Tuesday, 11 September 2018

A Thousand Miles in September

An introduction to my 1000 mile September challenge.
What does one thousand miles mean to you?
It sounds big. And it is a fair distance to travel. To The Proclaimers, it was the distance they would walk to prove their undying love. Not just 500 miles—that’s a lot in itself—but 500 more. Enough to leave them collapsed in a heap at their loved-one’s door.

To a refugee fleeing Damascus, though, a thousand miles is the distance they would travel to reach Athens.
This September, I'm aiming to cycle 1000 miles in aid of the British Red Cross #milesforrefugees campaign.

Monday, 15 May 2017

In Bed With Another Site...

I recently had the good fortune of being asked to join the editorial team at the rather excellent In Bed With Maradona.

Alongside editing a number of high-quality articles that are regularly submitted to the site, I also get the opportunity to add my own words, the first of which appeared a few weeks ago on IBWM's Marseille project.

Cantona and Marseille...

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Bike Citizens Unite...

I am delighted to have been given the chance to write for Bike Citizens, the creators of an urban cycling app which uses the know-how of bike couriers. Specifically designed for the needs of cyclists in cities, the app has been downloaded over 250,000 times.

Routes offered by the app favour cycle paths and side streets and help urban cyclists to discover their city from a new perspective.

Click on the photos below to read my first two articles for Bike Citizens - more to follow, hopefully!




Friday, 8 April 2016

An Ode to Old Photos

Johanna and Anya were rummaging around through a box of old photographs tonight when they came across a piece of family history - which was the cause of much merriment. It was a flier created for the short-lived death metal band in which I "played" bass guitar in the late 1980s.
Monolith was a glorious mess. We had one song, Evil Death — a doom-laden slow burner in which improvised and unintelligible lyrics were gargled over a looping three-note riff.
The four members balanced the scales quite perfectly. The brothers Glynn — Duncan and Martin — provided the musical talent which our song hid quite well. Brain-on-a-stick Mark Wallwork and I could offer little more than great enthusiasm.
The moment that Anya entered the room brandishing a faded piece of A4 paper and exclaiming, between tears of laughter, “look what we found!”, I knew what it was.
27 years disappeared instantly as I stared at the photo, with its collage of newspaper headlines and black and white images.
I remembered them all...

Sunday, 24 January 2016

An Apology From Grumpy, and Some News from Birmingham City

From my site Grumpy Old Fan - an apology and some other goings-on...

It's been a while.

I once heard it said that you shouldn't use a blog post to apologise for a lack frequency in posting. However, the site is still here, and I've not been looking after it. So I feel that I must.
There are many reasons why this has happened - not least that real life, work, and my own procrastination have all got in the way. I'm sure there will be more to come about that in the future.

There has also been my position as Editor at Fanfeud - the blog site which accompanies a weekly fantasy football app. It is an enjoyable role, which is helping me gain invaluable experience. That editing the words of others, to help shape content on an increasingly popular website, eats into one's own writing time is an unfortunate by-product.

Last week was an incredibly busy one at Fanfeud towers, culminating in some exciting news for its parent company, Sportego, who announced a partnership with Championship side Birmingham City.

I can't stake a claim for any glory in this - but I am delighted to have been a small cog in the machine and that I am able to report the news...

(To read more on the Birmingham City and Fanfeud news, click the image below)

Sunday, 27 December 2015

A River Runs Through It

+Johanna Howard-Cofield​, +Anya Howard-Cofield​, +Leo Howard-Cofield​ and I spent the day helping the clear up in Littleborough following yesterday's floods.
I'm really proud of the kids giving their day up and humbled by the way the community - farmers, publicans, electricians, plumbers, off-duty firemen, faith and community groups of all creeds, everyone - all came together to help those whose property had been flooded.

An even bigger area was affected just a few miles further up the valley with Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd (among others in the North) all suffering - just three years since the last big flood which prompted new defences being put in place. Naturally, the reaction has been the same, with people coming from miles away to lend a hand.

(For my cycling friends, to help place the area, Mytholmroyd is where Cragg Vale, the "longest hill in England" begins).

We returned tired, hungry and dirty - but happy that we could at least come home to a hot shower and some comfort. It could be a while before some of those affected, whose furniture and belongings were carted off in skips today, can do the same. Hopefully it won't be too long.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

A New Regular Column

I started writing a new regular football column for Betwire in September. Betwire is a network where users can access real-time information, news and social interactions tailored to their betting interests.

Topics tackled so far have been:

The football transfer window madness: Football's Transfer Roulette Wheel Set to Keep on Spinning