Category Archives: life


Daughter got some of her GCSE results while we were away (she is in year 10 and the split the exams across two years). She got the results she was after so today I introduced her to Prosecco, which she quite liked.

Pills n spills

Not a good start to the week. I picked up a cold bug at the car boot sale and felt v rough today. I’m supposed to be in MK for a project launch tomorrow but spent 80% of the day sleeping.
But worse, yesterday Bruno went lame. He couldn’t control his legs and kept crashing into things and collapsing. It’s not helped by his blindness. I took him to the vets and she said it could be an infection, a stroke or spinal degeneration. Hopefully it’s the first, we have some tablets, and will take him back on Friday.
So we both spent the day on the sofa, feeling sorry for ourselves.

Car boot sale 2

We did a different car boot sale today. It was like a horde of ravenous zombies descending on the car. We had an iPhone in a box in the car and before I’d opened the door people were calling out “how much for the phone?” It was like they could smell it. Someone even tried to buy the table I was using to sell stuff off.
Anyway we made a good amount for daughters Zambia trip.

Car boot sale

Daughter & I did a car boot sale today in order to raise money for her Zambia trip. They didn’t actually put any signs up so no-one knew it was there. But we sold a couple of big items to other car booters so did OK.

Fatboy slim(mer)

I finally got some functioning scales at the end of Nov and found I’d gone up to 14st. I mean who knew that eating a family bar of chocolate every night & not exercising could lead to weight gain?
So I decided to take action and went on a fairly simple eating regime (tea for breakfast, smoothie for lunch, normal dinner plus cut out the snacks). I’d like to pretend it was some Homeric struggle but, combined with marathon training it was okay.
I also used this app to track foods and weight loss & today I reached the target weight I’d set myself of 12st. Not exactly skinny but lighter than I’ve been for 20 years probably.
Now, bring the pies!

Hanging with j5

Festival day 2. The proximity to people ALL the time is a bit wearing for an introvert. But we’ve seen some great bands, topped off tonight by Jurassic 5. They hung around the stage after and daughter got her hat sighed & photo taken. She was v happy so good dad points were earned,

The one eyed man

(this photo is from last Sunday, but posting it with this date)

Last Sunday I woke up with a painful eye. It got worse and by Sunday morning I was in agony. I went to A&E, something I haven’t done since I was about 13. It turned out I had a corneal abrasion. The nurse took this photo with my phone. See that green blob by my pupil? That’s a big scratch. A week before something had flicked up in my eye, and after a ¬†day’s blurry vision, this had cleared up. But it had weakened the protective layer (the doctor reckoned), so when I rubbed it during the night I was just gouging the cornea like a massive idiot.
They said it should clear up in 48 hours but on Tuesday (when I should have been running a university wide workshop), it was worse, so I went back to A&E, and then got referred to the eye clinic. Here, like something out of A Clockwork Orange, they put a contact lens bandage on it to protect it, and told me to come back again in two days.
During this time I was a) whimpering quite a lot, b) unable to look at a ¬†screen and c) listening to a lot of Radio 4. It seems to be healing up now, after another visit, but it’s still blurry.
This means I have broken my long run of daily blips. And having done so, I’m not sure I want to carry on recording every day of my life, so I may be using Blip less now. See what happens when you rub your eye?