UNISON Reception in Parliament

My blog posts are like buses. You wait for ages for one to come along and then two come along at once. Like my previous blog post, I went to Parliament again. But this time to attend a UNISON reception to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the introduction of the minimum wage and to launch […]

Watching PMQs

During the first month of any year, I have this feeling that I am not going to do enough. I know exactly where this feeling comes from. For the last handful of years, I have put up a fresh wall planner as we enter the New Year, so being able to see all the crossed […]

Energy is changing

For the past year and a bit, as with most things, I start and then I pause and then continue and then pause, and then forget.  I have the energy (pun intended) to do and to create but I spread it so thinly that often the results are questionable at best. It makes me feel […]

Happy New Year 2019!

I often start my Happy New Year post by saying the year just gone has been “great”, “special” or even “wonderful”, but 2018 has been marked by a devastating loss and it has overshadowed the good times. However, these good times do need to be revisited as now is the time to reflect on the […]

Rainbow zebra

Manchester, Leicester Prides.

Dear Diary, I wrote this piece and forgot to publish it.  I had some other more pressing things on.  I just checked through my drafts and here was the article I had written a few months ago. I suppose the benefit of publishing it now is that as I re-read this and voice record it […]

National Funeral for the Unknown Cyclist

Yesterday I attended the National Funeral for the Unknown Cyclist and the first UK pedal on Parliament organised by group Stop Killing Cyclists. It has been in my calendar for months and months.  I really wanted to go but owing to some important matters at home, I nearly didn’t attend.  I am pleased I nipped down […]

Time-lapse – Cycled from Wellingborough to Oxford

 On Sunday 2nd September I cycled from Wellingborough to Oxford. I’ve made this journey back in 2015 when I visited Giles Gear for his Birthday.  Back then I used some country roads getting out of Northampton and then hit the A43.  I know, from experience, that if I were to take the whole left […]

Leeds and Wellingborough Prides

A week and a bit ago I wanted to go somewhere new.  I do enjoy Gay Pride events.  Therefore I wanted to mix the two so I scrolled through a website which listed all of the year’s Pride events in a big table to see if anytook my fancy.  Leeds caught my attention but I […]

The Crown Court

[WARNING: the subject matter of this post is not suitable for children] Some of the facts I mention below may have blurred slightly. I watched the case for three consecutive days without making a note, as I don’t think it is allowed, unless permission from the judge is granted beforehand. I am writing this post […]

Anti-Trump protest

I wanted to share some photos on here.  On Friday 13th July 2018, I attended the anti-Trump protest in London.  As well as this sharing of my photos on my website, I felt compelled to write about it and I am not entirely sure why. As per usual, I cycled from my home to Wellingborough […]

Cycled 68 miles from Wellingborough to Nottingham

 I haven’t posted here on my website for so long.  Crryyyy.  Why?  I don’t know.  Well, I do.  I have been doing things.  Ok, that sounds loose.  And the other reason is that I always think that producing anything takes so long.  Imagine the editing and editing and editing that goes into producing anything […]

Hello sunshine, hello close pass

The sun is finally here. I have been waiting for such a long time for better weather. Cycling in the wind, rain, sleet or snow is not the best. But I don’t let it put me off. The sun is now beating down, with clear blue skies, and no wind and it makes me feel […]

Guilty – drink driver sentenced

A few weeks ago, I went and watched my first ever magistrates’ court case. Strangely, I have watched parts of some more considerable cases at the Royal Courts of Justice, but I have never attended my local courts; neither the magistrates’ or crown. My interest in local justice was piqued when I had to call […]

Police response to close pass

On Wednesday 7th February 2018, I received a call back from the control room of Northamptonshire Police about a close pass I reported on 2nd February.  I answered the call feeling optimistic and hopeful; I’ve reported a few instances of close passes over the years and slowly but surely the responses seemed to be getting […]

January 2018 updates

On the last day of every year I write down my New Year’s Resolutions.  The list is usually quite long.  Most of them are quite vague – such as “be happy”, “be content”, but some are more direct.  “Make more videos” – although still slightly vague – the fact is, more than 0 is 1, […]

Happy New Year 2018!

Happy New Year everyone!  It is now 2018!  Wooah. 2017 was generally a great year!  A few blips.  Enormous thanks go to everyone who made it wonderful and supported me.  I am someone who really focusses on connections.  An act, gesture, or spoken word, even if it was tiny, would have really made an impact. […]

Merry Christmas 2017

Hello, Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas! Have some quality time with family and friends. Christmas is always a happy time for me. I am so relaxed and content. I quickly just wanted to comment on the BBC Christmas idents. I think they are absolutely wonderful. I hate to admit it, but I was very close […]

Paris.  November 2016

I have been meaning to create a video of my trip to Paris which happened all the way back in November 2016. I kept putting it off.  I am not quite sure why.  I do enjoy editing a video.  It is timely but I find it quite artistic.  Perhaps I didn’t get around to doing […]

Stop the chicken mega factory in Higham Ferrers

I received an email a couple of weeks ago from Compassion in World Farming saying about the building of a chicken mega-farm close by. The email was targeted to me. It said “Hello Samuel” and something along the lines of it being proposed to be built “just up the road”. I skimmed over it and […]

10th anniversary of my brain haemorrhage

On this day, around this time, one decade ago, I had a brain haemorrhage. Every year, it is important to me to take the opportunity to thank all those who helped saved my life and who have helped and supported me. To my sister, Tiffany, who was with me and raised the alarm, to my […]