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About Me

Hi everyone.

I’m Rob. I was born 9 months after the war (1939-1945, before you ask) ended. Make of that what you will.

I was raised and went to school in Plymouth, got a degree in Physics in London (UCL), spent a year in Leicester as an engineer then a year at Uxbridge Uni. getting a PGCE.

After 34 years of teaching, mostly Physics and Science but also Maths and Computing, I took early retirement in 2004. Mortgage paid off, fast car in the garage, new computer and twice-yearly holidays.

I’ve been very happily married since Christmas eve 1973, with a son who is a perpetual art student. My wife, Sue, is still working full-time, bless her, as an I.T. manager. I have a part-time driving job and I mark exam papers. I love gardening and there are always jobs to do in the house but I need to get out and talk to people a couple days a week, even if the pay is poor.

[edit August 2007:

Having taken early retirement at Christmas, Sue now has a part-time job on the same days as me, at the same car auction. She’s helping in the cafeteria, though, not driving.]

[Edit October 2008:

I succumbed to flattery, I suppose, being drawn out of my semi-retirement to respond to a local sixth-form College which needed an A’ level Physics teacher. I’m only working half-time but the main thing is that I’m really enjoying it.]

[Edit Feb 2010:

I really enjoyed my year at the College but back to driving now, with tutoring and occasional  exam marking to keep the brain active. Sue is now assistant manager in the cafeteria.]

[Edit April 2011:

Having quit her full-time catering post, Sue now has a part-time, similar, job with Subway.]

[Edit Jan 2012:

Sue has (just about) accepted it’s actually time to retire properly, if not gracefully. I can’t see myself continuing all the part-time jobs for many more years so then we’ll both be proper pensioners.

In the meantime, with James + wife + 2 children (and a 3rd on the way) living in New Zealand, yearly trips to see them are a ‘must’.  Hence we’re having to cut down on other holidays. Life is still pretty good, though.]

[Edit October 2012:

I finally decided to stop the auction driving. Just as well since, with our new adopted canine friend, there are now plenty of (more enjoyable) other things to help fill my time.]

[Edit June 2014:

That’s it. I’m now 100% retired and unemployed. No more tutoring or exam marking. The plan was for dog-walking and relaxing but the imminent house move is keeping me (us) busier than ever. In fact it’s exhausting. We’ll need a holiday once we’re settled into our new place.

Meanwhile, Sue’s digestive problems look very much as if she has celiac disease – intolerance to gluten and lactose. Cue some very careful meal and snack selection, possibly for the rest of her life.]

[update Feb 2019:

Wow, nearly 5 years.

Sue’s lactose and gluten intolerance was nasty and inconvenient while it lasted – about 2 years – but stopped just as quickly as it started. Strange but a great relief.

We holidayed in Cape Verde, New Zealand and – nearer to home – Brixham in the intervening years. We also went to our first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix: Silverstone last year and almost immediately booked again for 2019. So I hope to publish some posts about all that and more, with photos of course.]

That’s enough about me. Have a browse and please leave some feedback in a comment.

21 Comments leave one →
  1. October 11, 2006 10:06 pm

    It’s pouring with rain outside, every phone call I get is someone moaning and my cash flow is rapidly drying up.
    I read your site and it made me laugh.
    Human nature accounts for some of the biggest laughs.
    Keep up the good work.

  2. October 12, 2006 9:10 am

    Thank you, Pete.
    Do pop back every so often. You never know what I’ll be posting next. Neither do I, come to think of it.

  3. December 12, 2006 10:21 pm

    hey rob its mark your ex pupil from school haha and also work with you with the cars haha nice page loved the jokes and finally saw a pictured of your sons car! liked it alot

    nice one rob always crack a smile at work 🙂

    top man

  4. December 12, 2006 10:32 pm

    Hi Mark.
    Glad you finally found me.
    If I can interest or amuse a few people through this blog then I feel I’m not wasting my time.

  5. December 14, 2006 1:31 am

    nice one rob ill spread the word my friends will love this page 🙂 always like to hear your jokes at work!

    cool site

  6. Anonymous permalink
    February 18, 2007 11:51 pm

    “Yesterday scientists revealed that beer contains small traces of female hormones. To prove their theory, the scientists fed 100 men 12 pints of beer and observed that 100% of them gained weight, talked excessively without making sense, became emotional, and couldn’t drive. No further testing is planned.”

  7. February 18, 2007 11:52 pm

    hope you like my science news flash rob 🙂


  8. February 19, 2007 9:53 am

    Yes, Mark.
    I’ve read that one before somewhere, but it is funny.

  9. June 4, 2007 9:04 pm

    Thanks for the comment on my site… I’ll take a read over yours when I get some time.


  10. Benni permalink
    July 27, 2007 11:52 pm

    Hi Rob,
    I just read in PH that you have endless film (Super8) material from Santa Pod in the 70s.
    As this was a great time for drag racing,
    and a lot of legendary UK, EU and US racers were active in those days,
    maybe you would like to dust off these memories and share them with (nostalgia) Dragster Fans ?
    I suppose you already know Alan Curran´s site ?
    Maybe he would be interested in that stuff,
    or could link you to a site where this could be sent to,
    digitalized and published on the net ?
    Maybe someone from the “Drag Racing” section of PH would also be able to to that.
    Drag Race Fan and motormouth (track announcer)from germany,
    who visits the Pod for the FIA/UEM rounds.

  11. October 23, 2007 4:39 pm

    One of these days I have to go to the Barrett Jackson auction. It’s not far from my house, and I love the cars I see on TV. I always wondered how much I would have gotten for my old convertible if I sold it through them.

  12. October 23, 2007 4:48 pm

    Nice sets of photos on your site. You’re welcome to a copy of the one of that old Lincoln on this site. Just give me a credit/link and I’ll be happy.

  13. February 27, 2008 3:00 pm

    Have a nice day !

  14. July 30, 2009 8:09 am

    Hi Rob
    Nice Pic’s on your site, used to go drag racing with a 72 Comero (pieces of eight) and a 1966Ford Anglia V8 had a friend Keath Rip who owned RIPSPEED till he sold it to Halfords
    The big SIX 0 for me next year, loved the 60s MAD collector of 60s/70s STRATACASTER GUITARS as seen on http://www.watkins guitar and my Lammy on North London boy ENFIELD now own my first GTO
    Regards Allen Wells

    • July 30, 2009 8:59 am

      Hi Allen. Good to hear from someone who shared those early Santa Pod years.
      Have you thought of joining GTOUK? You won’t believe how helpful club members can be and I don’t just mean online.

  15. July 30, 2009 9:13 am

    Hi Rob
    I am one step ahead on GTOUK done the membership and paid my dues, just purchased a numberplate F6 GTO
    Thanks Allen

  16. kylie whatabitch permalink
    August 1, 2009 12:42 pm

    HI Pete,

    I really like your collection of articles. Nice site and glad I came across it.


  17. August 1, 2009 7:15 pm

    How are you,rob?

  18. Mike permalink
    June 20, 2011 8:11 am

    Am a complete computer novice and have a problem with my yahoo mail. It is that all my message attachments are being blocked from being opened (by me, legitimately) by a pop up blocker (so a yahoo mail window tells me). Yahoo Mail suggests I add the yahoo mail address to my Internet Explorer pop up blocker “allowed” list – which I have done. It has no effect. I have even tried turning off my IE pop up blocker and this makes no difference, either. Are there other pop up blockers that I wouldn’t know about? If so how do I find them? Turn them off? Open my attachments like I used to be able to do – until I bought a new laptop and “acquired” Windows 7? Can anyone help?

  19. June 20, 2011 8:39 am

    Not sure I can help, Mike. I mostly use Thunderbird for Mail and Opera for browsing and I’m still using Windows XP.
    A quick search gave this, which might help.
    Good luck.

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