Posted in Blogging the year 2016, General Chunterings

Hello 2016

Happy New Year!

Well, wasn’t 2015 fun? We had quite an entertaining year; I graduated from the Open University, got a new job, won the Area contest with my band Carlton Brass then finished a creditable 4th at the National Finals; Ruby continues to be gorgeous & is developing into a loving, funny, incredible human being; Jo is still the love of my life, the one who supports me without question & who I adore more & more every year. I hope your 2015 has been great too. 

I’ve given up doing resolutions – I never even make it to January before breaking all of them. This year I am going to express some weak aims that may even be achievable. These are:

  • Exercise more (I’ve joined a gym!)
  • Blog more (every day? Unlikely)
  • Bring more systems thinking into my work life

The last one is probably the most interesting to me. I started my new job at the University of Nottingham last month and they have shown an interest in using systems thinking to improve their working practices. I’ve been getting more and more interested in using these tools recently and I’m glad that I now work somewhere that values it.

In the meantime I’m going to enjoy one of the many beers I got for Christmas. Have a great start to the year!

Posted in General Chunterings

Seven amazing years


Seven years ago I did an incredible thing. I married this wonderful woman.

Seven years later I am still very much in awe of her, still very much in love. Jo’s capacity to love is wondrous to behold; I am a mere amateur in these ‘feelings’ stakes, being swept up in a wave of glorious affection. Her support for me has been nothing short of remarkable, her patience with my little quirks and annoyances nothing short of saintly.

I love you Jo, for everything you do but mostly for who you are. You are amazing and I am yours, always.

Posted in 2015 Year In Pictures



26th February 2015

I’ve been waiting a couple of months for this beautiful thing to arrive, ever since I found out I’d passed my final Open University module: my lovely, lovely degree certificate.

It’s been a long time coming, but I’ve now received the sheet of rectangular, embossed card that tells me that I have a been awarded a BSc (hons) in Computing & Systems Practice.

Celebrations are in order!