Nerdy geek freak. Veggie, Earl Grey lover and sofa loafer.


Blind panic.

An experiment with @keithpbarry’s trick.

Have you ever done the same thing so many times that you boast “I could do it with my eyes closed”? I’ve followed the same footpath up and down into town, on average twice a day, for 25 years. But can I actually do it with my eyes closed? I tried, and in a word, no.


I’ve been watching this TED talk from 2008 by the illusionist/mentalist/magician Keith Barry where he drives from one place to…

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Gig on the roof.

Gig on the roof.

If you’ve ever been down in Wirksworth town to see the locals play.
Then you’ll find lots of talent
behind bands who haven’t, had the chance just to say.
Can you hear me?
Have you seen me?
I just want the chance to play.


Sorry that was just my attempt a writing some lyrics and yes they are pants. But what LBS did on Sunday and has done every year for the past Fifteen years is give young song…

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How to piss off everyone in town.

How to piss off everyone in town.

Not only have I managed to annoy a couple of people in the town. I’ve also grabbed a few people by the throat and shaken them to the point of annoyance.
It is a strange thing. Anyone that knows me understands that I do not like confrontations. I will go out of my way to avoid them. I’m the idiot that stands back when two drunk people are starting a fight with each other. I will sit and make…

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Wirksworth Festival. The locals are aghast.

Wirksworth Festival. The locals are aghast.

There has been an undercurrent of distaste in the the way that Wirksworth Festival has been run for the past few years. What started as a small exhibit for local artists has spiralled over the past 20 years into something unrecognisable. In the process, what started as a small group of volunteers has become a nest of committee meetings and nothing getting done.

I remember such a meeting – where I…

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Working on a Bank Holiday weekend.

Working on a Bank Holiday weekend.

Well I can tell you now, it is a complete and utter a-hole. I did it for six years behind the bar. When there are only a few members of staff, there is not the question of ‘does anyone get it off’? No, it is full hands-on-deck, working your nads to the bone until someone either collapses of exhaustion or starts getting snappy in-front of a customer and goes for a 10 minute chill out. Having to…

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Engratiating yourself into the local clique: How my favourite pub became awful.

Engratiating yourself into the local clique: How my favourite pub became awful.

‘Like you’re customers’. Well it can be broadly said, that the new landlady of my old work place – The Blacks Head – has singularly not only failed to do this but has arrived with a grenade launcher and used it to blow any pieces of ‘local connections’ into tiny smithereens.

I take any local gossip with a pinch of salt, but “oh Lordy” the amount of bad vibes and outright disdain coming from…

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