It was ten years ago today...
Now, where was I on this day ten years ago?

Birmingham - that's where. Married to Lesley, too. I remember this day ten years ago very well! Let me explain....
  • The day: Saturday 6 February 1996.
  • The place: The Pallasades Shopping Centre, Birmingham.
  • Situation: One very upset Lesley!

Now why was she upset? Well, it was eight days to go until Valentine's Day, and she hadn't received anything from me yet! Still eight days grace, and she was already fretting. She had already got me a card, yet I apparently hadn't had the decency to get her anything. Even though there was largely a week to go!

"But there's still eight days to go!!!" I told her, exasperated. "Well it's the thought that counts!" she replied! It seemed nothing was going to shut her up, but an immediate Valentine's gift from me. So, off into the card shop, purchased a big card, and a pen, wrote it out and sealed it, and then went back out and presented it to her. Only now was she able to smile and return to some sanity.

Still we live and learn. Maybe I should send her one of these!

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Goodbye smoking habit!
It was around April of 1986 when I started smoking. Back then, it was £1.40 for a packet of 20. Now, you can expect to pay £5.10. More than about time to quit, eh!

There were two reasons for me stopping: first the cost, which I have already outlined; and secondly, spongers. Is there really such a thing as a "spare" cigarette? No, of course there isn't, but that doesn't stop numerous people coming up and expecting you to hand over. On top of this, some people just cannot seem to take no for an answer. I know smoking isn't cheap, but that's no reason to expect others to cater for you! Anyway, these freeloading scum have got nothing on me now - I am now a non-smoker! So put that in your pipe and set fire to it.

This is now the next step in my get fit regime. I've lost 60 pounds in weight - taking 10 inches off of my waist. There's even a six-pack starting to emerge. My energy levels are flying high, and now I can only add to that. My body looks good, and I feel so much better than ever. Now I wish to stop making myself look like a prick! So, as much as I enjoyed them, it's goodbye ciggies.
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