Kilimanjaro: Beyond My Comfort Zone – Part 2

With my Kilimanjaro summit dream dead and gone (for this trip at least) I was brought back to Moshi in a ramshackle, bouncy 4×4 truck, driven by a park ranger obsessed with two mobile phones. On the plus side we encountered a troop of baboons hurtling along the road ahead of the truck before they…

Kilimanjaro: Beyond My Comfort Zone – Part 1

That’s me at my summit. Shira Camp 1. Kilimanjaro. Tanzania. That’s in Africa, a place I’d never planned to visit, not through any particular fear but because I was comfortable within my little bubble. I had my work, my writing, dogs, popping to the shops, mooching around Cambridge. Nice and simple and safe. Like Sheldon…

The Dreamers of Dreams

I’ve said before that I’m not a fan of anyone sharing random memes because they’re often thrust online with little thought as to why they want to share that message, other than jumping on a social media junkie trend train to show how clued up/smart/linked in/connected/down with the shizzle they are. Choo fucking choo. Today…

We Have Too Much Choice!

  If you’re not in the mood to read a seriously pissed off rant, dear blog reader, and are looking to read something sedate and pedestrian, then you’re shit out of luck because I’m here to rant about how we are given way too much choice in life. Today I’ll be pitching the polite humble…

Zombie Fingers II – Crack, Peel & Pop

Isn’t summer fun!! Blue skies adorned by carefree cotton candy clouds that drift across a golden hot sun who beams his humid smile across the land. The breeze, though warm, is gentle and lush, carrying with it all the glorious summer scents – wild flowers, freshly cut grass, sweet lemonade, ice cubes and Pimms. And…

Smoking & Writing

I quit smoking in April. It turns out that also meant quitting writing for a time. I bet you’ve heard someone talk about how they can get addicted to pretty much anything instantly? “I shouldn’t have a single drag on your cigarette or I’ll be on a hundred a day in 20 seconds. Fnah, fnah,…

The Noble Artist Interview

The photo above, dear blog reader, is of Jamie Noble Frier, the legend who crafted the new cover for The Range. Every so often I see a certain style captured in a photo and think: “Wish I could pull off a cool look like that.” But no. I make do with a picture of me…