanus .

Autumn sets in 

9 Oct 17

The nights are getting darker, the Poppy Appeal is gathering pace and the beer festivals are rolling out.

A visit to Phoenix Nights 

25 Sep 17

The Ska band on at The Beachcomber, Brean I’ve always wondered about the caravan culture in the UK and this weekend gave me an opportunity to experience it first hand as I was invited by some mates to a weekend in a brand new “Static” in Brean …

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4000 weekends 

18 Sep 17

Nick The Milk told me you had basically 4000 weekends in your life and this one has definitely been one of those where I have tried to wring every drop out of it.

Crime in Essington 

8 Sep 17

There is currently a bit of a problem in Essington as The Principality is suffering a prolonged outbreak of crime in respect of drug trafficking, burglary and van breaks-ins.

Bank Holiday Blues 

29 Aug 17

Aren’t Bank Holiday’s a trial these days? The travel in the UK with so many road or rail works makes travelling a real pain so unless you are away a few days before, you are likely to spend a good proportion of the time sat in traffic.


3 Aug 17

It’s funny how things come along like buses as the adage goes.

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BBC Wages 

20 Jul 17

To be honest I was a bit dispirited by the revelation of the wages paid out to the BBC “celebrities”.

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Sublime Product 

20 Jul 17

40 Years Old.

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