Inventing The Cocktail ‘Preach Insanity’

Preach Insanity cocktail

On the 10th of January 2013 @BennyCrime, @Dan_Bowsher and myself headed to an award winning cocktail bar in London called Callooh Callay. We were there because of my 40at40 list. We were there to ‘Invent a cocktail’. I recently found some video from the night.. I delivered my list of preferred ingredients and with the guidance […]

013 – Drink in Britain’s oldest pub

The Old Ferry Boat Inn

I understand that it may be impossible to identify beyond a shadow of a doubt where Britain’s oldest pub actually is as there are so many Inns and ale houses laying stake to the claim. And as you can imagine, acquiring the label ‘Oldest Ale House in Britain’ is great PR. But after a good […]

006 – Bake a Sourdough Loaf

The finished sourdough loaf

It was meeting Tom Herbert at the Do Lectures that inspired me to have a go at baking sourdough. And it was Tom who gave me a jar of 57 year old (55 years old in 2010) sourdough to take home and try. Luckily it came with a handy recipe card with all I would […]

007 – Drink a Bellini in Harry’s Bar (Venice)

A window at Harry's bar

When I told people I was going to Venice they said.. “You must go and drink a Bellini in Harry’s Bar.” I’m pretty susceptible to suggestions involving exotic drinks in interesting locations. So it went on the list. If I’m honest I’d never knowingly had a Bellini, or heard of Harry’s bar. It sounded like […]

005 – Go To A Sci-Fi Convention

Storm Troopers at Elstree Studio

This was another item on the 40at40 list this year that I was not sure I’d get done. Most conventions of this type I hear about happen in The States. Yet Sci-Fi has played such a huge part in my life, especially when growing up, I felt compelled to include it. I have been fascinated […]

004 – Customize a Motorbike

Triumph 900 Custom

When I added ‘Customize a motorbike’ to my #40at40 list I was not thinking of any motorbike. I was of course thinking of my own. As I touched upon in a previous blog post, some people change their motorbike every year. If a bike is well looked after, the trade-in price or money from a […]

003 – Have a Yodeling Lesson

Yodeling Teacher

I was invited to Vienna by ‘ORF‘ Austria’s national public service channel. I was to be a guest on a TV show discussing the current challenges facing public service broadcasting. My Austrian friend Dan picked me up from Gratz and we drove into Vienna a day earlier. Dan had read my 40at40 list and figured […]

002 – Eat in a Ukrainian Restaurant


The years are mounting up this side of my Granddads death and as well as the conversational glimpses into my family history, I find myself missing the food we would eat. He loved his food. In his final years, housebound and slowly going blind, conversation, food and the radio were his only real pleasures. My […]

001 – Go to a pub dressed as a Stormtrooper

001 - Go to a pub dressed as a Stormtrooper

My full 40at40 list is here on OurManInside.com This blog text is taken from here For me my ’40 at 40′ list is an excuse to do forty crazy or unusual things in a year where people think I might perhaps be losing the plot. If it’s on a list it’s premeditated and can’t be confused with those […]

40 at 40


I’m 40 today.  When I was a kid I thought that I’d feel like an old man at this age but I don’t. I still feel like a kid. Like another version of that same kid that found it impossible to visualise what life would be like this far into the future. Now I’m here […]