Long StraIght Walk

On Saturday September 6th 2014 I will be setting off on a journey from Land’s End and approximately 1month later I will complete my journey at John O Groats. Ten minutes later, hopefully with my feet up, enjoying a wee dram with a few pals boring them by  recounting all the stories that will have been…

It’s the End of the World As We Know It

It’s probably best if I include the brackets to the song title ‘It’s the End of the World As We Know It (and I feel fine). This is just in case you think there is some hidden apocalyptic message in this blog post. Well there’s not. For one thing, I’m not smart enough to hide…

Lunchtime Blues

Here’s a wee story to brighten up your day. When I say brighten up your day I do of course mean shake your head and say “tch” or some other tongue against roof of mouth sound. Setting the scene The place – Scoff & Banter, Radisson Blu Mercer St, London The time – 13:21 on…

The Sun Always Shines on TV

Before I launch into the usual blah blah blah, ‘it’s all about me’ tirade of selfishness covered up in a chocolate coating to make it look my concerns and views take into consideration those outside my immediate close circle, I should issue an ego warning. Because this time there is no sugary sweet tasty bit…

Under Pressure

Sounds simple, “breathing”. We take it for granted but really it’s quite important. Without it we would just exhale and expire. What we breathe is also a matter of life and death and all sub headings in between too for that matter. Quick question for you. What is the mains substance the body (and brain)…

What’s Another Year

Eurovision multi winner Johnny Logan’s biggest song asked ‘What’s another year?’ and the good people of Russia, Germany, and Israel (that european stronghold!) all voted with douze points in full understanding of the crooner’s question. Frankly, I was lost for an answer. 2014 was in poker terms a full house, maybe even a Royal Flush,…

Walk this Way

Here we are. The walk a distant memory. Those heady, hot days of a summer stroll in the evening sun, stopping off at the village pub for a pint of local cider or beer. Some banter with the locals, then perhaps a delicious meal to finish off the evening before a long restful sleep, up…

I Walk The Line

Well can you believe it? The last ever Long Straight Walk blog is here, the video blogs are all done, although I may have to put subtitles up on the last, wind swept, one from John o’Groats. No more ramblings both on feet and online for you to endure or enjoy. (you take your pick) It’s…

One Step

In a few days time I will be taking the last step of the Long Straight Walk. It will be a small step for man but not necessarily a giant leap for anyone. Now that I am allowing myself the indulgence of picturing those final moments for the first time I can actually believe I…

The Hills are Alive

Picture an Austrian family singing and holding hands as they sing and dance across the Tyrolean mountains as they laugh and smile at one another and you have totally misjudged what the last few days of the Long Straight Walk has been like. The Highland Perthshire legs have had their moments of frivolity, for instance…