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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.
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
1909.10 BREX-SHIT... WITHOUT A PADDLE?
2019-09-10 10:51
I don't normally do political comment on my blog, save for a couple of posts in the past I try and avoid it.This doesn't mean I'm not politically minded, quite the opposite, it's just not th… Read More
1908.31 DRAWING AND THAT
2019-08-31 18:05
When I was a kid my dream was to draw cartoons for the Beano, I used to copy characters from the comics of the time then I started to develop my own.©DC ThompsonI'm not sure when I star… Read More
1908.20 I WISH MY BRAIN HAD A RELEASE VALUE
2019-08-20 09:34
Things haven't been great recently. There are certain facets of life that have conspired to fuck with my head. I get that life isn't straightforward but sometimes the shit keeps on coming.Se… Read More
1908.10 FOOTBALL?
2019-08-10 10:01
It's no secret that I don't like the so called "beautiful game". I really don't get the appeal... and that's fine.Apparently the football season is about to start, or has just started, or ne… Read More
1907.26 RIDING TO FIND MY CYCLING MOJO
2019-07-26 19:07
I've been a cyclist for many years, in fact I'd say I was cycling before it became popular (but I have no figures to back that up). Last year I rode out on an extremely hot day - it was a st… Read More
1907.14 GOODBYE ST NEOTS
2019-07-14 12:02
For many years now I've been a regular visitor to St. Neots in Cambridgeshire. It's been the home of Morticia's mother and if I'm honest I've become quite fond of the place.St. Neots is a sm… Read More
1907.05 POSTCARD FROM CEI NEWYDD
2019-07-05 22:44
This week we have been in my favourite place in the world, New Quay / Cei Newydd in Ceredigion Wales. It's the first holiday in years (and maybe even the last) with all my family. As we prep… Read More
1907.03 TWENTY YEARS MARRIED
2019-07-03 08:03
Twenty years ago this very day Morticia became my bride, we were married. Today we celebrate that day and the journey that has brought us to this day.It's not been an easy ride. In fact I'd… Read More
1907.01 WAY OUT WEST
2019-07-01 17:00
It's a little early in the year to be contemplating a trip west to Wales but here we are preparing for just that. Why so early in the year? Well we are going for a very special occassion.Thi… Read More
1906.27 WEBCOMIC: TURTLES
2019-06-27 22:13
Its been a while since I did a comic strip. I've always struggled with the gags. I've been collecting a few over the months so hopefully I'll have a few more up my sleeve.Originally featured… Read More
1906.19 RECHARGE
2019-06-19 12:11
Relaxing is just as important as exercise, the down time is as important and the up. But just how do you relax effectively? It's not just about putting your feet up it's just as important to… Read More
2019-06-18 00:35
Back in February I wrote about a review at work. Well today it has entered the next phase. We attended a meeting where the big bosses explained (via Skype) the outline of our future. It's n… Read More
1906.06 FIRE!
2019-06-08 12:22
There are some sounds that everyone loves…  Shoes on gravel, crackling of fire, sizzling sausages, cats purring. But you can't beat an open fire out in the garden. Usually my 'br… Read More
1905.26 MORE ZERO FOR AN AF HERO
2019-05-28 10:09
Last year I did a post about alcohol free beers. They've come a long way and there are more coming along all the time. I like the odd beer but sometimes it's not appropriate for me to drink… Read More
1905.20 WOULD THE ROUNDHEADS LIKE COFFEE?
2019-05-20 13:44
I've always taken an interest in history, especially local history. My family have been in the area I live in for generations. Another interest I have in in the supernatural. Quite often the… Read More
1905.07 BIKE MOJO - A RIDE TO PARIS
2019-05-08 16:40
I've been cycling a long time. Last year after a disastrous ride I stopped, that is apart from commuting. My leisure cycling just stopped. Until the other weekend.It was the last weekend of… Read More
2019-05-05 09:03
I'm not going to make a fuss today, it's my birthday and whilst age brings a certain comfort within your own self it also becomes less relevant. I'll enjoy and be thankful for my family arou… Read More
1904.28 SNOOKER LOOPY
2019-04-28 20:57
Every year since 1977 the grand specticle that is the World Snooker Championship rolls into my town. I love the snooker but not as much as Morticia does.As a bit of a treat we thought we'd h… Read More
1904.23 NEW FACES
2019-04-23 09:06
Like Doctor Who we are different people throughout our lives and just like the timelord we wear different faces too. I like to reflect this in my cartoon alter ego.I first drew myself back i… Read More
1904.15 ADDED DIMENSIONS
2019-04-16 14:50
I haven't been to the pictures in quite a while. It's an activity I used to enjoy, I even had a Cineworld 'Unlimited' card (which meant I could visit the cinema as many times as I wanted for… Read More
1903.31 MOTHERS
2019-04-01 09:37
It's Mother's Day and the time to show appreciation for the women that have given us so much for so long. The sacrifices they make and the love they give, and despite the mistakes we make or… Read More
1903.25 C***
2019-03-25 12:30
Before I start I have to say that I'm not a prude and words don't offend me. I've chosen to write about this word now because I think it's offensiveness is perhaps on the wain. I used to be… Read More
2019-03-16 15:38
In years gone by, the early days of the mobile phone, it was an exciting prospect to get a new device. The new features, exciting new interface and I used to love the labourious task of rety… Read More
2019-03-05 15:28
When I initially planned this post I thought that the forecast storm was going to be a lot more than what it was. The reason it got my attention was of course that they had named it after a… Read More
1902.25 TONY GOT A FLYPAST
2019-02-25 21:17
On Friday there was a substantial event in my home city of Sheffield. If you've following it on the news (particularly BBC Breakfast) it's the story of a man who tends to a memorial in a loc… Read More
2019-02-08 18:24
I don't like winter, I've gradually grown tired of the season as I've gotten older. The cold is uncomfortable and unpredictable, it disrupts and causes chaos.Although it's warmed up a little… Read More
1902.04 THE REVIEW CON
2019-02-04 11:29
I rarely discuss work online. There's a reason for that, mainly that it's frowned upon by the bigwigs in the ivory tower. Austerity and government cuts have had a huge impact on my work life… Read More
1901.23 BREXI-McBREXFACE
2019-01-23 12:30
I'm a passionate remainer. I make no apology for it, I believe that the path this country is on is wrong. Problem is I'm surrounded by "Brexiteers", it's difficult to have a decent conversat… Read More
1901.08 FIRE IN MY CHEST
2019-01-16 12:07
I'm not ill very often so when do get ill I do it properly.It all started on Boxing Day when I felt a little tickle in the back of my throat. The next day it was a bit of a "grumble" in my c… Read More

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