Friday, October 21, 2016

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Virgin Atlantic

My first flight with Virgin Atlantic was a family vacation to Orlando way back in 1998.

My family and I had a vacation of a lifetime and the flight on Virgin was just great! My kids enjoyed it and being given a special back pack for kids as they boarded the pane was a really nice touch!

Since then we have flown Virgin Atlantic many times and all over the world form the USA to Japan!

All in all our flights have been great but of course we have had a few disappointing experiences but that will happen when you fly a lot. Virgin do take the feedback and are good about it.

I am flying with them this November from London Heathrow to Detroit and then onto Phoenix with Delta.

The exciting news is that this week I managed to upgrade my seat from Economy to Premium Economy for a very reasonable £380 for both legs, coming back I will be flying form LAX to Heathrow and that is a long flight!

So I am pleased to have upgraded so I shall have a more comfortable experience on the two flights from Heathrow and then back again!

Next year my wife and I have a very special trip booked with Virgin and we are flying with them to Miami and then statyng at Fort Lauderdale, we are catching a 10 night cruise around the Caribbean!

We had booked Premium Economy for our Virgin Atlantic flight but because we fly so much we have membership with their flying club and a number of reward points and so we were able to upgrade our flight going out to Miami up to Upper Class cabin! Now that is super!

This will be our very first time flying Upper Class and it will start at the airport at the Virgin Clubhouse!

We are very excited and can't wait to fly this way!

You can check flight availability for your next flight here

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Miracle Morning

So right now I am starting the book 'Miracle Morning' by Hal Elrod. I am excited about this as I enjoy encouragement and books like this help energise my daily routine.

My life is great! I enjoy a successful career in drawing as entertainment with caricatures of guests at all types of events, see my main site here : I have a beautiful wife and this year we are celebrating our 34th Wedding Anniversary! Our two kids are grown up and have their own homes and our daughter has recently blessed us with our first grandchild, Rory!

My wife and I also enjoy traveling around the world. My work means that I am working every weekend, mainly at weddings and I enjoy that but the cost is that I have no social life at weekends as I am working. So we make up for that with our travels and we always get away during January, February or March off to somewhere where the sun is shining!

So we enjoy a life that I know many aim for, in fact I remember 20 years ago, dreaming about this life style and wondering if I would ever get that dream as a reality for myself and my family.

Well I did manage it and it was hard work, you can not expect success to be easy or just handed to you, it never happens that way.

So right now I am looking to get some new energy to move forward in my life for the next 5 years.

My next birthday I shall turn 55 and the next 5 years are very important.

I want to reach my 60th Birthday healthy and able to enjoy more travel then every before!

So these next 5 years I want to build some realistic goals that will give me the end goal of reaching 60 years of age and enjoying life to the full!

So here's to my Miracle Mornings..... you can have yours too!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Wedding days

As we start another year and edge our way in to 2016, there are hundreds of couples all planning their big Wedding Day!

It is a busy time with people looking into all kinds of things for their weddings, from the traditional to the fun stuff!

The fun stuff is where I come in!

My caricature entertainment is great fun and is a big hit at so many weddings!

In 2016 it will be another great year to provide super fun entertainment!

Dates are booking but I still have availability throughout the year!

So why not call me for a quote and a chat?

My number is 07960 006799

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

iPad Pro review

I now have the iPad Pro and after 6 days I can say that I really like it!

The larger screen is wonderful and makes viewing all kinds of apps, email and websites etc much easier and more enjoyable but the best thing for me is the drawing apps!

Now with a much larger screen that is the same size as a piece of paper, it feels more realistic to draw with for me!

I still have to spend some serious time with the new iPad Pro but initial impressions are great!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Wedding Fayre!

I am very pleased to say that I am one of many wedding exhibitors who shall be at the Barlylands Wedding Fayre in Billericay, Essex on Sunday October 4th from 10am to 4pm!

So please do pop along and come see me!

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Charles Kennedy

This morning we learned of the death of former political leader of the Liberal Democrats, Charles Kennedy.

Charles was 55 years old.

It is such sad news and I am shocked to be honest.

I have never been a LibDem supporter but Charles was a leader whom I liked and respected and during his time in that role, he did a fantastic job.

I always enjoyed his appearances on television both as a political person and commentator come show presenter.

Charles really was a lovely guy and honest and genuine.

We have lost a rare breed of politician, one who you felt could be trusted and someone who you really wanted to hear what he had to say.

A truly sad loss for all of us.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and young son and the rest of his family at this very very sad time.

Monday, June 01, 2015


With my work as a caricaturist I am often in a gathering of people who are out enjoying a dinner and entertainment.

I get to wander around tables drawing the guests and in this photo taken last month you can see what that is like! To be honest on that particular night there were 7 other caricaturists working as we shared the tables between us!

Lots of fun and I am always amazed at how so many people can fed and watered in just a couple of hours!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

#FIFA FIFA scandal Inside the shed

Car Crashes?

Safety? Often we think safety can hinder our fun but you only have to look at YouTube for video's of what they call 'Fails' and also car crashes to see that sometimes safety is something we should consider in our daily lives!

Recently I have been watching these type of video's on YouTube and while they can be entertaining, they also show the cold light of day that we live in a dangerous world and anything can happen.

With that said, the amount of Russian driving disasters that you can find on YouTube are amazing!

I say this because you can find car crashes that happen in both bad weather and good weather but the way the Russians appear to drive is quite scary! I have never been to Russia but if I ever do visit what is a beautiful country, I will take the train!

But every country into world where there are cars will have disasters and wrecks that often make you wonder why the driver did not see the other car!

The word accident does not really apply to these car wrecks. If you watch you will see simple and stupid bad choices made by the drivers and many could have avoided the crash if they had been looking and applied their breaks a bit harder.

So if you have an hour to kill so to speak, check out YouTube for car crashes compilations, there are so many to choose from you will not be disappointed!

But please for the love of mike, drive safely out there in the real world there next time you get into your vehicle!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

#FIFA really?

Well this week has been blasted with the news headline of FIFA officials being arrested for bribery charges and with the possibility of being extradited to the USA to stand trial.

All this in conjunction with the annual FIFA congress/convention and the election process for the head honcho to lead FIFA.

Seb Blatter has been running FIFA in the role of top dog for something like 17 years. Over this time FIFA has achieved a lot of good work but along the way there have been a number of investigations into possible fraud and brides being taken through the section process of where the Football::Soccer world cup will be hosted.

The FIFA world cup happens every 4 years and it is BIG on a global scale.

So here's the thing. Seb Blatter denies knowing about any brides or fraud inside his organisation and that is an important point, HIS organisation. He is almost like a complete dictator. He rules over FIFA.

So with this fact of being the top dog and being very cocky about telling everyone about this, that he is the number one guy and no one else, he then should and must take responsibility for the charges against his organisation form the US justice system.

But he has not. He has rejected that he has any responsibility with what has happened.


It is so crazy it does not seem real.

The right thing any person leading such a huge organisation would be to step down as an indication that they had no control over the very organisation they were supposed to be leading.

But not Seb Blatter. He continues his brazen leadership as if nothing has really happened.

Well FIFA has lost a lot of respect form many areas of people and organisations all over the world.

The situation is not over. Sponsors who pay FIFA huge amounts of money are stopping to consider what they should do.

My view point is that Mr Blatter must stand down and let another take over and get to the bottom of all this criminal alleged activity inside FIFA.

SO we watch this space to see how this coming week will play out with the ongoing FIFA saga!

Friday, May 29, 2015

What am I like?

After such good intentions I have let this, my blog fall behind in a big way.

Postings have been scarce and I have fallen out of the good habit of writing and posting on a daily basis, something that was not intentional but more about that in a moment.

I really enjoying posting but the truth of the matter is that Facebook has stolen the thunder of blogging these past few years. If I think back just 8 years ago, blogging was big and the 'in thing' to be doing. But Facebook and social media evolution took that 'thing' and changed the game.

Now I don't mind the change in social media as Facebook is great and I am on it all the time. Actually I am on it way too much but don't like to admit that. Wait I just did!

Yes, Facebook has succeeded in being THE social media platform regardless of what some may say.

I actually gain a large number of enquiries for my services as a caricature artist through and via Facebook so I would be crazy to ignore it. That also makes me feel somewhat justified in all the time I spend on Facebook!

But why the lack of posts here on my blog?

There are a number of reason's and Facebook is partly a make up of one of them in so much as I have  been seduced by Facebook to leave my blog... well thats how it feels sometimes!

Another reason is time and focus that makes up my daily life. So what I mean by this and its not a pathetic excuse, by no means, as I get older life changes and my family are changing. My daughter got married back in April and we had a fantastic day and it was so happy and loving and everyone enjoyed celebrating with the happy couple!

My parents have now had their ages catch up with them and by that I mean they have some serious health issues that are usually associated with being 78 and 82 years old.

I have spoken about this before and my father is battling skin cancer and so far is winning except for a few scars and daily pain but he gets on with his daily life. He also went through a triple heart by pass and new heart valve operation back in December 2014 so its been real tough for him and these past 6 months have proven to show that he now needs the help of his family in his daily life.

Mum has also had some very poor health and today is still suffering with bladder problems and a constant infection, we are waiting to see the consultant soon we hope and try to get this fixed for her. What this means is that she is on anti biotic almost constantly as we have recently found out that the infection will not just go with these tablets. But at times since January this year, when she had finished a dose of anti biotic and we thought the infection had been cleared only to see her fall into a deep depression and poor mental state after a few days being off the anti biotic. What was happening was that the infection had not gone but was fighting back in her body and causing some real issues for her and us. She has been suicidal on a few occasions.

So as you can guess, I have been helping them with almost everything on an almost daily basis. I have a brother who also helps so we can share the responsibility of looking after them. Of course they have refused looking at moving into a care home but we have spoken with them about this option.

If we can get Mum sorted and clear of this water infection then they will be able to remain in their own home and have some independent quality of life and thats what we all want for them.

So getting back to the blog and as I mentioned, the above is not an excuse it is a reason why I have not been able to devote and dedicate time to blogging and some other aspects of my business. My parents need me at this stage of their lives and I will be there for them.

I miss blogging as I wanted to move my blog into a more relevant and interesting site that people would really want to visit on a regular basis.

This is still my goal but it has to remain on the back burner for now. I will try to post as much as I can but I have to ask for your patience with me.

Business itself is still good and I am still able to make a living and support my wife and family by drawing caricatures at weddings and events. My wife also has a part time job now, working for The Body Shop and she loves every minute of it! She continues to help me with my admin and accounts, a part of being self employed that is quite dull to be honest, but she has been with the Body Shop for nearly a year and she is a valued member of the team in there Basildon store and it is great to she her smile and enjoy her work.

As you may know, my wife and I love to travel and try as much as we can to do this! At the moment with the situation of my parents we have put our travels on hold. We did have a couple of trips earlier this year but they had been booked quite literally a year earlier and before my parents needed us as carers. But we were still able to make it to Las Vegas in February and Malta in April this year. We have nothing else booked at this time and although we have ideas and rough plans for future trips, we have not actually booked anything. Thats okay and we really don't mind. We have so many wonderful memories form the past 10 years of travelling that we can be patient and wait.

Getting back to the blog, I have often wondered about what content I should include and I think I have briefly spoken about this in the past. Should I keep it focused on just my caricature business or should I post about other topics, maybe some political stuff?

I can't seem to make my own mind up. I am no journalist and would never try to be but I do enjoy posting or blogging or whatever you wish to call it. I like to share what's going on because I want to encourage others. I am just a working class lad who grew up in Basildon, Essex from a very working class background but have been able to make something better for my life and the life of my family. I know that if you can sow a seed of hope in someones life, for someone who may need that, it can be a powerful thing and make a real positive difference to them.

I have been fortunate to have experienced this during my life and I know it has helped me tremendously through my life.

I am not trying to boast about my life or rub it in as if I am special or anything. No. Things have worked out well for me and are the proceeds of hard work that I have put in.

I have not been handed success on a plate from anyone, far from it. I have gone out there and worked hard to create the success.

If I can do it, trust me, anyone can!

Well it has been refreshing to sit here and type this post out for my blog. I hope that it has been of interest if you have managed to read down to this part! Let me say a heartfelt thank you for taking the time to read the post. I hope and will aim to post again and provide some interesting reading material for you all!

Sunday, March 01, 2015


Sad news of the passing of Mr Spock played by the fantastic actor L. Nimoy.

Not many can say they have been absorbed by the populations of so many. Both he and the character of Spock were loved and still are.

To boldly go.....

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015