2020 all change..

A new decade, or is it the last year of the previous 🙂 anyway, 2020 sees me 17 years since I left the Isle of Man 2 years in remission from Hairy Cell Leukaemia! yay! New Job at Numerous 🙂 Sadly, having to step down from regular Trumpet at North London Symphony Orchestra & City of London Symphonic Winds 🙁 It’s hard to believe that it’s 17 years since I packed up and left the Isle of Man after living…

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First Oak Hill Park Run of 2015

After being dragged out of bed on Christmas morning to do the Christmas Day Park Run, today was my first official run of 2015. Park Run done!#parkrun A photo posted by David Quinlan (@quinlannm) on Dec 25, 2014 at 1:36am PST It was quite icy out and we had to go cross country for some short sections but there was a great turn out, 114 participants in all.  This was my 4th official park run and today, I set a…

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Music as a Sport

There are winners, there are losers, but when music is reduced to a sport, we all lose… … unless you win, of course… when, of course, it is all right. Areas, 2nd to Last, Senior Trophy, Last… enough…. Paul Archibald sums it up rather eloquently in his blog post. No more brass band contests for me for a while, concentrating on music making, concert repertoire and accepting the fact that in amateur music making, mistakes happen in live performance.  So…

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Hectic to say the least

After all the concerts, contests, shows towards the end of 2013 Mrs Q and I finally got away for a fantastic holiday in Dubrovnik to celebrate our 10th Wedding Anniversary.  What a marvellous place, steeped in history, with stunning architecture, an amateur photographers dream, as you can see from my Flickr photos. Full Flickr Feed here.  We stayed in fantastic hotel that had it’s own private beach with lift through the cliff to access.  Highlight of the trip was the…

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London to Brighton Completed

On Sunday Morning, a 6:45am Dale, Phil and I departed Clapham Common to partake in the London to Brighton charity cycle ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation. I really enjoyed the day out, despite queues, punctures… mild rain, couple of hills, overall it was a great buzz.  I may have rediscovered my enjoyment of losing myself in my own thoughts on the open road on a bike.. 🙂 Here is a short video of the day!  

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London to Brighton 2013

Hi folks, I’m taking part in the London to Brighton Cycle this year, if you could spare a few bob and some time to donate. Raising money for the British Heart Foundation… I’ll probably need defibrillator when I reach Brighton… Donate here! Thanks!

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