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Took the dog for ski this morning in Sutton Coldfield !

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Snow – Love it or hate it?

It’s snowing this morning in Sutton Coldfield!  I shouldn’t be surprised. I’m pretty sure it has snowed here before, but since the royal town adopted me, it’s the first time I’ve seen her draped in white. England is a damp … Continue reading

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What did this ski bum do with his summer? – shocker.

I hope that some of you will be disappointed to hear that Skiing With Demons III (SWD3) will not be published in time for Christmas – mostly because I haven’t written it. Amongst the ambivalent, there is someone who is … Continue reading

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Defender of the Fells

Historically, I have never liked being on my own. So it was with great trepidation that I set off on my solo camping trip to the Lake District. I say, “camping”, but no tents were to be involved. I’d “pimped … Continue reading

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I love Cox – but not time travel

Thanks to Brian Cox I did a bit of time traveling in Birmingham last Friday. Well, it was really thanks to my girlfriend’s love of the television presenter and his ability to make astrophysics sexy. I don’t remember the appearance … Continue reading

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2017 – The Best and Worst of Ski Seasons

It had been the best and worst of seasons, as Dickens might have described it – one lacking in snow and beset with Land Rover problems from its outset. Morzine had seen a brutally cold January and tropical temperatures in … Continue reading

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Style Altitude – interviews a “geezonaire”

Being asked for an interview by Elaine Deed,  Style Altitude’s editor in chief and former fashion editor at Tatlor, was flattering. Being called a “geezonaire” –  not so much. Not really being known for my dress or indeed skiing style, … Continue reading

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Who are the Agents of Entropy ?

Excerpt from The Agents of Entropy Scientifically speaking, entropy is a thermodynamic quantity representing the unavailability of a system’s thermal energy for conversion into mechanical work, often interpreted as the degree of disorder or randomness in the system. It’s also … Continue reading

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Season 7 – Fancy Skiing With Demons?

The clocks have finally gone back and it will soon be time for me to go skiing rather than writing about it. The Bacon Run looms and it’s also time to put winter tyres on Landie, fix everything on her … Continue reading

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Craggy Island – Drinking (tea) with Demons

The decision to visit Craggy Island was an ecumenical matter – we both loved Father Ted despite the difference in our religious views. I thought it would be a good place to work on Skiing With More Demons (working title) … Continue reading

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Wine Run 6 – Uneventful thanks to Trigger’s Broom

My winter’s lease has all too short a date and once again I find myself back in Sutton Coldfield with another long summer ahead. ‘The Wine Run’, as my annual northerly migration is known, went well. By Land Rover standards … Continue reading

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“Dyslexic skier writes Best Seller” – Apostrophe Police Perplexe

Six months have passed since ‘Skiing With Demons’ (SWD) was released into the wild and I thought I’d let you know how it’s been getting on. More than a thousand people have now parted with cash for the dubious privilege of … Continue reading

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Is Skiing a Sport ?

It does seem a bit pointless. Spending a fortune getting to the top of a mountain so, at great personal risk, we can slide down it. We usually end up exactly where we started – at the bottom of the … Continue reading

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Not all Chalet Girls are on a ‘gap yah-er’

You maybe familiar with the ‘seasonaire’ stereotype, but these days not all chalet girls are called Pippa, wear Alice bands and Ugg boots, and are on a gap yah-er. So don’t be surprised, the next time you knock on a … Continue reading

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Boyfriend Skiing – Another Ring of Truth

In order to atone for my controversial, Girlfriend Skiing, chapter – I thought I’d add this supplementary blog. I was tempted to simply replace the word ‘girl’ with ‘boy’ and repost the chapter – but where would be the fun … Continue reading

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The Swiss Wall & The Chairlift of Shame

Excerpt from ‘Skiing With Demons’  chapter 3. Nothing particularly frightening has ever come out of Switzerland. Graham Greene famously wrote:‘500 years of democracy and peace, and what did they [the Swiss] produce – the cuckoo clock!’ Given that nothing scary … Continue reading

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An apology to My Ski Girlfriends

I’ve decided to take Sample Chapter 19 ‘Girlfriend Skiing’ offline! A lot of people (mostly men it has to be said) thought it was hilarious but a few people (mostly female it also has to be said) thought it was … Continue reading

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Why did I write a book ?

I’m not sure why I wrote it, or more accurately, I’m not prepared to tell you the real reasons. In fact I’m not even prepared to be honest with myself about its purpose. It could have been a cathartic exercise … Continue reading

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Excitement builds – the cover illustration arrives

Just got the cover graphic from the illustrator (Dan House) – very pleased. Of course you need to read the book to understand why it’s so perfect for Skiing With Demons. It shows the Apres Aliens arriving, a backdrop of Mt Blanc … Continue reading

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You really never finish a book – it just gets published!

Its been 3 years in the writing and finally I’ve finished it. Well, actually, my editor and girlfriend (Dr Debs) have forbidden me from fiddling with it any more. Every time I proof read it I want to change something. … Continue reading

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Why Self-Publish ?

Because nothing else made sense. After almost being suckered by a vanity publisher – I did my research and discovered that the world of book publishing is now completely different to how I, and most of us, conceptualise it. You no longer … Continue reading

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