Saturday, 31 October 2009


Today on my bike I raced against a tractor for about 3 and half miles. I certainly built up a sweat going quite quick. When I got in I was ready for the sport drink. Then a brew.

Friday, 30 October 2009

More Miles In The Dark

Well I cycled more miles in the dark, achieved a doodle or two and did emails drank a few brews thought quite a lot. I've got a string of tasks to complete, but the first is to have another brew before bedtime at the time of writing this.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Brew Ahoy!

Got to admit everytime I've opened the newspapers over the last few weeks there's an article with some slant or stats on "Booze Britain", myself at this HQ its  cups of tea all the way except on weekend trips to Edinburgh where I've been known to play Air Piano. Reet kettle on.

Out Of The Saddle 21st November

Well readers, cycling fans why not attend "Out of the saddle" an evening with the Downings on the 21st of November at Sitwell Golf Club Rotherham 7.30pm till late. Dean and Russell Downing are working with the Geoff Thomas Foundation all proceeds from there auction and raffle go to the foundation. You have chance to bid for one of my limited edition screen prints "Brew race", Paul Smith has one in his collection. There are guest speakers, there is a buffet and a disco. There will be plenty of banter about cycling events from the last calendar year. The evening is supported by SIS products, Continental tyres, Pinarello Racing and Rapha Condor
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Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Warm October

Well today I was most surprised this morning I got really wrapped up to go out on the bike, and was amazed how mild it was. Compared to this time last year it really was cold first thing. For those that don't know and are wondering I'm on the right in the photo below. 

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Sir Lisle & Me

This is a photo from a great weekend spent in Edinburgh and a very rare photo of me cos there are not many kicking about. Just been debating Lego or Airfix, I loved both.

Air Piano

Well here is a chap, playing a keyboard I guess; over the weekend I must confess in the tree of trust I played a bit of air piano at about 3am after a nightout in deepest Edinburgh. For those that are not mates with me on facebook and had the pleasure of watching a cringe worthy performance of me, you can digest the above image.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Hunt It Milk It

On my weekend adventure to Edinburgh to see my painter mate dylan lisle, I digested a massive breakfast plus the art galleries including some works by damien hirst. But I found this above in a pub you've not pickled and put one of these in a tank mr hirst eh!

Friday, 23 October 2009


I'm off to see the very talented painter Dylan lisle tomorrow in Edinburgh it shall be a great weekend I'm sure. This lad has never been before to Edinburgh, I've not been further north than Newcastle in this country.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Good Advice

Amongst a load of books I found an old exercise book which my sister had created when she was maybe 5 or 6 many years ago. Flicking through the pages it made me chuckle, I especially liked the above page wrote in pencil which is why its faint, nothing changes she still gives out the advice still today but mostly verbally.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Concept For Living Magazine

Well readers; I had a lovely email the other day to tell me my blog is written about and features in the new november issue of Concept For Living magazine. Many, many thanks to the people at the magazine for mentioning my blog it's great people out there enjoy it on a tea break. keep reading folks I promise I'll continue updating with my life and adventures..... click on the above image to read the article.

Another Rainy One

Well I've been soaked once more out cycling on my bike. With the weather changing its only the very hardy you see out on bikes in this autumnal weather maybe I'm just not wired up correct. The fair weather brigade all these young dudes on there expensive bikes where are they. I noticed there was an article in yesterdays G2 in the Guardian about cycling in this weather.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Rainy October Day

I've done this readers whilst its cold and rainy outside and leafs fall from the trees. We continue as ever.

J Bradbury

Last night; I digested the last episode of Design for Life, meanwhile a mate sent me a text. I'd missed Come Dine With Me, with the gorgeous Julia Bradbury apparently looking quite sexy. At the Heighton HQ its no secret I'm an admirer, I especially like the scarf and wardrobe collection Julia rocks on Contryfile. Sigh....................... any how Its that time of year I can sniff november and christmas how this year has flown.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Me,Myself and I !

Well readers recently I've had numerous people make fun and ask if I have a brother or a cousin that looks like me they even say I look geeky some of these mates. Nope I don't, no relation to me folks. Besides me mum describes me as good looking.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Rats & Bats

I'm getting a bit fed up on my early morning bike rides with rats jumping out and nearly going under my front wheel, or nearly leaping at me in my lycra thinking I'm some snack. Plus bats swooping at me whilst my LED lights are on. Grrrrrrr.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

The Fall

Well this afternoon I've done some more miles on my bike and it really does look more like Autumn to me outdoors with the colour of the trees. I spotted Russell Downing on his bike going at quite a pace in his new team Sky cycling gear. I'm sure we will see lots of riders in that team kit next summer I feel sure.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Made & Sold

Well readers the postie has just delivered me a copy of Made & Sold by fl@33 published by Laurence King;I feature in there with two of my images. But there's some really fantastic work in there by Andy Smith, kate Sutton, Peepshow, Jon Burgerman, Jeremyville, Emily Forgot and a heap of other talented people. This book is amazing, they even quote me in it. I sound half smart in it. Get yourself a copy enjoy with a brew.

Down The Village

Yesterday I visited London and on my travels I was quite taken with a book which was £90 squid it showed the work by Edward Bawden and his work for a rather expensive shop that the Queen shops at. I also spotted some actual models from the Fantastic Mr Fox film, they were so detailed find them down Oxford street in a window of a large chain store.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Autumnal Doodles

Well today I've done some doodles in my sketchbook, supped tea and eaten choc bars. I've even sorted through more of my old work. I may scour old sketchbooks next just to annoy myself and make me chuckle.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Sketchbook Pages

Here you go readers some spreads from one of my latest sketchbooks. I'll be honest its full of madness by myself lovingly done powered by a many cups of tea.

Northern Derby

Well readers find me in the Guardian tomorrow for summet reet northern in flavour on the back page of the sport section. Reet now I need a brew.

Monday, 12 October 2009


It looks more like Autumn out and about the leaves are falling and I've dug out my scarf collection, me hat collection will be out next. I'm even gonna dig out my big coats.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Sloe Berries

On a leisurely Sunday afternoon bash on the bike me and my mate were flagged down not for you average set of directions. But to ask us if we knew personally where the sloe berries were. Could we direct them to the sloe berries?? I haven't a clue was my answer but they had plenty of countryside to pick from. I've not tasted Sloe Gin, I like a brew.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Kinghts Tale

This last week I've caught a peek at Nick Knights new book another book I want to own, I love the photography of this man and his dress sense, probably one of the best dressed gents in Britain.  His photography never bores me but engages me and indeed inspires me. I just hope he keeps grafting.

Friday, 9 October 2009

Soaked In October

Well on an evening ride on the bike I got well soaked, a cup of tea at the end of that ride never tasted so good.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Brews & Wiggo

Well at the time of writing I've had 6 cups of tea already before 12pm lunch time. I've resolved an A2 image I'm about happy with and I've read some more of the Bradley Wiggins biography. We continue.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Bike Hound

Well I've done a few miles on the bike wrapped up warm cos there was a nip in the air first thing. I've done some drawing and supped tea. I'm off to read the paper.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009


Today on me lunch break I went the bakery and had my eye on the gingerbread men. I was thinking about saturday night, some how I arrived at this little dude. I'm still trying to resolve a large image.

Rainy October Day

Well its been raining outside off and on. I've been singing off and on, whilst sat on my computer. I have the new Michael Buble song in my head. "Have'nt met you yet", I like the lass in the pop video that never happens to me down at my local supermarket though.

Monday, 5 October 2009


Here is another snippet of something I'm working on at the moment on and off. Reet kettle on its getting chilly. Riding around on my bike I think the trees are looking more interesting with there colour reds and yellows.

Getting Cold

Its getting colder readers, I know cos the heater as been switched on whilst I do my drawings sup tea and generally sing along to tunes in the background.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

In Town

Well readers I heard a whisper that the prime minister might have been in South Yorkshire today for an event over at Sheffield. Leaving Doncaster today I was stopped on my bike while a Police escorted Jaguar and a smart land Rover were escorted through the rough and ready roads of Donny. Could have been the Prime Minister.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

The Irony

Well this morning I mentioned in my blog about christmas. Later in the morning I won a job to illustrate Santa. I love it we have hit October and its christmas from here onwards. I need a brew. perhaps serve it up with biscuits and xmas trimmings.

Xmas Is Soon......."Shut Up".

Well readers I've just changed over my calendar. Yes it's a fabulous two piece costume the model is wearing; but more alarmingly its the 1st of October. I've just set out on foot to work on my ten thousand steps for the day. I hit step 20 I believe before "Morning, its Christmas soon". Shut up!