Category Archives: The Illusive Man At Large


I’ve always liked Portsmouth. I used to have to go there regularly in a former career, but I never got too much time to take in the sights and enjoy the city for the wonderful tourist attraction and monument to naval history that it is. The Illusive Father has never been to Portsmouth, so we […]


I had to go to Liverpool today. It was my own fault, I suppose. My passport expired in February. I had known of the pending expiration for some time¬†– at least as far back as October and my trip to Vegas, but I did nothing about it. Still, a first class return ticket from Stafford¬†was […]

Las Vegas

Well, I made it back from Vegas! Liver only slightly pickled, though lots of weight has been gained (I blame the cheese burgers for being so damn tasty) and the fact that once you’re sat at a gambling table in a casino, its very easy to just get the waitresses to keep bringing you drinks… […]


I’m off to Las Vegas for a week from tomorrow morning, which means updates will be far less frequent than normal. I’ve no doubt there will be pictures when I return, as long as things don’t get too far out of hand…

A Cornish excursion

Well, I’m back. After a relaxing week away in Mevagissey, Cornwall, I return to the urban sprawl that is my home. Last Monday morning, the Illusive Family and I jumped into the car and took a ride down the M5 into Cornwall. We stopped at a place called the Manderlay B&B in Mevagissey. The rooms […]

Bletchley Park

I had been meaning to go to Bletchley Park for a long time. I was planning to go last year, but 2012 turned out to be rather more hectic and eventful than I had foreseen and I never got to go. Well, one took the proverbial bull by its proverbial horns, and today the Illusive […]

Topless beach

Yesterday was the best day of the week in terms of weather. As such it made perfect sense to take a drive out to the coast. I wasn’t driving though: my good friend Neil has recently (within the last couple of weeks) treated himself to a new car, a Fiat 500C – and the good […]

I like trucking…

The other week the folks and I took advantage of the nice weather and drove out to the coast at Barmouth. The place was absolutely heaving with people and it took an age to find somewhere to park. Initially I thought the 30 minute slot I found on the street front was all I was […]

What a shit of a day

Well. Today was certainly interesting, if one uses an unconventional definition of that word. I was in London yesterday, and planned on returning to see my folks this morning. I was up nice and early for the 06:24 London Midland service from Euston to Crewe, which I would have used until Stafford, the nearest proper […]

Critical damage

Well. Where to start. Was heading through Euston station to get my train this morning, when I reached THE ESCALATOR. I have defeated this encounter many times in the past, but this time it appeared to have Taken A Level In Badass and upgraded itself to a full-blown Boss Battle. This thing cast a Fumble […]