Friday, 10 April 2015

The Makeover...


Thursday, 9 April 2015


Well, tomorrow is the big day - Zombie Rock Chef gets his make-over!

Can't wait, it should be a blast.

It has been a while since I met up with the make up artist, but she must be one of our all time favourite students.  She was a single mother of three young children, yet somehow managed to get great results, despite having all that three young children bring with them to contend with too.  I remember her coming in one day, on the verge of quitting.  She had 2 assignments due and with all three kids sick she had not slept in days.  Poor girl!  But she got there and has gone on to do some great things.

Photos of me as a zombie coming soon!

Thursday, 2 April 2015


So, things have been ticking along here - not an easy few weeks, but rolling into Easter at last!

Number One Son is back from Uni, just in time to celebrate turning 21!  What did he want as his main present?  A WiiU console.  So right now the kids are in the living room playing Mario and laughing so much we are worrying about the sofa getting peed on.  Wonderful!

The book is rumbling closer to release, all that remains is the cover, which will be sorted out in the next couple of weeks.  An old student of ours is now a professional make up artist.  She is amazing and does all sorts of work from weddings to zombies to full body painting.  Some of her "normal" work has appeared in Vogue!  Anyway, she is going to do me up as a zombie and take photos.  I will then Photoshop in a Maltese background to make the cover image.  Cool or what?

I am probably going to use one of these as the background, with a head and shoulders shot of me superimposed.  Votes and comments welcome.  I will, of course, post the final cover here when it is done.

Thursday, 12 March 2015


Yep, I have been a terrible blogger recently, I know.

But I have been very busy, and slightly ill at the same time.  Nothing serious, just one of those niggling colds that makes you feel like rubbish but not rubbish enough to take a sick day and stay in bed.

Anyway, on to better things.  My book is more or less finished.  I will only be making more changes if one of the real people who appear in it want me to change something I have said about them.  After that I will be looking to publish! 


And the scary thing is that I now have ideas for 2 more books!  One is a science fiction story and the other is a swords and sorcery story.  Both are begging to be written, not sure which to tackle first...

Friday, 27 February 2015


The weekend has finally arrived, and not a moment too soon! It has been a long and exhausting week, and we are now looking forward to a nice lazy couple of days.

Especially as it is Mrs RC's birthday on Sunday!  She is planning to celebrate by not doing anything except enjoy being waited on and pampered.  Should be a great day.

See you next week!

Monday, 23 February 2015


They say that Pride is one of the deadly sins.  If so, I think it must cause you to burst.  The saying "bursting with pride" must have come from somewhere!

Anyway, I am currently bursting with pride because of our youngest son, "Arnie".

2 years ago he was a shy, chubby kid.

Now?  Take a look at this (sorry about the quality, blogger has degraded it horribly!):


He is squatting with 341 pounds (155kg) of weights.

At 16 years old, he took part in his first power lifting contest.  In the under 20s group, he won 2 categories and came joint 1st in the third.  He only failed one of his 12 lifts.  If that had succeeded he would have won all three categories.

So yeah, if pride kills I can die happy!

Just go back and watch that video again, will you?  Tell me you are not impressed!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015


It is a bright, sunny day here in Canterbury.

Last night was very cold and caused a heavy frost, but the sun is warm and soon cleared it.

Mr Chuffington the hedgehog also seems to think that Spring is near.  Over the last few weeks he went into semi hibernation, sleeping for a few days and then coming out to eat a few tasty meal worms before retiring again.  But yesterday morning, he did something that he has not done since autumn.  He started calling to other hedgehogs.  The sound is wonderful.  Imagine a large dog with a very sore throat trying to bark.  The pitch is surprisingly low, almost like the chuffing sound of a steam train - hence Mrs RC's choice of name for him!

The fish have been a lot more visible in the last few days too, no longer hugging the bottom of the pond, out if sight in the weed.

The bird table is as busy as ever, and each day we are visited by a mass of startlings and sparrows.  Mixed in with these we have a robin, occasional black birds and the regular groups of wood pigeons and doves.  They eat vast amounts between them, and scatter the rest over the front garden.  The fact that the stuff that falls on the floor tends to get left indicates to me that we don't need to put out more - surely they would pick the place clean if they were really hungry?

Oh, and the road works are still in progress.  Either they have changed the sign or I misread it at the beginning, but they are there until the end of the month.  I have to pick my way through sometimes (they do not leave a clear footpath like I think they are supposed to) but sending the cars on a long diversion does make my journey nice and peaceful.  It will be a shock when the road finally reopens!