Author Archive: @ADadCalledSpen

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In order to lose a bit of weight and to improve my general well-being, I’ve joined a gym. I¬†boldly, and somewhat recklessly, paid for the entire year’s membership up front. By doing so I’ve mentally and financially committed myself to going, plus I managed to get 14 months for the price of 12 so it …

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Behold the faces of death

  Awwww, how cute. NO! DO NOT BE FOOLED! Behold, the faces of death! At the beginning of December we adopted two cats from a local rescue centre, a kitten and its mother, originally called Punk and Folly, now renamed Harry and Molly. Look how cute they are. Snuggled together. Behind such innocence lies the …

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Wilf Young – a tribute

I first met Wilf when I was at the crease. Edgbaston I think it was. He seemed a gentle soul. We were crossing for a quick single but my batting scared him. “Leave right now” he joked. We all laughed. Who knew… Who knew how he’d change the world of popular music for the better. …

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Thirty times, sixty times, one hundred times…

This morning we attended the school’s annual harvest festival. To be honest, I was surprised schools still did harvest festivals. I remember taking part in some when I was a puppy but I thought, with multiculturalism, pluralism, society becoming more multifaith etc, harvest festivals went out with the ark but, would you Adam and Eve …

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Real men bake stuff

After we booked mums cremation and moved her stuff out of the nursing home we decided to stop for lunch. We went to a local pub for a bite to eat and while, for me, the temptation to get absolutely shitfaced was very strong, I just had a soda and lime. That sort of behaviour, …

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Are you #TeamWindow or #TeamDoor?

We spend, according to some ill-researched fact I spent seconds scouring the interweb for, one-third of our lives asleep. We also spend 48 days having sex, 1.1 years cleaning, 2.5 years cooking, 3 months of our lives in traffic (Unless you live in Cambridge in which case it’s 5 years), women spend nearly 1 year …

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Conservative Conference Caption Competition

It’s that time of year when the bar at the Hurlingham Club is emptier than Dr Fox’s diary for December, and chinless wonders from all over this land descend upon a city to bray in unison. Yes folks,  its the Conservative Party conference and to mark this year’s gathering of gits, jamboree of jerks, congress …

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#SilentSunday

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I can’t swear when…

…there are children within earshot. It’s not the done thing is it? I did once. While in Cambridge with my son. We were sitting on a bench and my son got up and off the bench just as a cyclist whizzed by at great speed. The cyclist didn’t hit him, which is fortunate as if …

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It strikes me…

…that things have changed, a lot, and only now do I realise just how bad things have become. Today I bought a copy of The Beano. Not for me, obviously, but to amuse a small person on a car journey. I used to get The Beano every week, along with The Dandy and some other …

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