Country matters

I’m off to the Cotswolds tomorrow for a reading and writing week. Being the Procrastinator General it’s the only way I can get any proper work done. I am a terrible procrastinator. Actually, no, I’m a brilliant procrastinator – I’m really...

It's a knockout

Well, baste me with a giant spatula if Charlton didn’t knock Chelsea out of the Carling Cup last night. OK, it was only a tin pot competition, but it’s one we’ve always been notoriously rubbish in, and it was Chelsea. I always found Chelsea to be...

Hamar of the gods

Just back from Norway this morning where it was, without exception, absolutely taters. Had lots of fun though, which warmed the old cockles. I was there for a cracking gig in a small Norwegian town called Hamar, near Lillehammer (which means Little Hammer, fact fans),...

Northern rock

Well, the Guild of Travel Writers thing went pretty well in the end. I was a bit rusty but managed to talk my way through the evening, which also featured my estimable colleague Polly Evans who was very profligate with copies of her books. I’d just taken the...

Stamping authority

Just taken delivery of a couple of advance copies of the new edition of Stamping Grounds. Very nice it looks too. In a clever subliminal piece of marketing, the cover looks very similar to Attention All Shipping so that you won’t even notice you’ve bought...