A blog that puts life into lifestyle, grand into Granddad and humour into everything.
Why spending $100m to find aliens will make you the perfect burger. Perfect Burgers. There haven’t been too many hot sunny days this summer, but on one of them I decided to eat lunch outside. Beside me was a blueberry bush, and it was buzzing with activity both...read more
Yoga For Body And Soul. Is It A Bird? Is It A Plane? Over the years, I have become known as many things to many people: Granddad, Uncle Rich, Dr Photo or just plain Nob. These days, I am also: a tree, a warrior and a crow. No, I haven’t acquired superpowers, I am...read more
Get things done. We live in a distracting world of social networking, streaming media, and having a coffee before we get going. Why are we so easily sidetracked, forever putting off until tomorrow what needs to be done today? Here are 17 simple techniques to ensure...read more
Want To Win The Lottery? You've Got To Be In It To Bin It On any Saturday night, the sound of crumpled paper on wicker echoes across the nation as unsuccessful lottery tickets get screwed-up and thrown away. Well, I’ve had enough of all this messing around, and I plan...read more
Living on an island. 'No man is an island' is a phrase that most people will have heard at some point or another, and even if the original poem Meditation XVII by John Donne (1572-1631) doesn’t fall readily from your lips, the concept of people not thriving in...read more
All about shoes. Picture if you can, a giraffe on stilts descending a spiral staircase while blindfolded. Hold on to that awkward image and we will get back to it shortly. Puss in boots. Everyone knows that the internet was designed specifically for cats, which is why...read more
Avoiding the pitfalls of a job application. While sorting through the attic recently, I came across a treasure trove of my childhood memorabilia (or a load of old crap if you listen to Rachel’s account of the task). One box contained my extensive collection of Top...read more
Why Stephen Fry isn’t coming to dinner. To celebrate the end of my concentrated spell of inactivity I thought a star-studded gala supper was called for. Followers of my musings will know of the fundraising project I have been undertaking in memory of Robin Williams to...read more
Why wasn't I at Glastonbury Festival? It was as I cycled home in the rain on Friday, that I remembered why I was at work and not at Glastonbury. I have always been a fan of live music and attended my fair share of festivals, albeit single day ones, but by 1985 I had...read more
The TV Dads guide to parenting. Fathers. Love 'em or loath 'em, either way, you have no say in the selection of your father, and you are stuck with him for life. Fathers come in all shapes and sizes, as does our affection for them. As a child, your daddy is someone to...read more
Dietary requirements. Rachel is a pain in the arse. Or so many restaurants would have her believe. But to her, and many like her, the choice of food has serious consequences. Imagine a night out that ends in a scrap with Mike Tyson. The following morning you will feel...read more
Do you know your audience? If you want to sell anything, be it products or services, one of the basic rules of marketing is to 'know your audience'. It is a blatantly obvious principle, but so many plug away without really knowing who they are targeting. As a rule of...read more
Beating stress with a lovely cup of tea. Causes of stress. It's said that some of the biggest stresses in our lives occur when moving house and having a baby. I am currently experiencing a variation on that theme in the form of selling two properties and expecting...read more
If you want to be a writer, you need to find a voice. But, you don’t need to be a writer to find a voice.
Find a voice. If you research the art writing you soon discover that blogging websites, writing coaches and anyone who is anyone agree that to be a writer you need to find your voice. The oft used phrase "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken," sums it up quite...read more
Why your lists might stop you going places. One small step… in high heels. There has always been much debate about man going to the moon. To my mind, there is no issue. It’s hardly rocket science. Well, some of it is, but overall, it's not as if it's difficult. It’s...read more
IT'S A BABY! We Interrupt This Blog To Bring You Important Royal Baby News! Someone whom you will never meet has done something so ordinary that thousands of people do it every day. Royal Delivery. After nine months of preparation and several hours of intense pushing,...read more
Imagery. The art of sales. What price do you put on your imagery and does it match your product? The Apple Watch will soon be appearing on a wrist near you, and it has been said that pre-orders alone have surpassed the total sales figures of Android Wear watches...read more
Car boot sales. One swallow doesn’t make a summer. The signs of spring are there if you look in the hedgerows. I don’t mean primroses, bluebells or early purple orchids. I mean signs. Real signs. Car boot sale signs. Yes, it’s the start of the season in which farmers...read more
Wake me up before the breakfast show show. I have always had trouble with sleeping. Not getting there, but getting back, which is why I need an alarm to prevent me sleeping through till lunch. In recent years, I have found the best solution to be an alarm that turns...read more
KILLER HEADLINE? She thought it was an ordinary blog post, but when she got to the end she was completely blown away!
Killer headlines are one thing, but it helps if you have some killer content to go with it. How often has this happened to you? Your eye catches an interesting headline and you click it only to be let down by what is at the end of the link. It's like being offered...read more
Top gear. We have just changed our car, and all the research involved in making the final decision has brought to my attention some very important issues. Don’t worry, I won’t be launching an online petition, we see more than enough of those already. I would hate to...read more