Monthly Archives: December 2012

There comes a time in every man’s life when he asks himself “now that I have partied at Keith Richards table, jammed with Mick Taylor and chased Mick Jagger up a flight of stairs…is my work here finally done?”

…and so, after 17 rollercoaster years of “having it large” in that there London town, it is with mixed emotions that me and the Kat woman have decided  that it’s time to wind down this particular party and head for the hills.

Yes, that’s right folks….I’m coming home.  London is a great place to live life to the full, but it’s a crap place for starting a family and the the constant hassle of working your arse off every day just to keep  a roof over your head can become rather overbearing at times.  We figure it’s time to take our foot off the gas (a little bit)….and put down some roots, because apparently, I’m not a teenager anymore and it’s really about time I considered popping out a couple of ankle biters while I can still run up a flight of stairs and wipe my own bottom.

So let it finally be known, that on January 31st 2013…we’re moving back to Scotland!  We’ve found an idylic 18th century cottage about 15 miles west of Edinburgh with a gorgeous garden (Koi carp in the pool!), 3/4 of an acre of private woodland, a separate art studio/office and best of all….a workshop that I am going to turn into a fully functioning recording studio/rehearsal space!

Oh….and there is the small matter of taking over the business that also comes with the house.  Somewhat unbelievably, we willl also be running a Cattery!  We’re gonna be crazy cat country people….with two chickens….henrietta and pricilla.

I know….crazy the coconuts.

Weirdly we’re also keeping our jobs.  I’ll be continuing to do design work for my clients in London, but without it being my only source of income, and Kat will be working 3 days a week for her current employer, but on different aspects of the business that can be done remotely.

The rest of the time we’ll be cleaning up cat shit, making a racket (NO NEIGHBOURS!!!), painting pictures and generally doing things we enjoy.

So I’m warning you now, people of Edinburgh.  I bore easily and will require regular beer related stimulation….especially at the weekends!  Looking forward to seeing you all again.

And people of London – the hardest part about leaving the big smoke is leaving you guys behind.  It’s been an absolute pleasure.  On the plus side….our new home is only 20 minutes from Edinburgh Airport….and I’m expecting to be popping down whenever the urge strikes.  So you’ll be sick of me again in no time.  Also…open invitation to come stay anytime you want….we have many bedrooms.

Here’s a couple of pics of the new pad.



workshop  – this will be renovated into a very groovy recording studio/rehearsal space

studio workshop

car port and view of art studio and recording studio out buildings

rear patio garden

the back garden….and view!front cattery2

cattery – outdoor penscattery

cattery main building and sun trap

art studio

art studio/office

Right….with that finally out of the way, I shall bid you all a cracking new year….I’m going to pour a stiff drink, put on my rolling stones belt buckle and take a couple of super hot chicks out to the blues kitchen rolling stones party in Camden, where I will eat my own body weight in ribs before partying like a loony for my final new year in London……for a while anyway.  Well…it would be rude not to eh?

mwah xx


This isn’t really a blog post…but I just love this explanation of how early man might have come to the conclusion that there is a bigger and better version of him out there…so I thought I’d share.  I would urge you to read the whole text or listen to a reading of the whole text using the links below.

Enjoy the Genius that was, Douglas Adams…

“Where does the idea of God come from? Well, I think we have a very skewed point of view on an awful lot of things, but let’s try and see where our point of view comes from. Imagine early man. Early man is, like everything else, an evolved creature and he finds himself in a world that he’s begun to take a little charge of; he’s begun to be a tool-maker, a changer of his environment with the tools that he’s made and he makes tools, when he does, in order to make changes in his environment. To give an example of the way man operates compared to other animals, consider speciation, which, as we know, tends to occur when a small group of animals gets separated from the rest of the herd by some geological upheaval, population pressure, food shortage or whatever and finds itself in a new environment with maybe something different going on. Take a very simple example; maybe a bunch of animals suddenly finds itself in a place where the weather is rather colder. We know that in a few generations those genes which favour a thicker coat will have come to the fore and we’ll come and we’ll find that the animals have now got thicker coats. Early man, who’s a tool maker, doesn’t have to do this: he can inhabit an extraordinarily wide range of habitats on earth, from tundra to the Gobi Desert – he even manages to live in New York for heaven’s sake – and the reason is that when he arrives in a new environment he doesn’t have to wait for several generations; if he arrives in a colder environment and sees an animal that has those genes which favour a thicker coat, he says “I’ll have it off him”. Tools have enabled us to think intentionally, to make things and to do things to create a world that fits us better. Now imagine an early man surveying his surroundings at the end of a happy day’s tool making. He looks around and he sees a world which pleases him mightily: behind him are mountains with caves in – mountains are great because you can go and hide in the caves and you are out of the rain and the bears can’t get you; in front of him there’s the forest – it’s got nuts and berries and delicious food; there’s a stream going by, which is full of water – water’s delicious to drink, you can float your boats in it and do all sorts of stuff with it; here’s cousin Ug and he’s caught a mammoth – mammoth’s are great, you can eat them, you can wear their coats, you can use their bones to create weapons to catch other mammoths. I mean this is a great world, it’s fantastic. But our early man has a moment to reflect and he thinks to himself, ‘well, this is an interesting world that I find myself in’ and then he asks himself a very treacherous question, a question which is totally meaningless and fallacious, but only comes about because of the nature of the sort of person he is, the sort of person he has evolved into and the sort of person who has thrived because he thinks this particular way. Man the maker looks at his world and says ‘So who made this then?’ Who made this? – you can see why it’s a treacherous question. Early man thinks, ‘Well, because there’s only one sort of being I know about who makes things, whoever made all this must therefore be a much bigger, much more powerful and necessarily invisible, one of me and because I tend to be the strong one who does all the stuff, he’s probably male’. And so we have the idea of a god. Then, because when we make things we do it with the intention of doing something with them, early man asks himself , ‘If he made it, what did he make it for?’ Now the real trap springs, because early man is thinking, ‘This world fits me very well. Here are all these things that support me and feed me and look after me; yes, this world fits me nicely’ and he reaches the inescapable conclusion that whoever made it, made it for him.”

Makes perfect sense to me…and there’s more…a lot more.

To read or listen to the whole thing….clicky the linky.