Event: Graeme Obree at the Mitchell

March 19, 2018

Part of the Aye Write Glasgow Book Festival the audience with Graeme Obree was all to short.  I wouldn’t say he is a polished public speaker, more a rambling stream of asides trying to find a narrative.

However it was funny, fascinating and all too short.  It would have been great to have listened to Graeme for much longer and hear more of his achievements and struggles.

Holiday: Center Parcs

March 19, 2018

Five days at Center Parcs Whinfell forest.  Yes we visited every day in the pool but did plenty of other things as well.  Among them the pottery painting and a ropes course.

Great place and particularly good at the moment when we can go during term time before Lewis starts school.

Holiday: Dalbeattie weekend

March 19, 2018

A weekend break in Dumfries and Galloway was just what we needed.  To be frank the weather sucked but we were mainly there because two of the best destinations for kids are in the area: Cream ‘o Galloway & the Cocoabean Factory.


Book: E.V. Seymour “Final Target (Josh Thane Thriller #2)”

March 19, 2018

A fantastic follow up to the previous novel “A Deadly Trade” the now ex-assassin Josh Thane has given up his life of murder and gone to ground.  When glamorous MI5 agent, McCallan, needs his help, Josh can’t resist being pulled back into the game.

Soon he realises that he is a target and not just him, but those closest to him. As crime bosses and intelligence officers are picked off one by one, McCallen disappears and Josh is faced with a choice that could make this mission his last: either he walks into the trap set for him, or McCallen dies.

I enjoyed this just as much as the first one and look forward to reading more from this author and with this character.

Book: E.V. Seymour “A Deadly Trade (Josh Thane Thriller #1)”

March 19, 2018

Fast paced thriller and first appearance of professional assassin Josh Thane. His next target is a British microbiologist breaking into her house, he discovers she is already dead.  As her son stumbles in, he shows weakness for the first time in his professional career and lets him go.  A single mistake that destroys everything he’s worked for and puts him and the boy in immediate danger.  The first twist is the attraction to the MI5 agent who is first on site.  The next is that his target is suspected of creating devastating chemical weapons.

Who ordered the kill?  Who is after Josh Thane now?  How can he get out of this situation and make things right?

A great read if a little over complicated in the end.

book: Lee Child “The Midnight Line”

January 20, 2018

Jack is back!  Many years ago I lived opposite a coffee shop full of second hand books for sale or swap and a very enthusiastic owner, Lou.  The first time I asked her for advice on what to read next she just walked around the counter and handed me Lee Child’s first novel (Killing Floor).  I worked my way through his back catalogue and get every new book when released.

The movies are good but the books are fantastic.

I am always amazed at how minimalist Lee Child’s writing is – he has the lightest of touch in describing Reacher, the situations he gets in and all those involved.

This story starts when Reacher sees a graduation ring from West Point in a pawn shop.  He buys it and starts to trace the owner knowing that this isn’t something that would be given up easily.

Review of 2017

January 2, 2018

The annual summary of stuff wot I have blogged about…

(see also 200920102011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 )

This blog originally included a lot more about what I did or thought, now it is mainly ‘reviews’ of books read and only really so that I can check if I have already read something.  Enjoy…

Movies watched at Cinema (well this year was two trips to the little cinema at Crieff Hydro, but every little counts)

Events (anything significant to remember)


  • 2017 totals:
    331 rides
    169 days active
    153 hours
    1749 miles
    63635 ft gain
  • 26th March 2017: Wattbike No Excuses Falkirk Sportive
    : 45 miles : Moving 3h:58 : Total 5h:26
    : Elevation 2416 ft : Av Speed: 11.4 mph : Max Speed: 34.4 mph
  • 29th April 2017: Tearfund Drumlanrig Challenge
    : 57 miles : Moving 4h:42 : Total 5h:21
    : Elevation: 3040 ft : Av Speed: 12.2 mph : Max Speed: 30 mph
  • 10th Sept 2017: Pedal for Scotland
    : 45 miles : Moving 3h:34 : Total 4h: 03
    : Elevation 2142ft : Av Speed: 12.3mph : Max Speed: 33 mph

BOOKS read this year….


  • Feb: Dunoon (50th long weekend)
  • March: Crieff Hydro
  • June: Craig Tara caravan weekend
  • (June: Lewis went camping with Granny and Grandpa)
  • July: Lake District
  • July: Isle of Lewis
  • Sept: Tayview Lodges with Reddicks
  • Oct: Sa Coma, Mallorca (First foreign family holiday)

Other Highlights:

  • Jan: started YouTube channel for Gaelic Nursery Books
  • Feb: new bike – Specialised Diverge A1
  • Turned 50!
  • April: Lewis 4
  • April: Resigned from Vestry and left St Silas after 25 years
  • June: New Dishwasher
  • Aug: New Washing Machine
  • Oct: Sa Coma, Mallorca First foreign family holiday
  • Nov: Rachel 1
  • Nov: Rachel Dedicated (and we joined) APBC
  • Dec: Joined Parent Council at SGG

Youtube uploads:

Running Totals:

  • 2009 – 23 books – 6 Movies – 4 gigs/events
  • 2010 – 33 books – 13 Movies – 10 gigs/events – 6 meals – 4 holidays
  • 2011 – 18 books – 2 Movies – 3 gigs/events – 1 meals – 3 holidays
  • 2012 – 16 books – 7 Movies – 3 gigs/events – 3 meals – 4 holidays
  • 2013 – 8 books – 2 Movies – 0 gigs/events – 1 meals – 2 holidays – 1 Son
  • 2014 – 1 books – 3 Movies – 2 gigs/events – 4 holidays
  • 2015 – 18 books – 2 Movies – 2 gigs/events – 3 holidays – 6 videos
  • 2016 – 34 books – 2 Movies – 1 events – 4 holidays – 4 videos – 1416 miles cycled – 1 daughter
  • 2017 – 25 books – 2 Movies – 1 event – 7 holidays – 3 videos – 1749 miles cycled