Living in Brazil, one day at a time.

Welcome to my poorly maintained website. I really just use this to torment myself with how little I know about website design. However there might be useful stuff on here one day! I hope to post more of my photography here for those who are interested.

H.L. Mencken’s Creed

Henry Louis Mencken,a controversial journalist and pundit, known as the “Sage of Baltimore” (probably a title he gave himself) wrote a very interesting personal creed. Maybe we all need one of these just to remind us what we do and don’t believe. H.L. Mencken’s Creed I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind – that its…

Sofia Safari

This week we (myself and Catherine) are leaving Britain to live and work in Sofia, Bulgaria (see “Bulgaria Bound” below).  We will both be working for the British Government – and Catherine will be my boss!  Plus ca change. I’ll be sending our postal address to friends and family.  Sofia is a relatively modern Soviet-era city. From the two long…

A big hand for the iPad?

The year is 2010 and Apple have released a tablet computer that cannot mult-task. Cool? Clever? Ground-breaking? Not exactly. My mobile phone (HTC Hero) can multi-task, hell on a good day even I can multi-task… sometimes.  But the new iPad cannot. If you are not a geek then you might be thinking “Who cares?” or even “What the hell is…

Bulgaria Bound

Time to come out of the closet. Next summer (2010) Cathy and myself are packing up our troubles in our old kit bags and buggering off to Bulgaria. Cathy has been offered a very important job in Sofia… and I’ve been offered the supporting role of ‘Trailing Spouse’ or ‘House Husband”. Bye bye career!  I’ll be spending four years trying…

Where’s Wayney?

I’ve been a little off the radar for the past two months.  I’ve done a bit of travel (Tuscany, Corfu, and glamorous Belfast) and I’ve changed jobs again. More of a side-shuffle than an out-and-out promotion but at least my daily commute is down from 5 hours to less than 2 hours – so that has to be an improvement. I…

Radiohead’s tribute to Harry Patch

I had the privilege to hear the premier of Radiohead’s moving tribute to the WW I veteran Harry Patch on the Today programme this morning.  If you haven’t already done so you can listen to the track here.  If you like what you hear then please pay the measly one pound for the download – all money goes to the British Legion. …

Penguin Soccer

Penguins playing football in New Zealand I know some people think I have a bit of a penguin fetish, but honestly it’s just a healthy infatuation with these amicable avians.  If I had known they were so sporting I would have taken a frissbee with me to Antarctica instead of the chess set.

Sick of the flu? Don’t blame bacon!

Like me you are probably by now thoroughly sick and tired of the flu. Not the actual Swine Flu – or in deference to the pig industry – Influenza A (H1N1) – but rather the over-the-top media coverage and associated profiteering from assorted on-line and off-line spivs. This morning Kleenex were handing out free packs of tissues outside Victoria tube…

Bacon is a condiment!

Squeez-Bacon – I thought all my wishes had been granted (er, except end of global poverty of course), but alas this looks like a cruel prank. But like all the best jokes this does embody a certain profound truth. Bacon is now officially a condiment.  It’s hard to find a burger these days that does not contain a slice of…

How to fix the Premiership

This weekend I took my father to see Manchester United vs. Aston Villa at Old Trafford, and I feel a Rooney-sized rant coming on.  My father has been a life-long Manchester United fan, but like most of their supporters he lives a long way from Manchester and had not seen the team play live  before.  Without winning the lottery  I…

A huge ever growing pulsating Blog that rules from the centre of the ultraworld

Be afraid. I had a vision last night of the Blog that took over the world. I was thinking about the website of my friend Bob Hitching, a techno-trousered geek of the first order.  Bob has linked-up (or ‘mashed-up” in Geek lingo)  his multitude of social networking sites in such a way that new entries on one site are automatically…

The Ozzies have landed

Just learned that my old friend and Australian migrant Bob Hitching is in London town on business – and he is Twittering on about it already! Ah, such is modernity. According to his Twitter post the sun is shining in my home town… so that saved me looking out of the window this morning (gives me something to look forward…

Finally, did something about the website

Ok. I’ve tired this before you know. And Twitter. And all that other Web 2.0 guff.  And frankly I don’t have the time to keep posting inane rubbish about my life on the internet for the amusement of lunatics, stalkers and potential emploters.  However having a horribly out of date static website was frankly getting a little embarassing for someone…