A Trip of Noteworthy Mention

It had been a tough few months, and was only going to improve many years later. So I decided that the rest of 2013 would consist of getting as much fun packed into my time off work as possible. This was my 40th year and I was going to enjoy it despite the backdrop. Kicking […]

Load of Bollocks

I’ve always fancied writing a blog. Well for a good few years anyway. And since then an old friend asked “Why are you writing the blog?” Well I’ll tell you. When I was at Boldon Comprehensive school I remember absolutely loving writing. For English I had one of those great inspiring teachers. Miss Collinson, I […]

Finding my Feet Again

It was 2013, and had been over 10 years since I had spent any length of time living on my own. As fresh faced young 20 something pup when I had just arrived in Aberdeen. Green and wet behind the ears. I’d just moved into a new city, a new country! I had everything to […]

The Hardest Thing in the World

This is the hardest it’s felt to get started since I started my fledgling blogging career a week ago. I didn’t really know what I wanted to write about when I started this blog on my business website so wrote abut my childhood and went from there, chronologically. I‘ve felt a bit like Forrest Gump […]

Setting up Camp

The lovely dear I bought my house in Aberdeen from, Grace, had owned it since it was built. Which was just after the war ended. She had raised her family here with her husband Reginald Rust Bissett! And the locals here make fun of English names!! They call “us” Nigel’s! Haha. It’s quite funny really. […]

(Another) Englishman in Aberdeen

I came up to Aberdeen the week before Christmas in 2001. Purely for work. It was a temporary contract with one weeks notice. Almost 20 years later I still can’t escape the place! It was my first experience of being away from my hometown of South Shields. And I came up up by myself. Off […]

It’s not where you’re from, it’s where you’re At

I’m originally from South Shields, north east England. A special town. It snuggles in a cosy spot right where the River Tyne meets the North Sea. It’s not Newcastle and it’s not Sunderland. And it never will be. We’re not Geordies and we’re not Mackems.  We’re Sanddancers. And we’re proud. It’s a spiritual place. It’s […]

Lockdown Benefits…

I’m lucky in that I can manage many aspects of my business online and over the phone in isolation. I have been able to concentrate on marketing for the future and trying to secure the bookings which are currently allowed like key workers, folk unable to return to their home address, self isolations etc. It’s […]

Ramblings of a First Time Blogger

Have you ever wanted to start something new but there always seems to be something else in the way like the day job or family duties? So these great ideas or even dreams never materialise and you end up wondering what if. Well, the idea of writing a blog has long been in my mind […]

A Letter to my Dad x

Dear Dad (Dav), I am writing this letter to tell you how much I love and miss you. I should have wrote this letter a long time ago. Some people say this type of stuff at the funeral. We were so immature and cut up that I don’t think any of us spoke. It’s all […]