Black Tower of London

May 26, 2018

After reading about Vicky Williams recording a song to help those that suffered at Grenfell, we arranged to have a quick chat over a quick coffee in my studio.

I'd not really met her prior to this podcast. We'd only previously encountered each other at an OPen mic she ran a year or so ago.

Owing to Vicky being excellent company, the quick chat turned into a three hour conversation, and we drank tea instead of coffee.


Morning Coffee

May 21, 2018

I work from home and, therefore, I thought I'd record a quick podcast of me having my usual morning coffee in the garden sitting on our bench under the blossom tree with the kitten.

Once she's out in the garden, 'Cat-Face' stays in the garden for most of the day. Can't blame her.



Moore Nature Reserve

May 10, 2018

I wanted to talk to you all about the issues facing Moore Nature Reserve. But the day after our little early morning Bank Holiday walk, I got struck down with the worst man-flu ever and lost my voice.

So, just have a listen to our little walk and what we all might be missing in the future.


Ready Steady Cook

December 18, 2017

Not had chance to create and upload any podcasts for half a year now. I'll get back on it in the new year.

For now, here's an old recording of one of my daughters teaching me how to cook.



Grappenhall Heyes Walled Garden

April 14, 2017

I have been meaning to visit Grappenhall Heyes Walled Garden for a long time. I finally got chance last weekend.

As you'll hear, it wasn't the first time I'd been there!

Grappenhall Heyes was an estate of around 150 acres just outside Warrington. Built by Thomas Parr around 1830. The Parr family were wealthy local bankers who had founded Parr & Company in 1788. Though they started in Warrington, the company grew to be a nationally known and important institution. In 1918 they merged with London County and Westminster Bank.

The merged company was known as London County Westminster and Parr’s Bank until 1968 when they merged with National Provincial and became National Westminster Bank. The 1877 head office of Parr & Company is still used by Natwest and the family name can still be seen above the door. There are many other buildings around the country which were Parr's & Company branches. They were well known for having buildings of quality design and decoration.



Living the Dream

March 2, 2017

There's nothing like grabbing your dream and turning it into reality.

In this podcast, I chat to Zoe from 'Cycle Retreats' about how she has given up her home in Lymm and downsized to Stockton Heath to fund the luxury cycling holiday company she has set up with her husband Mark.



New Grapes

January 8, 2017

Catching up with my mate Matt is always great. But, especially when I'm not feeling so great. Always entertaining.

Here, we went to Cork's Out in Stockton Heath for a quiet glass of wine (something I never normally drink) and we simply talked about whatever came in to our heads.

We were then joined by a couple of people never met before - that turned out to be great company and most amusing as we talked about child birth - the obvious conversation to have after talking about wine!


Happy New Year

January 4, 2017

Welcome to 2017. Here's a quick podcast for you to get to know the new Taps Bar in Warrington on the corner of Church Street. Hopefully, there will be a sign up by the time you listen to this podcast. I drove round and round the roundabout and nearly gave up looking for it. I'm glad I didn't give up. It's a great place for Warrington musicians to showcase their talents. Call in on a Tuesday for Jam Night, or Saturday for Showcase night.


No Use Crying

September 22, 2016


A slight diversion with this podcast as I don't discuss a specific area or local issue. Instead, I talk to John McKenzie - a Cheshire based hypnotherapist - about all sorts of disconnected topics.

You are feeling sleepy!


You For Coffee ?

August 27, 2016

Coffee is the somewhat tenuous thread that binds this podcast together featuring conversations with Tony Horne talking about 'Ghost Writing', the ladies from Warrington's YMCA, and with Rob from 'Dick's Bean Bar' near to Central Station.

Some of us are lucky enough to be able to afford a speciality coffee. Sadly, some people in Warrington can't.

Thank you to my mate Ray Humphries for using some of his music too. Is It That Time Already? by Ray Humphries