A farewell to 2009 and to this decade

Wow. It really doesn’t seem so very long ago that I was writing my 2008 retrospective. The older you get, the faster the years go by. Scary.

I don’t really have the motivation to do a detailed analysis of this year and I’m overly introspective at the best of times anyway.


  • Making a success of the job I started in Nov 08 after the unpleasant short stint I did at the place before
  • Moving on from he who was forever beyond the scope of this blog
  • Enjoying various trips out of London to Wales, Scotland, Italy, Germany, France
  • With the exception of a bout of swine flu and pulling a leg muscle – staying healthy
  • Meeting up with friends I’ve made via this blog including Sven, Lula and Vic and also getting to know some great new people through social networking


  • Gaining a stone (14 lbs) and generally eating and drinking too much
  • Failing to find Steven (re: desperately seeking Steven)
  • Not moving home sooner than I’d wanted. Very early next year I hope to
  • Feeling frustrated by the status quo and constantly yearning for change of one kind or another

Well, this is likely to be the last post of this year (and indeed of this decade) so HAPPY NEW YEAR! I’m off to a dinner party this evening and staying over. Hoping not to over do it… What is it they say?? The pathway to hell is paved with good intentions…! We’ll see.

Anyway, thanks for reading and see you on the other side! Hope 2010 is good for you.

You are what you eat

(via anniecollinge)

Well – I certainly feel I am what I eat.

My diet has nose-dived over the past 6 months. This is a combination of working longer hours, living on my own, getting lunch paid for at work, having snacks and other not-so-healthy things provided at the office, drinking more, etc.

It’ll be a case of ‘all change’ come January 1st, however. I’ll firm-up my New Year’s resolutions before the year is out, but at the very least they will include a drastic reduction in alcohol consumption and a radical overhaul of my diet. My insatiable appetite for bread, cheeses, crisps, crackers, M&S chocolate and other snack food will be unflinchingly addressed.

Once upon a time, you see, I was one of those tiresome gym bunnies and health-food bores, waxing lyrical about ultra-low-fat probiotic yoghurt, of freshly juiced apple and carrot and of what brand of running shoe to wear. I went to the gym every weekend, usually quite early in the morning. And that was in addition to the 2x after work I’d go during the week. How much has changed…

So in 10 days time I will begin atoning for the twin sins of gluttony and sloth with a fervour that will, I hope, border on the messianic.

This is London – 2009

This was London last night:

A peaceful evening at Sheridan’s. He made a soufflĂ©, came out better than expected. We had champagne (he hardly had any!) and I had a fair amount of Guinness, too. A very low key evening. First time I’ve ever stayed over at his as I live down the road. He’d made up the spare room which was comfortable (king-size bed! I’m not used to that).

I made my beef in Guinness casserole and friends are coming round later for that. Then round to other friends this evening for a bite to eat and a catch up.

Hope y’all had a good one.