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My first attempt.


The reason I wanted to run this page was to have somewhere to put longer posts, somewhere to explore ideas in a bit more depth than is possible on Twitter.

I also wanted to counter the commonly held assumption that anyone over about 38 is by default, a grumpy old man or woman.

I can honestly say that I have enjoyed my self more since I passed 40, and I’ve had a right old laugh since I passed 50.

If this continues and the many years of self-abuse don’t catch me out, I should be wetting myself with mirth when I pass 60.

Or, if the warnings my grandmother gave me about self-abuse turn out to be true, I may just be wetting myself.

I don’t think young people are stupid, wrong, or annoying. I don’t think things were better in my day. I don’t even know when my day was, but I do know many things were worse.

Dentists, street cleaning, car safety, snobbism, the class system, pollution, homophobia, racism. All of those things were either worse or more common or both ‘when I were a lad.’

So I think things have generally got a little bit better in the 54 years I’ve been knocking around. I’m not always walking around with a big grin on my face saying ‘isn’t everything great.’

I’ve got two kids, they’ve done my head in. I’ve been married for 22 years, she does my head in. I’ve got debts up to the armpits, it does my head in. I have worked non stop this year, I haven’t had a holiday, a break, nothing, it does my head in.

But through all this I still feel very lucky.

My kids are amazing, wonderful, funny, creative, sarcastic, intelligent people and I’m incredibly proud of them.

The Mrs, (there’s a link to her web page on the links top right) is an incredibly beautiful, patient, intelligent woman who has put up with me, with complaint, but she’s still done it, for a bloody long time.


I'm lucky enough to be slowly paying off my debts, they're getting smaller, not bigger, which has to be a good thing, as long as you are not a banker, in which case it's a total disaster.

I love my work, I have been told many times that not many people can say this, but I do love it and it brings me great satisfaction when it’s successful, and I have learned how to shrug and move on when it’s not. So all in all I have no reason to be a grumpy old man.

In fact, the only thing that makes me grumpy, is grumpy old men. Sort it out fellas. It’s not that bad, and if it is, it’s probably your fault.

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Reader Comments (33)

"there’s a link to her web page on the links to the left"

I... don't see any links on the left.

November 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAce

Interesting read, I'm 34 so hopefully I have alot to look forward to! Although unfortunately at present my debts are spiralling put of control. I'm still happier than I was when I was 20, so roll on 40 (and 50 and 60). I look forward to your next post!

November 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTony P

Great 1st blog LL Bobby!.. the link worked so there's a surprise and bonus!.. and nothing on your 4 wheeled lovers!.. another surprise.. well if they say relationships are kept alive and fresh by surprises, then this could well be a great one !.. we can work on re inventing the ole sex life another time .. ;-)

November 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Smudger

Oddly enough, it's very comforting to know that I share the "debts up to the armpits" thing with one of my heroes.

Welcome to the blogosphere, I'm looking forward to seeing how this place develops!

November 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLucy Viret

Looking forward to reading more from you and SO glad to hear you're not a grumpy old man.

November 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

hi rob really good read ok i am only 23 but from bein your fan as kryten and your carpools.i think this blog is a brilliant thing for you to do so please keep it goin for us all.most of us follow you on twitter i do obviously.your tweets are really funny also.all in all rob you have done well and are doin so still...i hope i am as lucky as you are when i get to your young stage in life....my twitter name is hutchby if you were woundering which you probably wasnt.you keep up all your gr8 work.

November 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjordon hutchby

Sweet as a nut surr. Does mildly upset me that you can't get more of those characters on tweets but this seems much better! I look forward to more of your articles. I'm 28 and those bad things you mentioned - I honestly think people tolerate it, grumpy old men just statenit to make sure we haven't forgotten.

November 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBowldylocks

Glad to hear at least some can age with a chuckle and a smile, gives us young'uns hope :)

November 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlex M

Groovy blog, I must say I hope i'm of a similar cheery disposition when I reach that age (If I reach that age!)

I shall read your blog with interest, I must say I've always enjoyed the shows you're a part of (Mostly RD admittedly) and I am enjoying your new show on Dave - very interesting concept, very novel! : )

November 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJay

Well said!

At 39, I'm finding myself enjoying life more than I ever have in the past, and really appreciating the little things. When I was younger, I was so focused on the "next step", that I feel like I missed a lot.

Youth is wasted on the young. :)

November 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKen Pierce

Great first post. At 41 I find myself becoming more and more content and happy with what I have, the older I get.
Looking forward to more wise words (no pressure)

November 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoland

At 55 I think we have probably lived at the most incredibly fortunate time in history. Born long enough after the 2nd WW not to have had to struggle. In the time of free NHS and education. When the country's wars have not affected us personally (well most of us anyway) and at a time when most civilised countries realised that wars don't work. We have seen the beginning of the technological revolution, we are young enough to understand computers but old enough to remember slide rules. Because we are very aware of our fathers hardships and sacrifices we have become respectful optimists with love for the young and the old. Your absolutely right Bob - there's no place for Mr Grumpy. We are all Mr Lucky.

November 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJim Robb

Just read that those of us that have a positive relaxed attitude to life, live longer. May you live long and prosper and have laughs aplenty in your 70's, 80's and 90's.

November 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDarren Davies

hi bobby L. love your tweets and carpool. i'm 50 now and agree with your comments. it may not be 'coo'l to be 50 now but i feel such a lifting of pressure. i'm no longer expected to be trendy and 'beautiful' all the time. i'm beautiful in different ways now ;-) that grumpy old man thing is such a load of poo. they were probably grumpy young man as well. plenty of those about.
keep flying the flag in that unique robert llewelyn way.
cheers mate
M xxx

November 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMark W

I'm 54 myself and I can honestly agree that life is better now than when I was younger. Not many regrets, not many debts, and I actually feel that I'm lucky to have my life as it is.
I also want to thank you Carpool/Fully Charged/and of course Kryten.

November 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdean in N Calif

Hey bobbyllew. I met you at this years collectormania and got an autograph (my first autograph ever) purely to say thank you for what you were giving away free with carpool - which I love. ( I hope you guys get a big cut of the signature fee...)

But I find when I'm reading things you say I'm agreeing with you more and more.
I'm 42 (a good scifi number to be) and before I read this post I would have said I was pretty grumpy. But your post made me think back and I'm twice as happy as I was when I was 21 - so that all seems pretty symmetrical. Hoping it gets even better.

Keep us thinking Bob!


November 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermatt norman

All this positivity is making me grumpy. 8D
Great start - keep it up.

November 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Dempsey

I will be 50 in April and life if good! Two wonderful sons, an excellent man to share my life with, friends to laugh and cry with and a job that i look forward to going to. What more would anyone want its more that a lot of people have. I look forward to your next blog!

November 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjane green

Your a breath of fresh air, Bob.

I turn 55 on THUR. I'm having a rotten day and am in a bit of a funk. But reading your post is making me rethink things. ALOT. Ta.

November 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFrank Petrie

Wonderful! Another blog to follow - so pleased you've started it as Twitter, while great in many, many ways is too short for serious (and not so) stuff. Nearly 60 myself and have been blogging now for seven years(!) - though not so regularly nowadays. Technology has made my life so much more exciting and brings the rest of the world to me, though I do like to visit bits of it on a regular basis.

Have always been a fan ever since I stumbed across the first ep of RD which the ABC (I'm in Oz) hid it on a Sunday afternoon all those years ago. No so interested in the car stuff as I don't drive, but love that you are eager for electric and other alternatives.

Keep up the good, no, great work and know that as you get older it really does get better.

November 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFrankP

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