5 things I just do not do

Those of you that have followed me for a while have a fair idea of the sort of things I like and do. Let’s face it, coming up to 6 years now, I’m pretty well documented! Today though, I’m going to go into the ever popular revelatory mode and give you a little insight into 5 things I just do not do. Totally clickbait, I know, but it’s Friday and Fridays are for decompressing after a week of chores. So here, goes…

The Kindle

I’m old-school, I admit it. I like reading words on paper, be it books or newspapers. I also like the feeling of getting an actual physical object when I pay for it. I can pop it in my backpack, read it in bed, and when done I can add it to my bookshelf. And maybe rekindle it later on. Going electronic seems to reduce the inherent value of the book, though granted it would be handy to have a full stack in a single device. I grew up with real books though and still find comfort in them. I also prefer my newspapers on paper, though online versions do have an advantage in being updated.


I know, I know, I know. How can I possibly be so hopelessly dedicated to the Hebridean tweed in all it’s rugged earthiness and not appreciate the peat-flavoured Scottish tipple? I’ve no idea, truly, and I hang my head in shame. It just doesn’t happen do it for me. I could add most wines to the list as well, though it would only compound my withering lack of sauce-related cred. I do indeed feel a little shunned when my bearded brethren light up their cigars and start pontificating about their favourite single malt, but I’ll live it down.


Sorry, but vinyl is over. I bought way too much back when it was a credible format. Then I bought far too many CDs. Then I just stopped buying obsolete physical formats. I still have all of my old collection though, gems and embarrassments included, and have the required equipment for playing them (thrift sales are an ace way to build up a sub 100 quid stereo system of a calibre you’d have been chuffed to pieces to have back in the day), but now I listen to Spotify. Not as satisfying as finding the really rare releases, but it works.


My regular place for running is on some really gorgeous paths along and around our local golf course. I truly appreciate those paths as they provide scenic variation for a nice run, and even include some woodland. It does put me into contact with golfers though, their sporting endeavours and their… uhm… sportswear? I can kind of see how the concept of whacking a ball aiming to hit a small hole has some merit, it’s not a terrible idea, but seeing people actually play it does make me wonder. Maybe it’s the golf carts that do it. Without them there is at least a walk included.

Quilted jackets

Now don’t get me wrong here, I’m not disrespecting the art of quilting, or even all quilted jackets as such, it’s those nylon ones I can’t stand. Typically the Barbour ones so beloved originally by the horsey set, but latter of the more urban horseless set. You know the sort, wears skinny jeans, Chelsea boots and a shiny nylon quilted vest. See? You agree totally. Don’t be that guy. And don’t wear Chelsea boots either, they can look great on girls but make a guy look like a girl. I think that makes sense. And no skinny jeans either. Crikey.

So, do you have 5 things you just don’t do?


  • Roland Novak 05/10/2018 at 20:15

    Just a thought about vinyl: maybe I am biased, since I am a music teacher a composer, from those musical masterpieces i admire I usually have three formats: digital, cd and vinyl. Maybe it’s just professional deformation, but I like to add to the aural benefit of listening a visual and haptic extension.

    • nick 05/10/2018 at 20:26

      I agree, Spotify has zero sense of occasion (and an annoying interface), but it is practical!

  • Peter 05/10/2018 at 21:32

    Regarding Whisky: Have you tried adding a little water (straight from the tap if your water isn’t too alcaline)? It lowers the alcohol-rate so your palate doesn’t go numb as soon as you sip the first drop. Makes a world of difference.

    I found non-peaty whiskys like most Speysides are a good starting point.

    • nick 06/10/2018 at 09:06

      I’m not sure I have tried or not, to be hones. It’s really the flavour and smell that disagrees with me. It’s the same with cognac as well. Gin works nicely. And I prefer cider to beer.

  • James 22/10/2018 at 01:35

    Brilliant post! Might I add “Climacool” golf shirts, and anything “Lululemon”, to the mix?! 😉

  • Keith Douglas 06/11/2018 at 13:01

    I find a Kindle very useful for reading fiction, quite often I will not be reading the book a second time. Also, for holidays, its great to have a small library with me, but no bulk. Vinyl is no competition sound wise or convenience wise with MP3 or CD, but I miss the gatefold sleeves with lyrics and the sense of occasion. I love a single malt, loathe golf, and have no strong feelings about quilted jackets.

  • Mike 05/01/2019 at 15:17

    I believe you should do one of those DNA tests. Noway you’re if Scottish heritage!

    • nick 05/01/2019 at 15:25

      I’m not of Scottish heritage. Sadly, as otherwise I could justify having a kilt and a monogrammed caber ?

  • Iain 09/02/2019 at 13:17

    Re. Chelsea boots.


    The end.

    • nick 09/02/2019 at 17:14

      Rugged and well made, but still Chelsea boots. I’m surprised they make them in mens sizing?


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