Posts by hippydave

The ineptitude of British drivers (and cyclists)

I’m not saying I’m the best driver in the world, but when you see the state of some drivers on the road you do wonder how they managed to pass their driving tests. The prime example was the other night, me and my wife went shopping as we’re having a little get together on tonight and got blocked in, nearly crashed and almost ran over a cyclist.

First we went to our local Booths, as my wife likes us to eat mainly organic stuff and Booths has a good choice. I parked up and went to the ticket machine, the place was near enough empty, so imagine my surprise when I turn around and see my wife nearly run over as she got out the car by a middle-aged woman in a huge 4×4. If I was to know what was coming I would of cut my losses but after Booths we headed to Sainsbury’s to get some alcohol.

On our way to Sainsbury’s we encountered the usual drivers, the ones that pull out straight in front of you without warning even though you are in a white VW Polo that has its lights on by default and those who just can’t find the energy to indicate before abruptly turning a corner.

We parked up and got some alcohol before returning to the car. I put it in reverse only to find some random guy had decided to park his car right behind and wasn’t even looking. I bashed the horn and he looked at me as if I was stupid (that really pisses me off). On leaving the car park some guy jumped the red light and nearly side swiped us, luckily there was an empty lane next to ours so I was able to avoid a crash.

Then to top it all off I had to follow a guy on his bike cycling down the middle of the road on our way home. He pulled into the right hand lane of the roundabout, so you would think that he was going right, wrong. We followed him round the roundabout until he decided he was turning off without indicating and nearly got splattered across our bonnet, luckily our car is only a week old so the brakes are good.

By this time I was so frustrated, I parked up, got the shopping in and had a beer, I think I deserved it!

Frustration Sign

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Golfing holiday with some old work colleagues

Not many people know this, but back when I worked in London I used to play a lot of golf (yes London has golf courses too!), we mainly used it as an excuse to get out of the office and entertain our clients, but I actually got quite good at it.

A few of my old work colleagues are heading to Portugal in June for a golfing getaway and have asked if I’d like to go. To be honest I haven’t played for a while, but my clubs are tucked away neatly in the attic for safe keeping.

Jeff, who is organising the trip, said that instead of paying the ludicrous prices the airline charges for taking golf clubs abroad, that we should use Send My Bag instead. Send My Bag transports your luggage from your door to your destination and is specially designed to take heavy or large items such as golf clubs, skiing equipment and musical instruments that would usually cost a fortune to take on the plane with you.

I think this is a great idea as all you need to take with you is your hand luggage, meaning that we don’t have to hire numerous taxis to get us to our hotel just to fit our golf clubs in. Prices are really reasonable too, costing just £30 for items up to 25Kgs. You can also send multiple bags and items making it perfect for holiday groups like ours.

The only thing I have to do now is dig out my golfs clubs and hit the local course because I don’t want to be shown up do I.


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Leeds v Millwall, we really need a win!

small-football.jpgLeeds have had a torid time of late, no win in their last six games and three defeats on the trot isn’t the type of form you want to see when trying to get into the playoffs. It doesn’t help that there is also massive doubt whether Massimo Cellino’s takeover will be successful or not after he was found guilty of failing to pay import duty on a yacht.

Whether the Cellino takeover would be good or bad for the football club will remain to be seen, but this uncertainty can’t help the players.

Saturday sees struggling Millwall come to Elland Road in a game that both teams must win; Leeds to have any chance of making the play-offs (which is looking increasingly unlikely) and Millwall to give them a lifeline in the league.

Unfortunately I can’t affect the result tomorrow, although I do think that Leeds will get back to winning ways, but at least I can have a laugh at Manure’s expense.


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Helping my wife with her new venture

We’re quite lucky that we can spend our days doing whatever we like now that I’ve made my money and got out of the rat race. I like to learn new thing and like the hands on approach so spend many a day in my workshop building and restoring random projects from furniture to motorbikes.

My wife on the other hand like to be in the kitchen and is a great cook. She loves making jam and always gives jar of it away to her friends and family, and sells it at the local fates. She’s decided that she wants to take it to the next level and has got herself a market stall in the local town, thing is she needs a bit of a guiding hand to make things look more professional, so I’ve decided to help.

We’ve already found a supplier for the glass jars, fabric covers and ties, and now just need some labels printed. Luckily I know a place through a friend called Data Label who specialise in all sorts of labels from barcodes to car window stickers, so have requested a quote for some custom printed labels.

Once we get the quote back and finish the design for our printed Labels from datalabel we can get an ideal of the finished product and work out how much each jar costs to make and how much we will charge.

I’ll probably get roped in to help once everything is up and running, but you know me I love talking to people, as long as it isn’t about how badly Leeds United are doing.

Jam, Yummy!

Jam, Yummy!

Picture: Matti Mattila

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My new favourite drink – the Old Fashioned

I like my bourbon and usually drink it on the rock or with a little dash of coke, but recently I’ve been watching a lot of Mad Men on Netflix and came across my new favourite drink the Old Fashioned.

This drink takes a normal bourbon and gives it a sweet injection with sugar, orange peel and a maraschino cherry, and it’s fast becoming my favourite drink (especially at home).

Here is the recipe if you fancy trying it yourself:

  • 50ml bourbon
  • 1tsp sugar syrup (alternatively you can use normal sugar)
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • 2-3 drops of angostura bitters
  • Ice cubes as necessary
  • slice of orange peel (optional)


  1. Take the orange peel and squeeze it through your fingers to release the scent, rub the peel around the inside of the tumbler and place into the glass.
  2. Add the sugar syrup (or sugar), cherry and bitters along with some ice and stir for approximately 10 seconds.
  3. Add the bourbon and stir for another 10 seconds.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Old Fashioned

Picture: Sam Howzit

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