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This year I don’t have the energy or willingness to do one. For those that know this is probably understandable. For those that don’t then please read on – I will do a very brief overview of the year, but you’ll have to read between the lines for the details or just ask.

So, in bullet points:

– on-going health issues and his specialist has no clue.
– on a highly restrictive diet
– made school captain
– started trumpet lessons & joined BCBC Junior orchestra

– pupil of the year
– started full contact rugby
– braces on the way
– attained various levels of grade 3 from pass to distinction in piano, flute and violin
– stopped ballet

– finished very successful year at CERN
– now back in Uni on his final year – dissertation planned and under way
– broke up with one girl, now dating another
– keeps bringing home different musical instruments
– lost count of how many languages he now speaks to varying degrees

– failed one half of her stage 3 signing & needs to resit
– her great aunt passed away
– her health has not improved but new drugs in the last week so we are hopeful
– almost down to her married weight
– survived a job evaluation process

– my father passed away
– failed red belt grading
– produced a photo book for family members
– next to no back pain

I’m absolutely certain there will be more “stuff” that I’ve simply forgotten about but somehow it doesn’t matter. In the grand scheme of things we are mostly all well but are definitely looking forward to 2013 and trusting that it will be better for all of us.

So let me finish by saying:

Nadolig Llawen a blwyddyn newydd dda.


Image from:’s been a while since my last update and to be honest I’ve been concentrating on my other web properties.

Please do have a look:

– my photo a day blog.
– or Panoptic.

Though truth be told the writing aspect has very much taken a back seat, so here’s a quick roundup.

Owen is safely ensconced in Geneva in Switzerland and now has the room to accommodate folks that don’t mind sharing with him. He is very much “living his dream” at CERN despite Madame Fruitbat** attempting to sabotage it all.

Jenna started “big school” and is loving the newness of it and has now started to learn the flute on top of piano & violin.

Coel meanwhile is enjoying the new found freedom of not having his sister to watch over and report his every action. Also, despite winning the world title in sparring for his age and grade in Tang Soo Do he has hung up the gloves and like his sister no longer participates.

All three remain in good health – though we have to take Owen’s word about that sometimes!

As for Kathryn, she is still soldiering on with her ‘illness’ and on top of that found out she had a cancerous mole on her big toe that turned out to be a melanoma – one very hasty op later and she now needs a bit of minor plastic surgery which is booked for early days of October. But due to speed of discovery and removal prognosis is excellent.

As for myself – well I just keep on keeping on as my old pastor used to say and today I head into new territory. Today I hope to leave my younger children behind when I grade to 4th gup. My ambition being very much to secure that black belt.

More anon or look me up on facebook for more frequent and up to the minute news.

** our name for his lunatic and now ex-landlady.
And should anybody be looking to stay in Geneva then please contact us first so that we can advise whom to avoid.

My 16 weeks of “exercise by referral” has ended and I mostly enjoyed it.

Unfortunately the final 3 weeks were a bust as life prevented me from getting to the gym. The good news is that my employer has come up with a corporate deal at the local Esporta and so I’m fully signed up and attending there – it’s amazing how much pain you can be in from exercise after having taken 3 weeks away!

All this can only be good though. Saturday (Nov 26th) is my next grading day for Tang Soo Do – this time it’s for my green belt or 6th Gup. From here on in it gets real serious and I need to know the Korean for everything rather than asking for a translation or demonstration …. anyone got a Learn Korean quick lying around? The children won’t be joining me this time as they couldn’t quite get to grips with the required form – Pyung Ahn O Dan. However ma’am tells us this is the hardest Pyung Ahn form we will learn and next grading the children get to do a much easier form. Coel was devastated but I’m hoping it’s a valuable lesson learned.

Jenna is loving year 6 at school – she was one of the comperes for their Coychurch has got talent in aid of Children In Need. Kathryn again helping Coel with a fabulous idea where he pretended to be a mini James Bond and finished by delivering a box of Milk Tray to his teacher … with appropriate music and voice over. We’re told he stole the show!

Kathryn has now re-taken her Stage 2 Signing exam module that she failed last time around and we should know the result by Christmas – she’s also stepping away from the slave labour that is her Thursday afternoon at work. It’s not worth all the extra grief, stress and hassle for an extra few pounds in the purse

Owen meanwhile has launched himself into Uni and in his own words is “happy and having a real good time”. He’s on top of his projects and excited about the potential of his Industrial Year. For those that haven’t heard he’s applied to spend the year at Cern. Although he’s dropped the physics for now he still loves the subject matter and the idea of being there for a year is a real draw. His Uni was only too happy to get behind his application and they have thoroughly praised h and recommended hi. They also told him they don’t let just any student wistfully apply to Cern and he’s one of a very select few that have been allowed in Cern’s history.

So if any of you know somebody there that could help him out then do tip them the wink – he’s under no illusions though that he’s guaranteed a place.

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