Neil Oliver

Last week I was out with my muse and we attended Neil Oliver’s lecture tour in which he talks about his new book The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places. (Smiley face) Apart from the fact that he’s a historian, and a top bloke to boot, what was interesting was...

Scary Hatching

This post is copied from the crowd funding page for In SatNav We Trust. Please visit, pledge and spread the word to support the book. Good day again supporters. (Smiley face) I promised I’d post another update with an extract for people who aren’t yet supporters. If...

The One Percent

This post is copied from the crowd funding page for In SatNav We Trust. Please visit to support the book.   Okay so the first day is done and we’re on target at 1%. I say the first day, the page has been live since the beginning of September but we’ve been...

Has GDPR ruined the Internet?

You clicked on that link on Facebook, you know that link, possibly clickbait but you wanted to see for yourself, after all it’s only a picture of an old shoe dug up from Roman times. But you don’t get the world’s most interesting shoe, you get a brief, tempting flash...

Things are getting serious

Since my visit to a publisher a few weeks ago (no names, no pack drill) things have been moving along nicely. They are in the process of costing In SatNav We Trust and working out stuff to do with numbers, I guess numbers of pages, numbers of copies, numbers of...

Publishers, pubs, canals and hops

Today I had a great meeting with a new publisher. (I also had a nice steak and a pint in a proper London pub, nearly ended up in the canal because of a cyclist but you have to read to the end to see where that fits in.) Those of you in the know, and you know who you...

Scotland Sightseeing 2018 Awards

Before we set off on the Scotland Tour at the beginning of May I had the thought of writing a travel blog each day as I did when I went on my travelogue tour some years ago. That idea turned out to be a little ambitious when it was pointed out that I didn’t want to...

Now R2D2 is really pissed off with me

Yesterday I promised R2D2 that he could come out to lunch with me and my IT support mates. He’s been keen to get out to see The Last Jedi and he was really looking forward to meeting up with the techies to get some geek to geek time in. Some of them went to see the...

It’s that time of year again

R2D2 is a bit pissed off at me lately. He knows it’s coming up to time for his regular trip out to a Star Wars film and he’s heard all the fuss about The Last Jedi so he’s keen to get out there to see it. To be honest he's been grumpy as fuck. Unfortunately, I’ve been...

Travelogue news

The last blog news was that I spent a day filming for the travelogue promo video. Since then things have slowed down to an almost complete stop. About a month after the filming was finished I had a message from the filmers saying that they wouldn’t have time to do the...

A jolly day’s filming

Up at 5am today for the grand making of the promotional video for In SatNav We Trust. This has been a long time coming. Last year I pretty much decided to go down the crowd funding route through Kickstarter or Unbound. I’ve yet to decide. So an hour after getting up I...

All sorts of jiggery pokery

So we are inching slowly closer to filming the promo video for In SatNav we Trust. It’s turned into an administrative nightmare so much so that I can’t remember if I already posted a blog to say all this. million In short we need to get a permit to film in Oxford and...

An open letter to Microsoft

I gave Edge a try a few weeks ago and found it wouldn't do many of the things I used to do with IE, Firefox and other browsers. Notably you've taken away the favourites bar which features in every other browser I know. sod Then, after I've decided to look for an...

Memories of Steve Wilson

Back in the early nineties, when I was too shy to speak up for myself, I had a go at producing a magazine that we called The Philosopher's Stone. Having been to one or two Talking Stick events at the Black Horse in London some years before I had the idea of taking the...