Beef bastard

Let’s not waste time. You know the basic recipe. Tonight, my shockingly bad cooking skills extended to using brisket in place of pork in my signature dish. Only problem is, I used one of Claire’s “mystery” chillis. Just one. A little one. A bit brown. No bigger than a button mushroom. My sense is. I … Continue reading Beef bastard


So. Last Tuesday I got a WhatsApp message from the captain of my cricket team. I had been selected as 13th Man for this weekend’s game. Quick cricket heads up: there are 11 players in a cricket team. I’d missed the pick for the Second team. I was the 24th best player at the club … Continue reading Time.

Pork bastard

So I've finally given in and decided to share my signature recipe. As usual with these things, it's important that you experiment with what works for you, but the basic recipe will get you close to the real deal. I came across this dish originally in a Chinese restaurant in Doncaster. It's not there now; … Continue reading Pork bastard


I got a bit ruthless with my entertainment about ten years ago: - stopped going to the cinema because of all the noise and because the films I went to see were flashing light shows (I used to like a bit of “arthouse” cinema but we never got to see that) - stopped watching TV … Continue reading Poems

Let’s play a game

Last month, I was reviewing an USDAW publication that included Personal injury/ Employer liability claims that they had supported, during a training course at a warehouse. As usual, there were lots of small claims for everything from bruising to back injury. Worth noting that the claims for discrimination were properly bigger than those for injury. … Continue reading Let’s play a game