Andy's blog

This blog is about my private thoughts, but you can read it if you want, but you've been warned!.
Choking on a Bourbon

Choking on a Bourbon

Wed November 2014 - Guest Blog

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Hair

Hair

Sun November 2014 - Expression

I had my hair cut yesterday, something akin to visiting the dentist for me, probably due to a slight phobia about my ears being sliced off by shiny scissors - as well as a double crown and odd shaped head, which seemed to cause trouble when I was a kid.  My kids often make fun of my hair, in the merciless way kids do, pointing out how I’m go...

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Belay Jacket Question

Belay Jacket Question

Sat November 2014 - Q&A

The relative importance of weight, bulk, robustness, warmth and cost of a belay jacket probably comes down to when these features seem the most important.  In the shop or when buying online, cost will be a big factor as warmth and weight will be abstract ideas to you as you start typing in your paypal password or parting with the cash. ...

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Risky Play

Risky Play

Thu November 2014 - Expression

Here’s a transcript of the speech I gave on Radio 4 Four Thought’ last night (you can listen to it here).  People are free to use it anyway they wish. In 2012 I hung from El Capitan—perhaps the most iconic rock face in the world - skyscraper high, Yosemite valley’s mightiest wall. For five days and nights we’d inched...

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Deadline

Deadline

Sat November 2014 - Book

I always loved that quote from Douglas Adams: “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”  It’s a feeling any writer worth his salt will understand, and perhaps the stuff of nightmares for any editor. I’ve always tried to be on time, and want to think of myself as reliable, after all reliability and dependa...

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