Welcome to the crazy world of PodgethePuffer, aka Kevin ‘Podge’ Stirzaker.

Please feel free to come in and browse: There is no obligation to buy. Actually, I’m not selling anything, so I don’t know why I said that. Anyway, do have a browse around. Hopefully, something will tickle you. Please please feel free to share anything of interest with friends and please do feedback on anything you find of interest, or would like to add a contribution, or even have a concern about any content.

Apart from the section [about me], the blog is mainly split across the following:


Cycling: My passion was cycling. I love cycling, have always loved cycling and always will love cycling. As the years took their toll, however my cycling prowess (!) inevitably fell away. Problems with my lungs have caused this to worsen somewhat, but I still maintain that hope and determination to continue with riding my bike.

Travel: This is now my main passion, and cruising is my favoured means of travel. I can’t swim, I fear the water, and yet I feel at home on board ocean-going vessels; especially those with cabin stewards, bars, restaurants and theatres. I have been lucky enough to see many more places that perhaps I should have seen, but hey, you only live once so why not?. That said, I still have many more places on my list.

When Mrs Me and I eventually move on to the next world and start a new chapter of adventures, we will most likely do so as ‘Paupers’ and most certainly not our bank managers best friends: But, we will have some of the most amazing adventures and will have seen so many parts of the world. We will always feel privileged to have done and seen so much.

Rants: With advancing years comes the Victor Medlrew syndrome. That desire to moan about anything and everything. Most of the moans are just those of an old codger droning on and on but some of them are valid and, I feel, have substance. In any event, what you must realise is that despite all the moans and rants, I genuinely enjoy my lot.

COPD: In 2013 I was diagnosed with COPD Stage 2 (now stage 3), the consequence of self-abuse to the lungs. I gave up smoking 10+ years ago. Unfortunately, this was too late.

COPD – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
COPD – Codgers Old Puffing Disease

The section about me is intended to be what I  really wanted my father to develop: a sort of autobiography. Obviously, I’m not going to detail all the mundane stuff, but where there has been an event that I feel is, or might be, of interest, then I’ll add it. This section will grow over time, and I will add stuff as and when I feel in the mood or remember. So please be patient.

Anyway, enjoy what I have to offer, and feel free to share.



  1. Mark says:

    Hello Kev, Hows it going? I still alive.
    Mark O’Connor.


  2. Trevor Christopher says:

    Well theres a face I didn’t expect to see again. Hope you are well, hows life with you?

    Trevor Christopher

    Southern Electric Computer Center 1973 – 1995


  3. VisitSiena says:

    thank you for following my blog ! happy that you like it 🙂 what an interesting blog you have 🙂 for sure I will be back here 🙂 have a nice evening!


  4. Sian lavin says:

    Loving reading podgethepuffer hope you are both well and having a fabulous time x

    Liked by 1 person

    • We’re very well indeed. Now in Venice ready for flight home (boo). Still, just 4-weeks then we’re off on a 3-nighter on the Aurora. 🙂
      When home, I shall continue with my updates and add photos 🙂
      Hope you’re well too. xx


  5. Nick Stead says:

    Once more you are an inspiration sir….

    Liked by 1 person

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