Posted by sean on August 5, 2020 at 10:31 am in Football, Leeds United with No Comments


Now that the play off final has been won – congratulations to Fulham – we know the 20 teams in the Premier League next season.

This excites me greatly…

Posted by sean on August 4, 2020 at 2:31 pm in Animals with No Comments


This blog post title sounds like the name of a song, should Peter Andre ever collaborate with garage band, The Streets…

… because of Mysterious Girl and how Mike Skinner – front man of The Streets – seems to refer to all women as “birds” (maybe) … get it? Forget it.

Anyway, you’ll be pleased to know that there will be no degrading of ladies on this blog. At least for today.

This blog post refers to the one I made about a bird spotted in the back garden and what breed it could possibly be.

A lot of people had a lot of ideas and suggestions. All wrong, apart from the two individuals who believe it to be a juvenile nuthatch.

Those claiming the bird to be a nuthatch are both apparently “experts”.

As neither responded to my question directly – having instead been asked by a family member and web forum user – it is not beyond the realms of possibility that both these so-called experts are actually the same person.

If this is just one person, that one person could be wrong!

I think I’ll let this one go. It’s dragging on too long even for my patience. Let’s just agree it is an ostrich chick.

Posted by sean on August 3, 2020 at 7:14 am in Animals with No Comments


We have seen another feathered friend in our garden.

Claire managed to snap a photo using her mobile phone.

The bird looks to be juvenile, but I have been unable to work out what breed it actually is.

I discussed what it could possibly be with family. I also posted the photo on a web forum for bird enthusiasts.

While the image quality didn’t help, everyone was left no wiser than me. I found this to be reassuring – it would be so embarrassing if the bird just turned out to be a young blackbird.

Suggestions as to who the visitor could be included…

  • Nuthatch
  • Pied Wagtail
  • Starling
  • Wheatear
  • Wren

A juvenile Nuthatch certainly appeared to be the most popular opinion, including from someone who claims to be very knowledgeable on ornithology.

I know it’s not an ostrich and I think it’s unlikely to be an albatross…

Posted by sean on August 2, 2020 at 7:22 am in Shopping with No Comments


I challenge anyone to find a past time more enjoyable for a schoolboy, than spending an afternoon alone in their bedroom, with only a glossy publication and the photos printed inside for company…

I loved browsing the Argos catalogue as a kid.

With this in mind, I can’t have been the only person to shed a tear when it was announced that the Argos catalogue was now a thing of the past.

In years gone by, I would spend hours reading the catalogue, devouring the items I knew I couldn’t afford with my eyes.

I can’t remember exactly when the Christmas edition of the catalogue was released – probably June – but without fail, the pens would come out, ready to circle anything and everything needed from Father Christmas.

If it wasn’t computer games and gadgets I was feasting my eyes upon, in the summer it would be paddling pools large enough to hold an Olympic swimming event.

Then there were the sheds the size of a small house. For some reason, I hoped my mum and dad – both very green-fingered – would just give me the family garden, complete with a £500 shed, and allow their eleven-year-old to live and sleep in it.

All of this makes me sound like I must have been an incredibly spoilt child. I wasn’t. Not once was I bought a shed, swimming pool or Hornby Intercity 125.

So many memories…

Posted by sean on August 1, 2020 at 7:35 am in Me Vs. The World with No Comments


Cheers to the refuse collectors at Bath & North East Somerset Council, for leaving the street in a worse state than it was in before they arrived.

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