New Year’s Resolutions?

Instead of listing all my New Year’s resolutions, I  decided to start with my New Years wish list.

NEW YEAR DEATH POOL – I am wishing a swift end to the Go-compare man, closely followed by the advert.

FOOTBALL – relegation for the Mackems (sadly not likely, so I’ll have to settle for them missing out on a European place on the last day of the season.

Mike Ashley – preferably to vanish and take his cockney mafia with him. Ashley you FCB, get out of our club

Newcastle to keep their place in the Premier League

POLITICS – it would be asking to much to find a politician who is neither motivated by self interests or with their snouts in the trough. I’ll settle for politicians respecting Human Rights and condemning those regimes that abuse such Rights. Yes, China, Iran, Afghanistan and USA amongst others I am thinking of you.

CYCLING – I wish for a p*nct*re free year, but the chances of that are probably nil, so I’ll wish for an accident free year for me and all those I know and those who read this blog.

POLICE UNITY TOUR – I wish all those involved in this, whether those riding, those providing the invaluable support and organisation of this fantastic event, a very successful event this year. I hope we can raise more than the $1 million we raised last year. Thanks to Harry and Pat and everyone behind this event.

CRICKET – It would be great to see Durham do the double, the County Championship and a win at Lords in the C&G Trophy. I’d settle for one or the other.

The Land of The Prince Bishops

LOVE LIFE – I know what I wish for this year and it is going to happen I hope.

It will indeed


Right, that’s my New Year’s wishes out of the way. Now, what about my New Year’s Resolutions? Well, I know you aren’t really interested, but here goes:

  1. To give up chocolates, sweets & crisps for January
  2. To lose 2 stones (28 lbs.) in weight between now and The Police Unity Tour ride in May 2011.
  3. To try to run in preparation for a go at the 2011 Great North Run (knee permitting)
  4. To get out on my bike more in 2011 than I did in 2010.
  5. To get a liver transplant following the amount of alcohol I’ve drunk this Christmas and New Year.


I’ve just had someone from Alcoholics Anonymous at the door. Apparently they are being proactive this year. He was telling me about the evils of drink, and how it harmed you.

AA “When did you last have a drink sir?”

Me: “1958”

AA: “ that’s fantastic sir. you clearly have heeded all the warnings re alcohol and the harm it does. I won’t trouble you anymore. Goodnight.”

After he left, I thought it strange that as it was only five past eight, he thought going without a drink for seven minutes was good!

Have a good day. I’m off back to London tomorrow, so back to my empty house. So, I think if I get back in time tomorrow, I will post a review of my holiday period before I go back to work on Tuesday.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 43 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 71 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 24mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was December 21st with 141 views. The most popular post that day was Bobby Shaftoe.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for train station signs, peterborough fc ground, scarborough athletic, spen666, and argos direct email address.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Bobby Shaftoe November 2010


Who Am I? June 2010


Police Unity Tour November 2010


In The Beginning Was The Word…. June 2010
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Why You Should Avoid Homebase or Argos Direct November 2010
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