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The Captain is a fortysomething Yorkshireman who loves cycling, drawing and reading. He works in the public sector and cares for his wife who suffers from a chronic illness. He writes and draws about his life and the things he sees.
2402.18 JORVIK TWENTYFOUR
2024-02-18 09:57
Hotel was booked last year, train sorted last month, we're ready to march on York. This Northman is coming to Jorvik.The dog knew something was going on, he wasn't happy although he's had so… Read More
2402.09 THE LOST CELTS
2024-02-09 09:30
I wanted to write this down as a way of clarifying what has been swimming about in my head in a way of making sense of it all.My beliefs are sat firmly in the Nordic camp but I've always bee… Read More
2401.24 THE NEXT GENERATION
2024-01-23 17:33
Our lives are full of milestones, points in our lives that map out our very existance. When we meet the love of our lives, the birth of our children, the arrival of a beloved pet. Of course… Read More
2024-01-10 10:24
Firstly before I go onto the subject in hand I've decided to create a "different" type of post. Shorter with a smaller accompanying illustration  (which may or may not be taken from my… Read More
2401.01 HAPPY NEW YEAR
2024-01-01 15:00
Another year in the bag. It's time to look at my 3 targets I set for myself and to look at the year ahead. Before we look of that let's look at my Yule experience.So this year's celebration… Read More
2312.25 THE CAPTAIN'S YULETIDE MESSAGE
2023-12-25 15:00
Another year in the bag and the big news is that I didn't die (well this would be the definition of irony if I fail to survive the next week). The shitstorm continues with high prices and lo… Read More
2312.12 THE GREAT FESTIVE TV ROUNDUP
2023-12-12 20:25
Usually at this time of year I buy the festive edition of the TV listings magazine and pick out my festive favourites. This year I've decided to forego the expense (and they are getting expe… Read More
2311.27 WINTER POSTCARD
2023-11-27 09:37
Everyone knows where I go every year. In fact I was there a couple of months ago. So it may surprise people to learn that we are back so soon.This trip has been planned for ages but I&n&hell…Read More
2310.22 TIME FOR JUMPERS
2023-10-22 08:13
It's been unseasonably warm this season which is currently in the process of change. Weather isn't always a cyclist's friend, the cold and wet together with wind and ice sometimes make the r… Read More
2309.30 POSTCARD FROM CEI NEWYDD
2023-09-30 11:06
I've done so many blog posts about my holidays and it could be said it's the same every year. I don't really care that we visit the same place every year. People might roll their eyes when w… Read More
2309.23 CATCHUP TIME
2023-09-23 09:58
It's been a while since I did a blog post,  So I'll attempt to go over a few of the thing that have happened recently, it's difficult because bugger all has really happened. There'… Read More
2307.23 DESTRUCTION AND DEATH
2023-07-23 12:00
Every story has an ending. Everything ends. During our lifetimes we witness many endings, some good some not so, but we can't avoid them. Last week we waved goodbye to our settee. Now s… Read More
2307.02 IT'S JULY SO IT MUST BE...
2023-07-02 12:36
It's my favourite time of year. The weather is warmer (although we still get plenty of rain), the days are long and I get to enjoy the greatest bike race in the world. July is a wonderful ti… Read More
2306.11 KIND HEARTS AND CORONATIONS
2023-06-11 09:03
This blog post is a bit of a mis-mish of different stuff since I haven't had the chance to write anything, or maybe I just couldn't be arsed? Anyway, I'll try and recap what's been going on… Read More
2304.21 SUMMER IS COMING
2023-04-21 08:40
So we conclude our celebration of the victory of summer over winter and I look forward to enjoying a long and pleasant summer.This started badly for me when the vessel I use for offerings st… Read More
2303.27 N PLUS ONE
2023-03-27 19:29
Everyone who knows me knows I love cycling. Ok I'm not the fastest, not the strongest but I am a long time bike rider. So before I start let me explain the meaning of the title; 'N+1'. Most… Read More
2303.12 FESTIVALS AND BED REST
2023-03-12 20:36
It's taken some time to write up the last few weeks, I'll be going over that towards the end of this post. I've stated before that I want to be able to go out more and last month we managed… Read More
2302.14 YORVIK
2023-02-17 10:56
Morticia and I have ventured to the city of York for their annual Viking Festival - Jorvik. It's the first time I've been to the festival and the first time in a long time since I visited Yo… Read More
2302.07 FREINDSHIPS
2023-02-07 09:00
Recently I've been thinking about friends. I don't have many friends really, they do say it's quality over quantity. That said I do notice most people around me (save a few) have loads of th… Read More
2301.01 VIVA LA RESOLUTION!
2023-01-01 12:00
For some years now I've stated that resolutions are not for me. Instead I usually set myself 3 achievable tasks, this year is no different.2022 was not a great year, full of uncertainty… Read More
2212.25 THE CAPTAIN'S YULETIDE MESSAGE
2022-12-25 15:00
If we thought 2021 was bad 2022 said "hold my beer". Covid is reduced to a background issue now, we are in the midst of a cost of living crisis with prices and inflation flying upwards. Then… Read More
2212.19 THE GREAT FESTIVE TV ROUNDUP
2022-12-19 12:49
It's the time of year where I buy the festive copy of the Radio Times generic listings magazine and, armed with a highlighter pen, I go through and pick out the programmes I want to watch. I… Read More
2212.03 FREEZIN
2022-12-05 00:12
This winter is going to be hard. Perhaps the hardest I've experienced since I was a child. Already it's cold but it's going to get colder. This post however is not about the weather.The cost… Read More
2211.18 EMERGENCE FROM THE DARK
2022-11-18 13:15
No I'm not talking about the current political climate, cost of living crisis or the state of the world right now. Emergence from that seems unlikely, at least anytime soon. I've marked a nu… Read More
2210.24 NATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT
2022-10-24 11:01
Where do I start? As I write this the conservative party are selecting a new leader, the 3rd in less than 2 months.I'm no Tory supporter, in fact I'm the opposite - I believe that everyone i… Read More
2210.04 HAPPY 21ST RAGS
2022-10-04 09:46
I can't believe this day has come. My youngest daughter turns 21 on this day and she is officially a grown up! For me it's very emotional, I've done my job as a father and She is free to fin… Read More
2209.28 POSTCARD FROM CEI NEWYDD
2022-09-27 11:49
I've been excited for my holiday for a long time. There was a time where I believed we weren't going to get away what with the energy prices and the cost of living crisis but we've managed i… Read More
2209.19 GODS SAVE THE KING
2022-09-19 11:00
It's a sad time for our country. A sad time for the commonwealth and for many across the world. It's also an historic point in time, We have lost our Queen but with that we have a new King.H… Read More
2209.02 TWENTY YEARS
2022-09-02 13:00
Milestones are something you come across more and more as you get older. This month I'm hitting two major ones, one of which involves breaking (temporarily) one of my rules of disclosure.I c… Read More
2208.19 LIFE IS LIKE...
2022-08-19 10:00
Life at the moment feels like a juggling act, or as I've illustrated it in my drawing - and as anyone will tell you, men are no good at multi-tasking (because of course we like to do a job p… Read More
2207.18 BYE BYE BORIS
2022-07-18 19:55
The Prime Minister has finally quit after years of lies and basically taking the piss out of the British people. But I have to talk about night's out, birthday celebrations, bike racing and… Read More
2206.21 SOLSTICE
2022-06-21 13:44
Today it's midsummer, the solstice. The longest day.I know few in the modern world understand the significance of the day. Some may think pagans dance naked on the heath or sacrifice small f… Read More
2206.03 PLATTY JOOBS
2022-06-03 10:42
It's the Queen's Platinum Jubliee which is a massive deal for the whole of the United Kingdom. The late spring bank holiday has been moved from the last monday in May to 2nd June and combine… Read More
2205.24 HOME ALONE... AGAIN
2022-05-27 09:58
It's been a while. Morticia has gone away on a gig tour for 10 days with her best friend. That means it's been just me and the dog, and fleeting encounters with the youngest daughter.This wi… Read More
2205.12 PLUS ONE
2022-05-12 09:58
Last week it was my birthday, the day after its my wife, Morticia's birthday. As you may be able to tell, this story involves snooker.My home town is Sheffield, even though these days I live… Read More
2022-04-26 21:13
What a dreadful time we are living through, the world is in a sorry state with climate change not being addressed and war in Europe for the first time. Closer to home, we have a cost of livi… Read More
2203.22 IT'S BEEN A LONG DARK TIME
2022-03-22 12:11
I haven't posted a blog for quite some time and there's a reason for that. We are living through dark times and it's difficult to get the motivation to write. But I know writing is theraputi… Read More
2201.01 RESOLUTIONS
2022-01-01 16:44
As I've said in the past I don't do resolutions. Instead I usually set myself 3 achievable tasks, I'm not about to change this year.Last year we lost my Nan and our beloved Angel, our cat. W… Read More
CAPTAIN'S YULETIDE MESSAGE
2021-12-25 15:00
So we are still battling the pandemic but at least this year we managed to regain some of our freedoms, but for how long? The Omicron variant is all the rage at the moment and threatens to p… Read More
2112.19 THE GREAT FESTIVE TV ROUNDUP
2021-12-19 19:30
Well it's that time of year again where I scour the festive Radio Times (it was almost £6 this year) and highlight my favourite programmes and specials.So here's the rules;No films (al… Read More
2112.16 IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME
2021-12-16 21:38
It's been a few months since I did a post and there's good reason...That reason is that my head has not been in a good place. I know writing, talking or any other way of expression is good f… Read More
2021-10-07 20:52
I don't blog enough. I know this, I feel a little overwhelmed at the moment. Work is really been getting me down, the pandemic is still bubbling around as well as all the usual life worries… Read More
2021-09-05 09:09
I think I underestimated the effect getting a puppy would have on our household. Magnus has turned our lives upside down.But this isn't necessaraly a bad thing. I think on lives needed turni… Read More
2021-07-24 19:37
 On Monday in England our illustrious windbag declared that all covid restrictions were to end. A good idea? Opinions vary.I'm a bit in the middle with all this. I'm desparate to get ba… Read More
2106.19 BRAIN STORM
2021-06-19 21:05
Things are hard for us all, I get that. Just recently though I've been feeling pretty low.There's lots of reasons, work is awful at the moment (there's been none of that working from home fo… Read More
2105.21 DOG
2021-05-21 09:45
Ever since Angel passed there has been an emptiness in my life. Our home feels empty without her.Some time ago it was mentioned that someone was looking at rehoming a dog. Initially I was re… Read More
2021-05-05 10:06
I think most people go through their lives thinking that the grand old age of fifty is just out of reach... Until it finally arrives.Today is the day.I'm not one for fuss. I never wanted a p… Read More
2104.16 NOTHING TO SAY
2021-04-16 17:57
It's difficult to come up with a blog post in the middle of a pandemic. The only real news is Covid and my life is just bed and work.I had my first of the two vaccines a couple of weeks ago… Read More
2103.17 THREE YEARS AS A TOON
2021-03-17 12:55
It's been three years since I first did my TBG toon in the format it's in now. So what was my journey to this moment?I've been drawing comic strips for as long as I remember. I started by co… Read More
2103.07 SHE CANNE TAKE NO MORE CAPT'N
2021-03-07 13:31
This should have been the blog post I wrote the other week before Angel passed. For some time now, years in fact, our boiler has struggled to perform adequately.If I'm honest the bloody thin… Read More
2102.13 GOODBYE MY ANGEL
2021-02-15 10:47
This is probably the hardest blog post I've ever had to write. It's been almost a week since our beloved cat, Angel passed away.On the 8th February she took her last breath in our arms and l… Read More
2101.28 GAME CHANGER
2021-01-28 14:40
Once again I find that I am plodding through this lockdown with very little in the way of direction. Still things move forward and there have been some changes.Because at the pandemic I have… Read More
2101.17 LOCKDOWN 3.0
2021-01-17 09:28
I've been mulling over what to put in a new blog post, the first proper one of 2021. What do I say? So we are in lockdown again, number 3. Life is mundane, bed - work - TV - bed. This is lif… Read More
2101.01 THE DAY AFTER THE DARKEST YEAR
2021-01-01 00:01
I'd say most of us will be glad to see the back of 2020. I called it last year as a shit year but obviously didn't forsee the pandemic and the associated blight to all our lives. For me… Read More
2012.25 THE CAPTAIN'S YULETIDE MESSAGE
2020-12-25 15:00
This is probably the most difficult of seasonal messages I've had to deliver. The world in in the middle of a pandemic that that effected everyone in some way.I deliver this message as I enj… Read More
2012.16 THE GREAT FESTIVE TV ROUNDUP
2020-12-16 09:00
It's become a bit of a tradition now, I check out the televisual offerings armed with the festive double issue of the Radio Times and a highlighter pen. Then I share my favourite upcomi… Read More
2012.07 GOLDEN TIME
2020-12-07 13:32
Mum and Dad celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary this weekend gone. By 'celebrated' I mean it happened - celebrations are not permitted by law at the moment.I did drop by with a gift… Read More
2011.17 GOING NUTS
2020-11-17 12:51
I'm so tired. I've been struggling recently, both physically and mentally. I'm currently waiting for test results from my doctor and any potential next steps. There's a lot going on in my he… Read More
2011.08 LOCKDOWN 2.0
2020-11-08 10:33
So from last Thursday the UK is back in a full lockdown which means we can only leave our homes for essential journeys. All non-essential shops and hospitality have been closed. This time it… Read More
2010.13 LOOOOOONG COVID
2020-10-13 19:10
It's difficult not to talk about coronavirus these days. It's on every news channel and is even seeping into dramas, only a matter of time before they make a movie about it.What I have a pro… Read More
2010.01 RESTRICTIONS AND CHIPS
2020-10-01 07:25
So the second wave of Corona virus is apparently upon us and with it there is a raft of new restrictions. In the midst of all this I've planned a holiday. To put this into context though the… Read More
2009.06 COUNTDOWN
2020-09-06 20:56
It seems I am always counting down the days to my next day off or to my next pay day. I can't wait for the time to pass but as I get older I realise I shouldn't be throwing time away. I have… Read More
2008.21 STAYCATION NO MORE
2020-08-21 08:47
The word 'Staycation' is being thrown around a lot at the moment. People are using it to describe their alternative holiday plans, it's been used in advertising and media too. I hate this te… Read More
2008.07 GOODBYE NAN
2020-08-07 12:40
I've always considered myself lucky that at my age I still have a couple of grandparents left. Until this week...Last week I went to visit my Nan (my mum's mum), she has dementia and has bee… Read More
2007.13 THE TROUBLE WITH TRIBBLES
2020-07-13 18:09
Did I say Tribbles? I meant Guinea Pigs.The trouble with lockdown is apart from bed and work there's not much going on to write about. And I mean nothing.Lockdown is starting to be phased ou… Read More
2006.19 WHOLE NEW WORLD?
2020-06-19 18:16
So the lockdown is starting to be relaxed, people are returning to work and pretty soon shops will be reopening. We have been promised a "new normal" but what does this look like?This week '… Read More
2006.07 BLACK LIVES MATTER
2020-06-07 12:11
I've deliberated about this post for some time but I can't ignore what happened. I can't be silent since that would make me complicit.The murder of George Floyd in America at the hands… Read More
2006.06 THE BIG BUILD
2020-06-06 09:35
We've been enjoying some glorious weather recently. Sunny and dry every day (in fact it is too dry and gardeners all wishing for a downpour). I sought to take advantage of this gloriousness… Read More
2005.27 ASYLUM - COPING IN LOCKDOWN
2020-05-27 16:47
Lockdown continues all be it slightly relaxed and it feels pretty heavy going for most of us.It's worrying that there are many out there that are struggling with mental health. I know what i… Read More
2020-05-09 19:25
Ok, the plan was to be in Wales for our birthdays. I'd booked the time off and was really looking forward to some quality time in our 'special place'. Of course that was not to be.In the end… Read More
2005.05 LOCKED DOWN BIRTHDAY
2020-05-05 07:20
Like many others I celebrate a birthday in the Coronavirus lockdown.I certainly didn't plan to be stuck in on this day but as a great philosopher once said... "It is what it is".Originally f… Read More
2005.02 I AM NORSE - GET OVER IT
2020-05-02 10:21
People in the real world may know and have noticed my leaning towards the Norse. Its an important part of my world. But what should you take away from this information?Some right wing groups… Read More
2004.26 PROJECT SHED IS ON
2020-04-26 09:06
The day I've strived for and saved for for many many years is finally in front of me. I've ordered my shed. Some may scoff and roll their eyes - a shed? After all a shed is just a garden bui… Read More
2004.20 WORK IS A ROLLERCOASTER
2020-04-20 14:21
Some time ago I wrote about the review on my role at work and how it'd been pushed through resulting in a nasty pay cut. To make the pay cut happen a shift change was implemented (so ce… Read More
2004.12 EASTER LOCKDOWN
2020-04-12 11:44
Easter or Ostara is a time of rebirth, a time to celebrate the end of winter and that our passage through the darkness and the cold is over for another year. But this year is different. We a… Read More
2004.06 KEY WORK
2020-04-06 11:44
So I've been back at work now for a week (6 days actually) and things are slowly returning to normal. Except its not. The new normal is different - the world has changed overnight and everyt… Read More
2003.24 THE ISOLATED
2020-03-24 11:31
I've been off work with suspected C19 and I'd like to tell you that it's no 'walk in the park'. I'm late forties and always considered myself fairly fit and healthy so expected light symptom… Read More
2003.18 QUARRANTINE
2020-03-19 20:47
After a couple of days feeling a bit 'off' I started coughing. Couple that with a slight elevation in temperature and a conversation with my supervisor at work means I'm effectively in isola… Read More
2003.12 OUTBREAK
2020-03-12 12:46
It's worldwide news, everyone's talking about it. No, not 'Love Island' or whatever the current reality TV fad is, I'm of course talking about the outbreak of Coronavirus.It's on every news… Read More
2002.28 WEBCOMIC: DEODORANT And Others
2020-02-28 00:28
If you follow my cartoon series on other media (I publish on Tapas and Instagram) then you'll know I'm up to 30 cartoons - publishing one a week now. Here's a little catch up for you...Click… Read More
2002.24 RAIDING AND PILLAGING ANYONE?
2020-02-24 09:15
Recently I started exploring some different music, something that's taken a back seat in my life for a while now. I'm having a bit of a renaissance with folk metal and some other Nordic and… Read More
2002.15 THE RETURN OF JEAN-LUC
2020-02-15 14:06
Star Trek is having a bit of a renaissance at the moment via streaming. There are 2 new series current with more in the pipeline.The latest of these is 'Star Trek Picard' which sees the form… Read More
2002.03 STRESS, SNEEZING AND SHOES
2020-02-03 17:07
It's been a manic few days, we had a serious thingy happen at work which has turned everything upside down.On the bright side this got me out of a week working at another site doing stuff th… Read More
2001.26 MOVEANUARY
2020-01-26 10:45
So as January draws to a close many will be patting themselves on the back after partaking in some sort of abstinence task.Whether you've given up alcohol, smoking, meat or even sex there is… Read More
2001.14 STUMBLING START
2020-01-14 10:30
So the Yuletide season came and went, it's like it never happened except for the fact we are hundreds of pounds skinter and a few lbs heavier.I took a bit of time out for the first week, I h… Read More
2001.09 WEBCOMIC: SOMETHING ELSE And Others
2020-01-09 12:24
I've made it my aim to do create more comic strips, but I haven't been sharing them on my blog (I publish on Tapas and Instagram). As part of the process I redid the first few strips to fit… Read More
2001.01 THE ROARING TWENTIES
2020-01-01 20:35
As another decade closes I can't help look at the time that has passed. So whilst looking back on the last year I also find myself going back over the last 10 years, and some of it was very… Read More
1912.25 THE CAPTAIN'S YULETIDE MESSAGE
2019-12-25 15:00
As I usual I like to take an opportunity to look back at my year as it disappears in the 'rear view mirror'. The post is published at the same time as the Queen gives her speech, and as she… Read More
1912.16 FESTIVE TV ROUNDUP
2019-12-20 13:57
As always I like to check out the television offerings. As always I've armed myself with the festive double issue of the Radio Times and a highlighter pen. Last year was a bit poor - hope it… Read More
1911.12 A CHRISTMAS ELECTION
2019-12-12 11:34
It's been almost 100 years since the UK saw a December general election. But that's not the only thing different about this election.Today could be the most important decision our country ha… Read More
1912.06 WHO IS FATHER CHRISTMAS?
2019-12-06 12:19
It's a strange time. It's the festive season but we've got a general election going on which is distracting everyone from the fun that is supposed to be this time of year. But I want to take… Read More
1911.22 DONE DEAL
2019-11-22 20:41
I know that this cartoon isn't funny. It's far from that as you can get but it's not meant to be. The purpose of this drawing is therapeutic.As I've written about before we have been subject… Read More
1911.10 THE GREAT SHEFFIELD FLOOD... AGAIN
2019-11-10 15:00
The Sheffield Floods of 2007 were supposed to be a once in a lifetime event yet here we are 12 years later. A month's rain fell in a day on already saturated ground on Friday.The last time a… Read More
1911.01 INKTOBER 2019
2019-11-04 12:55
I've been back in the drawing game for a number of years now. I've seen "Inktober" on social media now for a number of years but I've always believed that I wasn't good enough to participate… Read More
1910.04 DUN PARENTING... RAGS IS 18
2019-10-04 07:24
My youngest daughter is 18 years old today. I've managed to deliver my two daughters to adulthood without killing them or them killing anyone else.So is that me done? I have no dependant chi… Read More
1909.27 WRAP UP AND CARRY ON RIDING
2019-09-27 10:34
Autumn is here, and the nights are drawing in. Soon it will be getting colder and the commute on the bike will become more challenging... but never impossible.The bike can withstand most wea… Read More

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