Laurence Andrews

Bodmin Moor and The Cheesewring

We decided that today was a great day for a walk, it wasn’t raining and it wasn’t too cold, just a normal mild December day. The destination was Bodmin moor, just a short drive from where we are staying with family in Cornwall. I had been told there was a large ‘Cheesewring’ rock formation on the top of a hill and with such a peculiar descriptio... Read more

BrewDog Leeds - Review

My close friend @geekyjames and I are unequivocal fans of BrewDog, the Scottish craft beer company. Known for their iconic Punk IPA beer and brash attitude towards typical business convention they are without doubt one of the most notable new breweries globally. The company is expanding rapidly and has just opened a brand new brewery in Columbus... Read more

Our First Home

Quite frankly I’m confused as to why this was not on the list - it has been one of the most exciting, stressful, rewarding and challenging things that I/we have ever done. As I write, we’re just over two weeks in and it’s only now beginning to feel real. Victoria and I had lived in a relatively small flat together for just over four years - alm... Read more

Number 22 - Shoot a Gun

I’m not going to go into how it was I found myself in Vegas, all I will say is that it was completely on the level, as were all activities during my trip. This bucket list item was one of the original and actually one which I’d wanted to do long before the list came into existence. I thought it would be one of the more difficult ones, because it... Read more

The Land of Vikings - Iceland

It’s become somewhat of a tradition to take a holiday in December. So far it’s always somewhere noticeably warmer and where beer is considerably cheaper. This year we thought we would shake things up a little and do the polar opposite - go somewhere colder, where the beer is much more expensive.  Iceland is an eminently fascinating place, full ... Read more

The Atlantic Coast Line

How best to spend a windy and rainy day in Cornwall? Well, a trip to Newquay on the train of course! This is the penultimate journey of all the Cornish branch lines and one I’d been looking forward to for a while. It’s the longest of all the branch lines in Cornwall and during summer special direct services are scheduled using HST sets to/from L... Read more

My Updated Rail Travel Map

I’m sure regular followers of my blog are aware of my Rail Map (well, it’s National Rail’s map really), it shows all of the railway lines in the UK which I have travelled on at some point. Both a record for where I have been in the UK and a challenge to travel the entire network!  The last update I made to the map was in 2013, which is a shocki... Read more

The Open Group Architecture Forum (TOGAF) 9.1

This certification is something I’ve wanted for a while. In December I decided to quit putting it off and just do it. I booked on to the first QA course available in January.  The course itself was very full on, over four days we went over material from 9am right through until 5pm. The first two days were very hard and I struggled to absorb the... Read more