Birthday Weekend 2019

So, this weekend I turned another year closer to 40 - two years off it as of late. Yet, I have never felt more comfortable in my own skin. I am loving being in my thirties and more power to those who say life begins at 40 - I am one person who is looking forward to...

The Ideal Alternative To The Benefits System

*Kicks hornet's nest: I think the Benefits System needs scrapping. Comrades - Hear me out; I will start this memo off with a fact. I am claiming benefits and I am also a disabled British National (I have Schizo-Affective Disorder and I was born in Norfolk - I am also...

Who Was Åke Hodell?

I mentioned, a bit ago, about my radio show The Parish News - you can read the blog post about The Parish News' first steps in 2019 here. In that post, I mention a man called Åke. Now then, I am even unsure how to pronounce his name being the ignorant Englishman that...

The Parish News In 2019

My radio show, The Parish News, is going from strength to strength - I may be getting played on a digital network down south sometime soon, but I will try and not count my chickens before the eggs hatch. The show always follows the same format - it is quite a regular...

Photoblogging In Harrogate

This may prove a bit reckless, but, I have started another blog - an iPhone Photoblog. The domain for the venture is www.hiandyb.co.uk and it is slowly getting there. The idea behind it is to post up a new photo, taken exclusively on my iPhone, and share it via the...

Christmas 2018

First of all, please let me start this blog post by wishing you - the reader of my blog - a very festive and fun-filled Christmas. We have spent ours up at the Farm, near Ripon with my Brother and his family, my sister and my folks - it has been a a good Chrimbletide....

Rudolph, Tundra-Wanderer

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" done properly in Anglo-Saxon meter, by Philip Craig Chapman-Bell. "Incipit gestis Rudolphi rangifer tarandusHwæt, Hrodulf readnosa hrandeor -- Næfde þæt nieten unsciende næsðyrlas! Glitenode and gladode godlice nosgrisele. Ða...

Polly

We are all heart-broken in the run up to Christmas. We were told on Saturday that our beloved pup, Polly, was not strong enough to make it through an operation she underwent. Polly arrived at Home Farm on June 1st 2018 and left on 15th December 2018. A brief stay but...

A 22 Hour Day

Man, I woke up at 00:45 the other night - I had hoped to fill it with Funs but I just ended up pottering around the house. I'll tell you what I did do though - I recorded a special Gaffa Tapes take-over of The Parish News. Below, you can listen to it. I wanted to...

Lets Gi’it A Shot!

I have signed up to a new scheme - new to me at least. I sometimes have the vague notion that people will like to listen to my field recordings. The best place to do this is to listen to the CD on good headphones. Failing that, if you want a bit more of a public...

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