About Me

What can I say? I’m an Anglo-German 60+ year old professional writer (technical author to you, sunshine despite a recent job title that said User Information Manager), with an obsession with motorsport – particularly Formula Three (and a consequent sideline as a motorsports journalist and photographer though since the end of 2015 I have now stepped back from that), a tendency to drink too much Champagne, and an ever-increasing collection of books and DVDs.

After a 10-year spell as a contract technical author roaming round Europe like some high-tech nomad (France, Belgium, Austria, back to Belgium, a brief spell in the UK, the Netherlands, and finally France again), I finally bit the bullet and in 2004 took my first permanent job since 1994. A couple of years later I went back to contract work for a while, but since 2006 I’ve been a permanent employee for a couple of companies.

So what annoys me apart from airports? Bad writing, people who are not open-minded, bureaucracy, modern packaging, removal men… the list goes on. Oh, and did I mention that I loathe airports? If you ever hear of some woman having an attack of air-rage at Heathrow, it could very well be me!

I’ll be using this blog for all sorts of things, including rambling about running, reporting on restaurants, talking about our travels, archiving race reports, press releases, and related bits of motorsport writing and photography as done by myself and Lynne. These are available to anyone to see as they’re already in the public domain. However, the copyright still belongs to me/Lynne… with all that that implies (and one of the things that that implies is that if you steal anything without asking and I catch you doing it, I will come after you).

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank you for taking me on your travels, I hope you don’t mind if I add you to my blog roll?


    1. Stella says:

      My pleasure! Welcome aboard!


  2. Also can you let me know where to locate your Like button?


    1. Stella says:

      Good question! It should be somewhere at the bottom of the posts. I’ll look!


    2. Stella says:

      Yep, it’s definitely at the bottom of the post… Hope that helps.


  3. Sue says:

    Hi! I’m Sue, and I’m from SlimKicker, a diet/fitness app and online website. I bumped into your blog yesterday and it captured my interest!

    I’m contacting you b/c we’re about to release a fitness tracker (similar to FitBit) early next year, and are looking for bloggers who would be interested in getting 1 for free to review when it is out (negative or positive).

    Would you be interested in doing this? You can email me at: sue (at) slimkicker (com) with ‘Review’ in the email heading if you are.

    Just to let you know, our online website SlimKicker basically turns your diet/fitness goals into a level-up RPG game. The tracker will work with the website, and allow people to track calories burned and number of steps they walk automatically. The more they exercise, the more points they rack up! That’s basically how it will work.

    Anyway, hope to hear back either way…

    – Sue
    P.S. You can choose not to publish this comment as this is more of a private comment 🙂


  4. Sartenada says:

    What an interesting life! We many have had, but can we tell about it as well as You. Thank You. If interested, check my about also – not so standard. 🙂


  5. Mark Reeves says:

    Hi smtfhw, really interested in your Vauxhall Lotus photos, I have a project ongoing at the moment about this and wondered if there might be a possibility of using a couple, subject to making proper arrangements. Let me know! Mark


    1. Stella says:

      Drop me an email on smtfhw@gmail.com and we can talk about it!


  6. equinoxio21 says:

    Ha! At long last someone who hates airports! 🙂
    Well done.


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