I was about to start this brief, minimally informative, introduction by saying that I am a middle aged man. But that is not right: I am much nearer the end than the beginning and so shouldn’t try to distort the meaning of words. So I will skip my age and instead mention that I live in Hemel Hempstead, an under appreciated town. This is important because if one of the purposes of this blog is to notice things around me, Hemel is something I see every day.
The only other thing that needs to be said is that my outlook tends more towards the miserablist than the optimist. Looking for something bright each day is counterintuitive. With any luck, though, it will do me good.