Sunday, 29 April 2012

Sunday, 25 March 2012

James' Little Walk

In April I will be doing a walk to raise funds help my good friend, Kaki Nightingall, whose husband, Howard, was best man at my wedding.

In 2008 Kaki was diagnosed with ALS which is a type of Motor Neurone Disease.

The average life expectancy of an ALS patient is between two and five years from onset of symptoms.

As there is no health care system in the States, Howard and Kaki’s family have to find the funds for Kaki’s care.

Kaki now lives in America with her elderly parents and requires 24 hour care whilst Howard lives in Austria with their two teenage children, Julian and Georgina. Whilst he would obviously like to be with Kaki, the only way he can contribute to her care is by working in Vienna where he has regular work. Unfortunately, he would have very little earning power in USA.

Howard and Kaki’s friend Pete Turvey is doing a 12 day 192 mile walk to raise funds for Kaki’s care. I will be joining him on one of those days and would very much appreciate it if you could ‘sponsor’ either me or Pete to help fund Kaki’s care over what will very likely be the last few months of her life.

If you are able to help, any funds you provide will be used directly for her care.

You can pledge to myself or Pete or donate directly at

Monday, 27 June 2011

Sarah's Amazing Three Peak Challenge

Sarah and friends managed to climb the three peaks despite treacherous conditions.  Their guide said they were the first team that he had assisted that hadn't had someone back out part way through.

In order to complete the challenge within 24 hours the team had to run for the last 5 kilometres!!!

They managed it in 23 hours and 57 minutes.

To view a movie of their terrific achievement click here.

Sunday, 3 October 2010


Smories is a wonderful child friendly website where original stories are read by children for children.

The fluffs and mispronunciations are kept in which makes it quite charming.

I've got two stories on there:

The Bear with no Hair

The Freckle Fairy (in which Emay is pronounced Emmy)

If you have young children you can leave your email address and they will email a link to their daily smory.

Or just browse through the smories.

A fun pre-bedtime experience if you have young children.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

The Rehearsal - a short film

I have just rediscovered a short film I wrote and directed a year or so BC (before children).

It features Arthur Bostrom as a successful sitcom actor rehearsing a stage play and trying to 'find' his character through improvisation with the director, played by Howard Nightingall.

Monday, 30 August 2010

Meet The Freckle Fairy

James has written a couple of stories which are included in the book below.

Louise and Emay Meet the Freckle Fairy is illustrated with photos of the girls themselves who are joined by a delightful fairy creation from Tamara Church and aided by some very creative design work by Jeff Ball.

The book also features a second story text - Louise and Emay Meet Scary Mary the Bad Hair Fairy. Find out where bed head comes from!

The softcover version of the book is available from the link below at cost.

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Tessa's 70th Birthday Weekend

Yes, it does take a whole weekend to celebrate a 70th birthday. That, plus a pink stretch limo full of screaming grandchildren.

Below is a book Sarah has made from the photos taken over the weekend. Click to view the book. There is also an option to purchase at cost.