Pinot Moi?

Ah, pinot noir… Is there a more unforgiving grape? Chardonnay, perhaps, but in the reds I find a pinot can be either an utter disappointment or a complete delight. It has become the wine that I hunt. My wife and I were in the Great Western district, and there are only a handful of wineries…

Fallen Giants of Wine

“Wine!” We were somewhere outside Ararat, and I was sick of the car. I needed a break. The brown tourist sign had grapes on it and the side road was dusty. It spoke to me. A hard left, a billowing cloud of dust- I drove down the dirt road; grapes on my right, nothing memorable…

Hands up: who has ever ordered a book from Wikipedia?

If you’re anything like me, you would have seen the ‘create ebook’ option on the left of Wikipedia. What? You haven’t? Go and have a look for it! (It is on the side menu on the main website.) If you’re anything like me, you would have made a dozen books and never even read them….

The Secret Review

I do love myself some crap fiction. Ah, The Secret… I have tried to find somebody I know that owns a copy of this for years, but until now it has eluded me. I think it is the wax seal on the cover. It just looks mystical. And then on the back they are talking…

At a wedding… Haunted by Bond

“Two cowboys, thanks.” Blank stare… “You know what a cowboy is, right? Blank stare. Baileys. Brandy…. “we don’t have bailey’s.” No baileys. I looked around: this was the kind of club that lived for Baileys. You know the kind of place: crap clients, crap drinks, sticky carpet, deafening music. It had a smoking room that…

Pi-Top Review, Part 4 (Final Thoughts)

Okay, it has been a few weeks since I received my Pi-top, and I thought it was a good time to lay down the final part of my review. You can find parts one, two and three littered around this blog. I’m too lazy to link them, and if you’re too lazy to search then…

The Last Mammoth – available now!

Hot off the press… My latest book is now available at Amazon. If you have a Kindle, get it here. It is a thrilling yarn about an old professor on the hunt for a Woolly Mammoth. It is only a few dollars, and it should surely entertain you for an evening or two.

Have you got The Edge

Ah, Westerns… Such a glorious genre, especially if you are after something that isn’t very good. Which brings me directly to Big Gold. Number 14 in a series featuring a hero called Edge, but you don’t need yo read the first 13 to appreciate it (and you certainly don’t need to read the following 47 books…

Moonraker. The Novel.

I quite like Moonraker the film. Oh, I know- it is gloriously terrible. Lasers in space, Jaws isn’t a shark, Roger Moore… It perhaps sums up the worst of James Bond. Which is quite convenient, because the novel sums up Iam Fleming at his best. I can’t remember much about the movie except the lasers….

Jimmy’s Laws of Software Development

THE APP MUST ALWAYS WORK. Under construction. To be completed. Launching in April. No. Never. Leave your dreams on paper. You are using paper, aren’t you? BUILD YOUR DATA FIRST. Most apps are surprisngly simple. Any data structure- even the most complex database- has common functions. An id? A header and a detail record? The…

The case of the disappearing dog

Two dogs ran away… and were eaten?  Huh? So, now I know why it is a good idea to skip the booze. I ran through my notes from the night before and saw the above title. What did it mean? I couldn’t remember any dogs. I remember eating hot chips whilst waiting for a taxi….

Harness the Distant Galaxy of Time

I shall try my best not to sound like a self-help guru. This might be difficult. Anyway, lately I have been feeling overwhelmed. It doesn’t matter what part of the day I am in, I am always doing something I don’t want to do. Stuck in traffic, answering emails, doing the laundry. Simple problems that…