Go with Ted

Travel, trains, drinking and cooking with Ted

Steve Colin and Ted

steve and ted 2

This site began life a few years ago as my personal Google site, to share with a few friends. It has grown to include a lot of information that may be useful or enjoyable for a wider audience. The name of the site stevecolinted was not easy to remember, and in  2017 the space on the Google site became full. I took the decision to rewrite and relaunch the site, splash out on a domain name, and switch to WordPress. Transferring content was not as simple as it seemed and I’m still learning my way around WordPress, so apologies for any glitches. Maybe I should persuade the bear to learn coding. I have updated and expanded the content, and this will be an ongoing process. Photo by Gill Sladen.

This page is the remains of the personal content of the previous site…a little background to who Steve, Ted (and Colin) are, plus and some photos of us. Steve Gillon. February 2018.

Ted and Steve live in County Durham, Northeast England, and in Benalmádena, Southern Spain. The UK base is Pity Me,on the edge of Durham City, (check out the name on Wikipedia), formerly a pit village, but now effectively a suburb. Durham is a historic university and county town built on a defensive site on the River Wear, with the cathedral and castle at its heart. The photograph is the view of the cathedral and castle from the railway station. As you can see from the second photo, of the Pity Me entry to Britain in Bloom, Pity Me is renowned for innovative  floral displays (not).

steve and ted 1Ted was discovered in a bargain bin for £1 twenty years ago. His stuffing is still in good health and he is still going strong. He came on holiday with us and kept Colin company when work took me away from home. He now comes with me wherever I am.

Colin was my partner of 25 years, but was unwell for several years, and died in 2012 of pneumonia while on the waiting list for a liver transplant. He knew about this site, but wasn’t able to take part in putting it together.

As for me, I worked in the voluntary sector for many years as Director of Operations for the fuel poverty charity National Energy Action. For btythe last 12 years I have worked as a consultant, mainly for NEA and for the Renewable Energy Consumer Code, auditing its members for compliance. From 2007 to 2017 I was a freelance tour manager with Great Rail Journeys leading. I have been gradually winding down my commitments, while still carrying out some work for whoever will pay me. Otherwise I spend the time relaxing, drinking beer and cooking  when not travelling with Ted. Steve Gillon.

Gallery – Steve Colin and Ted through the ages….

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Just a final note……

I haven’t put photos of our friends on the site, mainly because I’ve never got round to asking them for their permission. Thanks to them all for their company and help over the years, particularly when things were at their most difficult.

Thanks also to those who took those photographs above which we didn’t take ourselves. In some cases I can’t remember who did, and a few were probably taken by passing strangers whose names we never knew.


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