Naked shaving

I was excited after joining my new gymnasium (also known as ‘a gym’).  The entrance lobby was bright, the staff chirpy (apart from Mark – he’s just one of those guys who seems to think smiling is a sign of weakness), the equipment plentiful and in working order. But then I was introduced to a […]

Top Ten things to say to trick-or-treaters

I hate Halloween.  It was a great excuse for burning stuff and drinking flagons of cider when I was 14 but I have no use for it now.  I’m currently sitting in the back room of my deliberately pitch-dark house in the hope of keeping the usual array of greedy children and their imposing parents […]

The right time for a-ha to say goodbye

Depending on which re-written press release you read today you’ll learn that a-ha were formed anywhere from 25 to 27 years ago, split up in the nineties for anywhere from five to seven years and got back together in 1998 – or is that 1999?  No, it was 2000 apparently. What you will unanimously learn and […]

My first acupuncturism

After over a year struggling with this bloody Achilles injury and having chalked sports massage, physiotherapy and reiki off the list of possible solutions, I decided to drop in to the herb and acupuncture store* – for yes, we have such a thing – at my local shopping centre. I’ve never once walked by it in the […]

The fallacy of democracy

Undemocracy News out of Ireland this week is that it is undemocratic to be given a vote on the future of your country. Declan Ganley, a millionaire businessman whose opposition to the Lisbon Treaty saw him become a TV star along the lines of X-Factor or something, said: “The Irish people had a vote on […]

The pitfalls of being an online importer/exporter

I stuck an ad up on Gumtree offering a laptop I’m not using all that much and within a few hours I had a response.  Easy money! Daniel Lewis (danielewiss@yahoo.com) wrote me and said: “Thinking about what to have for a special gift to my colleage till i found your item, would Like to know if […]

Football Manager 2010 price drop at Zavvi

There’s the usual pre-Christmas buzz about Football Manager at the moment but – as I blogged before – I absolutely refuse to pay over the odds for it. After a month or so of websites advertising price points of £25-30, Zavvi decided to test the mettle of the impatient buyers who already pre-ordered by selling it […]

Championship Manager 2010 “does” a Radiohead

Championship Manager (CM) was the all-conquering football management game franchise until the original creators, Sports Interactive, left the fold.  They went on to regenerate the Football Manager brand and have topped the charts since 2004 while CM has floundered with a series of much-criticised releases. CM skipped their 2008 release in order to concentrate on […]

My first man-ssage

With a string of female sports masseuses having moved on at my gym I was left with the ultimate dilemma today – do I let a boy touch my naked body? Over the last five years I’d gone through a number of masseuses: a former Olympian badminton player (badmintor?), an Asian girl who asked me […]