Baby MSE’s favourite story – ‘The Biggest Elephant in the World’

My beautiful little Baby MSE is now two and a half. And like many daddies, each day I look forward to the delights of sleep-time, when I get to put her to bed and tell her a story. Rather than reading them I tend to make them up about something we’ve done or talked about. About six...

Bye bye shin splints, just run my 500th kilometre of 2015

I thought it time for an update for fellow runners. Early last year I wrote that I had switched my running target from speed to endurance. I started the MSE run club. Unfortunately it was rather short-lived due to a bout of shin splints that lasted on and off pretty much the whole year.  My graph for...

A story of true glove

Some tales, need a telling, so it is time for me to tell. ‘Tis a story of lost glove refound, and it may well surprise. ‘Twas a Tuesday in late May in the year 2015. The end of the bank holiday fest, and I was back at my desk. Lying in wait, fingers poised at my keyboard,...

Dad, I’ve made it, I’m on Corrie!

Tough man to please, my father. If I get a "it was fine" about a programme or owt else I’m doing, that’s heady praise indeed. He considers it his mission to keep my feet on the ground (not that it’s necessary – I’m hypercritical of everything I do anyway, so my feet are firmly buried a couple...

I’m writing today and I feel like I’m skiving

I’m sitting in a coffee bar, tapping away on an article on my keyboard and I feel like I’m skiving. Today was meant to be the last filming day for my ITV show, but it’s been cancelled as we’re all done. So I’ve reclaimed the day to catch up on my articles. Yet I’m struggling to get...

The Martian – the most gripping book I’ve read in a long time (and it cost 77p)

Update Note August 2016: When I wrote this blog the Martian was by a minor publisher. Many people downloaded the book after the blog, which boosted it up Amazon charts. Soon after it was taken off as it was due to be republished with a bigger publisher and to become a film. That film became a Hollywood blockbuster...

1 in 4 say they want me to be chancellor – do they hate me that much?

I was shown a poll today which listed that I’m the person most people would like to do George Osborne’s job. Seriously people, do you hate me that much? I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. The research of 2,000 people by Opinion, for the Nutmeg website, asked: "If you could replace George Osborne as chancellor,...

Read letters from blind children to Santa 2012

If you, like me, are a soppy git, you may just enjoy this. Each year we help spread the word in our Free Santa Letters guide that the RNIB has special elves, which help the giant with the white beard reply in Braille and other visually impaired-friendly ways. As a thank-you, the RNIB has given its kind...

The MSE Christmas pub quiz 2012

Last Friday was the MSE Towers Christmas party. So as I do each year, I donned my sequinned jacket, slicked back my hair and got into into my quizmeister role. Now it’s your turn to have a go. (NO GOOGLING!) Here are four of the six rounds. I’ll publish the answers next week. (The rounds I haven’t...

Why? Because they can!

In journalism, we’re taught there are six key questions: "who, what, why, how, where and when?" My mailbag, whether via Twitter, Facebook or email, is swamped with all these questions, far more than I could ever hope to begin to answer.  Among those, by far the most difficult to answer are the "why?" or "how can they...