So it’s been a long, long time since I posted. Currently sat in a Premier Inn in Liverpoool waiting for dinner. I’ve just arrived for a meeting. Today has been productive, met a supplier with whom I have a very good relationship. The way my section at work is currently run has jeopardised that but have been assured all is good.

In personal news my back is sore . I don’t know if I pulled something during a vomiting illness a couple of weeks back but hey ho.

I’m now about to venture out into Liverpool alone for the first time in 25 years. I’ve been here in that time but always with other people. It’s changed massively, going to go to a craft beer pub rather than the old Baltic Fleet ( that was a fun place, ask for details).

I think there will be more to this post but after the craft beer. Now can I walk through Liverpool with an iPad without being mugged?

So made it to the Dead Crafty Beer Company. These places exist when I lived here. The only downside is very few pints, all sold in two thirds but it’s very good beer. Currently having a Kernel but the menu is already tempting me.
So what else? Back is sore and painkillers make me feel ill. Work is shite but hey ho. People who know nothing are treated as expert while I languish at the bottom of the tree. It will all come around eventually though. Or I’ll go contracting at £500 a day, crazy money until you think about pensions etc.  

Well work actually managed to get worse. We’ll see what tomorrow brings but I doubt it will be good.

So 2015 wasn’t a great year for blog posting but let’s see what this year can bring.  There’ll be the usual stuff: working; cycking; trying to drink less etc and the odd rant about drivers in London. There may even be some rants against cyclists as I’ve encountered a few complete muppets lately both on the road and on the Web.

So first up, the job. As of tomorrow I stop being a problem manager and move to incident management. IM is much faster paced as it’s about restoring service as quickly as possible. PM is slower, maybe more analytical but with less outside contact. I’m looking forward to the change but my specialism is problem management so it will be interesting. I also move from being a team lead to being a trainee. I understand IM and have done it as a duty manager but there are all those little things I need to learn.

On the cycling front, I was just getting back into it last year when I suffered from a sore arm. The tests showed that among other things I have an irregular heartbeat. There are still tests to be done but I’ve decided I need to get out there cycling now

rather than later. Kicking stuff off with a trip to Whitstable next week and I’m also aiming for a century a month in 2016.

On the drinking front, I’m trying a new plan. I’m going to drink less but with a better quality of beer. So it’s out with 12 cans of Kronenbourg and in with speciality beers



Well it’s been over a year this time since I last posted. I’ll be trying to write more in the future but this is just a short holding post really.

I’ve apparently got an irregular heartbeat so I’m currently waiting to see a cardiologist. I’ve also had lots of problems with my arm which mean I’ve not been out on a bike much but hopefully will get out soon.

I’ve got a new tablet arriving this week which will allow for more posts on here

Been a while again, must get better at this blogging lark. There will be another blog quite soon though regarding a particular phone recycler who I think people should steer clear of. I’m waiting for my cash to arrive though before I openly lay into them. Watch this space

I’ve done a bit more cycling lately and am getting back into the groove. New tyres should arrive for Lelly today and I’ve got a couple of weeks off soon so will be doing a lot more.

Also I went to see the Tour de France when it came through London the other day.  Below are some pics and a video.

2014-07-07 12.13.05 2014-07-07 12.35.12 2014-07-07 13.47.27 2014-07-07 13.47.43 2014-07-07 13.48.04 2014-07-07 13.49.37 2014-07-07 13.50.02 2014-07-07 13.50.52 2014-07-07 13.51.15 2014-07-07 13.53.28 2014-07-07 13.53.52 2014-07-07 13.53.53 2014-07-07 13.56.40 2014-07-07 13.56.41 2014-07-07 13.56.59 2014-07-07 13.57.04 2014-07-07 13.57.05 2014-07-07 13.57.24 2014-07-07 13.57.26

Well maybe not a video. I’ll work on that.

Well I’m getting on ok with the iPad. Getting the hang of the different apps and the different experiences to Android.

I’m struggling to get used to the breadmaker though but the last one is looking ok as it starts to bake. The first one


The second and third ones didn’t turn out so good though


On a more positive note I also managed 50 miles on Lelly yesterday for the first time since my last gout attack. Hopefully all is now well and I’ll be fit for the FNRttC on Friday night.

Also positive is my latest bout of not drinking is going ok but it’s early days.

Well still getting used to the iPad. I am quite impressed but it isn’t as linked up as Android is. The actual device itself is a joy to use though, smooth as silk. I’ve also now got a SIM card for it from GiffGaff so I’ll be able to use it anywhere.

Elsewhere I notice that black cab drivers have been attacking the offices of a company called Hailo. Hailo allows you to easily book a car to take you home, quite possibly with a friendly and helpful driver which you are unlikely to get in a black cab. The black cabs see this as a threat though and rather than up their game and actually improve they use bully boy tactics instead. It really is time to deregulate their trade and make them compete on level ground. I won’t even get into how badly they actually drive particularly around cyclists.

Also to note , it’s my birthday drinks tomorrow at the We Anchor in Hope on Bellegrove Road in Welling. I’m having a quieter birthday this year than previous years which means my liver may actually survive the week. I’m hoping to be back out on Lelly and riding distances by the end if the week too.

Anyway that’s it for today. As I’ll probably be in the pub on my own tomorrow so I may blog again then.

We’ll this is the first blog from my iPad . I’m hoping that I’ll now blog more with this device. We’ll see.

Gout has been good since Allopurinol with little issue. I have overdosed on magnums and haribo without any pain.

I’m coming up to my birthday soon, got an iPad, will also be getting a bread maker so there will be discussion on here about recipes later.

I will sort out how to add photos eventually and any tips anyone can offer on iPad is good.