About Me

I’m a 55 year old guy who lives in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.  I had to give up work due to illness almost ten years ago although I hope to try and resume work sometime before I’m due to retire!

I suffer with a condition called lymphoedema, along with several other health issues and had  a gastric bypass operation in 2011 to try and help me.   The surgery itself was a success and I have currently lost 14 stone in weight since the operation.  Although the surgery won’t help me with the lymphoedema, it has helped my mobility a little and my hospital admissions with cellulitis have reduceddramatically.

I have a fabulous Healthcare team from my GP’s through to District Nurses, as well as the Hospital teams, including the Bariatric Team.  I really value their help, care, and input.

I also have help from the local Housing Support Officers, as I live in sheltered accommodation and have a cracking team of Home Carers as well.  Likewise, they all really help and support me and I am so grateful to them.  they allow me to try and lead a normal life.

I’m single and although I have no direct family of my own, I have a Big Sister and two Brothers who are there for me and they all have children, grand-children and great grand-children that mean a lot to me.

I have a varied collection of hobbies:-

Crosswords: I have had a number of puzzles appear in newspapers and magazines such as The Independent and The Magpie, as well as on-line. I blog regularly for Big Dave’s Crossword Site, which helps solvers with the Daily Telegraph Crosswords. I have also appeared on Mastermind answering questions on The History of Crosswords as my specialist subject.

Quizzes: I am President / Chair of the Todmorden Quiz League, as well as its question setter.I also set questions for a couple of other Leagues.

Bridge: I play bridge quite a bit, and am Secretary of Brierfield Bridge Club which is one of the biggest clubs in Britain.  It’s a lovely friendly club with a great active Committee.  I’ve made lots of good friends there and enjoy organising and running some of the sessions at the Club.

Football: I am a qualified football referee assessor, although I have had a fairly quiet season this year due to illness.

Others: I also enjoy reading and listening to music and have remarkably eclectic taste in both. When I can, I watch a little TV and listen to the radio and again have eclectic likes in viewing and listening.