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).
Ted 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 the 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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