Monday, 18 September 2017

1709.18 ALL CHANGE YET NOT


This week has been a difficult one. My head space has been mucked about by life and the reshuffle at work.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

1709.11 THE DOUBLE

This year has been great for cycling, at least it has on the telly. When I speak to people generally they have heard of the Tour de France and that's it. Few know that there are 3 grand tours (I apologise to those in the know); Giro d'Italia - Tour de France - Vuelta Espana. It's the Vuelta that I'm going to talk about today.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

1709.07 Q

Pay attention 007. I have the latest gadget for you. We all love gadgets don't we? 

Sunday, 3 September 2017

1709.03 THE PURGE

Seven years ago I negotiated a new Sky+HD box after my original Sky box started to fail (actually it turned out to be the dish at fault). In fact I wrote a blog post about it at the time. Well I am now in a similar position with my current 7 year old box having intermittent trouble recognising the viewing card.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

1708.31 HATERS GONNA HATE

I wasn't going to write this post. I didn't want to wade in to the debate about the supposed danger cycles are to the general population. So why am I writing this? Well I'm just fed up with the hate that's flying around at the moment.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

1708.26 I THINK I'LL LEAVE MY HAT ON

Whenever I say where I'm from the usual response is something along the lines of "oh! The place in 'The Full Monty'". Of course they're referring to the 1997 hit movie which was filmed in Sheffield and today that movie is 20 years old.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

1708.20 THE LONG DRIVE

Easily the worst part of any trip to my favourite place is leaving. Most know my love for that place, I go on about it a lot, but the heartache I feel when I leave is difficult to describe.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Thursday, 10 August 2017

1708.10 UNDERPANTS AND CAR WASHING

It's come around again. It's time to pack for our annual pilgrimage to Wales.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

1709.05 WHAT'S WITH THE KLINGONS?

It's been a while since I did a Star Trek blog post. Whilst more and more revelations and trailers are revealed about the latest iteration of the franchise I'd like to look back at my favourite alien race from the Star Trek universe. Of course I'm talking about the Klingons.

Monday, 31 July 2017

1707.31 ROLLO ROUNDUP #3

Rollo reaches a milestone this week with my 20th panel. I hope you enjoy.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

1707.28 HIS NOODLEY GOODNESS

I've been to many weddings in my life. Some have been moving, some have been dull. Some have been enjoyable but I don't think I've ever been able to describe any as "fun", until now.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

1707.23 TDF ROUNDUP WEEK THREE

The final week came and so did the Alps. With Chris Froome in Yellow and Adam Yates in the young rider's White it was all to play for. It was a still a long road to Paris.

Monday, 17 July 2017

1707.16 NEW WHO

So we were told that the new actor to play The Doctor in 'Doctor Who' would be revealed directly after the Men's Wimbledon Finals. I monitored social media and learned the tennis had finished early so quickly turned over to the last few minutes of the men's final.

Friday, 14 July 2017

1707.14 TDF ROUNDUP WEEK TWO

Everyone who knows me knows that knows that July I spend watching the cycling on telly. It's Tour de France time of course, the 2nd of the grand tours and arguably the most famous. We're 2/3 through and almost at the Champs-Elysees.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

1707.12 FIRST BORN - TWENTY ONE

Now I know what you're all going to say, "he doesn't look old enough" but it's true. From today my eldest daughter is 21 years old. It's her birthday! 

Sunday, 9 July 2017

1707.07 TDF ROUNDUP WEEK ONE

Everyone who knows me knows that knows that July I spend watching the cycling on telly. It's Tour de France time of course, the 2nd of the grand tours and arguably the most famous. 

Sunday, 25 June 2017

1706.25 THE SHEFFIELD FLOOD

Once again I find myself looking back at events from 10 years ago. This time it's a natural disaster that fell on my home city of Sheffield. After unprecedented rainfall the rivers in the area burst their banks and became the area's most deviating event since the Second World War.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

1706.22 ROLLO ROUNDUP #02

Rollo is taking a break this week so why not catch up with his adventures so far...

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

1706.20 TEN YEARS LATER

Ten years ago today was the longest day of my life. It was a day of waiting... and waiting. A day of fear and did I mention waiting?

1706.15 THE MUMMY

I haven't been to the pictures for a while. This was my first visit since I let my Unlimited card go (since I wasn't getting my money's worth.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

1706.13 N PLUS ONE

If you've seen my social media you'll know that I just got myself a new bike.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

1706.08 YOUR DEMOCRATIC RIGHT

It's been 2 years since the last general election and since the Prime Minister has decided to try and grab more parliamentary seats we have another chance to vote today, 3 years early. 

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

1706.06 ARRRR JIM LAD!

Thar be pirates everywhere! I be nah natterin' about colourful characters wit' parrots on thar shoulders. I be nah even natterin' about those real life scary Somalian pirates.

No, I be natterin' about movie pirates.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

1705.20 PULLING THE BIRDS

Firstly I have to say I'm not an ornithologist and my interest in our feathered friends hasn't stretched much beyond saying "Ooooh that's pretty" when viewing a particularly attractive budgie.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

1705.23 PRAY FOR MANCHESTER

As a father to daughters who I've picked up after a concert in the past I'm struggling to come to terms with the events last night at Manchester.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

1705.12 LDN ON A SHOESTRING

...Or a cycling themed trip to the capital when I'm skint. 

My best mate of 30 years got free tickets to the Spin Cycling Festival at Europa in London. What a great excuse for a trip.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

1705.06 EVIL TAKES A DAY OFF #04

What happens when Evil's other half gets big ideas? Welcome to issue 4 of "Evil Takes a Day Off". This story was given to me by my wife who thought it was hilarious, this month's cartoon is dedicated to her...

Monday, 1 May 2017

1705.01 MY TOUR DE YORKSHIRE


For months now I've had the prospect of my upcoming ride in the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Sportive in my future. It all felt like it wasn't real...

...until it was.

Monday, 24 April 2017

1704.24 HAPPY ANNIVERSARY SPECCY

What was your first computer? If you're under 35 you probably wouldn't give much thought to when you were first introduced to a computer. If like me you're not a Millennial or a Baby Boomer then your first computer or even your first experience of a computer would have probably been a big event in your life. It certainly was for me.

Friday, 21 April 2017

1704.21 SNAP VOTE

So our great oppressor, the wizened old crone in charge, has decided to take advantage of the current opinion polls and increase her meagre majority by throwing away the fixed term parliament act and calling a snap general election.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

1704.16 HOPPY EASTER

So take away the religion and Easter is an almost perfect festival. Perhaps it's everything Christmas should be?

Friday, 14 April 2017

1704.14 EGG-CITING TIMES

As usual at Easter I find myself in the liar of my Mother-in-law as my family travel south to stay for the weekend. I've been lucky in getting Easter off pretty regularly, I'm guessing not that many at work are that bothered about it to compete. We drove down last night which was pretty uneventful, the roads were fairly clear and we made it down in good time.

Friday, 7 April 2017

1704.06 FUELLING THE ISSUE

There has been a lot said about diesel vehicles in the news lately and how owners are going to be hit by new charges and pollution taxes despite previous governments encouraging people to switch to the fuel citing environmental benefits.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

1704.04 ROLLO ROUNDUP #01

If you don't follow me on Social Media (why not?) then you might not know about Rollo.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

1704.01 EVIL TAKES A DAY OFF #03

Sometimes Evil is forced to take a number of days off when the law catches up with them. Welcome to issue 3 of "Evil Takes a Day Off". Can't believe how well received my work seems have been, this and my single panel "Rollo" cartoons have exceeded my expectations in regard to the comments I've received. Thank you all so much!

Friday, 31 March 2017

1703.31 ARTICLE 50 - SHIT JUST GOT REAL

On Wednesday our Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty starting a two year countdown to the UK's exit from the European Union. Britain's ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, hand-delivered a six page letter from Mrs May to EU Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels to formally begin proceedings.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

1703.29 A SINGLE MAN

Don't panic, Morticia hasn't left me, she is spending a few days in London with a friend so it's just Rags, me and the cat back home. Years ago this would have meant me taking loads of leave off work for childcare but now it's really just me and the cat. Rags is busy with her out of school activities and when she's home she's always in her room (as it should be). So I'm left living the single man life for a couple of days.

Friday, 24 March 2017

1703.21 NEW DENNIS - EVOLUTION OF A CARTOON

The second thing I learned to draw when I was a kid was from my favourite comic. From an early age my parents had copies of The Beano delivered to our house for me, later I also got The Dandy as well. The Dandy sadly ceased a number of years ago, The Beano however has managed to reinvent itself and is still going strong albeit as something very different to what used to land on my mat every week.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

1703.22 PRAY FOR LONDON

Today a Police Officer went to work but didn't come home. 

Today visitors to our capital never returned. 

Today we stand against the cowards that try to stop and disrupt our way of life. 

Today we all stand together.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

1703.18 BALLS OUT

I'm my opinion one of the most integral parts of a successful cycle commute is the availability of a shower at the other end. I've been on both sides of the spectrum with a previous employer which didn't provide a shower (baby wipes in the gents had to do) and my current one who does.

Monday, 13 March 2017

1703.13 AMERICANS DON'T HAVE KETTLES?

What's the first thing you do when you get up and come down stairs? When you walk in the house? I think I am in the majority when I say that I switch on the kettle. So imagine my surprise whilst reading the internet I came across a supposed fact that Americans don't have electric kettles. With globalisation and a shared history I've decided to look at a few other oddities our former colonists indulge in.

Friday, 10 March 2017

1703.09 LOGAN

A nice little visit to the pictures with my best bud Mr C. A chance to catch up in the bar with a pint in the bar before the film.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

1703.07 MEET ROLLO (AND MY FIRST PAID GIG)

Meet ROLLO my new (hopefully weekly) mini webcomic. In the same week I picked up my first paid cartooning gig. I've got a character design for a company's marketing requirements. Exciting times!

Saturday, 4 March 2017

1702.26 TO THE EDGE: TOM SIMPSON RIDE

I've loved cycling for many years. What is it about cycling that I find appealing? I think it's the accessibility and the fact that you don't have to be the best to get something out of it. Recently I've struggled with my cycling mojo and aside from a few short rides, commutes and turbo sessions I haven't had a decent day out in the saddle in ages.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

1702.28 HOW DO YOU EAT YOURS?

No I'm not talking about Cadbury's Cream Eggs I am of course talking about the fact that today is Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as PANCAKE DAY! 

Saturday, 25 February 2017

1702.25 EVIL TAKES A DAY OFF #02

So here it is, issue 2 of "Evil Takes a Day Off". Like the musicians' second album I found this one difficult and it went through many revisions. There's only so far you can go with a piece before you lose sight of the goal so I present it here for your enjoyment. This for me is still a learning experience and if I'm honest I'm enjoying every minute.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

1702.23 TWITTERVERSARY

Ten years ago I was looking for a service that would allow me to publish 'status updates' on my website and blog. Something small, short and snappy that I could perhaps update over WAP (do you remember WAP?) and not have to fire up the old desktop computer.

Monday, 20 February 2017

1702.19 THE ROLLERCOASTER

When Ronan Keating sang "life is a roller-coaster" I think he could have been describing the last few days of my life. Emotionally it's been joy to traumatic and everywhere in between.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

1702.14 I LOVE YOU ££££ MUCH!

It's St. Valentine's Day today which means lovers all over the world will be celebrating this evening. But what are we exactly celebrating?