10th January 2018
15:21, Tesco, the washing isle.
“Scourers” I said muttering under my breath “Where the bloody hell are the scourers?”
After walking up and down the aisle for twenty minutes looking for the bloody things whilst muttering things like “life?” and “why don’t you just take me?” I decided to admit defeat and ask for help.
The first lady tried but failed, she was polite so I let her off. The second lady wasn’t so lucky.
“Excuse me, I don’t suppose you sell scourers do you?” I asked.
“Aisle 12.” she said without raising her eyes from her very important pad.
“Ah, thank you” I said with a smile “but I’ve been walking up and down aisle 12 for the last 20 minutes and I’ve not been able to find them.”
She continued looking at her very important pad. I coughed but she didn’t notice. She frowned, probably at a particularly important piece of information she just read on her very important pad.
“I suppose it would be completely out of the question for you to join me in aisle 12 what with you working on that very important pad and all.” I said. I waited for her to look up.
When she did eventually look at me I gave her my best smile, put my hand forward and said
The stomping sound that came from her happy feet made me smile more and by the time we got to aisle 12 I was positively brimming.
“What is it that you’re looking for exactly?” She said coming round to the fact that she wasn’t easily going to be able to get rid of me.
“They’re called scourers, they’re green and they’re rough and you use them to scrub the wife’s cooking off the dinner service, if you know what I mean.” I smiled but she wasn’t impressed.
By this time we’d gained a small male audience who, whilst pretending not to listen, listened intently.
She picked up a scourer that was attached to a sponge stick and held it out toward me.
“I just want a scourer, I don’t want it attached to a sponge stick, I don’t want it with aloe vera and I don’t want it with boswelox. I just want a fucking scourer.”
The three members of our audience chuckled audibly which pissed off my happy helper no end.
I glanced over at them and shrugged as my happy helper stomped off back to her very important pad.
Looks like I’ll be picking off the stubborn bits tonight with my finger nails.
Love and peace
6th December 2017
I have a story / confession about Baileys that some of you might be interested in. My parents always had a bottle of Baileys in the drinks cabinet when I was a child .. and I liked Baileys as did my sister Sarah Palmer. One evening, during a particularly rampant midnight feast, we broke off from raiding the fridge and frivolously directed our efforts towards the drinks cabinet; the bottle of Baileys being our target. We had a few snifters my sister and I and before long we noticed the level had halved. We both agreed that we needed a plan of action. Sarah, being the brighter (and by far the most devious) member of this dastardly duo, came up with the plan. Its genius was in its simplicity. The missing Baileys would simply be replaced by milk. We had ample milk and, being a substance that was not ‘parent monitored’, we were on to a winner. Milk duly replaced the missing Baileys and days turned into weeks which themselves turned into months. It wasn’t until Christmas that we had our first doubts. It was Christmas morning and I distinctly remember Dad attempting to pour a small glass of Baileys, my sister and I looked on in horror as the bottle was tipped up but the unsavoury clot of rancid milk and Baileys refused to budge. After some seriously tense moments the bottle was deemed unfit for Human consumption and disposed of with the rest of the Christmas unsavouries, my sister and I had successfully completed our ‘step one in getting away with murder’ course. Result!
5th December 2017
So, there I was in the kitchen paying rather too much attention to my brandy whilst reading yet another book about an adventure on some vintage Triumph motorcycle when I remembered my poor, hard done by wife. She was upstairs on my sewing machine sewing an N onto the back of some outfit she’d created.
“How’s your bobbin my darling?” I shouted “Is it in need of some Georgiou attention” I enquired.
Her reply was fast and firm. It seems my services are surplus to requirements.
4th December 2017
“Err… wif, I think I might have just accidentally eaten the last mince pie. If you could buy some more it would help with my guilt. Husb xxx”
30th November 2017
“We all plod through life wishing for an end to the existing piece of turmoil whilst looking forward to whatever is next, but the truth is, life is that turmoil.” – Richard Georgiou, after a rather nice glass of whiskey.
27th October 2017
Selective hearing, a vital ingredient of every marriage.
14th October 2017
What the bloody hell is going on? The house is infested with ladyboys! – (Autocorrect – I meant ladybirds)
3rd October 2017
I’ve just received a call from 020 7064 0222. I was asked if I’d had an accident in the last two to three years. I asked them to confirm that they were talking about the time when I slipped down the stairs in Ikea and accidentally soiled myself. Unfortunately the lady didn’t understand, I attempted to help her by simplifying it to “I CRAPPED MYSELF” but she still didn’t understand, then she hung up on me. No one understands me. Why won’t they listen?
14th September 2017
You can tell when it’s lunch time in this house, the dog sits down next to you and sticks her tongue up her arse. <sigh>
11th September 2017
So, time for some home truths. Of late, I’ve been suffering from a bit of a bout of frustration regarding my complete lack of ability when it comes to anything that requires thinking, ability, skill or intellect. And today I decided that I would put my cognitive ability to the test by putting up the curtain rail in my office. I decided to look at the problem using my analytical eye, compile a solution and implement it without fault. I was hoping the end result was going to be a curtain rail perfectly installed and a boost to the old self esteem; however, as I’m sure you’ve worked out by now, the actual result was somewhat different.
I would bore you with details about how I measured twice and drilled once, thought, measured again, thought some more then drilled, et cetera, et cetera but suffice to say the bloody thing’s wonky as hell and looks terrible. Not the confidence booster I was hoping for. Bollocks.
7th September 2017
Bloody wife’s getting all dictatorial.
4th September 2017
After last night’s, head first, trip down the stairs I have to admit to feeling ‘proper old’ for the first time in my life. I’ve got a nice swollen purple bruise on my back, a bloody great bruise and lump on my hip, a sore elbow, a lump on my forehead and a small scratch on my pinky finger which completes my reduction from manly super-stud to decrepit little old man perfectly. Going by how much it hurts to take a deep breath, get into or out of bed, or even to simply wipe one’s bottom I’m guessing I’ve cracked a rib. I won’t be doing that again!
Oh, and I almost forgot, as I lay there on the floor, trying hard to breath, my wonderful wife walked over and said “What are you making that stupid noise for?”
Tonight my friends, I’ll be raising my glass to wives all over the world for their incredible abilities to provide sympathy in man’s darkest hour.
30th august 2017
Dear floods in India and Houston, please be gentle with my fellow people.
27th August 2017
So, Flowie and I went to a restaurant here in the bonny Highlands and had lobster. When the waiter asked ‘How is the lobster?’ Flowie said ‘it’s a bit tough.’ The waiter then responded with ‘Yeah, that’s why I don’t like it’. Pure genius. We didn’t leave a tip but I did chuckle all the way back to the hotel.
10th August 2017
I’ve always considered myself to be one of the lucky few who are almost immune to depression but today, after reading the news, I can’t help but feel that the world we live in is going down a route that I don’t really want to be a part of. The Malaysian government are hunting down atheists so they can be ‘re-educated’, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un are playing ‘my cock’s bigger than your cock’ with nuclear weapons and millions of people’s lives and I have just come to the realisation that my life, and all the lives of the people I love are nothing more than a tiny bargaining chip in the futile game of power played by religious and political leaders in their quest for more. It’s the leaders that take us into war, the individuals just want to tend their vegetable patches, provide a future for their children or browse porn on the Internet. Why can’t we just live our little lives without being used by our unethical, power hungry, arse hole leaders as disposable assets to be used at their will?
25th July 2017
After fitting a brand new spark plug in my Stihl hedge cutter, and filling it with fresh fuel, the bloody thing still refused to start. Its absolute stubbornness didn’t even waiver when threatened with the most severe of violence. As I ranted away to the inanimate object my wife arrived on the scene and offered me a slice of wisdom.
“Have you checked the alternator?”
23rd May 2017 – I’m getting old.
I’ve just been sitting here for the last three hours listening to what I thought was the weirdest song I’d ever heard, only after repeating phrases like “music was better in my day” and “I don’t understand the youth of today” did I realise the CD was jumping. Sigh, it’s hard being me.
8th April 2017
Having a sneaky dig in the privacy of one’s car whilst sitting in traffic is one thing but extreme deep core drilling is quite another. With the sun due to make one of its rare appearances both today and tomorrow I decided to whip into Hailsham to purchase some coals for the BBQ. With said job done I made my way outside and into the traffic. So, there I was, sitting in a queue of cars waiting for the lights to change when I stupidly glanced over at the driver of the car next to me. Initial inspection revealed a respectable looking young lady of around twenty years; however, just as I was about to look back at the road she began to pick her nose. Well, I say ‘pick her nose’ but what I actually saw was more reminiscent of brain surgery. With her index finger inserted all the way up to the second knuckle I decided I’d seen enough and looked away.
I examined the traffic lights, the other cars around me, the pavement and all the signs but before long curiosity got the better of me and I glanced back over at the bogie monster. What I saw next will stay with me for the rest of my life.
I watched in horror she covered her right nostril with her finger and snorted out, what can only be described as, a large proportion of her Cerebral cortex. This didn’t just weep out but was fired out with such force that it shot out of her nose and onto the steering wheel. My stomach jumped but I found I was physically unable to look away. As I was battling with my stomach, Hailsham’s finest then leant forward and sucked the slimy substance off her steering wheel and into her mouth. At this sight my throat opened and I let out a huge involuntary retch burp and my foot slipped off the clutch. Luckily the cars in front of me had moved on. I think I’m going to need counselling.
2nd February 2017
On the whole I tend to think of myself as a reasonably intelligent person surrounded by idiots (it’s comforting okay); however, today has challenged that belief.
The fact that my beloved potato peeler broke last week meant that to cook a meal for my darling wife’s return later today, I’d have to use our old and crappy potato peeler. I’m left handed and the old one is designed for a right handed person.
With liver and bacon bubbling away in the pan I set about peeling the potatoes. I picked up the old, razor sharp potato peeler and started peeling the spuds. <slip>. After slicing my finger I made my way to the first aid box which for a reason I cannot fathom contained only a tampon, a condom and an aspirin. After failing to work out how any of the above could be of use to me I stuck my finger under the tap like a proper man and demonstrated my firm grasp of Anglo-Saxon.
The swearing seemed to stem the flow of blood so I resumed ‘the peeling of the potatoes’ ritual. <slip>.
After slicing through the same finger a second time I decided that perhaps it was time to look for another ingredient. So, the question was ‘what goes with liver and bacon?’ I rummaged through the cupboard. Not rice, not porridge and certainly not whisk and serve semolina. I had no choice but to continue peeling the potatoes.
<slip> After the third incision into my finger I decided that no further potatoes were necessary, I somehow convinced myself that Flowie would be ecstatic with liver and bacon with half a teaspoon of mashed potato so I placed the potato peeler (weapon) on the table and cooked the rest of my darling wife’s surprise.
So, here I sit awaiting the arrival of my darling wife. I’m hoping against hope that she can see passed the blood soaked handkerchief, I’m hoping against hope that she can see passed the micro helping of mashed potato. I’m hoping against hope that she can see what a wonderful husband she has and that she has the ability to appreciate me to the fullest.
Friends, wish me luck.
18th January 2017
Last night I had a dream that I had to choose between my wife and Claudia Winkleman.
17th October 2016
So, there I was about to go through the door of the Post Office when I noticed a young lady with her child heading for the exit, even though the rain was hammering down and I was fully loaded with twelve packages comprising large letters, small packets and a medium parcel, I took the time to open the door (with my head) to allow the young lady and her child to exit before me. She walked right through the open door without so much as a nod and avoided my eyes as she did. I ignored her complete lack of manners and remained in place as the little girl walked through.
“Thank you.” the little girl said with a big smile.
“It’s a pleasure” I said “You must have got your manners from your Dad”.
Then just as I thought the conversation was over the little girl made my day by saying
“Apparently, my Mum doesn’t have time for manners.”
And with that the little girl was grabbed by the arm and whisked away.
3rd September 2016
PART ONE: Two years ago, after realising that every man and his dog had a flat, wide screen super-mega television I decided to indulge myself and chuck my narrow screen, rounded front TV in my neighbours skip. A quick trip to Richer Sounds ended in a lurid credit card orgy of LCD panels, amplifiers, DAC’s and a cornucopia of bloody expensive, golden ended cables. All went according to plan until I got home. After a four hour manual reading frenzy I completed the set up.
PART TWO: What I didn’t realise back then was that the set up was actually the easy part. The hard part was switching the bloody thing on and watching a film. Ever since my ‘upgrade’ the process of watching a film has involved at least two hours of swearing, one hour of pacing and twenty minutes of borderline nervous breakdown. Take this evening as a prime example.
The other day my wonderful wife mentioned that she’d love to watch Thelma & Louise. So, being the perfect husband (shut it!) I bought the DVD from Amazon and this evening, after my wife came in from visiting her Mum, I ‘attempted’ to put the film on. I switched on the blue-ray player, switched on the amplifier, switched on the TV, switched on the DAC, switched the TV to AV2, put the DVD into the blue-ray player, switched the DAC to input 1, set the TV audio source to PCM (whatever the fuck that is) and sat back on the sofa with my wife to watch the film. Unfortunately, even though the TV was showing Thelma & Louise, the sound track was from the Antiques Roadshow (never before have I found the presence of Fiona Bruce frustrating but …)
The result was that Flowie and I ended up watching Thelma & Louise in Glorious mono. It was about the same quality as I used to get with my old TV but with a bank account about two grand down. I consider my cognitive ability to be at least average but, for the love of God, I can’t work out how to watch a bloody film. Am I alone in my frustrations?
9th July 2016
So, there I was showing Flowie some photographs of me when I was a toddler. I was expecting “Awww, so sweet, so lovely”. Instead I got “You haven’t changed much. You still do that stupid expression. Why have you got spastic shoes on?”. Feeling loved.
6th July 2016
I was incredibly excited to see my “One Man on a Bike” book taking the number one spot in the Kindle Free Books in the category non fiction >> travel >> Africa. When I checked the top 100 I found that it only contained 3 books. Almost famous.
9th June 2016 (wild camping by the Rhone in France)
Jesus Christ! This place is absolutely mental. The frogs are making a right royal row and jumping in the pond like their arses are on fire. There’s something roaming outside licking our plates and the river is alive with weird howls and squawking noises. Wicked!
13th May 2016
Our tomato plants are coming along nicely. Fucking cat!
18th February 2016
So, this morning I went to the supermarket and bought some Aptamil 1 First Milk baby food for a friend of mine. As I was standing there holding the tub in my hands a young woman smiled at me and said “Awww, how old?” I couldn’t help myself and said “I’m 43 but still act like a child.” The chap next to me laughed but she wasn’t impressed at all.
8th February 2016
I thought I’d give you all an update on my thumb “condition”. After the comments from Johnny D and Mitch on FaceBook I decided that it was probably best to visit a professional. As such I made my way down to the local Doctors for a ‘get the ball rolling’ examination. My first impressions were very good; a designer building with real oak slabs and ample glass work coated the exterior, a garden that most horticulturists would sell a kidney for surrounded the building and exuding from all this was a feeling of honesty and sincerity. I crunched over the fresh gravel into the ample reception and was immediately greeted by a cavernous space that would make most opera companies proud. I made my way to the reception and checked in.
“Errr, I hurt my thumb a few weeks ago and think I need it looked at.” I waved my poor attempt of a splinted thumb in the ladies direction. There was the slightest inkling of a smile but the rest of her simply said ‘idiot’. I ignored this and waited for her reply.
“I’ll ask the nurse to take a look” she said. I smiled and sat on a chair as far away from the coughing infestations as I could manage.
Over the following thirty-five minutes I watched as people came and went, and came and went. For some reason I didn’t do any of that, I just sat there. When I finally caught the eye of the receptionist her expression told me why, it read
“Shit! I forgot about you.” I watched as she spoke to the nurse gesturing towards me and smiling. The nurse was obviously very busy and very stressed.
Forty minutes after that the receptionist spoke to the nurse, again gesturing in my direction. I stood up as she approached, the gentleman in me over ruling the frustration.
“The nurse tells me that you’re going to need to see the Doctor. I’ll speak to the Doctor as soon as I can.”
I acknowledged the information with a smile and a slight nod and sat back down hoping it would be the right side an hour.
Half an hour later I watched as the receptionist spoke with the Doctor whilst gesturing in my direction. The Doctor disappeared back to his office, the receptionist looked flushed and took a deep breath. As she approached I stood up.
“I’ve just spoken to the Doctor. He recommends a Thumb Spica. Your best bet is to visit the A&E in Uckfield.” The gentleman in me smiled on the outside whilst the man in me hacked off my thumb on the inside. Her cheeks, flush with blood, told me everything.
“Don’t worry, I understand” I said “I’ll just run it under the tap.”
.. And that is how I came to have my thumb self-splinted with a 16MB memory stick and 3 metres of Selotape.
4th January 2016
“What if I told you that insane was working fifty hours a week in some office for fifty years at the end of which they tell you to piss off.” Garland Greene, Con Air.