Hi, my name is Brian Goldsmith, I am retired, a ‘gentleman of leisure’. That doesn’t mean that I am rich and have servants to do my every bidding all day long. it does mean though, that, other commitments permitting, I have every day to do more or less what I want to do and am not burdened by having to go to work every day. My days are my own to do with as I will.
I am old enough now to have earned the right to express my opinions freely. People either agree or think its just an old man going on a rant and ignore me. Either way I win, I can get things off my chest. My two most hated phrases are ‘Political Correctness’ and ‘Health and Safety’ and a lot of my rants off the blog are based on one or both of them, maybe I should publicise them more.
I have been blogging on a casual basis since about 2009. Latterly, since retirement and the acquisition of better technology it has taken up an increasingly larger proportion of my time and interest. It is a good way to keep a record of my other interests and I don’t mind sharing my experiences with anybody else who might be interested. Not all of my experiences maybe !
My time is divided between household chores and maintenance (then repairs if the maintenance has failed !), shopping, day trips out sight-seeing, trips with our caravan ranging between a few days away to a month or two in Europe. We have had Max our Border Terrier to keep us company since 2018. He ensures we get our 10,000 steps every day.
In my heyday I was a first category amateur racing cyclist. Nowadays my cycling consists of riding by myself and watching racing on TV and ‘live’ whenever I get the chance. Nothing however will top actually watching the Tour de France live though.
Photography takes up more of my time now as well. I have always enjoyed taking photographs, I think it comes from not being good at drawing !!. I have often been criticised for not including people in my pictures. In fact I often go out of my way to do just that, but most of my photos are landscapes anyway. I have now acquired some decent equipment and software and spend ages on YouTube finding out how best to use it to good effect.
I have been a lifelong follower of Watford Football Club through thick and thin, through the good times and the bad times. Thats the mark of a true supporter, its in your blood. Watford was my local team until I married and moved north by about forty miles.