Thursday, July 20, 2006

Not a well bunny.....

For a couple of years now I've had the feeling that all is not well with me.I've had a fear of sudden loud noises since I did a tour of duty in Northern Ireland with the army back in 1980,but recently things have been getting worse,poor sleep,irrational fears etc.I thought that I was maybe suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (I'd experienced some pretty heinous things during my time in N.I.),and a PTSD website confirmed that I had a few of the symptoms.Having talked it over with Fran,my wife,I decided it would be a good idea to see a doctor,and discuss my problems.He reckoned I was suffering from depression and,after trying to prescribe a course of tablets straight off,referred me to a psychiatrist.A couple of months later I went for my appointment and was diagnosed with depression,but with several symptoms of PTSD.The shrink has referred me for something called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy,which is supposedly the best thing for medium to severe depression.I'm waiting for the first session,so I'll put an update here once the course starts.
By the way,I was told that recognising that there is a problem is half the battle.
Fasten your seat belts,we may be in for a bumpy ride.......

To be continued.

Friday, January 20, 2006

100% Biker Forum Party

On the weekend of 14/15 January 2006 we attended the above do at the Plough in Arncott near Oxford.We've been members of the Forum for a couple of years now,but this was the first opportunity to meet other members.As Oxford is a helluva long way from sunny Embra Steff and Terry AKA Baglady and Shep suggested we fly down to Heathrow where they very kindly picked us up,fed us,gave us a bed for the night and took us to the party!We were a tad nervous about meeting folks in case they thought we were boring,but our fears were unfounded.As we got out of the car we heard a shout of "The Picts have arrived!" and a bunch led by JonnyFP came galloping over to greet us!On entering the pub we found folks forming a queue to say hello,and Freak got on his knees in front of Fran and started bowing .....nutter!As the evening went on the beer flowed and we felt like we'd known everyone for years,it really was marvellous.Here are a few piccies of the night.
This is the mighty Yoda,with Kingo in the background.

To the right is the inimitable Forest Fred.

STEViE,one bloke,one mandolin,one damn good musician.

Jay and KKM,the Jelly Baby Brothers,up to no good!

Left to right,Krammer,Yoda,Freak,Doro and Gypsy.

All in all we had a fantastic time,and are really looking forward to the next time we meet these folks again,thanks to everybody for making us so welcome.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Kiwi Rugby.......

If you've read my profile you'll see that I like rugby,Union that is,not too keen on league.Anyway,in 2003 my wife Fran & I were lucky enough to have a holiday in New Zealand (great place,going back in 2007!),and managed to catch two Super 12 games.The first was Hurricanes v Stormers (S.Africa) at the Westpac Trust stadium in Wellington,better known as the Cake Tin.You can see why from the above pic. It was Jonah Lomu's last home game before his kidney problem got really bad,and unfortunately he didn't play at all well.Hurricanes still won though! The other pic shows the inside of the Cake Tin.It was cold though,we'd left Paekakariki where we'd camped (a nice little town on the Kapiti Coast,20 miles or so north of Wellington) and the temperature was in the 70s,so I was wearing shorts and a T-shirt.More fool me!
The second match was a week later in Christchurch,Crusaders v Chiefs from Waikato.This was played in Jade Stadium,an older ground than Westpac.This photo shows Jade's exterior.Had a really good time,As I'm a Crusaders fan I'm happy to say they won! The second pic shows the inside of the ground,and if you look closely at the extreme right behind the posts you can see the stage for the pre-match entertainment,Tim Finn,previously of Split Enz & Crowded House.Needless to say,the stage was wheeled away before the kick off!
As a point of interest tickets for both games were NZ$30 each,which works out at about £10,a real bargain to see many of the best players in the world.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005


Welcome to my World of Buffoonery.This is an ongoing project,so please be patient.
So,to get things started,Here's a photo of my bike.She's also an ongoing project,I'll be posting more pics as I tidy her up......