Grid visit

On Sunday just gone, my friends, Paul,, Rob and myself, were invited to go on the starting grid at the BTCC Touring Car meeting at Croft. We were invited on by ex BTCC driver Martyn Bell who now works for Dynojet, who Frank Wrathall drives for. It was a fantastic experience that I will never forget. We are all very grateful to Martyn and the team at Dynojet for allowing us the chance to do this.

Wrathall 1

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Wrathall 3

Wrathall 4

Wrathall 5

I’m a Grandad!!!

Well what a manic couple of months its been. I’ve had so much on that by the time I get spare time, I’m completely shattered. Too shattered to do any social networking stuff, so my apologies for not being around lately.
I’m back at work now after a couple of weeks holiday, straight into a new call queue at work and the phone lines have been going crazy. Ive been going home after work, having something to eat then virtually falling asleep watching tv.
There is some good news though. Since my last blog, I have become a proud Grandad at the ripe old age of 43.

Me and James first hold

Little Jack was born 7 pounds 6 oz on 6th June. He’s a lovely little guy. Everything went well eventually with the birth, although at the beginning they thought the mother may have to have a Caesarian as the heart rate dropped. Thankfully in the nick of time, it came back up so the mother gave birth naturally.
The last week though, Jack has had to be admitted to hospital as he wasnt keeping food down and his heart rate shot up to 200 bpm. Apparently it should be between 150 and 190 max. This is even happening while Jack is asleep. They cannot find out the reason but hopefully they will soon. He was allowed home last night with a monitor that records everything thats happening with the baby. He has to go back in today for them to check the results. Fingers crossed for little Jack.

Worrying Times

We received a phone call from my 23 year old son John this afternoon. His girlfriend has been taken into hospital once again with pains. She is about 34 weeks into her pregnancy. She has been in a few times up till now, for what has been diagnosed as a water infection. This time the hospital have told them that she has Group B Streptococcus ( Group B Strep ). I had no idea until now what this is.

( From
Group B streptococcus (GBS), also known as group B strep, is one of many different bacteria which live inside your body. About a third of us has GBS in our gut without even knowing it.
About a quarter of women also have GBS in their vagina. If you do, you won’t know it’s there, as GBS doesn’t have any obvious symptoms.

GBS bacteria can be passed from you to your baby during labour. But this doesn’t usually cause problems, and most women who carry GBS bacteria have healthy babies. It is thankfully only in rare cases that GBS can cause serious illness and, even more rarely, the loss of a newborn baby.

Though it’s unusual, GBS is the most common cause of severe infection in newborns, particularly in the first week after birth (early onset infection). In the UK, about 340 babies develop a GBS infection every year

The site also states:
Most babies exposed to GBS before or during birth are healthy and suffer no ill-effects.

However, about one in 2,000 babies in the UK develops a GBS infection shortly after being born. Sadly, about one in 10 of these babies dies. It’s a very rare event when a baby does not survive a GBS infection.

As you can imagine my son is really worried about this and that his girlfriend is in lots of pain

Please keep your fingers crossed that turns out ok.

A nice day at the nature park

What a weekend. While lots of you in the UK are off for the bank holiday, I had to endure work yesterday ( Good Friday ) and also tomorrow ( bank holiday Monday ). Today, I had a lovely lie in. Then this afternoon we went for a family walk in the local Nature reserve. Grace fed the ducks and swans. While we were doing this, a dog came past while being walked by his owner, and decided to jump straight in to try and get the swans, while his owner was shouting at it to get out of the water. One of the swans stood its ground, spread its wings and give an almighty hiss. The dog soon backed off and scarpered. It was very funny to watch.
One bonus of going for this walk was using my Casio EX-ZR100 camera, and finding out by accident how to do macro and super macro shots.

tree knot


I’m really enjoying getting back into my photography after not doing it for so long due to ill health. Roll on my other blog being set up. It will eventually be a place to show some of my photos. Currently there is a problem with the domain name, so I’m waiting for GoDaddy getting back to me.

Welcome to The Wright Times blog.

Welcome to The Wright Times blog.

My name is Steve, and I’m a father of a now teenage daughter, G and a twenty something ( chip off the old block ) son, J, and the partner of one very patient and caring lady, D. I love to have a rant about things, so you are warned.

I intend using this blog as a form of record about my life, and all the little and sometimes big, things that go on. We are just one normal family.

I have, for years wanted to write my life story, and after recent events in my life, I have decided I need to do this while certain stuff is fresh in my memory. I will over time, continue to add stuff to the blog relating to years gone by and try to keep them in order by adjusting the dates they were posted.


Anyway, enough of my rambling. Thanks again for popping by, and I hope you enjoy what you read and find it interesting. Please feel free to post comments relating to my posts.