Diary Archive 2019

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A lifelong passion

As can be discerned elsewhere on this webiste, I have a lifelong passion for radio. As part of that, I've listened to BBC Radio 4 all my life (I'm just too young to remember it as the Home Service) and listen whenever I can, whether it's the news, a documentary, a play or a panel show. Earlier this month I turned that passion into an evening I've wanted to put on for many a year.


I tend to use a lot of abbreviations in my e-mails which sometimes prompts the question: what exactly do you mean?

Swinson, Johnson and Corbyn

Yesterday, Jo Swinson was elected leader of the Liberal Democrats. Today, Boris Johnson will become leader of the Tory party and, tomorrow, Prime Minister. Unlike Johnson and Leader of Her Majesty's Opposition (Jeremy Corbyn), Jo Swinson actually is fit to be Prime Minister.

A bench for Mum and Dad

The back of a bench is in the foreground showing its view across a broad bay

With the passing of my mother last year, my siblings and I dedciated a bench to their memory at Newport Parrog, Pembrokeshire.

A new profile pic

Phil Archer, photographed in 2012. The outgoing avatar Phil Archer photographed November 2018 at GS1 Sweden, the new avatar

New Year... time for a new profile pic. The one I've been using for a while was a snapshot taken by Wendy Bailey at a social function in October 2012 and, well, it's had its day.

The new one was taken on 27 Novemner 2018 by a professional photographer, Maria Uhlin, from the GS1 Sweden Photo Studio - hence the supermarket-like background. There's a high resolution of this available which was cropped from the original.

I can't help but notice that there's less hair and more chins - oh and, yes, that's an EU flag in my button hole and, OK, it's a statement.

With a bit of luck, this will do for the next 5 years at least. Thanks to Maria and GS1 Sweden for letting me use this royalty-free.