And So The Story Ends

Good Morning World and thanks for tuning in to the penultimate post day here on Planet Magnet. After this post there will be only one more and that won’t be for a couple of weeks as I tell the story of my walk along Britain’s oldest Road.

That means this is post number 499!


Quite an incredible feat but one that I suppose I am quite proud to have achieved.

I have always said that I would share my life with you guys for the next 499 posts, after which I would walk the Ridgeway for the Charity HENRY and make my 500th and final post about that very walk.

It is hard to consider the person I was when I started out on the journey. Some people don’t even recognise me as I have changed so much physically, others don’t recognise me because I have changed so much mentally.

Regardless of which is more significant I think we must all agree that since my surgery and subsequent life change, this person…

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With My Mum!

Is no longer anything like this person….


If we consider way back when I started this little blog after advice to do so, I was incredibly unfit, unhappy, lonely, I was letting life pass me by and I was disengaged.

No more though.

What a difference 18mths and the help and support of medical professionals and all of you guys here on Word Press who come to read my words every day. Some of you read quietly and fly under the radar and some of you read and comment and encourage. Regardless of which camp you fall into, I appreciate you all so very very much and I thank you all very much from the bottom of my heart.

You guys have made the incredible challenge of 499 posts a possibility and I am so happy that I have completed what I set out to do I think all I need do now is wish myself Bon Voyage, Bon Chance and Bon Temps for the next week of walking. You will be able to follow my updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram…..

So until I write and publish the story of my walk, I shall leave you with these words from T.S Elliots Little Gidding (pointed TO me by Osyth from Half Baked in Paradise but here mixed up by ME) and hopefully they will sum up all I have been trying to say…

“To make an end is to make a beginning so always remember last years thoughts belong to last years language whereas next years words await another voice”

So ’till the last time,

Stay out of the fridge.

P.S. Don’t forget to follow this link and donate to my just giving page.

A Final Video Blog Farewell.

Good Morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet.

Today we start the week with just 6 more posts (including this one) remaining until I leave for my epic walk where I shall record the final chapter of this blog by telling you all about my journey along the Ridgeway.

However, today I shall simply be talking about the blog and how I would never have dreamed I would ever reach the stage that I have today including all other sundry items along the way….

So carry on and watch, see what you can see and let me know what you think in the comments….

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

P.S Don’t forget to follow this link and donate to my just giving page…..

Here Comes Another Winter, Waiting For Eutopia.

Waiting For Hell To Freeze Over*

Good Morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here in Planet Magnet. I trust all is well in your world and that the week is barrelling along nicely for you. Here in the U.K, the rain is back (what else!) after five days of sunshine, so having had our summer I figure we start preparing for the winter to come… 😉

Only joking on that font guys, however, Heartland by The, The seemed like the perfect lyric to use given that when yesterday I spoke to a friend of mine (The Chimp from The Lonely Author) he suggested I write what my Eutopia might look like given that I am now over a year past my surgery date and the fact my life has changed so dramatically in that short period of time. That I have become such a different man over the past several years of trials and tribulations. That I am still scared and excited in equal measure of what is to come in my life. That I am surrounded by more love in my life than I have experienced for a long time, yet I feel lonely on a daily basis.

Now I should put a warning here, because if any of you are not in the mood for my truth then I suggest you stop reading now, plus it is nearly 2000 words long so you might struggle a little looking for a quick read….

I am always honest with this blog yet I do confess that am still selective about what I write and today I write exactly how I feel and make no apologies for it.

So where was I? Oh yes, my own Eutopia. Or put quite simply, where would my ideal life be at this moment in time?

I know it might sound fatuous to do such a thing but it is in our dreams that we create our future (or some semblance of it) and it is only by daring to dream do we ever achieve our ability to move on.

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Tasty Tuesday – Still Rocking After All These Posts….

Goodness me, I am sorry once again for my tardiness! This is becoming a habit that needs to be cut out right away!

Hello world and thanks for tuning in.

Welcome once again to Tasty Tuesday guys. My weekly attempt at Cordon Bleu for health.

Today We have a very special, easy to make and easy on the pocket dish for you and best of all, it is healthy, healthy, healthy!

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Thursday Is The New Friday!

Long since this was muted as the way of today’s world I am starting to think it myself.

Thursday IS the new Friday!

How many of us get to a Thursday now and think “you know what, I think I will just go over to the pub for an hour to relax” or “I shall open a nice cold beer or pour a nice cold glass of wine and sit in the garden” ? I’ll bet there are more than ever before doing this even if we don’t even realise it.

On a Thursday we are already winding down, some of us have done our last trip to the gym for the week. Some of us may have even finished for the week because of the fact we might have the Friday off due to flexi-time.

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A Grand Day Out

Okay guys, I’m afraid we have a super short post for you today as I wasn’t home until 1.30 am this morning after a very busy and long day out BUT one of the best day’s out I have had in a very long time.

As some of you may have read yesterday was a rest day that I had planned to spend at an Auto festival doing as little as I possibly could apart from looking at cars and having a picnic; and although the days entertainment at the park was extremely enjoyable and even though there were some very smart cars, to be honest we took the opportunity to sit in the sun and eat a picnic I had prepared earlier in the day from my supplies at home. This meant that not only was the picnic healthy, I also know exactly what was in every mouthful of the food we ate.

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A Small Celebration Of My Own

As I said yesterday I went for lunch with some pals who had not seen me since before the operation. This was a great day, I was pleased to see them but unfortunately, it had a bit of a knock-on effect to the rest of my day.

The food diary below is for yesterday (Saturday) and as you will see below was a little crazy because of some “not as wise as I usually am” choices I made.


It was a Saturday evening and I had just watched Arsenal win the F.A Cup which put me in a great mood, but unfortunately it didn’t outweigh the fact I was also a bit fed up at having to come home early when all of my pals were still out having a good time… 😦

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The Lazy Monkey

Today I don’t feel like doing anything, I just want to lay in my bed*

This pretty much summed up the feeling of yesterday as it saw me take in a well deserved rest day enjoying maximum resting that was available to me 😉

Nothing much therefore to report I am afraid. Obviously I wrote the blog and I also finished off some writing that I was supposed to finish the day before :-/ I was due to meet my friend from France to discuss my novel and some other projects but unfortunately that was cancelled, however I still managed to fill the day with some other bits and pieces so all in all a good day to be honest but a day taken at my pace and not being bullied into things that might see me deviate from my planned rest because as I say “All work and no play….”

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A Call To Arms

The Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet Needs You!

Morning readers, a short post today because I am at something of an impasse and really questioning anything and everything.

I have as I said on Saturday been blogging since 23rd of January and am now at the princely total of 102 posts today. I have also launched my You Tube channel and am still learning how to get that right so if there is anyone out there who knows how to make me an overnight sensation then please share it with me because I have no idea. I have linked it to my blog so now when anyone googles “worlds biggest fridge magnet” I come up on the first page for both the blog and the video, however, alarmingly enough, so do big fridge magnets and they could be hurting my media takeover…!

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Branching Out To The You Tube

That’s right folks, my bid for World Media Domination continues!

To be honest, what I actually mean is I have finally gotten all of my stuff together to start a weekly You Tube channel, so world domination is going to be a good way off yet!

And when I say I have gotten all of my stuff together, what I really mean is I have a Sony HD camera, a new tripod and have re arranged the front room of the apartment to accommodate a suitable plain background to film against. I just need to download a decent movie editor that’s easy to use and then learn some editing skills. I also need to get some idea of how to launch a front page so I might make the whole thing a touch more professional than some fat bloke just cocking about with video camera. For this I would ask if their is anyone out there with any good ideas of what I could possibly use to accomplish these tasks

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