New Arrival

Some of you may know that me and the misses are expecting our first child! Absolutely fantastic news!!! Little Baby Coles is due in the world around the 7th August, so watch this space for updates!!!

It’s been hard to keep it from everybody but we both managed it and all we need to do now is wait until the end of March to find out what we are having, a boy, girl or hairdresser!

It’s going to be tough, especially on the financial front but we will be fine, they say you will never be ready and that is so true. So going out and hitting the town hard has come to a stop!

To be fair it has changed the way I look at life and where my priorities lie! Work will change and so will our social life, albeit for the better I’m sure.

So I leave you with the fantastic image above and to keep you updated on other fronts: I have had another image published via Railway Herald, I’ve been up to Glasgow for work and we now have a new sofa in the house! All in all great stuff!

I seem to be very very happy all the time, its great!


Social Experiment

I have been contemplating as to weather to post this or not, but I feel that If I must be totally honest with this blog, then it must be published!

Some may think this is a moan, or a whinge, a cry for help maybe. No. Just in my eyes something which has been on the horizon for a while and has now happened.

Since the start of January, 2011, to be precise; I have only been contact by telephone only twice by my so called friends. Those people who I have spoken and conversed with I’m not surprised by, as they are true friends that I do not expect I will ever be without. However I know I have not called anyone, but as the title suggests, this is somewhat of an experiment.

I am very confident that these people who I mention never read this blog and most likely never will. So I’m sure I’m safe as to not upset anybody. It just that I feel that my life has totally changed, and for some that they are still living in the past. Now this might just be all in my head and it is me who has turned into an old boring bastard. But I am extremely happy with my life; work is great, home life is brilliant. I have no complaints.

As to why I feel this way I am not sure, but as I sit alone on a Saturday afternoon, it is funny how nobody has rung me to see what is going on! Hmm.

Still I will continue to update you all on this front, I’m all good, and have no drive to go and get on it down the pub! I think at last after 16 years my love affair with the old battle cruiser is over and done with!

Here’s to enjoying my own company and saving an absolute fortune!

Oh also 21 days and no fags!!!!

Welcome to the Future

So then it’s here, the year 2011. Feels a bit like 2010, but then that also felt like 2009, and so on and so forth.

As we all know it’s just a number and just a measurement in time or even existence! Still I digress, what is meant to be here is a very simple Happy New Year to all of you readers out there, of which I’m aware there are at least two of you. Also I hope you had a fantastic Christmas and got everything you asked for!

Right then, pleasantries over, now time for business. It has been a few months since I last posted anything on here, and there have been many developments in different areas of my life. So try try and keep you updated here goes:


Well after about three or four redesigns I think I may have the look for right! For those of you who don’t know I have one or two different blogs and photo galleries online and decided a while back to make my domain, the index site for all of these. So please feel free to pop over and see what you can see, eh!

Railways & Photography

So this has been a tad up and down on both fronts, as ultimately my photography rarely goes on with out my interest in railways taking president, however I did take some nice pics, in all that snow we had over the festive period, which can be found on my MobileMe Gallery.

The Railways and Photography has taken a dip in the latter parts of the year with very little in the way of trips out through September to December. Other than a delightful visit to Freightliner Crewe Basford Hall organized by Phoenix Railtours. So good in fact that I will be frequenting the site again in the next two weeks as I have a visit also planned on January 15th!

On the hardware front I have purchased myself a new digital compact, in the form of the Sony CyberShot DSC HX5V, very nice as well as a new pair of binoculars, Bushnell H20 10×42. And to top it all off at Christmas a Jessops FlashGun for my Canon EOS DSLR. New toys ahoy! Just need to test them out now, will be doing that very soon especially with the bins at Toton.


The above simply meaning New Years Eve Also Known As. Marc’s new bar which opened  before Christmas in the old site of Yates. And low and behold I did DJ on NEw Years Eve to  pub full of real people who payed to go in! Did feel good after about 10 years, but hey you never loose it!

Smoking is Cool

Again I refer you to an older post of mine, whereI quit smoking. This did not last for long. As a new years resolution I am starting again, and so far I am doing OK, nearly 3 whole days and no cravings, and Im not even using patches!!!! so will I endeavor to stay uncool forever, we will see, watch this pace peeps!

Me enjoying a Burger at Jamies Italian, Oxford


So for this year there is much to look forward too, A life with out fags,  which in turn should give me more cash!  An exciting year ahead at work, me hopes and much more including something very new, which will be elaborated upon here in the near future.

So thank you for reading this silly little blog, I surely does not help you in life but I think it may help me somewhat, only slightly in trying to explain myself.

Till later on, bye bye!

What We Did Last Summer…

For some reason this week I decided to relive one of the best days of my life. I dug out the DVD of Robbie Williams live at Knebworth, ‘What We Did Last Summer’.

Those of you who are not aware over 3 days in August 2003 Robbie played the biggest gigs in UK history with 122,000 people attending each day!!! I went on the last night on the Sunday. Along with me was Jem, Adam and Andy.

Now to me this was quite easily the best gig I have ever been to. Right up there with Oasis at Wembley in 2000 and 2009! However it was possibly one of the worst gigs, mainly due to the shear amount of people there. After the very long day of being squashed into a field with everyone else it took until 5 in the morning to actually leave Knebworth Park to head home!!! Never in my life has it took so long to leave a music venue!!! But was it worth it? Oh yes.

Watching it back this week made me realise a few things, number one; it was a long time ago but still feels like yesterday. How long I have been friends with everyone I still hang about with, and also how fucking great Robbie was that night. And how much every last person there absolutely loved every minute of the night, even Andy me thinks!

As Robbie did say at the gig it will be a long time until there is something like this in the UK for a long time. His words back in 2003 still are very true, looking back its amazing to think any one artist pulling that many people to a gig in this day and age.

So I had a very enjoyable Wednesday night singing my little heart out for two hours on my lonesome remembering when Robbie ruled the world and I was a little younger. Good Times indeed.

Recent Activity

Hello there readers of my blog, I hope that I find you well? Just thought I best update whats going on with me and a very important milestone!

The very important milestone first me thinks. Regular reader of this poor excuse for a blog, and anybody who knows me, will know I have a bit of a sad obsession with Motorways. Not sure to this day as why I do but still I will endeavour to continue…

Anyway I have beaten my record of motorways in one day! More information regarding why I do this can be found on an older post here. My previous record of 11 has now well and truly been smashed! 14 motorways in one day!!! The day in question was Wednesday 25th August when I had to go up to St Andrews in Scotland for work, via Bury on the way. so the completer list is as follows:

M40, M42, M6, M56, M60, M66, M65, M61, A 74(M), M74, M73, M80, M9, M90

Good work indeed for me, albeit a very very long day. To beat this is definitely going to take something very special!!!

Anyway onto something completely different. My photography has been very low on the radar the last month and certainly need to improve and submit some more images for publication. However I have been published but by someone else! Strange yes i’m sure it is but please read on.

I recently picked up this months copy of Railways Illustrated, a monthly insight int0 everything I enjoy about my hobby, I open up to the editorial a few pages in and what do I see but a picture of me with other ‘enthusiasts’ at a recent open day held by DRS at its Crewe Gresty Lane Depot. This was a bit of a shock as I have myself taken images of Trainspotters and put them on a web gallery and even blogged about it before. It seems that the tables are now changed! I did send the picture below to a good friend and his reply was very funny, simply stating that I had “unfortunately cunningly disguised myself as me”

So until next time, keep an eye on my twitter feed, tumblr blog, facebook and flickr as its my birthday soon and Im sure that there will be pics of me being out and about all drunk and so on!

Be Cool Peeps!


I Just thought I would say a little thank you to my good friend Magic Moir. Because of his comments on a previous post, he gave me inspiration to submit some recent photos for publication. It has paid off as I have once again had a photo published. Again it is in The Railway Herald, so no payment as its a free magazine, but still its all good. So a big thanks to you sir, you have helped me get my third image published.

Nice one sir, nice one.

This is the image below, click on it to get more info on my Flickr page:

Spy Games

Well well, I have been to a right old special place today. I have deliberated as whether to blog about this or not as I fear I may give out too much information. But I have decided to but not go into much detail.

So today for work I’ve been to GCHQ in Cheltenham, for those of you who don’t know what this is or what they do there I will leave it up to you to discover yourself. Google search or Wikipedia it if needs be!

Fort those of you who are aware of this buildings importance, I will continue. I obviously will not go into any descriptions regarding access and security checks and so on, but wat I can disclose is as follows.

Firstly in my mind this is the UK’s answer to the CIA’s Langley site, albeit a tad smaller. The building itself is magnificent and a joy to walk around. What did surprise me was the amount of people who worked there. It was like a small town with coffee shops and convenience stores dotted all around the major walkways. Now of course I was not allowed to take any camera or any type of recording or communication equipment inside, but the best way to describe it was a circular airport terminal come shopping centre come modern office block. Very bright and spacious. There are so many things I saw inside in the main walkways and service tunnels I would love to talk about but shall not. Mainly for fear of being shot down by a sniper  next time I leave the house or being bundled into a van and sent off to Siberia to disclosing state secrets! Not that I saw such secrets its just I best describe my visit in very vague and simple terms, you never know who maybe reading this, hello anyway if you do work there and are seeing this, you work in a lovely place!

So for me this was a really cool day, I feel very privileged to go into such a place as myself being a mere citizen and nobody special whatsoever. It was very eye-opening to a strange secret world which does a very important job!

I’m off now to check that the doors are locked and I’m not being followed.

Until Next time…


Alas, I have failed you again, yes you the reader/observer of this my attempt at blogging more than pictures!

I unreservedly apolagise to you, the reader. If there is any of you out there that is???

Anyway as mentioned above, I’ve been away for a while. Holiday for one and in the wordpress wilderness. Work does have a lot to do with this, being ever so much busier. Also my other more geeky hobby has to be fair distracted me from updating this.

However as I sit here at home awaiting the clock to hit 18:00 when I must get back to work and down to London town, I have decided to keep you informed of my goings on and try to write a half decent blog. This may not be achieved on either front, but I will try.

There are a few issues which must be addressed for those of you who follow this blog and are keen to know how certain things are progressing.

  • I have another Premier Inn to add to my ongoing list – not interesting!
  • I adore the new iPhone 4 and iPad but alas have not even touched either, let alone purchased said items.
  • ALL of the TV I watch and enjoy has ended for good or come to its seasons end, 24, Lost, Doctor Who, Glee, Desperate Housewives, Cougar Town….
  • The no smoking has had a relapse, although the exercise is improving.
  • Im not submitting photos to railway magazines for publication, and I don’t know why? Laziness I suppose.
  • The World Cup has come and gone, England were useless, and the whole world now has discovered one of the most annoying man made objects since time began, the vuvuzella!!
  • My first and only car I have owned is no more, having got rid of the old Fiesta to the scrap merchant for a measly £40.

    Most of the above seem to be very negative, however I feel very happy and not down in the slightest. Im not sure as to why?

    Still, good times are among us, on the 31st July I will be celebrating with my wife our first wedding anniversary, a milestone for sure!

    Early September see’s my birthday creep up again, 31 this year! Even better news on that subject, a few weeks ago a few people guessed my age and I was told I looked 25-27 years old. Result!

    Im sure I will get very sad and geeky and verging on major camp-ness with The X Factor return in a few months, which will unfortunately lead us to Christmas!! Be wary soon as you see those ads on ITV, you know that the year is coming to an end, so get you jumpers ready.

    This brought me to another though after looking back at some older photos the other day, I feel I may bring back the roll-neck this winter? thoughts would be welcome.

    I feel that this blog may have opened the floodgates a little, and one hopes that I will return to here and keep you all enthralled with future posts. Time will tell.

    Until that time, please feel free to get in touch by leaving a comment or two below, it’s always nice to know that these ramblings are being read by someone.


    Published Again

    12 Wednesbury 10/03/2010

    Originally uploaded by Martin Coles

    Just a quick mention, this pic of one of Midland Metros Trams has been published this week in Railway Herald. For those of you who are not sure what this is it’s a online magazine for the railway community with over 35,000 readers ever week. However at the moment its a free pdf magazine so I don’t get paid. that said however I am planning to send more pics to this and a real off the shelf magazine soon, so watch this space!

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