1. Music. Like Tom, I also enjoy playing guitar and am currently experimenting with songwriting. I am now back again, (see 3 ) at the Otley Folk Club, possibly one of the best folk clubs in the country featuring top international artists alongside brilliant local talent. I note with great interest that quiet a few of us taking part in this game play music. Perhaps it is time to get a bloggers band together (possibly an online virtual band or jam session).
2. Art School has been the greatest influence on my development; firstly Carlisle College of Art & Design 1966-68, then Hornsey College of Art 1968-71. Many of the educational ideas we now debate on our blogs were already in place in the art schools at the time. It is no accident that art schools during the late fifties and sixties spawned a wealth of creativity whose influences are still being strongly felt. So thanks to all those from those days, including those whose advice I didn't appreciate at the time.
3. New Man. My old hips were replaced with new ceramic and metal ones last year, and now a source of great hilarity as they set of the airport metal detectors. The first hint of a problem was a slight twinge whilst ascending the Storr in Skye in 1997. I have been able to resume all my former activities including (1 ) and (4 ) as well as hill walking. So unreserved thanks go out to Dr Mitchell and all the nurses and staff at Harrogate and District Hospital.
4. Birdwatching! .. or ornithology to use the posh word. I am a BTO licensed bird ringer which means I can catch birds and place small metal rings on their legs. This gives a great insight into their movement and lives. I am currently training Sean whose blog explains it all. Sean is also a first class bird photographer.
5. I visit Moniaive regularly. Moniaive is a small village, with a good collection of eccentrics, hidden away in South West of Scotland. Most of my friends from the village now live away in far flung places such as Australia, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, but always return for Hogmanay and the New Year festivities, (which can last for days). I will be packing some coal, a guitar, and a wee dram shortly...
My turn now ... so the following are IT