Some of my thoughts, ruminations, blogs, rants & flights of fancy.


Careering forward - an unexpected change in my working status and what happened afterwards.

The alphabet jukebox - at the end of 2015 I submitted a series of Facebook posts containing some of my favourite pieces of music. This is the collated list.

My last dance workshop - in November 2016 I led my last folk dance workshop, here are some thoughts about the day.

Rewatching UFO - looking back at the 1970's science fiction series UFO from a very different viewpoint.

My personal radio station - a look back at the evolution of my listening habits.

An idiot touched by god - a short rant about obnoxious action heros in sci-fi drama.

A countryside walk across London - finding a more rural way to cross London on foot.

The saga of the yellow boots - an adventure in footwear shopping. Really!

Riding the Two Tunnels - a cycling trip through the Two Tunnels Trail.

Weymouth for 1 - I went for a seaside day trip to Weymouth and discovered several things to do for 1.

Musical creativity

On creativity - some thoughts from my hobby of composing & recording electronic music.

Life with the Volcas - for Christmas 2015 I bought myself a trio of small synthesizers to rekindle my interest in composing & recording electronic music. As I started using them I wrote a short series of blogs about the process, both on a technical level and as an exploration of my approach (and responses to) the creative process.

Searching for the sound - a brief history of my experiments in new music and synthetic sounds.

Soundscapes of Isolation - in the mid-2000's I found myself composing long, drifting musical pieces as I struggled through a difficult period in my life. A rediscovered recording of one of these leads to recollections of the creative & reconstructive processes I was going through.

Annual review

Since 2011 I've made a habit of looking back at my year and writing a summary of the events & changes that it brought.

Vi's birthday bashes

Every year my UK-resident sisters and I take our mother out for a birthday meal, usually at an 'interesting' venue. Here are some of the recent ones.


A new home - the process of buying an off-plan home for myself in 2014, and what came after.

Maidstone 2011/2 - moving back to England after twelve years in northern Scotland.